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28 The Beach Boys and Tom Jones

18 Joe Bonamassa 32 The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center with Sachal Vasandani

FEATURED PRESENTATION 36 PechaKucha Nights

FEATURED SERIES 42 Morgan Stanley Moments at Dr. Phillips Center 72 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™

IN EVERY ISSUE

CLOSER LOOKS EDUCATION 50 This summer, young actors, singers and musicians can sharpen their skills and pursue their dreams. SPECIAL REPORT: ON THE RISE 56 Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room will complete the arts center’s downtown campus. BACKSTAGE 63 As the arts center celebrates five seasons, team members recall special moments and memories. Plus, a look back at recent shows and events.

4 From the President 6 Hot Tickets 80 Directors, Donors and Members ON THE COVER: Joe Bonamassa, photo by Marty Moffatt

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

SO MUCH TO

CELEBRATE Friends,

On behalf of all our colleagues, we wish you the very best in 2019. This is a very special year for us as we celebrate our five-year anniversary. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors on November 6, 2014. Since then, we’ve hosted thousands of performances; welcomed more than 2 million guests; served more than 555,000 students; raised nearly $180 million in philanthropy; and launched major new initiatives. And we couldn’t have done this without you. Thanks to your support, what was once a dream for our community has come to life. Our five-year anniversary offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect as well as to look ahead. In this issue of artsLife, we invite you to meet some of our longtime colleagues who’ll share some of their most memorable moments and how they’re making an impact. In addition, we’re excited to share an update with you on Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room, which will open next year. There’s so much to celebrate … here in our community and certainly here at Dr. Phillips Center. Thank you for being part of our journey. Best,

Katherine Ramsberger President & CEO

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HOT TICKETS Upcoming performances offer something for everyone. CAROL BURNETT: AN EVENING OF LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION

Monday, February 18, 2019  I  7:30 p.m. Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $69.25

JO KOY

Friday, February 15  I  8 p.m. Bob Carr Theater  I  Tickets start at $45.25 VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE Plenty of comedians performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but very few earned standing ovations from the studio audience. Jo Koy, though, had everyone on their feet in Burbank during a memorable 2005 appearance on Leno’s late-night talkfest. Koy gets standing ovations pretty much everywhere he appears these days with a routine punctuated by explosive rants, often about his family. “I’m half Filipino and half white,” he says. “That means my dad was in the military. Other people were fighting for their country; my dad was dating. I’m his Purple Heart.” Koy can be heard weekly as a guest on the popular podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, and appeared on more than 140 episodes of E!’s Chelsea Lately as part of the roundtable segment. He has done two stand-up specials for Comedy Central, while Jo Koy: Live from Seattle was released last year on Netflix. Another Netflix special, this one filmed in Honolulu, is coming up. 6

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“I’m so glad we had this time together,” sang Carol Burnett as each episode of The Carol Burnett Show drew to a close. Burnett, a beloved entertainment industry icon, has won 25 Emmys, the Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Now she’s traversing the country, reflecting on her career and taking unscripted questions from fans, just as she famously did during her show’s run from 1967 to 1978. “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” says Burnett. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do — so it keeps me on my toes.”


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Tuesday, February 19  I  7:30 p.m.  I  Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.50 GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew out of Blues Suite, an emotionally intense modern dance staged in 1958 by an African-American troupe. The performance, an instant success, defined choreographer Alvin Ailey’s style and, ultimately, revolutionized the art form. Ailey, who would go on to create 79 works for his dancers, received the Kennedy Center Honor in 1988 and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. The Ailey company has performed for an estimated 25 million people in 48 states and 71 countries. The troupe’s success would have pleased its founder, who drew upon “blood memories” of his native Texas — along with blues, spirituals and gospel music — for inspiration.

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Friday, March 1  I  8 p.m. Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $49.50

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OK, admit it. You’ve teared up when those ASPCA commercials come on TV with Sarah McLachlan singing “Angel” as pictures of abused and neglected animals appear on the screen. Who hasn’t? That heart-rending commercial has raised more than $30 million for the organization since it began airing in 2006. But if “Angel” is the only McLachlan song you’ve heard, then you haven’t been listening. The Canadian singer, who organized the all-female Lilith Fair tour in the late 1990s, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and has earned three Grammy Awards. McLachlan, known for her mournful power ballads, is involved in numerous good causes, including her own Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides music instruction at no cost for at-risk and underserved children and youth in Vancouver and Edmonton, Alberta. In 2014 McLachlan released her seventh studio album, Shine On, for which she received a Juno Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.

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DEEPAK CHOPRA

Friday, March 22  I  7:30 p.m. Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $45 VIP PACKAGES, GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE When you change how you view reality, your reality changes. And when you know who you are, you’ll be able to make your dreams come true. That’s according to Deepak Chopra, whom Time magazine once dubbed “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” The influential author of 86 books — a pop culture icon with legions of celebrity adherents — has inspired millions to seek higher levels of consciousness and to tap the power within themselves through an amalgamation of science and spirituality. Chopra’s talk is called The Nature of Reality: Power of Intention and Manifesting Your Dreams.

MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS Saturday, March 9  I  2 and 8 p.m. Bob Carr Theater  I  Tickets start at $25

Can’t get to The Big Easy for Mardi Gras? The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has got you covered with Mardi Gras in New Orleans, featuring guest conductor Byron Stripling. A powerhouse trumpeter and a featured soloist with major orchestras around the world, Stripling will serve up a gumbo of hot, steamy jazz from such New Orleans icons as Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson and Louis Armstrong. The Atlanta native, who made his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, went on to perform with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has toured and recorded with the biggest names in jazz, including Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and many more. 12

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Tony Bennett, circa 1950.

TONY BENNETT

Saturday, March 23  I  8 p.m.  I  Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $55 To see Tony Bennett in concert is to see the Great American Songbook performed by a guy who was around when much of it was written. The list of obligatory standards delivered at a typical show is astounding: “Just in Time,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” “I Got Rhythm,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “For Once in My Life” and, of course, his signature “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Despite being a historic figure, the 92-year-old Bennett is no museum piece. The Kennedy Center Honoree and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awardwinner — who has been visiting the arts center on an annual basis in recent years — continues to win over young fans who recognize genuine hipness when they see it. His 2014 collaboration with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Bennett can still turn a concert hall into an intimate piano bar. And he still delights in stepping away from the microphone to belt “Fly Me to the Moon” to the cheap seats — without amplification.

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KYLE CEASE: EVOLVING OUT LOUD Friday, March 29  I  8 p.m. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.99 GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE

How about this for a resumé: author, actor, comedian and motivational speaker. Kyle Cease is all that, rolled into one energetic package. His fiery Evolving Out Loud events marry comedy and personal transformation in a way that helps audiences learn to release anxieties and seize opportunities. Cease’s worldview is spelled out in his 2017 autobiography, I Hope I Screw This Up: How Falling in Love with Your Fears Can Change the World, which was a New York Times bestseller. Before becoming a quirky self-help icon, Cease was a stand-up comedy road warrior for 25 years, notching several Comedy Central specials and a slew of appearances on late-night talk shows and cameos in feature films.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE

Sunday, March 31  I  7:30 p.m. Bob Carr Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.50 VIP PACKAGES, GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE “Come on down! You’re the next contestant on The Price Is Right!” Those are among the most iconic words in TV game-show history — and it’s no wonder. The Price Is Right, in one form or another, has been on the air for more than 60 years, with Bill Cullen as the original host followed by Bob Barker and now Drew Carey. A touring version of the show, The Price Is Right Live, features a different (and as yet unannounced) celebrity host. Otherwise, though, it’s the same as the rowdy TV version with games such as Plinko, Cliffhangers and, of course, The Big Wheel. It’s fun just to sit in the audience — but if you want an opportunity to “come on down,” you need to register in advance at the venue beginning three hours before showtime. Visit priceisrightlive.com for eligibility requirements and rules.

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ARCADIAN BROAD’S WONDERLAND: MAD TALES OF THE HATTER! April 26–28  I  Showtimes vary Walt Disney Theater Tickets start at $19 GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE

Arcadian Broad, the Orlando Ballet’s artist in residence.

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Not many ballet dancers have national fan bases. But Arcadian Broad, artist in residence at Orlando Ballet, was a semifinalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2009, when he was just 13, and last year wowed the judges on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance before having to withdraw from the competition because it conflicted with Arcadian Broad’s Wonderland: Mad Tales of The Hatter! Broad conceptualized, composed and choreographed the ballet, in which he also dances the lead role. The Titusville native has proven himself as a triple threat before, in 2016, when Orlando Ballet staged Arcadian Broad’s Beauty and the Beast, his first full length production.


JESSIE JAMES DECKER

Sunday, May 12  I  8 p.m. Bob Carr Theater  I  Tickets start at $29.50 VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE Jessie James Decker is a tough-sounding name. But the sweet-natured countrypop singer, whose sophomore release Southern Girl, City Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, says that “being a mommy is the toughest job of all.” Decker, a crossover artist who admires Bobbie Gentry and Shania Twain, has even created a fashion line dubbed Kittenish, which she says was inspired by her personal style. Her chatty new book, Just Jessie: My Guide to Love, Life and Food, was a New York Times bestseller. However, Decker may be best known for the E! reality TV show Eric and Jesse: Game On, which chronicles her life with former NFL wide receiver Eric Decker as they pursue their careers and raise two small children. SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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MANY SHADES OF THE

BLUES VERSATILE JOE BONAMASSA MAKES HIS GUITAR SING, SHOUT AND SOB.

