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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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A Christmas present to North Florida: Godspell

GODSPELL PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected]   Players by the Sea opened its Christmas present to North Florida with ”,” a true theatre classic. The opening was on December 6, and it will run through December 20, 2015. Players is located at 106 Sixth Street North in Jacksonville Beach. Call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org for additional information and reservations. “Godspell,” which debuted in the early 70s, was conceived by , with music by a young . The musical ran for five years and has remained popular. In 2011, for its 40th anniversary, …

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THEATRE REVIEW: “Butterflies Are Free”

The Alhambra Theatre opened ’s comedy, “”. It will run through March 22nd 2015. The is located at 12000 Beach Blvd, in Jacksonville. Call 904-641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com. This funny, warm and touching comedy opened in l969 on Broadway, and played for 1,128 performances. Blythe Danner won a Best Actress Tony for the role of Jill Tanner. Play was also nominated for Best Direction. The popular movie version in l972 won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Eileen Heckart. Though a play about the 60’s, it is so well written, the humor still so current that it is still frequently …

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Stanton College Prep’s “Pippin” – Dual Critics Review

The International Thespian Troupe 3929 of Stanton College Prep presented their annual musical at  on December 11, 12, 14, 2014. The 1972 hit, “,” by  and , was a well-chosen selection for Stanton’s talented students. The original production ran for almost two thousand performances on Broadway and is now in a fabulous revival that has garnered multiple Tonys and rave reviews. Directors Shirley Sacks and Jeff Grove chose a minimalist approach to the production, with an open stage and limited set pieces which included benches, a tree stump, and a bed on wheels. This was quite a contrast to last …

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