‘Aladdin,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ more featured in Straz Center’s 2019-2020 Broadway season

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The Straz Center for the Performing Arts announced its nine-show, 2019-2020 Broadway season March 17.

Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” leads the season Oct. 8-13, 2019. It features songs from the original film and a “toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score.”

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03.07.2019 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I try not to watch the president when he’s on TV. I’m sure somewhere there is an argument to be made that I should watch so I am informed, but I’d rather just read about the highlights. It’s like watching a comedian fail. I get uneasy, embarrassed for him and the country. Why is it so difficult to speak in coherent sentences?

Now I have this image of the commander in chief hugging the American flag while mouthing, what appears to be, the word “mama” at the Conservative Political Action Convention. This of course preceded an hours-long stream of consciousness oration that mimicked a cocaine-induced rant.

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Straz Center announces ‘Hamilton’ ticket lottery for Tampa run

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Producer Jeffrey Seller and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts announced Jan. 31 that a digital lottery for “Hamilton” tickets will begin in conjunction with the popular production’s opening night in Tampa Feb. 12.

The musical details the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. It features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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PHOTOS: Watermark Wednesday benefits Project No Labels

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TAMPA | Watermark’s bi-monthly Tampa Bay social networking event Watermark Wednesday benefited area nonprofit Project No Labels (PNL) at The Franklin Manor Nov. 14.

PNL exists to unite all LGBTQ+ supporters in Tampa Bay through positive activities and events, Development Director Jonathan Soots shared with attendees. The organization promotes volunteerism and activism for a fulfilling LGBTQ+ lifestyle.

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Florida Orchestra conducts first Pride Weekend

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | The Florida Orchestra (TFO) will hold its inaugural Pride Weekend across two performing arts centers Oct. 5-6.
TFO, which launches its 51st season Sept. 28, is Florida’s largest professional symphony orchestra. The organization performs nearly 100 concerts annually in and outside of its three main concert halls—Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

Pride Weekend will highlight “Bernstein’s Broadway,” honoring the centennial of American composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Its three performances, one at the Straz Center Oct. 5 and two at the Mahaffey Theater Oct. 6, will feature selections from “West Side Story,” “Candide,” “On the Town” and more.

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Watermark Giveaway: A pair of tickets to see Ginger Minj live!

By : Meghan Sweeney
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Does Ginger Minj flood your basement? Then you’re in the right place! Watermark is giving away TWO FREE tickets to Ginger Minj: Crossdresser for Christ at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

To enter, comment down below and let us know what your favorite Ginger Minj quote is. We will choose a winner at random on August 31 at noon.

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Out actor Thanos Skouteris swings into Tampa with “The Sound of Music”

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Out actor and singer Thanos Skouteris is touring North America with the newest stage production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” a show he’s been familiar with for most of his life.

He’s certainly not alone. The show’s Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning score, featuring “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and of course, “The Sound of Music,” has captivated audiences for decades. Watermark spoke with Skouteris about his work as a swing and understudy for the new tour and what makes “The Sound of Music” so relevant today.

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Deborah Cox talks “The Bodyguard,” Whitney Houston and returning for St. Pete Pride

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Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist Deborah Cox says she’s excited to be back in Tampa Bay for “The Bodyguard,” having performed in the area on other tours and for St. Pete Pride celebrations.

The show’s first U.S. national tour, based on the 1992 hit film of the same name starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, is a high-energy musical playing at the Straz Center until March 25. It follows the tale of Cox’s superstar Rachel Marron, whose bodyguard Frank Farmer (played by television’s Judson Mills) is hired to protect her from an intense stalker.

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Out dancer Greg Molony shows off his moves in the 20th anniversary tour of ‘Riverdance’

By : Jeremy Williams
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The international Irish dance sensation Riverdance is celebrating 20 years of kicking, jumping and jigging with a North American tour that will land them at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa Jan. 19-21 and at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando Jan. 26-28.

Greg Molony has been in love with Irish dancing ever since he saw Riverdance while watching TV at his home in Denver when he was four years old. Now 24, the openly gay dancer has been around the world with different Irish dancing troupes, including several past tours of Riverdance.

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12.28.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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New Year’s Eve is upon us. This day has changed for me over the past few years. Usually I’d spend the evening getting drunk and complaining about how awful the year was. At midnight my friends and I would hug each other in the hopes for a better new year.

December 31, 2014 would be much of the same. In the early morning hours of that day my father passed away, pretty much sealing the deal on making 2014 an awful year. Later that evening my family joined me at my favorite watering hole before we all retreated back to my place where I drank the year away. That was the last New Year’s Eve I would spend drunk.

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

By : Jeremy Williams
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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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“Fun Home,” “Book of Mormon” among Straz Center’s 2017-18 Broadway series

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The Straz Center for the Performing Arts released the 2017-2018 Bank of America Best of Broadway Tampa Bay season Feb. 10.

The season includes Tony Award-winning musicals Fun Home, The Color Purple and Book of Mormon; as well as Tony Award-nominated musicals On Your Feet!, School of Rock and Waitress.

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