The show must go on

New season of performances set for Alhambra

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Alhambra theatre and dining announced its 2022 season lineup of shows and the theme seems to be the variety of shows featured.

The lineup consists of eight shows beginning with “Guys and Dolls” Jan. 13 to Feb. 13 followed by “The Play That Goes Wrong” Feb. 17 to March 13; “Rock of Ages” March 24 to May 1; “42nd Street” May 12 to June 12; “The Wizard of Oz” June 16 to July 31; “Grumpy Old Men” Aug. 11 to Sept. 18; “Ghost the Musical” Sept. 29 to Nov. 6; and “White Christmas” Nov. 17 to Dec. 24.

“These shows are all upbeat, fun and interesting,” Alhambra owner Craig Smith said.

Although the Alhambra had shows last year during the pandemic, it was still seen as not a “normal” year in terms of what facility staff and its patrons had been used to.

According to Smith, he understands that the pandemic is still relevant, but he also believes that they have learned so much about what it takes to still put on a theater production amid it all.

“No, the pandemic isn’t behind us, but we’re all learning to live with it and work around it, and at the same time enjoy all that life has to offer,” Smith said.

Many over the years have said variety is the spice of life and that is perhaps the best way to describe this year’s Alhambra shows.

Musicals are common to see over the years at Alhambra and there will be plenty to see once again. However, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is a production that is not a musical, but instead will offer plenty of laughs for patrons.

Some shows, such as “Grumpy Old Men” are designed with several opportunities for comedic relief and use song and dance to convey them.

Many of the shows are productions that were major film hits before being adapted with live stage production in mind, including “Grumpy Old Men,” “Ghost the Musical” and “The Wizard of Oz,” which will be the theater’s family presentation during the summer months.

Tickets for the performances start at $48, and a three-course meal is provided that is unique to each showing.

It will mark the theater’s 53rd season as it continues to be the longest running dinner theater in the nation.

“We’re feeling triumphant going into 2022,” Smith said. “The past two seasons have been a challenge to say the least and we made it through.”

Accompanying the show schedule will be the theater’s music series, which will include a New Year’s Eve Gala Dec. 31, 2021, as well as “Country Royalty: A Salute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline” Jan. 6 to 9 and “TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience” Jan. 17-19.

The Alhambra is located at 12000 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville.

Tickets and information about the events can be found by going to alhambrajax.com or by calling 904-641-1212.

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