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op quiz: What’s the most entertaining way to teach civics, the required seventh-grade class perhaps most notorious for its earnest discussions of how a bill becomes a law? One answer, as Dawn Dunham learned, is by involving her students in splashy musicals. Dunham connected her classroom at Maitland Middle School to the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in a two-year project that enlivened mandatory lessons about politics, government and citizenship. In June, Dunham’s collaboration with Dana Brazil, director of education at the arts center, won her the Broadway League’s Educator Apple Award. This commercial-theater trade group, founded in 1930, recognized just three educators nationwide for their creative partnerships with venues that present touring Broadway shows.

During two seasons of the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ series, Dunham and Brazil helped students experience civics in new ways through the stories and songs of Newsies and The Sound of Music, both of which were staged at the Walt Disney Theater.

During Newsies, youngsters attended performances and, dressed in newsboy caps, sold copies of newspapers they produced to raise money for charity. The musical, inspired by the newsboys’ strike of 1899, deals with themes of child labor and the power of organized dissent. WINTER 2016 | artsLife


The fortuitous partnership between Dunham and Brazil, like the plot of many Broadway musicals, unfolded as the result of a seemingly unremarkable occurrence: Brazil’s older son, Joseph, was a student in Dunham’s civics class. “Joseph didn’t love civics, but Dawn was his favorite teacher,” Brazil says. “I think she’s always looking for new and different ways to engage the kids.” With all the curriculum standards imposed on teachers these days, Brazil notes, “it’s tempting just to stay in your lane. But Dawn isn’t that person.” Neither is Brazil. Both women are outsidethe-box thinkers who are passionate about what they do. Former Michigan residents, they share a philosophy of incorporating the arts into every aspect of education, making what Dunham calls “cross-curricular connections.” Dunham, a former banker, waited until age 45 to fulfill a long-deferred dream of teaching social studies. She first worked as a substitute teacher, and was eventually certified through a program that offered credit for her classroom experience and her business degree from Western Michigan University. “I try to make it fun and hands-on as much as possible,” says Dunham, now in her 12th year of teaching full-time, who sprinkles visual art, skits and other role-playing into civics instruction. “I really try to make students own their learning.” For example, she brings in local attorneys and judges for mock trials of historic cases such as Tinker v. Des Moines from 1969. That's the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that students who protested the Vietnam War by wearing black armbands to class were engaging in speech protected by the First Amendment. Dunham was an ideal partner for Brazil, an arts-education advocate whose innovative initiatives have earned national acclaim. A Michigan State University graduate, Brazil was formerly associate director of an arts institute at that school’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts. With Brazil at the helm, the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts began offering a broad array of classes in dance, music and theater for kids and adults in January 2015, followed by intensive summer camps in the arts. This past spring, the school enrolled more than 200 students. Brazil’s efforts in creating and expanding the arts center’s education program won 12

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Newsies explores the real-life events surrounding the newsboys' strike of 1899, which ensnared rival press magnates Joseph Pulitzer (above left) and William Randolph Hearst (above right).

her the Broadway League’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Education and Engagement last year. In addition, Brazil organizes the judging of increasingly sophisticated high school musicals across Central Florida, and serves as an adjudicator herself. The process culminates in the arts center’s annual Applause Awards, the centerpiece of which is a Tony Awards-style showcase of the year’s best performances. For the first time this past summer, the arts center nominated two top Applause Award winners for Jimmy Awards, the Broadway League’s national recognition program for high school performers. It was during June’s Jimmy Awards ceremony in New York City that Dunham received her own honor. The allegiance between the two women began when Brazil decided to apply for a Broadway League grant to integrate theater into schools. She immediately contacted Dunham, in whom she found an eager collaborator and a kindred spirit. Over a two-year period, the league awarded their project $7,500. Brazil and Dunham initially focused on Newsies, part of the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ 2014-15 season. In the “yellow journalism” style of the time, students wrote articles about rival press lords William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer and the events leading up to the strike. Students' stories were assembled into a sepia-tone tabloid called Our Voice — The Young Press, with printing donated by the Orlando Sentinel. “If this strike were to happen, we have heard that the Newsies would march up and down the Brooklyn Bridge, halting traffic for hours,” one Young Press article warned. In the winter of 2015, 140 students and chaperones were bused to the arts center

