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Laura Michelle Kelly, who plays teacher Anna Leonowens in the national tour of The King and I, has played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway.Straz Center

Stage Planner: Culture clash in 'The King and I', a bittersweet 'End of the Rainbow' at Freefall

THE VOICE: LAURA MICHELLE KELLY The name stops short of household status. But I challenge anyone to listen to Laura Michelle Kelly sing and make the case that her instrument is anything other than top-shelf. Or go see The King and I, opening Tuesday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, and deci …

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  1. Review: Florida Orchestra pays tribute to young composers in breakout works

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    TAMPA — One of the most engaging moments in The B-Sides, a remarkable composition by Mason Bates for orchestra and electronica, and in the Florida Orchestra's concert this weekend, comes through the sandpaper voice of astronaut Edward White, the first American to step out of a capsule and into space. …

    Known for his fusion of orchestral and electronic music, Mason Bates is the second most frequently performed modern composer in the United States. Courtesy of Mason Bates.
  2. Though life gives and takes, 85-year-old piano phenom never loses control

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — It's Joseph Schwartz's 85th birthday.

    Pianist Joseph Schwartz, 85, plays his Steinway grand piano at home in Clearwater on his birthday. Schwartz is playing Chopin and other classical works at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, April 30.  SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  3. People are paying good money to watch other people play video games in Tampa

    Events

    By CHRISTOPHER SPATA

    Times Staff Writer

    A troupe of performers will walk on stage Sunday.

    The cast of Achievement Hunter on stage for a Let's Play Live tour event in 2016. Gavin Free is standing.[Rooster Teeth]
  4. Stage Planner: Culture clash in 'The King and I', a bittersweet 'End of the Rainbow' at Freefall

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    THE VOICE: LAURA MICHELLE KELLY

    The name stops short of household status. But I challenge anyone to listen to Laura Michelle Kelly sing and make the case that her instrument is anything other than top-shelf.

    Laura Michelle Kelly, who plays teacher Anna Leonowens in the national tour of The King and I, has played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway.
  5. Review: American Stage's park venue well suited for a peppy production of 'Hairspray'

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    ST. PETERSBURG — What do you want in a park production? Hopefully something fun, big and loud.

    The ensemble cast of Hairspray poses for a portrait on the set of Hairspray in Demens Landing Park on April 12, 2017. The annual American Stage in the Park performance runs through May 14th. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  6. Review: Onstage lunacy makes 'Shakespeare/Abridged' a must-see

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    Okay, so maybe you were turned off by the very thought of a play by William Shakespeare somewhere in your sophomore year of high school, back when you were more attracted by sports or band or the person three rows up in Algebra 1 class than a lecture on Macbeth.

  7. Review: 'Always a Bridesmaid' cast performs with grace and ease

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    Take The Dixie Swim Club, add a dollop of Steel Magnolias (without the sadness), a pinch of The Golden Girls and a smidgen of Sex and the City, and you get the nicely satisfying and enjoyable Always a Bridesmaid, the 2013 comedy playing through April 30 in the Forum at Stage West …

    Always a Bridesmaid runs through Sunday at Stage West Community Playhouse. From left are Sandy Mosley, Sharon Vetter, Elizabeth Lichty and Jeanene MacLean as Charlie. 
  8. In honor of American Stage's 'Hairspray,' 5 shows with the biggest hair

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    What's that smell?

    That's the smell of big hair, baby. Slightly tinny, slightly chemical, somehow soothing to the soul. That's hairspray for you. And that's Hairspray for you.

    Neil Patrick Harris performs in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theater in 2014. [New York Times (2014)]
  9. Stage Planner: Rocktopia at the Straz, Ella Fitzgerald Florida Orchestra tribute, opera 'couples therapy'

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    MIX IT UP: ROCKTOPIA

    Arrangers with a classical flair have loved toying with rock music since the inception of the genre. George Martin's orchestration of Beatles songs (In My Life and Eleanor Rigby) comes to mind. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra released an Elvis album. There are even …

    Rocktopia
  10. American Stage cranks up the volume with 'Hairspray' in the park

    Features

    American Stage is the Park has always been our biggest outdoor theater event. This year, it might also be the loudest.

    Allyson Pace is Tracy; Matthew McGee plays Edna, Tracy’s mother; and Thomas Mothershed is Wilbur, Tracy’s father, in American Stage in the Park’s  production of Hairspray.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]