‘Waitress’ remains timely, touching and empowering in national tour

Photo by Philicia Endelman Jenna Hunterson (Christine Dwyer) appears contemplative in the national equity tour of Waitress   By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI — Jenna Hunterson likely makes the #MeToo movement proud. Certainly, her new-found confidence and nerve inspire many in the Tony-nominated best musical Waitress. In particular, one scene should...

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An uneven yellow brick road at Stage Door Theatre’s ‘The Wiz’

  Photo by David Martinek Off to the Emerald City are: Ben Bagby (Tin Man), Darius J. Manuel (Lion), Nayomi Braaf (Dorothy), and Kedrick D. Faulk (Scarecrow).   By AARON KRAUSE LAUDERHILL — Soul and spirit are characteristics we would expect from a production of the multi-Tony-winning musical The Wiz. And,...

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You’ll be hungry for more of Lightning Bolt’s Little Shop of Horrors

Photo by Alissa Kane Outer space plant Audrey II demands that Seymour (Andrew Shultz) feed him in Lightning Bolt’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. By AARON KRAUSE BOCA RATON — Little Shop of Horrors has always had the type of effect on audiences that Orin Scrivello’s laughing gas container...

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‘La Cage’ marks a remarkable debut for Stage Door Theatre at new venue

Photo by George Wentzler Some of the La Cage aux folles’ girls surround Georges (Jamie Michael Parnell) with feather-like materials.   By AARON KRAUSE LAUDERHILL, Fla. — …So hold this moment fast…and make this moment last. Surely, these lyrics from La Cage Aux Folles are apropos for Stage Door Theatre’s...

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Area Stage Company’s vibrant ‘Cabaret’ speaks to our times, implicates us.

  (Photo by Giancarlo Rodaz) The flamboyant, charismatic Master of Ceremonies (Giorgio Volpe) interacts with the audience in Area Stage Company’s production of Cabaret. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES — Without warning, a group of Nazi flag-waving activists march down the aisle of the audience seating area, fervently singing the anthem...

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Actors’ Playhouse ends season with a much-anticipated, strong ‘Bang’

  Photo by Alberto Romeu Ken Clement and Nick Santa Maria star in The Big Bang, now through Sept. 2 at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — It’s too bad Max Bialystock didn’t attend a backers’ audition for the latest proposed musical. Certainly,...

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The Big D is touching, rowdy in world-premiere production of new play at the Abyss Theater

  (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Larsen) Chuck (Grant Tambellini) and Todd (Gabriel Andrade) appear in a scene from the world premiere production of Michael Mizerany’s The Big D. By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla. — For all the raunchy scenes in Michael Mizerany’s new play The Big D, the message...

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Lightning Bolt Productions’ strong ‘Into The Woods’ gives musical modern resonance

(Photo by Carol Kassie) Here are some of the actors playing major characters in Lightning Bolt Production’s mounting of Into the Woods. BOCA RATON — Into the Woods’ disturbing second act occurs in a boy’s nightmare in Lightning Bolt Production’s riveting, pulse-quickening production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s 1987...

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Million Dollar Quartet proves priceless — again — at Actors’ Playhosue

  (Photo by Alberto Romeu) The cast of Actors’ Playhouse production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ jams it out during a much-anticipated return engagement of the musical. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — So…what do Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis have in store for an encore in Actors’ Playhouse...

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An emotionally-potent ‘Next to Normal’ shines in South Florida co-production

Photo by Fernando Barron II (From left) Christopher Alvarez as Gabe, Sabrina Lynn Gore as Diana and Johnbarry Green appear in Infinite Abyss Productions and Measure for Measure’s staging of Next to Normal WILTON MANORS, Fla. — A current South Florida co-production of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning musical Next to Normal is...

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