Getting into the Newsies spirit are (left to right): Laurie Fletcher and Barbie Barbara, Maitland Middle School language arts teachers; Stefanie Shames, then principal and now head of leadership development for Orange County Public Schools; and Dawn Dunham, the civics teacher who entered into the collaboration with the arts center.

with complimentary tickets to see Newsies. Wearing newsboy caps and period clothing, the youngsters sold copies of their paper before performances, raising more than $500 for Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. “There were patrons thinking these were the kids from the show,” Dunham says. After the curtain dropped, students chatted with the cast backstage. Actors came to the school to teach Newsies dances, while Brazil visited to discuss theater and character development. The language arts teachers with whom Dunham was “team teaching” at the time also integrated the project into their classes — Laurie Fletcher for Newsies and Barbie Barbara for The Sound of Music. “Anytime you do something like this, it brings the curriculum to life,” says Dr. Stefanie Shames, who was principal of Maitland Middle then and now oversees leadership development for Orange County Public Schools. “It wasn’t just studying a time period anymore. They could relate to real people during that time.” Just ask Lucy Bosses, who was in Dunham’s class during Newsies and attended a large-scale musical for the first time. Now a student at the Winter Park High School 9th Grade Center, she recalls the experience as a highlight of a civics class in which she was always creating. “I think it gave us a better understanding of how people acted and spent their normal days,” Lucy says. During the following FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ season, Dunham and Brazil used The Sound of Music — set in 1938 Austria — to teach students about different 14

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forms of government and the rise of Nazism and Adolf Hitler. Lucy’s younger sister, Katie, had Dunham for civics that year, and helped create posters exploring the lives of the musical’s major characters. The posters, which were displayed at the arts center during the show’s run, helped the eighth grader understand the people and the issues on which The Sound of Music was based. “I’m a visual learner,” Katie says. Brazil's younger son, Dylan, was also a member of Dunham's civics class. But Dunham’s collaboration with Brazil wasn’t limited to her own students. In November 2015, all of Maitland Middle’s seventh-graders attended a daytime School Series performance of Warriors Don’t Cry, the story of the Little Rock Nine. The play was based on a memoir by Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the students who, in 1957, risked their lives to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dunham’s students, like civics students everywhere, still learn the mechanics of how a bill becomes law. But, through their exposure to theatrical productions, they also learn why those laws are needed, and how societal wrongs are redressed. The topic comes alive in a way that lectures and charts could never replicate. As for Brazil, she hopes that by making theater part of the curriculum, she can help foster another generation of theatergoers. “At the end of the day, I want to create memories for kids in theater,” she says. “I want to create future audience members — to change somebody’s mind about how they think and feel.” 













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raft brewers like to think of their products as artistic achievements. So when the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts decided to transform Tier 2, the second-floor lobby, into a showcase for the foamy creations of the best Florida-based brewmasters — as well as locally produced wines, craft cocktails, handcrafted espresso drinks and delectable baked goods — there was a certain amount of symmetry involved. Welcome to Crafts on 2, perhaps Orlando’s ultimate pub crawl, where guests of shows at the arts center can enjoy offerings from four artisanal breweries, a local winery, a coffee bar and several gourmet bakeries as well as craft cocktails that feature top-of-the-line specialty spirits.

