White Christmas review

  If the holidays fill you with nostalgia for the sweeter, simpler days of yesteryear, White Christmas at the Broadway Palm will be just your cup of eggnog. The show is brimming with sequined costumes, tapping feet, and corny dialogue. It’s also filled with the music of Irving Berlin, and no matter how sophisticated we […]

Music for a Sunday Afternoon

I live quite a distance from FGCU, so when the opportunity arose to hear two of the Bower School of Music’s ensembles in Cape Coral, I was in. The Jazz Ensemble led by Brandon Robertson and the Symphonic Band led by Troy Jones presented a concert at Ida Baker High School to a disappointingly small […]

Rockin’ and Groovin’ at Broadway Palm

  Broadway Palm’s latest show, Yesterday’s, (and why is that apostrophe in there anyway?) is a pastiche of music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, one act of each. The six performers confess at the top of the show that they are too young to remember any of what they’re about to sing and dance to. […]

Wild Coffee offers summer refreshment for classical music lovers

  Abbey Allison and Susie Kelly embarked on their maiden voyage as the Wild Coffee Duo yesterday afternoon. And what smooth sailing it was. The very talented pianist and cellist put together a sprightly program titled Bon Voyage: A Musical Trip around the World to kick off their summer concert season at New Hope Presbyterian […]

High energy Funny Girl opens at Broadway Palm

  It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to undertake a role that will be forever identified with Barbra Streisand. For that alone, I salute Elizabeth McMonagle who is starring in Funny Girl at Broadway Palm Theatre. She’s softer around the edges than La Streisand and her voice, while strong, is not the biggest on […]

Turning Hamlet upside down

On the way home from Florida SouthWestern State College’s production of Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead, my husband and I speculated why Professor Stuart Brown had chosen this play. Minimal set? Yes. Smallish number of people in the cast?  Also yes. But lots of plays would have met those requirements. An answer finally dawned on […]

Patriotism is alive in Lee County

Last night, the annual Pride and Patriotism event was held in Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. I say “event” because this was more than a concert. It was a joint endeavor of youthful musicians, visual artists, and writers, and their teachers to honor our veterans. The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra led by Dr. […]