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A Salute to Tinseltown

It will be Hooray for Hollywood during August at Michelangelo's Italian Restaurant. In Let's Go to the Movies, Tin Pan Alley Productions will give 14 performances in a tribute to favorite Tinseltown shows.

The six-member cast, headed by Tin Pan Alley owner John Timpanelli, will sing and perform to some of the most familiar and beloved movie tunes, including those from Broadway shows that were made into movies and at least one movie that was made into a Broadway show, Beauty and the Beast.

Also in the show are youthful singers Sara DelBeato and Amanda Watkins, longtime performer Maria Coccaro and singer-dancers Ann Marie Licari and Heather Philipsen.

The troupe will start the 90-minute show with an overview of America's tempestuous love affair with Hollywood, then go on with a medley from the musical Grease, closing with a dance routine.

The second act features old and new songs from Disney, like Zip A Dee Do Dah from Song of the South and Just Around the River Bend from Pocahontas. There's also a tribute to The Wizard of Oz.

The show is the fifth in a series of musical revues presented at Michelangelo's by Tin Pan Alley Productions since early May. Initially, the shows were presented only at Wednesday matinees. Early this month, they were expanded to Friday and Saturday nights to accommodate people who work all day.

The performers have a wide range of experience and training.

Timpanelli has been performing in this area for most of his life. He has also performed on cruise ships and at mountain resorts in the Catskills.

Miss DelBeato has performed at several major theme parks in Orlando, including Disney World and Universal Studios. She has appeared in several shows at the Angel "garden cafe" Theatre, including the popular Christmas Jubilee. Miss Watkins sang with the award-winning Syndicated Sound and toured with the group in the eastern United States. She now performs with Generation South, a country, blues, rock and jazz group based in Tampa.

Ms. Coccaro appeared in summer stock in New York before retiring and moving to Florida in 1973. She emerged from retirement to perform at supper clubs, dinner theaters, social functions and on the condo circuit.

Ms. Licari is a veteran of community and regional theater. She has been seen in several productions at Richey Suncoast Theatre, including Evita, A Chorus Line and Sugar Babies. Ms. Philipsen has played in local theater, including the Angel "garden cafe" Theatre, Richey Suncoast Theatre, Pasco-Hernando Community College Theater and at River Ridge Middle/High School.


Let's Go to the Movies, a tribute to Hollywood, at a buffet and show at Michelangelo's Italian Restaurant every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in August. Buffet from 1 to 2 p.m., show at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays; buffet is 6 to 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $17 matinees, $25 evenings, not including gratuity. Michelangelo's is on County Line Road, 1.5 miles east of U.S. 19. Call (813) 861-0943. Reservations required.