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The Addams Family in Jacksonville May 2nd

 The FSCJ Artist Series presents the 2013/2014 National Tour of the new musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY on Friday, May 2nd at 8PM at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center! For one night only, you can see this Broadway musical, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, which began performances in March 2010 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran through December 2011, immediately became one of Broadway’s biggest hits. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!” and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”

Here’s a video sneak peek of the show:

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Production design (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch with set adaptations by James Kronzer. The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Craig Cassidy and puppetry by Basil Twist.

In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams’ drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.

Tickets for THE ADDAMS FAMILY in Jacksonville start at $32.00 and are available at the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office between 10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu.

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“Bring It On” Pom Pom Dance Class at Dance Trance San Marco

Dance Trance San Marco has created a special Pom Pom class to help us celebrate the Jacksonville premiere of Bring It On: The Musical, playing at the Times-Union Center on Tuesday, April 1st for one night only!

This Thursday, March 27, 2014:

7PM-7:30PM: Photo Opps and Ticket Giveaway for Bring It On: The Musical

7:30PM-8:30PM: FREE Bring It On-themed Dance Trance Class

Space is limited for this dance class, so reserve your spot at http://bit.ly/PomPomDanceTrance

Dance Trance San Marco is located at 1515 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL.

Don’t miss the Broadway show Bring It On: The Musical when it comes to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for one night only on Tuesday, April 1st at 7:30PM! Bitingly relevant and sprinkled with sass, Bring It On: The Musical, inspired by the Bring It On film, takes you on a high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal, and forgiveness. Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh musical sound, dynamic choreography, and aerial stunts, this all-new Broadway musical is sure to be emotionally gratifying in its story of redemption and breathtaking with amazingly vibrant athleticism.

Check out this promo video for Bring It On: The Musical and buy tickets at (904) 442-2929 or www.artistseriesjax.org.

Bring It On Company Photo credit: Clint Tuccio

Bring It On Company
Photo credit: Clint Tuccio

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Reviews for Memphis the Musical in Jacksonville

There has been lots of buzz around the Broadway show Memphis the Musical, which opened at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center this past Tuesday and runs through this Sunday night, March 23rd. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Memphis is about a white radio DJ (“Huey”) who wants to change the world and a black club singer (“Felicia”) who is ready for her big break. Inspired by actual events, this hot new Broadway musical features a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.

Check out these media reviews of Memphis:

Florida Times-Union Review of Memphis the Musical

Folio Weekly Review of Memphis the Musical

EU Jacksonville Review of Memphis the Musical

Examiner.com Review of Memphis the Musical

BUZZ Magazine Review of Memphis the Musical

We also got some great video reviews of Memphis from local theatergoers:

The cast of Memphis had a busy week, as they stopped by Jacksonville TV and radio stations for in-town press segments. Watch them here to learn more about the cast members and more about the show:

WJXT “Morning Show” TV Interview with “Huey” and “Felicia”

WTLV “First Coast Living” TV Interview with “Delray”

WJCT “First Coast Connect” Radio Interview with “Huey” and “Felicia”

*Skip ahead to the last 5 minutes of the hour-long radio program

There are still 5 more chances to see Memphis at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center this weekend! Shows run Friday, March 21st at 8PM, Saturday, March 22nd at 2PM & 8PM, and Sunday, March 23rd at 1:30PM & 7PM.

Tickets for Memphis the Musical in Jacksonville start at $32 at www.artistseriesjax.org and (904) 442-2929. The show runs 2 hours, 30 minutes (including a 15-minute intermission) and is recommended for ages 10+.

Don’t miss this incredible, award-winning Broadway show!

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The FSCJ Artist Series Announces Chase Sponsorship

The FSCJ Artist Series is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Chase. Chase will be the sponsor of the FSCJ Artist Series, including the 2014-2015 Broadway in Jacksonville Season.

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Chase customers will receive benefits throughout the FSCJ Artist Series Season, starting with the next Broadway production, Memphis the Musical. Chase is providing 10 pair of tickets to their customers for Opening Night of Memphis the Musical, playing Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:30PM at the Times-Union Center.

The first 10 Chase customers to present their debit or credit cards at the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office on Monday, March 17th between 10AM-5PM will each receive a pair of complimentary tickets to Memphis the Musical Opening Night on Tuesday, March 18th. The FSCJ Artist Series Box Office is located at 501 W. State Street, Ste. #109, at the corner of State & Broad Streets, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

All Chase customers can receive a discount of $20 off tickets for the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evening performances of Memphis the Musical for the top three price levels with password MUSIC at www.artistseriesjax.org and (904) 442-2929. The deadline for this offer is 3PM day of show for best available seating, and this offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. A post-show chat back with the Memphis the Musical cast is included with Thursday night’s performance.

THE BOOK OF MORMON will anchor the FSCJ Artist Series’ 2014-2015 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Chase. The full line-up for the Broadway Season will be announced soon.

To learn more about Chase, visit www.chase.com/jax.

To learn more about the FSCJ Artist Series and to view upcoming shows, including the full Memphis the Musical performance schedule from March 18th-23rd, visit www.artistseriesjax.org or call the Box Office at (904) 442-2929.

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Paul Anka Plays in Jacksonville April 3, 2014

The FSCJ Artist Series presents Paul Anka, one of the biggest teen idols of the late ’50s. Anka is coming to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30PM, for one night only!

Paul Anka comes to Jacksonville April 3, 2014

Paul Anka comes to Jacksonville April 3, 2014

With songs that shaped a generation, such as DianaLonely Boy and Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Paul Anka moved into the adult sphere as a successful performer, songwriter and recording artist.  He’s written well-known music including the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones’ biggest hits, She’s A Lady.

Here’s a video sneak peek of the show:

Paul Anka released two critically acclaimed albums, Rock Swings and Classic Songs, My Way. Both ingeniously featured songs originally created by some of the biggest rock performers of the day; Anka, of course, did the songs “his way.” Rock Swings hit
#2 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart and went on to sell half a million copies worldwide.

Tickets for Paul Anka in Jacksonville start at $58.50 and are available at (904) 442 BWAY (2929) and online at www.artistseriesjax.org.  

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Bring It On: The Musical in Jacksonville April 1st

Bring It On: The Musical is coming to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30PM for one performance only! Bitingly relevant and sprinkled with sass, Bring It On: The Musical, inspired by the Bring It On film, takes the audience on a high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness.

Bailey Purvis as Skylar and Mia Weinberger as Kylar Photo credit: Clint Tuccio

Bailey Purvis as Skylar and Mia Weinberger as Kylar
Photo credit: Clint Tuccio

Presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. The musical comedy made its Broadway debut on August 1, 2012 at the St. James Theatre. The production earned Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Choreography, and The New York Times called it, “Impossible to resist!”

Here’s a video sneak peek of Bring It On: The Musical:

With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh musical sound, dynamic choreography, and aerial stunts, this all-new musical is sure to be emotionally gratifying in its story of redemption and breathtaking with amazingly vibrant athleticism.

Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On: The Musical features an original story by Tony® Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and music supervision by Tony and Grammy® Award winner Alex Lacamoire (In The Heights). The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).

Tickets for Bring It On: The Musical in Jacksonville start at $36.50 and are available at the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office between 10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org.  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu.

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