Sunday, May 21, 2017

Florida Theatre has some ‘hot’ summer entertainment

It’s almost Summer and time to get under some air-conditioning while experiencing the great sights and sounds that the Florida Theatre has to offer this season.  You may be staying home or have guests visiting from out-of-town.  Why not grab some tickets and give them some magical memories to take back home with them?

June 2017 Schedule:

June 3   Mary Pauline Dance Recital
June 7   Artwalk
June 10  Ballet Arts Centre
June 11  Happy Together Tour 2017
June 12 - 15 Mark Spivak Dance
June 15 - 16 Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre
June 16  Art Institute of Jacksonville Graduation
June 17  Britney Boyd Dance Gala
June 24  Jacksonville Dance Theatre
June 25  The Lost Boys – 30th Anniversary
June 30  Bring It Live

June 11 – 7:30pm — Happy Together Tour 2017.  With 53 Billboard chart hits between including: “Happy Together,” by The Turtles; “Cherish,” by The Association; “Joy To the World,” by Chuck Negron; “The Letter,” The Box Tops; “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” by The Cowsills and “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies’ Ron Dante.  This annual Florida Theatre summer concert returns to deliver the best music of the 1960s and 1970s.

June 24 — Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert.  Jacksonville Dance Theatre (JDT) presents its fifth annual full-length repertory concert. Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert will showcase stunning performances by JDT’s 17-member critically acclaimed repertory company.  They will perform newly commissioned work by choreographer James Boyd along with new and current repertory from resident choreographers Rebecca R. Levy and Tiffany Santiero.  This presentation is made possible in part by support from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, PNC Arts Alive and The Florida Theatre.

June 25 – 2pm — The Lost Boys – 30th Anniversary.  Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) — who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead.

June 30 – 8pm — Bring It Live Tour 2017.  The stars of Lifetime Televison’s hit series Bring It! return with their new stage tour.  Miss D and her Dancing Dolls bring the elite world of hip-hop competition to life, on the stage.  With hotter-than-ever, never-before-seen performances on deck for the 2017 tour, there has never been a better time for Bring It! fans.  New episodes of Bring It! can be seen on Lifetime, Fridays at 9/8c or anytime HERE.

“Florida Theatre June 2017 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
      128 E. Forsyth St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: Vary with each show and seat preference.  Order online or call the box office (904) 355-2787, Monday — Friday from 9 a.m. –5 p.m.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great seats - great shows - great 2017/2018 Times Union Theatre season

The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, is thrilled to announce the 2017-18 Broadway in Jacksonville season, filled with award-winning blockbusters and family favorites. Next season’s lineup will feature Broadway in Jacksonville’s debut of Tony and Grammy Award®-winning BEAUTIFUL– The Carole King Musical along with the Tony Award®-winning audience favorites Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Disney’s THE LION KING, and CHICAGO. All performances will be at the Times-Union Center.

“I am pleased to announce our 2017-18 Broadway in Jacksonville Season – our 52nd year of presenting outstanding entertainment on the First Coast,” said Dr. Milt Russos, executive director of the FSCJ Artist Series. “It will be a season of Tony Award®-winning blockbusters with three productions currently on Broadway.”

He further stated, “Disney’s The Lion King is an amazing and stunning show that the entire family will enjoy.  I am very enthusiastic about Beautiful, The Carol King Musical. It is well written and provides so much insight into one of America’s songwriting icons. The Sound of Music is breaking records on its national tour and Chicago, continues to entertain audiences worldwide.”

Four-Show Broadway Subscription:
The Sound Of Music      October 31-November 5, 2017
Disney’s THE LION KING    January 31- February 11, 2018
BEAUTIFUL–The Carole King Musical   April 10-15, 2018
CHICAGO                May 17-20, 2018

The Sound of Music - The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song, “The Sound of Music.”

