Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stage

‘American Idol’ finalist Michael Lynche and the Florida Orchestra celebrate R&B legends

‘American Idol’ finalist Michael Lynche and the Florida Orchestra celebrate R&B legends

IDOL FINALIST RETURNS: MICHAEL LYNCHEFormer American Idol standout Michael Lynche returns to his hometown this weekend, headlining a Florida Orchestra pops concert. R&B Legends With Michael Lynche sees 2010’s fourth-place finisher (hey, Jennifer Huds...
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Two Tampa girls picked to join ‘Waitress’ cast at Straz

Two Tampa girls picked to join ‘Waitress’ cast at Straz

After a Tampa casting call, Lulu has been chosen for the tour of Waitress coming next week. And the results are adorable. The Tony-nominated Broadway musical opens April 24 at Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. And like other ...
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‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’ opens at Stage West

‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’ opens at Stage West

SPRING HILL — Peter Colley’s classic thriller, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, will be presented April 12-22 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. The story centers around a couple, Greg and Jan Sanderson. Following Jan’s release fr...
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What’s on stage this week: ‘Jersey Boys,’ Dennis Miller, Ryukyu Ballet

What’s on stage this week: ‘Jersey Boys,’ Dennis Miller, Ryukyu Ballet

WORKING THEIR WAY BACK: JERSEY BOYSMaybe the impulse to create Jersey Boys sprang from the same artistic impulse that drove four otherwise normal kids to create those exquisite harmonies. Or maybe it was just business. At last count in 2015, the juke...
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‘Catch Me If You Can’ reels in audiences at Richey Suncoast

‘Catch Me If You Can’ reels in audiences at Richey Suncoast

NEW PORT RICHEY — It’s easy to forgive what sometimes seems like an all-too-glib story line in the musical Catch Me If You Can. It’s because of simply grand performances and production work by the cast and crew doing the show weekends through March 3...
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Orchestra goes for a festive, intimate evening featuring cellist Lynn Harrell

Orchestra goes for a festive, intimate evening featuring cellist Lynn Harrell

TAMPA — This weekend’s round of concerts by the Florida Orchestra departs from the usual format. The concert, which opened Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, does not feature a full orchestra. There is no groundswell of ...
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Five things that make Lynn Harrell the most interesting world-class cellist

Five things that make Lynn Harrell the most interesting world-class cellist

Over drinks, Lynn Harrell could keep a person of even average curiosity entertained. The cellist and two-time Grammy winner can regale about his travels, drop a few of the household names he’s played with, drop the Pope’s name.Over dinner, Harrell, 7...
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Demanding, respected Irwin Hoffman, first conductor of Florida Orchestra, dies at 93

Demanding, respected Irwin Hoffman, first conductor of Florida Orchestra, dies at 93

Orchestra musicians respected and feared Irwin Hoffman, the founding conductor of what is now the Florida Orchestra.They describe him as old- school, unsparing in criticism, even dictatorial. The same musicians credit Mr. Hoffman with establishing th...
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What’s on stage this week: ‘Beautiful’ at the Straz honors Carole King, Mahaffey hosts Shen Yun

What’s on stage this week: ‘Beautiful’ at the Straz honors Carole King, Mahaffey hosts Shen Yun

NOT TOO LATE: BEAUTIFUL IS BACK Beautiful — The Carole King Musical traces the rise of a promising teen to a song-writing great. King and her writing partner Gerry Goffin (One Fine Day, Up on the Roof, Will You Love Me Tomorrow) were competing in the...
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Even Deborah Cox can’t save ‘The Bodyguard’ at the Straz, but the music is spectacular

Even Deborah Cox can’t save ‘The Bodyguard’ at the Straz, but the music is spectacular

TAMPATake nothing away from Broadway singers. Talents like Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel and Audra McDonald have justifiably elevated the brand.But when the role calls for a pop star with R&B dimensions, it helps to have an actual pop superstar doi...
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