Maltz Jupiter Theatre triumphs with ‘Oliver!’

Jason Nuttle Photography Mr. Bumble (Troy J. Stanley) is astonished after Oliver Twist (Benjamin Pajak) asks for more gruel.   By AARON KRAUSE Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s current production of Lionel Bart’s beloved classic musical, Oliver!, is mostly a winner. The professional, nonprofit company has assembled a talented cast that includes...

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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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‘Chicago’ remains entertaining and terribly timely

‘Chicago’ remains entertaining and terribly timely

Photo by Jeremy Daniel Billy Flynn (Jeff Brooks) makes a point during a performance of the national non-equity touring production of Chicago.   By AARON KRAUSE During the age of Donald J. Trump, “Fake News,” “Alternative Facts,” and George Santos, the musical Chicago seems torn from today’s headlines. Indeed, although...

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‘The Science of Leaving Omaha’ a new moving play at PBD

Photo by Tim Stepien Baker (Nicholas-Tyler Corbin) gets the attention of Iris (Georgi James) in the world premiere production of The Science of Leaving Omaha.   By AARON KRAUSE In his classic poem, Harlem, Langston Hughes wondered what happens to a “dream deferred.” In particular, he wrote: “Does it dry...

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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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‘Tina’ triumphs in national touring production

Photo courtesy of Broadway Across America Naomi Rodgers slays as Tina Turner in an equity national touring production traversing the U.S.   By AARON KRAUSE Tina Turner reportedly said that she summoned her “Inner Lion” to make it through various challenges. Certainly, the renowned performer’s fierce inner strength, fire, and...

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A fine cast shines in ‘The Full Monty’ in Lauderhill

Photo courtesy of Lauderhill Performing Arts Center The men prepare for their big night in The Full Monty.   By AARON KRAUSE Do the men of The Full Monty really strip naked all the way? They come pretty close. At least they do in Broadway in Lauderhill’s strong season-opening production...

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‘Aladdin’ astonishes anew

    The titular character (Adi Roy) touches gold in an equity national  touring production of Aladdin.     By AARON KRAUSE The last time Aladdin visited South Florida, life as we knew it was still operating. Specifically, a little less than three years ago, in January 2020, virtually nobody...

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O Christmas Tree makes triumphant world premiere as a new holiday play

Courtesy of Thinking Cap Theatre Family members Grandma Anne (Carol Sussman), Frankie (Phillip Andrew Santiago), and Claudia (Angelina Lopez Catledge) rejoice during the world premiere production of O Christmas Tree.   By AARON KRAUSE An interfaith family coexists peacefully while respecting and celebrating their differences in O Christmas Tree, a...

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