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Inside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

AMERICA’S ART FORM RODNEY WHITAKER LEADS THE NEW DR. PHILLIPS CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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The Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, led by artistic director Rodney Whitaker, will combine entertainment and education.

By leading master classes, touring professionals share insight, expertise and experience.

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ABOUT THE COVER: Rodney Whitaker, a recording artist and a jazz educator at Michigan State University’s College of Music, has been named artistic director of the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra. For more, see page 10.


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APRIL 4/21

Morgan Stanley Moments: Bernadette Peters with Music Director Marvin Laird and the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra

Walt Disney Theater 8 p.m.

4/22

OUC Speakers: Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science — Direct from Broadway

Walt Disney Theater 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

4/22

An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

4/23

Malas: Seven Divas on the Same Stage, Presented by Producciones Contraparte

Walt Disney Theater 4 p.m.

4/29

Morgan Stanley Moments: Sheryl Crow: Be Myself Tour

Walt Disney Theater 8 p.m.

4/30

Pre-Concert Pokémon Mini Con

Seneff Arts Plaza

4/30

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Produced by Princeton Entertainment

Walt Disney Theater 2 p.m.

4/30

MAYSfest 2017: Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony

Bob Carr Theater

Performances subject to change

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3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

4 p.m.


DATE

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MAY 5/5–5/7

Orlando Ballet: A Cinderella Story

Walt Disney Theater Showtimes vary

5/9–5/14

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™: Matilda The Musical

Walt Disney Theater Showtimes vary

5/12

Martin Sexton with Special Guest Matt MacKelcan, in Association with Foundation Presents

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

5/16

Julianne and Derek Hough — Move Beyond — Live on Tour

Walt Disney Theater 7:30 p.m.

5/19

The Head and the Heart, in Association with Foundation Presents

Walt Disney Theater 8 p.m.

5/21

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, in Association with AEG Presents

Walt Disney Theater 7:30 p.m.

5/28

An Evening with Tedeschi Trucks Band, in Association with Live Nation

Walt Disney Theater 8 p.m.

8 p.m.

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Ellington for Lovers, with the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

6/4

2017 Applause Awards, Presented by Dr. Phillips Center

Walt Disney Theater 6 p.m.

6/6–6/11

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™: Finding Neverland

Walt Disney Theater Showtimes vary

6/9

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts: Theater Arts Week Showcase

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

6/16

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts: Take it From the Top Showcase

Walt Disney Theater 7 p.m.

6/23

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts: Theater Intensive Week Showcase

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

6/24–6/25

PAW Patrol Live! a VStar Entertainment Group Production, Presented by Pedigree

Walt Disney Theater 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

6/27

Diana Ross: In the Name of Love Tour, with Special Guest Rhonda Ross, in Association with AEG Presents

Walt Disney Theater 7:30 p.m.

6/30

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts: Musical Theater Week Showcase

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

7/1

Dan TDM on Tour, in Association with Live Nation

Walt Disney Theater 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

7/8

An Evening with Bill Maher, in Association with AEG Presents

Walt Disney Theater 8 p.m.

7/13

Professors of Jazz Concert

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

8 p.m.

7/14

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts: Jazz Music Intensive Week Showcase

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

7 p.m.

7/21

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts: Vocal Performance Week Showcase

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

7 p.m.

7/22–7/23

Hairspray, Presented by Encore! Cast Performing Arts

Walt Disney Theater Showtimes Vary

7/28

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts: Dance Intensive Week Showcase

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

8/4

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts: OCA Theater Week Showcase

8 p.m.

7 p.m.

7 p.m.

7 p.m.

JULY

7 p.m.

AUGUST DeVos Family Room 2 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 9/22

Brian Regan: Live Comedy Tour, in Association with Live Nation

Walt Disney Theater 8 p.m.

9/30

Mark Kozelek (of Sun Kil Moon), in Association with Foundation Presents

Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

11/4–11/5

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Walt Disney Theater Showtimes Vary

11/8

Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson, in Association with Live Nation

Walt Disney Theater 8 p.m.

8 p.m.

NOVEMBER

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Internationally renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker, a performer and educator who leads the arts center’s Jazz Music Intensive Week each summer, will serve as artistic director of the 19-piece Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra. SUMMER 2017 | artsLife

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The arts center announced the formation of a resident jazz ensemble — and revealed a roster of related educational activities — at a press event in January. Among the speakers were arts center President and CEO Kathy Ramsberger (left), and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (right). Whitaker (center) discussed his artistic vision for the group, which played its first official gig in April with Broadway star Bernadette Peters.

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entral Florida jazz fans now have something to really get jazzed about. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has launched a 19-piece resident jazz ensemble under the artistic direction of internationally renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker, a performer and educator who leads the arts center’s Jazz Music Intensive Week each summer. “The jazz scene in the Orlando area is great,” says Whitaker, who records for Detroit-based Mack Avenue and is a distinguished professor of jazz bass and director of jazz studies at Michigan State University’s College of Music. “It’s full of promise and potential.”

More so now than ever, with the debut of the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra. Its first official gig was in April opening for Broadway star Bernadette Peters, who performed at the Walt Disney Theater as part of the Morgan Stanley Moments at Dr. Phillips Center series. Its first solo performance, Ellington for Lovers, will be at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater on June 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Formation of the orchestra — and the array of exciting educational opportunities surrounding it — is the result of a first-of-itskind partnership between the arts center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, a multifaceted program based at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center is Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter, composer and arranger Wynton Marsalis, with whom Whitaker performed as a member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the mid-1990s. Marsalis has donated his personal arrangements to seed the arts center’s music library. 12

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ALL ABOUT OUTREACH Like most everything else the arts center does, formation of the orchestra is, at its core, all about community outreach and exposing young people to the transformative power of the arts. Eventually, 18,500 public-school sixth-graders from Orange and Osceola counties will visit the downtown campus for a curriculumbased jazz experience performed by the orchestra. Coming next semester is “WeBop,” a jazz education program for tots. And next year “Essentially Ellington,” a jazz-education program for high schoolers, will be offered. (That’s Duke Ellington, of course.) The program for sixth-graders, dubbed “6th & Jazz,” will debut in the next academic year. Music will be used to enhance instruction about civil rights issues, which is appropriate since jazz — which has been called “America’s classical music” — can be traced to African-American musicians in New Orleans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


The arts center’s multifaceted jazz initiative is the result of a partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center (above), based at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center is Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter, composer and arranger Wynton Marsalis (below), with whom Whitaker has frequently shared stages.

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Several educational outreach programs originated by Jazz at Lincoln Center will now be offered in Orlando, including “Essentially Ellington” (above) for high schoolers, and “WeBop” (below) for tots and preschoolers. In addition, “6th & Jazz” will offer all sixth graders in Orange and Osceola counties an educational experience that combines music with instruction on civil rights issues.

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Kathy Ramsberger, the arts center’s president and CEO, says jazz is a good fit considering the diversity of the school system’s students, who come from about 200 countries and speak more than 150 languages. “Jazz is a great bridge,” she says. “They all speak the language of music.” Although other major arts centers identify specialty areas in which to concentrate — Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts, for example, presents its own opera season — formation of a resident jazz orchestra is a monumental commitment. “The combination of the full spectrum of jazz offerings from early childhood to high school through professional performances confirms our commitment to jazz for the global arts community,” Ramsberger adds. The initiative is supported by Orlando residents Joyce and Judson Green, who have pledged $5 million to the arts center. Judson Green, a former Walt Disney Company executive, is an accomplished jazz pianist with several CDs to his credit. With part of the donation, the arts center will build The Green Room. It will be an intimate venue tucked behind Steinmetz Hall, a world-class acoustical theater being built on the arts center’s downtown campus adjacent to the Walt Disney Theater and the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. “We believe that the arts center is the heartbeat of our great city, and we look forward to providing opportunities to bring international, national and local musical talent together,” says Judson Green. “Our entire community will be able to experience jazz in many ways, and for many years to come.” Adds Joyce Green: “We’re honored to combine our love of music and our desire to contribute to the mission of the arts center to further enrich and educate the community about the importance and the value of jazz.” A MUSICAL FORCE The new orchestra — which was assembled following a highly competitive audition process — won’t simply accompany big-name guest artists. It’ll be a musical force in its own right, says Whitaker, whose home base is in East Lansing, Michigan. With a nod to pioneering orchestras led by Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton and Benny Goodman, Whitaker and his ensemble will mine jazz’s gilded canon for its own

Philanthropists Judson and Joyce Green are supporters of the arts center’s jazz initiative. Judson Green, a former Disney executive, is a composer, musician and jazz aficionado.

performances. “We’ll play America’s music — jazz,” Whitaker says. “We’ll celebrate its 100-plus years of history.” Granted, Orlando isn’t the first city most people would name as a likely location for a jazz renaissance. More obvious choices would be such longstanding jazz meccas as New Orleans, Kansas City, Washington, D.C., or Whitaker’s hometown of Detroit. But Whitaker gives the Sunshine State its due props. “Florida is known for having great jazz performers, such as Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Junior Cook, Sam Jones and Blue Mitchell, just to name a few,” Whitaker says. In addition, Walt Disney World has attracted a plethora of powerful players to the region, which is also home to the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Orlando Jazz Orchestra. “Orlando has stellar musicians who perform at the level of New York musicians,” adds Whitaker, whose earliest inspiration was legendary bassist James Jamerson, a member of the Funk Brothers. Jamerson laid down the floorboard-shaking bottom on 30 No. 1 Motown hits, and is regarded as perhaps the most influential bassist of all time. “For me, it was always about the groove,” Whitaker says. Later, other great Detroit bassists influenced him, including Ron Carter, Doug Watkins and Cecil McBee. But none had more impact on Whitaker than Paul Chambers. As a middle schooler, Whitaker played the violin as well as the acoustic bass — until the age of 13, when he heard Chambers on John Coltrane’s 1958 album, Soultrane. “I thought, ‘That’s it. I want to be a bassist.’” Whitaker continued pursuing the groove SUMMER 2017 | artsLife

