SEEN AT THE SCENE – A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Last Friday night signaled the return of our Broadway Orange Park series for its third season on our Main Stage. To mark the occasion was the regional premiere of the side-splitting musical farce A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder. It told the story of Monty Navarro and his journey to inherit the vast D’Ysquith fortune… by any means necessary. On hand in our grand lobby mingling and snapping pictures before the curtain went up was Gar-Bear, the cuddly mascot of our season sponsor, Garber Automall. Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!


As an added bonus, our Executive Director Denton Yockey announced from the stage the winner of our annual New York City vacation package. It affords one of our season subscribers an all-expense paid trip to the Big Apple along with transportation, Midtown Manhattan accommodations, and tickets to two Tony-nominated Broadway shows. This year’s winner was Paul Hamry, surprised in his seat by Marketing Director Anna Zirbel.


Full Cast Announced for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Tour!

Complete casting has been announced for the 2017–2018 national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Produced by NETworks Presentations, the non-Equity tour of the Tony-winning musical will hit the Thrasher-Horne Center Main Stage on January 5th.


The cast will be headed by James Taylor Odom as the eight D’Ysquith heirs and Blake Price as Monty Navarro, with Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Erin McIntyre as Phoebe D’Ysquith.


The ensemble comprises Timothy Aaron Cooper, Ashton Michael Corey, Mia Fitzgibbon, Colleen Gallagher, Briana Gantsweg, Kristen Kane, Tyler Lenhart, Conor McGiffin, Ryne Nardecchia, and Rosie Webber.

Gentleman’s Guide concerns Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession—by any means necessary.

Gentleman’s Guide received ten 2014 Tony Award nominations, winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design. In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle.

Peggy Hickey will direct and choreograph, based on the original Tony-winning direction by Darko Tresnjak and Hickey’s own original choreography. The design and production team also features scenic designer Alexander Dodge, costume designer Linda Cho, associate director and choreographer Adam Cates, lighting designer Philip S. Rosenberg, and sound designer Dan Moses Schreier, with casting by Aaron Rhyne and Jason Styres, CSA. Original orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, and vocal arrangements are by Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven Lutvak. Paul Staroba serves as music supervisor.

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…Do You Have Your Seats Yet?

Since opening our first two Broadway shows of the 2017-2018  season to individual ticket sales on Monday, response for Cabaret and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder has been overwhelming! To ensure a prime seat for these outstanding musicals, we recommend you purchase your seats as soon as possible. Prime locations are already selling out, and it won’t be long before seats to our one-night only engagements become scarce.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Northeast Florida premiere of 2014 Best Musical Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, or Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical Tony winner Cabaret. These shows swept the Tony’s their respective years, and now we’re bringing them directly to our community. Bask in the wonder and talent of Broadway from the comfort of your own backyard with the Broadway Orange Park series at Thrasher-Horne Center!

Gentleman’s Guide Tickets HERE

Cabaret Tickets HERE

Veda Deen Takes NYC!

Last season at the Thrasher-Horne we hosted our sophomore Broadway Series, building on the success of our inaugural season the year before and debuting a collection of four professional musical tours on our stage including the national and regional premiere of Into The Woods, hilarious performances from Avenue Q and Xanadu, and crowd-favorite Mamma Mia!. For only the second time in Northeast Florida history residents were offered an alternative venue outside of downtown to experience a season of blockbuster musicals fresh from the Great White Way.

We once again offered Broadway Series Subscription Packages to provide easy access and a great discount to you, ensuring your favorite seats to each one of our hit musicals without the hassle of individual ticket purchases. And we couldn’t offer all this without debuting another contest with an all-expense paid trip to New York City as the grand prize. An entry into the contest was included with the purchase of a Broadway Subscription, and our winner was announced last November before the beginning of our Broadway Season. And as you may remember, our lucky winner was none other than Veda Deen!

Like our inaugural winners The Calloways, Veda Deen was a perfect recipient of the grand prize. Since 2014, Mrs. Deen has attended every Broadway and Dance production on our Main Stage. In fact, she was completely surprised when we called to award her the prize, as she renewed her Broadway Subscription with no idea there was a contest involved. We love that kind of loyalty from our supporters, and we were thrilled to reward her with a long weekend in the Big Apple in the week leading up to the 2017 Tony Awards, complete with airfare on American Airlines, hotel accommodations at the Distrikt Hotel in the Garment District, and tickets to Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre and Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre.



Veda Deen was completely thrilled with her New York experience. She hadn’t been to the city in over 30 years, so it was eye opening for her to see all the changes that Times Square has gone through. The weekend was spent sightseeing through Midtown Manhattan (including Trump Tower) and enjoying some authentic NY Pizza and a NY Danish. Overall, New Yorkers still moved around as quickly as Veda remembered, but everyone went out of their way to be helpful and friendly to her during her stay.

Check out some snaps of our winner’s trip below, and make sure to reserve your subscription (and secure your contest entry) for our 2017-2018 Broadway Season, including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz, and Jersey Boys!

Who will win next year’s trip? It could be YOU!


At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Our crowd last Tuesday night dusted off their white platform boots and boogied on down to catch MAMMA MIA! live on our Main Stage. It was a two and a half hour ABBA explosion which saw our sell-out crowd dancing and singing along to all their favorite hits. Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at (especially our newly announced 2017-2018 Broadway Orange Park season) and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!



Your Definitive Guide To The 2017 Tony Awards

The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network this Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT).


