An invigorating Mamma Mia! at The Wick

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Donna Sheridan (Jodie Langel, center) clowns around with her friends, Tanya (Aaron Bower, left) and Rosie (Britte Steele) in The Wick Theatre’s energetic production of Mamma Mia!   By AARON KRAUSE When Mamma Mia! opened on Broadway in October 2001, the entire country was hurting. A...

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Slow Burn’s ‘Songs for a New World’ sizzles

Photo by Marjorie Vitalherne Cast members Heather Jane Rolff, Timothy Michael Quinn, Darius J. Manuel, and Cecilia Snow appear in a scene from Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Songs for a New World.   By AARON KRAUSE The fantastic foursome comprising the cast of Slow Burn Theatre Company’s rousing...

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‘Angela’s Ashes: The Musical’ delivers emotionally

Photo courtesy of the Pat Moylan production of Angela’s Ashes: The Musical. Frank (Eoin Cannon) exults during a scene toward the end of The Pat Moylan production of Angela’s Ashes: The Musical.   By AARON KRAUSE A story that is ripe with rich, raw, and real emotion is often a...

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A Mastodon not easily forgotten

Photo by Morgan Sophia Photography Jess the Mastodon and her human friends coexist in Rachel Teagle’s new play, The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons.   By AARON KRAUSE Our roughly nine-and-a-half-foot tall heroine lumbers across the stage. Then, she settles into a chair in a vocational advisor’s office. Not long after,...

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Angela’s Ashes: The Musical coming to your computer screen

The Pulitzer Prize winning and “New York Times” bestselling memoir, Angela’s Ashes, is now also a stage musical – and you can be among the first to see it virtually. Specifically, the award-winning, Off-Broadway Irish Repertory Theatre will stream the show from Sept. 9 through Sept. 22. The online production...

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Her Honor, Jayne Byrne receives top national play award

    By AARON KRAUSE Nicole Brooks describes herself as a playwright who “likes to shove a lot of words into their text.” But recently, Brooks found herself at a loss for words. That’s because Brooks was giving her acceptance speech after winning the 2021 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre...

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Not your ordinary Town Hall event

  Two Broadway legends on Aug. 3 will discuss a new book and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that is the book’s subject. Specifically, “an intimate digital conversation event” will feature Tony Award-winning playwright and director James Lapine, as well as legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The event’s purpose is to celebrate...

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South Florida’s abuzz with live theater activity

The Finstrom Festival of New Work is under way at Miami’s Zoetic Stage, with daily virtual readings of new plays. The festival’s namesake is the late South Florida playwright and arts patron Tony Finstrom. He was a long-time Carbonell Awards judge, as well as the founder of the Silver Palm...

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Broadway series coming to Lauderhill

  Live, in-person theater will return to the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in 2022. Specifically, patrons can look forward to a professional, three-show series next year. Those musicals are Grease, Sister Act, and Guys and Dolls. They will comprise the inaugural Broadway at LPAC series at the Lauderhill Performing Arts...

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Area Stage’s immersive ‘Annie’ shines

Photo by Giancarlo Rodaz The orphans look up to Annie in Area Stage Company’s immersive production   By AARON KRAUSE Young, visionary director Giancarlo Rodaz’s winning approach in Area Stage Company’s (ASC) current unorthodox, yet triumphant production of the classic musical Annie features eight actors playing all roles. That compares to a...

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