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On behalf of all our colleagues, we wish you the very best in 2020. We have much to celebrate with you as we prepare to present our biggest season ever. Later this year, the arts center will reach completion with the debut of Steinmetz Hall and the Green Room. And over the next several months, we will present fantastic performances and award-winning educational camps and classes. We invite you to stay connected with us, and to be on the lookout for many exciting announcements. Our full FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ 2020–21 series will be unveiled in February. The series is expanding to 14 weeks and will feature the return of Hamilton and Wicked. We are excited to announce that our AMP’d Series, which brings remarkable homegrown talent to our stage, is back, presented by Michelob Ultra. You can read more about it on page 49. And in the coming months, we will announce the rest of the arts center’s season, which will include events and performances scheduled for Steinmetz Hall, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, the Green Room and the Bob Carr Theater. Together, we have so much to look forward to and to celebrate. As we begin a new year, know that we are grateful for your support, partnership and involvement. Together, we are fulfilling the dream of Arts for Every Life™. Best,

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Tuesday, February 18  I  7:30 p.m. 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. 6

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Round, round, get around, they get around. Mike Love, who co-founded the Beach Boys some 58 years ago, is about to turn 79. But when he’s onstage, the decades seem to recede like an ebbing tide. After “Surfin’” charted in 1961, the Beach Boys churned out dozens of feelgood hits, including “Surfin’ USA,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Today’s Beach Boys include Love and keyboardist Bruce Johnston, a member since 1965, as well as an A-list ensemble that includes Christian Love (Mike Love’s son). The rancorous splintering of the original group has been the subject of books and movies. Through it all, though, the music has remained just as much fun, fun, fun as it ever was. 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.

GO ONLINE Il Volo — which in Italian means “the flight” — consists of (left to right) Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, all of whom began their careers as teenagers.

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Monday, February 20  I  8 p.m.  I  Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $25 VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE Valentine’s Day will have will passed — but if you’re still in the mood for love, check out Il Volo’s rhapsodic repertoire. The talented trio is touring behind a new album, 10 Years: The Best Of, which features such favorites as “O Sole Mio,” “My Way” and “Grande Amore.” The collection includes songs recorded in the studio and performed live during a concert in Matera, Italy, which was filmed and broadcast on PBS last November. The group — consisting of spinto tenor Piero Barone, 27; lyric tenor Ignazio Boschetto, 26; and lyric baritone Gianluca Ginoble, 25 — has performed with such superstars as Barbara Streisand and Plácido Domingo, while filling prestigious venues wordwide as headliners. Il Volo (“the flight” in Italian) has indeed been soaring since its debut in 2010 following a televised talent competition in Italy. At first, the teens appeared as individual contestants and Ginoble emerged as the season’s winner. However, the show’s savvy director quickly decided that a collaboration could create a younger incarnation of the storied Three Tenors (Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti). Tours, television appearances and chart-topping records soon followed. Il Volo boasts millions of followers on social media, and “Grande Amore” has been viewed more than 123 million times on various platforms. SPRING 2020 | artsLife



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Friday, February 21  I  8 p.m. Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.50 Willie Nelson, to no one’s surprise, is on the road again. The 86-year-old country music legend has, in fact, been on the road almost constantly for more than six decades. For much of that time, he has been accompanied by his famously battered guitar, known as “Trigger,” and a cadre of kin and kindred spirits who have become integral to Nelson’s briskly paced live show. This year, he’s touring behind his latest album, Ride Me Back Home, which features three self-penned tunes. Among them is “One More Song to Write,” which may describe one of the reasons for the Red Headed Stranger’s long and prolific career. “I’ve got one more song to write, I’ve got one more bridge to burn,” he sings. “I’ll know when it’s right, I’ve got one more song to write.” Even if Nelson had never become a successful recording artist, he’d likely be a Country Music Hall of Famer on the strength of hits he wrote for others, including “Crazy” (Patsy Cline), “Night Life” (Ray Price), “Hello Walls” (Faron Young) and “Funny How Times Slips Away” (Billy Walker). 8

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February 25–March 5  I  Showtimes vary Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater Tickets start at $49.50 Did you miss Hamilton last season? Not to worry! Now’s your chance to see Spamilton, a spoof that made even Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda “laugh my brains out” when he attended an off-Broadway performance in 2017. Best of all, it isn’t necessary to have seen Hamilton to enjoy Spamilton, which essentially substitutes the story of Miranda for that of Alexander Hamilton in a frenetic one-act mashup that features five actors accompanied by a single (perspiring) pianist. The show, which in 2017 won “Best Unique Theatrical Experience” from the Off-Broadway Alliance, was written by Gerard Alessandrini, author of 25 editions of Forbidden Broadway, a frequently updated parody of popular musicals that debuted in 1982 and ran for more than 2,300 performances in various venues. Some of the funniest lines in Spamilton are when cast members


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lampoon Miranda’s complex raps. The Aaron Burr character, for example, chides: “Be terser in your verse, sir/You’re no Johnny Mercer.” Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls Spamilton “smart, silly and convulsively funny.” Thankfully for Alessandrini, the goodhumored Miranda wholeheartedly agrees.


Saturday, February 29  I  7:30 p.m. Bob Carr Theater  I  Tickets start at $49.50 VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE Attention Deadheads! Legendary guitarist Bob Weir, one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, is on a long, strange trip with a trio that also includes bassist Don Was, a Grammywinning producer, and drummer Jay Lane, a former member of another Weir band called RatDog. “This is more fun than a frog in a glass of milk,” Weir said in a statement. “Don is all over his upright, and Jay needs to somehow be kept in line at times, but it’s all falling together nicely.” Expect the set list to be packed with stripped-down versions of Grateful Dead songs – including fan favorite “Ripple” from the 1970 album American Beauty — along with Weir originals from his eclectic solo releases. (The 72-year-old rocker is also keeping the Dead’s sound alive — no pun intended — with Dead & Company, which features longtime Grateful Dead bandmates Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.) Touring partner Was founded the 1980s funk-rock band Was (Not Was) and has produced albums for the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Gregg Allman and Neil Young, among others. Lane, who played with RatDog for more than 16 years, was one of the funk band Primus’s first drummers.


TIFFANY at the MORSE The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his chapel interior from the 1893 Chicago world’s fair and art objects from his Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall.

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WILD KRATTS LIVE 2.0! ACTIVATE CREATURE POWER Sunday, March 1  I  1 p.m. Bob Carr Theater  I  Tickets start at $29.50 VIP MEET-AND-GREET AVAILABLE

Get ready to activate your creature power suits! Martin and Chris Kratt, whose PBS Kids animated series Wild Kratts has captivated animal-loving youngsters for nearly a decade, also star in an interactive live show that features the brothers — live and on stage — along with multimedia elements that replicate a typical episode of the TV show. Wild Kratts follows the siblings as they embark on sometimes harrowing (but always hilarious) ecological adventures. The missions, though, are serious: to rescue endangered animals from an assortment of villains or to confront real-world environmental factors that impact animal habitats. Creature power suits enable the Kratts to mimic abilities and characteristics of whatever critters happen to be in peril. The action-packed stories entertain while educating children about biology, zoology and ecology. The Kratts, who hold degrees in biology and zoology, began their careers by making wildlife documentaries more than 25 years ago. “We’re not satisfied with just the basic animal info about what they eat,” says Martin Kratt. “We want to dig, always, for the coolest facts about these animals. What can this animal do better than any other animal?” 12

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Wednesday, March 4  I  8 p.m. Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.50 Gladys Knight tried a “farewell tour” once and didn’t like it. How do you say goodbye to the only life you’ve ever known? You don’t. You keep taking the midnight train to the next town and another chance to bare your heart and soul to adoring fans. And that’s why the joyful, restless Empress of Soul, now 75, still maintains such a hectic touring schedule. Knight’s body of recorded work — starting in 1957, when Gladys Knight and the Pips released their first single (“Whistle My Love”) on Brunswick Records — includes 13 No. 1 singles, six No. 1 albums, seven Grammys (from 22 nominations) and two singles in America’s jukebox of eternal classics: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1967) and “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973). Knight also joined Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Elton John for “That’s What Friends Are For,” the Burt BacharachCarole Bayer Sager song that became the bestselling single of 1986 and won two Grammys, one of them for Song of the Year. “When I’m singing to you, I’m talking to you, too,” Knight tells audiences, “I want you to know exactly how I feel about you.”


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Annie Russell Theatre February 14 – 22 for The Good Person of Setzuan

Bach Festival Society of Winter Park February 7 – March 1 for the 85th Annual Bach Festival

Cornell Fine Arts Museum January 18 – May 17 for African Apparel: Threaded Transformations across the 20th Century

Music at Rollins Winter Park Institute February 18 for Jeffrey Brown March 4 for Billy Collins April 7 for Laura Ling

Winter With the Writers February 13 for Kristen Arnett February 20 for Claudia Rankine February 27 for Kali FajardoAnstine & Ilya Kaminsky




Friday, March 6  I  8 p.m.    Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $34.50 As a high-schooler, pianist Scott Bradlee impressed his friends by playing rock, grunge and gansta rap songs in genretwisting styles such as swing, ragtime, doo-wop and vintage jazz. Bradlee eventually used the crowd-pleasing party trick to snare solo gigs, and later developed the concept into a musical empire with Postmodern Jukebox, a flashy touring ensemble of singers and players who perform chart-toppers by such artists as

Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Eat World, Guns N’ Roses and dozens of others using arrangements that would have had ’em dancing in the aisles in the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. There are about 50 musicians on PMJ’s roster, with rotating lineups of about a dozen who pack venues around the world with their marvelous musical mashups. Bradlee promises that the Twenties 2.0 Tour “will be the most sensational 1920’s party this side of The Great Gatsby.” PMJ has long been a social media phenomenon, amassing more than 1 billion YouTube views. “Last time around, the 1920s gave us jazz,” adds Bradlee. “Who knows what’s possible in the 2020s?”


Sunday, March 8  I  7:30 p.m.  I  Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.50 Mamma Mia! Abba: The Concert has been mesmerizing fans of the Swedish supergroup since 1996 with dazzling authenticity and a catalog of hits that includes of course, “Mamma Mia,” along with “Dancing Queen,” “Fernando,” “Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “When I Kissed the Teacher” and “Waterloo” (which the tribute band sings in Swedish, as it was originally recorded) among many others. The ensemble — which has 10 members, including four leads who are dopplegangers for ABBA founders Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad — has performed more than 1,000 shows in 20 countries, including stops in the U.S., Asia and Europe. And it’s no wonder that there’s almost never an empty seat. ABBA is the second-highest selling pop group of all time, behind only The Beatles. In addition to live tribute shows, the group has inspired a stage musical and two film adaptations. “It’s pop evergreen,” says Christian Fast, lead guitarist and founding member of ABBA: The Concert. “If you re-dress the songs today with modern production, they would still stand the test of time.” 16

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Tuesday, March 10  I  8 p.m.  I  Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.50

David Foster, one of popular music’s most successful songwriters and producers, may not be a household name, but you’ve certainly heard his work. He wrote and produced Céline Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” Earth Wind and Fire’s “After the Love Is Gone” and Michael Bublé’s “Home,” among many other hits. He has also produced albums for Bryan Adams, Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige, Chicago, Kenny Rogers, Boz Scaggs, Rod Stewart and The Tubes — and scored the films St. Elmo’s Fire,

Urban Cowboy and The Bodyguard. Foster has released five of his own albums and notched 16 Grammys, including three for Producer of the Year, as well as an Emmy, a Golden Globe and three Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. These days Foster is sharing the stage with Katharine McPhee, whom he married in 2018. McPhee was runner-up in 2006 on American Idol — the same year Foster was a guest judge — after which she enjoyed a hit single, “Over It,” and a gold debut album. She has continued to record — most recently an album of reimagined jazz standards — and acted in television, films and the Broadway stage.

Foster’s special guest will be recording artist Katharine McPhee.

