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Video: Orlando says farewell to Ron Legler and Andy Springer

April 10, 2014
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Video: Orlando says farewell to Ron Legler and Andy Springer

In the current issue (4/9/2014) of Orlando Weekly, you’ll find a mention in my Culture 2 Go column of a party held earlier in April at The Abbey. There, Orlando’s arts supporters bade farewell to Florida Theatrical Association president Ron Legler and his partner Andrew Springer, who are departing for Baltimore, where Legler will run...
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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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Video: War Horse cast Q&A with Joey the Horse at Bob Carr

February 26, 2014
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The Tony- and Oliver-Awards winning play War Horse charged into Orlando's Bob Carr last night, and to say I had high expectations would be an understatement, considering that the show's equine star made my 2013 best-of list simply for his brief surpise appearance at FTA/Broadway Across America's season announcement party. Luckily, this touring company...
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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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Theatre Review: Norbert Leo Butz Memory & Mayhem: Unplugged at The Abbey

January 16, 2014
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Theatre Review: Norbert Leo Butz Memory & Mayhem: Unplugged at The Abbey

“I like to talk, sorry. We’re going to be here all night,” laughed Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz during another riotously rambling between-song story. Juduging by the approving laughter from The Abbey’s audience at Wednesday’s Orlando debut of Memory & Mayhem: Unplugged, that would have been just fine with them. As it was, Butz...
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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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Photo Gallery: RAW presents Mixology at The Abbey

July 15, 2012
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Photo Gallery: RAW presents Mixology at The Abbey

Last Thursday night (July 12) the recently-formed Orlando chapter of RAW: natural born artists staged “Mixology,” their inaugural event at The Abbey. RAW is an international independent arts organization “created by artists, for artists” with affiliates in over 65 locations nationwide and in Australia. For their local debut, RAW presented a mix of visual...
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Video: Fairwinds Broadway Across America 2012/2013 Season Announcement

February 14, 2012
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Video: Fairwinds Broadway Across America 2012/2013 Season Announcement

Tonight, the hit musical Billy Elliot opens at the Bob Carr as one of the centerpieces of the current 2011/2012 Fairwinds Broadway Across America season. There are still several shows left before the season ends, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start looking for ward to 2012/2013. At downtown’s Abbey Theater last...
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Theatre Review: The Addams Family

November 2, 2011
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Theatre Review: The Addams Family

You spend your life trying to build a loving, stable home for your offspring. Then one day your adolescent announces that they’ve found the love of their life, and are bringing them and their parents home for dinner. But instead of basking in the parental genius that got them to this point, your brat...
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