Disney’s THE LION KING - More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, and now you can, too. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway.  Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals.  THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.  There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’ s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Chicago is the longest running American musical and shows no sign of ever slowing down! Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.  The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” Chicago is produced by the Tony Award producing team Barry and Fran Weissler with a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Season tickets to the FSCJ Artist Series’ 2017-18 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, are on sale now with four-show package prices starting at just $152. Season ticket prices vary depending on the show time, day of the week and seating location.  A renewal brochure and invoice has been mailed to current FSCJ Artist Series subscribers and should arrive within the week.

Current subscribers can renew online with no seat changes at, or by calling (904) 442-2929 or (888) 860-BWAY, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Current subscribers may also mail their invoices to the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office, 501 W. State Street, #109, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Upon renewing, current subscribers have the opportunity to request changes to their seating location. In addition, current subscribers who renew before May 8, 2017 will be rewarded for their loyalty and continued support with an additional savings of $10 off per season ticket subscription they renew.

New subscribers can order their season tickets to reserve their seat now for all four shows long before single tickets are available to the public. New subscriptions may be ordered online at, or over the phone by calling (904) 442-2929 or (888) 860-BWAY, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Subscriber benefits include: guaranteed package pricing, access to the best seats in the house, priority access to purchase additional tickets for friends and family, seat locations, exchange privileges, free lost ticket replacement, access to other FSCJ Artist Series events- many at a discount.

VIP Seating is available to contributors to the FSCJ Artist Series at five levels: Angel, Producer, Benefactor, Patron and Donor.  Donor contributions start for as little as $150. Call (904) 442-2929 or visit to learn more about the additional benefits available through the VIP Theater Club.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible to a discount on tickets to most shows.  To receive the best pricing, reserve your group tickets before June 7, 2017.  Groups may begin placing reservation requests at this time by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing

Performances for the FSCJ Artist Series’ 2017-18 Broadway in Jacksonville Season are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. CHICAGO will have an alternate performance schedule beginning Thursday through Sunday for six performances. Tuesday and Wednesday evening subscribers will be given the opportunity to choose to attend any performance of CHICAGO at no additional cost.  Although we will make every effort to secure comparable seating for these subscribers, seating will be subject to availability and comparable seating cannot be guaranteed.

Camp Broadway® prepares for 2017 artistic students this Summer

Camp Broadway®, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, returns to Jacksonville for its 17th year from Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus.  Applications are still being accepted for Camp Broadway®, and tuition is $575 per camper.  Spaces are limited and Camp Broadway® fills up quickly, so register your camper today!  Visit CampBroadwayJax, contact Amanda Faye at (904) 442-2932, or email for more details.

Camp Broadway® introduces young people to the world of life on-stage and behind the scenes. Campers work with Broadway directors, choreographers, and musical directors to receive training in acting, scene study, improvisation, music theory, solo and ensemble singing, movement, and dance. This five-day performing arts program offers each camper the opportunity to expand his or her creative talents, build self-esteem, learn the art of collaboration, and gain a fuller respect and understanding of musical theatre.

Camp Broadway® has been proclaimed the “Camp of Dreams” for starry-eyed kids who are just beginning to dream of being on Broadway.  It is a self-contained summer workshop that travels around the country bringing Broadway to kids.  The 40 hours of camp include singing, dancing and master classes for kids ages 10 to 17.  No singing, dancing or acting experience necessary - just a willingness to have fun and a curiosity about what happens on stage and behind the curtain.

With authentic Broadway instructors teaching dance routines and musical numbers at the same break-neck speed as a real Broadway show, Camp Broadway® is a fun-filled week of activities designed to teach kids about the serious business of live theater.  One activity is our annual Salute to Singin' and Dancin' Kids™ (a special luncheon where campers meet and hear about the various theater jobs from real theater professionals).  This year, campers will perform either “Peter Pan” or “Shrek” depending on their age group.  The performance will take place on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. at the conclusion of camp.

This year, campers have the option to receive an exclusive offer of two half priced tickets to RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA (the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, will play the Times-Union Center for a limited engagement from June 13-18, 2017) with their camp registration.  Restrictions apply.  *Valid on Tuesday night performance only.  Offer is buy two tickets at half price each.  Facility fee and service charges not discounted. Offer valid until 3 p.m. on June 13, 2017. Must be registered for Camp Broadway and paid in full.  Call the box office at (904)442-2929.  Limited to two half price tickets per camper.  Offer may be withdrawn at any time and not valid on previously purchased tickets.  With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.