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Saturday, March 14  I  8 p.m. Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.50 GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE Video games and symphony orchestras have developed symbiotic relationships. Gamers love to attend multimedia extravaganzas that feature projected images and live music. Orchestras (and choirs) love to perform at such events because they attract audiences outside the usual symphony demographic. Square Enix, developer of the Final Fantasy series,


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pioneered the live-event genre and first toured with Distant Worlds in 2007. Now, 15 releases later, Distant Worlds is still touring. No wonder, since various iterations of Final Fantasy have racked up sales of more than 144 million worldwide. The lavish score, composed by Nobuo Uematsu, is accompanied by visuals from every version of the game projected onto a gigantic screen. Locally, in addition to a symphony orchestra, such events are often accompanied by the Bach Festival Choir or UCF’s University Chorus. Arrangements had not been completed at press time, but the guest conductor will be Grammy-winner Arnie Roth.


Wednesday–Sunday, March 18–22  I  Showtimes vary Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $80 Shen Yun means “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” or “the rhythm of a divine spirit” or, more simply, “God’s melody.” The Shen Yun Performing Arts organization, founded in 2006, has six touring companies, each of which encompasses about 40 dancers who trained at the Fei Tian Academy in upstate New York. Spectacular Shen Yun performances feature these graceful and elaborately clad dancers, who are accompanied by an equally large orchestra that incorporates Chinese instruments such the pipa (comparable to a lute), the erhu (a two-stringed vertical violin) and the suona (a double-reeded horn). Adding to the spectacle is an enormous screen upon which digital backdrops — ancient temples, royal gardens, the cosmos — appear as the troupe enacts Chinese dance stories drawn from 5,000 years of the country’s history. Orlando audiences — audiences everywhere, really, except in China, where the show is not allowed because of its spiritual themes — can’t get enough of Shen Yun, which is returning for the eighth consecutive year.


Saturday, March 28  I  7 p.m.  I  Bob Carr Theater  I  Tickets start at $23.50 VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE Rend Collective, a folk/rock worship band from Northern Ireland, was started in a Bangor, Ireland, church while drummer Gareth Gilkeson says “a bunch of us were trying to figure out life.” The group, which has 15 members but tours and records with six, certainly figured out the recording business – its 2018 studio album Good News was a bestseller worldwide and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Music Chart and No. 70 on the secular Billboard 200. Seven previous Rend Collective albums also charted in the U.S., and most reached No. 1 in the U.K. A reviewer for AllMusic describes Good News as “rich with ebullient full-throated vocals, fiddles, banjo and plenty of hearty strumming.” Adds Gilkeson: “Sometimes we spend so much time looking at what we don’t have rather than being thankful for what we do have. Our time on social media, comparing our lives to others, steals our joy and leaves us empty. God has given us so much, and we must discipline our minds to think on our blessings rather than letting them fester on what we think we lack.” SPRING 2020 | artsLife




Wednesday, April 8  I  8 p.m. Bob Carr Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.50


Thursday, April 2  I  2 and 7:30 p.m. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater  I  Tickets start at $30 As youngsters, twin brothers Eddie and Anthony Edwards, 50, were fascinated by celebrities. Raised in Burbank, California, near NBC TV studios, they often watched TV shows being taped, and were particularly intrigued by those ubiquitous variety shows such as Laugh In, The Sonny and Cher Show, The Carol Burnett Show and others on which the biggest stars of the day routinely performed. As adults, the Edwards Twins now stage their own variety shows, portraying both hosts and guests with uncanny precision. The brothers, for years staples in Las Vegas, combine their extraordinary vocal impersonations with costumes, makeup and even prosthetics to conjure up a nonstop barrage of superstars for astonished audiences. Anthony channels Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, Billy Joel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Engelbert Humperdinck, among others. Anthony, who has a higherpitched voice, usually performs as female entertainers, including Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Céline Dion and Cher (who, alongside Eddie as Sonny, sings “I’ve Got You Babe”). People Magazine raved the Edwards Twins “bring such love and attention to re-creating celebrities, that in many ways they are better than watching the real thing.” 20

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Mandy Moore has launched her first musical tour in a decade. “Getting back to it. It’s time. I miss it,” Moore said late last year. “I’m not scared anymore. No more excuses.” So it’s appropriate that one of the stops on Moore’s comeback journey is the venue where it all began. Moore, now 35, first played the Bob Carr Theater as a sixth grader when she starred as Miss Adelaide in Park Maitland School’s production of Guys and Dolls. Later, while attending Bishop Moore High School, she recorded her first album, So Real, which went platinum and spawned the hit bubblegum single “Candy.” A more mature Moore, although she continued to record, gravitated toward acting and made her live-action film debut in The Princess Diaries (2001). She went on to appear in more than a dozen films, although her most prominent credit was as the voice of Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled (2010). Since 2016, Moore has starred on the tear-jerking NBC series This Is Us, earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role as matriarch Rebecca Pearson, a character nearing age 70. A new album, yet untitled, is expected later this year.

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Sunday, April 19  I  7:30 p.m.  I  Bob Carr Theater  I  Tickets start at $39.50 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 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.


Tuesday, April 21  |  7:30 p.m.|  Walt Disney Theater  |  Tickets start at $35 GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE When it comes to pop music, let’s face it: There’s pretty much The Beatles, and everybody else. The Fab Four’s enduring music is the foundation for Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles, a production touted as the world’s longest-running Beatles salute. (Yes, it pre-dates Beatlemania by several years.) Originally developed in 1975, Rain – the song on the B-side of “Paperback Writer” — ran on Broadway for 300 shows in 2010 and 2011, receiving the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. This year’s edition offers a nod to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ landmark Abbey Road album, famous for its distinctive cover photo (replete with hidden “Paul is dead” clues) as well as classic hits such as “Come Together,” “Something,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Carry That Weight.” Featured cast members include Steve Landes (John Lennon), Paul Curatolo (Paul McCartney), Alastar McNeil (George Harrison) and Aaron Chiazza (Ringo Starr). But you won’t hear band members introduce themselves as John, Paul, George and Ringo — a concession required for legal reasons. No matter. Expect the nostalgic power of the music to be enough to sustain the illusion.


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SCOOBY DOO! AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25  |  7 p.m. Walt Disney Theater  |  Tickets start at $25 VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE Break out the Scooby snacks! Many of us (or at least our kids) grew up watching the Saturday morning animated adventures of four teenagers — Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers – accompanied by their talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo (“ruh roh!”), as they piloted their psychedelic Mystery Machine to far-flung locations and solved scores of supernaturally themed mysteries. Now, more than 50 years after the cartoon’s debut, the gang has a live show called Scooby Doo! And the Lost City of Gold, which combines music and

puppetry with audience participation and cutting-edge technology. Scooby, for example, is an animatronic, puppeteeroperated pooch who stands 6-foot-3inches. The stage spectacular finds the gang in the South American town of Alta Luz, where they’re investigating unsettling sightings of the ghostly La Dama de Oro (“The Lady in Gold”). As the sleuths sniff for clues (and snacks), a trail of extinct purple irises leads them through fantastic landscapes where they meet new friends — and perhaps foes. Dancing, by the way, is encouraged.

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The 16-piece Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center entered its third full season with a variety of special concerts led by internationally renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker. Here’s what’s percolating:

JAZZ FOR LOVERS Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 13, 14, 15  I  8 p.m. (all shows) Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater Tickets start at $49.50 It’s Valentine’s Day Weekend and you’ll be listening to live performances of some of the most romantic popular music ever written. If you aren’t in love when you arrive, you will be when you leave.

ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON: A TASTE FOR JAZZ Sunday, March 15  I  7 p.m. Walt Disney Theater  I  Tickets start at $55 Nationally known jazz artists from Jazz at Lincoln Center join the orchestra for a one-of-a-kind jam session and concert, the proceeds of which benefit the Essentially

Ellington High School Band Festival. Prior to the concert, enjoy light bites and samplings of fine bourbon and whiskey. Among the guest artists: master trumpeter Terell Stafford from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

MILES & MORE Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 21, 22, 23  I  8 p.m. (all shows) Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater Tickets start at $49.50 Who doesn’t dig one of the most influential musicians in the history of 20th century jazz? The orchestra offers tunes by the iconic Davis as well as selections from the Great American Songbook. Buy all three shows for just $165. Be sure to click on the “Flex 3-Pack” when buying your tickets online.

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Jazz crooner Gregory Porter draws from an array of musical influences. “Rephrasing and improvisation are crucial in both gospel and jazz,” says Porter. “Some of my music comes from my 8-year-old self, sitting in church.”


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hen Gregory Porter was growing up in Oakland, California, his mother, Ruth, was a Church of God in Christ minister who encouraged his love of gospel music. But he also listened to his mother’s records, including those by jazz masters such as Nat King Cole. He found that the two genres were basically in simpatico. “Rephrasing and improvisation are crucial in both gospel and jazz,” says Porter, whose Liquid Spirit (2014) and Take Me to the Alley (2017) won Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Album. “Some of my music comes from my 8-year-old self, sitting in church.” Porter brings his more seasoned 58-yearold self to the Walt Disney Theater on Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. Opening for Porter is Ledisi, a New Orleans-born jazz and rhythm and blues singer who performed nine times at the Obama White House and has been nominated for 12 Grammys. Tickets start at $29.50. Employing a silky baritone that’s reminiscent of old-school crooners, Porter usually records original music that combines elements of jazz, blues, soul and gospel. But his most recent studio album, 2017’s Nat “King” Cole & Me, is an homage to his childhood musical idol. “I love [Cole’s] ballads and his clarity of diction,” says Porter, who says Cole’s music filled a void in his life caused by a disinterested and often-absent father. “But there’s still a swing in it.”

Porter began singing in small jazz clubs while attending San Diego State University on a football scholarship. San Diego-based producer and jazz educator Kamau Kenyatta encouraged Porter to pursue music full time. Kenyatta had invited Porter to his studio, where he was producing a Cole tribute album by flutist Hubert Laws. Laws overheard Porter singing along to “Smile” and was so impressed that he decided to include the erstwhile outside linebacker — whose football career had been derailed by a shoulder injury — on the album. Laws’ sister, Eloise, was also there. She was about to join the cast of a new musical called It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues and encouraged Porter to audition. The show, which opened in Denver, eventually made its way to Broadway and in 1999 was nominated for both a Tony and a Drama Desk award.

BREAKTHROUGH ON BLUE NOTE Porter relocated to the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn and began performing in small clubs while working as a chef at a restaurant owned by his brother, Lloyd. He was eventually signed by Motéma Music, a Harlem-based indy label whose name means “heart” in the African language of Lingala. Water, Porter’s 2010 debut album, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal. His second release, 2012’s Be Good, was nominated in the Best Traditional R&B category. But his biggest commercial successes were yet to come. SPRING 2020 | artsLife


Porter, a consummate performer who usually records original music, has created a critical sensation with a recent album (below) that salutes his childhood hero, Nat King Cole. The collection offers Porter’s takes on such Cole classics as “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy,” “L.O.V.E.,” “Smile” and “The Christmas Song.”


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In 2013, Porter signed with Blue Note and released Liquid Spirit. The ambitious album, produced by Brian Bacchus, won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and was certified gold in the U.K. The songs were a mixture of originals — such as the hand-clapping title track — and standards, such as Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne’s “I Fall in Love Too Easily.” Critics raved. Nate Chinen of The New York Times wrote that Porter “has most of what you want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn’t know you wanted.” Dee Dee Bridgewater of JazzTimes added that “we haven’t had a singer [like Porter] in a long time — he’s such a wonderful writer and storyteller.” Porter’s fourth album, 2016’s Take Me to the Alley, produced by his mentor Kenyatta, featured all original music. The collection was highlighted by the anthemic “Holding On,” the bluesy “Don’t Lose Your Steam,” and the poignant “In Heaven” and “More Than a Woman,” both of which Porter had written about his mother — who died of breast cancer when he was 21.



