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  1. Pasco's Studio Theatre offers another "Aint..." show

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre seems to be on a roll — in more ways than one.

    “Ain’t Food Wonderful” opens April 10 at Jimmy Ferraro’s Studio Theatre in downtown New Port Richey. Here, cast members Pete Clapsis, Tracie Callahan, Jared Michael Shari and Elizabeth S. Phillips rehearse the song, Who Doesn’t Like Chinese Food?
  2. Asolo Rep explores Nilo Cruz's 'Sotto Voce'

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    You might know of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics, which playwright Nilo Cruz set in Ybor City. Expand your repertoire with Sotto Voce, Cruz's tale of love playing at Sarasota's Asolo Theatre through April 26. The show examines the life of a German-born novelist who lost her love during …

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08:  Nilo Cruz (L) and Anita Yavich attend the "Venus in Fur" Broadway opening night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on November 8, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
  3. Trumpeters play in a benefit for MAD Theatre of Tampa

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    Isn't it lovely to see a teacher and his former student working together as pros? It will happen when Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plays alongside one of his former teachers, Robert Smith, principal trumpet for the Florida Orchestra. Pianist Rebecca Wilt joins the musicians on a …

    Thomas Hooten is principal trumpet for the L.A. Philharmonic. He joins former teacher Robert Smith of the Florida Orchestra.
  4. Mitchell High show will pay tribute to late teacher

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — For decades, audiences around the world enjoyed performances by singer/actor/dancer Bill Garon, whether on a five-star luxury liner, in the Far East, Europe, Canada, or the U.S.

    Mitchell High drama teacher David O’Hara, seated left front, plays Lazar Wolfe in Fiddler on the Roof, which Bill Garon was involved in. “He was the musical director, stage director, and choreographer for the last six shows at the school,” O’Hara said.
  5. Stage West announces schedule for upcoming season

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    SPRING HILL — Stage West Community Playhouse has announced its 2015-16 season, and it includes five shows familiar to local audiences and three musicals that have not been seen in live theaters in the Suncoast area: High Society, Ragtime and Jesus Christ Superstar.

  6. A year after leaving 'Tonight Show,' Jay Leno brings finely tuned comedy to Tampa

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    It was, Jay Leno insists, a weekend of gigs like any other.

    Luis Santana/tbt*
  7. Three picks: 'To Quiet the Quiet,' Gasp! and 'Flashdance'

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    To Quiet the Quiet

    I toured the new Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall recently, and, as promised when the $1.3 million project began in the fall, it's a vast improvement from the old space. The box office is in a more obvious place. The doors now open in the back, not next to the stage. The seats (no more …

    Adam Rennie as Nick Hurley and Karli Dinardo as Alex Owens in Flashdance the Musical.
  8. Florida Orchestra guest conductor cancels after landing role in Wesley Snipes pilot

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    A cancellation is never fun news for the Florida Orchestra. But in this case, there's a pretty fun reason.

    “Absolutely honored to be in the “Endgame” pilot with Mr. Wesley Snipes #starstruck,” actor-conductor Damon Gupton tweeted.
  9. Review: Florida Orchestra gets inside a child's mind with Mahler

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    TAMPA — It's no wonder adults try to get in the heads of children, to recall how it felt to dream big without the realities of maturity bugging you.

  10. Broadway singer brings a little 'Motown' back to her Pinellas high school

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    She may now be in a big Broadway hit, but Martina Sykes found time to go back to where it all started.

    "Motown the Musical'' performer Martina Sykes, right, bonds with Sierra Davis, 16, after Davis sang "I Am Changing'' on Thursday at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. Sykes was visiting her alma mater. [LARA CERRI  | Times]