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“Come On Along And Listen To…..” In Lauderhill-ACM
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.”
Not Hamlet or Hamilton, But The Full Monty Eventually Wins Over
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.
Cut Loose With Slow Burn Theatre’s Rousing Footloose
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.
2020 SoFla Theater: What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been
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.
Imagination, Determination Mark SoFla Theaters’ Varied Efforts To “Re-Open” — In A Way
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.
Slow Burn’s A Christmas Story Is Fresh Vision Of Beloved Film
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.
‘Glitter And Be Gay’ Proudly At Slow Burn’s Outrageous Priscilla
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.
‘Bette & Barry’ Entertains, But Where’s The Story?
Bette & Barry: From Bathhouse to Broadway at Island City Stage is an imagining of if Midler and Manilow decided to do a concert together. In real pop history, they never have. This revue is strong in their greatest hits, separately and collectively, but there’s no narrative.
Rockin’ Memphis Has The Rhythm and The Blues
Tight choreography, outstanding leads, a solid supporting cast and a fluid band infuse Slow Burn Theatre’s trip to Memphis. The rousing production hits the ground running in the opening scene set in a black nightclub in Memphis’ Beale Street area and doesn’t slow down until the last “Na, na, na, na” of the ovation.
“Disaster!” Is Anything But
If you are a Boomer (and be warned, maybe only if you’re a Boomer or their progeny), Slow Burn Theatre Company’s hilarious spoof Disaster! will be in contention for one of the silliest, stupidest and downright funniest nights you have had in theater in recent years.