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oe Bonamassa isn’t looking for redemption. But his fans are looking for — and finding — Redemption, the Texasborn bluesman’s most recent album and his 21st to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Bonamassa — a guitar virtuoso who at age 12 opened for the legendary B.B. King — brings his singular skills and his assortment of Gibson guitars to the Walt Disney Theater on Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23. Showtime both nights is at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $85 It’s a return engagement for Bonamassa — he sold out the same venue in 2015 — who seemingly gets more popular each year despite a dearth of radio airplay. Few commercial stations these days are interested in hard-core blues. But Bonamassa isn’t that easy to pigeonhole. He’s also plays guitar with the hardrock supergroup Black Country Communion (which he co-founded with Deep Purple alumni Glenn Hughes) and the jazz-funk collective Rock Candy Funk Party (which was co-founded by veteran L.A. session musician Ron DeJesus and Bonamassa’s drummer Tal Bergman). Heck, Bonamassa even debuted last year 18

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as a guest artist on the Grand Ole Opry. He later did a “Country Meets Blues” concert at the storied Ryman Auditorium during which he saluted country pioneers such as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. It’s no wonder, then, that Bonamassa’s fans don’t worry much about labels. They just sit back and enjoy the musicianship of an artist who, at age 41, is already firmly established among the pantheon of popular music’s guitar gods. Even Bonamassa’s blues influences aren’t necessarily who you’d expect them to be. There’s King, of course, as well as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. But he was particularly impacted by English blues musicians, such as Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. The English rock band Jethro Tull was likewise a major influence on Bonamassa. His first solo album, 2000’s A New Day Yesterday, was named for his cover of Tull’s 1969 recording of the song. Today, as Bonamassa approaches his 28th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze his own musical trail. Although he doesn’t have (or need) hit singles, he does have two Grammy nominations: for Live at the Greek Theater, a 2016 tribute to


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Joe Bonamassa — a guitar virtuoso who at age 12 opened for the legendary B.B. King — is most associated with the blues, but blazes his own musical trail.

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Bonamassa’s most recent album, Redemption (above), has been hailed by critics as his best ever. An aficionado of fine guitars, Bonamassa’s name adorns a Limited Edition Les Paul Goldtop Outfit by Epiphone (left). In addition to performing, Bonamassa founded the not-for-profit Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation (facing page) to promote the blues and fund music scholarships.

blues legends Freddie King, Albert King and B.B. King; and SeeSaw, a 2013 duet collection with frequent collaborator Beth Hart. Last year, Bonamassa and Hart — an L.A.-based blues belter — released another duet album, Black Coffee. Bonamassa was named “Best Blues Guitarist” for five consecutive years by Guitar Player magazine. In addition, he earned the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award as “Best Overall Guitarist.” He has played most of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Greek Theater, Radio City Music Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Red Rocks Amphitheater. On his current tour, Bonamassa is performing a set of guaranteed crowd-pleasers backed by Reese Wynans (keyboards) Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass),

In F A C T Bonamassa’s father, conveniently a guitar dealer and an aficionado of jazz and blues, instilled in his son an appreciation for vintage guitars. Now a serious collector, Bonamassa’s 100-plus guitars — including a rare Sunburst-finished 1955 Telecaster — are collected in what he calls the “Bonaseum” at his home in Laurel Canyon, California.

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Lee Thornburg (trumpet), Paulie Cerra (sax} and Jade MacRae and Mahalia Barnes (vocalists). Also expect to hear new songs from Redemption, which critics are lauding as Bonamassa’s best album in years. Among Redemption’s most interesting tracks — both of which he has been performing live lately — are “Self-Inflicted Wounds,” a mournful ballad that Bonamassa touts as one of his favorite self-written songs, and “Evil Mama,” an up-tempo rocker with a drum intro that pays homage to Led Zeppelin. In addition to his performing and recording career, Bonamassa founded the notfor-profit Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues, fund music scholarships and supplement diminishing funds for music education in public schools.  — Randy Noles

GET YOUR TICKETS EVENT: Joe Bonamassa DATE/TIME: Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, 8 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The rock-blues guitar virtuoso is touring behind his most recent album, Redemption. He appeared at the Walt Disney Theater in 2015 with a show that leaned heavily on acoustic material — but expect this performance to be supercharged. TICKETS: Prices start at $85 844.513.2014 • drphillipscenter.org

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Sarah Brightman’s musical goal, she says, is to create “a feeling of hope and light, something that’s familiar and secure.”


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A VOICE THAT’S OUT OF THIS

WORLD SUPERSTAR SARAH BRIGHTMAN STILL LONGS FOR A SPACE STATION GIG.

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erhaps you’re such a devout Sarah Brightman fan that you can’t help but wonder if she isn’t really an angel who has ascended from the heavens just to sing for us. Perhaps you’re closer to the truth than you know. Four years ago, the classical-crossover soprano, who originated the role of Christine Daaé in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, was prepping for an out-of-this-world gig aboard the International Space Station. An astronomy devotee, Brightman had been training near Moscow for a visit to the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. From orbit, she planned to serenade earthlings with a song selected by Lloyd Webber, her former husband. The voyage, though, was cancelled due to unspecified family concerns. Brightman — who still hopes to experience space flight — resumed a more grounded schedule that included concerts in venues where the laws of gravity still applied. She also released her first new album in five years: Hymn, a spiritually themed collection featuring big-bodied, choral-based songs that were recorded over the past two years in Hamburg, Miami, London, Vancou-

ver, Los Angeles, New York and Budapest. Brightman touches down at the Walt Disney Theater with Hymn: The Tour on Thursday, February 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $54.25, with VIP packages starting at $300. Everyone who buys tickets online will receive a CD of Hymn, which has topped the Billboard Classical and Classical Crossover charts. “When I think of the word ‘hymn,’ it reminds me of something that’s very joyous, that has a very positive feeling,” says Brightman, whose lavish tour will include landings on five continents. “And that’s important for us as artists, being joyful. And that’s what music should be doing — bringing joy.” Brightman’s soaring vocals — supported by a choir and orchestra — will undoubtedly bring joy and raise goosebumps at the same time. Her goal, she says, is to create “a feeling of hope and light, something that’s familiar and secure — and I hope that sentiment resonates through the music.” You may have gotten a taste of what’s in store last November on WUCF-TV, Central Florida’s PBS affiliate. Hymn: The Concert was filmed at the Festspielhaus in the Bavarian Alps and shown in theaters and on PBS stations nationwide. Credited as a pioneer of the classicalSPRING 2019 | artsLife

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Hymn: The Concert (above) was filmed at the Festspielhaus in the Bavarian Alps and shown in theaters and on PBS stations nationwide. “Time to Say Goodbye” (“Con Te Partirò”) an international hit that Brightman recorded with Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli in 1996, reappears on the album Hymn (below) as an English-language solo track.

crossover movement — sometimes called “popera” — Brightman has enjoyed success in dance, disco and musical theater. Renowned for her three-octave range, she has sold more than 30 million records and 2 million DVDs worldwide. Brightman was born and raised in a region of both immense historical significance and comforting charm: a quiet village near Berkhamsted, England, 26 miles northwest of London. (Anglophiles will remember that Berkhamsted was where, in 1066, the Anglo-Saxons surrendered to William the Conqueror’s army after being defeated at the momentous Battle of Hastings.) She began taking dance and piano classes at age 3, making her on-stage debut at 26

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London’s Piccadilly Theatre at age 13. She was a singer and dancer with the U.K. disco group Hot Gossip before landing the role of Jemima in the West End production of Lloyd Webber’s Cats in 1981. After a year in Cats, Brightman appeared in The Pirates of Penzance, Masquerade and the children’s opera Nightingale. Brightman and Lloyd Webber were married in 1984, after which Brightman got her careermaking role — one written specifically for her — in Phantom. The couple divorced in 1990, but Brightman went on to ever greater heights as a recording and concert artist. In 1996 she and Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli enjoyed an international hit with “Time to Say Goodbye” (“Con Te Partirò”). The wistful love song has been rewritten and reprised as an English-language solo selection in Hymn. The album’s title song was originally recorded in the 1970s by Barclay James Harvest, a British progressive rock band. It has been interpreted as religious but was intended to be a warning about the dangers of drug abuse, according to composer John Lees. In any case, Brightman says she loved “Hymn” when she first heard it — but was only recently drawn to it as a singer: “I’m really looking forward to letting it go and having its wings for everyone to hear.” Brightman’s albums contain material ranging from opera arias to pop ballads — she cites David Bowie and Pink Floyd among her major musical influences — and even lesserknown musical theater works from such composers as Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim. She has headlined numerous PBS specials and staged concerts at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia. She has also performed at such high-profile events as the 2007 Concert for Diana, the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Music may be a universal language, metaphorically speaking. But in Brightman’s case it’s literally true — she sings in English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Italian, Russian, Hindi, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. One of Brightman’s biggest successes as a solo recording artist was 2013’s Dreamchaser, a space-themed collection that sent critics thumbing through thesauruses for new superlatives. The Daily Express  in London, for example, called Dreamchaser “an almost surreal, often heartbreaking record that is stirringly epic.” The album presaged Brightman’s cosmonaut training, which reflected her lifelong interest in science and her passion for inspiring young women to close the gender gap in STEM fields. In 2012 she formed the Brightman STEM Scholarship Program in partnership with Virgin Atlantic.  — Michael McLeod with Randy Noles

GET YOUR TICKETS EVENT: Sarah Brightman DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 21, 8 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The internationally acclaimed classical-crossover artist — who originated the role of Christine Daaé in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera — will showcase songs from Hymn, her new album. Online ticket buyers will receive a CD of the new compilation. TICKETS: Prices start at $54.25. VIP packages available. 844.513.2014 • drphillipscenter.org

In F A C T In 2012, Brightman was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace for her “commitment to humanitarian and charitable causes; her contribution, throughout her artistic career, to the promotion of cultural dialogue and the exchanges among cultures; and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the organization.”

