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The 5 & Dime, Falsettos, Maya Adkins Photography

‘Falsettos’ on The 5 & Dime’s Intimate Stage is an Unusual Love Story, Heart-Rending Masterpiece

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Downtown Jacksonville’s has opened Falsettos, an award-winning musical. The production opened June 14, and will remain on stage through June 30, 2019. The theatre is located at 112 East Adams Street; additional information is available on the company’s Facebook page. For reservations, call (904) 637-5100 or visit www.The5andDime.org. Falsettos opened on Broadway in 1992, was nominated for seven Tonys, and won Best Book and Best Original Score; a 2016 revival was nominated for five Tonys. The play toured throughout the county during February 2018 -June 2019. The book is by James Lapine, with music, lyrics, and book …

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Catch Some of the Area’s Best On-Stage Voices in “Bridges of Madison County” at Players by the Sea

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea opened its first production of 2019 with “The Bridges of Madison County” on January 25th, which runs through February 16th. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. The musical is based on a novella of the same name by Robert James Waller, published in 1992.  Many theatre-goers will be familiar with the story. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for over three years, has sold over sixty million copies worldwide, and a 1995 film adaptation …

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PLAYERS BY THE SEA PELICAN AWARDS 2015

wrapped up its 49th season on August 15, 2015 at their playhouse in Jacksonville Beach, with their annual volunteer celebration and awards ceremony. The have attended a number of the celebrations, but this year’s full house audience seemed particularly lively and excited. The exuberance no doubt reflected Players very successful past season, and the anticipation of the big 50th Season opening in September. and were the Masters of Ceremony, with various actors tapped to present individual awards. A new feature was The Gold Brown Bag Awards, by long-time Players supporter and jack of all trades involving theatre, . She sketched …

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Intriguing Music & Excellent Voices in “AIDA”

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s and present and ’s AIDA, on stage during July 17 – August 8, 2015. , hoping to attain the success they had with “,” produced this musical which is based ’s opera of the same name. Featuring the music of Elton John and Tim Rice, two of the most popular names in show business, it ran on Broadway for over 1,800 performances. Elton John’s fame no doubt was the reason for its success; the critics were often lukewarm. Even if you have never been to one of Elton John’s many concerts , …

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Timeless Love: “AIDA” @ Players By The Sea

  is celebrating summer by staging a rock ‘n roll version of a timeless love story. Elton John’s “” is presented July 17-31 and Aug 1-8 on the theater’s Main Stage. Based on the book by , and with music by and lyrics by , Aida is directed by . Music is under the direction of with choreography by . Originally written by , Aida was first performed as an Italian-language opera in 1871. The evolution to the Broadway stage was led by Elton John and Tim Rice in March, 2000. The PBTS production honors the story by sticking to …

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[TITLE OF SHOW] – PLAYERS BY THE SEA/LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW

As part of its March Madness theme, Players by the Sea brought in [title of show], a musical new to Jacksonville, for three performances beginning March 19, 2015. The musical was previously staged at Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine in August, 2014. Due to a heavy reviewing schedule, the were not able to see it in the Ancient City, so we were delighted that it was coming to the Jacksonville Beaches. We have to admit we did not know anything initially about this show, but had seen most of the cast elsewhere on stage, and so were inspired to go. …

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Lost Twins Reunite in “BLOOD BROTHERS”

“BLOOD BROTHERS” ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW ABET opened ’s provocative award-winning musical “Blood Brothers” on March 13, 2015. It will be on-stage through March 29 at 716 Ocean Street in Atlantic Beach, Florida. For reservations, call 904-249-7117 or visit abettheatre.com Other than a short weekend run at FCCJ almost twenty years ago, this is a brand new musical to the North Florida area, despite the fact that after a debut in Liverpool in 1983, it transferred to London’s West End and won the Olivier Award, Britain’s version of the Tony Award, for best musical. After tours in 1984 and …

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JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND LIVING IN PARIS

DramaWorks at Florida State College Jacksonville, South Campus, presented a four-day run during November 13 -16, 2014 of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris,” a musical featuring the work of the Belgian songwriter and singer. Over the years, we have seen a number of unique plays and musicals staged by , which has brought our community many exciting selections. The Brel musical, “,” debuted off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for over 1,800 performances. Brel wrote and sang in French, but the musical was almost all in English thanks to the translation and production concept of  and . Brel, who was …

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DIRTY BLONDE at ABET

opened its first play of 2014 with the Claudia Shear/James Lapine musical “,” which will be on stage at 716 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida until February 15. Call (904) 249-7177 or go to abettheatre.com for reservations. This is a unique story about the life of entertainer . Since she died before almost everyone involved with this production was born, as well as many of those in the audience, why should this play be of interest to today’s theatergoers? As the play unfolds and reveals the facts about her multifaceted life, we come to understand why she has been …

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ABET’s Songs for a New World

ABET opened its last show of 2013, with Jason Robert Brown’s creation entitled “Songs for a New World.” Mr. Brown put this collection of his songs together several years ago, prior to his achieving fame by winning a Tony for his musical “Parade” (which was staged at Players by the Sea, a few seasons ago). This is a musical but one unlike the traditional musicals we experience, most of which have linear storylines and unambiguous conclusions. The seventeen songs in this two-act production stand alone, and each song has its own plot that unfolds as it is being sung. If …

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