k.d. lang takes her breakout album ‘Ingenue’ on the road 25 years after its debut

By : Gregg Shapiro
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To this day, more than 30 years since her major-label debut “Angel With a Lariat” and just over 25 years since her Grammy Award-winning commercial breakthrough album “Ingenue,” there is still no one who can compare to k.d. lang.

Her powerful and emotive voice and her distinctive performance style have yet to be matched. Whether she’s performing the country music of her early career, her pop-oriented mid-career work or her distinguished interpretations of standards, lang is a singular performer and artist of the highest order.

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Erasure vocalist Andy Bell talks about going acoustic, the new tour and being embraced by LGBTQ fans

By : Gregg Shapiro
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It’s been 30 years since the release of Erasure’s third album “The Innocents,” the disc that aided the duo of gay vocalist Andy Bell and synthesizer mastermind Vince Clarke into crossing over into mainstream success with songs such as “A Little Respect” and “Chains of Love.”

Of course, the gays (and the cool kids) had been dancing to them for a couple of years by then. Since the release of “The Innocents,” Erasure has put out more than a dozen studio discs. Bell has even released a handful of solo albums.

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Mad Cow Theatre explores sexual identity, family tension with local run of ‘Fun Home’

By : Layla Ferris
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After national tour stops in both Orlando and Tampa from the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home,” Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre is putting on a production featuring local talent starting June 1.

“Fun Home,” the first Broadway musical to have a lesbian protagonist, is an adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir. The show portrays Bechdel’s uncovering of her own sexuality, her strained relationship with her closeted gay father and the re-examination of the years leading up to his unexpected suicide. The hour and 40-minute show is seen through the eyes of a 43-year-old Alison who looks to the past as she writes the graphic novel the play is based on.

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Seeing ‘RENT’ for the first time as told by a Watermark intern

By : Colton Adkins
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Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical “RENT” changed the landscape of Broadway when it premiered in 1996.

A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” “RENT” — currently in the third year of its 20th Anniversary National Tour — follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out.

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Javon King makes national tour debut with ‘RENT’

By : Layla Ferris
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Javon King plays Angel in the national tour of “RENT”

Javon King is an openly gay actor from New Jersey, and he is making his national tour debut with the company of “RENT.” He joins the cast with his portrayal of fan favorite Angel Dumott Schunard.

King, 21, studies musical theater at Rider University in New Jersey. He’s been in several productions at the university such as “Of Thee I Sing” and “Once on This Island.”

King says he’s shocked and ecstatic to have the opportunity to perform “RENT” nationally. King spoke with Watermark on the show’s opening night in Orlando to discuss his first memories of “RENT,” the show’s depiction of the LGBTQ experience and the complexities of playing Angel.

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‘Hamilton,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ among the Broadway shows coming to Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced their 2018/19 FAIRWINDS Broadway series in a press release March 9.

The season will be headlined by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2015 Tony Award-winning smash hit Hamilton. Hamilton took Broadway by storm nearly three years ago going on to receive a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, and winning 11 of them including Best Musical.

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Jake Emmerling of ‘Book of Mormon’ talks theater and life on the road as the tour lands at the Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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You may not think there are any similarities between the outrageous animated TV series South Park and the family-friendly Disney film Frozen aside from they are both animated, but they do share another connection. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative team behind South Park, and Robert Lopez, composer of those infectious Frozen songs, are the names behind one of Broadway’s most successful musicals, Book of Mormon.

Book of Mormon was a juggernaut when it opened on Broadway in 2011. The show went on to win nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, a Grammy for the Broadway cast album and spawned two massively successful national tours. Book of Mormon is now back in Central Florida with a run at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando playing now through Dec. 17.

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One Orlando Alliance responds to tragedy in Las Vegas, organizes vigil

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ORLANDO | The One Orlando Alliance has organized a vigil at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando to honor the victims of the horrific shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and hundreds more wounded Oct. 1.

“Although divided by distance, we are united in offering our compassion, our love and our support,” the One Orlando Alliance said in a statement.

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Kavin Panmeechao helps to bring Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” to life at the Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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Kavin Panmeechao was bit by the acting bug early. He started acting on Los Angeles stages when he was seven and, aside from a break in his teens to “do kid things,” he has been singing, dancing and acting the hell out of stages across the world ever since.

Panmeechao has charmed audiences in A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly! and Bye Bye Birdie; as well as toured the country with the smash hit musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He can currently be seen as Lun Tha in the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The King and I, coming to the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando Sept. 12-17.

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Watermark Giveaway: Bernadette Peters at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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Broadway legend Bernadette Peters is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 21 and we want to send you and a guest to be a part of the magic.

Few in Broadway’s history are as legendary as Bernadette Peters. She has conquered the stage, the screen (both big and small) and concert halls across the world, and now the voice of Sondheim will perform some of her greatest hits with the Dr. Phillips Center’s brand new jazz orchestra.

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FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando 2017-2018 season announced

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ORLANDO – The announcement for the 2017-2018 season at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts took place on Feb. 2.

The season consists of nine musicals including The Book of Mormon, Disney’s The Lion King and Rent.

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Dr. Phillips Center to host “Beautiful Together” arts and music festival to benefit Pulse victims

By : Alex Storer
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On June 28, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando will host a special “Beautiful Together” event to benefit the OneOrlando fund for the victims of the Pulse shooting.

Over 50 local arts organizations have signed on to perform or present, including the Orlando Gay Chorus and the UCF Choir.

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