‘Zanna, Don’t!’ charms, engages

Photo by George Wentzler Zanna (Conor Walton) communicates with his pet bird in Island City Stage’s production of Zanna, Don’t! WILTON MANORS, Fla — You’d have to be a fuddy-duddy or a complete cynic not to feel refreshed and uplifted after seeing the award-winning Off-Broadway hit musical, Zanna, Don’t! This...

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Finding Neverland fails to soar to great heights

Photo by Jeremy Daniel Here is the part of the national touring cast of Finding Neverland during a playful scene WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Sorry Tink. Your special fairy dust doesn’t transform Finding Neverland into the magical, soaring stage musical it could be. With its eye candy, child characters, live...

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School of Rock: The Musical proves empowering, especially today

  (Photo by Matthew Murphy) The kids rock out in the stage musical version of School of Rock’s national touring production Ft. LAUDERDALE — When School of Rock opened as a movie musical in 2003 and as a faithful, if somewhat formulaic Broadway stage musical in 2015, it was hard to...

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Slow Burn’s ‘The Secret Garden’ blossoms

  Photo by Rodrigo Balfanz Dr. Neville Craven (Matthew Korinko) and Mary Lennox (Alexa Lasanta) argue in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of The Secret Garden. FT. LAUDERDALE — In 1991, at age 12, Daisy Eagan became the youngest actress ever to win a Tony Award. She received the honor...

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Mormon’s positive message feels more vital

    Photo courtesey bookofmormonbroadway.com/tour The missionaries from The Book of Mormon prepare to head off for their assignments.   MIAMI — No matter how many times you’ve seen The Book of Mormon, the musical phenomenon feels more uplifting, encouraging and vital this time around. At this writing, more than a month...

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Phantom sequel’s lush melodies, visuals enthrall

  Photo by Joan Marcus The Phantom, regularly played by Gardar Thor Cortes (left), seduces Christine Daae (Meghan Picerno) in the national tour of Love Never Dies. FT. LAUDERDALE — There are moments in Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, that will likely startle, or...

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Slow Burn’s less-is-more approach works with Tarzan

Photo by Rodrigo Balfanz Tarzan (Natale Pirrotta) and Jane (Lindsey Corey) share a moment in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Tarzan.   FT. LAUDERDALE — There are lighting effects galore (some overdone, some mood-enhancing by Thomas Shorrock) in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s mostly commendable, high-flying production of Tarzan: The Stage...

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Boca’s Wick Theatre serves up a musical treat with The Drowsy Chaperone

Jacob Thompson plays the hilarious, seductive Adolpho in The Wick Theatre’s fabulous production of The Drowsy Chaperone. BOCA RATON — Folks attending the Broadway musical-within-a-comedy The Drowsy Chaperone might want to bring a large envelope or gift box with wrapping paper. The show is so enjoyable – as is The Wick Theatre’s...

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They’re ‘On Their Feet’ in Miami

Photo by Matthew Murphy Christie Prades and Mauricio Martinez play Emilio and Gloria Estefan in a national touring production of On Your Feet!  MIAMI — Exactly two years after the bio-musical On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical opened for previews on Broadway, the first national touring production...

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PBD’s Sweeney Todd is riveting

Sweeney Todd (Shane R. Tanner) raises his razor high (Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Dramaworks).   WEST PALM BEACH — How do you sympathize with a barber who slashes the throats of his customers, instantly killing them and sending their remains down a chute for his partner-in-crime to bake them...

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