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  1. Review: American Stage’s ‘In the Heights’ a hip-hop springtime treat

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    ST. PETERSBURG — In the Heights is all about music and dance, specifically the propulsive salsa and hip-hop sounds of Latino New York and kinetic choreography ranging from spiky merengue steps to athletic break dancing.

    (left to right) Sir Brock Warren, Ericka Womack-Brown, Renata Eastlick, Justin Gregory Lopez, Christie Prades, and Kathryn Huxtable, star in American Stage's In the Heights.
JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  TIMES
  2. 'Book of Mormon' coming to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall

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    The Book of Mormon, the bawdy Broadway smash from the makers of South Park, will hit the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage for the first time in February.

    Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand star in "The Book of Mormon."
  3. John Leguizamo, in Tampa to film 'Infiltrator, brings one-man show 'Latin History for Dummies'

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    John Leguizamo, star of stage and screen known for roles in Moulin Rouge, Ice Age and five of his own HBO specials, has also written and performed several acclaimed one-man shows, including Freak and Ghetto Klown.

    Actor John Leguizamo attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Meadowland" at the SVA Theatre on Friday, April 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NYEA104
  4. Florida Orchestra Pops go 'Over the Rainbow' for Judy Garland tribute

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    Fred Astaire once described Judy Garland as "the greatest entertainer who ever lived," and it's easy to see why, with a versatile career that spanned decades on stage and screen, earning a Golden Globe, Grammys and a special Tony. This tribute from the Florida Orchestra and singer Hilary Kole, a staple on the New York …

    Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), Scarecrow and Tin Man in Wizard of Oz.  Times files
  5. After 50 years, St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater is getting some respect

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    Word reaches Todd Beatty in his usual spot, the patio by the load-in dock where he takes drags on unfiltered 305's amid a crew of union stagehands: The temperature in the center of the Mahaffey Theater is 73 degrees. "For the theater, that's warm," he says. "We try to …

    Todd Beatty, operations manager for the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, is the theater’s longest-tenured employee. Beatty was hired by the city in 1993 and knows the building like no one else. He’s an integral part of Mahaffey operations.
  6. For this year's musical in the park, American Stage goes 'In the Heights'

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    Who better to tell the story of Latino struggles in rapidly gentrifying New York City than a group of Latinos currently living and working in the Big Apple?

    Christie Prades, Justin Gregory Lopez and Renata Eastlick on the set of In the Heights.
  7. 'One-Man Star Wars Trilogy' star Charles Ross uses the Force on stage

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    How are you preparing for the Force awakening this December? • Fans can binge-watch all six Star Wars movies, or watch Charles Ross boil them down to 75 minutes of theater, giving Episodes I, II and III the short shrift they deserve. • Ross' One-Man Star Wars Trilogy — even …

    Since 2001, Charles Ross has performed hyper-speed impersonations from the Star Wars movies on stage for his traveling One-Man Star Wars Trilogy. (That’s the original trilogy, cutting fluff from Episodes I-III.)
  8. Ruth Eckerd Hall's Broadway lineup brings Kristin Chenoweth, 'Bullets Over Broadway'

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    Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, the Broadway smash The Producers and the movie-turned-musical Saturday Night Fever are among the shows announced Tuesday by Ruth Eckerd Hall for its 2015-16 Broadway season.

    Actor and singer Kristin Chenoweth performs Feb. 26.
  9. Florida Orchestra presents diverse set at latest concert

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    Three different sorts of musical stories comprised the Florida Orchestra's concert Friday evening in Tampa, one more deeply pleasing than the rest.

    The Florida Orchestra performing in 2013 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. [LARA CERRI  |  Times]
  10. Review: 'Pippin' at the Straz is high flying fun with some rough tumbles

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    TAMPA — Because Pippin doesn't have much of a plot, it needs a strong director. In 1972, when it opened on Broadway, legendary director-choreographer Bob Fosse put his stamp on the musical, and it became one of the longest-running shows ever.

    The cast of this revival of Pippin have some questionable singing chops, but you might have to forgive that as they’re also doing all manner of acrobatic tricks, including singing and swinging 
on a trapeze.
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