“My mother enjoyed that I was expressing myself in a musical way,” says Porter. “I remember asking her when I was a little boy if it was OK for her if I sang love songs. She said, ‘Baby, God made love, so it’s okay to sing love songs.’” Take Me to the Alley, which snared Porter another Grammy, was followed in 2017 by Nat King Cole & Me, which offered Porter’s takes on such Cole classics as “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy,” “L.O.V.E.,” “Smile” and “The Christmas Song.” The lush orchestration was provided by the 70-piece London Studio Orchestra. “I went about selecting the songs like I always do — in a very emotional way,” Porter says. “I just gathered the songs that meant something to me over the years. There was a period in college when I had an injury to my shoulder and needed music to soothe me. So I ended up going back to Nat’s records. Then I did the same thing during the passing of my mother.” On his most recent album, 2018’s One Night Only: Live at Royal Albert Hall, Porter is

Ledisi is touring in support of her most recent release, 2017’s Let Love Rule (above), which was nominated for a Grammy as Best R&B Album. The singer, who portrayed gospel icon Mahalia Jackson in the 2014 film Selma, has notched a dozen Grammy nominations.

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again backed by the London Studio Orchestra as well as his longtime quartet, which includes pianist Chip Crawford, bassist Jahmal Nichols, drummer Emanuel Harrold and saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. The 19-song set consists of Porter’s compositions as well as songs from his Cole tribute album. In addition to touring and recording, Porter last year launched a podcast called The Hang, on which he chats with an array of celebrity guests. Among them is film actor (and jazz pianist) Jeff Goldblum, who suggested the project after the pair performed “Mona Lisa” together on BBC One’s Graham Norton Show. “It’s beautifully simple,” says Porter. “In each episode, I sit down with a close friend of mine and we shoot the breeze about music, life, cars, food, wine — whatever.” Which is all well and good, but what about that hat? For his public appearances, Porter always wears a flat cap — a Kangol Summer Spitfire — with a modified strap that covers his ears and chin. How come? He says that originally the headwear was to cover scars from skin surgery. Now, though, he considers it to be his trademark. “I was at the beach one time and didn’t have the hat on,” recalls Porter. “Then when I came out of the water and put it on, everybody recognized me.”

variety of bands, major success initially eluded her. In 2007, Ledisi released her breakthrough third album, Lost & Found, which garnered a pair of Grammy nominations on the strength of two singles, “Alright” and “In the Morning.” A string of Top 10 releases followed, leading to her role in Selma, the launch of her own record label (Chinweya Entertainment) and all those White House appearances. She’s touring in support of her most recent album, 2017’s Let Love Rule, which was nominated for a Grammy as Best R&B Album. “This album was one of the hardest I’ve ever worked on,” she says. “We were looking for songs that could stand the test of time. This wasn’t a quickie; it was about great songwriting. I’ve come back to what I love about R&B and what I love about today’s music.”  — Randy Noles and Jim Abbott

LETTING LOVE RULE Opening act Ledisi, known for her role as gospel icon Mahalia Jackson in the 2014 film Selma, also pushes beyond arbitrary boundaries with her music. The daughter of a nightclub singer, Ledisi (the name means “to bring forth” in Nigerian) immersed herself in music early, singing with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra when she was 8 years old. After moving to the West Coast, she became known for her performances at Beach Blanket Babylon, a popular San Francisco cabaret. Although she performed with a

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In F A C T Last October, Porter and Jeff Goldblum — yep, the star of those Jurassic Park films — recorded a duet of “Make Someone Happy.” The song, which appears on Goldblum’s most recent album, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, was released as a single. Goldblum is an accomplished jazz pianist whose band is called the Mildred Snitzner Orchestra.


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ack in 1981, when Brian Regan was honing his stand-up act at a small club called the Fort Lauderdale Comedy Strip, he watched as a relatively unknown Jerry Seinfeld convulsed the audience with his carefully observed jokes about seemingly mundane matters. “He was great,” recalls Regan, 61, who has been called “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian” by Entertainment Weekly. “I thought, ‘If this guy’s not famous, then I don’t know if I want to be in this business.’” Seinfeld became famous just months later with a breakthrough appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and went on to become one of the most successful and influential comedians of all time. Regan, too, won fame — but didn’t have a blockbuster TV series like Seinfeld did. “Jerry said I was a comic who really ought to be on TV,” says Regan. “We started talking about some ideas.” As a result, the Netflix series Stand Up and Away! — which stars Regan and is executive produced by Seinfeld — was launched in 2017. But live stand-up remains Regan’s bread and butter. He performs more than 100 shows a year, packing venues across the country and delivering keen observational (and often satirical) humor punctuated by over-thetop expressions and contortions. His act is notable for being profanity free — which means his audiences often consist of families. Regan, a native of Miami who now lives in Las Vegas, performs at the Walt Disney 36

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Theater on Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. “Hey, I can be crude and rude,” says Regan when asked about this G-rated (well, sometimes PG-rated) approach to his craft. “I know you’ll laugh at the f-word. But there’s only so much mileage you can get that way. There are already plenty of people who cover that territory.” Regan, a suburban kid who grew up in a household with seven siblings — his brother, Dennis, is also a stand-up comedian — played football at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. His coach, recognizing the scrappy wide receiver’s gift for making people laugh, encouraged him to take theater classes. Comedy, for Regan, was the next logical step. “I dropped out of college to perform,” Regan says. “So imagine that phone call to Mom and Dad.” He completed his degree from Heidelberg in 1997 — notching the final 10 credit hours by writing papers — after more than 15 years as a professional comedian. “I actually went and did the walk,” he says. “I wanted to wear the gown and the cap and the whole nine yards. And then a couple years after that, I got an honorary doctorate. And I’m like, ‘Well, guys, if you’d told me you were going to give me this, I wouldn’t have wasted my time learning all that stuff a couple of years ago.’”

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Jerry Seinfeld, a fan of Regan’s, thought his fellow observational comedian ought to have his own TV show. As a result, the Netflix series Stand Up and Away! — which stars Regan and is executive produced by Seinfeld — was launched in 2017. Several years earlier, Regan had appeared on the first season of Seinfeld’s streaming series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

animated stand-up series Shorties Watchin’ Shorties. In 2007, he signed a deal to star in a pair of one-hour Comedy Central specials. Both specials were released on DVD: Standing Up (2007) and The Epitome of Hyperbole (2008).

A HOT COMMODITY Regan was reunited with his friend Seinfeld in 2012, when he guested on the first season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Seinfeld’s popular streaming series. The two began to discuss a TV show for Regan, and in 2017 Stand Up and Away! was born. “It’s just huge to have somebody like that on your side,” Regan says. “Jerry went with me to the pitch meeting. He made suggestions but gave me creative control. It’s been great.” Before the show debuted, Regan was already a hot commodity. In 2015, Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall be-


every night — but only after the headliners had finished their sets. “The audience was walking out,” recalls Regan, who also bussed tables at the bar. “It was not an easy atmosphere. But you need the kind of passion that will push you through the bad times. You need to learn something every time you have a bad show.” Regan became successful the old-fashioned way: He worked at it. In 1986, after several years of playing bars that advertised “comedy plus 25-cent tequila,” he moved to New York City and built a reputation as a reliable crowd-pleaser. In 1988, he was named “Funniest Person in New York” by a radio station — a prize that brought with it a check for $10,000 — and began to tour the country playing larger venues. He also taped a half-hour Showtime special, 1992’s Something’s Wrong with the Regan Boy, and started popping up on the late-night circuit. In 1995, Regan landed a breakthrough spot on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. (He was invited back 27 more times — more than any other stand-up comedian in that show’s history.) His first CD, Brian Regan Live, was released in 1997. In 2004, Regan self-released a DVD of a performance at the Irvine Improv and was a featured comedian in Comedy Central’s


came the first live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history. More recently, he sold out the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall as well as prestigious venues in Europe. In addition to Stand Up and Away!, Regan has taped Nunchucks and Flamethrowers, the first of two specials for Netflix. The second special, which is not yet titled, will be out later this year. Other comedians who have two-special deals with the platform are Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and, of course, Seinfeld. “I’m really quite satisfied with the way things are going,” says Regan, who has also fulfilled an ambition to act by playing Mugsy, a recovering addict, in the dark comedy series Loudermilk, currently in its second season on the AT&T Audience Network. (His only other acting role had been a scene-stealing cameo in Top Five, a 2014 comedy starring Rock.) For observational comedians, new material is everywhere. “I’m always looking for funny things,” says Regan, whose hourlong sets are often self-deprecating and sometimes include explorations of his own obsessive-compulsive tendencies. “But I’m not always on red alert.” Still, Regan has some “greatest hits” that fans nearly always request. For example, his story about a moon-walking astronaut who encounters a dinner-party braggart spewing a monotonous monologue about his travel adventures seems never to get old. Then there’s his riff on the song “Dora the Explorer,” which, he notes, rhymes “only in the Kennedy household.” But just because Regan makes comedy look easy doesn’t mean that it really is. “I don’t just freewheel,” he says. “I might work two years to come up with my next full hour of material. My act is like a piece of clay — it’s always a work in progress.” 

Regan’s stand-up routine is usually G-rated, which means that his audiences often include families.

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In F A C T Regan, unlike many comedians, doesn’t talk much about his family during his act: “I have a joke or two about my son and I have a joke about my daughter — but I don’t want my kids feeling like I’m following them around with a notebook, saying, ‘Hey, do something funny so Daddy can get another five minutes.’”

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RAISE Josh Groban may have been an unlikely pop star. But 30 million records later, few can match his universal appeal. BY GREG DAWSON

Josh Groban made his TV debut on the 1999 Grammy Awards broadcast as a substitute for Andrea Bocelli, singing a duet of “The Prayer” with Céline Dion. Today he’s an established superstar — a genre unto himself and a seller of more than 30 million albums and DVDs.


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Groban, shown here in rehearsal, boasts an extraordinary lyric baritone that fills large venues worldwide. Opined one critic: “I can’t really imagine what type of person wouldn’t want to see Josh Groban live.”


ven if they can’t recall exactly when and where, everyone can likely remember the first time they heard Josh Groban’s lustrous, bewitching high lyric baritone. It’s the sort of sensory experience that instantly embeds itself in one’s brain — like standing for the first time on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Céline Dion remembers. It was February 1999, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Dion and Andrea Bocelli — the prince of popera, a burgeoning genre of pop songs delivered in operatic style — were slated to perform a duet of “The Prayer” at the Grammy Awards.

When an ailing Bocelli had to skip rehearsal, Groban, a local unknown, was recruited as a stand-in. The skinny 17-year-old with cascading dark curls, Dion recalled years later, was “nervous and shaking.” Then Dion heard that spine-tingling voice: “When Josh took the microphone, he couldn’t have been any more powerful. The audience at the rehearsal, the orchestra — everybody was looking. This kid was incredible.” This kid — often bearded but still boyish at 39 — is today an established superstar, a genre unto himself and a seller of more than 30 million albums and DVDs. 42

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Groban, the singer of “You Raise Me Up” and countless other hits, brings his signature soaring vocals to Orlando for the fourth time when he touches down at the Walt Disney Theater on Wednesday, March 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $85. Groban’s protean gifts as a performer have proven infinitely adaptable to a myriad of venues. Since his last local appearance in 2016, there’ve been Grammy and Emmy nominations and another top-selling album, Bridges The Netflix outing, with Groban as a rulehewing detective and Tony Danza as his dad, a freewheeling ex-cop, wasn’t re-

Groban co-wrote nine of the 12 tracks from his most recent album, Bridges, but also covered Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which is now often used as the showcloser for his live concerts.

newed for a second season. But in a review of the show, Hollywood Reporter TV critic Tim Goodman noted that “Groban is maybe irresistibly likable — because something in our DNA makes it so.”