The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

We are huge fans of Broadway here at the Thrasher-Horne Center and are thrilled to be able to announce our brand new 2017-2018 Broadway Season before MAMMA MIA! later this month. But in the meantime, we want to make sure you’re ready for the Tonys! Below is a list of this year’s nominees, along with a link to the official Tony Ballot so you can play along at home. Or if you’d rather watch with a crowd, head down to Sun-Ray Cinema in Riverside this Sunday night and join our friends at The 5 & Dime as they host their annual watch party! The party is free, but purchasing a drink voucher through the theater’s website ensures you’ll have a guaranteed seat at the show (along with a tasty beverage).

The New York Times has revealed the first details on this year’s Tony Awards broadcast performances including scoops that Josh Groban will lead the cast of NATASHA, PIERRE in a mash-up, DEAR EVAN HANSEN will perform ‘Waving Through a Window’ led by Ben Platt, and the FALSETTOS cast will reunite along with other (as of yet unrevealed and unannounced) performances.

What might we not see? HELLO, DOLLY’s Bette Midler. The paper reports that the production wants to perform the show’s famous title number, by remote from its theatre … an idea that’s happened in the past. But CBS has turned down, not wanting to start a new precedent. Click here for the full story, including what we might see David Hyde Pierce perform instead.


Best Play
A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Musical
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Groundhog Day The Musical
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812


Best Book of a Musical
Come From Away – Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Dear Evan Hansen – Steven Levenson
Groundhog Day The Musical – Danny Rubin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 – Dave Malloy

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Come From Away – Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Dear Evan Hansen – Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Groundhog Day The Musical – Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 – Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy


Best Revival of a Play
August Wilson’s Jitney
John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation
Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Present Laughter

Best Revival of a Musical
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Corey Hawkins, John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
Jefferson Mays, Oslo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, Arthur Miller’s The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
John Douglas Thompson, August Wilson’s Jitney

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Condola Rashad, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Michelle Wilson, Sweat


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia


Best Scenic Design of a Play
David Gallo, August Wilson’s Jitney
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page
Michael Yeargan, Oslo

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!



Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s Jitney
David Zinn, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, War Paint


Best Lighting Design of a Play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Jane Cox, August Wilson’s Jitney
Donald Holder, Oslo
Jennifer Tipton, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen

comefromawaycomefromaway2Best Direction of a Play
Sam Gold, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson’s Jitney
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent



Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day The Musical
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!


Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day The Musical
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical
Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Orchestrations
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen
Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812


 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
James Earl Jones

Special Tony Award
Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin, Sound Designers for The Encounter

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Dallas Theater Center
Dallas, TX

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Baayork Lee

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Nina Lannan
Alan Wasser


Tony Nominations by Production
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 181212
Hello, Dolly!10
Dear Evan Hansen9
A Doll’s House, Part 28
Come From Away7
Groundhog Day The Musical7
August Wilson’s Jitney6
Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes6
War Paint4
Present Laughter3
Bandstand 2
The Front Page2
John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation 2
Miss Saigon2
Arthur Miller’s The Price1
The Glass Menagerie1
Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical 1
The Play That Goes Wrong1
The Present1


A Look Inside MAMMA MIA’s Suitcases

When Mamma Mia arrives on the doorstep of the Thrasher-Horne Center this June, they’ll be traveling with quite a large suitcase.

The hugely popular ABBA jukebox musical tours with a cast of over 30 performers, and they cycle through a TON of costumes throughout the course of the two act show. Below are some of our favorite facts about what it’s like to dress the ladies and gentlemen of Mamma Mia!


Over 400m of Lycra is used to make the Super Trouper costumes shown above. One company in London has been contracted to supply all this fabric to every International production of MAMMA MIA! The MAMMA MIA! orders alone saved the Italian mill that creates the special fabric from closing.


There are 45 Super Troupers (principal ladies and men including understudies) in the show!


There are 72 principal costumes in the show – each of the principals has 3 understudies, making a total of 288 principal and understudy costumes!

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There are 390 ensemble and swing costumes!


There are approximately 3,120 items of clothing for MAMMA MIA! in the theatre at any given time!


Donna’s Super Trouper costume (shown above) is comprised of 24 different elements:

  1. main fabric
  2. sleeve & leg frills (which are meticulously cut and then sent to a pleating specialist)
  3. silver piping trim
  4. rhinestone strip
  5. eyelets
  6. heavyweight zipper
  7. belt beads (from Australia)
  8. belt backing and lining
  9. Perspex buckle (custom cut for the show)
  10. shoulder pads
  11. lining
  12. inner lining to support fronts
  13. sheer flesh soufflé for front panel
  14. silver Cord elastic for facing
  15. thin Lycra to edge sleeve and leg frills
  16. small star shaped rhinestone stones
  17. large star shaped rhinestone stones
  18. triangular iridescent stones
  19. round iridescent stones
  20. lozenge shaped glass stones
  21. star shaped earrings
  22. silver boots
  23. bra
  24. rhinestone hair clips



There are approximately 33,000 rhinestones on the Super Troupers costumes, all sewn on by hand!


The principal actresses, understudies, female ensemble and swings have 121 bras between them!


The costumes in the show seriously have to be seen to be believed. If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, there are still great seats available at all price levels. Visit our Box Office inside the theatre, call us at (904) 276-6815, or boogie on over to to secure your seats for the farewell dance party of the year… Mamma Mia!