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BWW Review: CLUE THE MUSICAL at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre BWW Review: CLUE THE MUSICAL at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
by Emily Yorgey - May 26, 2017

Whodunnit? That's what Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre wants YOU to discover in their production of CLUE THE MUSICAL, playing now through June 24, 2017. Broadway Palm brilliantly transforms a well-known board game, CLUE, into an entertaining, humorous, and interactive musical! Popular characters and mu... (more...)
BWW Review: FACULTY RECITAL at FSW BlackBox Theater BWW Review: FACULTY RECITAL at FSW BlackBox Theater
by Fran Thomas - April 26, 2017

Music faculty at Florida SouthWestern State College presented an eclectic concert to an audience of students, faculty, friends, and community members.... (more...)
BWW Review: Gen Y's Florida Premiere of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is 'So Very' and So Much More BWW Review: Gen Y's Florida Premiere of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is 'So Very' and So Much More
by Matt Tamanini - August 17, 2015

There is something killer going on in Orlando's theatre scene, and I mean that in the best possible way. Since debuting with a production of CABARET in January, Gen Y Productions has staged thrilling Florida premieres of two of New York's most buzzed-about new works, a risky proposition for a theatr... (more...)
BWW Review: Fringe Favorite SEASONS Brings New Work Excitement to Florida Tour BWW Review: Fringe Favorite SEASONS Brings New Work Excitement to Florida Tour
by Matt Tamanini - October 06, 2014

There is something exhilarating about sitting in the audience watching a new work that you think could eventually become something special. More so than any other artistic medium, pieces of musical theatre require extensive gestation periods, sometimes with years numbering in the decades. So to see ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Glowing VENUS IN FUR Unfolds at Gulfshore Playhouse BWW Reviews: Glowing VENUS IN FUR Unfolds at Gulfshore Playhouse
by Chris Silk - October 08, 2013

The fur flew. Oh, come on. That pun wrote itself. The play is called 'Venus in Fur.' Caucasian sable from Kazakhstan. And subtext. Acres of subtext - even if we never get acres of skin. This isn't porn, after all. Unless you use your imagination. '…opening the fur to reveal her glories?'... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Off-Broadway Palm's YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP Offers Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy BWW Reviews: Off-Broadway Palm's YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP Offers Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy
by Chris Silk - September 28, 2013

Full credit to director Paul Bernier. He saw something in 'You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up' that I didn't - and then took his cast there, to hilarious effect. Rachael Endrizzi and Adam Clough deliver a charming, laugh-out-loud performance that bids to become the season's first must-see comedy.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BIRTH Labors to Show Engaging View of Delivery Process BWW Reviews: BIRTH Labors to Show Engaging View of Delivery Process
by Chris Silk - September 10, 2013

Only the most oblivious could miss the symbolism of a play about birth being delivered on Labor Day weekend. 'Birth,' Karen Rachel Brody's dissection of popping out a baby, labors under the belief that audiences want to hear eight sometimes gut-wrenching stories about childbirth. Maybe we do.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Broadway Palm Belts Bacharach in BURT & ME BWW Reviews: Broadway Palm Belts Bacharach in BURT & ME
by Chris Silk - August 24, 2013

'Burt & Me' emerges really fun, if flighty, but John Ramsey leads a vocally talented, enthusiastic cast that puts an appealing spin on the thin material.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: STAGE 2 IMPROV Laughs into Naples BWW Reviews: STAGE 2 IMPROV Laughs into Naples
by Chris Silk - June 08, 2013

Maybe improv does have a future in Naples. Stage 2 Improv - 'the next stage of comedy' (insert eye roll here) - served up a loud, lively, way-better-than-I expected debut in the Naples Players' black box space Friday night.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Beck Belts Tunes of Legend in A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE BWW Reviews: Beck Belts Tunes of Legend in A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE
by Chris Silk - June 08, 2013

As Patsy would say, God bless Heather J. Beck. 'That girl can sing!' The songstress renders an uncanny vocal portrait of the country music legend up on the Broadway Palm stage in the early summer revue 'A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.' She's 'Crazy' good.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DREAMGIRLS Shimmies Into Naples BWW Reviews: DREAMGIRLS Shimmies Into Naples
by Chris Silk - May 23, 2013

Shimmy shimmy. Shake shake. Dip. Croon. Sparkle. Wail. Ooooooh. 'We're you're 'Dreamgirls.' Delightful, delicious, feathery, fluffy musical 'Dreamgirls' floated into the Phil (sigh, Artis-Naples) Wednesday. There's a reason the show appears for 'One Night Only,' but the music of Motown makes it a sp... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Gulfshore Playhouse Brings Callas to Life With MASTER CLASS BWW Reviews: Gulfshore Playhouse Brings Callas to Life With MASTER CLASS
by Chris Silk - April 15, 2013

'Master Class,' Terrence McNally's play about the life of opera diva Maria Callas, seems tailor-made to continue the partnership between Gulfshore Playhouse and the Naples Philharmonic. Produced by Gulfshore, performed in the Daniels Pavilion, the show combines a larger-than-life character, smart wr... (more...)
BWW Reviews: FULLY COMMITTED Opens for Dinner at BIG ARTS on Sanibel BWW Reviews: FULLY COMMITTED Opens for Dinner at BIG ARTS on Sanibel
by Chris Silk - April 02, 2013

