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Now, this is how a producer expresses confidence in a new show  A musical titled Makeover begins preview performances Friday, May 2, at the Hollywood Playhouse.  And producer-creator Mark Poncy is so certain that audiences will like what they see and here that he's offering this deal:  If you catch the show in one of its preview performances (they run through May 7) and think it's not so hot, you can ask for your money back.  And get it.

Poncy, who lives in North Palm Beach, has concocted what the show's publicists calls "a classic story of the struggle between good and evil," one "cloaked in a contemporary theme of plastic surgery gone awry."  The 18-song score, touted as being reminiscent of the early work of Stephen Sondheim, contains songs with such titles as All's Well at the Gates of Hell, You Can't Never Trust a Man and Please Make Me Over.  Katie Angell Thomas and Jack James are the show's stars.

The money-back deal is just for previews.  Once the show opens on May 9, you pay your money and take your chances.

The Hollywood Playhouse is at 2640 Washington St. in Hollywood.  Previews are 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday (May 7-9), 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (May 3-4) and May 7.  Tickets are $38.  For information, call the box office at 954-922-0404 or visit the theater's web site.

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