‘A Bronx Tale’ shines in Ft. Myers

  Photo courtesy of Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Characters are in heavy concentration in Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre’s production of A Bronx Tale.     By AARON KRAUSE When it comes to musicals, A Bronx Tale is not one of the great ones. Still, it’s a crowd-pleasing, familiar tale populated...

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Promising musical theater artists honored

Here are Benjamin Scheuer, Melissa Li, and Kit Yan.   Melissa Li, Benjamin Scheuer, and Kit Yan are names to remember in musical theater. Indeed, these individuals have each earned the 2021 Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. The honor’s namesake is Edward L. Kleban. He is the late Tony and...

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Watch the world premieres of five short musicals

  Could the next Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen emerge from a musical theater partnership in the Cleveland area? A collaboration between the Beck Center for the Arts and the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program has existed for 10 years. And this month, the collaborating partners will present five...

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‘A Class Act’ shines at The Garden Theatre near Orlando

  Photo courtesy of Steven Miller Photography Edward Kleban (Sean Powell) is the center of attention in a scene from The Garden Theatre’s current production of A Class Act.   By AARON KRAUSE When you’re feeling down about yourself, it can be comforting to learn that somebody who achieved a...

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Broadway star Ann Reinking dies at 71

Ann Reinking Nov. 10, 1949 — Dec. 12, 2020   Ann Reinking, a Tony Award-winning choreographer who performed on Broadway for 30 years, making a name for herself particularly through her work in the musical Chicago, has died at age 71. Reinking died in her sleep in a hotel room...

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Theater company recording original 60’s musical as a radio series

      By AARON KRAUSE Giancarlo Rodaz was not a child of the 60’s. But Rodaz, who is in his mid-20’s, loves music from the era, and researched the decade. Further, he feels that musical theater could use more 1960’s shows. So, the versatile, visionary South Florida theater artist...

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Actors’ Playhouse to reopen for holiday show

  Photo by Alberto Romeu Actors’ Playhouse is welcoming audiences back for a stage musical adaptation of Madeline’s Christmas.   Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre will welcome back audiences for a “festive treat for adults and children alike.” However, things will look different under the Coral Gables-based Actors’ Playhouse’...

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MNM Theatre Co. to bring audiences ‘Closer Than Ever’

    By AARON KRAUSE “Since we haven’t been together for a long time, we knew it was time to be Closer Than Ever,” said MNM Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director and CEO Marcie Gorman. “Just the name of this show seemed to be a perfect fit for these times.”...

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Actors’ Playhouse presents scaled down, yet winning ‘Camelot’

  Photo courtesy Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Pictured here are the trio comprising the “love triangle” in Camelot. Appearing from left are Nick Fitzer as Lancelot, Britt Michael Gordon as King Arthur, and Kayleen Seidl as Guenevere.   By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Picture this: Community...

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Nominations announced for 74th annual Tony Awards

  While we still do not know when the 2020 virtual Tony Awards broadcast will take place, we at least now know the nominees. The Tony Awards’ presenters, The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, announced the nominees on Thursday. Alanis Morissette’s musical, Jagged Little Pill, leads the way...

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