Thursday, September 19, 2019

‘The Wiz’ opens on the mainstage at Players By The Sea

Players by the Sea is thrilled to present The Wiz”, a funky, gospel-inspired take on a timeless musical classic; will run from September 20th. through October 12th.  After months of rehearsals, the cast and crew of 40 along with a live orchestra, is so excited to bring this show to the community. The musical follows Dorothy on her journey to the Emerald City as she meets Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion.  She discovers the true meaning of “home” through her interactions with these characters, the witches, and The Wiz himself.  Don’t miss this urban re-telling of a classic filled with skilled dancing, talented vocals and a whole lot of energy and spirit.

Jereme Raickett, the Production Manager for Players by the Sea, is also the Director for this musical.  He’s also a skilled performer who graduated from Douglas Anderson SOTA and has worked with many theatre companies including the Alhambra Theatre & Dining; but, he’s especially inclined to direct.  “Jereme has chosen a pool of talent that is diverse in our levels as well as physicality and allows us to meet in the middle.  I am experiencing a stretch and pull like never before,” said Tota Li, who plays Glinda.

“If nothing more, come for the love of the stage and the thanks to the many who gave tears, sweat, time, finances and abilities, to make this thing happen.  Though the tale is classic, the touch on it from this set of talent is fresh!  The reward is in itself,” said Li.  Don’t miss your chance to see The Wiz!



General Admission tickets are $28.  Students, seniors and military can get theirs for $25.  The show runs this Friday (Sept. 20) and Saturday (Sept. 21) at 8 pm. and each consecutive Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for the following three weeks with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.  Thursday nights are Student Nights!  Bring a valid student ID to the theatre and get a half-price ticket for $14.  Tickets for opening weekend (Sept. 20th. – 22nd.) are Sold Out!

PBTS is taking reservations for their special VIP experience, available for Friday and Saturday nights of The Wiz.  The $50 price includes: a reserved seat, special pre-show access to a private bar with delicious soul-food appetizers and dessert provided by Lyric Soul Café and cocktails by
Manifest Distillery, and a post-show meet & greet and photo opportunity with performers.

LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
      (904) 249-0289

— For over fifty years, Players by the Sea has brought quality creative and classic theatre to the Jacksonville community.  With a team of only three full time workers, the theatre relies on volunteers to dedicate their time and talents to making each show a success.  Through the years, Players has grown in its operations, incorporated educational programs, and increased its membership and volunteer base.  PBS has not lost site of the main ideal its founders lived by —the passion of individuals for creating satisfying theatre experiences to share with audiences.”

Monday, September 16, 2019

Country superstar ‘Alan Jackson’ in JAX for one night

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson will bring a night of hits to northeast Florida with a concert featuring William Michael Morgan.  Jackson’s Jacksonville concert will continue his tradition of “keepin’-it-country” for people far and wide as he brings nearly 30 years of hits to northeast Florida.

Alan Jackson has been celebrating and telling real-life stories in his music since arriving on the scene in 1989.  His concerts are filled with three decades of hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans – songs that draw added crowds as a younger generation discovers his music.  Jackson’s repertoire stands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite him an influence…and his music has earned him a place alongside music’s greatest names, cementing his place in its history with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote and made them famous – his debut hit “Here in The Real World” signature songs “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country” party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time” and many more.

Newcomer William Michael Morgan will be Jackson’s special guest.  The chart-topping hit “I Met a Girl” put the Mississippi native on the map, and his talent, music and voice are keeping him there.  A timeless sound and honest lyrics landed him a major label record deal at 19, gave him that #1 gold smash, and earned him a Top 5 debut album.  A few years older – and hundreds of shows wiser – William Michael’s music embodies the man he’s become: a hard worker and big dreamer, single dad and hopeless romantic, pure country stalwart unafraid to embrace the here and now.

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and recently inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among music’s all-time greats is part of a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.

The man from rural Newnan, GA has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres.  He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers).  He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 19 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.

Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music.  He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts.  Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica.  He’s also the man behind one of Nashville’s most-popular new tourist stops, AJ’s Good Time Bar, a four-story honky-tonk in the heart of downtown featuring daily live music and a rooftop view of Music City.

Alan Jackson 2019 tour
& William Michael Morgan

DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019
TIME: 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS and information are available at available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at the VyStar Veterans Arena, or by visiting, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more.

