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Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida

50 Years of Memories: Spotlight on the Alhambra Dinner Theatre

In late July of 1967, a single table set for two was situated on an empty lot on Beach Boulevard. The table was covered by an elegant lace cloth and adorned with matching napkins, silverware, stylish china plates and coffee cups, and tall crystal glasses. An elegant candelabra holding five candles stood in the center of the table. It was an unlikely way for and to present their concept for a combination of fine dining and live theatre. Dinner theaters were once a popular attraction for families to experience dinner and a show. At one point in history, more than 100 …

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Alhambra Hairspray Lee Hamby as Edna

Alhambra’s Hot-Hot-Hot Hairspray

North Florida weather is warming up as spring approaches, but if you really want really hot, hot, hot, then plan on seeing Hairspray, the latest Alhambra production that opened last weekend. The Broadway musical Hairspray was inspired by the 1988 film by director John Waters, and opened on Broadway in 2002. It was hot from the start, at 99% capacity for the first year and 86% for the second. Hairspray was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won 8, including Best Musical, which propelled the production to a six-year run and 2,642 performances. The Alhambra’s production will run through April …

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Alhambra's Pirates of Penzance

Alhambra’s The Pirates of Penzance

The fourth collaboration between the Alhambra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra delighted audiences for three performances on October 1,2,3 at the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall with Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance. It’s a light and frothy show about a pirate apprentice named Frederic (Wonderfully done in excellent voice by New York tenor Matt Morgan, who had the best styled hair of any Pirate I have ever seen). Frederic who on his 21st birthday has completed his indentured servitude and is free to join civilization and free society. This upsets his mild manner pirate friends, led …

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Alhambra Cinderella Gala by Iamesphoto.com

Alhambra’s Cinderella

Summertime is fun time and last weekend The Alhambra Theatre & Dining opened the magic musical Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein, a special treat for all ages. Summertime is also the time for temperatures in the nineties, but your family can enjoy two great hours of wonderful entertainment and dining in air-conditioned comfort while watching this ever-popular fairytale performed by an outstanding cast. The musical follows the traditional story of the lovely young lady who has been relegated to a life of unceasing toil as a household drudge by her cruel stepmother and her two vain and malicious stepsisters, until …

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Alhambra The Foreigner

Alhambra’s The Foreigner

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining celebrated spring by opening its first non-musical since new ownership took over the reins of this legendary dinner theater. Their choice of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, a hysterical farce of grand proportions, could not have been better. The play ranks right up there as one of the best theatrical farces along with Noises Off, Rumors, Blithe Spirit and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. We liked it because it is one of the best and is truly a farce with a heart. The comedy is set in a fishing lodge in Georgia …

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Alhambra 42nd Street

42nd Street: A Song & Dance Extravaganza

The Alhambra Theatre and Dining welcomed spring by opening their second show of 2010 with the dance-happy Tony Award winning musical 42nd Street. This musical about musicals, based on a 1933 film of the same name, will grace the Alhambra stage at 12000 Beach Blvd in Jacksonville until April 25th. The plot is about the desire of Broadway Director Julian Marsh (Dan Schiff) for one more hit show so he can recoup his stock market losses and retire. Abner Dillon (Earyle Rhodes) is his wealthy financial backer, Dorothy Brock (Patti Eyler) his temperamental diva, Peggy Sawyer (Erin Dowling) a hopeful …

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Alhambra & JSO’s Oklahoma

The Jacksonville Symphony under the baton of Michael Butterman and the Alhambra Theatre directed by Tod Booth combined their talents for the third time in as many years with four inspired performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma September the l8th to the 20th. Previous joint productions of The Music Man and Westside Story were well received by enthusiastic audiences and Oklahoma was equally as popular with the audiences in Jacoby Hall at the Times Union Center for the Arts in downtown Jacksonville. You may have read that the Alhambra Dinner Theatre has closed, at least temporarily, but it appears that a …

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Alhambra Singin in the Rain

Alhambra’s Singin’ in the Rain

The Alhambra Dinner Theatre opened a bright ray of sunshine last weekend with Singin’ In The Rain, the 1985 Broadway musical based on the outstanding 1952 film of the same name, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. This brilliant musical has it all; hilarity, engaging performances, lively choreography and the catchiest tunes. It is Alhambra’s stimulus entertainment package that lives up to the definition: something that quickens action, feeling and thought. Action! The tap dancing is possibly the best ever performed on this stage, and you’ll feel the urge to tap a toe or two. Feeling! Any time you can …

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