The Craft Beer Bar boasts four taps and four renowned brewers working side by side: Orlando Brewing, Ten10 Brewing Company, Crooked Can Brewing Company and Big Storm Brewing Company. Likely, they’ll all have plenty of customers. Craft beer, which has swallowed an ever-growing share of the beer market for the past decade or so, has become particularly popular in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and Florida, notes the Boulder, Coloradobased trade association representing small and independent craft breweries. “An important focus will remain on quality, as small and independent brewers continue to lead the local, full-flavored beer 18

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movement,” says Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association. “There are still a lot of opportunities and areas for additional growth.” Among those opportunities are affiliations with organizations such as the arts center, through which local and regional brewers can reach consumers who might not otherwise be exposed to their specialty brands. “We open 90 minutes before our shows, so people have time to come in and enjoy a drink and a snack before curtain,” notes Jeff Wojciechowicz, the arts center’s director of food and beverage. He says that Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen, which has been located on the Tier 2 since the arts

Four of the state's most renowned brewers will be serving up their foamy concoctions at Crafts on 2, located in the arts center's second-floor lobby. Wines, cocktails and snacks will also be available.

center opened, has been highly successful. So, he adds, it only made sense to expand the options and involve more communitybased vendors. Wojciechowicz notes that each of the four brews on tap offers “a totally different profile,” which means that guests will be able to enjoy a variety of taste experiences. That’s fine with the quartet of brewers, who describe themselves as friendly competitors who share a passion for their art. It’s all about the beer, they insist. At Crafts on 2, Orlando Brewing is touting its Organic Blonde Ale (made with organic hops to create a low hop bitterness with a crisp, dry finish), while Ten10 is showcasing its Urban Pale Ale (an aromatic and hoppy beer with notes of citrus). You can also try Crooked Can's McStagger Imperial IPA (a double dose of hops counterbalanced with a healthy dose of malt), or Big Storm’s Oats in Hose Oatmeal Stout (a creamy, complex oatmeal stout that uses 200 pounds of oats to balance out the roasted smokiness of a traditional stout). Still, if you’d prefer wine or a cocktail, Crafts on 2 has got you covered. The Quantum Leap Wine Bar offers Italian Pinot Grigio, Monterey Red Blend, Columbia Valley White Blend and Stellenbosch Caber20

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Although perhaps best known in the U.S. as a television actor — he played campaign strategist Eli Gold on the CBS legal and political drama The Good Wife — Alan Cumming is now winning raves for his eclectic cabaret show.

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs was originally developed for a two-week stint at the Café Carlyle, the quintessential New York supper club. The gig became a bonafied Manhattan happening.


cottish born actor, author and activist Alan Cumming may be the most versatile person in show business. He’s unapologetically himself — endearingly strange, but endlessly fascinating — and boasts legions of fans who can’t wait to see what he tries next. Most recently he played the blunt but astute campaign strategist Eli Gold on the CBS legal and political drama The Good Wife. Now he’s now touring the country with a critically acclaimed cabaret show. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs offers locals a bite of the Big Apple on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Walt Disney Theater. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets start at $35. The show premiered last year at New York's legendary Café Carlyle on the Upper East Side, where it drew packed houses of both celebrities and everyday aficionados eager to see the Emmy nominee and Tony winner in a concert setting.

Cumming has since taken the show on the road, touring extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. In February, he brought Sappy Songs back to New York and sold out Carnegie Hall. That show was recorded and released as a live album. “I had wanted to do my own show for a very long time, but I had been terrified at the prospect of singing without the veil of a character,” Cumming told an interviewer. “Every 26

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now and then when I was very brave, or had been emotionally blackmailed, I would sing a song at a gala or an event as myself, and really was amazed by the connection I felt between me and the audience.” Cumming got the chance to establish himself as a concert artist in 2009, when he was invited to take part in the American Songbook Series at New York’s Lincoln Center. He dubbed his show I Bought a