“JUST BREATHTAKING” It was TV that launched Groban, a highschool voice student in Los Angeles, from obscurity to stardom — a creation myth that’s no myth. In January 1999, he was chosen by Grammy-winning producer David Foster as a final-hour sub for Michael Crawford at an inaugural party for California Governor Gray Davis. “Just breathtaking,” Foster said after listening to a Groban tape sent by his voice teacher. “It only happens a few times in a lifetime that a tape sticks out so dramatically.” A month later, when Foster found himself in the same predicament, producing the Grammy telecast and needing a rehearsal fill-in for Bocelli, Groban was a natural choice. Among the onlookers who heard Groban’s voice for the first time that day was the ceremony’s host, Rosie O’Donnell. She was dazzled and invited “opera boy,” as she called him, to appear on her talk show the next week. A phenomenon was born, and the next two years were a blur of opportunity and exploding popularity. Groban toured with Sarah Brightman and made his recording debut singing “For Always” on the movie soundtrack for A.I. Artificial Intelligence. He performed in benefit concerts with the likes of Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Don Henley. TV producer David E. Kelley, co-host at one concert, was so taken by Groban’s charisma that he created a role for him in the season finale of Ally McBeal in 2001. The episode, in which Groban sang “You’re Still You,” drew 10 million viewers and inspired 8,000 adoring emails. Consequently, Groban was invited back the following season to reprise his role and sing “To Where You Are,” a Richard Marx cover that’s become a regular encore selection

at recent concerts. In November 2001, Groban released his first album, Josh Groban, which rocketed to double-platinum fueled by priceless exposure: Singing at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo. There was also a televised holiday special with Sting, Lionel Richie and others at the Vatican. Appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a profile on 20/20 followed. Groban concluded that momentous year with his own PBS special, Josh Groban in Concert. In a 2003 Billboard magazine story headlined “The Unlikely Star,” Chuck Taylor wrote: “It all combined to turn a skinny, curly-haired guy that sings anthemic operatic ballads in English, Italian, French and Spanish into an unlikely pop star.” No one was more surprised than Groban: “I never expected to end up on radio with the kind of voice I have and the music that I make.” Since then, Groban has been a sort of pop culture Zelig, appearing everywhere from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony to President Obama’s inaugural concert, the Rose Bowl, the World Series and the Super Bowl. If all that weren’t enough, in 2008 Groban was named one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful.” And he has appeared in feature films such as Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), Coffee Town (2013), Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and The Hollars (2016). SPRING 2020 | artsLife


Groban has appeared everywhere from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony to President Obama’s inaugural concert, the Rose Bowl, the World Series and the Super Bowl.

“TRANSCENDENT MOMENTS” One place the ubiquitous Groban has never been seen is on stage accepting a Grammy award. He’s 0 for 4 nominations, putting him in a select group of Grammyless icons including Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Chuck Berry, Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin. Groban has been a good sport about the goose egg. (His only hardware is two Billboard Music Awards.) He and Sara Bareilles — still waiting for her first Grammy — were nominated for an Emmy for writing a song about never winning a major award, which they performed as hosts of the Tony Awards in 2018. “This is for the people who lose, ’cause both of us have been in your shoes,” they crooned. Those who missed him on Ally McBeal and didn’t already have Groban on their radar likely first heard his voice during the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston, where he honored the 44

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crew of the space shuttle Columbia with “You Raise Me Up.” Groban’s cover of the song, written by Rolf Løvland of Norway and Brendan Graham of Ireland, was released in 2004 and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. Many hits later, “You Raise Me Up” remains Groban’s anthem. The melodically rich, lyrically inspiring song epitomizes the singer’s unique romantic-classical-pop genre — touching listeners on a spiritual level in secular fashion. “It’s so uplifting and positive,” he says. “You can attribute it to anybody: teacher, spouse, family member, God.” Naturally, “You Raise Me Up” is a fixture on Groban’s concert set list, which draws from his eight studio albums. He also sprinkles his programs with favorite standards such as “Vincent” and “She’s Always a Woman” as well as operatic ballads such as “Alla Luce del Sole” and “Musica del Corazon”. Critic Erik Thompson of the Minneapolis City Pages, who took his mother to see Groban, described the emotional impact of his show-closing “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which appears on his most recent album, 2018’s Bridges: “As I hugged my weeping mother, I said

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In addition to his musical accolades, Groban was named to People magazine’s “Most Beautiful” list in 2008.

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In F A C T In 2011, Groban appeared as a mystery guest star on the season finale of Dancing with the Stars to surprise Petra Nemcova by singing “You Raise Me Up” to her dance. When Nemcova saw that it was Groban, not a cast member, who was singing, she was momentarily too stunned to continue.


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a simple prayer for this world, though I don’t consider myself a religious person. Transcendent moments like that don’t typically happen to me at indie-rock shows.” Added Thompson: “I can’t really imagine what type of person wouldn’t want to see Josh Groban live. Everyone was checking personal beliefs and divisive emotions at the door. Groban brought people of all different ages, races and creeds together under one roof, unifying us under a love and passion for great music.” The formality and grandeur of Groban’s vocal style belies his self-deprecating charm, irreverent wit and playful — even borderline naughty — banter with fans. The full arsenal was on display during his 2013 concert at the Amway Center. “I feel perhaps a great number of you have been with me from the very beginning of my career,” Groban said. “Maybe some of you were dragged here tonight by your

wife, your girlfriend or your grandma. Maybe tonight is brownie points for the gentlemen. Welcome, sirs! Brave men. You’re getting lucky tonight!” Groban has been linked in the press with a series of girlfriends, but confesses to being something of a workaholic whose constant touring wouldn’t be conducive to domesticity. “I’d love to have a family one day,” he says. “But I want to be the father that my dad has been to me. My dad would go to work in the morning, come home and have a scotch and help me with my homework. I want desperately to be that.” Meanwhile, Groban will keep serenading the moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas — the great eclectic family that fills arenas, enraptured by his siren song — because something in our DNA makes it so. 

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ORLANDO originals The AMP’d series returns, featuring homegrown talent in the spotlight.


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ashville is the mecca of country music. Memphis is the home of the blues. New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz, and Seattle spawned grunge. New York gave us hip-hop, punk and disco, while Detroit is where Berry Gordy started Motown and developed pop-infused soul artists such as The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Funky Austin, where anything goes, is known as “The Live Music Capital of the World.” So, what about Orlando? In fact, Central Florida boasts a plethora of talented bands and solo performers, many of whom produce excellent — and innovative — music. While there isn’t a specific genre associated with the region (except perhaps the early boy bands), there’s certainly something for every musical taste. That point is proven by the AMP’d at Dr. Phillips Center Series, presented this year by Michelob Ultra with radio partner WJRR 101.1. Five outstanding (and eclectic) homegrown acts will be showcased over five months at the state-of-the-art Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. This year’s lineup is on the following pages:

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monday, march 9 I 7:30 p.m. Kaleigh Baker, an Orlando resident who tours more than 300 days a year, is best known locally for her residencies at iconic Will’s Pub in the Mills 50 district. Orlando Weekly describes the bluesy vocalist as “a cyclone of rock and soul, infusing tradition with youth and vigor; as a singer, she’s as much an arabesque songbird as a gut-kicking powerhouse.” Someday Honey, a three-piece band (Matt Walker, guitar; Mark Cunningham, bass; and Sam Farmer, drums) formed in St. Petersburg, describes itself as “wonky tonk,” a term that group members coined for their harmonic synthesis of rhythm and blues and rock and soul with an Americana vibe. Someday Honey featuring Kaleigh Baker


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monday, february 10 I 7:30 p.m. Established in 2011, Oklahoma Stackhouse is an Orlando-based band that blurs the lines between blues, reggae, rock, ska, jazz and funk. In 2015, the band released its second full-length album, Bird Dog Blues, which features mostly original music plus an offbeat, hard-rocking cover of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.” The band’s first album, 2015’s oddly named but rollicking Jah Won’t Let Me Live at Outback Steakhouse, was recorded live at The Social in downtown Orlando. Oklahoma Stackhouse describes itself as “Southern tropical rock with horns,” but admits that “it’s pretty hard to peg us to one specific genre of music.” A suggestion: Just pick your three favorite genres of music, put them in a blender, add some horns then toss in a little satire and you’re well on your way to understanding what Oklahoma Stackhouse is all about.

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Universal Funk Orchestra

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Orlando singer/guitarist Eugene Snowden has won a strong following through his weekly residency at Lil Indies, where he fronts the Legendary J.C.s, and as the guiding force behind the Afro-beat ensemble Watu Rhythm Band, which often performs at the adjacent Will’s Pub in the Mills 50 District. But one thing that this local legend has not done is release a solo album. That’s all about to change, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign during which fans chipped in more than $10,000 for the recording project. “I’ve been making music for over 30 years, and this is the first time I decided to venture out on my own and make a record that’s very near and dear to my heart with some good friends of mine,” Snowden wrote. “The music you will hear on this record is the music I grew up on — the blues that I infuse with soul, rock and funk to make it my own.”

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Mike Dunn’s most recent album, Hard Luck Soft Rock

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The Universal Funk Orchestra describes itself as being “exactly what it is — a collective of musicians from all walks of life, here to bring music to the people.” An amalgamation of rock, funk and rap, Universal Funk Orchestra (UFO) lives up to its name and delivers “a cosmic journey through galaxies of futuristic funk.” The group is curated by DJ Dizzlephunk, and features Chris Lebrane (drums), Brian “B True” (vocals), Kenny-J (brass) and The Jester (guitar). Its live shows are a spectacle to behold, combining over-the-top theatricality with instrumental and vocal prowess. The band, voted in 2019 by readers of Orlando Weekly as Best Experimental Act, has a new album, HumAlien.


monday, june 22 I 7:30 p.m. Folk singer Mike Dunn is a popular performer who also stages Folk Yeah, an annual showcase of singer-songwriters that’s expanded from a single-night concert in its first two years into a three-day music festival encompassing four indoor and outdoor stages at the Will’s Pub complex in the Mills 50 District. The versatile Dunn is also a videographer, photographer and graphic designer. Following the release of his first album, Edge of America, Dunn toured with his band the Kings of New England. He subsequently became a solo artist, and his most recent album, Hard Luck Soft Rock, contains all self-written tunes. Dunn’s style has been described as “gravelly Springsteen-influenced Americana.”

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“Take It From the Top: Broadway Week,” led by veteran dancer and choreographer Paul Canaan, is one of an array of summer programs offered by Dr. Phillips Center. About 500 students participated in various summer programs last year.


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une will be a hot month at Dr. Phillips Center, when the always-popular summer programs will get underway. Kids of all ages will get their creative juices flowing through an array of top-tier (and hands-on) activities that will explore everything from improv to singing, dancing and scene study — and they’ll get to demonstrate what they’ve learned through showcase performances in one of the arts center’s professional venues. “Our award-winning camps return for another incredible summer season,” says Foster Cronin, the arts center’s vice president for programming and education. “We’re excited to welcome students to our classrooms, rehearsal rooms and stages for an incredible summer. There’ll be something for everyone. It’s a summer-camp lineup that families won’t want to miss.” A highlight will be “Take It from the Top: Broadway Week” led by dancer and choreographer Paul Canaan, who co-founded the program in 2007 with actress Laura Bell Bundy. Canaan will be joined by composer Jacob Yandura, who’ll direct the music. 56

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Canaan, who was dance captain and part of the Broadway cast of Kinky Boots, started Take It from the Top to offer workshops and professional mentoring for young performers at arts centers around the country. A leader in theatrical education, Canaan also served as artistic director of the Broadway Dreams Foundation and is a judge for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Awards). Canaan recently co-founded The Original Production, a dance licensing company that offers high schools and local theaters the opportunity to learn and perform original Broadway choreography. In addition to his educational ventures, Canaan is a busy working performer whose other Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Legally Blonde. Yandura is also an artistic force to be reckoned with. He and his lyricist-collaborator Rebekah Greer Melocik had worked with director Harold Prince — winner of 21 Tonys — on a stage adaptation of the 2015 HBO documentary How to Dance in Ohio, about

The arts center’s summer programs are for any young people who like to perform. Participating in collaborative, creative projects can boost self-confidence and teach the value of teamwork, which are beneficial across the board.

young people on the autism spectrum preparing for their first spring formal dance. Although Prince died last July, Yandura and Melocik are continuing the project. In 2015, The Last Queen of Canaan, written by Yandura, premiered at the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals. The following year, he was a Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, which is awarded annually to young musical theater composers, lyricists and librettists or writing teams. Yandura has also earned several prestigious fellowships and residencies, including a two-year residency at Ars Nova, a New York-based incubator for offbeat and adventurous theater. On the following pages are descriptions of the various summer programs offered — including one that culminates with a production of Les Misérables at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater — and how to sign up. Tuition is lower if you register by April 3, and you’re guaranteed a place — enrollment closes when maximum capacity is reached, which is often early. 

