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Stage Planner: Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, Florida Orchestra debuts Happy Hour Concerts

ENCORE, ENCORE: TAMPA BAY THEATRE FESTIVAL The Tampa Bay Theatre Festival is back for its third year. The weekend of workshops, including a free, three-hour master class by Harry Lennix, right, of NBC's The Blacklist (reservations required), and short and full-length original plays, monologues and improv, kicks off …

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  1. Stage Planner: Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, Florida Orchestra debuts Happy Hour Concerts

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    ENCORE, ENCORE: TAMPA BAY THEATRE FESTIVAL
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  2. Richey Suncoast Theatre opens 2016-17 season with musical comedy 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'

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    NEW PORT RICHEYDon't plan to take a snooze during the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a comedy about two charming con artists fleecing unsuspecting victims on the French Riviera.
    Janine Paradiso is Christine Colgate and Michael McGuigan is Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which kicks off Richey Suncoast Theatre’s 2016-17 Broadway series season.
  3. Quirky 'Urine-town,' romantic comedy big winners at Richey Suncoast Theatre

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    NEW PORT RICHEYIn what was, arguably, the strongest and most up-to-date season of musicals at Richey Suncoast Theatre, the quirky comedy Urinetown was the big winner at the 2015-16 Charlie Awards on Saturday, the theater's version of the Tony Awards, named in honor of the late managing director Charlie …
    Two favorites were Mike McGugan as Officer Lockstock and Liz Onley as Little Sally in Urinetown.
  4. Review: Show Palace's 'Route 66' stokes plenty of memories of the famous highway

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    People who fondly remember Nash Ramblers, the man with the Texaco star, eight-cylinder engines and little GTOs will likely enjoy the songs in and the memories revived by Route 66, a jukebox musical recalling all things good and fine with that strip of highway running straight through from Chicago to Los Angeles …
  5. Musical revue at Show Palace will bring back memories of famous highway

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    HUDSON — Looking for some lighthearted, nostalgia-filled entertainment? Take Route 66, a musical revue playing Saturday to Oct. 2 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre.
    Route 66, a musical revue, features 34 songs from the 1950s and ’60s, which are tied together by a musical journey across the country on the titular highway.  
  6. Stage planner: Mini dinner theater, Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, a comic opera

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    MINI DINNER THEATER: LA COTE BASQUE
    Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet members include Kenneth Brown, rear left, Dwight Decker and Robert Smith, and William Mickelsen and Andrew Karr.
  7. St. Petersburg City Theatre struggles to climb out of debt

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    ST. PETERSBURG — In April, St. Petersburg City Theatre was thinking ahead, preparing for the fall season of performances.Then the calls started.
    Sharon Cook, president of the St. Petersburg City Theatre, pictured on the stage at the St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31Street South, in St. Petersburg. The theater is beginning rehearsal for their new musical Star Chix, which opens September 23rd an runs through October 2nd. St. Petersburg City Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theater in Florida (formerly known as St. Petersburg Little Theatre). DIRK SHADD   |   Times

  8. The Art of Politics: How colors, film, comedy, fashion influence our views

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    Pablo Picasso said, "Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth."
    The Art of Politics. Image by Cameron Cottrill, Times.
  9. Trump, Clinton campaigns a gold mine for comedians

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    Matt Fernandez was always a Bernie guy.He tweeted in February: Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who doesn't seem like they'd be "too good" to drink out of a hose.
    John Oliver speaks at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" in New York. Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
  10. Theater directors evaluate the candidates' stagecraft

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    Political conventions don't happen spontaneously. Strategists plan every detail, which makes those rare unscripted moments memorable.
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s branding skills high up in his speech were praised by Stephanie Gularte.n