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The Beach Boys have gone through several configurations over the decades, but the touring band, led by original Beach Boy Mike Love (seated, center), delivers a hit-packed show that’s still as fun, fun, fun as ever. Bruce Johnson (seated, alongside Love) joined the band in 1965.

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In addition to touring with the Beach Boys, Love has recently written an autobiography and recorded a solo album. You’ll get a free digital download of the album, Unleash the Love, if you buy your tickets online.

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Saturday, March 2 I 8 p.m. Walt Disney Theater Tickets start at $39.50 844. 513.2014 I drphillipscenter.org GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE Round, round, get around, they get around. Mike Love — who co-founded the Beach Boys some 57 years ago — is about to turn 78. But when he’s onstage belting out the band’s timeless tunes, the decades seem to recede like an ebbing tide. After “Surfin’” charted in 1961, the Beach Boys churned out dozens of feel-good hits, including a string in the 1960s that included “Surfin’ USA,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” The soundtrack of a generation? Absolutely, even for people who never surfed and never visited California. Today’s Beach Boys include Love — a 2019 nominee for the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame — and keyboardist Bruce Johnston, who joined the band in 1965. The A-list ensemble also includes guitarist Jeff Foskett, who has toured off and on as a Beach Boy since 1981. Founded in Hawthorne, California, in 1961, the Beach Boys were originally comprised of three teenage Wilson brothers — Brian, Carl and Dennis — along with Love (their cousin) and friends Al Jardine and David Marks. The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in 1962 and soon established themselves as America’s answer to the Beatles. The subsequent splintering of the group has been the subject of books — including a recent one 30

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written by Love — and movies. In 1988, Love, Jardine, and Carl and Brian Wilson appeared onstage together when the Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They even reunited for a brief tour in 2012 before calling it quits and reaching an agreement with Love to lead a touring band. Through it all, the music has endured. And it’s just as fun, fun, fun as it ever was. Love — a longtime adherent of transcendental meditation and a crusader for environmental causes — has made sure of that. He and the reconfigured Beach Boys play more than 150 shows a year. Wouldn’t it be nice if you got a free digital download of Love’s new double album, Unleash the Love? You can, if you buy your tickets online. The album features 13 new songs and 14 re-recordings of Beach Boys hits.

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Wednesday, May 8 I 8 p.m. Walt Disney Theater Tickets start at $49.50 844. 513.2014 I drphillipscenter.org It’s not unusual to be a Tom Jones fan. Jones, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006, became a sexy sensation in the U.S. through This Is Tom Jones, his ABC TV series that ran from 1969 to 1971. Jones’s hipswiveling dance moves and throaty baritone — suited for every musical style from ballads to blues — made him irresistible. Especially, it seems, to women. Jones enjoyed hearing his female fans squeal and shout because it reminded him of the way a previous generation of teeny-boppers had reacted to Elvis Presley. Which was fine with Jones, who idolized Elvis and hung out with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll when both were performing in Las Vegas. But the whole sex-symbol shtick shouldn’t obscure the fact that Jones was — and, at age 78, remains — a towering vocal talent. Among his 19 Top 40 hits are “It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah” “What’s New Pussycat” and “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” The latter


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The 1960s sex-symbol shtick shouldn’t obscure the fact that Jones was — and, at age 78, remains — a towering vocal talent. His most recent album, Long Lost Suitcase (left) is earning him some of the best reviews of his career.

three were all released in 1967. Although Jones remained a solid concert draw, the hits had dried up by the 1980s. Then, in 1988 he recorded “Kiss” with the U.K. synth group Art of Noise. Suddenly Jones — who feared he was en route to becoming an oldies act at age 48 — had a video in heavy rotation on VH1 and MTV. The dance-club crowd latched on to “If Only I Knew,” a rowdy rap-infused single from Jones’ 1994 album The Lead and How to Swing It. The accompanying video features a twentysomething slacker watching Jones on TV while walking a pack of dogs via a remotecontrol device and a seemingly endless zipline. You’d have to see it to understand it. In 1999 Jones released Reload, a collection of cover duets with the Cardigans,

Natalie Imbruglia, Cerys Matthews, Van Morrison, Mousse T., Portishead, Stereophonics and Robbie Williams. The album sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. But Jones wasn’t content to rest on his musical laurels. His more recent recordings, in fact, are garnering some of the best reviews of his career. In 2015 he released Long Lost Suitcase, the third in a critically acclaimed trilogy following Praise & Blame (2010) and Spirit In The Room (2012). Eclectic as always, on Long Lost Suitcase Jones covers songs by Willie Nelson (“Opportunity to Cry”), Hank Williams (“Why Don’t You Love Me Like You Used to Do?”), Gillian Welch (“Elvis Presley Blues”) and the Rolling Stones (“Factory Girl”). The album’s song titles do double duty as chapter titles in Jones’s autobiography, Over the Top and Back, which was also released in 2015. The native of South Wales — the son of a coal miner — has worked with the likes of Wyclef Jean, Van Morrison and Jack White. Animated versions of Jones have appeared in The Simpsons, Duck Dodgers and The Emperor’s New Groove, while tribute artists in casinos and on cruise ships try — and usually fail — to replicate his act. But why settle for an imitation when you can still see the real deal?  SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center has prepared a special valentine for its fans: Jazz for Lovers: Nat King Cole at 100 Featuring Sachal Vasandani. A Chicago native, Vasandani (above right) is a critically acclaimed jazz vocalist whose smooth style will do justice to the songs of Cole (above left), whose timeless hits are truly “unforgettable.”

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he name has been tweaked a bit: It’s now called The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center. But its twin missions — to educate and entertain — still provide the underpinning for the arts center’s in-house ensemble, under the artistic direction of internationally renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker. The 19-piece orchestra, which has played to full houses since it was launched in 2017, has prepared a special valentine for its fans: Jazz for Lovers: Nat King Cole at 100 Featuring Sachal Vasandani. Jazz for Lovers will fill the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater over Valentine’s Day weekend with three shows: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 14, 15 and 16. Shows begin at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $39.50. The legendary Cole needs no introduction. The velvet-voiced jazz pianist, who died of lung cancer at age 45, is remembered for such hits as “Nature Boy,” “Too Young,” “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons,” “Ramblin’ Rose” “Unforgettable,” “Smile,” and, of course, “Mona Lisa.” During his career, Cole charted more than 100 singles. Crooner Sachal Vasandani, known professionally as Sachal, is in demand as a solo artist and a collaborator with the biggest names in jazz. His most recent album, 2015’s Slow Motion Miracles, was described by Jazzwise as “profoundly beautiful … with wide-eyed wonder that subtly threads its sway through much of the album.” SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center offers programs that really swing while educating audiences about a musical genre that’s unique to the United States.

Vasandani has performed the Cole centennial tribute at an array of prestigious venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, a partner with the arts center’s own jazz initiative. In addition to performing, Vasandani serves as the coordinator of jazz vocal studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. Expect another show from the jazz orchestra in the spring — the date and the venue hadn’t been set at press time — with more to follow. In the meantime, Whitaker and his orchestra will present 6th and Jazz: Let Freedom Ring February 11–15 at the Bob Carr Theater. During the series, thousands of Orange and Osceola county sixth-graders will be transported to the venue to hear compositions by jazz artists who were active in the civil rights movement — and to learn how music can send cultural or political messages. Coming up shortly thereafter is the Essentially Ellington Regional High School Jazz Band Festival on March 3. Then Whitaker will again lead Jazz Music Intensive Week July 8–12 as part of the arts center’s assortment of summer educational programs (see page 56). “Things are going great,” says Whitaker, who also records for Detroit-based Mack

Avenue and is a distinguished professor of jazz bass and director of jazz studies at Michigan State University’s College of Music. “We’re selling out shows and we’re bringing in new audiences. And the band gets better with every performance.” 