Blue Car Today, and in it he talked about deciding to become an American citizen. (“I bought a blue car today” was the sentence he had to write during his naturalization test to demonstrate his mastery of the English language.) Several weeks after the Lincoln Center show, he performed I Bought a Blue Car Today in Australia at the Sydney Opera House. Later that year, he released an album of the same name, and opened the show on London’s West End. A highly successful U.S. tour followed. Between filming episodes of The Good Wife, Cumming continued his concert appearances, including the memorable Alan and Liza at the Palace, featuring old friend Liza Minnelli, at the Cherry Grove Beach Hotel's Ice Palace nightclub on Fire Island. The show later moved to Town Hall in New York City, where another live album was recorded. Cumming continued to occasionally take  I Bought a Blue Car Today on the road, and

put together a new show titled Alan Cumming: Uncut, which was staged in New York, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale and San Francisco. In 2015, he developed Sappy Songs for a two-week stint at the Café Carlyle. That's the quintessential New York supper club where for 37 years legendary pianist Bobby Short was in residence, and where a clarinet-wielding Woody Allen still regularly jams with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. Sappy Songs, which Cumming described as his most personal and intimate show to date, was recorded and released as a live album. And it was a bona fide Manhattan happening, with celebrities routinely showing up to see what the frenetic entertainer was up to. During the show’s run, Cumming shared the stage with Kristin Chenoweth — with whom he co-hosted the 2015 Tony Awards broadcast on CBS — and the New York Gay Chorus. The song selection was eclectic, ranging from WINTER 2016 | artsLife


Miley Cyrus to Stephen Sondheim. “All these songs mean something to me,” he warned, “so get your hankies ready.” Cumming, 51, has acted in a number of London stage productions, perhaps most notably in Bent, a harrowing account of the treatment of two gay men in a Nazi concentration camp. On Broadway, he has appeared in The Threepenny Opera, Design for Living and in a one-man adaptation of Macbeth. His performance as the bizarre master of ceremonies in a revival of Cabaret won him a Tony in 1998. Jennifer Jason Leigh played Sally Bowles, the cabaret singer, in that production. Cumming has also appeared in numerous films. Among them was 1996’s Emma, in which he played the Reverend Elton opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, and 1997’s Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, in which he played Sandy Frink opposite Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino. He also had a role in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999). In 2001, Cumming collaborated on the ensemble comedy-drama The Anniversary Party, in which he and Leigh, his former Cabaret co-star, played a troubled Hollywood couple. The film, which The New York Times described as “articulate and acutely observant,” premiered at Cannes and garnered two Independent Spirit nominations and a National Board of Review award. Cumming then tackled the superhero genre, appearing in 2003’s X2: X-Men United as Nightcrawler, a mutant who possesses superhuman agility, the ability to teleport, and adhesive hands and feet. He went on to star in and direct Suffering Man’s Charity, a comedy-horror film released in 2007 as Ghost Writer. On TV, Cumming introduces Masterpiece Mystery! for PBS and has been nominated for three Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his role on The Good Wife. Although The Good Wife ended this

year, CBS is developing a new vehicle for Cumming. In Dr. Death, based on the upcoming book of the same name by James Patterson, he’ll play a former CIA operative who’s coaxed back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. The multitalented Cumming has also written a book of fiction, Tommy’s Tale: A Novel of Sex, Confusion and Happy Endings (2006), and an autobiography, Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir (2014), a no-holdsbarred exploration of his damaged childhood and his fraught relationship with his violently abusive father. A talented journalist and essayist — is there anything this man can’t do? — Cumming has also penned articles for magazines, contributing to Newsweek, Modern Painters,  Out,  Black Book and The Wall Street Journal. He served as a guest editor of Marie Claire, and has written introductions and prefaces to various books. A tireless champion for LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS awareness, Cumming serves on the board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He has been awarded the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards, and has had his portrait unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 

Event: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs Date/Time: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8 p.m. Venue: Walt Disney Theater Notes: The multitalented actor, author and activist is touring the country with a critically acclaimed cabaret show. Tickets: Prices start at $35 844.513.2014 •

DID YOU KNOW? In 2005, Cumming released an award-winning fragrance called “Cumming,” and a related line of scented bath lotion and body wash. A second fragrance, called “Second (Alan) Cumming,” was released in 2011, with all proceeds going to charity.


