Tim Evanicki talks naked people, bathhouses and cabaret as he waltzes back to the stage in Orlando

By : Billy Manes
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The last time we sat down with Tim Evanicki, the sort of everything-producer for Orlando Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre, there were some rather attractive bits of exposure nearby — attached to the recent run of Naked Boys Singing. Towels were everywhere.

But Evanicki, a graduate of Julliard and a classically trained singer, isn’t one to hide behind the scenes or a laugh. Having traveled the world and worked his stagecraft as one does, the multitalented musician, director and manager of Parliament House’s aesthetic leanings is ready to tell his story in song. We caught up with Evanicki in advance of his new season of dramatics, including a one-man cabaret about Tim Evanicki, My Turn on April 22. It’s his time to shine now.

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Broadway legend Bernadette Peters talks Sondheim songs and streaming shows ahead of her concert at Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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Few in Broadway’s history are as legendary as Bernadette Peters. Nominated for seven Tony Awards (winning two plus an honorary award), nine Drama Desk Awards (winning three) and genuinely understood by those in the wings to be the greatest songstress to ever sing Sondheim, Peters commands every stage she steps on. But to be Broadway royalty wasn’t enough for this talent.

Peters is a Golden Globe winning actress who has been a part of classic films such as the movie musical Annie, Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie and starring opposite Steve Martin in The Jerk and Pennies From Heaven. She is also a recording artist, a children’s book author, a humanitarian who fights for equal rights for both people and animals. And, to top it all off, she is currently a part of not one but two television series – Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle and CBS’ The Good Fight.

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‘80s sitcom star Jim J. Bullock kicks up his heels as he heads to Clearwater for ‘Kinky Boots’

By : Christina Diaz and Jeremy Williams
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Many will remember Jim J. Bullock as the flamboyant Monroe Ficus in the 1980s sitcom Too Close For Comfort, starring Ted Knight and Nancy Dussault. Bullock’s over-the-top and endearing personality shined through his character and left the audiences at home wondering is he or isn’t he? Spoiler alert: he is.

After six seasons of Too Close For Comfort, Bullock went on to become a fixture on Hollywood Squares, appeared in films such as Spaceballs and Kissing Jessica Stein and even had a short-lived talk show with famed televangelist Tammy Faye.

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Fan collapses at ‘Hello, Dolly!’ says he’d ‘rather die than miss Act Two’

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One Bette Midler fan wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of seeing Midler perform live on Broadway in “Hello, Dolly!,” not even his health.

Page Six reports a 53-year-old man from Los Angeles fell ill during Act One but refused to leave the theater until the show was over.

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Ann Paula Bautista and her fellow cast members bring truth to the stories of Disney princesses in ‘Disenchanted!’

By : Jeremy Williams
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While Disney princesses are loved the world over, many people don’t know that the characters are based on real historical figures or darker fairy tales. That changed in 2011 when history teacher Dennis Giacino created the musical Disenchanted!.

Disenchanted! is a cabaret-style show that features 10 “Disney” princesses speaking out about their treatment in the House of Mouse. The show started as an Orlando Fringe show and has since gone on to sell out shows around the world and Off-Broadway.

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Australian super group The TEN Tenors finish up the U.S. leg of their 20th anniversary tour “The Power of TEN” in Florida

By : Jeremy Williams
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The TEN Tenors are one of Australia’s most well known musical exports. The ensemble of, you guessed it, 10 male singers have been representing “the Land Down Under” for more than 20 years, touring an average of 250 shows every year and selling more than three million tickets.

The group, like a classically trained version of the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo, changes and replaces members as they drop out of the group to maintain that power of 10.

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Paula Poundstone looks for happiness in her new book and on the road as her tour brings her to Florida

By : Jeremy Williams
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Paula Poundstone is what one would call an old-school standup comedian. She got her start at 19 doing open mic nights in Boston, then hopped on a bus and went city to city, examining the different comedy scenes in different regions of the country. Now after almost 40 years in the business, she is comedy royalty (she was named one of the top 100 comics of all time by Comedy Central), an accomplished writer (her new book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, comes out May 9) and extremely intelligent (she’s on NPR!).

