Broadway legend Bernadette Peters talks Sondheim songs and streaming shows ahead of her concert at Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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Few in Broadway’s history are as legendary as Bernadette Peters. Nominated for seven Tony Awards (winning two plus an honorary award), nine Drama Desk Awards (winning three) and genuinely understood by those in the wings to be the greatest songstress to ever sing Sondheim, Peters commands every stage she steps on. But to be Broadway royalty wasn’t enough for this talent.

Peters is a Golden Globe winning actress who has been a part of classic films such as the movie musical Annie, Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie and starring opposite Steve Martin in The Jerk and Pennies From Heaven. She is also a recording artist, a children’s book author, a humanitarian who fights for equal rights for both people and animals. And, to top it all off, she is currently a part of not one but two television series – Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle and CBS’ The Good Fight.

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“Fun Home” concert raised $113,000 for Pulse victims

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Orlando, Fla. (AP) – Organizers say a concert version of the show Fun Home held in Orlando last weekend with the Broadway cast raised more than $100,000 for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Organizers of the benefit said earlier this week that the one-night concert in Orlando raised $113,000.

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Broadway’s “Fun Home” comes to Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for some healing

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The musical Fun Home has touched the lives of many as an honest, emotional representation of sexual identity issues through nearly 600 shows on its Broadway stage, but the cast of the production is bringing an extra special version of the show to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts stage to touch a community that is in great need of healing and hope.

Fun Home is a Tony-Award-winning musical based on the autobiographical graphic novel of the same title by Alison Bechdel. The story centers on Alison, a lesbian cartoonist, who is writing a graphic memoir about her life, as she tries to make sense of and connect with her father’s life, homosexuality and suicide. Even the show’s title touches on the dark aspects of Alison’s childhood, as her father was the town’s mortician, and she was raised in a funeral home that was referred to as the “Fun Home.”

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Win tickets to “Ragtime the Musical: In Concert”

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Watermark is giving away 2 pairs of tickets to see Ragtime The Musical: In Concert, presented by Encore! at the Dr. Phillips Center, July 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Simply comment on this post and tell us your favorite Ragtime song.

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Overheard in Orlando: Pour it up at Savoy

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A GoFund me account was recently created for Danielle Hunter, which you may have read on WatermarkOnline.com had claimed mistreatment for being transgender after being admitted to the Lakeside Behavioral Center after a suicide attempt. She has since been moved to a new facility, but according to her GoFund me, which was created by Terry DeCarlo at The Center, Danielle’s bank account is in the negative and she doesn’t have any insurance to cover the cost of her treatment. Danielle is the Entertainment Manager for FMI (Funky Monkey & Divas). Although there has been a slew of well wishes and support, the GoFund me page had at least one very Negative Nelly who made some incredible accusations we’re not going to repeat here. The comment and a rebuttal have since been removed. The fundraising goal is set at $5,000; just over $1,200 was raised as of press time.

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-MONEY!
Walt Disney World Resorts showed more than 100 organizations the money, to the tune of $4.5 million in grants. The Zebra Coalition and the Orlando International Fringe Festival were among the recipients, allowing them to continue to positively affect families and children in Orlando. The Mouse gave a total of $4.5 million worth of grants to 102 organizations in Central Florida at a ceremony held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on March 30. The Zebra Foundation for Youth, which funds Zebra Coalition, received $20,000, and Orlando Fringe received $5,000. Now that’s what we call some Disney Magic!

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Dr. Philips Center announces sophomore season Orlando Broadway series

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With only a few more shows left in their inaugural season, Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando announced the shows lined up for the 2015/16 season at the Dr. Phillips Center.

The six shows were announced on March 16 to a packed crowd in the Walt Disney Theater and brought some recent Tony award winners, a couple of movies converted to musicals and two Roger & Hammerstein classics. The season runs from November 10 thru May 8.

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Slava’s Snowshow at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

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Slava’s Snowshow at Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts invited media to check out the show Feb. 18, and Watermark was there!

Check out the gorgeous photos after the jump:

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Broadway and Beyond at DPAC

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The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts celebrated their grand premiere Nov. 15 with a one-time, inaugural performance of Broadway and Beyond in the Walt Disney Theatre. The event brought out people from across the country to participate in and witness the ceremonies.

Guests entered the pre-show gala via the orange carpet and danced and dined before a star-studded performance of local and international talents. After the final bows guests were treated to a champagne toast, dessert spread, dancing under the stars and in true Walt Disney fashion, fireworks.

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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts grand opening

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Hundreds of people gathered in the Seneff Arts Plaza for the grand opening of the $514 million Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In a ceremony emceed by Disney performer Mary Thompson Hunt, several dignitaries and donors gave speeches before a brilliant orange-colored banner with the center’s curvy logo. Speakers included both Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Dr. Phillips Center chairman Jim Pugh and president Kathy Ramsberger, in addition to representatives from major contributors including Orlando Magic, Walt Disney World, University of Central Florida, and CNL Financial Group.

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martens echoed the Dr. Phillips Centers inclusive philosophies saying the Magic shared the vision of creating a “structure that is accessible to everyone.”

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Line-up announced for the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

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Line-up announced for the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The 2014-2015 Broadway and ballet line-up for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts was announced June 12.

The center will be open starting Nov. 6, 2014. The show line-up will include the Jazz Roots Series, featuring music from Ray Charles, Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes, plays such as Phantom of the Opera, I Love Lucy on stage and even shows for kids.

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