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Rory Lawrence is founder of the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival.Photo by Larry Hodge Photography

Stage Planner: Local theater founders listened to an inner voice

What is the cost of not acting on your dreams? The two people featured here, each of whom founded Tampa theater companies, don't have to ask themselves that question. Rory Lawrence worked a string of jobs, including a well-paying gig at Morgan Stanley, before deciding to return to the theater. Last year, Lawrence f …

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  1. Musical version of 'Young Frankenstein' opens Sept. 10 at Richey Suncoast Theatre

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Fans of Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles) will get a chance to see the musical version of what Brooks himself described as his best film, Young Frankenstein, at Richey Suncoast Theatre. It opens Sept. 10 and continues weekends through Sept. 27.

    Brittany Gonzalez as Inga, left, Patrick Moran as Igor, center, and Brian Moran as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein perform in Richey Suncoast Theatre’s production of Young Frankenstein.
  2. Spring Hill woman's musical will be featured at Tampa Bay Theatre Festival

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    American Heartbeat, a musical written by Spring Hill resident Martha Velez, is moving on up — or at least downtown.

  3. Stage Planner: Local theater founders listened to an inner voice

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    What is the cost of not acting on your dreams? The two people featured here, each of whom founded Tampa theater companies, don't have to ask themselves that question.

    Rory Lawrence is founder of the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival.
  4. Music Planner: Chris Brown (and Fetty Wap!), Lady Antebellum (and Sam Hunt!), Labor Day on the water and more

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    HERE COMES TROUBLE: CHRIS BROWN

    Here's one way to look at the supernova career of Chris Brown, who performs at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday.

    Chris Brown, shown here at a show in Champ de Mars, Haiti on June 26, comes to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday.
  5. 'Bye Bye Birdie' comes out on top in Richey Suncoast Theatre's Charlie Awards

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — The musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie was the big winner at the 2015 Charlie Awards ceremony Saturday at Richey Suncoast Theatre, picking up six awards in the musicals division. In the plays division, the farce Whose Wives Are They Anyway? won four awards.

    The musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie was the big winner at the 2015 Charlie Awards ceremony Saturday at Richey Suncoast Theatre, picking up six awards in the musicals division.
  6. Music Planner: Earl Sweatshirt arrives, Geri X opens up, bands tackle Taylor Swift in Ybor

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    ODD BIRD: EARL SWEATSHIRT

    At some point, Earl Sweatshirt had to show up. For years, his mysterious backstory — exiled as a teen to a boy's academy in Samoa, MIA as his rap crew Odd Future rose to stardom, plagued by addiction and health issues that kept him out of the public eye — …

    Earl Sweatshirt will perform Tuesday night at the Orpheum in Ybor City.
  7. Moving Current dance collective opens its 18th season

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    TAMPA — Moving Current dance collective is officially an adult.

    Guest choreographer and former artistic director of Moving Current, Erin Cardinal, returns to the bay area for the dance company’s fall concert, which begins today.
  8. Stage Planner: Patton Oswalt at the Straz, and Tampa Bay Theatre Festival

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    CHIT-CHAT: PATTON OSWALT

    Fans of comedy know Patton Oswalt as an original talent and one of the most influential comics working today. He will riff on obsessive-compulsive disorder in one moment and comic book heroes the next, drawing on literature or video games with equal ease.

    Comedian Patton Oswalt performs Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa.
  9. 'Suds' strikes all the right notes at Show Palace Dinner Theatre

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    Poor Cindy, she just can't get a break. She has a dead-end job in a laundromat, her pen-pal boyfriend has dumped her because of her poor penmanship, her aunt and uncle have just been wiped out in a car wreck and left her with a $10,000 bill from the IRS, and someone just ran over her beloved cat … all this on her …

    Four cast members make up Suds, the Rockin’ ’60s Musical Soap Opera, now playing at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre. The story follows laundromat worker Cindy, who has had the worst birthday with a breakup, deaths and a big IRS bill. It runs through Sept. 13.
  10. Five reasons 'Hamilton' is a Broadway game-changer

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    Hamilton, the megabuzzy biomusical about Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers, opened this month to glowing accolades. In his review, New York Times critic Ben Brantley wrote: "Yes, it really is that good."

    Lin-Manuel Miranda portrays Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York. The biomusical, which features a diverse cast, officially opened in August and has received critical acclaim.