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Mitchell Broadwater and Katie Davis play title roles in Patel Conservatory’s Beauty and the Beast. Patel Conservatory

The best shows on stage this weekend: Leslie Odom Jr., 'Beauty and the Beast'

MITCHELL BROADWATER At age 18 and standing 6 feet 6, actor Mitchell Broadwater hopes he hasn't outgrown a lot of leading roles. "There are not a lot of parts for that height," the 2017 Countryside High graduate said. There's at least one — Broadwater plays the Beast in the Patel Conservatory's Beauty and the Beast, …

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  1. Equality Florida leader honored at Tampa U2 concert

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    TAMPA — Equality Florida director Nadine Smith couldn't attend last week's U2 concert in Tampa, but she can tell you which of her friends had great seats for the June 14 show at Raymond James Stadium.

    Nadine Smith, Equality Florida founder and CEO, received a unique distinction last week when U2 included her in a montage of photos saluting activism and women leaders.
  2. The best shows on stage this weekend: Leslie Odom Jr., 'Beauty and the Beast'

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    MITCHELL BROADWATER

    At age 18 and standing 6 feet 6, actor Mitchell Broadwater hopes he hasn't outgrown a lot of leading roles.

    Mitchell Broadwater and Katie Davis play title roles in Patel Conservatory’s Beauty and the Beast.
  3. Leslie Odom Jr.: 'Hamilton' was 'the ride of my life,' but today is better

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    TAMPA — For a few moments at the Tony Awards, Leslie Odom Jr. nearly made the world forget that a year had passed. The co-star of Hamilton, who had won for best actor in a musical in June 2016, was back in a duet with fellow winner Cynthia Erivo, belting out New York, New York.

    Leslie Odom Jr. performs at the 2016 US Open.  (Getty Images)
  4. Get ready for Father's Day with some A-plus Dad Jokes

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    Cue the loving groans.

    Our star this week is Tig Notaro, the comedian known for her "bone-dry, low-key observations," as Christopher Spata writes. She performs at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. In a different Straz theater on the same night, Jim Jefferies cracks his brand of …

    Jim Gaffigan and his family attend the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them world premiere at Lincoln Center in New York last year. [Getty Images]
  5. Tampa Repertory's new season full of classic American tales

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    SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW: TAMPA REP

    C. David Frankel is the producing artistic director at Tampa Repertory Theatre, as well as an assistant director for the University of South Florida’s theater program.
  6. Jim Jefferies plays Tampa the same night as Tig Notaro, but the similarities stop there

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    It's a rare night for standup comedy at the Straz Center this Friday, with two, big-name comics taking different stages there at the same time.

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  7. Where can Tig Notaro's comedy go now? Tampa will find out on Friday

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    There's a moment in Tig Notaro's now-legendary 2012 standup set at the Largo in Los Angeles where she considers the perfect absurdity of making an online dating profile.

    Tig Notaro, star and creator of Amazon’s One Mississippi, brings her bone-dry humor to the David A. Straz Jr. Center on Friday.
  8. Review: Tampa Repertory ends its season with well-produced story, 'The Other Place'

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    TAMPA — It's an anxiety most of us dread, if we allow ourselves to think of it at all. What happens when the brain that looks out for the body — and itself — starts to deteriorate?

    Lynne Locher (left) plays researcher Juliana Smithton in Tampa Repertory Theatre's production of The Other Place, by Sharr White. Other cast members include Jon VanMiddlesworth and Lisa VillaMil. Photo by Randy Rosenthal.
  9. Review: Black box setting works well for serious offering at Richey Suncoast Theatre

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    Eleemosynary, the current offering at Richey Suncoast Theatre's intimate black box theater, is tailor-made for those who enjoy serious theater.

    Eleemosynary includes, from left, Heather Clark as no-nonsense Artie, Susan Capicotto Nichols as flamboyant Dorothea and Elizabeth Giordano as withdrawn, but ultimately outgoing Echo.
  10. Intimate, wrenching 'Evan Hansen' takes top honors at Tonys

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    NEW YORK — An intimate, heart-wrenching musical about loneliness, teen angst and suicide in the age of hyperconnectivity capped its unlikely journey to Broadway smash by winning top honors at the Tonys.

     Producer Stacey Mindich and the cast of "Dear Evan Hansen" accept the award for Best Musical onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City.  [Theo Wargo | Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions]