‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight’ lead diverse 2017 Oscar nominations

By : Felicia Roopchand
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La La Land dominated the 2017 Academy Award nominees with a total of 14 nominations, tying Titanic and All About Eve for most nominations in Oscar history.

Both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone helped tally up the nominations for the film, each respectively up for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” and “Best Actress in a Leading Role.”

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NBC releases a first look at the network’s next live musical “Hairspray”

By : Jeremy Williams
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After the success of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz; NBC continues its ratings juggernaut of live musicals with Hairspray Live!, airing on the peacock network Dec. 7 at 8:00 ET.

The live television event, based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical (which in turn is based on the 1988 John Waters film), tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a “pleasantly plump” teenager (played by newcomer Maddie Baillio), landing a spot on a TV dance show in her hometown of Baltimore.

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Orlando 2016 Fringe Review: Marian: Lost in Fiction

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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The vibrant and enthusiastic group from Phoenix Tears Productions takes popular fictional novels and popular songs, and combines them into a musical mash-up of love, singing, literature, pop culture, Disney, Greek mythology and kick lines—yes, there was a kick line at one point.

Marian: Lost in Fiction is a cute show about an assistant librarian named Marian who gets knocked out from an intense thunderstorm and ends up in a dreamland. In this dreamland, all these fictional novel characters are messed up and not in the right places, and the Cheshire Cat, who greets her when she wakes up, says it is up to Marian to fix it.

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The Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre broadens its horizons and goes back to high school with the musical “Zanna Don’t!”

By : Jeremy Williams
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If you were unhappy with your high school situation growing up, then have no fear. Tim Evanicki, the new artistic director for the Footlight Theatre at the world famous Parliament House, wants to give you a new, happier experience with the show Zanna Don’t! A Musical Fairy Tale playing Fridays and Saturdays at the Footlight Theatre from April 15-30.

“See, most people think this is going to be a show on Xanadu but it’s not,” Evanicki says. “I think the original concept was to have everyone on roller skates in New York, but that didn’t go so well.”

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Manatee Players look to explore forbidden love in World War II with the musical Yank!

By : Jeremy Williams
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Yank! is many things: A musical that honors the song and dance of the 1940s; a play that tells the story of sending young men off to war. More importantly though, it’s a history lesson for how World War II was the frontline that created a community that would later become the movement for gay rights.

“I think with a lot of people LGBT history starts with Stonewall, but our history starts far beyond Stonewall,” Yank! director Kenn Rapczenski says. “Many of the soldiers, especially ones who were court-martialed for being homosexual, couldn’t go back to their small towns and farms, so they settled into big cities like San Francisco. This was the first time gays and lesbians were able to be with each other in a united way and started to form communities.”

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Line-up announced for the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

By : Veronica Brezina
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Line-up announced for the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The 2014-2015 Broadway and ballet line-up for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts was announced June 12.

The center will be open starting Nov. 6, 2014. The show line-up will include the Jazz Roots Series, featuring music from Ray Charles, Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes, plays such as Phantom of the Opera, I Love Lucy on stage and even shows for kids.

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