GET YOUR TICKETS EVENT: Jazz for Lovers: Nat King Cole at 100 Featuring Sachal Vasandani DATE/TIME: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 14, 15, 16; 8 p.m. VENUE: Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater NOTES: The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center, with guest vocalist Sachal Vasandani, celebrates the music of Nat King Cole, the “unforgettable” jazz pianist and velvet-voiced crooner whose hits include some of the best-loved songs in popular music. TICKETS: Prices start at $39.50 844.513.2014 • drphillipscenter.org

In F A C T In 1956, Nat King Cole became the first African-American to headline his own network TV variety show. But, because NBC couldn’t secure a national sponsor, it lasted only one season. Guest artists during the show’s brief but memorable run included Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Frankie Laine, Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé.

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he idea behind PechaKucha Nights seems simple enough. Speakers show 20 slides — each of which remains onscreen for precisely 20 seconds — while sharing their stories. But sometimes the simplest things can also be the most profound. PechaKucha (pronounced “pe-CHA-kuCHA”) combines the technology of PowerPoint with the entertainment and educational punch of TED Talks to create an entirely new and unexpected experience. That’s why PechaKucha Nights in Orlando have grown from a handful of participants in a seedy nightspot to multinight sellouts in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. And that’s why PechaKucha Nights are now held in more than 1,000 cities around the world. “I brought PechaKucha to Orlando because I thought it would be the best way to meet the coolest people in town,” says Eddie Selover, a communications professional and life coach who saw his first PechaKucha event in Tampa. “And I wanted to highlight the real Central Florida — not just the perception people have of it.” The most recent PechaKucha Night was held in November, with two shows at the arts center. The first 2019 event is Saturday, February 23, at 6 and 9 p.m. Subsequent PechaKucha Nights are slated for Saturday, June 29, and Saturday, November 9, also at 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets are priced at $23. “The presentations run automatically, and the challenge for speakers is to tell their stories in perfect sync with the visuals — and briefly,” says Selover, whose public-speaking skills have been honed by years of public speaking and coaching 38

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speakers. “Putting the presentations on autoforward helps speakers clear their heads, focus and say things succinctly.” And these aren’t just any speakers. Not all are well-known — although local celebrities often appear on the roster — but all possess special knowledge or are passionate about compelling topics. As a result, presentations range from hilarious to heartbreaking, and encompass everything from the travails of a theme-park mermaid to the untold history of lynching in Orlando. Many other presentations are emotional and inspirational tales of overcoming adversity. Activists, advocates, artists, politicians, entrepreneurs, media personalities and ordinary people who’ve had extraordinary experiences stand center stage, alone before a large screen, speaking their truths and baring their souls as audience members cry, cheer, gasp, grin and guffaw. “There’s inherent drama in watching PechaKucha Night,” Selover says. “The people are hyper-focused on the speakers, while also


pulling for them. It can be a very intense evening — but also a very healing one.” The most recent PechaKucha Night — the 24th since Selover held the inaugural event in 2010 — included local radio hosts Michael Clark and Nick Georgoudiou as well as Gina Duncan, director of transgender equality for the Equality Institute of Florida; and Terry Olson, chief “arts instigator” for the City of Orlando. Also on the program were Ashley Renee, founder of Sweet Utopian Mylk Bar; Lisa Portelli, executive director of Bike Walk Central Florida; Karla Radka, chief operating officer of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida; and Sam Tarell, founder of Hoop Brothers, a company that helps place high-school athletes with colleges. Speakers for the February PechaKucha Night include, among others, Matthew Peddie, assistant news director of WMFE FM-90; Scott Mann, founder and CEO of Highforge; Cynthia Alice Anderson, senior minister at Christ Church Unity; and Thali Sugisawa, executive management assistant at Orange

Among the speakers at last November’s PechaKucha Night were (top row, left to right) Susan Lily, Jack Graham, Ashley Renee and Michael Clark; (bottom row, left to right) Gina Leigh Duncan, Terry Olson and Lisa Portelli. Topics ranged from transgender equality to bicycle marathoning.

County Arts & Cultural Affairs and a planner of the region’s annual FusionFest celebration. As is always the case at PechaKucha Nights, topics presented by the speakers might or might not be related directly to their professions. Peddie, for example, plans to explain the game of cricket. PechaKucha Night speakers for November hadn’t been announced at press time. But it hardly matters, since the whole idea is to meet intriguing people — not necessarily famous ones — who have something important to say. Audiences buy into the experience, says Selover, regardless of who’s presenting. “It’s kind of like watching the Olympics,” he says, noting that it’s extremely difficult to SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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speak effectively while being cognizant of the fact that the visual will change automatically. You can’t talk too fast — or too slow — or you’ll get out of sync. It’s a sort of verbal highwire act that can go awry if you aren’t prepared. “But the audience is on the presenter’s side,” says Selover. “The only rule about content is that it be totally noncommercial. Nobody is selling anything.” PechaKucha — a Japanese term for chatter or chitchat — originated in 2003, the brainchild of Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein Dytham architecture. The talks were, at first, about architecture and design. Soon, though, speakers on more general topics were added and the events became more popular. As social media exploded, the concept spread worldwide. PechaKucha remains a registered tradename of Klein Dytham, but local PechaKuchas — like the one in Orlando — are operated as not-for-profits through a “handshake” agreement with Klein Dytham. “The first year we had about 30 paying customers and all sorts of AV problems, but the format saved the day,” recalls Selover, who came to Orlando in 2002 after being raised in Los Angeles and working in New York City. “Somehow the limitations of the format somehow bring out the best people have to offer.” Selover thinks the event really came of age in 2016, in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, when 49 people were massacred by a lone gunman. “An event was coming up and I wondered what to do,” recalls Selover. PechaKucha Night in the aftermath of the massacre was more topical than usual, he says, featuring Rollins College history professor Julian Chambliss, who described why he publicly burned a Confederate flag, and Growing Bolder host Marc Middleton, who

warned against the insidious nature of ageism. Selover, who has coached 200-plus presenters since he started staging PechaKucha Nights, says the pool of talent in Orlando is enormous. Some speakers are recommended to him and others approach him with ideas. “For me as a human being, the experience is profound,” says Selover. “In a sense, at each PechaKucha Night we come together as part of one big connected international community. And in an increasingly virtual world, these events bring back the magic of meeting people face to face and listening to others simply tell their stories.” If you have a potential PechaKucha presentation — or know someone who’d be a great candidate — Selover would like to hear from you. Email him at pknorlando@ gmail.com. 

GET YOUR TICKETS EVENT: PechaKucha Nights DATE/TIME: Saturdays, February 23, June 29 and November 9, 6 and 9 p.m. VENUE: Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater NOTES: Eight speakers from all walks of life deliver presentations about their lives and passions, accompanied by automatically timed PowerPoint images that switch every 20 seconds. The format is so popular that PechaKucha Nights are held in more than 1,000 cities around the world. TICKETS: All tickets $23 844.513.2014 • drphillipscenter.org

In F A C T PechaKucha format creators Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo-based Klein Dytham architecture came up with the idea because, they said, architects talk too much: “Give a microphone and some images to an architect — or most creative people for that matter — and they’ll go on forever. Give PowerPoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.”

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp has been dubbed “The Voice of the Heartland” for his songs about the struggles of everyday people.

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reat performances consist of great — even magical — moments. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Morgan Stanley have again partnered to present Morgan Stanley Moments at Dr. Phillips Center. Two upcoming concerts in the genre-spanning series spotlight a rebellious roots rocker who has been dubbed “The Voice of the Heartland” and a pair of legendary Motown hitmakers.

JOHN MELLENCAMP: THE JOHN MELLENCAMP SHOW Sunday, March 24 I 8 p.m. Walt Disney Theater I Tickets start at $42.50 844.513.2014 I drphillipscenter.org VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp has been dubbed “The Voice of the Heartland.” And it’s easy to see why. The Indiana native has consistently leveraged his stardom to boost worthy causes, most notably Farm Aid, which he founded in 1985 with kindred spirits Willie Nelson and Neil Young. A musical rebel and a social-justice activist, Mellencamp is touring behind a new compilation album, Other People’s Stuff, in which he covers the civil rights anthem “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” and offers his take on the 1968 Steve Wonder hit “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Love Me.” Also on the album are “Wreck of the Old ’97,” an iconic folk song about a railroading disaster; “Dark as a Dungeon,” a mournful

Mellencamp’s most recent collection contains everything from “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” to a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Love Me.” Buy your concert tickets online and get a free CD version of the album.

