A sense of community, healing invigorate ‘Once On This Island’s Broadway revival

Photo by Joan Marcus Asaka (Alex Newell, in drag) shares a laugh with Ti Moune (Hailey Kilgore) in the Broadway revival of Once On This Island.  By AARON KRAUSE NEW YORK, N.Y. — Yes, that really is a live goat on stage. It’s leading its handler toward the audience in...

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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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A solid Sinatra revue at MNM Theatre Company

  Photo by Tom Tracy Here are the couples of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra in MNM Theatre Company’s mounting. Photographed from left are Clay Cartland, Laura Plyler, Mark Sanders and Hannah Richter.    By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH — “You can’t find a Frank Sinatra...

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Quite a musical exhibition at Measure for Measure Theatre Company

Photo by Clifford Spulock Allyson Nicole Ryan is a terror of a little girl to Ernest Gonzalez’ flustered father in Measure for Measure Theatre Company’s production of 35MM: A Musical Exhibition. By AARON KRAUSE BOCA RATON — While they’re still images, photographs are alive with narrative possibilities, color and meaning....

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New musical has promise, but flaws hamper it

Photo courtesy of Ronnie Larsen Presents Daniel #1 (Cody Jenkins) snuggles up with Greg #1 (Conor Walton) in the world premiere production of Now & Then. By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla. — Time flashes years forward and backward in sometimes sunny beams of hope and love, but also darker...

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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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A darker Oliver! is still tuneful, hopeful, compelling at Goodspeed Opera House

  Photo by Diane Sobolewski The Artful Dodger (Gavin Swartz) takes Oliver (Elijah Rayman) under his wing in Goodspeed Musicals’ production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!   By AARON KRAUSE EAST HADDAM, Conn. — Goodspeed Musicals’ impressive production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! isn’t shrouded in darkness and dismay. But, make no mistake: This...

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Updated ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ is still amusing, touching at MNM Theatre Co.

Photo by Jacek Photo (From left) Clay Cartland, Heather Kopp, Anna Lise Jensen and Michael Scott Ross appear in a scene from I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH — People love It. Perhaps, some think it’s perfect. But librettist/lyricist Joe DiPietro has changed...

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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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Minimalism means more in Area Stage Company’s Shrek

    (Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company) Shrek (Ryan Bauta) gives fair warning to anyone daring to enter his territory. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Can audience members believe in a world onstage even if the theatrical magic is simple and visible? After witnessing Area Stage Company’s (ASC) exhilarating production...

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