Friday, July 7, 2017

Fun out from the sun at the Florida Theatre for July 2017

So many people say that there’s nothing to do in Jacksonville, Florida.  Well, we’re here to let you know that there are movies, musical groups, comedy stars, dancers, concerts, tribute shows and much more in a cool exciting environment for you and many for your children too.  The Florida Theatre is the downtown spot that you would want to check out in the next few months.  Look below, make notes in your calendar and get your tickets today.

July 2017 Schedule:
July 7 & 8
Katt Williams – Great America Tour
July 9   Classic Movie:
Casino Royale 50th Anniversary
July 13  
Ted Nugent
July 14 
Pure Prairie League, Firefall and Orleans
July 16  Classic Movie:
A League of Their Own – 25th Anniversary
July 21  
July 23  Classic Movie:
Scent of A Woman -  25th Anniversary
July 29  
Elvis Anniversary Bash Starring Mike Albert, Scot Bruce and the Big E Band
July 30  Classic Movie:
Cool Hand Luke 50th Anniversary

July 7 & 8 – 8 p.m. Katt Williams – Great America Tour — Stand- up comedian Katt Williams will be recording both of his Florida Theatre shows as part of his Great American Tour DVD.  As an actor, Williams has appeared in the comedic box office hits; Money Mike, Friday After Next, Rebound and Epic Movie.  Pre-party package at LIVE Bar available with a ticket purchase.

July 9- 2 p.m. Regions Summer Movie Classics: Casino Royale 50th Anniversary — Ridiculous circumstances get iconic spy James Bond (David Niven) involved with a colorful cast of characters, including the villainous Le Chiffre (Orson Welles), seasoned gambler Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers) and Bond’s bumbling nephew, Jimmy Bond (Woody Allen).  Sponsored by Regions Bank. Media Sponsor The Florida Times Union. Digital Projector Sponsored by AVL.

July 13- 8 p.m. Ted Nugent — The ultimate guitar-shredding showman, Ted Nugent, is known for his groundbreaking Amboy Dukes’ hit: “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” and classic hits “Stranglehold,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” and “Fred Bear.”

July 14- 8 p.m. Pure Prairie League, Firefall and Orleans — It’s an evening of Southern 70’s rock hits with Pure Prairie League: (“Amie,” “That’ll Be The Day,” and “Let Me Love You Tonight) Firefall (You Are The Woman,” “Strange Way” and “Just Remember I Love You”) and Orleans (“Still the One” and “Dance With Me”).

July 16 -2 p.m. Region Summer Movie Classics A League of Their Own – 25th Anniversary  Funded by publicity hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Gary Marshall), a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest. On their way to fame, sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty), wild girl Mae Mordibeto (Madonna), scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) find themselves surrounded by drama and troubles.  Come early to meet the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Mascot Scampi.  All children wearing their little league or team uniforms receive free movie entry.  Sponsored by Regions Bank.  Media Sponsor The Florida Times Union. Digital Projector Sponsored by AVL.

July 21- 8 p.m. Sinbad Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the 100 Greatest Standups of All Time, actor and comedian Sinbad has starred in two Comedy Central specials, four HBO comedy specials and appeared in: the Jingle All The Way and Good Burger, and on the FX super series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

July 23- 2 p.m. Regions Summer Movie Classics Scent of A Woman -25th Anniversary — Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell) is a scholarship student at an exclusive prep school. To pay for a flight home at Christmas, Charlie accepts a temporary job over the Thanksgiving weekend looking after retired Army Ranger Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino).  Pacino won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.  Sponsored by Regions Bank. Media Sponsor The Florida Times Union. Digital Projector Sponsored by AVL.

July 29- 7 p.m. Elvis Anniversary Bash Starring Mike Albert, Scot Bruce and the Big E Band — This annual summer concert stars world-class Elvis impersonators Mike Albert and Scot Bruce along with the Big E Band to celebrate Elvis Presley’s historic 1956 Florida Theatre concert.

July 30- 2 p.m. Cool Hand Luke 50th Anniversary — When Luke Jackson (Paul Newman)  is arrested for vandalizing parking meters, he is sentenced to serve time on a prison chain gang. Although the warden, guards and prisoners all try to break Luke’s spirit, he eventually earns their respect and the respect of his fellow inmates by refusing to back down in a fight and figuring out a way for them to get their hard labor done in half the time.  Sponsored by Regions Bank. Media Sponsor The Florida Times Union. Digital Projector Sponsored by AVL.  Enjoy gourmet ice pops from Hyppo.

“Florida Theatre July 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.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

'Annie' and the Alhambra are a perfect Summer mix

It’s been said time and time again that children and animals will steal and upstage a show; well, the musical “Annie” at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining is no exception.  Filled with familiar music and dance numbers from the original production, Tod Booth* has created fun loving entertainment with the assistance of set designer Ian Black and the choreography from Shain Stoff* and Brian Beach*.  The show times have been adapted for the many younger and mature audience attendees who come to see Annie, and the show is so entertaining that everyone is thoroughly captivated.

Annie is a delightful Summer family show for the entire family.  Young Jena Simmons was in the character of (Annie), on Gala Night.  The ingĂ©nue actress belted out each and every song with zeal and gusto.  You would be able to hear her clearly without the assistance of microphones.

Lisa Valdini with Sandy
She just appeared as (M’Lynn) in “Steel Magnolias”, the last show at the Alhambra, and gave a stellar performance; yet Lisa Valdini*, the mean cantankerous (Miss Hannigan) in Annie, sang, danced and had the crowd in stitches all night long.  Take a look at the photo and see her and the well-behaved dog (Sandy).  You’ll love the way Lisa twists her posterior to the tune of “Easy Street”.

Another little actress who will steal your heart is seven-year-old novice artist Lucy Feagins (Molly - Orphan).  This little lady will be headed for great things if she chooses to go further in her acting career.  She blossoms during the Orphan songs “Maybe,” “Hard Knock Life” and “Fully Dressed”.

You may remember him in “9 to 5 the Musical” and “The Addams Family”, nonetheless, Mark Poppleton portrays a wonderful (Daddy Warbucks) in “Annie”; and Jennifer Medure is a compliment to him starring as (Grace Farrell).  Her daughter Grace Medure is one of the Orphans (Tessie) who grace the stage for the first time with her mom.

Chef DeJuan Roy was on target with his scrumptious meal.  The Strawberry Bisque is cool and refreshing and the Summer Fruit Salad is very tasty with Roy’s house made Honey Yogurt Vinaigrette.  This writer chose the Chicken Veronique which was breaded and pan fried to perfection.  The sides complimented the second course with a delectable sauce.

You are invited to revisit memories of Annie from 1988 and 2009 with  your purchase of the Alhambra’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book that you can obtain online or when you visit the theater.

DATES: June 28 — Aug. 13, 2017

SPECIAL SHOW TIMES: Please note the summer family show, “Annie”, begins twenty minutes earlier than normal show times.  Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins shortly afterwards.  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 June 30, 2017) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $35 – $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