Dynamic ‘Memphis’ is a rousing hit at Actors’ Playhouse

Photo by Alberto Romeu Huey (Eddie Egan) and his mother (Margot Moreland) argue in a scene from Actors’ Playhouse’ production of Memphis: The Musical. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — About a year ago, Ft. Lauderdale-based Slow Burn Theatre mounted a dynamic production of the highly-charged, Tony-winning musical, Memphis. Today,...

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‘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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A sunny ‘Annie’ at The Wick

  Photo by Amy Pasqantonio Sandy leaps up to his new best friend, Annie (Peyton Ella) in The Wick Theatre’s wonderful production of the beloved musical. By AARON KRAUSE BOCA RATON, Fla. — A director mounting an evergreen such as Annie doesn’t have to dig deep to unearth modern relevance. After all,...

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Hello, indeed, to a devoted, dear Dolly!

Photo by Julieta Cervantes A graceful, thankful Dolly (Betty Buckley) takes in the loving atmosphere at the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant in the national equity tour of the most recent Tony-Award-winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!      By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI — The woman of the moment rises. She approaches us...

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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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