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Merle Travis ballad about coal mining; and “Gambling Bar Room Blues,” a gin-soaked 1932 lament by country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers. Sound interesting? Other People’s Stuff can be your stuff, too. Online ticket buyers to Mellencamp’s show will receive a free CD version of the album, which has been praised by critics for its eclectic spirit. “Eclectic spirit” happens to be a perfect descriptor for Mellencamp himself, who has never fit comfortably into a specific musical genre. His main influences range from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, and his songs are often imbued with populist themes and traditional instrumentation. “Mellencamp has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical regard and an enormous audience,” wrote Rolling Stone’s Anthony DeCurtis. “His songs document the joys and struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically glamour-addled world of popular music.” Early in his career, Mellencamp himself was pushed in a glamour-addled direction, until commercial success in the form of hit singles such as “Hurts So Good,” “Jack & Diane,” “Pink Houses” and “Crumblin’ Down” gave him the clout to pursue his rootsy muse. His 1985 album — now considered to be among the first alt-country albums — spawned three Top 10 singles: “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “Small Town” and “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” Other hits, including “Cherry Bomb” and “Wild Night,” followed, as did critically acclaimed albums that explored the rock, folk and country genres. The multitalented Mellencamp is also an acclaimed painter, a sometime actor (he turned down the Brad Pitt role in Thelma and Louise) and a playwright, having joined forces with Stephen King to write a spooky musical called The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. When Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, his


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The Temptations perfected the distinctive fusion of pop and soul music that came to define the Motown Sound. The current lineup still includes original member Otis “Big Daddy” Williams.

friend Billy Joel said: “Don’t let this club membership change you, John. Stay ornery, stay mean. People need to hear a voice like yours to echo the discontent that’s out there in the heartland. They need to hear stories about frustration, alienation and desperation.”

THE TEMPTATIONS AND THE FOUR TOPS Tuesday, April 30 I at 7:30 p.m. Walt Disney Theater I Tickets start at $49.50 844.513.2014 I drphillipscenter.org GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE Deconstruct the DNA of Motown Records’ soul-music evolution of the 1960s and the formative links would be connected to The Temptations and The Four Tops — once friendly rivals who now tour together and offer fans a hit-packed double-header. Both groups are remembered for their smooth harmonies, slick choreography, flashy wardrobes and, of course, iconic songs with hooks that inserted themselves permanently into the national consciousness. Nearly six decades later, it’s the power of the music that keeps The Temptations and The Four Tops eternally relevant, despite inevitable personnel changes. And it helps that both groups — which are members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — have an original member 46

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on the roster to indoctrinate newbies. On tour, the Temps and the Tops are bolstered by a slick rhythm section and ninepiece brass ensemble. And the timeless tunes sound as great today as they did when they blasted from dashboard radios in gas-guzzling land barges that had tailfins.

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The Temptations perfected the fusion of pop and soul music that came to define the Motown Sound. Founder Berry Gordy signed the group to his groundbreaking label in 1960 — and the rest was musical history. Powered by expressive harmonies, intricate dance moves and radio-friendly hits from a stable of talented Motown songwriters that included Smokey Robinson, the socalled “Classic Five” lineup of Otis “Big Daddy” Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks became one of the most successful groups in pop music history. The Temptations’ hits — including “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “I Wish It Would Rain,” “I Can’t Get Next to You” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” — bridged the racial divide during turbulent times and influenced countless up-and-coming artists. The group’s current roster includes original member Williams, who’s joined by singers Ron Tyson and Terry Weeks, along with


The Four Tops are remembered for such hits as “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”

newcomers Larry Braggs (now filling in as first lead) and bassist Willie Green. The group has just released All the Time — the first new Temptations album in eight years — featuring a smooth and sturdy batch of originals and covers. “When I hear artists talking about ‘they get tired of singing that same old song,’ the first thing that comes to my mind is that artist should quit,” says Williams, 77. “Whenever we start off with ‘My Girl’ or any of our hits, the audience starts to applaud and their faces light up like a Christmas tree. We feed off that.” Now — shades of Jersey Boys — the group is the subject of a new jukebox musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, which is currently running at Broadway’s Imperial Theater. “I was moved to tears when I saw it,” Williams says. “To see people of all ages enjoying it is something I’m still in awe of. I never thought my life story could end up on Broadway.”

THE FOUR TOPS Emerging from Chicago’s influential Chess Records as the Four Aims in 1956, singers Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton soon changed the group’s name to The Four Tops. They wanted to avoid confusion with another popular act, The Ames Brothers. The group bounced unsuccessfully from

record company to record company until they joined The Temptations at Motown in 1963. There, The Four Tops developed a distinctive sound that was built on Stubbs’ baritone voice, even though lower-register singers weren’t typically featured as lead vocalists. The group soared on the strength of hits such as “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” all written by Motown’s legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team. Although the hits eventually tapered off, The Four Tops remained a busy touring act. And, in contrast to other groups that lost or replaced members, the original lineup remained intact until 1997. Now, founding member Fakir is accompanied by singers Ronnie McNeir, Harold “Spike” Bonhart and Lawrence Payton Jr., who took his father’s place in the group. “I’m very committed to keeping the legacy as strong as possible and hopefully to strengthen it,” says Fakir, 80. “We can only be ourselves, be the best we can and come out swinging.” Fakir doesn’t let anything slow him down. During a recent U.K. tour, he had to sit for a few songs and explained why to the audience. “I broke my hip not long ago, which is why I’m on this stool,” he said. “But my voice ain’t broken.”  SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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“On ofof Dr.Dr. Phillips, Inc. andand its its Board of of “Onbehalf behalf Phillips, Inc. Board Directors; our Chairman, Jim Ferber andand I would Directors; our Chairman, Jim Ferber I would like to welcome you to the Dr. Phillips Center like to welcome you to the Dr. Phillips Center for Arts forfor ourour fifth season.” forthe thePerforming Performing Arts fifth season.” – Kenneth Robinson, President & CEO – Kenneth Robinson, President & CEO

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EDUCATION

Summer programs at the AdventHealth School of the Arts at Dr. Phillips Center kick off in June. Classes will be offered in everything from comedy to musical theater production.

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SUMMER YOUNG ACTORS, SINGERS AND MUSICIANS CAN SHARPEN THEIR SKILLS AND PURSUE THEIR DREAMS. EDUCATION

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Two Broadway performers will conduct “Hit the Heights” this summer for ages 10–19. Wesley Taylor (above left) and Isaac Cole Powell (above right) bring insider expertise to the weeklong program, which runs June 3–7. Taylor, who most recently appeared in Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, is a Dr. Phillips High School graduate and a former student of Karen Rugerio, now senior director of education at the arts center.

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t’s about to get hot at the AdventHealth School of the Arts at Dr. Phillips Center, where the always-popular summer programs are run by a legendary theater-arts educator who inspired improvisational comedian Wayne Brady, film actor Wesley Snipes and N’Synch’s Joey Fatone. Karen Rugerio was founder of the Dr. Phillips High School arts magnet program, where she taught Brady and Fatone, and was a drama teacher at Jones High School, where she taught Snipes. All three stars specifically site Rugerio’s influence as a major factor in their successful careers.

Rugerio spent more than three decades with Orange County Public Schools, and was a Teacher of the Year finalist in 1988. She has earned an array of other professional kudos, including recognition as a Distinguished Teacher in the Arts by the President’s Commission of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1995,1996 and 1997. Also on her crowded mantle are lifetime achievement awards from both the Florida State Thespians (2007) and the Florida Theater Conference (2008). Now, as senior director of education at the arts center, she’s shaping its programs to appeal to a constituency ranging in age “from 2 to 102.” “We want to supplement existing programs in the community,” says Rugerio, who conducted outreach sessions with more than 52

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75 local arts groups and arts advocates to get feedback about the kind of programs the arts center should offer. Some innovations resulting from those sessions will be evident when the arts center’s summer programs kick off in June, notes Rugerio, who also operated an acting studio and directed summer programs at the Garden Theater in Winter Garden. This year, a dynamic duo of Broadway stars — one of them also a former student of Rugiero’s — will conduct a weeklong program called “Hit the Heights,” for ages 10–19. The guest artists will be Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical) and Tony-nominee Isaac Cole Powell (Once on This Island). Taylor, a graduate of Dr. Phillips High School,


made his Broadway debut in 2009 Whitaker and a roster of acplaying German city developer claimed jazz masters will lead Franz in the jukebox musical Rock sessions in improv, combos and of Ages. He won a Theatre World big bands. Award for the role, which he origiSo, there’s something for just nated, and was nominated for an about everybody interested in Outer Critics Circle Award. performing this summer at the His second major Broadway AdventHealth School of the role was as Lucas Beineke in the Arts at Dr. Phillips Center. Plus, musical The Addams Family. He most sessions conclude with live originated that role, too, in the performances in one of the arts show’s 2009 Chicago produccenter’s state-of-the-art venues. tion. (Lucas is Wednesday AdOn the following pages are ams’ love interest.) descriptions of the various sumKaren Rugiero, the Taylor appeared on a variety arts center’s senior mer programs offered, and how of national TV programs and in director of education. to sign up. Tuition is lower if you numerous acclaimed regional register early, and you’re guartheater productions before beanteed a place — enrollment ing cast as the villainous Sheldon Plankton, closes when maximum capacity is reached, operator of the struggling Chum Bucket res- which is often early.  taurant, in SpongeBob. Powell, who appeared in numerous regional theater productions before making his Broadway debut as Daniel in a revival of Once on This Island, a tale of forbidden When the AdventHealth School of the romance on a Caribbean island between a Arts at Dr. Phillips Center says it offers peasant girl and a wealthy city boy whom programs for all ages, it isn’t hyperbole. she saves from death. The show won a Tony This spring, the school will offer “WeBop: in 2018 as Best Revival for a Musical. Exploring Jazz Styles,” a program develThe New York Times called Powell’s solo, oped by Jazz at Lincoln Center espe“Some Girls,” a “quietly sensitive rendercially for toddlers ages 3 and 4. ing.” TheaterMania deemed Powell’s perforWeBop invites little boppers — and mance “charismatic and silvery-voiced.” the big boppers who care for them — He recorded “Some Girls” on the revival’s to stomp, strut and swing to jazz rhythms cast album. and to dance in a New Orleans-style This summer there’ll also be musical-the“second line” parade. Classes run ater classes themed around “heroes and eight consecutive Saturdays beginning villains” and “fantasy and adventure.” AnMarch 16. Time is 9–9:45 a.m., and cost other class will mount two full-scale musicalis $144, or $48 per month. theater productions: Madagascar and LeFind out more at drphillipscenter.org/ gally Blonde. education/classes. You can also email Returning this summer for Jazz Intensive classes@drphillipscenter.org or call 407. Week is Rodney Whittaker, artistic director 455.5551. of the Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center.

