- Music Reviews
- February 23, 2018
The Asylum Years (Omnivore Recordings). Review by James Mann.
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Christmas Bells By Jones Hope Wooten Directed by Vicky Wicks Breakthrough Theater Winter Park, FL What is it about the south that demands everyone have three first names? Down in little Fayro, Texas, holiday traditions hang by the balance. Hot flashing Honey Raye Futrelle (Michelle Burkett) takes on the Christmas pageant at the “Tabernacle of
Sondheim on Sondheim Music by Steven Sondheim Show Conceived by James Lapine Directed by Dr. Michael Foster Seminole State College Lake Mary, FL If George Gershwin is basic arithmetic, then Steven Sondheim is third year calculus. This retrospective on Sondheim’s career is a specialist’s delight; the tracks and stories spend more time with his misses
Annie Book by Thomas Meehan Music by Charles Strouse Lyrics by Martin Charnin Directed by Steve MacKinnon Starring Lyla Tsiokos, Cami Miller, Schon McCloud Garden Theater Winter Garden, FL The only real difference between this production and one in New York is these tickets cost less, and there’s plenty of free parking. You’ve read the
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told By Paul Rudnick Directed Ensemble Starring Brett McMahon, Tripp Karrh, Sara Jones, Camila Camilo Footlights Theater Orlando, FL Looking for drama? Backstage at the Footlights is my go-to spot for fraught interpersonal conflicts, but tonight the show did go on. This Paul Rudnick script originally opened the Footlights as
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Who Killed Santa? By Neil Haven Directed by Winnie Wenglewick Dangerous Theater Sanford, FL I didn’t know the guy was even sick, never mind dead. Even the North Pole has its holiday parties, and tonight Santa (Wenglewick) started early. Soon the guests show up: Tiny Tim (Julian Seppala), Rudolph (Lars Carlile), Frosty (Logan Blake), Steve,
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Directed by Suzanne O’Donnell Adapted by Joe Landry Starring Duke Lafoon, David Edwards, Natalie Cordone, and Sarah French Orlando Shakespeare Theater Orlando, FL It’s the season for roasting chestnuts, and this is certainly one of them. Shakes last did this script about 4 years ago, and while
Paint A Tank #2: Military Mambo Rokaya Mikhailenko AHHA Dance Presenting at Emotions Dance Studio Casselberry, FL They say you need to “sing loud and stuff” to end the war; but this group prefers to dance it away. Drinks were cheap and the crowd small and mostly theater insiders, but the performance was intriguing. Out
Born Yesterday By Garson Kanin Directed by Tony Simotes Starring Jamie-Lyn Markos, Duncan Bahr, and Mark “Gary” Miller Mad Cow Theatre Orlando, FL In politics nothing ever really changes except the names and the hair styles. Tonight, we find ourselves in post war Washington D.C. There’s big money in cleaning up the scrap metal left
Daddy Long Legs Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon Book by John Caird Based on a novel by Jean Webster Directed by Roy Alan Musical Direction by Chris Leavy Winter Park Playhouse Winter Park, FL This is NOT the Fred Astaire Musical from 1955, nor any of the other six similar sounding listings in IMDB.
A post modern take on the old Frankie and Annette beach movies.
Sense and Sensibility By Kate Hamill Based on a novel by Jane Austen Directed by Marianne DiQuattro Starring Anneliese Moon and Allison Furlong Annie Russell Theater at Rollins College Winter Park, FL The pre-women lib world was so quaint. You either “Had” income or you starved, no woman dare not talk to man without an
I Have Dreamed: The Songs of Richard Rodgers Featuring Larry Alexander Musical Direction by Christopher Leavy Additional Accompaniment by Ned Wilkinson Spotlight Cabaret Series November 29, 2017 Winter Park Playhouse Winter Park, FL I don’t think everything we heard tonight was the original lyric. But it still sounded great as we looked back to the
An Octaroon By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Based on a play by Dion Boucicault Directed by David Reed Starring Arius West, Andrew Coleburn, and Mandi Lee UCF Conservatory Theater Orlando, FL Back in the old days, if you needed a black actor you put a white guy on stage in blackface. Today, if you can’t get enough
The House of Bernarda Alba By Federico García Lorca A New Version by Emily Mann Directed by Nadia Garzón Starring Ibis Enid Rodriguez, Leonor Velosa, and Lisa Morales Seminole State College Lake Mary, FL Fortune is fleeting, and in this tense and claustrophobic tale its already two miles down the road. Senior Bernardo Alba is
Orphans By Lyle Kessler Directed by Marco DiGeorge Theater on the Edge Edgewater, FL If there’s one thing this place needs, it’s a light up sign you can see from the street. What it’s good at is stage intensity, and the ability to get wallpaper to look like cockroaches put it up in 1978. Meet
Red Black and Ignorant By Edward Bond Directed by Jeremy Seeghers Starring Daniel Cooksley, Sophia Anne Tretro, and Sean Kemp Valencia College Theater Orlando, FL It’s the end of the world, and these folks know it. There are no more theaters; all we have tonight is a bunch of chairs set out in the grass
Double Jeopardy The Trial of B. B. Wolf Music by Curtis Tucker Word by Nelson Sheeley and Trial By Jury By Gilbert and Sullivan Directed by Dee Axel Musical Direction by Nishaa Carson Central Florida Vocal Arts Presented at CFVA Black Box Theater 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd Orlando, FL Courtroom procedurals can drag, but if
Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical Book by Susan L. Schwartz Music by Andrew Sherman Additional Music and Lyrics by Tom Kitt and Jonathan Callicutt Directed by Adam McCabe Choreographed by Michelle Alagna Starring Takara Anderson Footlights Theater, Orlando FL The Footlights Theater continues to up its game; tonight we have both a proper overture to