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at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he studied with Robert Gladstone, principal bass with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. He caught the attention of jazz fans nationally in the late 1980s with the (Donald) Harrison/ (Terence) Blanchard Quintet. The exposure triggered an avalanche of opportunities. After the quintet dissolved, Whitaker joined the Terence Blanchard Quintet. He later was featured in the Roy Hargrove Quintet before his association with Marsalis and Lincoln Center — and later as a headliner in his own right. Whitaker’s musicianship has been featured on more than 100 CDs, including seven of his own. He scored the films China, which aired on PBS in 2002, and Malaria and Malawi, which aired on PBS in 2010. The latter work was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music. He collaborated with drummer Carl Allen and other guest artists to create the critically acclaimed Mack Avenue albums Get Ready (2007) and Work to Do (2009), which the Washington Post described as ranging from “the soulfully intimate to the surprisingly expansive.” More recently, he served as bassist and musical director for the Mack Avenue SuperBand, a group of label all-stars who performed together at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 set was recorded and released by Mack Avenue on a CD, Live! From The 33rd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Whitaker’s records are still winning critical kudos. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer called his 2014 album, When We Find Ourselves Alone, “a melodic excursion with an oldschool sound.” PASSING THE TORCH Although he still spends considerable time on the road, Whitaker particularly enjoys teaching and mentoring younger players. In addition to his involvement in the arts center’s annual Jazz Intensive Week summer program and his affiliation with Michigan State — which boasts a powerhouse performing faculty and is considered to be among the nation’s top jazz degree programs — he has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and the Julliard Institute of Jazz. Whitaker has presented master classes 16

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at Duke University, Howard University, the University of Iowa, Lincoln Center, the New School (New York) and the Barbican Centre (London). He has led similar sessions at the Detroit International Jazz Festival as well as conferences sponsored by the International Association for Jazz Education. If all that weren’t enough, he has also worked with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to develop a jazz education department, and has conducted the organization’s Civic Jazz Orchestra. While remaining an active performer, Whitaker argues that “it’s important for those of us who possess performance skills to teach and pass down the heritage and legacy of jazz to the next generation.” Undoubtedly, the Dr. Phillips Jazz Orchestra will help pass that torch. A dozen Central Florida artists — including a preternatural 19-year-old guitarist — were tapped from auditions. Three other musicians from Michigan — colleagues of Whitaker’s — and a New York City pianist round out the lineup. Just the presence of what promises to be a crackerjack ensemble will help cement Central Florida’s international jazz bona fides, says local musician and educator Danny Jordan, a flautist and saxophonist who was recently tapped as the orchestra’s assistant musical director. The group immediately gives the region “an international presence in the arts community,” he says. “A world-class jazz orchestra at one of the finest venues anywhere will entice people to visit the arts center and experience a unique musical adventure.” 

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JAZZ 101 What is jazz? According to Wynton Marsalis, forms, including modal playing and “free” jazz is music that swings. According to Web- jazz. In the 1960s, musicians began incorster’s, jazz is characterized by “propulsive porating R&B, rock and new electric instrusyncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble ments into jazz. playing, varying degrees of improvisation John Coltrane gave us “sheets of sound.” and often deliberate distortions of pitch and The Modern Jazz Quartet mixed jazz and timbre.” classical music. Everything exploded, and Certainly, the question is suddenly jazz was all over the a highly subjective one. Ask place. 100 different people, “What is Many major record compajazz?” and you’re likely to get nies have introduced labels to 100 different answers. Actuconsider: Contemporary jazz, ally, though, the history of jazz mainstream jazz, smooth jazz, is relatively well documented. alternative jazz, avant-garde It’s no secret that jazz started jazz, Latin jazz, fusion, etc. in New Orleans at the end of But we needn’t worry. Once the 19th century. In the 1920s, again, each one of us is left with the music moved up river to our own purely subjective views St. Louis, then to Chicago and on jazz. My guess is that, if asked, New York as African-Americans even musicians — the men and migrated north in search of a women dedicating their lives better life. to creating this music — would The 1930s saw the evolution likely disagree on the meaning of swing bands like those led of jazz.  by Duke Ellington and Count So, perhaps a better quesBasie. At the same time many tion is: What do you like? From great soloists became popuJelly Roll Morton to Lee Morlar, including Louis Armstrong, gan, from James P. Johnson Coleman Hawkins and Lester Jazz history is filled with to John Zorn, the answer is out Young. there, preserved on vinyl for our innovators such as Duke In the 1940s bebop hit, per- Ellington (top), whose swing learning and listening pleasure. sonified in the music of Char- bands were wildly popular, Yes, experiencing all the diflie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. and Charlie “Bird” Parker ferent styles of jazz is a daunting The Mozart of his day, Charlie (above), a bebop pioneer. task, but the rewards are great “Bird” Parker took all of the — and the more you listen, the melodic and harmonic information avail- more you’ll find to love. You’ll even find jazz able and crystallized it into bebop. sounds in other genres, and vice-versa. But, even in 1955, at the time of Bird’s One thing is sure: Jazz remains America’s death, most people could answer with con- only original living art form. Today, its influfidence when asked, “What is jazz?” ence envelops the globe. It’s expressive. Why, then, just more than a half a century It’s enriching. Call it what you like — jazz is later, can’t we agree on a working defini- here to stay. tion? Part of the reason is because jazz has always been, and remains today, a living art The above definition of jazz was written by form, ever changing and ever growing. jazz saxophonist and vocalist Jason West Subsequently, after Bird took bebop to its for All About Jazz (allaboutjazz.com), a logical conclusion, musicians such as Miles website dedicated to jazz musicians and Davis and Ornette Coleman invented new their fans. It is reprinted with his permission. SUMMER 2017 | artsLife

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arah Isola, 12, is singing a passage from “Big Blue World” in a soprano voice that seems older than she is. In just a few hours, her listener and coach, Broadway actress Jennifer Allen, will don tentacles to play Ursula, the sea witch in Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Walt Disney Theater. But first, she has a little advice for Sarah: How about getting a chair and trying the song sitting down? Pretend you’re just talking to your dad at a restaurant. Don’t be afraid of eye contact. Make the delivery more intimate. Sarah tries her song from Finding Nemo – The Musical again, and this time it’s more earnest, more conversational. “Did you feel something different?” Allen asks, getting nods and smiles in return.

The mock audition, with Allen seated behind a table, is a master-class encounter courtesy of the arts center’s education department, which arranges for seasoned professionals in town for performances to help students sharpen their skills while passing along wisdom about surviving in show business. This 90-minute class, held in a Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts studio one March afternoon during Disney’s The Little Mermaid’s run — it was part of the 2016–17 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ series — is helping a dozen kids, ages 12 and up, get more comfortable with typically anxiety-ridden vocal auditions. 22

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“I have to make a confession: I can’t stand auditioning,” says Allen, whose recent Broadway credits include Memphis, Sister Act and The Bridges of Madison County. Allen recalls doing what she thought was “a terrible audition” for Bridges — but then getting a call-back. “You never know,” she says. Succeeding, Allen adds, means “you have to be available constantly, but have a thick skin. It takes a day and a tub of ice cream after rejection. You get used to it.” During an audition, she adds, it helps to remember that the people behind the table want you to do well. It also helps to figure out what to do with your hands, which get in the way a lot. She cautions students to


Participants in the class taught by Allen of Disney’s The Little Mermaid (facing page) were enchanted with the actress’s tales of audition travails. Modern dance was the focus of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s master class (above), while ballet took center stage when dancers from An American in Paris put participants through their paces (below). The show is notable for a climactic, 17-minute ballet sequence.

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When The Second City Hits Home played the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, members of the troupe conducted comedy workshops (above). A few months later, members of the Wicked cast taught some challenging dance moves and offered performance tips (facing page). Other master classes have been behind-the-scenes tutorials regarding the technical aspects of staging large-scale musicals.

avoid making unnecessary gestures that can come across as phony or self-conscious. “Your hands don’t seem honest,” she tells Sarah, who already has had a few parts in local productions. “Stillness is strength and maturity,” Allen tells another student. “Once you’ve mastered that, you don’t have to embellish with physicality.” When Abi Chiodi, 14, sings “Shy” from Once Upon a Mattress, Allen directs her to stand at a back wall of the studio and pretend she’s in shackles. That way, she can “burst out” of the shackles near the end of the passage. “You need to feel connected to your hand movements,” Allen says Dana Brazil, the arts center’s director of education, says she tries to organize at least one master class with an expert from every FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ show — and with other visiting artists as they’re available. Most classes cost $25 to $35, and some include adults. They complement the wide variety of courses in music, theater arts and dance offered by the School of the Arts year round. Those classes are listed at drphillipscenter.org/education. A common theme for master-class teach24

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ers is “being yourself, finding your own voice, being true to you, being someone unique,” Brazil says. Teachers tell students to study their craft and perform as much as they can — but also to maintain balance in their lives. Not every master class involves honing a musical theater skill. Some are “experiences” that help participants understand and appreciate the craft, Brazil says — including arts center volunteers who benefit from having that insight. On a Tuesday in December, for example, about 15 people are led into seats near the front of the center’s Walt Disney Theater as a swarm of workers “load in” sets, props and equipment from tractor-trailers for the touring show of An American in Paris, which would open that night. The trucks had arrived the night before for a setup that would take a total of 16 hours. Displaying military precision, two men smooth the seams of a special surface that covers the stage for dancing. Three others hoist into place parts of the set, allowing a streetscape to take shape. Two banks of lights drop from the upper reaches of the stage so technicians can make adjustments.


