By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, for SouthFloridaReporter.com, Sept. 25, 2015 – Not meaning disrespect to local producers, but the founders of the new Marquee Theater Company opening its second show this weekend in Boca Raton argue that there is no need to go to New York to find the talent needed to mount professional musicals with an expansive scope.
…If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard.” – Dorothy in the film of The Wizard of Oz.
Co-founder Ben Solmor, who can quote Dorothy’s speech word for word, hopes the company’s Aida will bear out that the local talent pool can provide all the singing, dancing and acting talent necessary to pull off an epic-themed large-scale production.
“We are home grown. It’s passion and talent within you for what you do that (produces) the electricity that we want on stage and that we want the audience to feel,” Solmor said Wednesday.
Citing companies that hire lead actors from auditions in New York, Solmor said, “It doesn’t matter your zip code. It doesn’t mean you are less talented.”