Jacob Yandura will direct the music for Take it from the Top: Broadway Week. The Last Queen of Canaan, written by Yandura, premiered at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals. The composer has earned numerous prestigious fellowships and residencies.

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AT DR. PHILLIPS CENTER MUSICAL THEATER WEEK: ON BROADWAY! Calling all singers, dancers, and actors! Learn to sing, act and dance to the best songs from Broadway shows, including, among others, Frozen and Wicked. Expand your vocal technique, character development, dance and stage presence. The week culminates with a showcase for friends and family in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. DATES/TIMES: June 8–12, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: June 12, 7 p.m., Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater AGES: 6–10 TUITION: $300 ($330 after April 3) CAPACITY: 60 participants


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TAKE IT FROM THE TOP: BROADWAY WEEK Learn music, dance and acting from a talented team of experienced Broadway professionals and a professional casting director. The workshop has been designed by Broadway veterans Paul Canaan (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles, Miss Saigon) and Tony nominee Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde, Wicked, Hairspray, Ruthless). You’ll also learn the process of casting, auditions and rehearsals through mentorship from Broadway performers, directors, choreographers and a casting industry professional. The week culminates with a showcase for friends and family in the Walt Disney Theater. DATES/TIMES: June 15–19, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: June 19, 7 p.m., Walt Disney Theater AGES: 10–19 TUITION: $435 ($465 after April 3) CAPACITY: 100

SAK IMPROV INTENSIVE WEEK Delve into comedy, stand-up, monologue and improvisation while working through various acting and improvisational methods with expert improvisors from SAK Comedy Lab. Learn how to share your creativity with a scene partner and how to incorporate the energy of the audience. This intensive workshop will help you grow in skill, craft and artistry as an actor. The week culminates with a showcase for friends and family in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. DATES/TIMES: June 22–26, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: June 26, 7 p.m., Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater AGES: 10–18 TUITION: $300 ($330 after April 3) CAPACITY: 60 

MUSICAL THEATER WEEK: SAFARI ADVENTURE Join the adventure of a lifetime and bring the magic of musical theater to life. Through theatrical performance combining songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance, we’ll tell a thrilling story while on a safari through favorite shows, among them The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Tarzan and Madagascar. The week culminates with a showcase for friends and family in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. DATES/TIMES: July 6–10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: July 10, 7 p.m., Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater AGES: 6–10 TUITION: $300 ($330 after April 3) CAPACITY: 60 

THEATER ARTS WEEK Theater is about the art of play. In a nurturing and supportive environment, you’ll explore script, improv, drama and theater games with an emphasis on personal expression, creative imagination, confidence and socialization. This workshop makes the connection between the magical worlds of creativity and scripted theater. DATES/TIMES: July 13–17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FINAL SHOWCASE: July 19, 7 p.m., DeVos Family Room AGES: 6–10 TUITION: $300 ($330 after April 3) CAPACITY: 60

MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTION: LES MISÉRABLES Join the cast for a full-scale production of the award-winning musical, Les Misérables in just 80 hours of rehearsal. Each rehearsal will consist of blocking, vocals, choreography, character development and crucial tech functions such as lighting and sound that go into a professional production. After a special preview for parents, the cast will stage four performances open to the public in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. Tickets are $25. AUDITIONS: You’ll be asked to submit a video audition singing a 16/20 bar cut from a classic musical for both lead and supporting roles. CALLBACKS: July 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The cast list will be announced July 19, with the first rehearsal on July 20. REHEARSALS: July 20–31, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (off July 25) LOAD IN/LOAD OUT: July 26 and August 2, 5–10 p.m. PREVIEW NIGHT: July 30, 7 p.m. (parents and guardians only) PERFORMANCES: July 31, 7 p.m.; August 1, 1 and 7 p.m.; and August 2, 2 p.m. Performances are in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater AGES: 12–19 TUITION: $625 for pre-registration ($655 after April 3) CAPACITY: 50 Please note: The campus will be closed during summer programs. There is a onehour break, so please bring your own lunch. Morning care will be available beginning 8 a.m. at a cost of $25 for the week. After care will be available until 5:30 p.m.

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hen the curtain rose on The Play That Goes Wrong, a hilarious farce by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, everything went right for guests, who belly laughed and guffawed through a rare nonmusical offering in the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ series. After all, who had time to sing when cues were missed, lines were forgotten, props were misplaced and sets were literally collapsing around hapless actors? The Play That Goes Wrong, which opened December 3, was followed by the blockbuster Aladdin (January 22– May 9). Still to come are Mean Girls (February 25–March 1); Miss Saigon (March 31–April 5); A Bronx Tale (April 28–May 3): My Fair Lady (May 26–31); and a season option, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (June 11–14). For more information, see page 64.


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If the headline for this story leaves you puzzled, then you didn’t see the 2004 film version of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, on which the stage production is based. “Fetch,” in the world of Fey’s snarky teenagers, translates roughly to “cool.”


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Some things about high school never change — particularly the social hierarchy. Mean Girls follows transfer student Cady Heron as she adapts to life in Chicago, where a trio of ferocious frenemies known as The Plastics rule the hallways and lunch tables at fictional North Shore High. The show is based on Tina Fey’s 2004 film, which has become a cult classic.


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what’s in store for the remainder of the current season.


February 25–March 1 INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ON SALE NOW Teenagers who giggled knowingly at the 2004 film Mean Girls, which is now a cult classic, are mostly in their early 30s now. But some things about high school never change, as Tina Fey well knows. That’s why the “fetch” stage adaptation of Mean Girls, which teams Fey’s story with music by Jeff Richmond (Fey’s husband) and lyrics by Nell Benjamin, still resonates. Much of the plot, based loosely on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 self-help title Queen Bees and Wannabes, remains the same — although Fey has implemented updates for the social media age. Mean Girls follows transfer student Cady Heron, the home-schooled daughter of biologist researchers in Kenya, as she adapts to life in Chicago, where a trio of ferocious



he 2019–20 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ series has four more regularseason shows and a special add-on still to come. And those shows run the gamut from a hilarious sendup of high school snobbery to a heartbreaking story of doomed romance in the aftermath of an unpopular war. Up next is Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, followed by a revival of Miss Saigon, Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale and the “loverly” My Fair Lady. The add-on is Beautiful, about the life and music of Carole King. Individual tickets, when released, may be purchased by calling 844.513.2015 or visiting the arts center’s box office at 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For information about group tickets (10 or more), email groups@drphillipscenter.org or call 407.455.5550. For information about renewing season subscriptions — yes, it’s that time again — see page 71. Now, let’s take a show-by-show look at

Miss Saigon, a heartbreaking story of doomed romance, begins during the chaotic final weeks of the war in Vietnam. A reimagined version of Puccini’s tragic opera Madama Butterfly, the show tells the story of a Marine sergeant who falls in love with a guileless bar girl whom he meets at a brothel called “Dreamland.” Among the stunning visual effects is a helicopter landing onstage during the fall of Saigon.

frenemies known as The Plastics rule the hallways and lunch tables at North Shore High. Two gothish loners, Janis Sarkisian and Damian Hubbard, narrate what they call “a cautionary tale.” The production number “Where Do You Belong?” thoroughly describes the school — all schools, really — and its hierarchy:


You’ll be judged on sight, And made to fit. So find a clique and stick with it. Say, where do you belong? Cady initially ingratiates herself with ruthless Regina George and her posse — but only to gather intelligence for Janis. However, after falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend and becoming intoxicated with unaccustomed popularity, Cady finds herself becoming as shallow and cruel as the alphagirl whom she has deposed. Director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw wrings a ton of fun out of adolescent angst and haywire hormones. But remem-

ber: If you see the show on Wednesday, be sure to wear pink. New York Magazine says Mean Girls “delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” Vulture describes the show as “both a delicious musical in-joke and a clever means of setting up the show’s central metaphor: high school as ferocious food chain.”


March 31–April 5 INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ON SALE NOW If anything could top the chandelier crashing in Phantom of the Opera, it’s the chopper landing in Miss Saigon. Somehow, the scenic designers and technical wizards make it happen. But to view Miss Saigon solely as a spectacle would be to ignore its heartbreaking story of doomed romance, which begins during the chaotic final weeks of the war in Vietnam. A reimagined version of Puccini’s tragic opera Madama Butterfly, the show follows SPRING 2020 | artsLife


A Bronx Tale, actor Chazz Palminteri’s autobiographical coming-of-age story, is set in Brooklyn in the 1960s, where an Italian-American youngster — and a would-be wise guy — finds his loyalties divided between his hardworking father and a charismatic gangster whom he witnesses committing a murder. The show is highlighted by a doo-wop-infused score and energetic dance numbers.


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ran for a decade before a 2017 revival, is over the top in every way. It boasts a large cast and a soaring sung-through score — memorable numbers include “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind” and “American Dream” — as well as stunning technical effects. At its heart, though, Miss Saigon packs an emotional wallop by focusing on the ways in which the protracted war and its aftermath impacted individuals — combatants and civilians, American and Vietnamese. D.C. Theater Scene raves: “Miss Saigon’s vitality, its emotional thunder, will haunt you.” Broadway World calls it “a big, powerful, moving musical that still impresses after 30 years.”


April 28–May 3 INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 13 Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri’s autobiographical A Bronx Tale began life modestly enough, as a one-man show with Palminteri playing 18 roles. A fleshed-


the lives of Marine Sergeant Chris Scott — whose tour of duty is nearly finished — and a guileless teenaged bar girl named Kim, who works at a brothel called “Dreamland” for an unsavory hustler called The Engineer. Chris and Kim fall in love but are separated in the havoc as Saigon falls to the Viet Cong. Kim has a child by the absent Chris, and longs to be reunited with him. Back in the U.S., however, Chris has married. But he is tormented by memories of Kim, whom he fears has been killed. Learning that Kim is alive and has a son, Chris and his wife, Ellen — accompanied by an ex-G.I. buddy who works to reunify children conceived during the war with their American fathers — travel to Bangkok, where the rest of the story unfolds. Miss Saigon was written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg — who also wrote Les Misérables — with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr. Producer Cameron Mackintosh also produced Les Mis. So it comes as no surprise that this show, which opened on Broadway in 1991 and


Wouldn’t it be loverly? Of course it would! How can it be otherwise with My Fair Lady, which has been described as the quintessential Broadway musical. Can Professor Henry Higgins, an overbearing linguist, transform a cockney flower-seller named Eliza Doolittle into the belle of the Embassy Ball? He can certainly try — but who, really, is transforming whom?

out film version co-starring — and directed by — Robert De Niro was released in 1993, and Palminteri’s solo show moved to Broadway in 2007. Now it’s enjoying a resurgence as a fullblown musical. The song-and-dance adaption, which ran for more than 700 shows on Broadway before closing in 2018, was also created by Palminteri — whose Oscar nomination was for Best Supporting Actor in 1993’s Bullets Over Broadway — and De Niro, who co-directed with Jerry Zaks. The music is by Alan Menken (Newsies, Aladdin) and lyrics by Glenn Slater (Menken’s collaborator on The Little Mermaid, Sister Act and Leap of Faith). A Bronx Tale is set in Brooklyn in the 1960s, where an Italian-American youngster named Calogero Anello finds his loyalties divided between his hardworking father, Lorenzo, and a charismatic gangster, Sonny LoSpecchio, whom he witnesses committing a murder. When Calogero, a would-be wise guy, refuses to rat, the mob boss takes a shine to the boy. But Lorenzo worries about Calogero falling in with dangerous company. As the

years pass, the fraught father-son dynamic is complicated by a star-crossed romance between Calogero and Jane Williams, an African-American classmate. “It’s a coming-of-age tale,” Palminteri told the Globe and Mail. “That’s what it is, exactly. The characters are archetypes — the father, the mother, the young boy. It’s about racism. It’s about a father telling his son about not wasting his talent. People connect to it.” A Bronx Tale is highlighted by Menken’s doo-wop-infused score and packed with energetic dance numbers choregraphed by Sergio Trujillo (On Your Feet, Jersey Boys). The New York Times calls A Bronx Tale “the kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” A.M. New York describes the show as “Jersey Boys meets West Side Story.”