Dawn Wells stars in 'Steel Magnolias' at the Alhambra in JAX

In 1974 Dawn Wells (Mary Ann of Gilligan’s Island) last appeared at the Alhambra Theatre playing the lead in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park.  Ticket started at $7.50, the Alhambra Dinner Theater served a buffet and she was directed by George Ballis.  More than 30 years later, as part of its “50 Years of Memories” celebration, Ms. Wells will once again star at the Alhambra.  This time Tod Booth will be directing “Steel Magnolias and Wells will be playing Ousier Boudreaux.

Wells, of course, gained notoriety in the late 1960’s classic television show, Gilligan’s Island.  She played the girl-next-door, Mary Ann Summers.  While forever etched in television folklore, Gilligan’s Island only ran for three seasons.  Meanwhile, in addition to acting, Wells is a producer, author, spokesperson, journalist, motivational speaker, teacher, and Chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation - focusing on underprivileged women and children in Northern Nevada.  She has also served on the alumnae board of Stephens College and is co-founder of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald Tennessee. A fourth generation of Reno, Nevada, Miss Wells represented Nevada in the Miss America Pageant of 1959.

About the show: The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done.  Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry a "good ole boy."  Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life.  The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strengths gives the play and its characters, a special quality of love, feisty women and sisterhood comradery.

Steel Magnolias
DATES: May 24 — June 25, 2017

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch begins at 11 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and the meal is server starting 12 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday May 25, 2017) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.  To see the menu, Click HERE.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
 **Price does NOT include gratuity or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

Cinderella will be finding her Prince Charming in JAX

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play the Times-Union Center for a limited engagement.  With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.

More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting.  She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness.  She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place.  She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II.  Originally directed by Mark Brokaw, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.  Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Valerie Gebert. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob.  CINDERELLA was written for television debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews.  In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut.

The CINDERELLA tour is produced by Work Light Productions. CINDERELLA was produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and in association with Center Theatre Group.  For more information visit Facebook & Twitter: @CinderellaBway.

DATES:         TIMES:
Tues., June 13, 2017    7:30 p.m.
Wed., June 14      7:30 p.m.
Thurs., June 15     7:30 p.m.
Fri., June 16       8 p.m.
Sat., June 17      2 & 8 p.m.
Sun., June 18      1:30 & 7p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
Moran Theater
300 West Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mary Wilson adds to 'Menopause The Musical' 2017 tour

If you’ve already seen the production, fear not, there’s a new cast, and the fabulous Mary Wilson formerly from the Supremes is in the show.  Before the show begins, Ms Wilson comes out on stage and talks to the crowd of men and women, who can both identify with the songs and antics of “Menopause The Musical.”  At 73 years of age, Mary can still hold her own on stage.  She look fabulous and still has her ‘supreme’ voice.  Menopause The Musical is about four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and: memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more!  This hilarious musical parody is set to classic tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles!  The limited engagement continues for the Mother’s Day weekend at the Times Union Center Performing Arts: Terry Theater.

About the Cast: Megan Cavanagh (Earth Mother) is most recognized as Marla Hooch, from The Penny Marshall movie, “A League of Their Own.”  Other film credits include: Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men In Tights” (Broomhilde) and (Essie) “Dracula: Dead And Loving It.”  She starred with Tim Allen and Kirstie Ally in “For Richer Or Poorer” (Levinia Yoder).  She also starred with Christina Ricci in Disney’s remake of “That Darn Cat (Lu)”. Megan also voiced Judy Neutron in the Academy Award nominated animated feature “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius”.
Teri Adams (Iowa Housewife) has been with Menopause The Musical®! since 2006, where she first played IH at the American Heartland Theatre in her hometown, Kansas City, where it ran for 5 months.  Since then, she has joined the MTM national touring company, and although still based out of KC, she has performed this role on numerous tours and sit-down productions across the country.
Linda Boston (Professional Woman) was a requested vocalist and she’s sung before Pres. Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and many more.  She’s served as opening vocalist at the 2006 Detroit Mayoral Inauguration.  Theatre accomplishments include: “Crowns,” “Sophisticated Ladies” and the award winning one-woman-show “Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley: The NakedTruth.”  She’s also voiced many local, regional and national commercials.
Patti Gardner (Soap Star) was the original soap star in GFour's first production and has toured nationally with menopause the musical since 2001.  She has performed on most of the South Florida stages for the last thirty years and is a multi Carbonell Award nominee and recipient, as well as the Silver Palm award.