As technology advances, many of the scenery and lighting changes in a performance are driven by computers, Don Teer, the arts center’s director of production, tells the group. But turning an empty stage into a place where an audience can believe in a fantasy still requires a small army of experienced people who know what they’re doing and can do it quickly. A total of 70 local workers joined 15 touring personnel for the American in Paris setup, Teer says. During other recent master classes, singeractor Alan Cumming worked with a group of select students when he brought his Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs to the Walt Disney Theater this year. The rehearsal director for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater taught students part of the company’s signature piece, Revelations. And a stage-management class coincided with another FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ offering, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. “I try to curate the programs so that there’s a little something for everyone,” Brazil says. 

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One of the arts center’s most popular summer activities is Jazz Music Intensive Week, which allows students to hone their vocal and instrumental skills under the guidance of world-class performers.


“Here you’ll explore your imagination, stretch your limits and grow into the artist you dream of becoming,” says Dana Brazil, the arts center’s director of education. Plus, as these participants in Musical Theater Week will tell you, the experience is just plain fun.

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eadlines are rapidly approaching to sign up for the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts summer programs, which offer professional instruction for young people in genres ranging from dance to acting to musical theater performance. There’s also a Jazz Music Intensive Week for serious players, and an inclusive Theater Week for special-needs students. Classes start in June, and early registration ends on May 19, after which tuition increases — if there’s still space available. So if you’re ready for a once-in-a-lifetime arts experience this summer, then it’s time to seize the day.

“Our team of industry professionals creates an immersive environment for character development, skill training and expanding your performance potential,” says Dana Brazil, the arts center’s director of education. “Prepare to be challenged, thrilled and inspired as you grow your talent through technique.” The weeklong sessions last all day, Monday through Friday, and culminate with performances for invited friends and family members at one of the arts center’s venues. There’s an hour break for a brown-bag lunch, which students should bring. Weekly tuition starts at $275 — increas28

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ing by $25 after May 19 — with full or partial scholarships based on financial need available through the School of the Arts scholarship fund established by the Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation. Prospective students or their parents may request a scholarship application by sending an email to classes@drphillipscenter.org. Simply spending five intensive days training at a world-class performing arts center gives students a sense of how professionals work, and the variety of skills they need to learn and master. But it’s the high-profile faculty — a mix of local and visiting artists from a variety of


Dance Week (above) emphasizes technique, vocabulary, leaps and creative choreography. Vocal Performance Week (below) teaches students to integrate technique with passion and interpretation. Most workshops have age-group categories, while others are for kids aged 7–12.

genres — that really sets the sessions apart. For example, “Take it From the Top” Broadway Week will be run by veteran stage performer Paul Canaan (Kinky Boots), who’s back for the third year, along with visiting professional actors and casting directors whom Canaan recruits. Distinguished bassist Rodney Whitaker, who directs the renowned jazz studies program at Michigan State University, will also return, along with his A-list squad of premier players, to run the Jazz Music Intensive Week. “When you come to the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, you’re entering a world that’s both magical and very real at the same time,” adds Brazil. “Here you’ll explore your imagination, stretch your limits and grow into the artist you dream of becoming.” To reiterate, class size is strictly limited, so visit drphillipscenter.org/schoolofthearts now to make your reservations. More information about each session may be found on the following pages. SUMMER 2017 | artsLife

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THEATER ARTS WEEK AGES: 7–12 DATES/TIMES: June 5–9, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Final Showcase, June 9, 7 p.m. TUITION: $275 ($300 after May 19) CAPACITY: 50 During Theater Arts Week, students learn to create a world using a script and their imagination. In a nurturing and supportive environment, they explore improvisation, drama, theater games and script work with an emphasis on personal expression, imagination, confidence and socialization. Final Showcase is in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.   

TAKE IT FROM THE TOP BROADWAY WEEK AGES: Pre-teens (10–13); Teens (14–20) DATES/TIMES: June 12–16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Final Showcase, June 16, 7 p.m. TUITION: $425 ($450 after May 19) CAPACITY: 40 pre-teens; 40 teens Take It From the Top Broadway Week offers students a rare opportunity to learn from a talented team of Broadway veterans and casting directors. Paul Canaan (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles and Miss Saigon) and Tony nominee Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde, Wicked, Hairspray and Ruthless) designed the program, during which students explore the triple threat of singing, dancing and acting. Industry pros — who become mentors to their students — also discuss auditioning, casting and rehearsing. Prepare a 32-bar cut of an age-appropriate musical theater song, and bring sheet music for a first-day placement audition. Final Showcase is in the Walt Disney Theater.   

THEATER WEEK AGES: Section A (10–14); Section B (15–18) DATES/TIMES: June 19– 23, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Final Showcase, June 23, 7 p.m. TUITION: $275 ($300 after May 19) CAPACITY: 25 per section Theater Week teaches students to develop their own acting techniques by diving into a script, sharing their creativity with a scene partner and incorporating energy from an audience. Student actors will grow in skill, craft and artistry. Final Showcase is in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.

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Your kids can spend an unforgettable week this summer immersed in the arts. But you’ll need to act quickly — early registration ends on May 19, and class sizes are limited.

MUSICAL THEATER WEEK AGES: 7–12 DATES/TIMES: June 26–30, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Final Showcase, June 30, 7 p.m. TUITION: $295 ($320 after May 19) CAPACITY: 50 Musical Theater Week teaches students to grow their vocal and performance abilities. Vocal technique is established by working on classic show tunes and exploring modern styles. Developing the story of the song and the motivation of the character brings musical theater acting to life. Final Showcase is in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.   

JAZZ MUSIC INTENSIVE WEEK WITH RODNEY WHITAKER AGES: 13–Adult DATES/TIMES: July 10–14, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Final Showcase, July 14, 7 p.m. TUITION: $425 CAPACITY: 55 Jazz Music Intensive Week is directed by Rodney Whitaker, an internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist. Whitaker is a professor of jazz bass and director of jazz studies at Michigan State University, where he built one of the leading jazz degree programs in the U.S. and assembled an elite faculty of performers. A committed jazz educator, Whitaker has presented numerous master classes, and consults with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on development of its jazz education department. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Julliard Institute of Jazz. Jazz Music Intensive Week wraps up with two performances: a faculty showcase and a student big-band showcase in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.


VOCAL PERFORMANCE WEEK AGES: Section A (10–14); Section B (15–18) DATES/TIMES: July 17–21, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Final Showcase, July 21, 7 p.m. TUITION: $295 ($320 after May 19) CAPACITY: 25 per section Vocal Performance Week teaches students to integrate technique with passion and creative interpretation. This collaborative and confidence-building experience teaches interpretation principles, vocal techniques and storytelling — all brought together with a sense of musicality. Final Showcase is in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.   

DANCE WEEK AGES: Section A (9–12); Section B (13–18) DATES/TIMES: July 24–28, 9–4 p.m.; Final Showcase, July 28, 7 p.m. TUITION: $275 ($300 after May 19) CAPACITY: 25 per section Dance Week emphasizes technique, vocabulary, leaps and creative choreography. Students with a passion for dance explore modern, contemporary, jazz, hiphop and ballet-based styles, learning to marry intention with movement. There will be a placement audition on the first day. Final Showcase is in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.   

OCA THEATER WEEK Serving Students with Special Needs DATES: July 31–August 4 In this community outreach program, the arts center’s education staff partners with OCA (Opportunity, Community, Ability) for a weeklong theater camp. Special-needs students participate in all aspects of the creative process, from writing a play to building sets to staging a performance during which everyone is on stage in some way. Parents and caregivers report that students show growth in speech and language, confidence and social skills. Final Showcase is in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. For more information or to register for this camp call 407.808.7837 or email programs@gooca.org. 

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hen Hairspray fans watch the tumultuous effort to integrate the The Corny Collins Show unfold during a lavish production slated for later this summer, you can bet that musical conductor Clay Price will be marveling at yet another milestone in a similarly improbable — and unstoppable — journey. Yearning for something to enliven the after-work lives of Walt Disney World cast members — that’s what all Disney employees are called — Price had a dramatic idea. Why not start a theater group in which everyone — entertainers, accountants, cashiers and custodians — could participate? After all, the Happiest Place on Earth has always been brimming with talent, much of it untapped. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Encore! Cast Performing Arts.

Not that Price expected a long run. “I really didn’t think it would last,” says Price, now Encore!’s artistic director. “We did it for fun when we started. But it really just took off and has become quite the monster — as I like to jokingly call it.” Fifteen years and more than 40 performances later, that musically inclined monster storms the Walt Disney Theater with Hairspray, on July 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Tickets start at $20. The raucous dance-style musical, which ran for more than 2,500 performances on Broadway, was inspired by the 1998 cult-classic film written and directed by John Waters. NBC aired a highly rated live version last year. Encore! presented Godspell in February, and will conclude its season with a yet-to-beannounced show in October. This is the first SUMMER 2017 | artsLife

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Its largest production to date, 2010’s Dream Our Dreams, a Disney tribute at the Epcot World Showplace, involved more than 600 people, including cast and crew. Not at all hyperbolically, Price called the experience “mind-blowing.” “It proved that what we had started years ago, in the most humble way possible, was something that people needed and wanted,” he says. Still, because its performances were held exclusively on Disney property, Encore! remained a well-kept secret in the local arts community. That changed in 2015, when the company debuted Aida in Concert — its first full-fledged, non-revue production — at the arts center. “That was a turning point in our evolution, and now we’re trying to make our mark in Central Florida,” says Encore! producer Tommy Mendoza. He joined the group six years ago after moving to Orlando from California, where he worked in merchandise, attractions and entertainment at the Disneyland Resort. “Encore! was extremely successful as an internal team,” he continues. “But we wanted to do more, to become even more deeply engaged and to give back in the way we know best — though our art and our talent.” Over its run, Encore! has donated roughly $300,000, all from proceeds from its ticket sales, to local charities, including United Arts, the Red Chair Project, the Second Harvest Food Bank, A Better Life Pet Rescue, the Make a Wish Foundation and others. “Philanthropy and helping others has been in my blood for such a long time,” Price says. “And there are so many people who love to give back. This is just one more way for them to be able to do that.” The Walt Disney Theater is, of course, not a Disney venue. But in 2011, Encore! donated proceeds from a summer concert to the fundraising campaign for the arts center, which was then in the wish-upon-a-star stage. Now, Encore! performs in the facility that it helped to build. In doing so, it is building for itself a following outside the environs of the theme park, where its first shows were held and seen primarily by other cast members, friends and families. Still, Encore! remains best known for its passionate, enthusiastic onstage performances. Price has gigged with such stars as Shirley Jones, Sandy Duncan and Carol Channing

