Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre serve up the sun and the moon. There is nothing more this production company of "Ruthless" could offer. A Theatre Chat must see! "Ruthless is the killer musical comedy of the year, now playing through November 3, 2013." BroadwayGlobal.
Florida's best team of entertainers have been joined in one of the most magical casts yet. Amy Miller Brennan portrayal of Judy Denmark is part Father Knows Best - housewife, with a load full of camp. Her second act transformation as the famous Broadway star is victorious. Let us not forget the hottest ingenue singer/actress in South Florida. Is there a role Amy Miller Brennan cannot play? Let me ask the eight ball, most likely not!
The premise is simple, would you do anything to get the lead role in your school play? Anything! Miami Heat singer Julia Dale plays the spoiled little nine year old Tina Denmark, who would, do anything for the lead, and gives a killer performance! Her bright voice is beautiful and strong. Julia's acting skills are innate, as if she was born for the stage. Type casting? If Miami HEAT fans don't turn out in droves to see Julia's stage debut, they will have missed a brilliant performance, and a big win for the home team.
Gabriel Zenone plays Sylivia St. Croix, the women role played by a man, a role that has set the stage for current day Broadway productions. "Ruthless" may have been the inspirations for Broadway his musical "Matilda" with a male/women part named Miss Trunchbull. Having a man play an overbearing agent/stage mother, is just one of many reasons why "Ruthless" satire works. Gabriel Zenone is a new talent for South Florida, but a name you are sure to see in many upcoming productions.
Leigh Bennett as Lita Encore shares her golden, strident, smokey, vocal sound that creates euphoria. Jeni Hacker (Louise Lerman/Ece) gives solid mutilple performances with her singing, and embracing a Carol Burnett style of flair. Sally Bondi (Miss Thorn/Miss Block) shines as the drama teacher, capturing our hearts with songs and her line "this is a theatre people, not a place to have fun".
The breathtaking cartoonish colorful set by Tim Bennett is pinkalicious, Ellis Tillman costumes once again take you on a delightful journey. Now add Musical Direction by Eric Alsford, key boards with David Nagy. Sound Design by Alexander Herrin, Lighting by Luke Klingberg and you have a "Ruthless" new hit.
David Arisco's direction with Nikki Allred's choreography and additional staging by Jeni Hacker, all happen seamlessly. Sometimes when a director blocks the actors, then a choreographer brings dance, or another third individual adds staging, the feel of flow in in the show can be throw off. These three talents have worked to blend the blocking, choreography and staging, making very clean, decisive choices.
Pint-size powerhouse Julia Dale as Tina Denmark is set for stardom. The National Anthem singer has been a feature at Miami HEAT games since her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that garnered international media attention during the NBA Finals in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Julia has since been dubbed the team's "Good Luck Charm" and is now excited to add professional actress to her credits as she makes her regional theatre debut in "Ruthless! The Musical" at the Miracle Theatre. Miami HEAT fans don't miss this win for Julia Dale.
"Miracle Theatre's marquee has been restored to its 1940 grandeur, using the original colors of red and black, with help from new chasher lights that glide from top to bottom. The Miracle Theatre marquee picture in this article shares a crescent moon. Once again, Actors Playhouse gives theatre patrons the sun and the moon. You could not ask for a better night out in Floirda. The "Ruthless" cast at Miracle Theatre give you the sun and moon, who coud ask fo anything more!" BroadwayGlobal.
"Ruthless", don't miss this bodacious musical hit at The Miracle Mile Theatre." Theatre Chat. Standby for the role of Tina Denmark is young actress Angelina Carballo, and a past star in Christmas Carol as Tiny Tim. South Florida is lucky to have such gifted young talents to draw from our locally community. To purchase tickets to Actors Playhouse killer production of "Ruthless" call 305-444-9293 or visit www.actorsplayhouse.org.