My ‘SpongeBob Musical’ Journey

When I first heard of Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” animated TV series, I didn’t get the appeal. “Really?” I thought? “A talking sea sponge in shirt-and-tie, shorts or underpants?” But haven’t we all embraced talking mice and daffy ducks et al for generations? Who am I to cast doubt?

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The Carbonell Awards Names Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Nilo Cruz as Recipient of Prestigious George Abbott Award 2024

Gary Schweikhart, president of the Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s Theater & Arts Honors, today announced the recipient of this year’s prestigious George Abbott Award which will be presented at the 47thannual Carbonell Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center at 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311.

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Audra McDonald to Star in ‘Gypsy’ Revival on Broadway This Fall

This post was originally published on NY Times - Theater

Written by: Michael Paulson

The six-time Tony-winning actress will play musical theater’s most famous stage mother in a production directed by George C. Wolfe. Audra McDonald has been dreaming of “Gypsy” since she was a 10-year-old in Fresno, Calif., with a small part in a dinner theater production of the musical. She played one of the children in a vaudeville act called “Uncle Jocko’s Kiddie Show,” and ever since, she said, “Gypsy” has remained “very much alive in my brain.”

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Les Misérables – The world’s most popular musical returns to the Arsht Center

 Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES (@lesmizus), are currently on sale for its upcoming Miami engagement at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter),  June 18-23, 2024. LES MISÉRABLES closes the 2023-2024 Broadway in Miami season presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center and Broadway Across America (@bwayamerica).

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PBD’s ‘TRYING’ Returns for Our Trying Times

I was initially intrigued by Palm Beach Dramaworks’ (PBD) first-ever revival play TRYING by Joanna McClelland Glass because of its premise. It shows how people of extremely disparate backgrounds and generational experience can spar yet keep working together to where they eventually respect and even deeply care for one another. If an ailing, patrician 81-year-old former US attorney general and judge from a prestigious American family and a vigorous, determined non-Ivy-League educated young woman of 25 from a small Canadian prairie town (who’s hired as his secretary) can learn to get along, perhaps there’s still hope for the rest of us. Particularly in our contentious times.

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Plays of Wilton (POW!) and Ronnie Larsen Presents will present the revival of Michael McKeever’s award winning play, “Daniel’s Husband,” at The Foundry from May 23 through June 16, 2024.  Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple.  Perfect house, perfect friends – even a mother who wants them married.  A turn of events puts their perfect life in jeopardy, and Mitchell is thrust into a future where even his love may not prove to be enough.  “Daniel’s Husband” is a bold reflection of love, commitment, and family in our perilous new world.

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Thank you for being a…fan! Following sold-out performances and rave reviews across the country, The Golden Girls are back and better than ever with a brand new stage show that’s more exciting than a trip to the Rusty Anchor. Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue will head to more than 60 cities in 2024 including a month of performances September 3 – 29 in the Amaturo Theater at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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Lots of laughs with a Miami twist in GableStage’s ‘Laughs In Spanish’

Much has been said about how the Spanish we speak in Miami has affected the native English, and of how this has led to the emergence of a new dialect in the bilingual generations. According to several academic studies, this phenomenon occurs when two languages come into close contact. Not to mention the interpersonal relationships of South Florida Latino families. From gestures to tone, Spanglish is here to stay.

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ACT of Davie’s ‘Close Ties’ Hits Close to Home

When ACT’s (Actors Community Theatre of Davie) popular director Jerry Jensen decided to keep their latest production, CLOSE TIES by Elizabeth Diggs, in the playwright’s setting of 1981, it was a no-brainer. Audiences would surely love revisiting a family’s summer home set in the quieter and more rural Berkshires of decades past. Where, as Jensen states in his Director’s Notes, “There are no cellphones or even area codes, no PCs, an office where the father uses a Dictaphone. The kitchen table is the center of family activity. But the family relationships are as timely today as they were then.”

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