In F A C T In addition to Wayne Brady, Wesley Snipes, Joey Fatone and Wesley Taylor, former students of Karen Rugiero include Matt Lauria (from TV’s Parenthood, Friday Night Lights and Chicago Code), as well as Broadway actors Michael James Scott (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten and Mama Mia), Tony Yazbek (A Chorus Line, Chicago and a Tony nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for On the Town) and Roderick Covington (The Lion King).

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SUMMER PROGRAMS BROADWAY WEEK HIT THE HEIGHTS Enjoy a unique opportunity to study with Broadway pros led by Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Isaac Cole Powell (Once on This Island). During the week, students will build a repertoire in musical theater and work with a Broadway casting director through the final audition process. DATES/TIMES: June 3-7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: June 7, 7 p.m., Walt Disney Theater AGES: 10-19 TUITION: $425 ($450 after May 17) CAPACITY: 90   

MUSICAL THEATER WEEK FANTASY AND ADVENTURE Through performances combining songs, dialogue, acting and dance, students will explore fantasy and adventure through songs from such musicals as Aladdin, Moana, Brave and more. DATES/TIMES: June 24–28, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: June 28, 7 p.m., Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater AGES: 6–9 TUITION: $295 ($320 after May 17) CAPACITY: 50   

JAZZ MUSIC INTENSIVE WEEK WITH RODNEY WHITTAKER Rodney Whittaker, an internationally renowned bassist and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center, leads a session featuring acclaimed players that will concentrate on combos, improv, big bands and jazz history. DATES/TMES: July 8–12, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: July 12, 7 p.m., Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater AGES: 13–Adult TUITION: $425 ($450 after May 17) CAPACITY: 55   

MUSICAL THEATER WEEK HEROES AND VILLAINS Calling all dreamers and schemers! Get to know Disney and Broadway heroes and villains through songs, dance, dialogue and acting. Students will develop skills in dance, vocal technique, character development and stage presence. DATES/TIMES: June 10-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: June 14, 7 p.m., Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater AGES: 6–9 TUITION: $295 ($320 after May 17) CAPACITY: 50   

COMEDY INTENSIVE WEEK Students will delve into monologues, improv and stand up while learning to share their creativity with scene partners and incorporate energy from audiences. They’ll grow in skill, craft and acting artistry. DATES/TIMES: June 17–21, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. TUITION: $275 ($300 after May 17) CAPACITY: 50

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THEATER ARTS WEEK Theater is about the art of play. In a nurturing and supportive environment, students will explore script, improv, drama and theater games. With an emphasis on confidence, socialization, personal expression and creative imagination, students will discover the magical connections between creativity and scripted theater. DATES/TIMES: July 15–19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: July 19, 7 p.m., Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater AGES: 6–9 TUITION: $275 ($300 after May 17) CAPACITY: 50


MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTION Hey, let’s put on a show! It worked for Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, and it’s going to work for students of this month–long session, which will culminate with the staging of two fullblown musical-theater productions. Students will be asked to submit audition videos for lead and supporting roles, in which they sing 16–20-bar cuts from a contemporary musical. But everyone will participate in the shows and will learn about both the onstage and backstage elements of staging a professional production. There’ll be two performances each of Madagascar and Legally Blonde, which will be open to the public with tickets priced at $25. Each student will receive two complimentary tickets. MADAGASCAR REHEARSALS: June 3–20; Wednesdays, 5–9 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. TECH WEEK: July 22–26, Monday– Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. PERFORMANCES: July 26, 7 p.m.; July 27, 2 and 7 p.m.; July 28, 3 p.m. All performances at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. AGES: 8–15 TUITION: $600 ($625 after May 17) CAPACITY: 60 LEGALLY BLONDE REHEARSALS: June 4–July 25; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5–9 p.m. TECH WEEK: July 29–August 2; Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. PERFORMANCES: August 2, 7 p.m.; August 3, 2 and 7 p.m.; August 4, 3 p.m. All performances at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. AGES: 16–Adult TUITION: $600 ($625 after May 17) CAPACITY: 60

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SPECIAL REPORT

ON THE

RISE STEINMETZ HALL AND THE GREEN ROOM WILL FULFILL THE ARTS CENTER’S VISION. BY RANDY NOLES

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huck Steinmetz happened to be at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts recently when busloads of Orange County schoolchildren were arriving to attend the Orlando Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. He liked what he saw. “I got a great thrill out of the fact that we were exposing kids to this wonderful art,” says the philanthropist, who sold his pest-control company in 2005 and turned his attention to not-for-profits. “This is what great cities do.” And getting involved is what great citizens of great cities do. In 2015, Chuck Steinmetz and his wife, Margery Pabst Steinmetz, made a $12 million donation toward completion of the arts center’s second and final phase, the centerpiece of which will be 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall. The venue promises to be one of the most acoustically pristine concert halls in If you’ve been by the arts center lately, you’ve seen all the construction activity along South Street. When everything is finished, Steinmetz Hall (facing page) will be one of the most acoustically pristine venues in the world.

the world when it opens in mid-2020. Also included in Phase 2 will be the 3,000-squarefoot Green Room, a flexible performance and rehearsal space named for donors Joyce and Judson Green. “We were at a critical stage in the project,” says Chuck Steinmetz. “We felt that if we got things started with a major gift, it would make getting the rest of the funding easier.” Margery Pabst Steinmetz, who has merged her foundation with that of her husband to form the Pabst-Steinmetz Foundation, agrees that timing was key. “It’s very dramatic to watch what’s happening here,” she says, gesturing toward new construction from the arts center’s adjacent Rooftop Terrace. “We felt that once the expansion became a tangible asset — once people could see that it was a reality — that they’d step up.” The couple’s donation did, in fact, have the effect of accelerating giving for Phase 2, according to Beth Guba Schaan, the arts center’s director of individual philanthropy. “We have donors who have come on board because of what the Steinmetzes have done,” she says. SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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Atop the arts center’s Rooftop Terrace, philanthropists Chuck Steinmetz and his wife, Margery Pabst Steinmetz, offer a toast to the arts center’s second and final phase, the centerpiece of which will be 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall. Construction can be seen in the background.

There’s still $10 million needed, says Schaan, who adds that fundraising will remain crucial to the arts center even after that goal is met and the new venues are opened. “We’re fortunate to have a wonderful philanthropic community in Central Florida,” she notes. That pivotal $12 million gift — the arts center’s largest private donation — was certainly a grand gesture. But it wasn’t surprising to anyone who knows the Steinmetzes and their track record of generosity. Chuck Steinmetz, who was named Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992, today supports an array of causes, including the Orlando Science Center and the University of Florida Foundation. UF’s entomology and nematology building is named for him. Margery Pabst Steinmetz, who enjoyed a successful business career as a leadership coach, is an advocate for caregivers and a specialist on correlations between creativity 58

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and wellness. In addition, she has authored two books and countless articles on caregiving. She’s a recent past president of the National Council for Creative Aging and continues to sit on the advisory board of the AdventHealth School of the Arts at Dr. Phillips Center. The Steinmetzes appreciate the fact that Arts for Every Life is more than a slogan for the arts center, which boasts vibrant educational and wellness-oriented programs. Plus, they note, the downtown campus has become an iconic community rallying point and gathering space. “It has become like the village green,” says Margery Pabst Steinmetz, who’s gratified that local secondary schools and institutions of higher learning such as Rollins College and the University of Central Florida are involved in programming. “There’s such great interconnectivity,” she


adds. “It’s truly arts for everyone — not just a few people.” If you’ve been to the arts center lately, you’ve seen Steinmetz Hall rising along South Street. Got questions? Here’s an update on its progress and some interesting facts about the expansion. What will Phase 2 encompass? In addition to Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room, there are eight dressing rooms for two to four people; two dressing rooms for up to 10 people; four dressing rooms for musicians and chorus members; and one conductor dressing room as well as a traditional green room. On the third level, there’s a 2,750-squarefoot commercial kitchen for private-event catering as well as in-house food preparation for concessions. If you’re looking for a snack or a drink before a performance or during intermission at Steinmetz Hall, the wait shouldn’t be too long. There are nine concession areas on four levels. And there are eight restrooms — two on each level. Will Steinmetz Hall be used for events other than concerts? Yes. As a multiform venue, Steinmetz Hall can be used for just about any social, educational or creative function without sacrificing acoustic integrity. A sophisticated hydraulic system allows the stage to be reconfigured or recessed. The 22 rows of seats in the lower orchestra can pivot forward 180 degrees and are stored upside down when the angled floor is flattened. In that way, the space can accommodate up to 1,000 people for a cocktail party or up to 688 people for a seated banquet. There are even hidden drop screens for multimedia presentations. How does the reconfiguring work? The design of Steinmetz Hall is quite a feat of engineering. Along the rear of the stage is a 62-foot-high, 27-foot-deep shell with seating, which can be moved forward along heavy-duty steel tracks. In addition, two 53-foot-high movable stage towers, also with seating, flank the stage. The towers, which sit atop air casters, can likewise easily be slid into place. When all these components are in use, the hall is ready for a concert in the round.