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— especially a “loverly” Lincoln Center revival that’s been playing to packed houses on Broadway. Entertainment Weekly calls My Fair Lady “the most perfect musical of all time.” It certainly is a gem from musical theater’s Golden Age — its Broadway debut was in 1956 — that now only shimmers more brightly thanks in part to some timely polishing from director Bartlett Sher. In fact, Sher’s helming of My Fair Lady earned him a 2018 Tony Award nomination, his eighth, as Best Director of a Musical. The story was originally adapted by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Professor Henry Higgins, an overbearing linguist, wagers Colonel Pickering, his houseguest, that he can refine a cockney flower-seller named Eliza Doolittle to such an extent that she can pass for a duchess at the hoity-toity Embassy Ball. Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews played the professor and his pupil on Broadway and in London. Harrison reprised his role in the Os70

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car-winning 1964 film adaptation, while Audrey Hepburn stepped in for Andrews, who was busy with The Sound of Music. (Harrison won both a Tony and an Oscar.) Between elocution lessons, the show features such evergreen songs as “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown accustomed to Her Face.” (Eliza sings “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” before she learns correct pronunciation.) But who is really being transformed? Under Sher’s direction, this restaged My Fair Lady is revealed to be a smart satire of class and gender privilege. Eliza, despite her rough edges, emerges as a savvy young woman who wants to change her circumstances and creates opportunities to do just that. The flummoxed Higgins never knew what hit him. “Plush and thrilling,” raves The New York Times. “Glorious and better than it ever was.” Adds The Stage: “It positively glows with class, shimmering with confidence and oozing with delight.” New York Mag-


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is back for an encore this season. The show follows the life and career of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who wrote, co-wrote or recorded an astonishing 118 chart hits — including such classics as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “It’s Too Late,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”

azine notes that “beyond My Fair Lady’s newly enthralling central story line, there’s a wealth of delicious detail in this production that ensures the play isn’t smart at the expense of fun.”

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Is there anyone who hasn’t owned the album Tapestry? The 1971 compilation by singer-songwriter Carole King sold 25 million copies and notched Grammys for Album of the Year, Record of the Year (“It’s Too Late”) and Song of the Year (“You’ve Got a Friend”) as well as Best Female Vocal Performance of the Year. Other cuts on Tapestry include “I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “So Far Away” “Where You Lead,” and “(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman.” Not surprisingly, King is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In Beautiful — back for a return engagement at the arts center — you get the timeless music as well as the story of King, now a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who as a shy but spunky teenager fought her way into the record business and endured a turbulent marriage to collaborator Gerry Goffin before truly finding her voice. It’s also fun to hear live replicas of the Drifters, the Shirelles, the Righteous Brothers and Little Eva perform hits that King and her Brill Building cohorts, such as Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, wrote for them. Each is a classic. Beautiful, with a book by Tony- and Oscarnominated writer Douglas McGrath, is directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince. The Broadway production earned two 2014 Tony Awards — one for Jessie Mueller, who played King, as Best Lead Actress in a Musical, and another for Brian Roman who got the nod for Best Sound Design of a Musical. The original cast recording won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Entertainment Weekly calls Beautiful “a slick and joyous celebration of female empowerment,” while the HuffPost says the show “joins the ranks of irresistible jukebox tuners such as Jersey Boys, Motown The Musical, Mamma Mia and Rock of Ages.” 

HAMILTON AND WICKED TO TAKE ANOTHER BOW To celebrate the opening of the entire Dr. Phillips Center, the 2020–21 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ series will be the biggest yet. There’ll be 14 weeks of shows and the return of two recordsmashing blockbusters, Hamilton and Wicked, as add-ons. Announcement of the full series — shows and dates — is scheduled for February 20, after this issue of artsLife went to press. The summer issue will include in-depth descriptions of the shows and some exciting special features. Meantime, visit drphillipscenter.org or follow the arts center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@drphillipsctr) for up-to-the-minute news. Subscribers can renew online beginning on Thursday, February 20, at 7 p.m. (orlando.broadway.com). Telephone renewals will begin on the following day, Friday, February 21, at 10 a.m. (800.448.6322). Renewing subscribers will be able to add Hamilton and Wicked, both of which are scheduled for multiple weeks. The shows enjoyed packed houses when they played Orlando previously. If you’d like to become a subscriber, add your name to the wait list at orlando.broadway.com. As usual, on-sale dates for individual show tickets will be announced later. FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ is presented in partnership with Broadway Across America and Florida Theatrical Association.

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AN AMERICAN DREAM When Red Concepcion was a kid, he heard the soundtrack to Miss Saigon and was enthralled. “The music from the show was huge in the Philippines,” says the 30-year-old native of Manilla, who has played the plum role of The Engineer for more than two-anda-half years in the touring production of the lavish show. But he hadn’t actually seen Miss Saigon in its entirety when he auditioned. “I had no idea how big the role was,” he recalls. “During the first read through, I was like, ‘Man, what have I gotten myself into?’” Concepcion, who comes from a family of performers — his younger brother Sam is a pop star in the Philippines and both his parents are stage actors — was more than up to the task of playing the showy, sleazy, scene-stealing character. The Los Angeles Times recently described his performance as “irresistibly charismatic and endearing, despite embodying the most craven and vile opportunism imaginable.” Does Concepcion really manage to unearth any redeeming qualities in this abusive, drug-snorting pimp? “Manipulative people usually seem charming and funny,” he says. “That’s how they get you. But at the end of the day, he’s just trying to survive. When you get a sense of his background, you don’t sympathize with him, but you understand.” Among many memorable moments in Miss Saigon is Concepcion’s showstopping rendition of “The American Dream,” in which The Engineer tells his backstory and describes his vision of life in America — where he imagines his hustles will make him rich and powerful: What’s that I smell in the air, sweet as a new millionaire, pre-packed, ready-to-wear, fat, like a chocolate éclair, as you suck out the cream. The gregarious Concepcion says he was inspired as a youngster by Gene Kelly, as hoofer Don Lockwood, singing and dancing 72

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in the rain for one of the most iconic scenes in the history of cinema. “I said to myself, ‘I wanna do that!’” Concepcion recalls. He began acting in local productions — the theater scene in Manilla is thriving — and landed his first role as one of the ducklings in an adaptation based on the fairy tale The Ugly Duckling. In 2014, Concepcion’s career got a major boost when he was cast as Adam/Felicia in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He followed up with roles in Cinderella, West Side Story, Hairspray and many other original works in the Philippines. Concepcion showed his dramatic chops in a Manilla production of The Normal Heart, in which he played AIDS activist Tommy Boatwright (a role originated on Broadway by Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory). And he created considerable buzz as Alan Strang, the boy who blinded six horses, in Equus. Yes,

Among many memorable production numbers in Miss Saigon is Concepcion’s performance of “The American Dream,” in which The Engineer reveals his backstory and describes how his schemes will be rewarded with wealth and fame once he gets to the U.S.

that’s the character with the nude scene. Miss Saigon offered Concepcion his first opportunity to act in the western hemisphere. “It’s been great for me because everyplace I go, I’ve never been before,” he says. “I’ve got to save my energy for the show, but I try to make time during the day to see the sights in every city.” He often unwinds after performances by playing video games (he’s a big Pokémon fan). The show, of course, revisits a traumatic time in modern history. But Concepcion believes that it’s important, especially for young people who don’t remember the war in Vietnam, to be confronted “with the

consequences of war and what it does to people — art offers a platform for these issues to be discussed.” At its heart, he adds, Miss Saigon “is a story about the power of love” — albeit a tragic story that still leaves audiences sobbing. Concepcion doesn’t know what will come next in his career. His dream roles, he says, are the title characters in Sweeney Todd or Beetlejuice. If producers are paying attention to the critical raves he’s getting as The Engineer, then this affable actor will surely be top of mind the next time these colorful bad guys are cast.  — Randy Noles SPRING 2020 | artsLife


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS James H. Pugh, Jr., Chairman Chuck Steinmetz, Vice Chairman Thomas M. Roehlk Ed Timberlake Katherine Ramsberger Don Ammerman Jeff Bittenbinder Dr. Rita Bornstein The Honorable Linda Chapin Joseph R. Cleveland, Jr.

Joe Conte The Honorable Buddy Dyer The Honorable Jerry Demings Tricia Edris Joyce Green Judson Green Garry Jones Ford Kiene Harvey Kobrin Jay Madara

Carol Massey Chris McCullion Steve Miller Harold Mills Bill Orosz Sibille Pritchard Frank Santos Jim Shapiro Craig Ustler

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER DONORS $5,000,000+ City of Orlando & Orange County Dr. Phillips Charities State of Florida & UCF Walt Disney World Resort Chuck & Margery Pabst Steinmetz CNL Charitable Foundation The Family of Richard & Helen DeVos AdventHealth Alexis & Jim Pugh Harvey & Carol Massey Family Darden Restaurants Foundation Joyce & Judson Green

State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs & the Florida Council on Arts & Culture Rebecca & Blaine Sweatt Patrick Tubbs Universal Orlando Foundation Kathryn Chicone Ustler Bryce L. West Anonymous Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family Foundation The Yarmuth Family & Sonny’s Franchise Company

$2,000,000+ Frank Santos & Dan Dantin Sharon & Marc Hagle Ravago Tupperware Brands Corporation

$500,000+ Broadway Across America Jacqueline Bradley & Clarence Otis Mary S. & Frank J. Doherty Rita Hutchinson Foundation Krista & Jonathan Ledden Joe R. Lee Family Foundation Becky & Bill Manuel Frances & Peter Weldon

$1,000,000+ Basel-Kiene Bank of America City of Winter Park Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Alan Ginsburg Family Foundation Martha & Richard Kessler Kobrin Family Foundation in memory of Sara & Jack Kobrin T. Steven Miller Foundation in memory of George C. Miller, Jr. Annette Peter Neel in memory of Doris & Asher Peter Harriett Lake The Neville Family OUC - The Reliable One Harris Rosen Family Joseph & Suzanne Sciarrino Endowment


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$250,000+ Rita & Jeffrey Adler Foundation Tony & Candy Alvarez Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Foundation Cirque du Soleil Foundation USA Jan & Neal Dempsey Linda Downs & Angela Majors Florida Blue Foundation Kathie & Bill Hohns Mark, Josie, Valentina & Alessandra NeJame Orosz Family Foundation Elizabeth & Thomas Roehlk Rosemary & Glen Salow SE Anderson Orange II, LLC Valeria & Jim Shapiro Genie & Bob Stine

Wayne Densch Inc. $100,000+ Anonymous Anonymous in honor of Kathy Ramsberger Kevin Azzouz Reid Berman Dr. Rita Bornstein The Brian Buwalda Memorial Fund at the Central Florida Foundation Peter S. Cahall Frank & Yvette Carlucci O’Ann & Pat Christiansen Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Judy & Dane Cornell Mary L. Demetree Thomas & Christine Dewberry Diane Meiller & Associates, Inc. The Walt Disney Company Henry Dixon & Joe Lindsey Dolores & Bruce Douglas The Jan & Tom Dugan Family Nikki Seybold & The Honorable Ted Edwards Cathy McCaw, Madison & Ian Engelman in honor of Andy & Jean McCaw Ucola & Bill Forness Full-Tilt Constructors/The Proctor & Roberts Families Tracy & Mike Garbers Kathy & Gary Grimes Heller Bros. Foundation James R. Heistand Edward H. Hensley Johnny Holloway Isaacs Family Trust Debra & Sy Israel, Caryn & Mark Israel Leila Jammal JPMorgan Chase & Co.

