by Jan Davisson
Feb. 1, 2016
Congratulations to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre for the 21 well deserved Carbonnell nominations received! Speaking of the Maltz, the Jupiter Theatre has come up with a brilliant move by including the fast-paced, riveting drama about one of the most monumental political interviews of all times—the award-winning production Frost/Nixon opens February 7-21. During these days of nothing but politics on television, it’s exciting to see what has happened in the past. Tickets are available at (561) 575-2223.
Down in Boca, the Wick Theatre has another couple of weeks for their enchanting production of South Pacific. It runs through Valentines Day; talk about the perfect Valentine gift to give…lunch in the charming Tavern on the Wick followed by the classic musical, South Pacific. This will be followed by a musical/mystery called Curtains. Can’t wait, combines two of my favorite things. I do love a good mystery.
If you love the MOTOWN sound, it’s ready and waiting for you to enjoy as part of the Kravis on Broadway series, it’s Motown the Musical, on stage from February 9-14 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. This is the true American dream story that launched the careers of some of the greatest entertainers, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson…and that’s just for starters. My feet are already starting to tap to the beat. Get ready to enjoy My Girl and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough..Got your attention now?
Another type of entertainment is being presented at the Gardens Mall. It’s the Art of Dr.Seuss, presented by the Ann Jackson Gallery and The Gardens Mall with several local sponsors, namely the Jupiter Beach Medical Center and The Maltz Jupiter Theatre. To kick off the event, a press breakfast was held and featured the talents of young performers from South Florida as well as students from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Youth Touring Company. It was produced and directed by Andre Kato and included excerpts from the production of SEUSSICAL. The scenic design of the exhibit was created by Paul Tate dePoo and costumes were designed by Jenna Hoefer, all part of the Maltz staff.
It’s spectacular and the price is right…FREE. They’ll be performing every Sat. & Sun. at 1 & 3 pm in the center courtyard at the Gardens Mall now through Feb. 14.
The long anticipated opening of Eugene O’Neill’s award-winning play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, has a new opening date at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. in downtown West Palm Beach. It’s slated to open on Feb. 4 and closes on March 6.
The already talented cast of actors with Dennis Creaghan, John Leonard Thompson, Michael Stewart Allen and Carey Urban will be joined by Maureen Anderman, who has appeared in eighteen Broadway productions and spent the 2011-12 season at the Old Vic and touring the world in Richard III, which starred Kevin Spacey. She has been nominated for a Tony award and is returning to Palm Beach Dramaworks, where she was last seen in A Delicate Balance. In other words, she has some great acting chops, exactly what director William Hayes needs for this Pulitzer Prize-winning drams. The Eugene ONeill play is widely considered to be his masterwork. It has been on Broadway several times and received numerous awards including the Tony Award for Best Play in 1956. It was on Broadway as recently as 2003 starring Vanessa Redgrave.
Our congratulations to William Hayes and the Palm Beach Dramaworks staff for their 14 Carbonell nominations including: Best Production: Buried Child and The History Boys. J. Barry Lewis also was nominated for Best Director for Buried Child. Up for Best Actor is Rob Donohue from Buried Child and Colin McPhillamy from The History Boys. Michael McKeever was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Picnic and Paul Tei for Buried Child. Margery Lowe is up for Best Supporting Actress for Picnic. Brian P. Whitted is nominated for Best Musical Director for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Tickets: (561) 832-7469 or 800-572-8471; www.kravis.org. Kravis on Broadway Series Motown the Musical (Feb. 9-14)
The Don & Ann Brown Theatre 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach FL Box Office (561) 514-4042, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org. A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Feb. 4-Mar. 6)
Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter, FL Box Office: (561) 575-2223 or go online to www.jupitertheatre.org Frost/Nixon (Feb. 7-21)
The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, FL Box Office (561) 995-2333 or www.thewick.org South Pacific (Jan. 9 -Feb. 14)
The Palm Beach Dramaworks presents: A Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre in West Palm: (l-r) Michael Stewart Allen; John Leonard Thompson; Dennis Creaghan and Maureen AndermanMichael Stewart Allen, John Leonard Thompson