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Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight At MNM’s A Funny Thing

MNM Theatre Company’s delightfully silly production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a musical that prides itself on broad low and often ribald humor, pratfalls, double takes and half the encyclopedia of vaudevillian comedy.

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Advice To The Wick’s Hot Shoe Shuffle: Don’t Stop Dancing

To paraphrase A Chorus Line for the Wick Theatre’s Hot Shoe Shuffle: Dance 10, Books 3. Whenever this troupe of supremely talented terpsichoreans start tapping in precision sync, backed by a live full-throated swing band, audiences will be thrilled. Then they open their mouths.

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Good Luck Trying To Resist Wick’s Beauty And The Beast

The final tear-inducing five minutes of Beauty and the Beast, if executed effectively as it is at The Wick Theatre production, is a good barometer of whether you’re dead inside.

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Women Rule Across The 1960s In The Wick’s Retro Revue Beehive

Beehive, yet another innocuous transitorily entertaining revue tracing music sung by women through the 1960s, highlights, intentionally or not, one trenchant observation. The same early Baby Boomers who started the decade enthusiastically singing along to Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” ended up wailing with Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby.”

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Stage Door Hosts Tuneful Revue Of Jerry Herman Showstoppers

But legendary Broadway composer/lyricist Jerry Herman has spent his life as an unapologetic champion of leaving audiences after two hours feeling diverted. So diverting is the right word for the venerable revue of his ouvré, Jerry’s Girls, at Broward Stage Door, a procession of 38 hits and lesser-known songs from at least eight shows including Hello, Dolly! and Mame .

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Stage Door’s I Love A Piano Is Very, Very Familiar Berlin Revue

With such irresistible raw material as the Irving Berlin songbook, Broward Stage Door’s production of I Love a Piano can’t help but be mildly entertaining and this edition finally emits infectious joy during the last 15 minutes. But for frequent theatergoers who have seen songbook after songbook, year after year, decade after decade, the doctor diagnoses a new malady: revue fatigue.

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Stage Door’s I Love A Piano Is Very, Very Familiar Berlin Revue

With such irresistible raw material as the Irving Berlin songbook, Broward Stage Door’s production of I Love a Piano can’t help but be mildly entertaining and this edition finally emits infectious joy during the last 15 minutes. But for frequent theatergoers who have seen songbook after songbook, year after year, decade after decade, the doctor diagnoses a new malady: revue fatigue.

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