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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‘Moulin Rogue,’ ‘The Inheritance’ are Tony’s big winners

    It is official: Broadway performer Danny Burstein is a Tony Award winner. Burstein achieved the honor after receiving a “Best Featured Actor” trophy for his work on the Great White Way in the jukebox musical, Moulin Rogue! Before his win on Sunday, Burstein had received seven Tony Award...

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A different kind of self portrait

Hammond 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 Jim Hammond’s “self-portrait” doesn’t quite resemble him. After all, the work of art stands about nine-and-a-half-feet tall. And it measures roughly 12-feet long...

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‘Jersey Boys’ kicks off Maltz season in January

Seldom do you get to watch a Broadway musical in a baseball stadium. However, South Florida theatergoers will get that opportunity early next year. That is because in January, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, a professional, not-for-profit, regional company in Southeast Florida, will open its 2021/22 grand reopening season with the smash...

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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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Award winning actor inhabits more than 20 characters in one-performer show

Photo courtesy of Elena Maria Garcia Elena Maria Garcia plays a variety of characters in her one-performer show By AARON KRAUSE By her admission, Elena Maria Garcia is the type of person who will easily complete 10 tasks if someone designates that many for her. So, it is not entirely...

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Sparks fly in New Normal Rep’s riveting ‘Lines in the Dust’

  © New Normal Rep The cast of New Normal Rep’s production of Lines in the Dust comprises (from left) Lisa Rosetta Strum as Dr. Beverly Long, Melissa Joyner as Denitra Morgan, and Jeffrey Bean as Mike DiMaggio.   By AARON KRAUSE All Denitra Morgan wants is for her daughter,...

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Enjoy a series of shorts on a Summer night

    The New York-based professional Red Bull theater company will give audiences a chance to watch seven world premiere plays in one night. Specifically, the short pieces comprise Red Bull’s 11th Annual Short New Play Festival. This online benefit will take place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, July...

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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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Perhaps you’ve never heard of this ‘Cowboy.’

Photo courtesy of Christa Ingraham Theater artist Layon Gray directs and stars as deputy U.S. marshal Bass Reeves in M Ensemble’s Cowboy.   By AARON KRAUSE If I don’t tell the stories, who will? It’s not just a rhetorical question but an attitude through which multi award-winning theater artist Layon...

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