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he Beatles have been reinterpreted by more musicians than any rock group in history. It’ll happen again on a grand scale when new arrangements of songs by the mop-topped lads from Liverpool will anchor a concert by one of America’s favorite orchestras. In A British Invasion: The Boston Pops Plays the Beatles, the 75-member Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will perform such pop-culture classics as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Yesterday” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” This magical mystery tour, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, will follow a long and winding road through the Walt Disney Theater on Friday, February 3, 2017. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets start at $49.50. “We’ve always tried to translate the music of the here-and-now — or the almost hereand-now — into the orchestral vernacular,” says Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops since 1995.

Lockhart says the orchestra has gradually been putting together a Beatles' show with arrangements by noted composer-producer Rob Mathes and Chris Brubeck, a trombonist, bassist and composer who happens to be the son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck. The Pops’ history with the Beatles goes back about 50 years, to longtime conductor Arthur Fiedler. During a television interview, the white-maned maestro — surprisingly, to some — declared himself to be a “Beatlemaniac.” That announcement prompted the Fab Four to pen a response: “Dear Arthur: We think you have a great band.” Fiedler, who frequently showcased mainstream music, later worked some Beatles' songs into the orchestra’s repertoire. In 1971, he collected them on an album, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Play The Beatles’ Greatest Hits. “Those arrangements show their age,” Lockhart says. “But the fact that the music

is worthy of rediscovery today shows how lasting a contribution the group made.” Lockhart, who was born in 1959, calls himself a “Beatles late bloomer” who was just beginning to buy records of his own when the group officially broke up in 1970. “I didn’t have a sense of them,” he recalls. “My parents thought of them as longhaired people who sang music that got people to do naughty things. They were too hip for my parents and too hip for me.” Only later, as a college student studying music, did he realize that the Beatles had created an extraordinary body of work — most of it by the songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. “What ‘classic’ means to me is that it easily reaches generations for whom it wasn’t intended,” Lockhart says. “We keep pulling out the music of Bach, the words of Shakespeare — and the songs of the Beatles.” Lockhart says part of the reason the Beatles’

Throughout it's history, the Pops has sought to broaden its audience by offering a combination of light classical and popular music. Says Lockhart: "We've always tried to translate the music of the hereand-now — or the almost here-and-now — ­ into the orchestral vernacular."


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The Pops is perhaps best known for its free Independence Day concert on the Esplanade fronting the Charles River in Boston. The event, which is broadcast nationally, features headline talent and a fireworks spectacular. More than 500,000 people gather to watch it live.

music has remained so compelling through the decades is “the openness they had to outside influences.” For example, Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar had a profound impact on Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison. “The more complicated and imaginative something is, the more you can do with it,” says Lockhart of the new arrangements. The concert’s British Invasion theme won’t be limited to the Beatles. Also on the program is music by Elgar, Handel, the Who and Led Zeppelin. And there’ll be a special version of Benjamin Britten’s 1945 children’s classic, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” featuring new narration written by comedian John Hodgman. Playing light classical and popular music with equal sophistication has always been the hallmark of the Pops, which was founded in 1885 and bills itself as the mostrecorded orchestra in the country. In the 21 years since he succeeded celebrated film-score composer John Williams as conductor, Lockhart has led the orchestra on dozens of tours in the U.S. and abroad as well as on performances at the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals. Having conducted more than 1,700 Pops concerts, Lockhart is uniquely qualified to explain the orchestra’s niche:

“The Boston Pops performs the best music of the past and present, appealing to the widest possible audience with a broad spectrum of styles — from jazz to pop, indie rock to big band, film music to the Great American Songbook, and Broadway to classical, making it the perfect orchestra for people who don’t know they like orchestras.” During its February concert, the Pops might earn yet another distinction: the perfect orchestra for people who didn’t know they liked Beatles' songs played by an orchestra. 

