American Stage, Matthew McGee bring “The Producers” to the park

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Being out in the park is the perfect place to do this,” Tampa Bay fan-favorite actor Matthew McGee says of “The Producers,” American Stage’s latest outdoor production. “American Stage can make gigantic sets for this huge show, they can have a large cast… and you can also make it available for lots of people to see.”

McGee plays Max Bialystock, a devious lead in Mel Brooks’ Oscar-winning 1967 film, Tony-winning 2001 musical and subsequent 2005 film of the same name. The cult classic, described as an “equal opportunity offender,” follows Bialystock and fellow-schemer Leo Bloom as they produce the most notorious flop in history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars.

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Peppermint makes history as first trans woman to create a principal role on Broadway

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season nine alum Peppermint has been cast in the new musical “Head Over Heels,” making her the first openly transgender woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.

“Head Over Heels” is based on the Elizabethan comedy “The Arcadia,” and will feature music from the all-female band The Go-Go’s known for their hits “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Vacation.”

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Watermark Giveaway: RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour at the Straz Center in Tampa

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RENT was a more than a Broadway musical, it was a movement. Twenty years after Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking show won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it is back and its themes of life, death and love are still as relevant today as the day it opened on Broadway.

RENT is coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts this month and we want to send you to opening night. We are giving away three pairs of tickets to the Sept. 19 show.

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‘Rent’ announced as Fox’s next live musical

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fox’s next live production event will be the Tony-winning musical, “Rent,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The rock musical, loosely based on the Italian opera “La bohème” by Giacomo Puccini, will be adapted for the small screen by executive producer Marc Platt (“La La Land,” “Wicked”) and the estate of the late “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson.

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to be NBC’s next live musical

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Jesus Christ Superstar” is slated to be NBC’s next live musical scheduled for an airdate of Easter next year on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Dateline reports the 1971 rock opera will be reimagined for the small screen with its original creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on board as executive producers. Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have worked on other network television musicals, will also be producers.

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DCX for LGBT: The Dixie Chicks are back! Here are 10 reasons you should be freaking out!

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Dixie Chicks are touring the U.S. for the first time in a decade, and they will be jamming out in Tampa at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds August 19.

Just like *NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, Blink 182 and The Spice Girls, the Dixie Chicks were a music group in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s that added a fun, youthful voice to their respective genres, but the Chicks did something that no other group at the time did and that very few musical acts are able to do: They appealed to everyone: men and women, young and old. They reached out to fans of country, rock, pop and everything in-between, and yes, they appealed to the LGBT crowd.

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Screened Out – Popstar

By : Stephen Miller
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Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Shaffer, Chris Redd, Tim Meadows, Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogen Poots, Bill Hader, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Will Arnett, Mike Birbiglia, Usher, Pink, Seal, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dog, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Justin Bieber, Danger Mouse, Carrie Underwood, Nas, 50 Cent, Michael Bolton, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Akon, Mariah Carrie, Adam Levine, A$AP Rocky, Mario Lopez

Popstar is three or four brilliantly stupid songs in an album full of filler. Go for the concert footage; fall asleep in between.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is Andy Samberg’s baby. After his Saturday Night live stint – where he and Justin Timberlake perfected musical numbers like “Dick in a Box” – Samberg’s career has had highs and lows. His series Brooklyn Nine-Nine just finished its third season on Fox. However, every so often, Samberg has also been stuck in crappy Adam Sandler flicks. One of his amazing – but less well-known – side projects is a great spoof band called The Lonely Island; here he and his band mates get to show that off. It’s the best part of this pop mockumentary.

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2016 Orlando Fringe Review: Doro and Diega Explore Middle Class America

By : Danny Garcia
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Sprocket Stage Company presents Doro and Diega Explore Middle Class America
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There’s something to be said about a Fringe show that can take a childhood memory and completely turn it upside down by adding adult themes and sexual innuendos.

I’m a little too old to have grown up on Dora the Explorer & the spin off Go Diego, Go! But as a Guncle to the kids of a few friends, I am quite familiar with the Nickelodeon cartoon shows meant to educate preschoolers.

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Orlando 2016 Fringe Review: 21 Chump Street

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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21 Chump Street
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From the opening lines to the fast-paced rap lyrics, you can tell this show was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, but Troupe 1139 from Boone High School definitely bring it to life.

This 15-minute show follows the story of Justin, a straight-A senior in high school, who gets caught up in drugs to impress and woo an attractive new girl named Naomi, who is really an undercover cop. The show is based on an episode of “This American Life”, an NPR radio show, which was a part of the show’s Valentine’s Day show titled “What I Did for Love.”

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Orlando Fringe 2016 Review: The Space Pirate Puppy Musical

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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Tasty Monster Productions Presents: The Space Pirate Puppy Musical
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With a title like The Space Pirate Puppy Musical, this production is expected to entertain and it certainly does not disappoint.

The audience must bounce their attention between the shifting characters as the four cast members take on the roles of the dogs, pirates, and a ninja kitten, oh my!

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Orlando 2016 Fringe Review: Magic, Music and a little Mayhem

By : Danny Garcia
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Magic, Music and a little Mayhem
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A light hearted musical and magical collaboration brings you Magic, Music and a little Mayhem. Showcasing the talents from Fretless Rock and Magic & Mayhem – both well known and established entertainment groups in the area.

The show features magic acts from large scale illusions to the slight of hand tricks to those involving audience participation, all set to a string trio playing familiar tunes and original orchestrations.

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Prince, 57, found dead in his home

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CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No details were immediately released.

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