Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'DreamGirls' packing-them-in at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining

Cast of "DreamGirls" by Jamie Iames Repper
If you’ve already seen a production of “DreamGirls” before, you haven’t seen a show like this one.  The movie presentation is about the closest that you’ll come to a live, spectacular, eat-until-you’re-full representation of this well-known musical.  Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, photo-ops, laughter and anticipation awaited the packed house at the Alhambra Theater and Dining on Gala Night (first Friday night of every production), and you won’t be disappointed when you come.

Ms. "V" with Timoty Ellis (lt) and Jereme Raickett (rt)
If you haven’t been to the Alhambra for a while, you are in for a real treat.  There have been many renovations to the building and recently an illuminated stage.  The theatre lost 12 patron seats with the larger platform, yet attendees and actors are enjoying all the changes especially during “DreamGirls” and other shows.

The Choreography of James Kinney* really shines during many of the scenes especially in the number “Steppin’ To The Bad Side.”  This segment also showcases numerous talented men.  You want to hear some diverse musical sound?  Then you will delight in the pitch-perfect harmony from Peter M. Jackson, Jereme Raickett*, David Berry*, Anthony Mincey and the Ensemble (Timothy Ellis*, Samuel Brown, Kurt McCall* and Michael Jackson look-alike, Jamil Abdur-Rahman).

(Lt-Rt) Van Poller, Pamela,Jasmine, Melanie & Belinda
There are a couple of non-black actors in the show and (Dave) Timothy Ellis* (also recently appearing in other Alhambra productions) leaves the audience in stitches when he sings “Cadillac Car - A La Pat Boon”.  He sounds amazing, as always, but you’ve got to remember the storyline.

New to the Alhambra are Melessie Clark* (Effie White), Alexis Tidwell* (Lorrell Robinson), and Mandi Jo John* (Deena Jones); who are playing lead roles in “DreamGirls.”  These newbies bring their talents of song and acting to JAX, and will hopefully be back again.

If you think you’ve heard the sultry-baritone-voice of Peter M. Jackson; he has appeared in the hit shows “The Wiz, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Sister Act and Showboat”.  He’s back and this time as (Curtis Taylor, Jr.).  If you want to get a good laugh, you’ll enjoy the antics of David Berry* playing the likes of James Brown as (James “Thunder” Early - Jimmy).  He’s got the moves, voice, and flashy outfits and shoes.

Jereme Raickett* plays Effie’s brother (C.C. White).  Jereme has been part of the Alhambra, Bolero's Dance Studio and is also part of Maximum Theatre Group.  His vocals, acting and dance have brought him a mighty long way.  Linzy Lauren (Michelle Morris) has appeared in other Alhambra showcases as well as a dependable behind-the-scenes stage assistant.

The "Dreams" by Jamie Iames Repper
There are numerous other male and female actors whom you may remember from the Alhambra or around town.  Don’t forget to take a look at your program and let these fine performers know that you saw them there.  Kudos also to the Costume Designers, and as always producer/director - Tod Booth*.
   * denotes members of the Actors’ Equity Association *
See if you can tell why Chef DeJuan Roy made his particular selections for this show.  The menu was great from the soup (or salad) served at the beginning of the meal; to the after-dinner pastries at the end of the Gala evening (or the dessert at the end of the meal).  To see the menu, Click HERE.  There are some great seats left, but you’d better hurry!

DATES: April 12 — May 21, 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: “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

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

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