Poundstone brings her witty, smart and hilarious standup to Florida with stops at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater March 10 and the Plaza Live in Orlando March 11; but before hitting the Sunshine State, Poundstone took a few minutes to talk with us about comedy, happiness and why she has so many cats.

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Jonny McGovern heads to the Parliament House to Werk Qween!

By : Felicia Roopchand
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Jonny McGovern makes no apologies for his sexualized, in-your-face alter-ego The Gay Pimp. Back before podcasts and YouTube, McGovern released a pop music video parody starring The Gay Pimp that went viral, making its way through the video clubs of New York City then eventually across the country in gay clubs and AOL inboxes.

“In the video The Gay Pimp was super gay AND in charge,” McGovern said in a 2015 interview with The Huffington Post. “He was in the power position turning the typically homophobic characters of frat boys and jocks into video hoes performing to please. We hadn’t really seen anything like that in a music video. It was a power flip that gay men found empowering and sexy.”

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Kristin Chenoweth brings some elegance (and that voice!) to Ruth Eckerd Hall

By : Jeremy Williams
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UPDATE: Kristin Chenoweth’s concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall has been rescheduled for April 7. Tickets purchased for the March 13 concert will still be honored. 

 

Kristin Chenoweth, at 4 foot 11 inches, is proof that big things come in small packages. The award-winning actress and singer is known for her powerful voice and commanding stage presence.

Chenoweth, who debuted on Broadway 20 years ago in the musical Steel Pier,  has dazzled audiences with a Tony Award winning performance as Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and as the original Good Witch Glinda in the smash hit Wicked.

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Alan Cumming brings his sappy smarts to Florida

By : Scottie Campbell
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When he performs his cabaret, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, in Orlando and Sarasota this March, there will no doubt be a good number of The Good Wife fans who will be surprised that Eli Gold can carry a tune. But for a good many more, Cumming thrust his pelvis into our collective consciousness during the ‘90s with a revival of Cabaret on Broadway, reinventing the Emcee role and redefining sexy for many.

Cumming played that role 808-and-a-half times; a fact you can find on his website under “FAQ,” along with some other questions he recommends an interviewer not ask him again. His sexuality, an infamous essay on foreskin and acting on stage versus screen are also on the list. In fact, you might get the idea that Alan doesn’t like to talk, but I found that definitely not to be the case —at all—when I chatted with him by phone from his home in the East Village. He and husband, illustrator Grant Shaffer, have just moved into a newly renovated home one block from their last home.

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Nude Nite highlights transgender rights in this year’s Tampa show

By : Billy Manes
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There is a litany of reasons people are driven to Nude Nite, most of which begin with the obvious gawk and gaze at nudity – it happens – but there’s also a social pertinence to the intentionally salacious affair which now exposes itself in both the Tampa Bay area and Orlando.

Past iterations have seen an unflattering nude portrait of teen-pop impresario Lou Pearlman, and, as is required on certain occasions, sushi presented on the body of a naked woman. But there have also been incredibly thoughtful pieces involving all the mixed media that mixed media has to offer: steelworks to fabric-works, portraits to abstract reinventions, love to hate. It’s become a social affair that exists on a level far beyond your typical flirt-and-walk art maneuvers. It’s making a statement about society, about what we’ve become.

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Screened Out – Fences

By : Stephen Miller
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Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen Henderson

If we’re to believe his stories, Troy Maxson could’ve been one of the greatest American baseball players ever. Unfortunately, he was born to early, and he had to play the Negro League, while white players stirred people’s praise. Sports segregation laws stole Troy’s glory from him.

By the 1950s, Troy is an old, bitter Pittsburg garbage man. So, he can only watch as younger men capture fame and break down racial bias. Sure, Troy has a dutiful wife, a loyal best friend, and a son who only wants his father’s approval and love.

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