Super Deals in West Boca for the Super Bowl

We’re trying out a new series of articles, with great deals available in or near West Boca.
For starters our friends at Stella’s Pizzeria are doing a “Super Bowl” special:

Buy 5 large cheese pizzas get one free.

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It’s a Super Bowl deal, but it’s available all week including Sunday.


The hilarious Comedian Louis Ramey will be back at the Boca Black Box Theater this Thursday night! Louis is one of the top comics today. You might remember him as a finalist on The Last Comic Standing. He is getting ready to film a pilot for a new TV Show to air later in the year.
Tickets for our Facebook friends are free, with a 2 item minimum. Please leave your name in the comment box for your tickets. Show is at 8 pm.
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Editor’s note: This is a better deal than the one on Groupon!


On Sunday, Boca’s Best BBQ is doing “all you can eat ribs with 2 sides for $24.99 starting at 6pm for the Super Bowl.”
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We are hoping to add more deals in the future from others like Angie’s List and Living Social. For now we are including some great offers from Groupon:

Groupon is doing a special through Thursday February 4th. Enter code CUPID20 and get a further 20% off any local deal.

30 class yoga package for $203 West Boca locations
https://www.groupon.com/deals/metabody-yoga-fitness-pass-227-palm-beach
$12 for $18 of food at Original Pancake House
https://www.groupon.com/deals/original-pancake-house-boca-raton-1
$9 haircut in Boca Greens
https://www.groupon.com/deals/anthony-s-barber-shop
$24 package at Monkey Joe’s in Logger’s Run
https://www.groupon.com/deals/monkey-joe-s-coral-springs-2
$50 for $100 of art classes for kids in Logger’s Run
https://www.groupon.com/deals/creative-elephant-art-studio
$20 oil change at Jiffy Lube in Sandalfoot
https://www.groupon.com/deals/ace-for-jiffy-lube-parent-7
$11 deal on crepes in Royal Palm Place (Federal Highway south of Palmetto)
https://www.groupon.com/deals/crepe-cafe-6

Review of Taking Sides

20160121_193149_Pano~2Intense and riveting! Last night we attended a performance of Taking Sides at the Levis JCC Sandler Center. The award-winning drama by Ronald Harwood opened on Broadway in October 1996. The play is a fictionalized account of the real life post-war investigation in 1946 into German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler. Did he actually help Jewish musicians escape Germany or support the Third Reich during the height of the war?
The play explores the themes of courage, justice and liberty.  The lead actor Jeffrey Bruce does an excellent job of portraying the emotions of Wilhelm Furtwangler, a proud man defending himself against a relentless foe. Tony Rein is passionate in his role as Major Steve Arnold, a man determined to convict the conductor of war crimes. Their story takes place in Major Arnold’s office in the American Zone of occupied Berlin. Be aware this play contains very strong language.
20160121_193201~2Taking Sides was presented in association with Chicken Coop Theatre and in partnership with Next Generations. Next Generations is a non profit dedicated to promoting holocaust education and ensuring the well being of survivors in need. The Chicken Coop Theatre has a full spring season including Rock of Stages; Grease; and Love, Loss and What I Wore. Call 561-558-2512 for tickets.
 

Songs for a new world

Songs-Cover-PhotoToday we had the opportunity to see a unique and captivating show by the Marquee Theater Company. Songs for a new world, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, tells the stories of 2 men and 2 women trying to achieve their hopes and dreams.
This intimate musical has a very simple production. The set consisted of a cityscape and a pair of black stairs that were moved throughout the show. The actors wore black boots, jeans and denim tops. The focus was on their personal journeys as told through the songs.
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All the performers had beautiful voices that expressed hope, heartbreak, bitterness and humor. They sang of love lost and found and dreams dashed. Also appearing on stage were dancers that expressed the singer’s inner emotions and played the parts of love interests.
Songs for a new world is playing now through December 20th at the Next Level Performing Arts Black Box. Tickets are $28 each and $18 for students. Upcoming performances include Jekyll & Hyde and Footloose at the West Boca Performing Arts Theater and Nunsense at Next Level.
 

