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Wick’s O-o-o-o-o-klahoma! Is Tuneful Mainstream Fairy Tale

Wick’s O-o-o-o-o-klahoma! Is Tuneful Mainstream Fairy Tale

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, April 6, 2015 – In recent years, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 Oklahoma! has been mined for deeper meaning and given some revisionist twists: some had a black Laurey or Jud, several have underscored psychological, even sociological underpinnings. The Wick Theatre’s production is not one of those – and it doesn’t want to or try to be. This is an apple cheek fairy tale drawn in only two dimensions, a broad musical comedy (with an […]

39th Carbonell Awards Honors Excellence At Theater Prom

39th Carbonell Awards Honors Excellence At Theater Prom

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar. 31, 2015 – Roars of applause and waves of cheers greeted recipient after recipient as the South Florida theater community bonded Monday night at the 39th annual Carbonell Awards recognizing excellence. The egg sculptures were bestowed on a wide range of productions, both geographically and stylistically ranging from such edgy fare as Actors’ Playhouse’s jet-black chamber rock musical Murder Ballad to the mainstream strains of the percussive classic musical 42nd Street at The […]

Rob Donohoe and Paul Tei as two members of of the venal family in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Buried Child  (Photo by Alicia Donelan)

Palm Beach Dramaworks To Unearth Shepard’s Buried Child

By Michelle F. Solomon, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar. 30, 2015 – Director J. Barry Lewis has a way of approaching a play like Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work that gets a staging by Palm Beach Dramaworks beginning March 27 and through the month of April. “Sometimes with a play like this, you just have to let it wash over you,” says Lewis, about the surrealistic drama that a New York Times reviewer described as a play where […]

Lil Wayne, waiting for tags for his new Bentley at the DMV office in Palm Beach Gardens county courthouse Friday (via Facebook)

Secretive Lil Wayne Registers New Bentley in Palm Beach Gardens Instead of Miami

By Jose Lambiet, GossipExtra.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 25, 2015 – PALM BEACH GARDENS — Rapper Lil Wayne has become shy all of the sudden. Instead of going to Miami to register his new Bentley and pay the taxes, and get mugged by fans, the singer of Lollypop headed all the way north to Palm Beach Gardens. He materialized in the tax collector’s office right before quitting time Friday. Weezy, however, couldn’t avoid the Gossip Extra celebrity dragnet and we got […]

The cast of Undo, the last offering from Parade Productions

Breaking News: Parade Productions Takes Final Bow

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 20, 2015 – The three-year-old Parade Productions is shutting down as a purveyor of professional theater, its founder reported Wednesday. The Boca Raton-based troupe headed by Executive Director Candace H. Caplin is closing a few weeks after Undo played its last performance March 1. Caplin wrote Wednesday, “Artistic dreams and financial realities don’t always go hand in hand.  As such, Parade Productions will no longer exist as we’ve known it.” The company opened […]

The cast of Les Miserables at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (Photos by Alicia Donelan)

The Sound Of Music Is Maltz’s Secret To Stunning “Les Miz”

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 17, 2015 – Viewing the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Les Misérables is like watching an art restorer wipe away decades of obscuring grime from a canvas and savoring what you forgot was hidden underneath – even seeing colors you didn’t know were there. This sentiment comes from someone who has seen the show at least seven times including its first year in London, and who would put this edition up against every one of […]

Do you think he dyes those eyebrows? (INFPhoto.com)

Former Action Star and Sex Symbol Burt Reynolds Looked Frail at Student Showcase of Film! (Video)

By Jose Lambiet, GossipExtra.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 14, 2015 – BOCA RATON – Age will hit us all, but it seems to be hitting Jupiter-resident Burt Reynolds especially hard right now! The 79-year-old former action star and sex symbol looked absolutely frail at the Student Showcase of Film last night at Lynn University. The Deliverance star has been battling health issues for the past few years, but we’ve never seen him like this! Reynolds was on hand to support future filmmakers. […]

Will Hillary Drag Down The Ds?

Will Hillary Drag Down The Ds?

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 14, 2015 – My Mom used to always remind me: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It is good advice for investing, the future and politics. Apparently it is advice that the Democrats are ignoring. The Ds have no choice. In a stunning piece illustrating the decline of the Democratic Party over the Obama years, the New York Times (Yes, the New York Times!) bemoaned the state of the Ds. The […]

"First days of auditions ... Hundreds more coming... Don't miss out!" (Courtesy Cirque Productions)

Hundreds Auditioning for Goldberg’s Broward 100 Show….Did you try out yet?

By Mark Young, EyesOnNews.com Managing Editor, Mar 13, 2015 – Earlier this month Eyes On News readers were the first to learn about Broadway director, Neil Goldberg’s upcoming show at the Broward Center for Broward 100. Goldberg, with the resources of his production company based in Pompano Beach, has agreed to direct and produce the theatrical performance part of Duende, the culminating event of Broward County‘s year-long centennial celebration. This unprecedented, Broadway-style stage spectacle will be presented on October 2 and […]

Erin Joy Schmidt and Matt Stabile, right, are dismayed by the junk that Todd Allen Durkin has brought home in Uncertain Terms at The Theatre at Arts Garage ( Photos by David Nail)

Tyrrell’s Arts Garage Takes Final Bow With “Uncertain Terms”

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 11, 2015 – The key to enjoying world premieres like Uncertain Terms at The Theatre at Arts Garage is to understand that you are seeing a work in progress as opposed to a polished product bruited on Broadway or enshrined in print. That was the educational legacy of Arts Garage’s progenitor Florida Stage – teaching an audience how to appreciate the first appearance of a work in the new paradigm of playwriting. An […]

Athina Onassis has a $2 million-contract to buy this new spec house in Wellington (MLS photo)

Heiress Athina Onassis Spends $3 Million on Wellington Real Estate

By Jose Lambiet, GossipExtra.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 11, 2015 – WELLINGTON — Athina Onassis, heiress of one of the world’s famously rich families, has bought two vacant plots of land at Palm Beach Polo in equestrian Wellington, and she has a $2 million-contract to buy a spec house in the fancy development. It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: Show jumping champ Onassis, 30, is expected to sign on the doted line later this month for ownership of 3173 Blue Cypress […]

Mitch (Wayne LeGette) gets a weekly lesson in life from the dying Morrie (Howard Elfman) in Boca Raton Theatre Guild’s Tuesdays With Morrie (Photos by Carol Kassie)

Words Have Special Meaning In Guild’s “Tuesdays With Morrie”

By Michelle F. Solomon, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com When I worked at the Detroit Free Press as a Features editor in the Lifestyles department, the newspaper’s famous sports columnist Mitch Albom would be featured as a Sunday columnist on the front of the features section. This was in 2000. The book, written in 1997, had spent four years on the New York Times Bestseller list and is credited with being the most successful memoir ever published. I had instructions when […]