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BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is an Outstanding Production at New Tampa Players BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is an Outstanding Production at New Tampa Players
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - April 21, 2018

Ohmigod, you guys- the earworm that stays with you long after curtain call, that you find yourself looking for on Spotify on the drive home, but turn it off because it doesn't hold a candle to this version - is also my reaction to New Tampa Players' production of the musical Legal Blonde The Musical... (more...)
BWW Review: Bailey Walman Is Off the Charts Sensational in Gaither High School Theatre's Production of MAN OF LA MANCHA BWW Review: Bailey Walman Is Off the Charts Sensational in Gaither High School Theatre's Production of MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Peter Nason - April 08, 2018

The future sure is bright with these talented young performers!... (more...)
BWW Review: HIGH OCTANE 'AMERICAN IDIOT' REFLECTS A GENERATION'S FRUSTRATION at Mad Theatre in Jaeb Theatre BWW Review: HIGH OCTANE 'AMERICAN IDIOT' REFLECTS A GENERATION'S FRUSTRATION at Mad Theatre in Jaeb Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - April 06, 2018

HIGH OCTANE 'AMERICAN IDIOT' REFLECTS A GENERATION'S FRUSTRATION at Mad Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Straz Center BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Straz Center
by Carolan Trbovich - March 29, 2018

Exceptional Cast Brings Carole King's Beautiful To Life... (more...)
BWW Review: Jobsite Theater Presents Taylor Mac's Provocative, Disturbing and Hilarious HIR at the Shimberg BWW Review: Jobsite Theater Presents Taylor Mac's Provocative, Disturbing and Hilarious HIR at the Shimberg
by Peter Nason - March 18, 2018

The cast is phenomenal, especially Ned Averill-Snell in a performance that brings to mind the odd combination of Daniel Day-Lewis, Harpo Marx and Lon Chaney, Jr. It's a timely show that must be seen to be believed.... (more...)
BWW Review: Lavish and Sweeping Production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Celebrates 10th Anniversary At Carrollwood Cultural Center BWW Review: Lavish and Sweeping Production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Celebrates 10th Anniversary At Carrollwood Cultural Center
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - March 18, 2018

There's a saying - go big or go home. For the tenth anniversary of the center - for the very first time combining the talents of 44 members of MAS Community Theatre, and 22 chorus and band members under the direction of Mary Jo Hahn, and the Carrollwood Winds concert band under the direction of Josh... (more...)
BWW Review: WILD WEST SPECTACULAR at Eight O'Clock Theater BWW Review: WILD WEST SPECTACULAR at Eight O'Clock Theater
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - March 17, 2018

WILD WEST SPECTACULAR ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at Eight O'Clock Theater... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL MIGHT JUST COME FROM Dreamhouse Theatre BWW Review: THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL MIGHT JUST COME FROM Dreamhouse Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - March 15, 2018

THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL MIGHT JUST COME FROM Dreamhouse Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: Not Your Normal Entertainment's IF/THEN Travels Two Paths at Plant City Entertainment BWW Review: Not Your Normal Entertainment's IF/THEN Travels Two Paths at Plant City Entertainment
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - March 11, 2018

BWW Review: Not Your Normal Entertainment's IF/THEN Travels Two Paths at Plant City Entertainment... (more...)
BWW Review: MARGARET CHO BARES ALL at Tampa Improv BWW Review: MARGARET CHO BARES ALL at Tampa Improv
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - March 10, 2018

Dressed in ripped jeans, a MASH 4077 tee and embroidered black jacket, Margaret Cho twerked her flat butt (her reference, not mine) right into the hearts of admiring fans at Tampa Improv Friday night for her 'Fresh Off the Bloat' tour.... (more...)
BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID IS HEAVENLY  at Straz Center's Jaeb Theatre BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID IS HEAVENLY at Straz Center's Jaeb Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - March 07, 2018

A delightful musical revue set in the era of barbershop quartets, FOREVER PLAID is what happens when the cute nerdy boys from the AV club form a band.... (more...)
BWW Review: JEKYLL AND HYDE Brings Evil to Life at Carrollwood Players Theatre BWW Review: JEKYLL AND HYDE Brings Evil to Life at Carrollwood Players Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - February 25, 2018

Sexy. Stunning. Evocative. Imaginative. Electrifying. People will be talking about the show, the set, the Victorian-steampunk costumes, the makeup, the props, the lighting, the live sound effects and of course, the gorgeous cast with the stunning voices long after director Derek Baxter's vision of a... (more...)
BWW Review: FIND YOUR HERO at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural Center BWW Review: FIND YOUR HERO at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural Center
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - February 24, 2018

