Maybe they should call it the Wildhorn Theatre Project. Two years ago, the Broadway Theatre Project work-shopped songs from Frank Wildhorn's Wonderland, the musical based on Alice in Wonderland that premieres this fall at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
Wildhorn's musical on F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald was earlier work-shopped at BTP. This summer, the project worked on another Wildhorn show, Bonnie & Clyde, with the composer coaching a number from his musical about Depression-era bank robbers that will also premiere in the fall, at the LaJolla Playhouse in California.
The Bonnie & Clyde number and other stage works will showcase BTP's talented young actors, singers and dancers in a four-show festival this weekend in Theatre 1 at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Shows are 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and run $10 for matinees, $35 for evening performances, or $75 for all four. (813) 974-2323; ticketmaster.com (search "BTP").
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As part of its 25th anniversary, Cirque du Soleil is offering Florida residents a deal on tickets to La Nouba, the company's permanent show at Downtown Disney near Orlando.
For shows from Aug. 18 through Oct. 3 (there are no performances Sept. 20-28), Floridians who buy one Category 2 ticket at the regular price of $83 (plus tax) can buy a second ticket for $25 to the same performance. Proof of Florida residency is required. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at the box office or by calling (407) WDW-SEAT.
Since 1998, La Nouba has been playing in the 1,671-seat theater specially built for it by Disney, and the show features some of Cirque's flashiest acrobatics.
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Julie Rowe, director of education at American Stage and a busy actor in the Tampa Bay area, is leaving to become director of education with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter.
Rowe frequently performed in American Stage productions, including Lysistrata, By the Waters of Babylon and Betrayal in the past year or so. Most recently she was in the Stageworks production of The Little Dog Laughed.
Her last day at American Stage will be Aug. 14.