One Magical Weekend moves June events to 2021

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ABOVE: One Magical Weekend’s 2019 RED Party at Disnsy Springs’ House of Blues. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

ORLANDO | One Magical Weekend (OMW) joins Tidal Wave Party in moving its 2020 events during Orlando’s first weekend of June celebration to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Billy Looper and Tom Christ, owners of OMW, announced in a statement released April 2 that they, along with their partners at Disney, House of Blues at Disney Springs and the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista, are making the decision to postpone OMW until 2021 for the safety of attendees as well as their team of DJs, dancers, entertainers, staff, volunteers and sponsors.

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Digital Showcase to stream live, benefit performers in Central Florida

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ORLANDO | Three of Central Florida’s most well-known theatrical collaborators are teaming up with Watermark to present an online benefit showcase to help raise funds for Central Florida performers who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Director and Tony Award-winning producer Kenny Howard; composer and musician Rich Charron; and playwright, lyricist and producer Michael Wanzie — in conjunction with Watermark Publishing Group — will present “Social Distancing Showcase: Out of Work Performers Performing Outside of Work to Benefit Out of Work Performers,” streaming live on YouTube April 4 from 8-10 p.m. EST.

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Ginger Minj and Gidget Galore perform as a part of Digital Drag Fest

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Some of the biggest names in drag have come together to bring a digital drag festival to homes across the globe as a majority of people in the U.S. and around the world are holdup in their homes due to COVID-19.

“Digital Drag Fest 2020,” presented by Producer Entertainment Group (PEG) and the digital concert service Stageit.com, brings dozens of drag and LGBTQ entertainers together in one virtual location and allows you to watch them perform from the safety of your home.

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Come Out With Pride to host virtual event to benefit LGBTQ community

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride announced March 31 a virtual event to benefit Central Florida’s LGBTQ individuals, nonprofits and organizations effected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Stay In With Pride” will be an online, interactive event that will broadcast live April 3 starting at 8 p.m. on Come Out With Pride’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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DC’s Capital Pride postpones 2020 events

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ABOVE: Capital Pride Alliance Executive Director Ryan Bos announced all Pride events have been postponed. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Capital Pride Alliance, which organizes D.C.’s annual Pride Parade and Festival, announced March 30 that it has postponed all of its Pride related events scheduled for May and June, including the parade and festival, due to the escalating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Capital Pride officials said new dates for the events would be announced in the coming weeks.

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Tidal Wave Party first group to cancel June events in Orlando

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ABOVE: Tidal Wave pool party in 2018. (Photo by Jake Stevens)

ORLANDO | As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in the U.S., Tidal Wave Party has officially become the first group to cancel its 2020 events for Orlando’s first weekend of June LGBTQ celebration.

“Tidal Wave is labor of love for us and we did not come to this decision easily,” the group wrote in a statement posted to its website March 28.

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Fringe performer makes hit show, ‘Meatball Séance,’ available to watch at home

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ORLANDO | Orlando Fringe announced March 19 that its annual theatre festival would be cancelled for the 2020 season leaving performers and fans to wait another year before they can get their Fringe on.

To help sate that theatre appetite until Fringe 2021, performer John Michael announced he is releasing his hit show “Meatball Séance” — which played to sold-out crowds at both Orlando Fringe 2019 and its Winter Mini-Fest earlier this year — available to watch at home.

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MrMs Adrian celebrates birthday by streaming ‘Dragsical’ shows

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ABOVE: “Mean Girls: The Dragsical” is one of three shows streaming on Facebook Live. (Photo from Cassandra Riccione’s Facebook)

ORLANDO | Central Florida drag performer and entertainer MrMs Adrian is celebrating a birthday today and — just as the rest of Orange County and many across the state are doing — she is doing so in quarantine.

“Today is my 26th birthday,” Adrian wrote on Facebook. “I haven’t worked in two weeks, and all that I’ve seen from my friends have been FaceTime calls talking about how badly we miss working, and how badly we miss performing for you. And just like that, I decided how I wanted to celebrate this less-than-conventional birthday.”

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Enzian Theater announces On Demand service as people self quarantine

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ORLANDO | Enzian Theater, Central Florida’s independent film cinema, announced that it will begin making some films that were scheduled to run in its theater available to viewers at home.

Enzian On Demand is “a place you can go to watch art house movies and support Enzian” the nonprofit theater posted on its website and social media March 25.

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‘Rosie O’Donnell Show’ returns for one-night only special to benefit Actors Fund

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ABOVE: “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” photo via O’Donnell’s Twitter.

Rosie O’Donnell is bringing her beloved 1990s talk show back to your screens for one night only, to benefit arts and entertainment industry workers who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The out actress and comedian told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Thursday that she would host a one-night revival of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” this weekend as a fundraiser in support of The Actors Fund and the legion of performing arts and entertainment professionals who have found themselves unemployed indefinitely because of the cancellations and shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The special installment will broadcast live, on YouTube and Broadway.com, and promises a roster of A-lister guests that have pledged to appear – while practicing safe social distancing, of course, via live video from their homes.

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Tampa International Fringe Festival postponed

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TAMPA| The Tampa International Fringe Festival (TIFF) has been rescheduled to July 23-Aug. 2 in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The fourth annual TIFF, an uncensored performing arts festival featuring local, national and international acts, was originally scheduled in Ybor April 30-May 10.

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UPDATED: Tampa Bay entertainers stream performances amidst COVID-19 closures

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ABOVE: (L-R) Rest in North Dakota, the Scott & Patti Show and Daphne Ferraro. Photos via performers’ Facebook pages.

TAMPA BAY | Entertainers throughout Tampa Bay are utilizing social media to share their craft with the community as closures mount in response to COVID-19, the coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

LGBTQ and ally organizations throughout Tampa Bay began announcing event cancellations, postponements and closures in mid-March. Many of the decisions preceded Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to close nightclubs and bars for 30 days statewide, impacting a growing number of area entertainers and performance venues financially dependent on scheduled performances.

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