FIND YOUR HERO at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural Center... (more...)
BWW Review: PENIS MONOLOGUES IS IMPRESSIVE at Carrollwood Players Theatre BWW Review: PENIS MONOLOGUES IS IMPRESSIVE at Carrollwood Players Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - February 16, 2018

PENIS MONOLOGUES IS IMPRESSIVE at At Carrollwood Players Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: A 'PAWSITIVELY' ADORABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE ARISTOCATS KIDS at Straz Performing Arts Center' TECO Theatre BWW Review: A 'PAWSITIVELY' ADORABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE ARISTOCATS KIDS at Straz Performing Arts Center' TECO Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - February 16, 2018

I was told by director Sarah Berland that the 26 young actors starring in The Aristocats KIDS did not want to put on a kids' show, rather a professional performance that had child actors. After seeing opening night's performance, I will go one step further than that - these are 26 mini-adults masque... (more...)
BWW Review: Riveting Drama THE MIRACLE WORKER is at Carrollwood Players Theatre BWW Review: Riveting Drama THE MIRACLE WORKER is at Carrollwood Players Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - January 28, 2018

Much like how her youth predecessor Maggie Gamson captivated us in The Diary of Anne Frank, Kaedin is a name you won't soon forget. Though she says but one word, this twelve-year actress evokes emotional complexity with looks and guttural sounds as Helen Keller in Carrollwood Players Theatre's Mains... (more...)
BWW Review: Innovocative Theatre Comes of Age with Jane Martin's Riveting KEELY & DU BWW Review: Innovocative Theatre Comes of Age with Jane Martin's Riveting KEELY & DU
by Peter Nason - January 15, 2018

K.D. O'Hair and Dawn Truax give performances of a lifetime as the title characters of this highly controversial play.... (more...)
BWW Review: Will Eno's Quirky GNIT is Hit and Miss at Tampa Rep, but the Supporting Cast Saves the Day BWW Review: Will Eno's Quirky GNIT is Hit and Miss at Tampa Rep, but the Supporting Cast Saves the Day
by Peter Nason - January 14, 2018

Supporting cast and Eno's hilarious quips stand out in this odd ode to Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt.'... (more...)
BWW Review: THEATREONE DEBUTS A NAUGHTY AND NICE CHRISTMAS TREAT at Catherine Hickman Theatre BWW Review: THEATREONE DEBUTS A NAUGHTY AND NICE CHRISTMAS TREAT at Catherine Hickman Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - December 27, 2017

BWW Review: THEATREONE DEBUTS A NAUGHTY AND NICE CHRISTMAS TREAT at Catherine Hickman Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: 17 for 2017: The Best Shows & Performances of the Year in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Area BWW Review: 17 for 2017: The Best Shows & Performances of the Year in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Area
by Peter Nason - December 26, 2017

A look back at the very best local productions that 2017 had to offer.... (more...)
BWW Review: A DOO WOP CHRISTMAS BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER  to Show Palace Dinner Theatre BWW Review: A DOO WOP CHRISTMAS BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER to Show Palace Dinner Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - December 08, 2017

The only person who could possibly leave the Show Palace Dinner Theatre not feeling in the holiday spirit after seeing A Doo Wop Christmas is the old Grinch himself. This show has everything -a storyline full of heart, humor, a gorgeous set, beautiful costumes, dance choreography, and cherished Chri... (more...)
BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Stageworks- This is Definitely Not Sesame Street BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Stageworks- This is Definitely Not Sesame Street
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - December 04, 2017

My daughter introduced me to the sarcastic wit of the music in Avenue Q on the way to college a few years ago, so I sort of knew going in, this wasn't your typical musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: NEW TAMPA PLAYERS OFFER A CELEBRATION OF COURAGE WITH PRODUCTION OF QUILT  at Catherine Hickman Theatre BWW Review: NEW TAMPA PLAYERS OFFER A CELEBRATION OF COURAGE WITH PRODUCTION OF QUILT at Catherine Hickman Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - October 12, 2017

NEW TAMPA PLAYERS OFFER A CELEBRATION OF COURAGE WITH PRODUCTION OF QUILT at Catherine Hickman Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: mad Theatre of Tampa's Production of DISASTER: THE MUSICAL at the Shimberg is a Blast! BWW Review: mad Theatre of Tampa's Production of DISASTER: THE MUSICAL at the Shimberg is a Blast!
by Peter Nason - October 08, 2017

What do you get when you merge 'The Poseidon Adventure' and schmaltzy pop songs from the 1970's? One hell of a good time!... (more...)
BWW Review: Go All the Way with THE FULL MONTY at the Carrollwood Players BWW Review: Go All the Way with THE FULL MONTY at the Carrollwood Players
by Peter Nason - September 21, 2017

It's a fast-paced show, full of life, that is so enjoyable that we forgive any messiness or performance moments that are not up to snuff.... (more...)