Freeline Media Review: “Avenue Q”

Mad Cow Theatre is now producing the popular Tony Award-winning musical "Avenue Q."

Mad Cow Theatre is now producing the popular Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q.”

ORLANDO — There was definitely a “Broadway” crowd at the Mad Cow Theatre on the afternoon I went to see their new production of “Avenue Q.”
More than a few of the patrons told me about how they had seen this very popular show on Broadway, in all its splendor. I stood out, in a sense, because I had never seen the show before. Several people, after I mentioned that fact, gave me an odd look, as if to ask if I had been living on Mars the past few years.
Although I hadn’t seen the musical before, I was aware of its reputation as a kind of naughty adult version of “Sesame Street” — although it’s hardly an X-rated version of that children’s program, as some have claimed. This musical in two acts, written by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, is more like shifting the Sesame Street concept outside of childhood and applying it to young adults — particularly twenty-somethings just out of college, now facing the harsh realities of a tough job market, having no money, and wondering if there’s someone out there who will decide you’d be a great person to date. The real world, as they say, is no picnic.
The show opened Off-Broadway in March 2003, then was transferred to Broadway within three months. It went on to win three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ranks 23rd on the list of longest running shows in Broadway history. Continue reading

“Murder Sleep” wins the Patron’s Pick at the Orlando Fringe festival

"Murder Sleep" opens on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.

“Murder Sleep” opens on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.


ORLANDO — Freeline Productions’ original thriller “Murder Sleep” won the Patron’s Pick award for its venue, and did a seventh performance on Memorial Day at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.
The play, written by Michael Freeman and directed by Laurel Clark and Jim Cundiff, featured Steven Johnson, Mickey Layman and Sara Cutlip as three people staying at a strange historic hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
The play’s author and producer said it was a great honor to be among the Patron’s Picks this year.
“It feels terrific, especially knowing we went up against some great shows,” Freeman said. “But I also give a tremendous amount of credit to Laurel and Jim for their amazing direction, and to a superb cast.”
“Murder Sleep” beat out the competition in the Purple Venue (the Patron’s Room at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center) after a highly successful run at the 25th annual Orlando Fringe Festival, the longest running Fringe festival in the nation.
During its run, the play drew praise from area critics. Continue reading

Retrovirus at the Abbey: the 80s return, or is it No Wave?

The Genitorturers will be coming home to Orlando on Thursday for a concert at The Abbey.

The Genitorturers will be coming home to Orlando on Thursday for a concert at The Abbey.


ORLANDO — Homecomings can be a happy time for the family — the college student arriving home for spring break, the long-lost relatives making a welcome visit.
And so it is, as well, with the Genitorturers.
The industrial metal band, who have proclaimed themselves “The World’s Sexiest Rock Band,” originated in Orlando. Originally called The Festering Genitorturers, they had their first performance at the Ocean Club in Cocoa Beach in June 1986.
Over the years, their form of hardcore punk would be hugely influential on a number of other prominent bands that came afterwards, including Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids.
And now they’re coming back to Orlando, for a concert on Thursday at The Abbey — a homecoming, noted Nicholas Stevens.
“This will be their 30th anniversary party here in Orlando,” noted Stevens, the founder of Modern Music Movement, a commercial music business that stages themed events, including some around music like past tribute shows to David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.
“They started right here in Orlando in June of 1986,” Stevens said. “They were the ones who originally taught Marilyn Manson his schtick.” Continue reading

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