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year the all-volunteer company has offered three full-scale musical extravaganzas. Previously there was one “big” show and a number of less time-intensive revues or cabarets, says Price. “Since it’s the 15th anniversary of Hairspray’s debut on Broadway, as well as the 15th anniversary of our company, I thought it was the perfect time for us to do this production,” Price says. Perfect synchronicity, given the fact that 15 years ago Encore! might easily have been dismissed as a harebrained scheme. After all, in 2001 Disney already boasted a cast-member theater group called STAGE. Around that time, Price, who had joined Disney four years earlier as a percussionist in the Disney Grammy All-American College Orchestra at Epcot Center, saw a televised Andrew Lloyd Webber birthday celebration taped at the Royal Albert Hall. That broadcast was the inspiration for Encore! “Coming from the parks, our cast performs the same roles day in and day out, multiple times a day, in some cases,” Price says. “Or, if they’re not in performing roles, they’re dealing with all sorts of factors related to the daily workings of a theme park.” Life can be pretty mundane, Price admits, even in the Magic Kingdom. “Everyone should be able to have an outlet to work out those creative muscles — even if it’s not what they do professionally on a day-to-day basis,” he adds. That philosophy appealed to what became an enthusiastic pickup crew of about 70 singers, musicians and dancers, who presented a cabaret-style collection of Broadway standards during Encore!’s 2002 debut, Curtain’s Up!, at the ABC Theatre (now the Hyperion Theater) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Webber salute that inspired Price was, of course, a large-scale production with a huge set, orchestra and cast. “In contrast, since Encore! was just starting out with no budget, I knew we needed to try to keep things as simple as possible,” Price says. “That’s why we did our first show in that style.” Over the next dozen years, Encore! expanded its offerings — slowly adding sets, costumes and lighting effects while serving up a musical gumbo of patriotic anthems, gospel hymns, rock ballads, movie soundtracks and pop favorites with larger casts and more musicians.


Ragtime was an epic undertaking made all the more impressive by the fact that cast and crew consisted entirely of volunteers whose day jobs are at Walt Disney World. Darnell Abraham (below) played the musically and emotionally demanding role of Coalhouse Walker Jr., a pianist whose outrage over racism leads to calamitous consequences. Encore! Cast Productions was founded as a way to give Disney employees a creative outlet. It has since emerged as a force in the local arts community and a benefactor to numerous charities.

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Natale Pirrotta and Jerusha Cavazos wowed audiences in Aida in Concert — the first full-fledged, nonrevue production staged by Encore! Cast Performing Arts. Cavazos played the title character, while Pirrotta played the Egyptian captain who captures her heart. Aida, staged in 2015 at the Walt Disney Theater, marked the company’s debut away from the environs of the theme park.


— and says none of those luminaries outshine his all-volunteer casts. That’s not surprising, considering the Disney ethos of guest-centric perfection that permeates every aspect of the operation. “I don’t see much of a difference,” he says. “Even though most of the cast members aren’t ‘professionals’ in the entertainment world, their dedication is no different than someone who’s been performing professionally their entire life.” For Hairspray, which will be Encore!’s most ambitious production outside Disney’s borders, Price promises an exciting spectacle that truly channels the Encore! spirit. “Sometimes, the person who’s in the background can step out and be the star,” he says. “I think all of us have a little Tracy Turnblad in us.”  — Darryl E. Owens

EVENT: Hairspray, presented by Encore! Cast Performing Arts SHOW/DATE: July 22, 8 p.m.; July 23, 7 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: Disney cast members from every phase of the theme park’s operation come together to present lavish musical productions, the proceeds from which benefit local charities. TICKETS: Prices start at $20 844.513.2014 • drphillipscenter.org

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Ryder, the 10-year-old human leader of the PAW Patrol, leads his canine companions on an array of adventures. PAW Patrol Live! uses elements of bunraku — a form of traditional Japanese puppetry — as well as elaborate costumes to create life-sized, fourlegged pups such as Chase, Skye and Marshall.

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he in-training rescue dogs of PAW Patrol, the beloved animated children’s TV show on Nick Junior, are believers that “no job is too big, no pup is too small.” PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue brings the cuddly but courageous characters to the stage, giving kids an opportunity to engage with their favorite characters up-close and in-person. Actors in costume sing, dance and solve a mystery in the elaborate stage presentation, which romps its way into the Walt Disney Theater for four shows, two each on June 24 and June 25 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. Tickets start at $21.75. VIP (Very Important Pup) packages are also available, which include premium seating, a special gift and a post-show meet-and-greet with characters Chase, Ryder and Skye.

Ryder, the 10-year-old human leader of the pack of plucky pups, moves about using a jet ski that transforms into an ATV and a snowmobile. Chase is a German shepherd who, true to his breed, employs a police truck and megaphone, while Skye is a cockapoo who soars through the air in a helicopter or via attachable wings in her “Pup Pack.” In fact, all the characters live in doghouses that can transform into customized vehicles that suit their specialties when necessary. No wonder kids around the world can’t seem to get enough of PAW Patrol, which debuted in 2013 and has since spawned a plethora of toys, including plushes, action figures and vehicles that fly (not literally) off the shelves. There are also PAW Patrol DVDs, lunchboxes, puzzles, board games and handSUMMER 2017 | artsLife

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The Great Adventure Bay Race pits Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger (shown), against Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway.

held video games. Here’s the premise of PAW Patrol Live! It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. But Mayor Goodway is, inexplicably, nowhere to be found. Yikes! Naturally, Ryder calls upon Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to save the day. The pups impart lessons about helpfulness and responsibility — and conduct heroic rescues — as they search for the missing mayor. After all, as Ryder is fond of repeating, “Whenever you’re in trouble, just yelp for help!” PAW Patrol Live! uses elements of bunraku — a form of traditional Japanese puppetry — as well as elaborate costumes to create life-sized, four-legged pups that wag their tails, blink their eyes, move their mouths and interact with their fans. A high-tech video wall transports audiences to familiar locales such as Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Jake’s Mountain and Farmer Yumi’s Farm. It also allows eager kids to participate in finding clues and solving mysteries. The 80-minute show (with one intermission) holds the rapt attention of even the most skittish preschoolers — who know the characters and are encouraged to join in when they sing. All those incredible vehicles will be scurrying around the stage as well.

Performer Olivia Washington, a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, plays Mayor Goodway. She says she’s seen people of all ages get revved up when they see PAW Patrol Live! “This show is aimed primarily to a younger audience, ages 2 to 6, but will entertain the entire family,” Washington says. “I’m not kidding when I tell you that I see 9- and 10-yearolds up cheering and dancing in the audience and having the time of their lives. My favorite is when I see the parents up and just as excited as their kiddos. It’s truly a family affair.” Adds Eric Grilly, chief executive officer of VStar Entertainment, which is bringing the show to Orlando: “There’s been an incredible amount of excitement around this tour. The fun part for us is seeing strong audience enthusiasm. Behind the scenes, a tremendous amount of preparation goes into a production like this — and it’s wonderful to receive this kind of reception.”  — Randy Noles

EVENT: PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue DATE/TIME: June 24 and 25, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: This live version of the hit animated children’s series on Nick Jr. features live-sized costumed characters, cool custom vehicles and an interactive video wall that replicates locales from the TV series and facilitates audience participation. TICKETS: Prices start at $21.75; VIP (Very Important Pup) packages include a meet-and-greet and other perks. 844.513.2014 • drphillipscenter.org

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Real Time, which airs weekly on HBO, has consistently drawn more than 4 million viewers per episode, and attracts guests and panelists who span the ideological spectrum.

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or the last 14 years on HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher has been skewering politicians, preachers, pundits and power brokers — some of them, oddly enough, his own guests — with a brand of not-so-gentle humor that combines insight, incredulity and sometimes outrage. For a topical comedian like Maher, these are truly the best of times. At least there’s never a shortage of material. But here’s the trick: The more scathing Maher gets, the funnier he gets. And the fact that he boasts fans spanning the ideological spectrum reinforces his stature as an authentic iconoclast — a liberal with libertarian leanings who parrots nobody’s party line. Maher will, no doubt, have plenty to talk about when he visits the Walt Disney Theater on July 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45. “Because what I do is based on current events, I never do the same act,” says Maher from his offices in Los Angeles.“Things are always changing. I’m very aware that comedy is the opposite of music. You can enjoy a piece of music over and over — but once a joke is known, with a few exceptions, it loses its impact.” Real Time, which airs weekly, has con44

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sistently drawn more than 4 million viewers an episode. And it’s at its best when Maher, unlike some of his more cautious show-biz brethren, calls out hypocrisy or mendacity when he hears it — even if it comes from the progressives with whom he most strongly identifies. “Most everybody else who does politically oriented comedy is strictly predictable,”


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Maher, who has been nominated for 38 Emmys without winning, believes that his often-contrarian stands have rankled some industry insiders.