There's one man (and a bunch of junk) on the stage. There's 40 characters on the stage. There's a laptop. A desk. A chair. A phone. An intercom. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. That. Incessant. ########## ####### ####### ######## ######## #######-ing RING! 'Good evening, 'Fully Committed;' could... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SECOND CITY Delivers First-Rate Comedy in Naples BWW Reviews: SECOND CITY Delivers First-Rate Comedy in Naples
by Chris Silk - March 27, 2013

There's a reason - a simple one - that Second City can fill an auditorium on a cold, windy evening in late March in Naples, when the sun is shining and the million distractions of a coastal resort town beckon. These guys are good. Very, very good.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: FOX ON THE FAIRWAY Eagles Out with Laughs at Broadway Palm BWW Reviews: FOX ON THE FAIRWAY Eagles Out with Laughs at Broadway Palm
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

Two rival golf clubs. A prodigy with a broken arm. A priceless vahze. A $200,000 wager. Granny's engagement ring. The Golf Channel. Oprah. Raw oysters. Champagne. There's even a couple putters, a driver and few golf balls knocking about the stage. Sounds like a recipe for a disaster on stage and lau... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Sassy SETH RUDETSKY Entertains in Naples BWW Reviews: Sassy SETH RUDETSKY Entertains in Naples
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

Thank you, Seth Rudetsky. The last thing you expect to hear on a wet Wednesday in March is a cover of 'I Dreamed A Dream,' that song from 'Les Miserables,' yes THAT song, as performed by Aretha oh please no Franklin. The tune. It … it … travels?... (more...)
BWW Reviews: OTHER DESERT CITIES Explodes Onto Florida Rep Stage BWW Reviews: OTHER DESERT CITIES Explodes Onto Florida Rep Stage
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

Florida Repertory Theatre scored a coup, grabbing the rights to red-hot Jon Robin Baitz play 'Other Desert Cities' for their 2012-13 season. In some ways a thinly veiled take on Ron and Nancy Reagan, the show features a daughter confronting conservative parents over long-buried family secrets.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Florida Rep Casts Magical Spell with FANTASTICKS BWW Reviews: Florida Rep Casts Magical Spell with FANTASTICKS
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

Call. Now. Get tickets to the Florida Rep production of 'The Fantasticks.' You, dear readers, will love the show. The opening night audience cooed in delight and sheer merriment at streamers and confetti and the banging of a drum. The smooth glissando of a harp evokes a garden, washed in lunar rays,... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Fall in Love with MARVELOUS WONDERETTES on Sanibel BWW Reviews: Fall in Love with MARVELOUS WONDERETTES on Sanibel
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

By the time the final notes of Aretha Franklin girl-power anthem 'Respect' die down, after Friday's opening night crowd whooped and cheered as Anne Chamberlain juggled, flipped and successfully caught an errant microphone, you're totally, completely, utterly in love with the 'Marvelous Wonderettes.'... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES Tour Thunders into Fort Myers BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES Tour Thunders into Fort Myers
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

Let's get to the point. 'Les Miserables' is back in Southwest Florida for the second time in fifteen months, playing through March 17 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. Will you like it? That depends. I didn't. You will. Because Tuesday's opening night crowd went absolutely n... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Theatrezone Tackles Crazy with NEXT TO NORMAL BWW Reviews: Theatrezone Tackles Crazy with NEXT TO NORMAL
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

Mark Danni continues to tackle ambitious projects at TheatreZone. With critical and commercial hits 'Forum' and 'Grand Hotel' behind him, success augured well for edgy small-cast, sung-through musical 'Next to Normal.' The pieces just don't fall into place.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Rachel York Shines in ANYTHING GOES Tour at Naples Philharmonic BWW Reviews: Rachel York Shines in ANYTHING GOES Tour at Naples Philharmonic
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

The Roundabout Theatre Club production of 'Anything Goes' sailed into the Naples Philharmonic Tuesday on a tide of tapping and trilling, carried along by one of the single greatest act one curtain numbers in musical theatre history.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Hills Ring with Song in Broadway Palm's SOUND OF MUSIC BWW Reviews: Hills Ring with Song in Broadway Palm's SOUND OF MUSIC
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

Sitting in a darkened house, listening to the scrape of chairs, the clink of glasses and the rustle of napkins, you forget just how charming 'The Sound of Music' can be. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II could write songs. Not the bland, vaguely pop ditties of today's musical theatre. But tun... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WHIPPING MAN Delivers Extraordinary Theatre Experience at Gulfshore Playhouse BWW Reviews: WHIPPING MAN Delivers Extraordinary Theatre Experience at Gulfshore Playhouse
by Chris Silk - March 25, 2013

Gulfshore Playhouse explores the Civil War in frightening, fascinating, thrilling, daresay even extraordinary fashion in this Matthew Lopez show. 'The Whipping Man' covers a few days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox. A Jewish soldier returns home to find his house in ruins, just two former slaves... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ADDAMS FAMILY Tour Snap-Snaps into Fort Myers BWW Reviews: ADDAMS FAMILY Tour Snap-Snaps into Fort Myers
by Chris Silk - February 26, 2013

Da da da dum (snap snap). 'The Addams Family.' You want a verdict? Not bad. Pretty good. Da da da dum (snap snap). Sitcom. Very sitcom. Which it is. (snap snap). Memorable? Not at all. (snap snap). Fun? Absolutely. But Morticia and a ghost kick line? That's entertainment. (snap snap).... (more...)