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER DONORS Rashid A. Khatib Herb King Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation, Inc. Kathleen & Richard Lee LMG System Integration & LMG Show Technology Lockheed Martin Rita & John Lowndes Tiffany Lytle & DeForest Davis The Honorable Cynthia & Alexander Mackinnon The Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, Inc. Irving & Darlene Matthews/ Prestige Ford Rex & Jan McPherson Rosy & Harold Mills Family Kenneth & Ann Hicks Murrah Endowment Fund III at the Central Florida Foundation David L. Neel Neiman Marcus Jay & Traci Madara Family O’Connor Capital Partners Omicron Technologies, Inc. Tom & Donna Page Dr. Mary Palmer Dr. Nhan Pham The PNC Foundation The Riva Family Gift of the Rossman & Lightman Families Mary & Larry Ruffin Audrey & John Ruggieri Helen & John Schaffer Rod Sweet Taylor Family Trust Elaine Berol Taylor & Scott Bevan Taylor Foundation Bob VanderWeide & Shelby Norwich Theodora Uniken Venema & Gerardus van der Made Jefferson R. Voss Dianna & George Whetsell Whittall Family & Unicorp National Developments, Inc. Nancy & Bill Yarger $50,000+ Donna & Howard Abell JoAnn & Craig Accardo AdventHealth in honor of Dr. Lawrence McBride Anonymous Atlantic Music Center Balfour Beatty Construction Christian & Elizabeth Manuel Becht Stephen & Leslie Braun Gary & Sandy Brown Hugh & Ina Brown Thalia N. Carlos & Chris M. Carlos Foundation Evelyn & Joseph Cleveland Harriett Coleman Gena & David Collis Elvira & Marshall Cohn Lynn & Joe Conte

Helen Cousineau Crouse Charitable Lead Trust Cynthia & David Der Hagopian Deshpande Family Donor Advised Fund at the Central Florida Foundation Catherine & Troy Earhart Courtney & Anthony Eelman Paula & Helmuth Eidel Family of Frank R. “Bud” Etheridge Florida Theatrical Association Terry & John Frost, Ashley & Frank Bedell Stephen Goldman Charitable Trust GrayRobinson, P.A. Greenspoon Marder Lisa & Chick Gregg HKS Holland & Knight The Jack Holloway Foundation, Inc. Julie & Lars Houmann The Vincent S. Hughes Family Pam & Greg Jacoby Rosalind & Harold Kaplan Henrietta & Marc Katzen Jeff Kruse & Andrew Chang Jack & Debbie Liberty c/o Liberty Universal Management, Inc. Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Leila & Sam Lupfer The Marder Family Myrna L. Maysonet, Rebeca Torres-Maysonet & Family Jamee & Gilbert Miller MJS Inc. Custom Home Design Mari & Jim Moye Nadjafi Family Drs. Amish & Beena Parikh Yatin Patel Family Trust PCL Construction Services, Inc. Annetta M. & James W. Pillow Betsy & John Pokorny The Projects Group Quick Brown Fox The Rea Charitable Trust Nadia & Kenneth Roberts Glenn Rufrano Alice Rix & Aaron Safer Patricia Schwartz in memory of William C. Schwartz Warren, Inez & Courtney Shaw Shutts & Bowen Walker Whitman Starling & Keats Alexander Starling Dr. William & Mrs. Phaedra Steele Dottie & Bill Silverman Craig Ustler SunTrust Foundation Buzz & Katherine Ward Jeffery C. Baldwin & Michal W. Wiesbrock Jacquelynn & Victor Zollo $25,000+ Caryn & Brian Albertson

Bob Allen Family Foundation Dr. Roy & Patricia Ambinder Barbara & Robert Anderson Anonymous Jeff & Hayley Baker Family Cheryl Bartch Michael Barry & Patricia Bartlett Marianne & Anthony Bassile and Family Bridgette & David Baten Susan & Clancey Bounds Benji Breitbart Ann & Clarence H. Brown, III, MD Johni-Jean & Andy Brumby Gary W. & Barbara A. Bryant Rich & Trace Burt Callahan Family Foundation Kim & Tom Cannold Missy & Frank Casscells-Hamby Pizza Hut Jason Chepenik Ingrid & Steven Clapp Dr. and Mrs. Cliff Clark Matthew & Sandra Clear Bryan N. Cole Beatriz & Erick Collado Jenifer, Sean, Chance, Roxanna & Stephen Croxdale Craig, Susan, Alex & Ava Curtis Anurag & Aidan Dandiya Flavio Augusto da Silva & Luciana da Silva Keith Davenport Dr. Ronald & Nancy Davis Ron & Paula Davoli and Family John & Susie Day Family Stacey & Dennis DeCarlo Nina & Sean DeMartino The Julie & Dave Dumser Family Dr. Rick & Becky Dunn Encore! Cast Performing Arts Elizabeth & Richard Dvorak Electronic Arts Kate & Max Eliscu Mr. & Mrs. George F. Eichleay Fairwinds Credit Union Jo Ann & Stuart Farb Alison & Andrew Felix Alan & Carol Flaumenhaft Carol Fosgate The Honorable Bill & Joanne Frederick Louis Gafford & Gordon Chavis Jr. Jerol & Senator W.W. “Bud” Gardner James S. Garrett Douglas H. Glicken Godbold, Downing & Bill, P.A. Lynda & Ludwig Goetz Nanialei Golden, MD Adele & Bob Graham I.C. Graham, DDS Greenberg Traurig Jeffrey & Rachel Greene Christa & Michael Grindstaff Gary & Doris Grund Deborah D. Meitin & Lawrence L. Gutter Charlie & Beth Hall David E. Halley Jr. & Rebecca Hatch SPRING 2020 | artsLife


DR. PHILLIPS CENTER DONORS David & Nancy Harvey LTG (ret) Mark & Sue Hertling Embry J. Kidd & A. Noni Holmes-Kidd Douglas & Candy Hollander Drs. Wendy & John Huhn Danny Humphress & Enrique de la Torre James & Michele Hunter Don & Patty Hurter Tim Huskins in memory of Philip L. Thomas Dr. Maen Hussein & Michelle Viveiros Ioppolo Family Dr. Aaron, Melissa & Olivia Isler Lisa & David Jasmund Richard Jerman & Family Hal Kantor Neera & Pran M. Kar Janet & Ed Kasses Kelly Family Cuidiù Foundation Leigh & Roger Kennedy, Jr. Lara & Ziad Khoury The Stan & Erin Kinnett Family Robert W. Kirk & Jessie Kirk Audrey & Pat Knipe Jenifer & Alan Kolar Jeff Oliver & John Kurowski Gary Lambert & Shawn Hunt Ashley & Matthew Laubach Dr. Sarah & Mr. Allen Layton Leccese Family Charitable Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation Eleni & Robert Longwell Suzie & Bill Lowman Melissa, George, Gavin, Matthew & Peter Lue Pat & Frank Lukens Mahaffey Family Foundation Karen & Michael Manglardi Maria Ruiz Margenot & Andrea Hays Dr. Jeff & Sally Martin Juliet & Alex Martins Kathryn & Stephen McClure Dr. E. Ann McGee Keith McIntyre & Richard J. Skaggs Chun & Don McNair Jay & Anne Mealey Katharine & Richard Milam Maggie & David Moore Kristy Murray & Susan Marcus Jennifer Myers Donna & Bruce Mylrea JM Strong 24—Night Family Anonymous O’Mara Law Group/ Jennifer & Mark M. O’Mara The Westbrock-Ramsberger Family Nina & Ronald Oppenheim Orlando Regional Realtor Association Michael O’Quinn in honor of Kathryn Elizabeth Jagger Owens Realty Services Foundation Kidsville Pediatrics Dr. Francelis Gonzalez,


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Victor Pantoja & Family Dr. Keshini Parbhu, Dr. Deepak, Shiv & Bryn Raja John Petrakis Publix Super Markets Charities Lanier & LaVoyce Porter & Frontline Insurance Jeanne & Gene Polarolo Sibille & Peter Pritchard/ International Drive Improvement District Dr. Kenneth E. Pyle & Justyn S. Lim Eric & Sarah Ravndal & Family The Realty Associates Fund IX, L.P. dba 55 West Edith & Thomas Reilly Rhea & Dr. Harry Rein Nancy & Brad Rex Pat & Randy Robertson Dr. Ante & Julia Rudez Henry Sal Ms. Sheryl Kashuk & Dr. Kerry Schwartz Janell & Wyatt Scott Jay A. Shah–New York Life Paul Simons & Reid “Buddy” Hughes, Jr. Dr. Paul Skomsky Diane & Robert Smedley Laurie, Marc, Jason & Jake Smith Laurie & Doug Spencer Marcy & Alan Spertus, M.D. & Family Dr. Ben M. Spivey Daisy & Jan Staniszkis Elyse & Andrew Starling Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Danielle Steenbergh Eva Stefanszky Lea & Rick Steinberger The Michelle & Anthony G. Stepney Family Sherry & Myron Thaden Thomas Family Foundation Janet & Hugh Thompson Dr. Jon & Marianne Trevisani UBS Financial Services Christy & James Venezio Gae Walters WBQ Design & Engineering Inc. Jeanne & Craig Weeks William & Mary Sue Weinaug Wells Fargo Wharton-Smith, Inc. Winter Park Health Foundation Nathaniel Winters & Melanie Ng Meggen & Brian Wilson Jacob Bonynge & George Edwin Wilson Hattie Wolfe & Ed Sabori Ellen & Wayne Wolfson Janet & Tom Wyatt Michelle & Randy Zwirn $10,000+ Judy & David Albertson Linda & Don Ammerman Theresa & Bob Angelo

Dottie & Dick Appelbaum Carol & Herbert Arkin Arnold Palmer Medical Center Ashar Group/Mendelsohn Family Alan & Joy Austin Ashlock Nancy Bagby Jim & Jackie Baird Gail & Chris Barley Family Aric C. Barrow Austin T. Barrow Olivia L. Barrow Lorri & Shawn Barrow Mary Lou & Rex Basham Dr. Tom & Helen Bates Jim Beck & Judy Beck in honor of Benjamin & Emma Beck Geoff, Alex & Jonathan Bedine James R. Behrends & J. Scott Silen Bento Group Foundation Gary Ingram & Bill Bergin Marty Berman & The Berman Family Vicki Berman Susan & Arnold Bierman Lauren & C. Thomas Bolick IV, Ashley & Kenneth Wooton, Jr. Juliet & John Bonner Jill & Dean Bosco Nancy & Rick Bosserman Murray Brooks & Betsy Godfrey Brooks Steve Brown & Lance Koenig R L Burns Inc. / Bob Burns Julie & Ryan Burrow Brian Buwalda Hugh J. Byrnes, III Rose & Steve Cahill Jennifer & Alexander Calder Cameron’s Design Campbell Family Chuck & Debi Carns Dustin Wyatt Carpenter Leslie & John Cervenka Linda & Bruce Chapin Susan & Roger Chapin Barnett & Claire Chepenik Barbara & Craig Clayton Joan & Ken Clayton Sandy & Larry Cohan Hillary & Jay Cohen Stan & Betty Collier Fund in honor of Jim Pugh Mickey & Dick Cook Judy R. Cooksey & Grady M. Cooksey, Jr. Laura & Mark Cosgrove Drs. Dana & Kirsty Cowles & Family CREW - Commercial Real Estate Women Earl Crittenden, Jr. Helen J. Crittenden Ann & Carl Croft Jane Brownlee & Christopher Crotty Catherine & Walt Currie Shelia & Dr. Carl Dann, III Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A. Dr. Edwin DeJesus

