Two casts of 27 kids ranging from ages six to 16 are extremely excited to bring the modern version of Peter Pan, Jr. to audiences in the auditorium at HCC Brandon on July 21 & 22. During Florida Drama Kids' Musical Theatre Camp, when the older ones take a leadership role to peer mentor the younger students, you see firsthand the importance and positive impact of theatre in the lives of young people.BWW Previews: ENJOY A GOOD CLEAN TIME AS HONKY TONK LAUNDRY SPINS INTO The Show Palace Dinner Theatre July 17, 2018
Imagine working in musical theatre, doing what you love with a good friend. Add in some classic and contemporary country music and you have the story behind the story of the musical Honky Tonk Laundry opening July 21 at The Show Palace Dinner Theatre.
Millicent Hunnicut and Bridgette Karl star respectively as Lana Mae Hopkins, owner of the Wishy Washy Washateria and employee, Katie Lane Murphy. Both Millicent and Bridgette performed together at Show Palace in The Great American Trailer Park under the talented direction of Matthew Belopavlovich. Just like the characters they play, the actresses bonded and when an opportunity arose to perform the two-women show with Matthew as the director, the two jumped at the chance.BWW Previews: NEW THEATRE COMPANY PJMA DEBUTS WITH THOUGHT-PROVOKING MUSICAL BARE: A POP OPERA Hosted at Carrollwood Players Theatre July 17, 2018
New theatre company, PJMA Theater Productions debuts its inaugural season with the provocative musical Bare: A Pop Opera on September 7 through 22, hosted at Carrollwood Players Theatre. The theater company plans to finish the season in 2019 with Carrie The Musical and Fun Home.
Ryan Roberge, theater founder and director said, "PJMA is proud to represent a diverse group of people with innovative works. We are a semi-professional theater company that is creating theatre performances that not only entertain but inspire and challenge our audience."BWW Review: Riveting SPRING AWAKENING IS at Eight 'O Clock Theatre July 13, 2018
Young people wanting answers and adults refusing to give them is the theme of Eight 'O Clock Theatre's newest production July 13-22, a dark coming of age tale, Spring Awakening.
Written in 1891 with modern folk-rock music and lyrics applied by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater in 2006, Spring Awakening is a story of friends growing up in Germany, girls and boys discovering their sexuality with no one willing to guide them. The musical covers topics like abuse, homosexuality, masturbation, sadomasochism, suicide, and abortion. It frankly explores what happens when parents are too prudish to discuss the hormonal urges that come with impending adulthood.BWW Previews: PATEL CONSERVATORY'S SUMMER INTENSIVE MUSICAL HELLO DOLLY! DEBUTS at Teco Theatre, Straz Center July 13, 2018
When you talk about a musical and its ensemble on the 35-minute drive home, it's one of two things - good or bad. In the case of mad Theatre's It Shoulda Been You, expertly directed by Tony P. Gilkinson, good doesn't do justice to the talent that graced the stage and in the audience on Wednesday night. If final dress rehearsal is any indication of how fun a performance you'll see, complimented by a live band under the musical direction of Tim Flores, I guarantee that you are in for a treat.BWW Previews: YOUTH IN REVOLT: SPRING AWAKENING at Eight O'Clock Theatre July 11, 2018
With themes of abuse, statutory rape, abortion, and suicide, director Jason Tucker does not shy away from any of the controversial subjects. It's today's story except for the unmistakable fact that it's based in Germany circa 1891. Based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 play, Spring Awakening at Eight O'Clock Theatre is a dark coming-of-age tale of kids looking for answers and the adults who refuse to provide them.BWW Interview: Emily Escobar wins Scholarship from THE JIMMY AWARDS at Minskoff Theatre July 6, 2018
From the little girls wobbling on plastic dress-up heels and Cinderella costumes outside taking photos with the fairytale princess to youngsters in the audience dressed in their Sunday best, waiting eagerly for the story to begin, Cinderella was a special event for children and adults, alike.BWW Previews: THE LAST FIVE YEARS TELLS A CAUTIONARY TALE at NYNE June 28, 2018
Imagine putting a DVD of your life together in the player and forwarding through the mystery of new love, the excitement of moving in together, the happiness of your true love finding success in work, the bliss of engagement and a new marriage, the resentment of success, the end of a marriage. Now if you play it backwards from the relationship dissolution to its inception simultaneously, only pausing at the wedding in both versions, you have the premise for the musical named TIME Magazine's ten best shows of 2001, The Last Five Years.BWW Previews: DANCERS BATTLE FOR RECOGNITION at University Area Community Center June 22, 2018
For this year's showcase on June 3, 25 schools and 42 high school performers are nominated. Among the nomination categories are Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Supporting Performer, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Musical Director, Outstanding Choreographer, Outstanding Orchestra, Outstanding Technical Achievement and additional special acknowledgement awards. Winners in the Best Actor and Actress category are performing in the Broadway Star of the Future Award Showcase at the Straz Center this Sunday in Ferguson Hall.BWW Previews: MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL - IT'S GETTING HOT at Straz Center For The Performing Arts May 31, 2018
Hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain - oh my.
You can either cry or laugh about it, and Cindy Williams, internationally beloved TV, stage and screen icon is hoping you will choose the latter.
Returning to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on June 27, GFour Productions' Menopause the Musical brings Cindy to the stage as herself to help tell the tale every woman will eventually succumb to - "The Change." May 29, 2018
Three escapees from an unforgiving hot yoga class, also coined as 'Lucifer's sweatshop,' find themselves becoming unlikely friends in Jones, Hope and Wooten's The Savannah Sipping Society at Early Bird Dinner Theatre. Later joined by a new fourth initially-a-frenemy, the four ladies, transplants to Savannah, share laughter, heartache, fun adventures, and multiple libations and way too much fromage.BWW Review: HAT TRICK THEATRE PRESENTS AN EXISTENTIAL EXPERIENCE at Murray Theatre At Ruth Eckerd Hall May 25, 2018
Out of the hundreds of submissions received, eight short plays were selected for their Florida debut at Carrollwood Players Theatre's One Act Weekend, May 18-20. Produced by Victoria Richards and David Fraga, One Act Weekend was like going to a taste testing before a wedding. You get to sample a bunch of different flavors to decide your favorite.