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Stage Planner: Rocktopia at the Straz, Ella Fitzgerald Florida Orchestra tribute, opera 'couples therapy'

MIX IT UP: ROCKTOPIA Arrangers with a classical flair have loved toying with rock music since the inception of the genre. George Martin's orchestration of Beatles songs (In My Life and Eleanor Rigby) comes to mind. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra released an Elvis album. There are even orchestral arrangements of R …

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  1. Review: American Stage's park venue well suited for a peppy production of 'Hairspray'

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    ST. PETERSBURG — What do you want in a park production? Hopefully something fun, big and loud.

    The ensemble cast of Hairspray poses for a portrait on the set of Hairspray in Demens Landing Park on April 12, 2017. The annual American Stage in the Park performance runs through May 14th. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  2. Review: Onstage lunacy makes 'Shakespeare/Abridged' a must-see

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    Okay, so maybe you were turned off by the very thought of a play by William Shakespeare somewhere in your sophomore year of high school, back when you were more attracted by sports or band or the person three rows up in Algebra 1 class than a lecture on Macbeth.

  3. Review: 'Always a Bridesmaid' cast performs with grace and ease

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    Take The Dixie Swim Club, add a dollop of Steel Magnolias (without the sadness), a pinch of The Golden Girls and a smidgen of Sex and the City, and you get the nicely satisfying and enjoyable Always a Bridesmaid, the 2013 comedy playing through April 30 in the Forum at Stage West …

    "Always a Bridesmaid" opens runs weekends through April 30 on the Forum stage at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill. From left are: Sandy Mosley as Deedra, Sharon Vetter as Libby Ruth, Elizabeth Lichty as Monette and Jeanene MacLean as Charlie. [Photo by Carol Ballard]
  4. In honor of American Stage's 'Hairspray,' 5 shows with the biggest hair

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    What's that smell?

    That's the smell of big hair, baby. Slightly tinny, slightly chemical, somehow soothing to the soul. That's hairspray for you. And that's Hairspray for you.

    Neil Patrick Harris performs in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theater in 2014. [New York Times (2014)]
  5. Stage Planner: Rocktopia at the Straz, Ella Fitzgerald Florida Orchestra tribute, opera 'couples therapy'

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    MIX IT UP: ROCKTOPIA

    Arrangers with a classical flair have loved toying with rock music since the inception of the genre. George Martin's orchestration of Beatles songs (In My Life and Eleanor Rigby) comes to mind. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra released an Elvis album. There are even …

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  6. American Stage cranks up the volume with 'Hairspray' in the park

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    American Stage is the Park has always been our biggest outdoor theater event. This year, it might also be the loudest.

    Allyson Pace is Tracy; Matthew McGee plays Edna, Tracy’s mother; and Thomas Mothershed is Wilbur, Tracy’s father, in American Stage in the Park’s  production of Hairspray.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  7. Freefall Theatre season lineup: 'White Fang,' 'The Glass Menagerie,' 'The Little Prince' and more

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Freefall Theatre's 10th season will feature a couple of adaptations, a Tennessee Williams classic, a musical about musicals and a children's book with mythological implications.

    Freefall Theatre has announced a new lineup of shows for the 2017-18 season. Here, Eric Davis, co-founding artistic director of Freefall Theatre Company, watches during a rehearsal with a portion of the cast for The Pirates of Penzance, the season-ending summer musical in July 2016. DIRK SHADD   |   Times

  8. Review: Show Palace's 'Trailer Park Musical' is done all in good humor

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    I was prepared to cringe my way through The Great American Trailer Park Musical, showing through May 21 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, anticipating tacky barbs aimed at perfectly nice people, many of whom I know and like.

    A look at the life and loves of Armadillo Acres residents turns out to be funny, campy and infectiously cheerful.
  9. Stage Planner: Jobsite looks ahead, 'Sex and the City' looks back

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    BRECHT TO 1984: JOBSITE 2017-2018

    Jobsite Theater extends a collaboration with playwright Israel Horovitz, opening his Man in Snow March 9, 2018.
  10. At Show Palace, a comedic spin on trailer park life

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    Opening this weekend at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson is The Great American Trailer Park Musical. The campy, two-act musical, written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso, promises lots of belly laughs with its comedic spin on characters living at Florida's most exclusive trailer park, Armadillo Acres. Among …

    The Great American Trailer Park Musical opens Saturday at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson.