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  1. Mitchell High show will pay tribute to late teacher

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — For decades, audiences around the world enjoyed performances by singer/actor/dancer Bill Garon, whether on a five-star luxury liner, in the Far East, Europe, Canada, or the U.S.

    Mitchell High drama teacher David O’Hara, seated left front, plays Lazar Wolfe in Fiddler on the Roof, which Bill Garon was involved in. “He was the musical director, stage director, and choreographer for the last six shows at the school,” O’Hara said.
  2. Stage West announces schedule for upcoming season

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    SPRING HILL — Stage West Community Playhouse has announced its 2015-16 season, and it includes five shows familiar to local audiences and three musicals that have not been seen in live theaters in the Suncoast area: High Society, Ragtime and Jesus Christ Superstar.

  3. A year after leaving 'Tonight Show,' Jay Leno brings finely tuned comedy to Tampa

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    It was, Jay Leno insists, a weekend of gigs like any other.

    Luis Santana/tbt*
  4. Three picks: 'To Quiet the Quiet,' Gasp! and 'Flashdance'

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    To Quiet the Quiet

    I toured the new Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall recently, and, as promised when the $1.3 million project began in the fall, it's a vast improvement from the old space. The box office is in a more obvious place. The doors now open in the back, not next to the stage. The seats (no more …

    Adam Rennie as Nick Hurley and Karli Dinardo as Alex Owens in Flashdance the Musical.
  5. Florida Orchestra guest conductor cancels after landing role in Wesley Snipes pilot

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    A cancellation is never fun news for the Florida Orchestra. But in this case, there's a pretty fun reason.

    Twitter, @DamonGupton
"Absolutely honored to be in the "Endgame" pilot with Mr. Wesley Snipes #starstruck," Gupton tweeted.
  6. Review: Florida Orchestra gets inside a child's mind with Mahler

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    TAMPA — It's no wonder adults try to get in the heads of children, to recall how it felt to dream big without the realities of maturity bugging you.

  7. Broadway singer brings a little 'Motown' back to her Pinellas high school

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    She may now be in a big Broadway hit, but Martina Sykes found time to go back to where it all started.

    "Motown the Musical'' performer Martina Sykes, right, bonds with Sierra Davis, 16, after Davis sang "I Am Changing'' on Thursday at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. Sykes was visiting her alma mater. [LARA CERRI  | Times]
  8. New Century Opera presents 'Tales of Hoffmann' in Tarpon Springs

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    TARPON SPRINGS — A mechanical doll, a cursed, young beauty and a courtesan. In each female, the man hopes he has found the perfect love, but instead, each brings him heartbreak.

    Olympia, left, a mechanical doll played by Mary Anne Boone, is wound up by her father, Spalanzani, played by Matthew Ruley.
  9. Review: 'Motown the Musical' serves up a hit parade at the Straz

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    TAMPA — The big uh-oh came in the second act of Motown the Musical. Diana Ross, clad in a sparkling white gown, slunk off the stage and into the audience. It was participation time.

    The cast of Motown the Musical is hard-working and graced with serious voices, as they have to be to play characters like Diana Ross. Expect a bit of cheese, though.
  10. Joshua Bell talks music, education and his 300-year-old violin

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    Joshua Bell, one of the most famous violinists in the world, also has one of the most famous violins.

    Known for his personality and virtuosity, Joshua Bell, 47, has recorded more than 40 albums and garnered accolades from the Avery Fisher Prize to an Academy Award nomination.