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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Temptation to linger on Lincoln Road

Photo courtesy of Ernesto Sempoll Mia Matthews and Gerald McCullouch play sparring siblings in a play about greed, All I Want is Everything, part of Miami New Drama’s Seven Deadly Sins.   Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road will remain sinful for at least 15 more days. After weeks of sold-out performances, Miami...

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Forget Alexa; “Sounds of Broadway” likely plays the theater song you wish to hear

  Photo from www.soundsofbroadway.com Stuart Brown has no shortage of material when it comes to musical theater     By AARON KRAUSE If people listening to the online radio station “Sounds of Broadway” wanted to hear songs from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they were in luck. Although the legendary 1976 Broadway...

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Union suggests no ‘stage-dooring’ once live performances resume

The areas around stage doors could look as deserted as the one above if theaters implement a union’s guideline prohibiting autograph seeking following live theater productions.     If you loved seeking autographs and taking backstage tours following stage productions, new safety guidelines may disappoint you. A theater union suggests...

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Inaugural ceremony honors Black theater artists

A new celebration honoring Black theater artists and contributors on Broadway and Off-Broadway will make its debut on Friday, June 19. It’s the day that Broadway Black, a multimedia organization which highlights Black theater artists’ achievements, will premiere the Antonyo Awards at 7 p.m. EST on June 19.  You can...

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 ‘She Shorts’ empowers, delights  

    Photo courtesy of Thinking Cap Theatre and City Theatre An intense scene plays out in Webster’s Bitch, one of several pieces comprising the inaugural presentation of She Shorts.   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — Looking back, the all-around beneficial collaboration seemed inevitable. To begin with, throughout its...

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Area Stage Company’s young leader finds a place at the South Miami theater

    Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company Giancarlo Rodaz has proven his versatility at Area Stage Company. Here, he performs in a production of Hair.    By AARON KRAUSE SOUTH MIAMI — About a decade ago, Giancarlo Rodaz resembled many youngsters. For instance, he enjoyed playing video games and...

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Despite its flaws, ‘A Bronx Tale’s’ heart and humor win us over

Photo by Joan Marcus Athletic, even acrobatic choreography helps tell the ‘tale’ in A Bronx Tale. Pictured above are touring cast members.    By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — A couple of reviews of A Bronx Tale, the Broadway musical, describe the show as a blending between Jersey Boys and West Side Story. Many might rightly...

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‘Veronica’s Position’ entertains, provokes thought at Island City Stage

  Photo by George Wentzler Philip Wilder (Ben Sandomir) is flanked by the women in his life. To our left, looking at the screen, is stage director Christina Groom (Mallory Dascomb) and Veronica Fairchild (Laura Hodos)     By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla. — The senator proclaims his vision for...

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