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER DONORS Anne & Steve Deli Digital Tiger Studios Sallie Layton Douglas Barbara & Justin Drahl In memory of James W. Eaton, III Patricia & Donald Engfer Equinox Development Properties John Ettinger II & Tobias Bushway Catherine Abington Faircloth Merle S. & Louis E. Feinberg & Family Michelle H., Andrew F., Sofie M. & Benjamin R. Feinberg Sue & Randy Fields Meghan & Patrick Fitzgerald Flash-Rite, Inc., Lisa Metcalf Joseph & Paula Flood Frahm Family Pam & John Fredrick Steve & Erin Freeman Madison W. (Matt) Gay, MD GCI, Inc. Deborah C. German, MD Kay Gibbs Suzanne Gilbert Jan & Gene Godbold Abby & Paul Goldsmith Barbara “Fred� Goodman Thomas Goodman The Varley Grantham Family Drs. Brian & Dianne Haas George Hack Katherine & Guy Haggard Jacki & Rob Hale Susan S. Hamilton Cindy Hansen & Lynne Sims-Taylor Ernest S. Hardy John & Annie Hardy Bob & Ruthie Harrell Ken & Courtney Hazouri Chip & Cher Headley Michael & Wendy Henner Mike Himel & Tim Theriault Beth & Jim Hobart Dr. Keisha & Mark Hoerrner James R. Hopes Martha & Lynn B. Howle Garret Hutchens Interior Talent Isermann Family Foundation Judith & David Isaacson Alexis Jackson in loving memory of Joan Von Mithoff & Oliver Jackson JAE Foundation Sue Jacoberger & Art Thomas Jaguar of Orlando Mark Douglas Johnson Michelle & Randall Johnson Michelle & Gerald L. Jones, Jr. Robert, Carole, Rachel & Joshua Jordan Miriam & Gene Josephs Mark Kapatoes & Amanda Varga Norma Kaplan John Joseph Kelly Cecilia & Matt Kelly & Family In honor of Charles & Maxine Khoury Laura & Jerry Kircher Eric Hogan & Skip Kirst In memory of Sarah Hogan Susie & Edward Kleiman Tess Wise & Ellen Lang in memory of Abe Wise Barbara Lanning John & Valerie Ledford

Lee Wesley & Associates Gene & Amy Lee Fund at the Central Florida Foundation Jarryd S. Lee Richard T. Lee, II Tommy G. Lee, II Melissa & Peter Lehman Leitao Family Deborah Linden Jack Lord & Adam Hunter Trena & Whaley Lorenz Marcia & Robert Marks Nan B. McCormick Christopher McCullion & Carlos Carbonell McMillen Law Firm, P.A. Sheryl & Julian Meitin Jennifer Foster & Mary Anne Metaxas Maj Gen (ret) Doug & Linda Metcalf Christina & George Mezo The Arthur Miller Family Linda & Glenn Miller Maile Miller Ellis Creek Capital/Merrill & Scott Miller Chris Oliver & Stan Miller Dasha & Shawn Moore Elizabeth & Otto Morales Rulon & Jacquelin Munns Christa & Steven Murphy Beth & Kenneth Murray Brooke & Frank Myers National Endowment For The Arts Robin Neel & Dr. Tim Prince Marcy & Rich Newsome Anthony J. Nicholson & Sonja Nicholson Judy Ettinger-Noble Aurelia N. Nugent Anonymous Paul Oppedisano & Jim Bowden Orchid Medical Orlando Health Katherine & Dimitry Palceski Mary Jo Pecht Brandi & Bryan Peck Linda & Norm Pellegrini The Fuller Family in honor of Mrs. William H. Fuller & Sara Fuller Anthony C. Perez Danniel J. Petro J. David Phillips, Jr. Andi & Barbi Knowlen Potrock Family Foundation Sean, Melissa, & Rori Quinn The Diaz-Quittschreiber Family Kay Rawlins Phil Rawlins Regions Bank Resource Consulting Group Holly & Dwight Richert Laura & John Riley John & Monica Rivers RLH Construction, LLC Ginger Robinson Christine A. & John D. Robinson Mel Robinson Roper Family Foundation Ceclia & Dr. Steven Rosenberg Franklin W. Roth Shirley Roth Lesley & Barry Rubin Joan Ruffier Joshua Sachs & Melanie Sylvan Sachs

Asia & Thomas Saltmarsh Sandy Schafer & Mara Schafer Beth Guba Schaan & Donald Whitmire Adam & Jennifer Scheinberg Ben Schick Solomon F. Schick The Schwalbe Family Dr. & Mrs. Marc Shapiro Patricia & R. Keith Sigmon Diana & Tim Sisley In memory of William E. Simmons Bethany & Patrick Skiffington Smart City DEW Smith Drs. MaryJo & Guy Smith Laurie, Marc, Jason & Jake Smith Lori G. Sommer Sorensen Moving & Storage Barbara & Gary Sorensen South Arts In memory of Jack R. Stacey, Jr. Renee Stanton & Jedan Phillips Greta C. & Sean M. Stephens Family Richard & Tammi Straughn Kimberlee & Rob Strong Lyndsey & Jonathan Sutherland Susan & Warren Tedder Drs. Deborah & Kevin Thoni Rebecca & Travis True Man-Lei, Jimmy, Johnny & Johanna Tung Family in memory of Wei-Te Tung Martha Ellen Tye Foundation Helene & Chris Valdes Kay Walters The Warner Family Fund Diane & Greg Warren Stacey & Dyron Watford Barry, Rebecca, Hillary & Benjamin Watson Kathleen M. Waugh Rob Webb & Stan Whittington Donna & William Wehner Richard & Louise Weiner Family Foundation Brea & Al Weiss Charles & Linda Wells Jeff & Alexis Weltman Richard & Pamela West The Wideman Family Wiginton Family Lawrence Wilker Catherine Reynolds & Colette Wilson Rebecca Moroose, M.D. & Thomas Winters, M.D. Dee & Jerry Wisler Marchetta T. & Jeremy A. Wood Jan & Jim Wood The Zimand Family Scott & Lauren Zimmerman

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DR. PHILLIPS CENTER DONORS Leo Bakersmith Linda & Rick Baldocchi David Baldree Scott Barczak & Larry Stier Cheryl Barger Lori & Alan Bartlett Kim Bauer Anita & Timothy Behler Nancy & Dale Bellows Suzanne B. & George J. Bender April & Tim Bennett Mary & Al Bergeron Ellen Berry John M. Best Patricia Beville Dr. Michael Bibliowicz Suzanne & John Bigalke Jean Blauvelt Lauren & Barry Bloom Maggie, Jon, Mia & Trent Bodnar Joanna Bolton The Bourke Family Mary Beth & Tom Bradley Benji Breitbart Howard Britt Karen & David Brockway Maria V. & Todd J. Brown Johni-Jean & Andy Brumby Tere & Scott Brun Anonymous Karen Buckalew Kim & Tom Cannold Ginger & Dee Carpenter Crystal & Nathan Cassidy Dr. Ivan Castro Lisa & Michel Champagne Linda & Bruce Chapin Ronald Check Donna Clarke Ann & Nick Cotroneo Robert Cunningham Julie M. Davis, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Jessica & Stephen Curley Nancy Davis Michael Day Joseph De Matei & Andrew Lammes Deal Land Surveying Tiffany & Nick Debnath Kaveri & Baadal Deliwala Paul Demetree Avani Desai Cal Deweese Accent Marketing Dr. Frank Dienst Lilian Draisin Michael Duncan Mary Pat & Kevin Dunleavy Kimberly & John Ehrhard Mary & Jesse Eisner Patricia & Donald Engfer Allyson & Michael Evans

Mrs. Randye & Dr. Jay Falk Rosemary Farrell Judy & David Fennessy Stephanie Fernung & David Huffman Peter & Rachel Ferrara Shelly Ferrone Hope & Brian Fisher Mary & Shay Foley Marilyn R. McDonald, MD & Joe H. Folger Lindsay & Daniel Fontana Forum Architecture & Interior Design, Inc. Carol Fosgate Frahm Family Mary & John Frandsen Laura & Darin Frank Debbie Freeland Janet Gaffin Louis Gafford Christine & Josh Gagliardi Robert Galano & John T. Dale Geraldine Gallagher Jeanne Gaito Lisa & Tim Ganley Tracy & Mike Garbers Vivian Geary Alicia & Anthony Gilardi Sharon Ginsburg Jan & Gene Godbold Dr. Nanialei Golden Larry Goodman Michael Griffin Barbara Grodin Stacey & Rod Haddon Denise Hall Roseann Harrington Bridget Harrell & Carr Bender Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Hartog CW Harvey & CB McCall Kathy & Craig Hauser Carole Henderson Debbie & Scott Hillman Melanie & Robert Hite Vikki Hodgkins Dr. Keisha & Mark Hoerrner Amy & Bryan Huff Patricia & Donald Hurter Gail and Roberto Inda Edward Jackson Sherry Jederlinic Todd Jensen Carla Joiner Adrian Jones Jessica & Mark Jones Sally Kamrada Donna & Ed Kania Lilia & Kenneth Keitges RK & Faron Kelley Anonymous Deborah & William Kelly Dr. H.C. & Joy Kessel Dave & Kimberly King Lori Klapperick

Karen & Buzz Klavans In memory of Edwin Davison Carol Klim Kristen Knight Robert Kohn Ellen Koon Eric Koromhas Anonymous Aimee Layson Dr. Kenneth & Evann Lee Sam Leftow Anonymous Superior Plastering Inc. Jennifer & Robert Lucas Helen & Larry Lynch Cindy & Mark Magath Kathy & Brock Magruder Sheila & Sean Mahan Mary & Mike Maher Janet James Mahon Mary K. Mahoney Wendy & Jim Malcolm Edward Mallory Edward Manning Treva J. Marshall Mary & Bernie McKay Jamee & Gilbert Miller Sally A. Milton Claire & Rob Mola Jackii & Bob Molsick Edna Morris & David Forrester Deborah Moskowitz Sunday & Ken Nelson Lee & Lou Nimkoff Stephen O’Neill Carol Pappas Virginia & Jonathan Partain Dr. Gordon Penn David Dorman & Scott Penyak Rey Perez Theron Pettit & John Frodesen Sandy & Ken Poe Anonymous Marcia & Gregg Pooler Lisa & Scot Post Karen Purnell-Engram Jennifer Quigley Shawn Rader & Dan Bray Jeanie & Fred Raffa Mary Recchia-Brown Ralph R. Recht Edith & Thomas Reilly Thomas & Mary Lou Remenick Bill “Roto” Reuter Nancy & Brad Rex Debra Robertson Summer Rodman & Steven McCall John Rodrigues Dr. Steven & Celia Rosenberg Smart City John Daniel Ruffier Leslie & Mark Sand Carol & Frank Sanderlin

Dauri Sandison Kimberly Sands Scott Sanford Santos Family Linda & Randy Scheff Sheryl & Mark Schuh Scott & Cormia Architects & Interior Design, LLC. Lorri & Mitch Shaban Shanahan Capital Ventures, LLC Warren, Inez & Courtney Shaw Dr. & Mrs. Miguel A. & Elide Silva Dottie & Bill Silverman Jesse Simmons Benjamin Smith Dr. Skip & Nan Slone The Closing Table, Inc. Amanda & Ryan Stahl Eva Stefanszky Tracy Stein Rocky & Rusty Stoeckel Tammi & Richard Straughan Nancy & Thomas Swalby Tracy & Glenn Swanson Janet Swanson Elaine & Scott Taylor Peggy & Steven Tepper Linda Thomas Marjorie & Bryan Thomas Tom & Phyllis Van Dyke Thompson James Thomeczek Ed Timberlake Marcia & Tom Tompkins Dimitri Toumazos Celeste Pertz & Robert Trafford Tamara Trimble Dr. Bhavya Trivedi Jennifer Tyre Kay Ustler & Craig Ustler Family Foundation Betty Brady & Hardy Vaughn Ricardo Vontobel Sherre & Marc Watson Rob Webb & Stan Whittington Donna & William Wehner Andrea Weiss Weiss Grunor Barclay & Barnett Dana & Mark Wells Kristine Westley MedFast Urgent Care Centers Jared Wolovnick Racheal & Melvin B. Wright Nancy & Bill Yarger Erin Youngs Dr. Lisa L. Zacher, MD Phyllis & Edward Zissman Deborah Zutter & Alice Williams

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