Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Publishers Clearing House fortune behind 2 Sarasota Ballet venues by Jay Handelman

A look at the connection between the Joyce Theatre in New York, where the Sarasota Ballet is performing an all-Ashton program, and the company's home at the Mertz Theatre in Sarasota. ... Re…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

School to offer leave to teacher By PATRINA A. BOSTIC

Instructor who bares self in "Full Monty" will get a chance to discuss his role

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Show celebrates Ginger, but also reveals dark side By Jay Handelman

Audiences are sure to have fun watching "Backwards in High Heels," but a bit more drama could turn that fun into something even more joyous.

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Director made theater 'his life' By Mark Zaloudek

At 39, he received the Drama Desk Award for directing and choreographing "Dames at Sea" off Broadway in 1968, starring a promising young talent named Bernadette Peters.

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Reality colors theater fantasy, by Jay Handelman

Headlines and news developments constantly change our perspective and alter how we react to the entertainment we choose. That was true last weekend during the concerts that James Barbour presented as a benefit for the Asolo Repertory Theatre, where he starred last fall in the new musical A Tale of Two Cities.

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Sarasota actress gets Broadway call By JAY HANDELMAN

Teresa Stanley is seeing purple.

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A tribute to a man and his musicals By Jay Handelman

You could probably write a story about Stephen Schwartz's Broadway and Hollywood musicals simply by using titles and lyrics from his songs.

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Events take on Broadway tone by Jay Handelman

This holiday season is taking on a Broadway tone in Sarasota with two concerts featuring a host of Broadway veterans.

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He's simply being Groucho By JAY HANDELMAN

When he was a child, Frank Ferrante remembers dressing up as Groucho Marx one year for Halloween. He had no idea at the time that it would become a familiar disguise.

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Ethicists divided over teacher By PATRINA A. BOSTIC

'Full Monty' star says he doesn't expect school to force him out

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Ginger was much more than a dancer By CHRIS ANGERMANN

In the musical, "Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical" at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, co-creators Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern examine Rogers' public and private life fr…

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From hot flash to 'Menopause, the Musical' By Jay Handelman

Jeanie Linders had no idea what she was launching when she came up with the idea for "Menopause, the Musical."

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'Tale' needs more magic on Broadway By Jay Handelman

What seemed so impressive and in some ways spectacular about "A Tale of Two Cities" in Sarasota comes off as more down to earth on Broadway.

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'My Fair Lady' grows up By JAY HANDELMAN

For millions of movie fans, Sally Ann Howes will always be Truly Scrumptious, the sweetheart of Dick Van Dyke's Caractacus Potts in the 1968 film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

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Restyled 'Hair' proves divisive in rocky run at Players By Jay Handelman

A week into the 10-day run, the Players Theatre received a cease-and-desist letter from Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc., the company that licensed the show for its production (March 27-April…

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Asolo Rep benefits as last fall's hit show debuts on Broadway By Jay Handelman

The $16 million musical "A Tale of Two Cities" took Sarasota by storm last fall, and now its creators hope that the musical telling of the Charles Dickens stories wins an even larger audienc…

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