Barbra Streisand show lands in Boca Raton

Barbra Streisand show lands in Boca Raton

  Have you ever wondered what might happen if you stopped waiting for permission and began believing in yourself? Just ask Barbra Streisand. At age 21, she spent her evenings in New York City’s hottest cabaret clubs clad in funky thrift stoke finds. Meanwhile, also at age 21, acclaimed performer...

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The Wick’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ bewitches

The Wick’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ bewitches

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Albert Peterson (Jeremy Benton) and Rose Alvarez (Leah Sessa) share a moment.   By AARON KRAUSE Witnessing The Wick Theatre & Museum Club’s current winning production of Bye Bye Birdie is the next best thing to traveling back to the 1950s in a time machine. No...

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‘Pretty Woman’ adaptation wins us over anew in non-equity national touring production

‘Pretty Woman’ adaptation wins us over anew in non-equity national touring production

Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade Chase Wolfe and Ellie Baker co-star in “Pretty Woman: The Musical” at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The touring stop in Miami runs through Sunday, Dec. 10.   By AARON KRAUSE Fans of the hit 1990 romantic comedy film, Pretty Woman will be happy to...

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The Wick’s stirring ‘I Love a Piano’ will make you nostalgic

The Wick’s stirring ‘I Love a Piano’ will make you nostalgic

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Cast members perform while surrounding the titular piano.    By AARON KRAUSE If America’s favorite Little Orphan Annie were a real person, you couldn’t help but believe that the vibrant red-headed young girl would have befriended composer-lyricist Irving Berlin (1888-1989). And vice versa. Surely their shared...

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MNM Theatre Company presents a vivacious ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

MNM Theatre Company presents a vivacious ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

  Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Michael L. Wallace, as Four-Eyed Moe, deftly executes part of Jacquez Linder-Long’s physical choreography in MNM Theatre Company’s production of Five Guys Named Moe.   By AARON KRAUSE Art’s healing power, and its ability to affect change, are hardly secrets. So, you can understand why...

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‘Medicine for the Soul’

‘Medicine for the Soul’

Tony Award nominee Josh Young portrays Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Soul Doctor.   By AARON KRAUSE Did you hear the one about the Orthodox rabbi who attended worship services at black churches and left inspired to compose a different kind of Jewish music?...

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’42nd Street’ sparkles at LPAC

’42nd Street’ sparkles at LPAC

Photo by David Popken The cast performs a scene from the Broadway at LPAC’s production of “42nd Street.”      By AARON KRAUSE In the classic Broadway musical, 42nd Street, a character invites another to “come on along and listen to…the lullaby of Broadway.” But a current professional production of...

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‘Wicked’ is a winner in Miami

Photo by Joan Marcus Lissa deGuzman plays Elphaba in an equity national touring production playing in Miami.   By AARON KRAUSE Clearly defining the megahit musical Wicked can prove almost as daunting as defying gravity. Indeed, it is part origin story, part musical, part fantasy, part prequel, part fable, part...

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‘Anything Goes’ at The Wick is a much-needed respite

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Billy Crocker (Jeremy Benton) and Reno Sweeney (Aaron Bower) live it up in The Wick Theatre’s production of Anything Goes.   By AARON KRAUSE Try to look away from her. Just try. She’ll captivate you, my pretties! And her castmates will too! With a clarion voice, cool,...

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Touring production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ offers a relatable titular character

Touring production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ offers a relatable titular character

  Photo by Matthew Murphy, Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade Jesus Christ (Aaron LaVigne) stands out in this dance number from the 50th anniversary national touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar.    By AARON KRAUSE Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s glorious music is front and center in the moving and intense,...

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