Or, for more intimate performances, the shell and towers may remain hidden. If a larger stage is needed, the floor containing the first five rows of orchestra seats may be flipped and a forestage elevated to take their place. There are many possible combinations. Basically, though, the hall can be configured to suit any kind of special event or performance — from full orchestras to small ensembles to dance troupes to solo recitals. Between 1,600 and 1,700 people can be accommodated for most performances, depending upon whether the stage is extended, and whether the shell and the towers are used for additional seating. Who will perform at Steinmetz Hall? For starters the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orlando Ballet and other local arts groups. National and international artists who rely upon pristine acoustics — choral groups, instrumental ensembles and classical vocalists, for example — would also be an ideal fit for Steinmetz Hall. What makes the acoustics so special? Steinmetz Hall is designed to achieve an “N1” sound rating, which is the lowest level at which humans can detect sound. That means it’s built with “unplugged” performances in mind. The hall is encased inside an exterior concrete frame, and between the hall and frame are 18-inch steel and rubber isolation pads that deaden ambient noise such as outdoor street traffic. Once the hall is complete, it will be “tuned” for six weeks by adjusting mechanized fabric panels concealed within the ceiling and large acoustical curtains strategically placed to filter and direct sound. Tuning requirements differ for different types of performances and configurations. The arts center’s existing performance spaces rely upon amplified sound. Ditto for the Bob Carr Theater, an arts center venue located nearby on West Livingston Street. But in Steinmetz Hall, you can hear a proverbial pin drop without a microphone anywhere around. What about accessibility? There are 28 wheelchair and companion seats throughout the hall, and all restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Elevators access SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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The Green Room, a 3,000-square-foot multipurpose venue adjacent to Steinmetz Hall, is named for Judson and Joyce Green, major supporters of the arts center’s jazz initiative.

all areas of the hall, and wheelchair lifts reach select tiers. Assisted listening devices will be available for most shows. Is The Green Room an additional venue? Yes, as well as a rehearsal and event space. When the arts center announced a multilayered jazz initiative that included formation of the 19-piece Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center, local philanthropists Joyce and Judson Green immediately tuned in. The couple pledged $5 million toward the initiative, some of which will be used to build The Green Room, a 3,000-square-foot multipurpose space inspired by the rehearsal

space at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Judson Green, a former Walt Disney Company executive, is an accomplished jazz pianist with several CDs to his credit. The Green Room, which has its own entrance off South Street, is designed to give artists a place for musical exploration and innovation. It includes leading-edge digital recording equipment and built-in video mounts to capture performances before live audiences. Featuring soaring, 27-foot-tall walls of windows, The Green Room will also be a popular events venue. The commercial kitchen is just steps away, making catering a breeze. 

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November 2017 Concrete mat foundation is poured. Tower cranes are installed.


PHASE 2 BY THE NUMBERS

1,200,000 man-hours required for completion.

36 feet

below street-level foundational work required to ensure pristine acoustics.

110,751,300 pounds 833.25 tons of concrete required, along with

of structural steel.

1,000,000 feet 188 miles

of steel rebar required, which is the equivalent of

if laid end to end.

127,680 square feet

is the total area of Phase 2, including performance spaces, walkways and lobbies, and back-of-the-house areas.

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DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS would like to thank our 18/ 19 season sponsors

dr. phillips center restaurant & hotel partners On show nights, luminary donors (formerly members) and Broadway series subscribers can save on their entire bill at our restaurant partners.

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AS THE ARTS CENTER CELEBRATES FIVE SEASONS, TEAM MEMBERS RECALL SPECIAL MOMENTS AND MEMORIES.

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s it celebrates its fifth season, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts also celebrates the people who keep the state-of-the-art complex running smoothly — and who ensure that guests, donors and community partners have stellar experiences. Some have been affiliated with the project since the conceptual stage, well before the grand opening in 2015. Let’s meet five veteran team members and hear about the ways they advance Arts for Every Life. SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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LEONIDAS “LEO” BRATINI Lead, Box Office

4 YEARS

What’s your favorite memory of the arts center’s grand opening? It was so incredible to see the community here and celebrating something that was decades in the making. I remember the box office fielding hundreds of calls and questions because of all the excitement and anticipation. We were happy to be part of such a remarkable day.

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How does your role impact the arts center’s activities? My role is to serve our guests, ensure a positive experience, provide extraordinary service and to make sure their questions are answered. The box office is the guest’s entrée to every show — and we want them to have a great experience from their very first interaction.

LAVON BRACY DAVIS

Senior Director, Community Programming

11 YEARS

What was your role in the pre-grand opening of the arts center? I led the community tours during construction of Phase 1. When the concrete floor was poured for the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, and the Pughs put their hands in the concrete, at that moment it all crystalized for me in terms of what the theater and the arts center would mean to the community. What brings you the greatest joy in your role today? I’m an advocate for the performing arts and dozens of community arts groups. I love working with those groups to bring diversity and magic to the arts center. For example, when the Parramore Kidz Zone summer campers come here to perform — and when those kids take the stage and realize they’re standing where Diana Ross or Chris Rock stood — it brings them great joy, their families great joy, the audience great joy and, of course, me great joy.

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ALLISON FOCHT

Director, Guest Services

5 YEARS

What’s your favorite thing about working at the arts center? I love the logistics and planning aspect of my work — and working directly with great people and teams to make our shows and special events wonderful experiences for our guests. What’s it like to have been part of the grand opening and now to be part of the project’s completion? It’s incredible! During Phase 1 construction, I loved taking tours with Kathy Ramsberger [president and CEO]. We’d look at slabs and scaffolding, and she’d explain what it would look like when it was done. Then we’d go back and plan how our guests could best enjoy those features. I’m really looking forward to that same process for Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room. But what I’m most looking forward to is seeing our guests experience those spaces for the first time.

ALEXIS JACKSON

Vice President, Development

11 YEARS

What do you love about your job at the arts center? I love the people I work with and get to meet. They inspire me. I’m also passionate about our mission and vision and what we’re doing in the community — from our education initiatives to the scholarships and other support we provide to our wonderful partnerships. You’ve been with the arts center for a long time. What are you most proud of? Most people don’t realize that the arts center is a decades-long dream come true. And while we’ve been opened for nearly five years, the work started about 15 years ago. Great communities are built on great philanthropy. Our wonderful philanthropic community — hand in hand with the City of Orlando, the City of Winter Park, Orange County and the State of Florida — has brought this vision to life. It’s remarkable to consider that we’re almost there with only $10 million to go to reach our fundraising goal. Fulfilling this dream for our community is our priority. SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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CECILIA KELLY

Chief Financial Officer

11 YEARS

Tell us about when you first joined the arts center. When I came on, it was a project that had been approved and that was it. So being part of the process — putting together the design team, collaborating with the city and county and working on the contract — was all part of my experience. It was also incredible seeing ideas and plans on paper come to life, then hiring more and more people and, of course, filling the theaters with shows and audiences. There’s nothing quite like being part of something when you start it from the idea stage. What are you looking forward to with the completion of Phase 2? Inviting the community to experience the arts center as the shared dream we all envisioned — and then continuing to grow from there!

PATRICIA SAENZ

Assistant Manager, Facilities

4 YEARS

What do you love about your role at the arts center? I love that our facilities and housekeeping team focuses on ensuring that our guests are wowed from the moment they walk in. Our team’s goal is comfort, safety and making our guests happy. I love the fact that we take care of the building as if it was our own home. From a facilities standpoint, what do you remember most about your team’s involvement before the grand opening in 2014? I remember walking through the construction and realizing where the pipes, air handlers, tile and other materials and fixtures would be. Seeing all those things come together over time was really amazing.

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DR. PHILLIPS CENTER | BACKSTAGE

The atmosphere is always electric at the arts center, where thousands pack its venues for a variety of performances. Here’s a look at what’s been going on lately. Were you at any of the events shown on these pages? If not, hopefully we’ll see you next time the curtain goes up.

