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By Jan Sjostrom They really ought to have a starting gun to fire off I Love a Piano. The song-and-dance tribute to Irving Berlin that opens the season at the at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton races through about …
As the Wick Theatre’s electric production of Million Dollar Quartet powers through the last four numbers, it’s easy to imagine that the sun never sets anywhere in the world where this musical isn’t playing. This current visit of Elvis, Carl, Johnny, and Jerry Lee is just as rousing as you remember from its opening blast of “Blue Suede Shoes.”
If you’re younger than Boomers and wonder what it felt like seeing a musical in the 1950s, or if you’re older and you yearn for what you saw in the 1950s, then take full advantage of the time machine humming at the Wick Theatre, a satisfyingly faithful revival of Damn Yankees, the kind of long fly to the bleachers as pin-striped athletes high-step to infectious hoedown music using bats instead of canes.
If only for the opportunity to enjoy Aaron Bower inhabiting a role she was born to play, we’d urge you to see the Wick Theatre’s revival of the updated Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. But the broader truth is that every aspect of this tuneful, witty musical gets as fine a production here as you can ask for.
Charm bubbles throughout the Wick Theatre’s lush production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a very 21st Century riff on the classic musical that can legitimately be promoted as entertaining for the whole family. The original beloved score is beautifully enhanced with new orchestrations, but don’t go expecting Hammerstein’s fairy tale script that you may have seen with Julie Andrews or Lesley Ann Warren.
Unabashed charm is not a quality one associates with modern musicals, but it is the predominant and reasonably satisfying virtue if you take the Wick Theatre’s time machine back 61 years to the opening of Milk and Honey, the first full-length musical by promising newcomer Jerry Herman.
The calendars in South Florida theater are being written in pencil—with erasers. Regional theaters are forging through the Covid spike with no panic and limited public fuss, but with a total lack of certainty of anything—cancelling performances, jettisoning titles, postponing productions a week, a month, a year; inserting swings; and calming ticket buyers by email.
No matter the time zone, country or phase of the moon, Mamma Mia! is playing somewhere, in this case an inarguably competent production at The Wick Theatre. Even those who have never been a fan of the work have to admit its score contains tunes that spark Pavlovian responses of joyous clapping and swaying along in audience members, even if they’ve aren’t familiar with the ABBA “ouvre.”
THE FACTS IN THIS STORY HAVE CHANGED. TICKETS *ARE* BEING SOLD.The Wick Theatre is trying a singular paradigm: It will mount a full production of A Chorus Line beginning April 22 inside its auditorium. But its leaders decidedly do not want to sell any tickets.
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.