Tuesday, January 10, 2017

'Come Blow Your Horn' will have you laughing at the Alhambra

The Booth family (Tod, Lisa Valdini and Jessica) are the stars of the Alhambra’s production of the Neil Simon comedy, “Come Blow Your Horn”; (the first show ever performed at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining when it opened back in 1967).  This is the first time that the family is debuting on stage together.  The play is very well done and it’s probably better than the original show - hands down.  As with the first “CBYH”, the Playbill was very modest in style and presentation, yet printed on quality stock with pertinent information of all involved.

The conversation between Tod Booth* (Mr. Baker) and both his sons, draw much laughter from the crowd and almost resembles a Laurel and Hardy sketch.  Tod still performs like the pro that he is, nevertheless, Mr. Booth is also the Producer/Director of this and many other Alhambra shows.  Tod Booth is wonderful whether behind the scenes or front and center as he proves it in this show

Vincent Hannam (Buddy Baker) was the younger son who knew where all the pencils are located in his brother’s apartment.  Adam Kaster* (Alan Baker) is the older playboy who leads his younger brother astray with the Ladies.  When Alan Baker comes to himself, he sounds just like his stern father figure in the end.  The dialogue between Abby Jaros* (Peggy Evans) and Buddy Baker is hilarious.  These three actors are new to the Alhambra Theater and Dining, yet they have proven that they will be back again.
The daughter of Tod and Lisa Booth can hold her own on the Alhambra stage here in Jacksonville, Florida and also on a stage in New York City.  Jessica Booth* (Connie Dayton) has blossomed into a beautiful, talented actress.  You may remember her from Alhambra presentations of: “Blithe Spirit,” “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Shrek the Musical” and many others.

Saving the best for last, Lisa Valdini* (Mrs. Baker) steals the show and is so funny especially when she slides off a bean bag chair.  She has so many one-sided comical lines on the telephone too.  Valdini is a seasoned actress who keeps on going and going, as she entertains the audience with each line.  It’s a hoot to finally see where the ‘pencils’ are hidden.
Special thanks to the sponsors of “Come Blow Your Horn”: Kilwins, Arlington YMCA, Bohemia Roofing, Kwik Fix Plumbing and Fleet Landing.

*Denotes Members of Actors’ Equity Association*

The colorful “Alhambra Theatre and Dining, 50 Years of Memories” hardback coffee table book, is a wonderful addition to any home and is available for $39.99, when you attend this performance.

Come Blow Your Horn
DATES: January 4 – 20, 2017

 PLEASE NOTE NEW SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:20 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch ends at 12:45 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and the meal service ends at 1:20 p.m.

DRESS: “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.   

To see the menu, click HERE.

TICKETS: Regular tickets $35 each; or
tickets will be offered at a 50th anniversary price, just $50 for two seats.
  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

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