Freeline Media Review: “All Hands on Deck”

Todd S. Mummert, Rebecca Jo Cross, Joshua S. Roth and Kayla Kelsay Morales star in the Winter Park Playhouse's production of "All Hands on Deck."

Todd S. Mummert, Rebecca Jo Cross, Joshua S. Roth and Kayla Kelsay Morales star in the Winter Park Playhouse’s production of “All Hands on Deck.”

WINTER PARK — “All Hands on Deck” is a flashback — a musical review with some very catchy, upbeat songs, many hauntingly romantic ones, some truly corny jokes — all wrapped up in a salute to our nation’s military, our veterans, and to the way that patriotism helps bring all of us together.
The show takes us back to the year 1942, and is based on comedian Bob Hope’s USA tour to our troops. The mood is light, geared toward making the audience feel good. It works, thanks to the consummate skills of the four performers: Todd S. Mummert, Rebecca Jo Cross, Joshua S. Roth, and Kayla Kelsay Morales. How do you resist the sublime allure of a beautiful four-piece harmony reviving “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “By The Light of the Silvery Moon,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy” or “Deep in the Heart of Texas”? You can’t, it all wins you over too quickly. Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “Jekyll & Hyde The Musical”

Greater Orlando Actors' Theatre is now producing "Jekyll & Hyde the Musical."

Greater Orlando Actors’ Theatre is now producing “Jekyll & Hyde the Musical.”

ORLANDO — Legend has it that after Robert Louis Stevenson wrote his first draft of what would become his classic novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” based on a nightmare he’d had, his wife thought it was so shocking that she urged him to burn the manuscript.
Fortunately, Stevenson was inspired to write a second draft, which would become the short story published in 1886. The concept of the dual personalities within all of us — one harboring our civil and gentle nature, the other our attraction to evil — has never stopped drawing in audiences and inspiring future artists. The novella has inspired adaptations in the fields of movies, television, radio, comic books, rock songs, and even sequels in other novels. The kindly Dr. Jekyll and the wicked Mr. Hyde have an enduring ability to keep us fascinated and entertained.
If there have been far too many movie adaptations to count, there have actually been a fairly lengthy number of stage adaptations as well — starting in 1887 with a theatrical version that opened in Boston by writer Thomas Russell Sullivan, which went on to tour Britain for 20 years. Continue reading

“Jekyll and Hyde” are back on stage in Orlando

The GOAT production of "Jekyll and hyde The Musical" opens tonight in Orlando.

The GOAT production of “Jekyll and hyde The Musical” opens tonight in Orlando.

ORLANDO — It was seven years ago that an up and coming theatrical troupe with its own brand new space rocked the boards with its production of “Jekyll and Hyde.”
Now, seven years later they are back, a well established Central Florida theater, and they are ready to bring this musical work back in all its glory.
From tonight through Sept. 25, the Central Florida Community Arts Theatre Stage will play host to Greater Orlando Actors Theatre’s fully realized production of the Frank Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse and Steve Cuden hit musical “Jekyll and Hyde” – a show that has mesmerized audiences the world over since it premiered in Texas in 1990.
After its initial run, there was a five year hiatus, before it played other regional theaters, had its own national tour, and eventually opened on Broadway in 1997. Continue reading

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