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 […]

Nothing New Under the Sun

  Having seen a touring company of Evita many years ago, I couldn’t wait to find out how Broadway Palm would handle such a big production. What I found was that watching the spectacle unfold from the closer perspective of a relatively small venue gave me an even greater appreciation. The two leads, April Monte […]

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. […]

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 […]

Arts in April at FSW

My former employer Florida SouthWestern State College has a thriving Arts Department. As the spring semester draws to a close, several theater and music performances are scheduled in April. Stuart Brown directs his theater students in Almost, Maine by John Cariani. The show opened last night and runs through April 9. Matinees are scheduled today […]

Calling all humanities geeks

Culture lovers on a budget, have I got good news for you. FSW (aka Edison College) has a humanities colloquium underway with some avant-garde-ish lectures and performances. The price is right—free, thanks to a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The theme is Evolution/Devolution/Revolution. The organizers have made an interesting choice of keynote speaker, Jerry […]

Best bets for January entertainment

  Alas, my husband is making a slow recovery from a badly broken leg, so my cultural activities have been curtailed for now. Were I able, below are some performances I’d want to attend. Broadway Palm is running Show Boat through February 14. Classic American musical theater. Just hearing Ol’Man River would be worth the […]