notes Maher. “They’re almost interchangeable. They won’t say anything that might upset their basically liberal audiences. Of course, my audiences are also mostly liberal. But I’ll go after them if I think they’re wrong. I had one conservative say to me, ‘You’re the only honest liberal out there.’” Maher’s left-leaning fans sometimes squirm when he trains his fire on what he considers obsessive political correctness — a practice he frequently flouts. In fact, his previous show, which debuted on Comedy Central and later moved to ABC, was called, aptly, Politically Incorrect. “You see a smile on Bill’s face when he’s saying things people think he wasn’t going to say,” noted Real Time executive producer Dean Johnsen during a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. “But he’s not doing it for the smile. I think it just works for 46

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him — the more honest he is, the more successful he gets. It feeds itself.” Usually, at least. Maher says he sometimes drives home from taping a show concerned that he’s crossed a line. “I don’t have a great mechanism for controlling things like that,” he says. “But what you see is never fake.” Maher, born in Manhattan and raised in suburban New Jersey, graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English before beginning his stand-up career at small comedy clubs. He later appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Late Night With David Letterman. Politically Incorrect, which made its debut in 1993, earned 10 Emmy nominations before ABC dropped the show in 2002, after Maher made a controversial on-air remark following the 9/11 attacks. Just a year later, though, he was back with Real Time. The show opens with Maher’s monologue, followed by a one-on-one interview with a newsmaker. Then there’s a heated but substantive discussion — sometimes more of a free-for-all — that involves three or more wildly divergent panelists. In the segment “New Rules,” which closes the show, Maher mocks politics and popular culture. A number of high-profile conservatives — most of whom might be expected to give Real Time a wide berth — happily participate in Maher’s no-holds-barred panels. “I think conservatives come on the show because they see it as genuine,” he says. “But, you can never underestimate the power of a TV camera to attract guests.” In 2012, the conservative Washington Times published a “survival guide” for right-wingers who agree to appear on Real Time. Among the tips: Be prepared — Maher knows the issues — and don’t try to be a comedian. “Mr. Maher is a pro at making people laugh,” the Times advised. “The typical conservative panelist is not. Act accordingly.” Still, several dyed-in-the-wool Republican regulars told the newspaper that they enjoyed Real Time’s lively discussions, and that the often-acerbic host treated them with respect — despite their ideological differences. Surprisingly, Maher holds the record for the most total Emmy nominations — 38 and counting — without a win. In interviews, he has attributed the Emmy snubs to his willingness to tackle taboo topics and take unpopular stances. He also serves as a commentator for CNN, MSNBC, HLN and Fox News.


In 2008, Maher and director Larry Charles teamed up to make the film Religulous, a documentary that spoofed religious extremism. In 2013, Maher became one of the executive producers for the HBO newsmagazine series Vice. He’s an animal rights activist and, at 61, a confirmed bachelor. Despite his busy TV schedule, Maher still loves to tour. “The redder the state, the better the show,” he says. “I’ve performed in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas — you name it. People who buy tickets are already fans, of course. But in red states, they seem to be doubly happy that I’m even there, which is a good feeling. They know we’re all in it together.” 

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DID YOU KNOW? In 2005, Maher ranked at No. 38 on Comedy Central’s list of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time. In 2010, he received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star and two years later bought a minority interest in his beloved New York Mets.

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scribes Mixtape as “a consistently breezily contemplative record bursting with individuality from between the seams. It’s an organic piece of work developed from inspiration on the open road, and is as cohesive and dynamic as the road itself.” Sexton knows a little something about the road. Born in upstate New York, in 1988 he moved to Boston. There he sang at open-mic nights and on the streets of Harvard Square while building a following. He


sold 20,000 copies of his self-recorded debut album, an eight-track cassette called In the Journey. He’s been on the road ever since, touring the U.S., Canada and Europe and delighting fiercely loyal fans with a style that melds folk, pop, rock and jazz. He has headlined Carnegie Hall in New York, The Fillmore in San Francisco, and performed at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival. Sexton, known as “a musician’s musician,” won the National Academy of Songwriters Artist of the Year Award in 1994, and released several more albums before launching an independent label, Kitchen Table Records, in 2001. A concert album, Live Wide Open, and a studio album, Seeds, were both critically acclaimed, and Seeds reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. “Call him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a rocker and you wouldn’t be wrong,” wrote the Los Angeles Times. In 2010, Sexton performed “Working Class Hero” as part of an all-star concert at New York’s Beacon Theater that marked the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Proceeds from the concert and the live album, which also featured performances from Jackson Brown, Patti Smith, Shelby Lynne and others, benefited the Japanese Red Cross. You’ve likely heard Sexton’s music in feature films and TV shows, including Scrubs and Parenthood on NBC and Brotherhood on Showtime. An activist for good causes, he frequently does benefit shows for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camp as well as for disaster relief efforts. Sexton performs May 12 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $30.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART

MAY 19 Expect The Head and the Heart, which originated in (where else?) Seattle, to deliver its signature blend of introspective folk rock while showcasing songs from its first major-label album, Signs of Light, which was released last year by Warner Bros Records. The album, recorded in Nashville, employs some radio-friendly touches, such as rock guitars, to fill out the group’s usual unpretentious acoustic instrumentation. The result was a breakthrough hit, with Signs of Light reaching No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200.

In a review, Rolling Stone expressed some trepidation about the band straying too far from its indie roots. But it praised a number of cuts, particularly “False Alarm,” which critic Jon Dolan said “could be a mountainscented lost track from Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage — a throwback that feels cozy and stylish at the same time.” Previously, The Head and the Heart recorded for Seattle-based Sub Pop Records, which achieved fame in the ‘90s by signing Nirvana and Soundgarden, among others, from the city’s thriving alternative rock scene. The band was formed in 2009 by Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion). Other members include Charity Rose Thielen (violin, guitar, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano) and Tyler Williams (drums). Johnson is on hiatus for this tour, recovering from substance-abuse issues. Thielen’s husband, singer-guitarist Matt Gervais, is filling in, while Russell has moved front and center to handle most of the lead vocals. Fans, of course, are pulling for Johnson’s recovery — but they’ve been no less enthused about the band’s recent live performances. “We’re excited about these new songs, and trying to get a bunch of them out live,” says Zasche, who adds that the band still enjoys performing in more intimate venues despite the breakthrough success of Signs of Light. After all, he notes, The Head and the Heart began with a random assortment of talented kindred spirits who frequented open-mic nights. “I feel like we’re finally getting into the groove with the new songs,” he adds. “Doing things in a live setting is much different than being in the studio.” The band’s social consciousness — its “heart,” if you will — is reflected by the fact that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. The Head and the Heart performs May 19 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $35.

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band was formed when Derek Trucks married Susan Tedeschi (Soul Stew Revival), and the couple melded their touring musical families. Trucks, a Jacksonville native, was a rock ‘n’ roll prodigy who played his first gig at 11 and later toured with the Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton.

at age 9 — it set him back $5 at a yard sale — and played it using a slide because his fingers wouldn’t stretch to reach all the strings. It was almost certainly the best $5 Trucks would ever spend. He played his first professional gig at 11, and by the time he was 13 he performed alongside Buddy Guy and had toured with Thunderhawk. He formed the Derek Trucks Band at age 17, and opened for such artists as Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh and Stephen Stills while headlining his own shows. Trucks joined the Allman Brothers in 1999 — his uncle, the late Butch Trucks, was the drummer — and later toured with Eric Clapton. (Trucks says he was named after Clapton’s early 1970s band, Derek and the Dominoes.) He has appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Clearly, Trucks is firmly established as part of the pantheon of great Florida rockers such as the Allmans, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd. And he continues to build his legend through the Tedeschi Trucks Band, formed in 2010 with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, who previously led 52

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her own band, the Soul Stew Revival. The Tedeschi Trucks Band is the result of a merger in more ways than one. The Derek Trucks Band and Soul Stew Revival toured together in 2007. Then, when Trucks and Tedeschi married, their respective musicians joined forces as well. The newly configured band — which now boasts 12 members — recorded its debut album, Revelator, in 2011. That release earned a Grammy for Best Blues Album. Let Me Get By, produced by Trucks in 2015, debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200, and has been praised for its rootsy blend of blues, soul and gospel influences. “It definitely took time for us to get here,” says Trucks “I think the connections we have in this band and among the crew and extended family are the real reason why. I look around the stage every night and am just in awe of the situation — the music’s amazing and road tested, and we all really like each other.” The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs on May 28 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $29.50. 


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Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Love Child” and “Someday We’ll Be Together.” Is there a boomer alive for whom at least some of these songs aren’t personally significant? No, we didn’t think so. But, as it turned out, Ross was just getting started. She achieved more success after 1970, when she left The Supremes and released an eponymous album that contained “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” which became her first solo No. 1 single. Another chart-topper, “Touch Me in the Morning,” followed in 1973. That same year, Ross released the soundtrack of her debut film, Lady Sings the Blues, based upon the tragic life of jazz singer Billie Holiday. The SUMMER 2017 | artsLife

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album, which eventually sold more than 2 million copies, is perhaps most memorable for a cover of “Strange Fruit,” a haunting commentary about racism and lynching that Holiday recorded in 1939. Lady Sings the Blues was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ross. She also starred in Mahogany (1975), the soundtrack of which yielded another No. 1 hit, “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?).” In 1976, with the 20th century only slightly more than three-quarters finished, Billboard 56

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magazine named Ross its Female Entertainer of the Century. Although the award seemed premature at the time, the multifaceted artist continued to earn the accolade in the decades to come. In 1978, Ross starred as Dorothy in The Wiz, an urban reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The all African-American cast also featured Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. Although The Wiz wasn’t initially a commercial success, it later became a cult classic. Ross recorded “Endless Love,” her last single for Motown, in 1980. The duet with Lionel Ritchie, the title track for a film starring Brooke Shields, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Shortly thereafter, RCA offered Ross an un-


precedented $20 million recording contract, prompting her to part ways with Berry Gordy’s groundbreaking label. Ross continued to record hits, star in television specials, tour the world and make high-profile appearances such as a stormshortened 1983 concert in New York’s Central Park that drew some 800,000 fans. In 1985, she was featured on “We Are the World,” a USA for Africa charity single that sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. In 1988, Ross was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Supremes, alongside original members Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. “The Supremes were America’s ingénues, exuding a stylish charm and soulfulness that appealed across the board to black and white listeners at a time when racial divides were coming down,” wrote Hall officials in an induction announcement. “They earned a place in music history as singers and showgirls whose popularity in the ’60s was second only to the Beatles.” In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Ross the most successful female music artist in history, with a total of 70 hit singles and 100 million records sold between her work with The Supremes and as a solo artist. Incredibly, although she’s a 12-time Grammy nominee, Ross has never actually won a Grammy for a specific recording. (She did, however, receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.) Ross recently finished an extended engagement at The Venetian in Las Vegas, where reviewers were dazzled. “She sings and smiles beautifully, reciting her songs as if each show is her last,” wrote the Las Vegas Review Journal. “‘Upside Down’ and a show-closing ‘I Will Survive’ gets the crowd grooving every time. And, as anticipated, Ross dresses the part. Her Swarovski-splashed gowns, especially the gleaming white number at the end of the show, are truly staggering.”

