“Fun Home” to leave Broadway

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New York (AP) – The ground-breaking Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” will be leaving Broadway in the fall.

Producers said on June 21 the show will play its final performance Sept. 10, leaving the Circle in the Square Theatre after 28 previews and 582 regular performances. It is the first Broadway show with a lesbian protagonist.

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Musical Theatre Scenes For Teens

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freeFall’s Young Artist Series presents a week long musical theatre workshop June 20-24 from 2pm to 5pm.

Students will have the opportunity to prepare and perform scenes from the classic musical theatre canon. Young artists will discover how to break down a scene/musical moment, engage their partner, and take this form of musical storytelling to a thrilling new level. This week-long workshop with culminate in a showing for family and friends on the final day of class.

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Have a Great Gay Weekend: June 10, 2016

By : Anna M. Johnson
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There so many LGBT-related things to do this weekend and many support local business. And almost all of them involve drinking! Grab someone that will treat you right and paint the town red… or rainbow.

You can even come to these events if you identify as straight. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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American Stage presents Everett Quinton’s drag-filled, one-man adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities

By : Jeremy Williams
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“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”

The line that opens one of Charles Dickens’ most famous pieces of literature is known by almost everyone, even those who cannot name the story that follows. It is this line that led Everett Quinton to adapt Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities into a play in 1989 about an aspiring drag queen during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

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Orlando Fringe 2016 Review: Inescapable

By : Anna M. Johnson
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Inescapable opens with two adult friends having an argument about a box that one of them found in the other’s closet.  The two then repeat the argument, and repeat it again and again.

The entire show is about the two characters (played by Martin Dockery and Joe Paterson) continually having this argument and being “reset” via unconscious time travel without taking a break between each “reset.” More small details about the friends are revealed each time – details that expose the lies that both men have been keeping from each other.

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Orlando 2016 Fringe Review: Toiley T. Paper: Roll Model!

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Toiley T. Paper: Roll Model!
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The world of Hollywood hot-shots is full of glitz, glamour and bullshit. Toiley T. Paper proudly proclaims his alliance with this lifestyle, sans any bullshit that he may have already wiped up.

Toiley T. Paper: Roll Model! is a 40-minute cabaret-style show in the Pink Venue with more influences from South Park than classic vaudeville. Created by and starring Grant Baciocco and John B. deHaas, the show combines popular music, anecdotes and improv into a fun performance that will especially resonate with the theatre “in” crowd.

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Local LGBT teens learn about theatre during backstage Kinky Boots experience

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – Theater has long been a safe refuge for LGBT kids.

Dana Brazil, Director of Education for Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, says theater is an “open door for people find a home” where there is “a lot less judgment, a lot more acceptance, ” especially for young people who might be discovering they are gay or transgender.

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Kinky Boots event brings LGBT youth behind the curtain

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About 20 of Central Florida’s LGBT youth will get an opportunity to learn about what goes into a Broadway production.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Zebra Coalition, Kinky Boots and the True Colors Foundation is hosting the event, which is an afternoon of educational speakers followed by a dinner, performance and then a Q&A with the Kinky Boots cast.

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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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Issue 23.03: Should You Marry Me?

By : Jake Stevens
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Should You Marry Me? Yes, you marry now. But have you considered the legal ramifications? Local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Mark Badley and Jason Newkirk

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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“Mark is wonderful and will go along with all the crazy schemes and everything I come up with – and he’s always there beside me, loving me and supporting me no matter how crazy my little mind can go,” Jason says.

When Jason Newkirk, a writer and office manager for a production company, first met Mark Badley, a pharmacy buyer, he was at a loss for words, which isn’t like Jason, being a person who always has something to say.

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Longtime Off-Broadway hit launches full-frontal assault at the Parliament House

By : Billy Manes
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And, they’re off! Within approximately five minutes of musical pleasantries and coy sideways glances, the entire cast of longtime Off-Broadway bachelor/bachelorette-party revue Naked Boys Singing sheds its clothing and reveals its combined parcels of manhood. At the show’s Feb. 4 VIP/press engagement in advance of its Feb. 5 opening, the sound may have been a little bit quiet in the Footlight Theatre at Parliament House, but the message was writ large: Nudity isn’t just titillation; it’s bold and honest, especially on a stage in front of a packed house.

“I think it celebrates the male anatomy, but we do it in a humorous way,” William Bruce, he of the Prince Albert affectation and the cojones to match, tells us over an arranged lunch in advance of the performance. “It’s also really poignant.”

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