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Fran Thomas

Fran Thomas

Fran Thomas co-authored a play when she was in fourth grade primarily so she could have the leading role. She has loved theater ever since. She appeared in several community theater productiions in Pittsburgh including South Pacific, Pajama Game, and Li'l Abner. With two insurance company co-workers, she created and performed "Around the World in Broadway" on the Three Rivers Arts Festival Fringe Stage.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Fran now makes her home in Southwest Florida.




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Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Broadway Palm
July 9, 2022

What did our critic think of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Broadway Palm?

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Broadway Palm
May 21, 2022

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre often presents family-friendly shows. Parents, be warned. Rock of Ages isn't one of them. The sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the 1980s are on stage for all to see.

BWW Review: JIMMY BUFFETT'S ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Broadway Palm
February 19, 2022

Broadway Palm Theatre is throwing a beach party this month in conjunction with its production Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville. All the elements are in place. The staff are attired in tropical shirts. Beach balls float overhead. And although I spotted no tourists covered in oil, margaritas flowed freely from the makeshift tiki bar in the corner of the lobby.

BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at Broadway Palm
January 8, 2022

I'm happy to report this stage version is just as exuberant as the classic MGM movie. A stage full of folks tapping their hearts out is irresistible. Director and choreographer Amy McCleary has done it again.

BWW Review: HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS at Broadway Palm
November 27, 2021

Broadway Palm's seasonal production, Holly Jolly Christmas, hits all the Christmas cliches. I don't mean that as a criticism. Cliches are cliches for a reason. They are familiar, and we relate to them. And that's what holidays are all about.

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Broadway Palm
October 9, 2021

Broadway Palm's production of The Sound of Music is a delight from the moment Melissa Whitworth as Maria does that iconic twirl, arms outstretched to embrace us. And really. Who among us can resist a stage full of kids? Or nuns?

BWW Review: A NIGHT ON BROADWAY at Broadway Palm
September 11, 2021

If you are a Broadway fan as I am, you probably have hundreds of thousands of song lyrics stored in your brain. And if, like Victor Legarreta, you are tasked with putting together a musical revue, how do you choose the songs?

BWW Review: BEEHIVE at Broadway Palm
May 29, 2021

I want to offer heartfelt thanks to Broadway Palm for giving me the opportunity to relive my formative years without the angst of having to go through high school again. The current production, Beehive, embodies the 1960s through the words and melodies of the female singers and 'girl groups' of that era. And what an era it was.

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at Broadway Palm
April 17, 2021

Broadway Palm is blurbing A Bronx Tale as a combination of Jersey Boys and West Side Story. Huh? I wasn't quite sure what I was about to see.

BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME at Barbara B. Mann PAH
March 27, 2021

It's easy to see why the plot of She Loves You has seen so many iterations. All the tropes are there: enemies to lovers, curmudgeonly boss, bumbling sidekick, upwardly mobile messenger boy, sleazy villain, girl who always picks the wrong guy, and, in this version, a lot of music in three-quarter time.

BWW Interview: Mark Sanders of SHE LOVES ME at Barbara B. Mann PAH
March 25, 2021

Mark Sanders took time from helping his parents celebrate their 59th anniversary to talk with me about his role of Sipos in the production of She Loves Me opening March 26 at Barbara B. Mann Hall. Sanders is performing with the Gulf Coast Symphony under the direction of Maestro Andrew Kurtz.

The Show Must Go On-For Now: Southwest Florida Theatre Performances On As Scheduled
March 12, 2020

With relatively few local cases of COVID-19 in Southwest Florida so far, local venues and performing arts organization are taking the attitude the show must go on. They are, however, urging anyone who doesn't feel well or has concerns to stay home and offering to exchange tickets for future dates.

BWW Review: GRUMPY OLD MEN at Broadway Palm
January 4, 2020

Going to see Broadway Palm's latest production, Grumpy Old Men, did this baby boomer's heart good. This show demonstrates that senior citizens can still fall in love and are still-gasp!-interested in sex. The seasoned performers belt out the songs and deliver the somewhat bawdy lines and gestures with impressive vigor.

BWW Review: POE at Pine Island Playhouse
October 14, 2019

If you want to get in the mood for Halloween, take a trip to the Pine Island Playhouse for its production of Poe. Founder Nichole Pichon has taken several of Poe's poems and short stories and dramatized them. Death and madness abound.

BWW Review: ONCE at Broadway Palm
August 24, 2019

Once upon a time, a Guy and a Girl meet. So begins every romance and so begins Once. The generic names underscore the universality of the travails of love.

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Broadway Palm
May 18, 2019

Broadway Palm has brought what it is calling a sci-fi musical to its stage. And I suppose that is one of many classifications that could apply to Little Shop of Horrors.


BWW Review: HARMONY AND PEACE THROUGH MUSIC at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church
May 10, 2019

Ever hear someone's voice referred to as ethereal? The dictionary definition is celestial or heavenly, but ethereal can also mean having to do with the ether or air. Both of these definitions are equally true of the singing of Seraphic Fire. That these professional voices produce heavenly music is certain. And when singing a cappella as they did last night at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, they seem to find pitches magically out of thin air.

BWW Review: FAITH CONCERTS at Faith Presbyterian Church
February 26, 2019

Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral presented a choral extravaganza on February 24 as part of its annual concert series. Participating choirs were from Cape Coral High School, the City of Palms Youth Choir, and FGCU's University Choir.

BWW Review: WELLESLEY GIRL at Black Box Theatre
November 11, 2018

FSW College Theatre has chosen an eerily prescient play by Brendan Pelsue for its fall semester offering. Wellesley Girl premiered in 2016 at Actors Theatre of Louisville, yet it reflects much of what is happening in Florida today.



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