Mahogany, the soundtrack album of Ross’ 1975 film, yielded yet another No. 1 hit: “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?).” The lush ballad was also nominated for an Oscar.

Gaming Today agreed: “The divine Diana Ross was a symbol of the quintessential diva at The Venetian. This woman is incredible. Her singing, performance, stage presence, fashions — all one of a kind.”  — Randy Noles EVENT: Diana Ross: In the Name of Love Tour DATE/TIME: June 27, 7:30 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: One of the most successful female recording artists of all time, Ross and The Supremes were the biggestselling act at Berry Gordy’s Motown Records. As a solo artist, Ross continued to build her legend in a career that has spanned more than 55 years. TICKETS: Prices start at $49.50 844.513.2014 • drphillipscenter.org

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dates for which will be announced with next season’s lineup. “We continue to be proud and excited about our partnership with the Dr. Phillips Center,” says Susie Krajsa, Broadway Across America’s executive vice president for presenting. “The response to the 2017–18 Broadway in Orlando season has been fantastic — and we’re thrilled to be a part of the vibrant Orlando cultural community by bringing the best of Broadway to the Walt Disney Theater.” Here’s what to expect when the curtain goes up: n  The King and I (September 12–17, 2017). The season opens with a much-lauded revival of one of America’s greatest musicals: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. Set in 1860s Bangkok, it’s about the relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher

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On Your Feet! tells the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, the Cuban-born musicians behind such international hits as “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Don’t Want to Lose You Now” and “Coming Out of the Dark.” Together, the Estefans have won 26 Grammys.


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whom the king brings to Siam (now Thailand) to teach his many wives and children as he tries to modernize his country. The King and I, which opened on Broadway in 1951 with Yul Brynner in the role of the king, has become one of the most beloved classics of the American stage. Many of its songs, including “Getting to Know You,” “Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Shall We Dance” and “Hello Young Lovers,” have become standards. The show continues to delight audiences today as much as it did 65 years ago, when it won five Tonys, including Best Musical. In 2015, a restaged production at Lincoln Center won four Tonys, including Best Revival of a Musical. “I doubt I’ll see a better production of The King and I in my lifetime,” wrote veteran Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout. Since it’s the same Bartlett Sher-directed

show that’s coming to the Walt Disney Theater, perhaps we’ll never see a better production of The King and I, either. n  On Your Feet! (October 17–22, 2017). The pulsating On Your Feet! charts the lives and hits of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, the CubanAmerican couple behind such irresistible pop songs as “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga” and “Don’t Want To Lose You Now.” Their marriage and professional relationship is rooted in the Miami Sound Machine, the band that musician-producer Emilio established and that signer Gloria gave its trademark vocal energy. The early success of Miami Sound Machine marked the beginning of a huge international career for the Estefans, who together have won 26 Grammys. “Shows like this require extensive song catalogs — and there are few that can compete with the enterprises of the Estefans,” SUMMER 2017 | artsLife

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School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher to earn extra money. He ends up turning a class of high-achieving pre-adolescents into “a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.”

wrote Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune. “Indisputably, the pair were true pioneers and remain role models to at least two generations of Latinos through their careful combination of genuine ties to the land of their birth with an embrace of the English-speaking world beyond.” But there’s tragedy along with triumph here: The show also deals with the 1990 tour-bus accident in which Gloria was critically injured — and from which she recovered to make a poignantly triumphant return to the stage. “It’s a triple love story,” she told the New York Daily News in discussing the jukebox musical. “It’s our personal love story and our love story to music. Emilio had a band in Cuba since he was 8, and it helped him survive. He played accordion for tips in restaurants. And it’s a love story to this coun62

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try, which opened its arms and really let us make our dreams come true.” The Walt Disney Theater is the second stop on the show’s tour, right after an opening in — where else? — Miami. n  Love Never Dies (November 21–26, 2017). You didn’t think he was gone for good, did you? Love Never Dies is the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering adaptation of French author Gaston Leroux’s novel about a mysterious masked musical genius and his obsessive love for a beautiful soprano. The new musical is set in 1907 — years after the Phantom’s disappearance — amid the freak shows of New York’s Coney Island. His love, Christine Daaé, is now one of the world’s great sopranos, but is struggling in her marriage to the drinking and gambling Raoul.


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Jenna has a gift for baking delicious pies, through which she expresses her hopes, dreams and fears. In Waitress, a pie-baking contest — and a risky relationship with a gynecologist — offers her a chance for a fresh start and an escape from an abusive marriage.

Christine accepts an invitation from an anonymous impresario to perform at Phantasma, a new attraction on Coney Island. With her husband and their young son in tow, she journeys to the U.S. unaware that it is the Phantom who has arranged for her appearance in the popular beach resort. Like the original Phantom, the new show offers soaring melodies from Lloyd Webber, along with spectacular costumes and set designs that vividly evoke Coney Island’s carnival atmosphere. “I’ve often thought that we left the original Phantom with a little bit of a cliffhanger, and I thought, well, why not do a sequel to it?” Lloyd Webber says in a production video. Love Never Dies has been produced in London, Australia, Denmark, Japan and Germany. The North American tour is bringing the show to the U.S. for the first time.

n  School of Rock (December 26–31, 2017). Earlier this year, Lloyd Webber earned the distinction of having four productions on Broadway at once, tying a record set by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1953. His quartet of shows includes the revivals of Sunset Boulevard and Cats, the long-running Phantom of the Opera and the new School of Rock, the touring production of which will rattle the roof of the Walt Disney Theater. Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star who tries to earn extra money by posing as a substitute teacher at a prep school. Dewey turns a class of high-achieving preadolescents into “a guitar-shredding, bassslapping, mind-blowing rock band.” Last year on Broadway, one of those pre-adolescents was Orlando’s Diego Lucano, who honed his SUMMER 2017 | artsLife

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Something Rotten!, set in the 1590s, follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom as they struggle to find a theatrical gimmick that will upstage the more popular (and more talented) William Shakespeare. How about adding some songs?

skills at the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts. Lloyd Webber has “pushed to the fore a group of rockin’-out U.S. youngsters so capable, charming, vulnerable and aspirational, their open hearts surely will fell any and all resistance,” Chris Jones wrote in the Chicago Tribune. n  Waitress (March 20–25, 2018). An allfemale creative team turned a low-budget indie film into one of the hottest tickets on Broadway, complete with music and lyrics by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, a sixtime Grammy nominee. The late Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film Waitress, which cost about $1.5 million to make and earned a surprising $23 million at the box office, clearly had a story that resonated with audiences. That story revolves around Jenna, a Deep 64

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South waitress with a gift for baking delicious pies, through which she expresses her hopes, dreams and fears. She’s stuck in a small town and an abusive marriage when a baking contest in a nearby county and a new gynecologist in town — with whom she has an affair, which they describe during a duet as “a pretty good bad idea” — offer the chance for a fresh start. But Jenna must find the courage to rebuild her life, encouraged by her colorful co-workers and the crusty — if you’ll pardon the pun — owner at Joe’s Diner. Screenwriter Jessie Nelson wrote the book for Waitress. It was directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, whose credits include Pippin and Finding Neverland. Waitress warms the heart, but it also fills the belly. A new book, Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Cookbook, Recipes from


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Rent, a reimagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, follows a year in the lives of seven struggling artists in New York City’s East Village. Now the show has returned with a 20th-anniversary tour — and its message of hope resonates as strongly as ever.

the Files of Jenna Hunterson, has just been released by Penguin Publishing Group, which touts it as “the perfect gift for anyone who has ever eaten her feelings or baked away the blues.” “Musicals commonly have a second-act problem,” wrote Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times, who praised the show’s character development. “Waitress is one of the few that actually gets better as it goes along.” The show was nominated for four Tonys, including Best Musical, in 2016. n  Something Rotten! (April 24–29, 2018). If your appreciation of musical theater is limited to the 20th century and beyond, then here’s a chance to expand your horizons. Something Rotten! raucously imagines the birth of the musical in the 1590s, when brothers and aspiring playwrights Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperately struggling to

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every musical theater tradition imaginable — from Bob Fosse’s jazz hands to the Rockettes’ synchronized line dancing. In fact, during this frenetic showstopper — which was performed on the 2015 Tony Awards broadcast — there are at least 20 sendups of songs from beloved blockbusters. Time Out New York’s David Cote called Something Rotten! “Broadway’s funniest, splashiest, slap-happiest musical comedy in at least 400 years — it has laugh-out-loud lyrics, catchy music, jaw-dropping sight gags and a powerhouse cast selling Bard-laced punch lines to the ecstatic balcony.” Something Rotten! was nominated for 10 Tonys in 2015, including Best Musical, and won for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. n  Rent (June 5–10, 2018). In 1996, Jonathan Larson’s Rent told the story of struggling young artists living in New York City in the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The show ran on Broadway for 12 years, winning the Pulitzer Prize and four Tonys, including Best Musical.

