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Gibbs High graduate Rosharra Francis is in the company of Beautiful -- the Carole King Musical.Straz Center

Stage planner: Gibbs grad returns for 'Beautiful,' plays open at Jobsite, Freefall and Stageworks

LOCAL TALENT: ROSHARRA FRANCIS The Tampa tour stop of Beautiful —The Carole King Musical, now running at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, is giving one ensemble member a chance to reconnect with family and friends. Rosharra Francis, above, was born in St. Petersburg and grew up singing in Pray …

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  1. Review: Freefall's 'Mr. Burns' devolves into the abstract, masquerading as deep

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Like any other transaction, going to the theater implies a contract, a quid pro quo.

    Photo by Allison Davis. Christopher Rutherford plays Mr. Burns in Freefall Theatre's production of Mr. Burns: A Post-electric Play.
  2. Review: Florida Orchestra takes on Beethoven's 'Eroica' with passion and purpose

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    TAMPA — The suffering artist is a cliché. It's tempting to dismiss, because dismissing a cliché sounds smart and we love to sound smart.

    Michael Francis, who opened the season with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3), conducts the Florida Orchestra in Beethovan’s Eroica for his last concert this season.
  3. Comedian Katt Williams arrested in Georgia (for the fourth time this year)

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    ATLANTA — Comedian and actor Katt Williams was arrested after he threw a salt shaker at a restaurant manager, police in an Atlanta suburb said Thursday.

    Katt Williams was arrested, police said, after he threw a salt shaker at a restaurant manager. 
Associated Press (2013)
  4. Review: 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' makes the Earth move at the Straz

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    TAMPA — Nostalgia is a powerful draw. You would expect a musical about one of the baby boomers' most beloved singer-songwriters to fill the house, as Beautiful: The Carol King Musical did Tuesday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

    Abby Mueller stars as Carole King, delivering a standout performance in a show that takes time out from a busy song schedule to develop her character.
  5. Stage planner: Gibbs grad returns for 'Beautiful,' plays open at Jobsite, Freefall and Stageworks

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    LOCAL TALENT: ROSHARRA FRANCIS

    The Tampa tour stop of Beautiful —The Carole King Musical, now running at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, is giving one ensemble member a chance to reconnect with family and friends. Rosharra Francis, above,

    Gibbs High graduate Rosharra Francis is in the company of Beautiful -- the Carole King Musical.
  6. Live Oak Theatre to stage 'The Secret Garden'

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    BROOKSVILLE — A classic piece of English children's literature, The Secret Garden is among author Frances Hodgson Burnett's most popular novels. With several film and stage adaptations, its 1991 musical adaptation, written by Marsha Norman with music composed by Lucy Simon, was met with critical acclaim, …

    Certain that he is going to be a hunchback like his father, Colin (Christopher Alexander) allows Martha (Caitlin Frostman) to show Mary (Elizabeth Kessel) the lump on his back, while the nurse (Gwyneth Mitten) looks on in their performance of The Secret Garden.  
  7. Young pianist shines at Tampa Bay Symphony's 'Dances, Dreams and the Danube'

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    CLEARWATER

    In his time in the 19th century, Franz Liszt was a rock star. The handsome Hungarian impressed the world as perhaps its best pianist, and also for his dazzling compositions.

    Pianist and Young Artist Competition winner Mina Mijovic is performing some of Franz Liszt’s complicated work with the volunteer orchestra.
  8. Master Chorale prepares for a new phase with departure of director James Bass

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    TAMPA — After six years at the helm of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, James Bass is stepping down.

    James Bass will lead the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in two remaining performances next weekend.
  9. Songwriters Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil talk working with Carole King, 'Beautiful' musical

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    TAMPA — Carole King went to New York in 1959 at age 16, hoping to become a songwriter. She became one of the most beloved recording artists of our time.

    Husband-and-wife song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil have had a legendary career that includes penning an incredible 50 hit songs.
Getty Images (2014)
  10. Brandon Ballet's principal dancer finds a whole new world right here

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    BRANDON

    New York City, London, Paris and Moscow.

    When one thinks of the places a prestigious, internationally trained ballerina belongs, New York City, London, Paris and Moscow may fill their minds.

    Myriam Frederick chooses Brandon.

    Myriam Frederick practices with partner Roberto Vega on Saturday as they prepare for the Brandon Ballet’s production of Aladdin on April 30.