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The Newsboy Strike of 1899 is the foundation of a high-energy, enthusiastic and plain old fun production of the musical Disney’s Newsies closing out Slow Burn Theatre Company’s season.
Always…Patsy Cline is a cross between a memory play, historical piece, and jukebox musical that is receiving an admirable production from Arts Center Management, the City of Lauderhill and the hosting Lauderhill Performing Arts Center
Of course, Mary Poppins does fly in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s glorious production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. As the song goes, this Mary Poppins is “Practically Perfect,”
If you’ve got a competent, committed team as the Broadway at LPAC series does for 42nd Street, you’re nearly guaranteed a rousing gift of pure hallelujah as the love of musical theater grows into the triumphantly cresting cakewalk of “Lullaby of Broadway.”
True, there’s not particularly buff former factory workers stripping down to G-strings, pumping and grinding in a ladies’ bar, but The Full Monty is the kind of pleasant mainstream musical that folks used to complain wasn’t being made anymore.
A hallmark of Slow Burn Theatre Company is its knack in finding new, mostly young talent and shaping those performers’ creativity. That approach—and this current round of talent—are on full display in the high energy, highly entertaining production of Footloose, now at the Broward Center.
A look back at 2020: Yes, South Florida theater was crippled by the pandemic. But its acolytes remained driven to express their artistry, and patrons remained ravenous for their work. They continued to explore projects, create avenues and seek paychecks with efforts ranged from filmed full-fledged productions to monologues newly penned in bedrooms.
Drive-in theater, theater behind storefront glass, podcasts: In spurts over 7 months, South Florida theater artists have been preparing experiments online and live, for free, for pay or donations. As many are coming into view this fall, they are coalescing into a new if temporary paradigm that holds out hope for the survival of the genre.
There’s a scene of pure hallelujah in Slow Burn Theatre’s A Christmas Story the Musical in which adults and children dressed in sparkly costumes echoing the fabled Major Award leg lamp are in a kick line in a RKO-worthy production number. You won’t remember that from the holiday film. But that’s the key to enjoying this adaptation: Each edition makes the most of its genre’s strengths with little worry that it’s significantly different than its predecessors.
Intentional or not, Slow Burn Theatre Company producing Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the height of Pride Week, near the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, is the ultimate synergistic commentary. Its edition of the reliably infectious feel-good musical rises another level into a conscious celebration of identity. Indeed, pride unfettered and unabashed explodes with the pure joy.