By Bill Hirschman It’s Stephen Sondheim redux for veteran Broadway actor Ken Jennings, although a bit backwards. It might seem a long, long stretch for the man who created the mentally challenged apprentice Tobias in Sondheim’s pitch-dark blood-red musical Sweeney …
Not meaning disrespect to local producers, but the founders of the new Marquee Theater Company opening its second show this weekend in Boca Raton argue that there is no need to go to New York to find the talent needed to mount professional musicals with an expansive scope.
The charismatic Jan McArt may be one of crucial developers of South Florida’s cultural past as creator of the mainstream Royal Palm Dinner Theatre, but her focus today is firmly on its future by nurturing the writing of new plays. A look at her past, present and future.
Gallery of photos of Jan McArt and productions at the Royal Palm Dinner Theatre
Situated in Riverside Park along the scenic Indian River, Riverside Theatre may reside in a sub-tropical paradise, but it is a professional regional theater known for its Broadway-quality shows.
Perhaps if Rent hadn’t eclipsed everything that arrived in New York in 1996, maybe Bed and Sofa would have received the attention it deserved, in the eyes of Skye Whitcomb who is directing Outré Theatre Company’s “silent movie amber opera” in its Southeastern premiere at the Broward Center.
After seeing seven shows in a week this summer, the overarching lesson that the venerable Shaw festival in Canada has to teach South Florida theaters is jazz.
If someone was designing a heaven on earth for theater lovers, they might not have to go farther for a blueprint than the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake in early summer.
Interviewing Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, or trying to, about their upcoming national tour of Love Letters that kicks off in Fort Lauderdale next week seems almost churlishly interfering with a warm reunion of old friends.
South Florida Theater patrons checking and responding to email during a performance has mushroomed in recent years, but it reached a high water mark last week indicating a worsening of the collision of technology, performance art, the obsession with staying connected and the etiquette of communal interaction.