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Motown comes to Otown: 2014-2015 Broadway Series Announced

March 18, 2014
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Motown comes to Otown: 2014-2015 Broadway Series Announced

Orlando’s high-rolling arts supporters — including His Honor Buddy Dyer in a bow tie — showed up at Church Street Station’s spectacular Cheyene Saloon tonight (March 18) to learn the lineup of Broadway series touring musicals that will make up the inagural slate on the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center’s Walt Disney Stage. The...
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YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: on drunken nepotism, dark histories, and dumb DPAC moves

February 19, 2014
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YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: on drunken nepotism, dark histories, and dumb DPAC moves

BECAUSE NEPOTISM MEANS NOTHING IN THE DRUNKEN FLORIDA LEGISLATURE: “Rep. Matt Gaetz recently held himself out as a man who accepts responsibility for his mistakes. He brought up his 2008 DUI arrest during a meeting last week of the House criminal justice committee, which he chairs. The topic: a bill that would keep mug...
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Red Chair Scare: United Arts swallows the Arts and Cultural Alliance, pretends everything is just fine

October 11, 2013
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Red Chair Scare: United Arts swallows the Arts and Cultural Alliance, pretends everything is just fine

Though it’s been rumored for some time, last night the news finally broke in the Orlando Sentinel  that United Arts of Central Florida – under the relatively new leadership of Flora Maria Garcia – was “merging” with the struggling Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida, the group (funded by United Arts) responsible for...
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“A harmonious marriage”: Orlando Philharmonic closes $3.4 million deal to buy Plaza Live

August 7, 2013
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“A harmonious marriage”: Orlando Philharmonic closes $3.4 million deal to buy Plaza Live

In what Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra executive director David Schillhammer called a “harmonious marriage” this morning over a plastic table, it’s now an actual real thing that the Phil has a new headquarters in the slightly worn live music venue (and former movie theater) The Plaza Live on Bumby Avenue. The Phil acquired the building...
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Video: WarHorse’s “Joey” Makes Surprise Appearance at Orlando’s Abbey

March 29, 2013
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On Wednesday night (3/27/13) the Florida Theatrical Association held a party at The Abbey theater to celebrate Fairwinds' 2013-2014 Broadway Across America touring season. The upcoming lineup of plays, which was officially announced last month, includes award-winning hits like Book of Mormon, Once, and Evita. FTA president Ron Legler, DPAC's Kathy Ramsberger, and Orlando...
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The show must go on? Tomorrow, DPAC and Florida Theatrical to announce their agreement.

January 31, 2013
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The show must go on? Tomorrow, DPAC and Florida Theatrical to announce their agreement.

From what we’re hearing through various grapevines of drama, tomorrow is the day that DPAC will announce how it is exactly – or in “circle” fashion – that it’s going to move forward with Florida Theatrical Association in terms of presenting Broadway shows in the new performing arts center. You may be aware that...
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A shot fired across the bow: Florida Theatrical Association launches DPAC plea in the direction of the city and the county

January 7, 2013
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A shot fired across the bow: Florida Theatrical Association launches DPAC plea in the direction of the city and the county

As expected, the Florida Theatrical Association is kicking its New Year off in passionate survival mode, following the December revelation that the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts would officially NOT be using the organization’s 25 years of Broadway experience with the city in the new venue. Sure, there are talks about a...
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Arts vs. Sports! It’s on between DPAC and the Citrus Bowl

June 6, 2012
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Arts vs. Sports! It’s on between DPAC and the Citrus Bowl

We’re not sure what any of this means, but expect big announcements today regarding a renewed focus on funding the $175 million Citrus Bowl renovations that have been way back on the backburner for years. Apparently, according to the rumor mill and this Orlando Sentinel story, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor...
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Bon Voyage, Margot Knight!

September 6, 2011
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Bon Voyage, Margot Knight!

We’re still reeling from this news a little bit, but thought we’d be remiss if we didn’t place something up in our little corner of the internet regarding the impending exit of United Arts of Central Florida president and CEO Margot Knight from the already winded Orlando arts community. You see, Margot has been...
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DPAC is happening! No, it’s not!: A war of words between the county and the city, again

April 13, 2011
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DPAC is happening! No, it’s not!: A war of words between the county and the city, again

Down the wormhole we go! OK, when we last checked in with the questionable fate of the former Pin-Drop Palace™, everything seemed to be coming up roses. A brand new nonprofit had appeared out of thin air – or the bought-and-sold concerns of the region that actually deal in magic, the Orlando Magic and...
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