Reports of the demise of Spanish Lyric Theatre have been exaggerated. In December, founder and artistic director Rene Gonzales announced that the company, faced with declining ticket sales, was in danger of going out of business, but Wednesday it announced the lineup for its 43rd season. The season opens with Brigadoon (Sept. 10), followed by America Immortal (Nov. 17), The King and I (March 16) and La Verbena de la Paloma (May 18), all at Ferguson Hall of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. SLT is Tampa's oldest theater company and one of three in the United States that perform Spanish zarzuelas.
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People reports in its next issue that Nicole Kidman had no idea soon-to-be-ex-husband Tom Cruise would be vacationing this week at the Fiji Island resort she was at last week, contrary to what Cruise's people said. The magazine says Cruise rented the Wakaya Club resort with his sister Lee Anne and a few friends from his next movie, Vanilla Sky, including co-star/new girlfriend Penelope Cruz. People says Kidman was shocked to find out Cruise and Cruz are dating.
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