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While the Broadway Palm production of Beauty and the Beast at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center will elicit giggles from the kids, this local edition is a surprisingly satisfying evening even for the adults thanks to fine voices, a live band and a cast that is fully invested in the work – not simply overacting for the less demanding children.
The West Side Story from the Prather family’s new Broadway Palm series at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has so much to praise, yet, joins local productions to underscore how there are always aspects that fail to live up to what everyone intuits the piece can be.
UPDATED: Broward Stage Door, which has battled through a dozen fiscal and artistic highs and lows over a quarter-century, has shut its doors. This week, the company cancelled the remaining performances in its current production, My One and Only at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.
The rest of the season also has been cancelled
It would be facile and unfair to say the one and only reason to see the Broward Stage Door production of the musical My One and Only is the exuberant joyful tap dancing. The leading lady has a lovely voice. And the music is by the Gershwins. But otherwise, this production is what theatrical academics and professional dramaturgs technically call “a mess.”
Soul and spirit are characteristics we would expect from a production of the multi-Tony-winning musical The Wiz. And, to be fair, Stage Door Theatre’s mounting is, at times, spirited, hip, sassy and soulful. Several scenes feature vivacious acting and expressive singing. But too often, this production is tedious and even moribund.
Broward Stage Door’s La Cage aux Folles stresses the universal virtues of love and loyalty, delivered with only a wry smile to acknowledge that its protagonists are an aging gay couple including one drag queen. While undeniably entertaining and featuring some rich voices, this edition is noticeably missing some of the pizzazz that the material requires to make it a memorable evening.