Scorchingly Raw ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Rumbles Into Town

We’re jolted awake, and into an alternate reality as soon as we take our seats at Island City Stage in Wilton Manors. That loud crashing sound (could it be coming from the train tracks on Dixie Highway?). But then there are clangs and whistles and, ah yes, we realize we are here to see New City Players’ (NCP) production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. And while ten minutes remain till showtime, we’re already immersed in the world of 1947 New Orleans’ French Quarter. Where a trio of women sit languidly fanning themselves onstage or burst into jazz songs and dance. Meanwhile, the sporadic rumble of the loud streetcar will continue, along with musical interludes, to punctuate the drama or breaks between scenes.

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The Wick’s ‘DANCING FEET’ is a Dazzling Tribute to Musical Theatre and Dance

There’s no business like show business – especially when the show envelopes you in a floor-to-ceiling, multi-screen Immersive Experience highlighting the greatest musical dance numbers of all time. The Wick Theatre and Museum Club of Boca Raton is now offering summer specials of their latest spellbinding and highly informative romp through musical history called DANCING FEET: The Experience. Held at the luxuriously appointed Museum Club section of the theater complex, the 360-degree video projection installation is complemented by what only Marilynn Wick – owner of Costume World, the nation’s largest theatrical wardrobe collection – can provide: original outfits worn by star dancers on Broadway.

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Catch ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Festival Rep this Summer

South Florida’s larger theater companies follow the northern tradition of taking a seasonal break during the summer. But smaller companies have known for years that full-time residents far outnumber the cultured snowbird class of days of yore. Happy to fill the gap – and encourage those who exclusively patronize national touring troupes at massive arenas to give the locals a try – are our many talented smaller theaters. Where you can catch a star of tomorrow before they become a household name. And see a world premiere or quirky older play you might never have heard of, and are unlikely to encounter anytime soon.

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Have F.U.N. and Save the Day the SpongeBob Way

Sometimes, the Broward Center features a double-header of entertainment: one show coming from a national touring cast through Broadway; one coming from our very own local company right in South Florida. To close out its 2023-24 season, Slow Burn Theatre Company, based out of Ft. Lauderdale and winner of the Bill von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence at the Carbonell Awards, is currently premiering The SpongeBob Musical until this Sunday, June 23. What better way to beat the heat than to splash down in Bikini Bottom?

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Clue and The Clueless

Even though South Florida has experienced a record amount of rainfall this week, enough to cause substantial flooding, the show must go on. To end the 2023-24 Broadway season, the Broward Center and Broadway Across America presents Clue, a new comedy play based on the beloved Hasbro game and Paramount Pictures movie. The classic whodunnit game comes to life in the best way possible, full of thrills and laughs and murder.

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A Song For Coretta Review

If you choose to venture to under the radar West Palm Beach theatre Actor’s Rep this weekend, you’ll find an unexpected gem in their moving production of A Song For Coretta by playwright Pearl Cleage. The title of the play refers to Coretta Scott King, who first came into the public eye as the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. and became a powerful activist in her own right and a leader of the civil rights movement after his passing. When Scott King herself passed away in 2006, thousands of mourners gathered outside the Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their final respects.

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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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