LGBTQ-themed ‘Somewhere Between’ among selected shows featured in Winter Park Playhouse’s Florida Festival of New Musicals

By : Jeremy Brener
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Winter Park Playhouse has prided itself on bringing the best in small, intimate musical theater to Central Florida for more than 15 years. Last year, the playhouse launched a brand new musical festival to help bring light to some up-and-coming musicals from across the country, and after a wildly popular opening, it’s back. Winter Park Playhouse will host six developmental musicals looking to expand its audience in the second annual Florida Festival of New Musicals Aug. 23-26.

Roy Alan, the founder of Winter Park Playhouse and the Florida Festival of New Musicals, wanted to give new shows the platform to be seen by other theater directors across Florida and the rest of the United States. Alan was looking for an opportunity to showcase more light-hearted, smaller shows that would fit the stage of the Winter Park Playhouse while also giving them the chance to be seen in front of an audience that otherwise may not have had that opportunity.

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Musical sensation ‘Nunsense A-men’ comes to the Winter Park Playhouse

By : Randa Griffin and Jeremy Williams
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Anyone who has spent time at a parochial school run by Catholic fathers and sisters, where the halls are filled with the Holy Spirit and the faculty are covered in habits, know one thing for certain: nuns are hilarious.

Before Whoopi Goldberg played a showgirl-turned-nun in Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, and before Sister Rose and Sister Blanche started collecting lingerie for needy sexy people in an episode of The Golden Girls, Dan Goggin had created the hilarious musical comedy Nunsense.

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03.08.18 Tampa Bay’s Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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I recently learned that I’m a monster. Before I get too far into how, I’d first like to thank readers for choosing me as Tampa Bay’s favorite LGBTQ–friendly writer in Watermark’s annual WAVE Awards. It’s a category I share with some very talented writers, like my Central Florida counterpart and syntax sister, Jeremy Williams. He’ll never let me win again.

It’s my goal as the Tampa Bay bureau chief to represent our community and our allies to the best of my ability, something I couldn’t do without all of you. I’m very proud to be in the position that I’m in, and so grateful that I get to learn so much from the community that we’re here to serve.

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Winter Park Playhouse celebrates the life of British playwright Noël Coward

By : Jeremy Williams
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Noël Coward

Dust off your smoking jackets and shine up those martini glasses, because the Winter Park Playhouse is bringing out the best and swankiest hits from British playwright Noël Coward, best known for his comedic plays Blithe Spirit and Private Lives, in the musical revue “A Marvelous Party! The Noël Coward Celebration.”

The three-person show will star Roy Alan, Laura Hodos and Larry Alexander and is directed by Steven Flaa, who directed this show for the first time at The American Stage in St. Petersburg.

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