Thursday, June 21, 2018

Writers

Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham is the performing arts critic for the Tampa Bay Times, covering the growing local venues for theater, orchestra, opera and dance. Andrew previously served as the Epilogue obituaries writer for the Times. He grew up in St. Petersburg, graduated from Eckerd College and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.



The cast of I Enjoy Being a Girl, which runs through July 21 at Havana Harry's 2 in Largo, includes (from left) Mary Anne Furey, Jeremiah Gibbons, Holly Marie Weber and McKenzie Pollack. (Photo by Limelight Stage Productions)

On stage this week: Freefall Theatre’s ‘The Musical of Musicals,’ Jay Pharoah

SENDUP: MUSICAL OF MUSICALSFive composers, a talented cast, choreography by Cheryl Lee and music directed by Michael Raabe — that’s Freefall Theatre’s recipe for a laugh-filled, season-ending summer musical,...
Published: 06/20/18
The cast of Dancing at Lughnasa, running through July 8 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, includes (from left) Jonelle Meyer, Katrina Stevenson, Emily Belvo, Nicole Jeannine Smith (standing), and Caitlin Eason.  Pritchard Photography.

Jobsite’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ should be more gripping than it is

TAMPA — The virtues of Dancing at Lughnasa, with which Jobsite Theater closes its season, are many. This drama by the celebrated Brian Friel opened in 1990 to much acclaim. It captures a family’s joys and sadnesses, and the quickness with...
Published: 06/19/18
Connor Coyle spars with Rick Caronongan at Spinnergy gym in St. Petersburg. Coyle is due to compete for a middleweight title on Saturday. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times

Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — In his vision for this weekend, Connor Coyle is standing in the ring at the Coliseum, and the referee is raising his gloved fist.He’s got a National Boxing Association middleweight championship belt around his waist, the first...
Published: 06/15/18
Connor Coyle spars with Rick Caronongan at Spinnergy gym in St. Petersburg. Coyle is due to compete for a middleweight title on Saturday. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times

Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — In his vision for this weekend, Connor Coyle is standing in the ring at the Coliseum, and the referee is raising his gloved fist.He’s got a National Boxing Association middleweight championship belt around his waist, the first...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/16/18
Brianna Melton dances and Jonas Godwin perform Tango, a tango-ballet fusion choreographed by Servy Gallardo, artistic director of the new St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory in Gulfport. The school is holding its first fund-raising performance June 15. (Courtesy of Brian Melton)

Why this ballet dancer is skipping college in favor of her own St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory

GULFPORT — Brianna Melton is as serious a ballet student as they come.By her junior year at St. Petersburg High’s International Baccalaureate program, she had already spent four summers training with ballet companies across the country and had...
Published: 06/14/18
Dancing at Lughnasa, about five sisters in 1936 Ireland, runs June 15 to July 8 at Jobsite Theater. Pritchard Photography.

What’s on stage: The Illusionists, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa,’ G. David Howard

OPENING: DANCING AT LUGHNASAIrish playwright Brian Friel, who died in 2015 at 86, won’t be traveling anymore. But I’ll bet he packed a tidy suitcase. Dancing at Lughnasa, Jobsite Theater’s...
Published: 06/13/18
Kristin Chenoweth will perform Feb. 1 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. (Sara Krulwich/The New York Times [2016])

Ruth Eckerd Hall tees up comedy, romance and Kristin Chenoweth for 2018-19 Broadway season

Ruth Eckerd Hall rolls out a new lineup of musicals for its 2018-19 season, a mix of comedy, favorite musicals and romance."For the last 35 years, Broadway has always been a staple at Ruth Eckerd Hall," chief executive officer Zev Buffman said...
Published: 06/12/18
Dr. Jeffrey Grove (left), a producer for Once on This Island, and partner Gerald Sosa pose on June 10, 2018, near the VIP entrance at Radio City Music Hall in New York, where the show won a Tony award for best revival of a musical. Courtesy of Jeffrey Grove.

A tense night at the Tony Awards ends in euphoria for Largo doctor Jeffrey Grove

Dr. Jeffrey Grove sat three-quarters of the way back from the stage at Radio City Music Hall, waiting for his moment.
Published: 06/11/18
Dr. Jeffrey Grove, of Largo, reacts to compliments from patient Mary Gustafson, of Seminole, left, and Gustafson's daughter Donna Thurnau, of Dunedin, center, while discussing his role as a theater producer on Tuesday (6/5/28) at his medical office in Largo. Jeff has struck gold with his second Broadway show ever -- Once on This Island, which is up for eight Tonys, including Best Revival of a Musical. Jeff is a third-generation osteopath (works with Suncoast Family Medical Associates) and a former president of a national board of osteopaths. The show addresses issues of class, race -- and, as he put it, forbidden love, a topic near to his heart as a gay man who came out after 22 years of marriage. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

How a Largo doctor became a Tony-nominated Broadway producer

LARGO — Dr. Jeffrey Grove stitches up cuts, sets broken bones and treats infections, all of the things family doctors do every day. His father and grandfather did the same. Their diplomas in osteopathic medicine hang in his office near the antique...
Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/13/18
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Jim Norton takes part in SiriusXM host Ron Bennington's annual Thanksgiving Special at Hard Rock Cafe - Times Square on November 14, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

What’s on stage: Matthew McGee’s country music revue in drag, impressionist Frank Caliendo

MATTHEW MCGEE: WALTZING MATILDAMatthew McGee has made a name for himself as a versatile actor and a highly visible drag performer. He’s also pretty well traveled, honing his drag skills in New York. With the premiere...
Published: 06/06/18