The hilarious musical is set in NYC’s Bloomingdale’s store.  The cast laughs at their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.  A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage!  It is a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal!

Menopause The Musical® is the work of writer and producer, Jeanie Linders.  The laughter-filled 90-minute production includes parodies from the classics of the ‘60s and ‘70s and ‘80s. Disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” becomes “Stayin’ Awake,” Motown favorite “My Girl” is transformed into “My Thighs,” "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" switches to "In the Guest Room or on the Sofa, My Husband Sleeps at Night,” and “Puff The Magic Dragon” becomes the anthem to exercise, “Puff, My God I’m Draggin”.

This writer has already seen a performance of this show in Amarillo, Texas and JAX, FL.; it’s that good.  See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 10 years!  It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®

Menopause The Musical
Thurs. May 11, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Fri. May 12     8 p.m.
Sat. May 13    4:30 & 8 p.m.
Sun. May 14    2 & 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Terry Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: start at $46.90 and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 442-BWAY (2929) between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens celebrates 'National Public Gardens Day'

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens joins the American Public Gardens Association and communities throughout the United States in celebration of National Public Gardens Day.  This annual tradition of celebrating public gardens happens on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend, May 12, 2017.  The day of public garden awareness invites communities nationwide to explore the diverse beauty of their local green spaces and to take advantage of conservation, education, and environmental preservation resources public gardens provide.  “The Cummer Museum is proud to be a part of National Public Gardens Day,” stated Chief Operating Officer & Chief Curator Holly Keris. “Museum founder Ninah Cummer believed strongly in public access for beautiful, green spaces.  Her contributions to this cause are exemplified not only by the gardens at the Museum, but also through nearby Memorial Park.  Although we consider every day at the Cummer Museum to be a way to celebrate the gardens, we are grateful to the American Public Gardens Association for helping to lead this conversation on a national level.”

In celebration of National Public Gardens Day, the Cummer Museum is offering FREE ADMISSION for two and a 10% discount in the Cummer Shop on May 12 for those holding a coupon.  Coupons can be printed from the American Public Gardens Day website and following the prompts to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.  Click HERE to find a participating garden near you.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
   Hours of Operation & Admission

Sunday, May 7, 2017

'Chonda Pierce' comes to the big screen once again in May

If you missed comedian Chonda Pierce back in April of this year, well, you have another chance to see her this month.  Pierce will be returning to the big screen for another one-night special with an important message for audiences nationwide: Laugh – Cry – Love.  “Chonda Pierce: Enough” comes to cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, May 9th, at 7:00 p.m. local time, presented by Fathom Events and Fuseic Entertainment.  Following the feature content, audiences will see Pierce and acclaimed singer/songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry answer questions submitted by fans.  “Chonda Pierce: Enough” serves as a powerful reminder that our value is found in Christ; because of Him, we are enough.

Tickets for “Chonda Pierce: Enough” can be purchased online now, by visiting or at participating theater box offices.  Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 750 select movie theaters.  For a complete list of theater locations add your zip code to the link above (theaters and participants are subject to change).

America’s best-selling female comedian of all time, Pierce continues to overcome obstacles through her faith, humor and the support of her community.  Beginning two years after the death of her husband, “Enough” explores Pierce’s ongoing path to healing, highlighting the importance of friendship.  “Enough” is a passionate, heartening and funny call to connect with those who love you the most.