If American Idol produced a Broadway musical with choreography often found behind a diva in a stadium tour, the result would resemble Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Aida. The result is often entertaining and occasionally moving. But the entire effort is unapologetically drenched in a late ‘90s pop sensibility that is by turns earnest and kitschy, insightful and shallow, deft and manipulative.
2015 produced a wild variety of snapshots to paste in the theatrical scrapbooks: a male Dolly Levi, a homicidal dimwit slicing carrots, a kidnapper forcing her captives to learn nonsense, a tsunami engulfing a Japanese village, a green-gunked survivor of toxic sludge singing love songs to his blind librarian girlfriend. You know, just another year for regional theater in South Florida.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Aida, Alexander Dinelaris, Alexandria Lugo, Ali MacGraw, Alliance Theatre Lab, Always... Patsy Cline, Ana Villafane, Andrea Burns, Andy Rogow, Andy Senor Jr., Ann Marie Olson, Anne Chamberlain, Antonio Amadeo, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, Avi Hoffman, Barbara Sloan, Beverly Blanchette, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bruno Vida, Buried Child, Casey Dressler, Christian Vandepas, Christina Groom, Christine Dolen, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Collin Carmouze, Darrick Penny, Ellie Patterson, Emmanuel Schvartzman, Fully Committed, Genie Croft, Giordan Diaz, Gypsy, Henry Gainza, Infinite Abyss, Island City Stage, J. Barry Lewis, Jen Chia, Jessica Brooke Sanford, Joanna Penny, John Manzelli, Joseph Adler, Kaitlyn O'Neill, Katherine Amadeo, Keith Garsson, Kunya Rowley, Laura Hodos, Lauren Bell, Lee Roy Reams, Levis Jewish Community Center, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lindsey Corey, Lindsey Johr, Lou Tyrrell, Love Letters, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marckenson Charles, Marilynn Wick, Mark Della Ventura, Matthew Korinko, Melissa Minyard, Mia Matthews, Michael McKeever, Michiko Kitayama Skinner, Natalie Caruncho, New Theatre, Nick Duckart, Nick Santa Maria, Niki Fridh, Nilo Cruz, On Your Feet!, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Palm Beaches Theatre, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Louis, Paul Tei, Rick Pena, Rob Donohoe, Robert Johnston, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Ryan Didato, Ryan O'Neal, Scott Shiller, Shane Tanner, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Small Membership, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Stephen G. Anthony, Tally Sessions, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Little Dog Laughed, The Wick Theatre, Thinking Cap Theatre, Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, Zoetic Stage
The surprisingly impressive bow of the new Marquee Theater Company with its production of the pop musical Aida is notable for, among other things, the professional debut of its star, Alexandria Lugo
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Tagged Abi Perl, Aida, Alexandria Lugo, Alissa Kane, Andre Russell, Andrew Shultz, Ben Solmor, Bruno Faria, Darcy Hernandez, Eddie Morales, Elisa Ghen, Elton John, Gianina Mogavero, Jonathan Eisele, Lance Blank, Mark Hernandez, Marquee Theater Company, Nathan Mays, Phil Hinton, Richard Forbes, Robert Geils, Tim Rice
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.