‘The Cher Show,’ ‘The Prom’ among 2020-21 Broadway season at Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: “The Cher Show.” (Photo by Joan Marcus)

ORLANDO | After teasing the season with “Hamilton” and “Wicked,” the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced the rest of the shows for its 2020-21 FAIRWINDS Broadway season Feb. 18.

The nine shows coming for the new season boast an impressive 88 Tony Award nominations and 44 wins, including four Best Musical winners. The season features “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Tootsie,” “Hadestown,” “The Band’s Visit,” “The Prom,” “Wicked,” “CATS,” “Hamilton” and “The Cher Show.”

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‘Hadestown,’ ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Wicked’ and more featured in Straz’s 2020-2021 season

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE: “Hadestown,” photo by Matthew Murphy, “Hamilton” and “Wicked” photos by Joan Marcus, courtesy the Straz.

TAMPA | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts announced its 2020-2021 Broadway season Feb. 7, detailing  a wide array of new and returning fan favorite productions.

“We have a tremendous season ahead, truly a remarkable line-up of fantastic shows,” Straz Center President and CEO Judy Lisi said in a statement. “When we say the best of Broadway, we mean it.”

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Garett Hawe shares the stage with Broadway legend Betty Buckley in the national tour of ‘Hello Dolly!’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Openly gay actor Garett Hawe remembers the moment he wanted to become a Broadway performer.

“I was 12 years old when I went to New York City for the first time,” says Hawe, a New Hampshire native. “We saw ‘Miss Saigon’ and that was when I realized people made a living doing this. I fell in love with New York City and Broadway.”

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Screened Out – The Secret Life of Pets

By : Stephen Miller
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Voices of Louis CK, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jennie Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks

Pet lovers are often animation lovers, too, I know, looking to our animals for wildly, colorful entertainment – like living cartoons. We search online for videos of puppies who act like goofballs or kittens who don’t quite make the jump. The Secret Life of Pets taps into that great slapstick so many of us love.

It is a good thing the characters – as shallow as they are – and the shtick liven things up. The story in Pets is really a retelling of the first Toy Story, where the established dog/toy gets displaced by the new dog/toy. A rivalry ensues that takes both of these enemies far outside, far from their comfort zones, and then they must band together to survive the cruel out-of-doors and find their ways back home.

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