LOCATION: VyStar Veterans Arena
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ appearing next at the Alhambra

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining will open its run of Neil Simon's Tony Award winning play, “Brighton Beach Memoirs”.  From 1965 to 1980, Simon's plays and musicals racked up more than 9,000 Broadway performances, a record not even remotely touched by any other playwright of the era - and set even before the opening of his semi-autobiographical "Eugene Trilogy," of which Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first installment.  In 1966 alone, he had four Broadway shows running simultaneously.

ABOUT THE SHOW: “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is the first in a trilogy of semi-autobiographical plays that depict a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up.  These comedy-dramas - "Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1983), "Biloxi Blues” (1985) and "Broadway Bound” (1986) - were admired for the way they explored the tangle of love, anger and desperation that bound together - and drove apart - a Jewish working-class family, as viewed from the perspective of the youngest son, a restless wisecracker with an eye on showbiz fame.  Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character.

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley.  Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.  This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here.”

The production is being presented by Rosenblum's; an iconic men's clothing retail store opened 126 years ago by the current owners' great grandfather.  Said co-owner, Bob Rosenblum, “Our business has supported the cultural arts in Jacksonville for as long as we can remember, and we have wanted to partner with the Alhambra for a while. This show about a Jewish family overcoming its trials and tribulations, and riding with them on part of their journey, struck an obvious chord with us as the right show at the right time.”  Added Richard Rosenblum, co-owner in the Rosenblum's, “Every family has a story to tell.  Ours is not exactly this story, but the underlying themes hold true regardless of where you come from - that family, as irascible as they can sometimes be, is always the most important thing in life.”

“Brighton Beach Memoirs” had a pre-Broadway engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on December 10, 1982, and following an additional pre-Broadway engagement at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, the play premiered on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on March 27, 1983 and transferred to the 46th Street Theatre, where it closed on May 11, 1986 after 1,299 performances and 7 previews.  Matthew Broderick won a Tony Award for his performance in the play's first run.


First Course
(Choice of One) Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup, OR Home Run Salad with chopped romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, boiled eggs, green onions, green peppers, carrots, raisins, sliced almonds, Green Goddess dressing *GF*.
Second Course (Choice of One)Pierogi Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef and mixed vegetables and rich gravy, fluffy potatoes and cheese pierogies, OR Seafood Newburg with rice and asparagus, OR Chicken & Waffles - with cardamom syrup and strawberry butter; *GF* Option: Baked Chicken with natural au jus, potatoes, asparagus. OR Falafel with chopped salad and pilaf.
Third Course (Choice of One) Lemon Chiffon Cake OR
Boston Cream Pie.

Brighton Beach Memoirs

September 18, 2019 through October 13, 2019

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Friday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch served until 12:30 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:50 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday September 20, 2019) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”, or Under the Sea.  All other shows could be “Business Casual”, or “Sunday Best”.  There is always complimentary Champagne and Hors d'oeuvres served in the lobby before dinner, on Gala evening and special pastries served after the show.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $66.  Ticket prices include: a plated three-course meal that changes for each show, and is served directly to your table; a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Tickets may be purchases
on line, or by calling (904) 641-1212.
     **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

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

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“Temple Gym & Fitness” will create a program designed especially for you.  There are qualified personnel who will help you to achieve your goals, as long as you commit to sticking with your program; it’s a combined effort.  No experience is needed to get started on developing your mind, body and spirit.  They are on the premises to assist in your transformation.

The massive facility offers Weight Lifting along with Cardio exercises.  What you’ve seen in other gyms, you will have at TG&F and more.  You have a choice of their supervised “Open Gym” or the coaching from a Personal Trainer.  Either you walk, run, lift or pull; you will be on your way to a unique experience, and a NEW YOU! 

If you desire to be a Jaguar, or you have an expiring football player in your family- No problem; TG&F will assist you in achieving your dreams and acquiring your goals.  This facility is not just for men, but women - if you want to improve you physique and be better fit to endure just walking; this is the place for you.  Does your child need endurance training for another sport; then Temple Gym & Fitness is the place for them to be enrolled.

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Temple Gym & Fitness Center

Hours of Operation:
  Monday Friday
  7 a.m.
11:30 p.m.
  1 p.m.
9 p.m.
  7:30 a.m.
5 p.m.
SUNDAY & Major Holidays


  3461 Peeler Road
  Jacksonville, FL 32277