A periodic letter from Alhambra Managing Partner Craig Smith
Greetings! We are delighted to have you here.
Chef DeJuan continues to raise the bar on making the Alhambra a culinary destination as well as a theater destination. Chef said to me back in January this was the show he really wanted to pull out all the stops and I think you will agree he outdoes himself every show.
You will be amazed twice tonight. The show you are about to watch is certainly one of the best we have had yet. Tod recruited some incredible new talent in New York, and he has assembled some of our great alumni to complement them. Dave, Camala, Dorinda and the rest of the crew behind the scenes have done the most amazing job of putting together what I think is a magical technical effects show. When doing a show that has several versions and one being so popular as the Andrew Lloyd Webber version, you always wonder how it will be received. After watching the fourth day of rehearsal, I laughed, I got goose bumps and I got a tear in my eye -- and they were just getting warmed up. You always hear the saying you want to go out with a bang and I know you will agree this last show of the regular season delivered that BIG BANG.
To our Season Partners who shared another season with us, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The commitment you have made to me and The Alhambra is inspiring. One day we will all be able to tell our kids and grand kids we had a part in keeping this place going. We hope you join us again next year for what looks to be our most star-studded and fun yet. If you enjoy visiting us and are not a partner we encourage you to join our family. Season Partners are guaranteed great seats and our best pricing – and they always know they’re going to have six or eight of the best nights of the year. However often you come, we appreciate your support and look forward to having you as often as possible.
As write this letter I am watching an HBO series that stars the actor who will star opposite Michael Learned (The Waltons) on our stage next February in Driving Miss Daisy. It is funny watching him knowing he will be with us in just a few short months. Having seen video of these two together you will not want to miss this one. The very first show I ever saw at The Alhambra, was South Pacific! I am proud to tell you South Pacific will be on our stage next year. George Wendt who played Norm on the hit sitcom, “Cheers” will be with us next year, as will one of our all time favorite actors and people, Loretta Switt in “Murder Among Friends”. Mixed in between will be a whole lot of laughs and great music. If you want to book your seats early, get the best seats in the house and save some money – and continue to insure great live theater in Jacksonville, I encourage you to sign up today as a Season Partner.