New Theater on 441 in Parkland

The Marquee Theater Company also performs at West Boca High School, but they have upcoming shows in Parkland, just south of the county line. From their press release:
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“Songs for a New World” is the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. This moving collection of powerful songs weaves together characters and history, examining life, love, and the choices we make; ultimately illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery. A powerful diverse cast and a supercharged, well-crafted score appeal to old and new generations alike as each character — in their own way — takes hold of that one moment that alters their path and brings them into “a New World”. Marquee plans on raising the bar and heightening the caliber of this contemporary song style by adding the element of Dance to tell each characters story.
“Songs for a New World” stars vocalists (alphabetically) Jordana Forrest, James Giordano, Leah Sessa, and Elijah Word. “Songs” also includes featured dancers (alphabetically) Taurean DeVou, Jonathan Eisele, Alissa Kane, Abi Perl, Ben Solmor, and Emily Tarallo. Directed and Choreographed by Co-Founder, Vice President, and Artistic Director Ben Solmor, and Musically Directed by Phil Hinton and Paul Reekie.
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The Marquee Theater Company’s production of “Songs for a New World” runs December 11th through December 20th. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 2pm.
The Marquee Theater Company’s production of “Songs for a New World” will be performed at the newly renovated Next Level Performing Arts Black Box Theater, 7533 N. State Road 7, Parkland Florida 33073. Located on US-441 just North of Hillsboro in The Waterways Shoppes. Single seats are $28; industry tickets are $25; and student tickets are $18 (with valid I.D. at the door).
Tickets are available for purchase at the door, online at www.marqueetheatercompany.com or by phone at (954) 464 – 8249.
Doors open at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm for our Sunday matinees.
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The Symphonia at Saint Andrews School This Weekend

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 5.27.18 PMThe SYMPHONIA | Boca Raton’s First Concert of the Season Includes a Full Weekend of Activities

Boca Raton, FL –The SYMPHONIA | Boca Raton (thesymphonia.org), South Florida’s world class chamber orchestra, will continue the celebration of its 10th Anniversary Year with four stellar Connoisseur Concert Series performances in Boca Raton, as well as two performances in Palm Beach Gardens.  This coming weekend will feature several exciting events, including a box lunch Friday, where guests can experience a rehearsal and learn about the music that will be featured in this Sunday’s concert.  This Saturday, children can “Meet the Orchestra” and the actual concert is Sunday.

connoiseurDecember Connoisseur Concert Weekend

Friday, December 4 – Box Lunch it with The Symphonia, Presented by Allegro Society, Guests will have a unique opportunity to listen to a portion of The Symphonia’s rehearsal. This insider experience will be followed by a box lunch with Symphonia musicians and guest artists. Conductor Alastair Willis will speak about the weekend’s concert , which will be performed on Sunday, December 6.  Each Box Lunch It event costs $35 per person, or a package of all 3 luncheons can be purchased for $100. Tickets can be purchases online at thesymphonia.org or by calling 866-687-4201

Saturday, December 5th, Meet the Orchestra

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The day before each Connoisseur Concert, children and their families will be given the opportunity to interact with The Symphonia’s conductor and musicians and attend a live dress rehearsal at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton, Fla. Adults are $5 and children/non-profits are free. Children can learn about and hold instruments.  Reservations are required and can be made at 866-687-3848or by emailing info@thesymphonia.org or at thesymphonia.org

Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m. – The Connoisseur Concert

Alastair Willis, Guest Conductor, and Charles Wetherbee, Violin Soloist, will present a ‘Gypsy Airs’ Program. The concert will feature Kodaly, Mozart and Beethoven.   The concert will be held at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton, Fla.

Details for All Connoisseur Concert Weekends

On the day of each Connoisseur Concert, from 2-2:30 p.m., a Pre-Concert Conversation will take place with the conductor or guest speaker, which will be an opportunity to learn more about the pieces that are to be performed that afternoon. There is no charge for concert ticket holders to attend.

Season subscription tickets range between $150 and $250, depending on seat selection. Single and series tickets are available now at thesymphonia.org or by calling 1-866-687-1201 or emailing tickets@thesymphonia.org. Single ticket purchases will be available online starting Sept. 2.  Single tickets range between $45 and $75, depending on seat selection.

symphoniaAbout The SYMPHONIA | Boca Raton

Celebrating its 10th season, The SYMPHONIA, considered to be one of the region’s world-class orchestras, strives to provide quality classical music for the enjoyment and benefit of the South Florida community. The SYMPHONIA’S performances and educational outreach programs feature nationally and internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists, enhancing the cultural lives of the residents, with special emphasis on its younger citizens.  For more information, visit thesymphonia.org , call 1-866-687-1201or email tickets@thesymphonia.org.

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Lots to See at Boca Black Box

samandjackIf you haven’t been to the Boca Black Box yet, next week is a good time to check it out. The Center for the Arts is showcasing a comedian, a tribute to Frankie Vallie and a rock concert. The Boca Black Box is located at 8221 Glades Road behind Dunkin Donuts and Armadillo Cafe.
The Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra Big Band Extravaganza will be playing on October 21st at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. The Orchestra is a 19 piece Big Band. NY Comedy Night presents Chris Porter on October 22nd at 8 p.m. Chris has been a comic for nearly a decade and was on the Comedy Central Live Tour. Tickets are $15.
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South Florida Legends: A Tribute to Frankie Valli will be appearing on October 23rd. Tickets are $20 to $40. Show starts at 8 p.m. Sam and Jack: a Concert Celebration of American and British Classic Rock will be on stage October 24th at 8 p.m. Admission is $25. BREEZE takes you on an informative musical journey.
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Beer and wine are available for purchase at all shows.
In the following weeks, there will be more comedians and music acts. There is even a special children’s performance in November and the Chanukah Chutzpah Tour in December. To purchase tickets, go to bocablackbox.com or call 561-483-9036.

