Tag Archives: Ann Marie Olson

Slow Burn’s Titanic Musical Compassionately Depicts Triumph Turned to Tragedy

The enduring genius of Titanic the Musical beautifully limned by Slow Burn Theatre Company is that while it arely nods at what’s to come, it relies on the audience viewing the initial paeans to progress and dreams with the knowledge that this optimistic vision will be swept away by fate, Nature or the very God being prayed to.

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Slow Burn Takes A Welcome Return Trip Home To Avenue Q

Thomas Wolfe warned that you can’t go home again, but Slow Burn Theatre Company’s revival of its 2012 production of Avenue Q is a welcome and joyful return to the neighborhood and the ol’ gang.

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Two Fine Performances Put A Glow On The “Other” Sondheim Revue, Putting It Together

It’s been a season of Stephen Sondheim the past 10 months or so in Florida, and Putting It Together, the musical at Broward Stage Door, puts a satisfying capstone on it as strong earnest voices tackle many songs that only addicts are aware of.

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Looking Back At South Florida Theater’s 2015: Taking Chances Financially And Artistically

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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Ann Marie Olson’s Performance Rescues Stage Door’s ‘Gypsy’

Any production of Gypsy that spotlights Ann Marie Olson’s golden voice can be forgiven nearly anything. But otherwise, much of this production is as thin as the tinny tracks and high school quality scenery, and sits there as unenthusing as Electra’s intentionally lackluster bump-and-grind.

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Slow Burn Lands Really Big Fish In Bow At The Broward Center

With this production of Big Fish, Slow Burn Theatre Company has proven itself with no asterisks to be the equal of any company producing musicals in the region, some with far more resources, government grants and well-heeled donors — not to mention among the most adventurous in tackling what few others attempt.

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The Wick’s Peter Pan Soars When The Music’s Playing

The Wick Theatre’s lush Peter Pan is thrilling whenever it breaks into song, spinning spell of gently whimsical fantasy. Otherwise, with a few notable exceptions, it settles for being a modestly entertaining evening worth bringing your kids or just yourself if you don’t have kids.

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Heartfelt Performances Elevate Thinking Cap’s Patsy Cline

Savoring the pungent joy and sorrow of Always…Patsy Cline does not require the audience to love the Eisenhower Era musical moment when country-western music began morphing into pop-rock. You just have to surrender to the skill and enthusiasm flooding Thinking Cap Theatre’s production inaugurating The Vanguard Sanctuary of the Arts venue in Fort Lauderdale.

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Parade Productions’ Undo Charts Divorce By Replaying Wedding In Reverse

Undo’s premise – a Jewish divorce ceremony that rewinds a couple’s wedding day — sounds so much like a sitcom episode that you keep expecting it to slide into shallow farce. But it doesn’t. The script is shot through with mordant gallows humor, but Parade Productions’ edition keeps excavating the marrow of marital and familial relationships.

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Boca Theatre Guild’s Everyday Rapture Captivates Musically, Speck of a Story Less Appealing

Boca Raton Theatre Guild’s Everyday Rapture is bliss and it’s the reason to get yourself to the Willow Theatre. Jodie Langel, Ann Marie Olson and Leah Sessa possess some of the best voices you’ll hear in Florida musical theater. Yet no matter how hard they try to sell it, the work itself never really hits a peak.

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