Rent, a reimagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams in New York City’s gritty East Village. The show’s signature anthem, “Seasons of Love” (“Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes …”) has become ingrained in pop culture. Now, Rent has returned with a 20th-anniversary tour. And its message of hope in the face of fear resonates with audiences in today’s volatile political climate just as it did two decades ago, before advances in the treatment of AIDS. Director Evan Ensign told Variety that “AIDS is actually just a circumstance in the show. It’s about figuring out how we fit in, about how we create family, about acceptance.” James Hebert, critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune, agreed. “Once you get past the surface signs of its time period,” he wrote, “Rent can feel not just still vibrant but plenty relevant.” 

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wo sensationally popular musicals from past FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ seasons will return to the Walt Disney Theater in 2017–18: The Book of Mormon and Disney’s The Lion King. The pair of blockbusters are Season Options, which means that they’re not part of the standard seven-show package. However, series subscribers will have first access to tickets — and demand is certain to be strong. The Book of Mormon is slated for December 12–17, 2017. Think of it as a slightly early — and outrageously funny — Christmas present. The show, which opened on Broadway in 2011, chronicles the misadventures of two naïve missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. It has won nine Tonys, including Best Musical. Orlando Sentinel arts critic Matthew J. Palm called The Book of Mormon “as deliriously funny as it is naughty” during its first soldout run at the arts center in December 2014. Audiences everywhere agree. The show has continued to delight crowds in New York, London and across North America — even in the heart of Mormonism, Salt Lake City, where it had a two-week, sold-out run in 2015. The Book of Mormon was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the team behind TV’s South Park, along with Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q and composer of songs for Frozen. The second Season Option, The Lion King, last appeared in Orlando in 2012, when it packed the Bob Carr Theater for nearly a month. Its long-awaited return engagement is February 14–March 11, 2018. The show, based on the 1994 Disney animated feature, opened on Broadway in 1997 and has won six Tonys, including Best Musical. It features the familiar, inspiring songs of Sir Elton John and Tim Rice, including “Circle of Life” and the Oscar-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” The Lion King, now the third-longest running show in Broadway history, is indeed a feast for the senses. “Never before,” wrote The New York Times, “has a stampede of wildebeests or a herd of veldt-skimming gazelles been rendered with such eye-popping conviction.” — Dana S. Eagles 68

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Finding Neverland explores how Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie was inspired to write Peter Pan by four imaginative young boys and their widowed mother, with whom he falls in love.

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he adventurous and wildly successful 2016–17 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ series is drawing to a close with two uplifting family-friendly productions: Matilda — The Musical, and Finding Neverland. The 2017–18 season has been announced, and is covered elsewhere in this issue of ArtsLife. So here’s a quick look at what’s coming up as the current season enters the home stretch: n  Matilda — The Musical (May 9–14). One of the most beloved family musicals in years, Matilda — The Musical is based on Roald Dahl’s novel about a precocious English girl, Matilda Wormwood, who’s treated poorly at home and school. But she decides to use her intellectual gifts — which include telekinesis — to take a stand and change her destiny.


Matilda’s dad is a shady used-car salesman who refers to her as “boy,” since he wanted another son. Her mother is a shallow dance-contest aficionado whose philosophy is “looks, not books.” In fact, Matilda’s parents hold reading in contempt, and mock their daughter’s passion for books. The youngster finds a mentor in her empathetic teacher, Miss Honey. But Miss Honey, too, is oppressed. Her tormentor is Miss Trunchbull, the horrific headmistress whose motto is bambinatum est maggitum (children are maggots). Matilda, however, is no helpless victim. “Just because you find that life’s not fair, it doesn’t mean that you just have to grin and bear it,” she sings in “Naughty,” one of many gleefully subversive songs by musician and comedian Tim Minchin. The story of how Matilda — along with her classmates and Miss Honey — ultimately prevails over adversity is entertaining, irresistible and inspiring. “Matilda is one of those refreshingly smart children’s musicals that doesn’t talk — or sing — down to anyone,” wrote Peter Marks in The Washington Post. The musical, first produced in London, has been showered with awards around the world, including four Tonys for the Broadway production. Time named it the No. 1 show of 2013. n  Finding Neverland (June 6–11). Peter Pan has delighted stage and film audiences for generations. And now, the story of

how the mischievous (and eternally young) flying boy was created is doing the same. The musical Finding Neverland explores how Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie was inspired to write Peter Pan by the playtime adventures of four young boys: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Barrie, suffering from writer’s block and enduring an unhappy marriage to a shallow socialite, meets the boys and is drawn into their world of make-believe. He’s also drawn to their mother, the frail but beautiful widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, in whom he finds an encouraging kindred spirit. Tapping into his inner child, an inspired Barrie tells his colorful producer, Charles Frohman, that he’s working on a new and surprising play. The American impresario replies that he doesn’t particularly like surprises. Nonetheless, he buys into Barrie’s vision, and works to secure backers. Peter Pan finally debuts, enchanting highbrow London theatergoers. Although it’s based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie of the same name, the Broadway version of Finding Neverland is better in almost every way, wrote Richard Zoglin in Time: “It strikes me as the very model of a modern family musical. It’s briskly told, brightly staged, with a score (by British rocker Gary Barlow) as tuneful as one could expect from a show set in turn-of-the-century London that’s not by Gilbert and Sullivan.” 

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DR. PHILLIPS CENTER DONORS Melissa, Aaron & Olivia Isler JAE Foundation Mark Douglas Johnson Michelle & Randall Johnson Michelle & Gerald L. Jones, Jr. Robert, Carole, Rachel and Joshua Jordan Miriam & Gene Josephs Mark Kapatoes & Amanda Varga Rosalind & Harold Kaplan Norma Kaplan John Joseph Kelly Cecilia & Matt Kelly & Family In honor of Charles & Maxine Khoury Eric Hogan & Skip Kirst Susie & Edward Kleiman Audrey & Pat Knipe Andi Knowlen Jenifer & Alan Kolar Gary Lambert Tess Wise & Ellen Lang in memory of Abe Wise John & Valerie Ledford Lee Wesley & Associates Jarryd S. Lee Richard T. Lee, II Tommy G. Lee, II Melissa & Peter Lehman Leitao Family Frederick Leonhardt Deborah Linden Eleni & Robert Longwell Jack Lord & Adam Hunter Trena & Whaley Lorenz Jay & Traci Madara Marcia & Robert Marks Kathryn & Stephen McClure Nan B. McCormick McMillen Law Firm, P.A. Sheryl & Julian Meitin Jennifer Foster & Mary Anne Metaxas Christina & George Mezo Katharine & Richard Milam The Arthur Miller Family Linda & Glenn Miller Maile Miller Ellis Creek Capital/Merrill & Scott Miller Chris Oliver & Stan Miller MJS Inc. Custom Home Design Maggie & David Moore Dasha & Shawn Moore Elizabeth & Otto Morales Rulon & Jacquelin Munns Christa & Steven Murphy Beth & Kenneth Murray Brooke & Frank Myers Donna & Bruce Mylrea

National Endowment For The Arts Robin Neel & Dr. Tim Prince Connie & William Neville Marcy & Rich Newsome Anthony J. Nicholson & Sonja Nicholson Judy Ettinger-Noble Oakstone Foundation Jeff Oliver & John Kurowski Paul Oppedisano & Jim Bowden Michael O’Quinn in honor of Kathryn Elizabeth Jagger Orchid Medical Orlando Health Orlando Regional Realtor Association Mary Jo Pecht Brandi & Bryan Peck Linda & Norm Pellegrini Jen & Jason Pennypacker in honor of Sara Fuller & Mrs. William H. Fuller Danniel J. Petro J. David Phillips, Jr. Jeanne & Gene Polarolo Lanier & La Voyce Porter and Frontline Insurance Potrock Family Foundation Sibille & Peter Pritchard Publix Super Markets Charities Stan & Betty Collier Fund in honor of Jim Pugh Dr. Kenneth E. Pyle & Justyn S. Lim Sean, Melissa, and Rori Quinn The Diaz-Quittschreiber Family The Westbrock-Ramsberger Family Kay & Phil Rawlins Regions Bank Rhea & Dr. Harry Rein Resource Consulting Group Nancy & Brad Rex Holly & Dwight Richert Laura & John Riley John & Monica Rivers Ginger Robinson Christine A. & John D. Robinson Mel Robinson Roper Family Foundation Franklin W. Roth Shirley Roth Dr. Ante & Julia Rudez Joan Ruffier Mary & Larry Ruffin Maria Ruiz Margenot & Andrea Hays Henry Sal Asia & Thomas Saltmarsh Sandy Schafer & Mara Schafer Helen & John Schaffer Ben Schick

Solomon F. Schick The Schwalbe Family Warren E. Shaw’s Family Patricia & R. Keith Sigmon James R. Behrends & J. Scott Silen Dottie & Bill Silverman Diana & Tim Sisley Keith McIntyre & Richard J. Skaggs Dr. Paul Skomsky Smart City Drs. MaryJo & Guy Smith Laurie, Marc, Jason & Jake Smith Lori G. Sommer Sorensen Moving & Storage Barbara & Gary Sorensen South Arts Laurie & Doug Spencer In memory of Jack R. Stacey, Jr. Dr. William & Mrs. Phaedra Steele Richard & Tammi Straughn Kimberlee & Rob Strong Lyndsey & Jonathan Sutherland Susan & Warren Tedder Sue Jacoberger & Art Thomas 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 Buzz & Katherine Ward Diane & Greg Warren Stacey & Dyron Watford Kathleen M. Waugh Rob Webb & Stan Whittington Donna & William Wehner Richard & Louise Weiner Family Foundation Brea & Al Weiss Charles & Linda Wells Richard & Pamela West The Wideman Family Wiginton Family Meggen & Brian Wilson Catherine Reynolds & Colette Wilson Winter Park Health Foundation Rebecca Moroose M.D. & Thomas Winters M.D. Dee & Jerry Wisler Hattie F. Wolfe Ellen & Wayne Wolfson Marchetta T. & Jeremy A. Wood Ashley & Kenneth Wooton, Jr. The Zimand Family Scott & Lauren Zimmerman Jacquelynn & Victor Zollo