Aida: Great Start for Marquee Theater Company

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West Boca has a new theater group, as we mentioned back in August. The Marquee Theater performed its first show – Aida – here at West Boca High. It was a wonderful performance.
If you’re interested there are only three more performances, Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. You can buy tickets online.
The stage was rich with color, even in the curtain.
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We were surprised by how big the audience was. It was comparable to Slow Burn Theatre’s shows, but this was just Marquee’s first weekend. Slow Burn did take on more challenging and less popular material, so it may just be a reflection of that.
The story is a love triangle involving Nubian princess Aida (Alexandria Lugo, an Egyptian princess (Darcy Hernandez), and an Egyptian soldier (Bruno Faria – a West Boca High grad).
Our notes from the performance speak well of it:

Great voices and dancing. Extravagant set design and costumes. Quite a production.
Bruno solid in the lead male role. Can hear Elton John in his voice.
Lugo is spectacular – voice, presence. It’s a great role and she fits.
Elijah Word delivers in supporting role as Mereb.
Darcy Hernandez also pops as the vain material girl princess. Another outstanding and powerful voice.

Hernandez has a delightful performance in the first act as a spoiled rich girl obsessed with clothes and looks. But she grows, particularly in the second act.
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Faria and Lugo have great chemistry that grows throughout the show. While we liked all the lead performances, our favorite was Elijah Word as Mereb. He brought depth to the character through his facial expression, body movement, and tone of voice.

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Elijah Word

There was also a fairly large ensemble with well choreographed dance numbers.
Please keep in mind that we are not professional theater reviewers. You can read a more professional review in the Miami Herald.
They were somewhat critical of costume choices but we thought it was intentional and worked well.
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Fall Season at Willow Theatre

The Willow Theatre is located in Sugar Sand Park at 300 S. Military Trail. The Theatre’s fall season features a few shows that are great for families and children.
Web Banner Nizer with WT logoMark Nizer 4D will be appearing on September 19th at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. His show combines comedy, juggling, music and movement. Everyone gets a pair of 3D glasses for the show. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
justhefunnyOn November 29th join Just The Funny for an improv show. Wear you favorite team jersey. Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 561-347-3948.
seasPuppets to Go presents The Spectacular Seas on December 30th. This original black light show reveals that oceans, along with the exotic creatures that inhabit them, must indeed be protected. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Show times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cookies and juice will be served in the lobby after every performance.The box office is open Tuesday-Saturday 12 -5 p.m. and 2 hours prior to all performances.

New Comedy Theatre in West Boca: Boca Black Box

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Conspicuously hidden behind the Dunkin’ Donuts on Glades Road (just west of the Turnpike, near the International Jewelers Exchange), is a new space for comedy, theatre, comedy theatre and more. Boca Black Box fills a space that had been empty for a while, and at some point years ago was a comedy club. There’s a new vision for the place driven by the partners behind it, especially Randy Singer.

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Two of the partners, Scott Levine and Randy Singer

As local media we were invited to attend an event that included a local comedian named Sarge.
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Sarge had the audience laughing hard and often. His material ranged from the deli counter at Publix to the chairs in the theater (allegedly harvested from a DMV office that closed in Deerfield Beach).
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The chairs were actually comfortable and laid out well so every seat has a good view. It’s a big room, with chairs in the back elevated a bit. There’s also a bar area in the back serving various drinks, though no food.
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At this particular event there was some food provided, from Jimmy the Greek and Armadillo Cafe, both in the same plaza. If you’re going to a show here these restaurants would be a good place to eat beforehand.
We look forward to more coming at Boca Black Box. This month they have 11 events scheduled and we imagine it will get busier as they grow and develop their shtick.
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West Boca Peforming Arts Theater Welcomes the Marquee Theater Company

aidaThe Marquee Theater Company will begin performing at the West Boca Peforming Arts Theater starting September 25th. Their first show will be Aida, the musical by Elton John and Tim Rice. The 2015/2016 season will also include Songs for a New World, Jekyll & Hyde and Footloose.
Aida is based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi and is a story of ill-fated lovers. Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the relationship between an Egyptian Captain and a Nubian Princess. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online or by calling 954-464-8249.
The Marquee Theater Company is a professional theater company that performs full-scale “Broadway style musicals and prides itself on hiring local professional actors, singers and dancers. The Company was founded by Andrew Shultz and Ben Solmor.