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The Addams Family, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida

ALHAMBRA THEATRE REVIEW: They’re Kooky & They’re Spooky “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened its fall season on October 4, 2017 with “. This musical comedy is based on the work of cartoonist (1912 – 1988), who first brought the characters to life in 1938 in “The New Yorker.” Their popularity led to a 1960’s television series, two animated series, three films, a DVD, and pinball and video games. The story was fashioned into a musical in 2010, with book by and , creators of “,” and music and lyrics by . With Nathan Lane in the leading role, it ran on Broadway for 772 performances. …

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Photo by Cathy Jones, American Idiot, Players By The Sea, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Green Day’s Rock Opera “AMERICAN IDIOT” at Players By The Sea

The tragedies that occurred on 9/11 shook the world to its core and the fallout inspired the need for change on a global scale. Punk rock pioneers Green Day channeled the uncertainties of the post-9/11 era into the bold, daring rock opera American Idiot that proved there is still nothing more rock ‘n roll than rebellion. Released in 2004, American Idiot fused the rock concept arrangement of The Who’s Tommy with the musical theater format of Jesus Christ, Superstar. This cultural cross pollination birthed the hit Broadway musical of the same name that bridged the gap between politics and youthful …

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“SPRING AWAKENING” a Rock Musical at JU

A JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY/FLAGLER COLLEGE THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM This past weekend and members of collaborated to present a four-performance run during January 19 – 22 of “,” a rock musical by and . The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2006, won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical; a 2015 revival gathered three Tony nominations. The only previous showing in this area that we know about was six years ago as part of the . The musical is based on an 1891 play by German playwright , the story is that of …

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the enchanting family musical “Children of Eden”

A JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] opened the enchanting family musical “” on March 3, 2016, with additional performances scheduled through March 13 in the on the campus of JU on North University Boulevard. JU’s production is exuberant theatre that leaves the audience in high spirits; an entertaining piece that is both enlightening and uplifting. “Eden” has been around since 1990. The musical is more likely to be offered by school and community theatres, rather than by professional theatres, as a large cast is required. And while it lacks hit songs, the …

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RINGING IN FIFTY YEARS WITH ALL THE FRILLS AND FEATHERS: “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES”

Players by the Sea presents the Tony Award winning musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES to kick-off the 50th anniversary season. Feathers will fly, for better or worse, in this gender-bending smash hit! Meeting the in-laws is never easy, but Jean-Michel has it tougher than most. His future in-laws are ultra-conservative, while his father runs a drag nightclub where his “mother” is the star performer. When Jean-Michel asks them to masquerade as a straight couple for just one night, things go hysterically wrong. A dazzling musical with lots of humor and even more heart! The show is directed and choreographed by …

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“Hairspray” is loaded with great voices and zany characters

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW and present the blockbuster musical “” on stage at 2032 San Marco Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida during June 12-27, 2015. For reservations, call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com. The musical, which is based on a 1988 film, debuted on Broadway in August, 2002 and was a big hit from the beginning, with audiences at 99% capacity for the first year. The story is based on events related to Baltimore’s real life “Buddy Dean Show,” a popular televised teen dance show that was on the air from 1957 to 1964. The play received eight Tonys, and had a six-year …

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theatre review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

The  presented “,” a musical comedy, on stage at the  during October 24-26, 2014. This innovative musical has remained popular since it was nominated for six Tony Awards in 2005 and garnered two, for Best Book of a Musical and Best Actor. No doubt it will be a show with a long life, as spelling bee competitions remain so popular that they are featured on ESPN, the sports network. The story is that of a small town spelling bee, featuring a cast of eccentric characters. The setting and story are pure fiction and lots of fun. If you are not …

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