‘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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Former ‘Peter Pan’ star fondly recalls her past

(Photo by Aaron Krause) Sandy Duncan excitedly greets an audience member after her interview at Palm Beach Dramaworks   WEST PALM BEACH — She may no longer fly, but Sandy Duncan can still move abruptly. And she knows how to make a hard landing. The 71-year-old beloved star, with a...

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A show to die for is touring the country

    Photo by Joan Marcus The touring cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder FORT LAUDERDALE — A word of caution: Do not heed the warning that “you’d best depart” the theater before the musical with an eyebrow-raising, attention-grabbing title begins. Those who are scared off will...

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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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Flashdance: The Musical achieves mixed results at South Florida venue

MARGATE, Fla. — Alexandra “Alex” Owens, the heroine of Flashdance: The Musical, is supposed to shine in the spotlight during the stage show’s last scene. She finally has the chance to wow the judges of the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy during her callback in a bid to become part of...

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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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‘Winter Shorts’ a sumptuous South Florida treat for the holidays

Photo by Justin Namon Margot Moreland and Dave Corey appear in “Becky’s Christmas Wish.” MIAMI — Oy Vey Maria is anything but your typical school Christmas pageant. It’s one of the most thoughtful, smartly-written and inventive holiday plays you’re likely to see. The Miracle of Chanukah, meanwhile, is not normally...

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‘Billy & Me’ a memorable memory play at Palm Beach Dramaworks

(Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Dramaworks) Tennessee Williams (Nicholas Richberg) and William Inge (Tom Wahl) share a moment during the world premiere production of Billy and Me. WEST PALM BEACH — Characters down alcohol with an equilibrium-upsetting frequency in Billy and Me, a new, engrossing, thought-provoking memory play receiving its...

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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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