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER MEMBERS CHAMPION*

Evelyn & Joseph Cleveland Alan Ginsburg, Ginsburg Family Foundation Edward H. Hensley & Javier Quesada Sibille & Peter Pritchard Alexis & Jim Pugh Chuck & Margery Pabst Steinmetz Bryce L. West Nancy & Bill Yarger

CONTRIBUTOR*

Rita & Jeffrey Adler Jan & Gene Godbold David Halley, Jr. Irving & Darlene Matthews Anna & James Pillow Randy & Linda Scheff Tracy Stein Bob VanderWeide

SUPPORTER*

Howard Britt Trace & Wellington Burt Amy DuBois Shari & Darrin Griffin Kathryn J. Hammond David T. Harvey, Jr. Dr. Maen Hussein Karina Katz


DR. PHILLIPS CENTER MEMBERS Leigh & Roger Kennedy, Jr. Carol Klim Mary K. Mahoney MJS Inc., Custom Home Designs Mari & Jim Moye Nadine Petronaci Diane Porter Nancy & Brad Rex Mary & Larry Ruffin Warren Shaw Dottie & Bill Silverman Walker Starling Elaine & Scott Taylor

ENTHUSIAST

Elizabeth Adams Judy B. Adams Jim Agnew Todd Albert Caryn & Brian Albertson Lisa Allegra Jose Alpizar Gaetana Anastasia-Calais John Andrews Anonymous Laura Armstrong Sasha & Michael Arthur David Bahler Janette & Barry Baker Leo Bakersmith David Baldree Pat & Ken Barnes Alan & Lori Bartlett Kim Bauer Nancy & Dale Bellows George J. & Suzanne B. Bender Denise Bennett-Walls Al & Mary Bergeron Terrance Paul Berland Ellen Berry Suzanne S. Bigalke Karen Black Lauren & Barry Bloom Leslie Braun Benjamin Breitbart Karen Brethauer Broadband Network Support, LLC Donna Brown Andy & Johni-Jean Brumby Scott & Tere Brun Elizabeth Burch Brian Buwalda Deborah Buynak Kim & Tom Cannold Jenna Carey Thekla Carpenter Jimmy & Marta Carroll Helen Case Michel Champagne Linda Chang Linda & Bruce Chapin Steve & Ingrid Clapp Donna Clarke Marshall Cohn Carol & Steve Cohn

Beatriz & Erick Collado Sheila & Mark Cooper Melanie Cornell Terri & Eric Creamer Ian Cull Jennifer Cultrera Keith Davenport & Jared Walker Mr. Matthew Davies & Ms. Melodie Patton Nancy Davis Sara E. Dawson Joseph De Matei & Andrew Lammes Adam and Krystle DeGraide Baadal Deliwala Melanie and Sam DeMarco Adam DeMey Mary S. & Frank J. Doherty Lilian Draisin Ixchell Duarte Michael Duncan Courtney & Anthony Eelman George & Anne Eichleay Andrea Eliscu Deborah Farnell Judith Fennessy Shelly Ferrone Sue & Randy Fields Mary & Shay Foley Forum Architecture & Interior Design Laraine Frahm Clark Frazee Fastsigns/Renee Friedman Robert and Renée Furnas Louis Gafford Tracy & Mike Garbers Sharon Ginsburg Douglas Glicken Glickman Productions Dr. Nanialei Golden Andrea Goodman Louis Grande Kathy & Gary Grimes Vishaal Gupta Denise Hall Denise & Michael Hammond Vikki Hodgkins Louis Hoerrner Candy & Douglas Hollander Bryan Huff Wendy Huhn Patricia & Donald Hurter Richard Jerman Carla Joiner Jessica & Mark Jones Henrietta & Marc Katzen Lilia & Kenneth Keitges Dixie & Gray Keller RK & Faron Kelley Deborah Kelly Leslie J. Kelly Dr. H.C. & Joy Kessel Joe Kivett Lonnie & Stephen Kriebel Jeff Kruse & Andrew Chang

Eva Krzewinski Celia Kudro Sandy & Jeffrey Kuhlman Roseann Latta Matthew & Ashley Laubach Krista & Jonathan Ledden Kenneth Lee Meredith Level Eleni & Robert Longwell Helen & Larry Lynch Tiffany Lytle Cynthia & Alex Mackinnon Sean Mahan Edward Mallory Sonia & Lester Mandell Edward Manning Joanna Markman Treva J. Marshall Monica & Scott Martin Carol Massey Kathryn & Stephen McClure Virginia McGrath Genean & Joel McKinnon Rae & Justin Edwards Lee & Beverly McNeil Lois & Sean Mendez Catlin Michelle Miller Dr. Larry G. Mills Sally A. Milton Amy Moore Jeffrey Moore Kristy Murray & Susan Marcus Donna & Bruce Mylrea Margaret Nolan Kristiane Odenbach Dr. Michael O’Neill Robert & Jill Palmer Virginia & Jonathan Partain Mary Jo & Karl Pecht Gordon Penn Anonymous Vanessa Puleo Melissa & Sean Quinn Sandra Race Shawn Rader Fred & Jeanie Raffa Lynda Rago Kathy Ramsberger Cara Read Ralph R. Recht Thomas & Mary Lou Remenick Bill “Roto” Reuter Steven, Yvette, & Jessica Riddle Nikki & Daniel Roberts Ginger Robinson Elizabeth & Thomas Roehlk Dr. Steven & Celia Rosenberg Joan Ruffier Ladybird Academy of Debary Scott Sanford Scott & Cormia Architects & Interior Design LLC Dr. Marc D. Shapiro Elide & Miguel Silva Paul Simons Barbara & Gary Sorensen

Rusty Stoeckel Richard Straughn Maureen Sullivan Sundance Architectural Products LLC Thomas and Nancy Swalby Shawn Swetmon Peggy Tepper Kevin Thibault Marjorie & Bryan Thomas J.R. Thorsen Ed Timberlake Dimitri Toumazos Law Office of Nathan L. Townsend Jackie & Steven Tye Kay Ustler & Craig Ustler Family Foundation Philip A. Wade Laima Warnecke Dr. Joe Warren Rob Webb & Stan Whittington TnT Weclew Atlas Pools of Central FL Kristine Westley WFTV/WRDQ Television Lawrence Wilker Bridget Willoughby Eileen Winfrey Melvin B & Racheal Wright Janet & Tom Wyatt Dr. Lisa L. Zacher, MD

* Membership level is no longer available.

LIST AS OF 4.13.17


COLLEAGUES EXECUTIVE OFFICE

Katherine Ramsberger President & CEO

Niaz Moshtagh Coordinator

Mike Smith Manager

Andrew Beck Manager

Elizabeth Stowe Designer

Ray Ulbano Supervisor

Anthony White Manager

Barbara Lanning Executive Assistant

Tatiana Mondragon Designer

Juan Quiñones Analyst

Evett Vidot Manager

FINANCE

PROGRAMMING & EDUCATION

HUMAN RESOURCES

Laura Segal Administrator

Spencer Tong Executive Vice President of Operations

Cecilia Kelly Chief Financial Officer Samuel Labban Senior Director Keri Roman Manager Jason Copeland Analyst Nick Smith Analyst Marta Garmakani Specialist MARKETING & SALES

Foster Cronin Senior Director Jay Cohen Senior Director Dana Brazil Director

LaVon Bracy Davis Director

N. Meredyth Davis Senior Director

DEVELOPMENT

Rich O’Brien Director Robert Jones Director Alice Smetheram Manager Brittnei Krafzig Manager Christy Hammar Manager Ian Suárez Manager Maggie Soderholm Manager Olivia Demarco Manager Karen Ramos Coordinator

EVENTS

M. Patricia Saenz Lead

Elanna Lugo Manager

GUEST SERVICES

Kayla Roopal Assistant Alexis Jackson Vice President

Beth A. Guba Schaan Senior Director Dustin Carpenter Director Jennifer Seppi Associate Director Tania Palkhivala Associate Director Jamie Mykins Manager Melanie Emmanuelli Manager Phillip Ileto Analyst Ana Eligio Concierge Brooke Cantwell Assistant INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Joel Schwalbe Vice President

Chris Savard Director

Jorge Calderon Director

Bethany Selage Administrator

Kevin Thomas Senior Director

OPERATIONS

Jennifer Russo Assistant

Danielle Labasin Assistant

Sarah Mock Coordinator

Rachel Steele Director

Jessica Kraemer Generalist

Cathleen Plazas Manager

Scott Jackson Vice President

Marty Csercsevits Director

Sandy Bissell Vice President

Allison Focht Director

Isaiah Mervin Manager Lauren Petterson Supervisor BOX OFFICE

Lynne Norwood Director Richard Dotson Manager Carlos Rosales Assistant Manager Stephen Green Assistant Manager

Sean Proctor Lead Susan Lanning Lead Edward Rickey Engineer George Gomez Engineer Hector Garcia Engineer STAGEHANDS

Matthew McKim Head Carpenter Chuck Haigler Head Electrician Beth Wood Head Wardrobe Mistress

PRODUCTION

Jim Badrak Vice President Don Teer Director

Ande Deaton Associate Director

Stagehands are represented by I.A.T.S.E. Local 631

Lisa Yeager Manager Michael Thompson Manager Ken Ramsey Supervisor FOOD & BEVERAGE

Jeff Wojciechowicz Director

- AS OF 4.05.17 -


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