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  1. Florida Orchestra to serenade the sick with free Moffitt concert

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    When the musicians of the Florida Orchestra take their seats to play today, it won't be in a concert hall full of subscribers.

    “This is very much what I believe to be an important aspect of an orchestra. . . . To make music not just a form of entertainment, but something that is so utterly intrinsic and necessary.” Michael Francis, 
incoming conductor
  2. Three questions for opera star Elizabeth Futral, coming to St. Pete Opera

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    Elizabeth Futral has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, at Carnegie Hall and all around the world. She's been everyone from Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire to Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare to Musetta in La Bohème.

    Elizabeth Futral, 51, who lives in Roanoke, Va., has family in Clearwater and Brandon, so her visit will also be a holiday vacation.
  3. Touring 'A Christmas Carol' comes through Ruth Eckerd Hall

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    There's certainly no shortage of A Christmas Carol productions this year. But Nebraska Theatre Caravan has been redeeming everyone's favorite Scrooge since 1979. The professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse brings its adaptation of Dickens' Christmas ghost tale to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater …

    Matt Kamprath as Scrooge and Sarah Kloster as the Ghost of Christmas Past in Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A Christmas Carol, which has been touring since 1979. It comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday.
  4. For Demetri Martin, comedy's great puzzle is finding the art within

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    Few and far between are the puzzles that Demetri Martin cannot solve. This is a man who has composed a 500-word palindrome, who writes jokes at a treadmill desk, who taught himself ambidexterity just for the heck of it.

    Demetri Martin says he likes a variety of outlets for his comedic creativity.
  5. Interview with Cameron Mackintosh: Why 'Phantom' needed to change

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    FORT LAUDERDALE

    The most successful theater producer in the world could have been anyone, smiling and avuncular in a khaki vest. He mazed through the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with fingers clasped around a Starbucks cup.

    Cameron Mackintosh, pictured at Prince Edward Theatre in London, has produced many of the world’s biggest musicals, from Miss Saigon and Les Misérables to Cats, during his 50 years in theater. Photo by Tolga Akmen/TNS (2013)
  6. Two Damon Wayans (Jr. and Sr.) will perform standup in Tampa

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    Damon Wayans Jr. was just a kid when he played a younger a part in his father's superhero parody Blankman. Now the two Damon Wayanses — Sr. and Jr. — have their own comedy careers. They're bringing their standup shows to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Saturday as part of a grand …

    Damon Wayans Jr., left, and Damon Wayans will perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Saturday.
  7. Florida Orchestra, Florida Wind Band offer Christmas concerts

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    Fans of symphonic music have a wealth of options this week.

    Jeff Tyzik conducts the Florida Orchestra pops concerts.
  8. Review: Love overcomes logic, barriers in 'Handle With Care'

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    There's a neat theatrical trick in the opening scene of Handle With Care, a comic romance currently playing at Stageworks Theatre.

    Josh (Edward Gomez) and Ayelet (Georgina McKee) overcome a language barrier to get to the bottom of the missing-body mystery in Stageworks Theatre’s Handle With Care.
  9. Review: Laughs abound in Stage West's production of 'Nuncrackers'

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    SPRING HILL — If you liked Nunsense, Nunsense 2: The Second Coming and Nunsense Jamboree, you'll probably enjoy Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical, playing at Stage West Community Playhouse. It's the fourth of seven Nunsense musicals about the adventures of the high-spirited …

    Patty Villegas as Reverand Mother, Matthew J. Veasey as Father Virgil  “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical” rehearsal at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill.
  10. Review: The Florida Orchestra delivers graceful world music

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    TAMPA — A relaxed Florida Orchestra cruised through a lineup of luscious and sweet melodies that paid tribute to shifting styles of world music. Under the direction of gregarious principal guest conductor Stuart Malina, the musicians launched into their last set of Masterworks concerts before Christmas at the …