HELLO, DOLLY!  The critically acclaimed Hello, Dolly! revival (above and below right) starring Betty Buckley enjoyed a sold-out run at the Walt Disney Theater, with guests enjoying both the lavish show and delicious concessions during intermission.

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT.  Speakers discussed everything from entrepreneurship to marathon bicycling at PechaKucha Night, held at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.

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GOOD TIDINGS. Rollins College’s musicians and Full Sail University’s technical experts combined to stage Songs of the Season on the Seneff Arts Plaza. That same night, the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale (above right), performed a holiday show at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.

WHITE CHRISTMAS.  OK, so it wasn’t really snowing in Orlando when White Christmas brought flurries of holiday spirit to the Walt Disney Theater. But plenty of locals of all ages braved balmy weather to enjoy the feel-good musical, which is based on the classic 1953 film.

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Israeli film and TV star Yehezkel Lazarov plays Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, the touring version of a critically acclaimed 2015 Broadway revival of the bittersweet musical-theater classic.

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In Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye tries to protect his Jewish religious beliefs and customs against the encroachment of outside forces. But three strong-willed older daughters — who have their own ideas about love and marriage — don’t make his efforts any easier.

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Florida Hospital School of the Arts at Dr. Phillips Center. “Extending the arts beyond our facility and into the community is one of our top priorities,” Ramsberger adds. And there’s plenty more to come. Here are the shows remaining in the memorable FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ 2018– 19 season. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF March 5–10, 2019 L’chaim! L’chaim! To life! Based upon Sholem Aleichem’s story of a milkman, his wife and his five daughters living in Imperial Russia’s Pale of Settlement in 1905, Fiddler on the Roof is as warmly colorful as the Marc Chagall painting that gave the musical its title. The original production, by Tony-winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize-winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, debuted on Broadway in 1964. It was nominated for 10 Tonys — winning nine — and was presented a special Tony in 1972 for being the longestrunning musical in Broadway history, with

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f I were a rich man, I’d see all eight performances of Fiddler on the Roof, the next show up in the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ series. It’s a can’t-miss musical packed with classic songs and powered by universal themes. If you’re a series subscriber, you can be assured you won’t miss it. If you’re not, tickets for Fiddler and other single shows, all of which are in the Walt Disney Theater, will go on sale closer to their opening dates. Check drphillipscenter.org for prices and availability. There are eight performances per show, including two matinees. However, it’s best not to wait until the last minute since the shows virtually always pack the house. “This has been a standout season on so many levels,” says Katherine Ramsberger, the arts center’s president and CEO. Not only are locals getting an opportunity to see some of the most in-demand shows on Broadway, school kids have also enjoyed exposure to world-class theater. Members of touring companies, as they usually do when visiting Orlando, have been conducting workshops in schools and at the arts center’s


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The title character in Dear Evan Hansen, a high-school senior who feels disconnected and socially anxious, accepts a suggestion from his therapist and writes daily letters to himself. The unintended consequences of an errant letter ensnare Evan and set the plot in motion.

more than 3,000 performances. Although that record would be broken by Grease 10 years later, Fiddler has remained an audience favorite through revivals and touring companies. Its timeless songs, such as “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Do You Love Me?” are musical theater standards. The Orlando-bound show is the touring version of a critically acclaimed 2015 Broadway revival directed by Tony-winner Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Hofesh Shechter, who was inspired by the steps in director-choreographer Jerome Robbins’ original version. Fiddler centers on Tevye — played here by Israeli film and TV star Yehezkel Lazarov — who struggles to protect his Jewish religious and cultural beliefs and practices against ever-changing realities. He must also cope with three strong-willed older daughters, who wish to marry for love and whose romantic choices flout the tenets that Tevye cherishes. Ultimately, Fiddler is a bittersweet if heartwarming story about families and the traditions that bind them.

In addition to Lazarov, Fiddler’s cast includes Maite Uzal as Golde, Jonathan Von Mering as Lazar Wolf, Carol Beaugard as Yente, Mel Weyn as Tzeitel, Ruthy Froch as Hodel, Natalie Powers as Chava, Danielle Allen as Sphintze, Emerson Glick as Bielke, Jesse Weil as Motel, Ryne Nardecchia as Perchick, Joshua Logan Alexander as Fyedka and Jeffrey Brooks as Constable. This forceful Fiddler is as vital today as when it premiered, in part because of some interesting twists. One is Michael Yeargan’s sparse and surrealistic set, while the other is Sher’s unique framing device: beginning and ending the show with Tevye appearing briefly as a present-day man. DC Metro says the touring show delivers all the beauty and power of the original while “striking the perfect balance between lofty traditions and the gravitational cataclysm of progress.” It also praises Lazarov as “a fit Tevye indeed, combining bluster and pathos with his nonstop dispensing of folksy wisdom and his comical bantering with an omnipresent God.” SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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Can Anya, a brave young woman with no memory of her past, be the sole survivor of the doomed Romanov family? That’s one of the mysteries in Anastasia, an epic romantic adventure that sweeps audiences from Imperial Russia to Paris in the 1920s.

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Publishing), which includes never-beforeseen production photos and behind-thescenes stories. “One of the most remarkable shows in theater history,” wrote the Washington Post. Added The New York Times: “Dear Evan Hansen is a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” NBC News called the show “an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” ANASTASIA May 14–19, 2019 The legend of Russian Imperial Grand Duchess Anastasia has captivated the world for nearly a century, inspiring an awardwinning 1956 film, a 1997 animated feature and now a lavish stage production. The show, with book by Terrence McNally and music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens — the Ragtime team — isn’t a strict adaptation of either preceding film. “We’ve kept the best parts of the animated movie, but it really is a new musical,” says Tony-winning director Darko Tresnjak. Could Anya, a brave young woman with

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DEAR EVAN HANSEN April 16–21, 2019 In a letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life that he never dreamed he could have, Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing that he always wanted — a chance to fit in. The title character in Dear Evan Hansen, a high-school senior who always feels like an outsider, takes the suggestion of his therapist and writes letters to himself outlining his positive plans for each day. But one letter causes confusion following a tragedy, prompting Evan to reinvent himself and develop a sense of purpose. The heart-rending musical garnered six Tonys in 2107, including Best Musical. The original cast recording won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony winner Steven Levenson and a score by Grammy, Tony and Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The three have written a coffee-table book, Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window (Grand Central


Come From Away tells the true — and utterly heartwarming — story of what happened when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in a small Newfoundland town following the 9/11 attacks. The show, described as “a big bear hug of a musical,” is a tribute to the essential goodness of humanity.

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no memory of her past, in fact be the sole survivor of the doomed Romanov family? As she tries to rediscover her identity, she is pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her. However, the dauntless Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they begin an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. The sweeping scope of their journey stretches from Imperial Russia to Paris in the 1920s. Anastasia opened on Broadway in 2017, and was nominated for two Tonys and nine Drama Desk awards, among others. Time Out New York called Anastasia “a sweeping adventure, romance and historical epic that piles discovery upon discovery.” COME FROM AWAY June 11–16, 2019 The final show of the season, a musical with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is set in the week following the 9/11 terrorist attacks — an unlikely time frame in which to set a musical.

But Come From Away isn’t just any musical. It tells the true — and irresistibly heartwarming — story of what happened when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in a small Newfoundland town as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. There, in isolated Gander (population 10,000), uneasiness turned to trust and gratitude turned to enduring friendships. Sankoff and Hein had visited Gander and listened to stories from both locals and returning passengers. They were inspired by what they heard to write a tribute to the essential goodness of humanity. The resulting show, which opened in 2017, earned seven Tony nominations — with one win, for Best Direction of a Musical — and nine Drama Desk Award nominations. The Hollywood Reporter called Come From Away “heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining … especially in these politically fractious times,” while The New York Times warned that “even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.”  SPRING 2019 | artsLife

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Dauri Sandison Scott Sanford Linda & Randy Scheff Scott + Cormia Architects + Interiors Dr. Marc D. Shapiro Warren Shaw Efrain Silva Elide & Miguel Silva Dottie & Bill Silverman Paul M. Simons & Reid “Buddy” Hughes, Jr. Dr. Skip & Nan Slone Smart City Robert Smedley Amanda & Ryan Stahl Eva Stefanszky Tracy Stein Rocky & Rusty Stoeckel Richard Straughn Nancy & Thomas Swalby Elaine & Scott Taylor Peggy Tepper Marjorie & Bryan Thomas Ed Timberlake Dimitri Toumazos Robert Trafford Tamara Trimble Dr. Andy & Niki Tringas Dr. Bhavya Trivedi TST Development Corporation Kay Ustler & Craig Ustler Family Foundation Christy & James Venezio Philip A. Wade Dr. Joe Warren Marc Watson Rob Webb & Stan Whittington Weiss Grunor Barclay & Barnett Kristine Westley Joshua Williams WFTV/WRDQ Television Ellen & Wayne Wolfson Racheal & Melvin B. Wright Janet & Tom Wyatt Nancy & Bill Yarger Timothy Yost Bo Young Erin Youngs Dr. Lisa L. Zacher, MD Phyllis & Edward Zissman Carol Zurcher Michelle & Randy Zwirn

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