EVENT: A British Invasion: The Boston Pops Plays the Beatles DATE/TIME: Friday, February 3, 2017, 8 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: One of America’s most popular orchestras performs classic Beatles' songs as well as music from other British rock groups. Also on the bill: classical fare and a new version of “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” TICKETS: Prices start at $49.50 844.513.2014 •

DID YOU KNOW? Since 2004, the Boston Pops has held POPSearch, a nationwide talent competition that offers amateur singers the chance to perform with the orchestra on tour and at its annual Independence Day extravaganza along the Charles River Esplanade. POPSearch is conducted through video submissions on YouTube and voting through


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Lily Tomlin has earned just about every professional honor you can name. But perhaps her most prestigious recognition was in 2014, when she was named one of five Kennedy Center Honorees.


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ily Tomlin made her TV debut 47 years ago as co-host of an ABC-TV hit-parade show that featured James Brown, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and a Beatles music video. It was called Music Scene, and it went head-to-head with an irreverent NBC-TV sketch comedy show called Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Tomlin had passed on Laugh-In, which became a cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi and more. “I thought Music Scene was hipper,” she says with a chuckle. But, thanks to the flying fickle finger of fate, Tomlin was in “beautiful downtown Burbank” and appearing on Laugh-In by the show’s third season. There she introduced an array of iconic characters and become one of the most popular comediennes of the era. Tomlin hasn’t made many errant career moves since, and is now firmly ensconced as a comedy legend who, at 77, is still breaking new ground, tackling new projects and touring the country. She — and an array of alter egos — will appear on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Walt Disney Theater. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets start at $35.

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Tomlin's comedy relies largely on portraying characters, many of whom have become pop-culture fixtures.

The show, An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, features Tomlin and her well-loved characters, including Edith Ann, the precocious 5-year-old philosopher, and Ernestine, the condescending telephone operator. Video from Tomlin’s movie and TV appearances will augment her live performance. There’s plenty of material from which to choose. Although Laugh-In was her big break, the Detroit native’s 55-year career encompasses hit Hollywood films such as 9 to 5, Broadway shows such as The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and TV shows such as The West Wing and Murphy Brown. Today she stars opposite Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston  in the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie. Tomlin plays Frankie, a hippie art teacher, while Fonda plays Grace, a retired cosmetics mogul. The unlikely pair learns that their husbands, longtime co-workers played by Sheen and Waterston, are romantically involved and 38

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plan to marry one another. This year, Tomlin received an Emmy nomination as Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Grace and Frankie, losing to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who had already won four in a row for her role on Veep. But who’s counting? Tomlin has been nominated for 24 Emmys, winning six. “The show has really been a high point in my life,” says Tomlin. “It feels good at this time in my life and career to be doing something about older women. I’m still excited about life in general.” Tomlin has always marched to the beat of her own drummer. In 1970, for example, AT&T offered her $500,000 to reprise Ernestine in a commercial. She declined, however, saying it would compromise her artistic integrity.  In 1976, Ernestine appeared in a Saturday Night Live spoof of such commercials, famously proclaiming, “We don’t care, we don’t have to — we’re the phone company.”



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(In 2003, however, she did make two commercials as Ernestine for WebEx.) Tomlin parlayed her TV fame into recording success. Her first comedy album, This is a Recording, a compilation of Ernestine’s confrontations with customers, reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 200. It became the highest-charting album ever by a solo comedienne, and earned a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording. Subsequent albums, all featuring Tomlin’s characters, were nominated for Grammys as well. In 1975, she made her film debut in  Robert Altman’s  Nashville, snaring an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Tomlin’s biggest film hit, though, was 1980’s  9 to 5, in which she played a secretary who joins co-workers Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton  in humiliating their chauvinist boss, played by Dabney Coleman. She later starred in the The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) and All of Me (1982) opposite Steve Martin. Other notable film roles included I Heart Huckabees (2004), in which she and Dustin Hoffman played a pair of detectives, and A Prairie Home Companion (2006), in which she and Meryl Streep played a pair of folksinging sisters. In 2015, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her star turn in Grandma. Filmmaker Paul Weitz said he created the role of a feminist poet mourning for her partner of 38 years specifically for Tomlin. A groundbreaking live performer, Tomlin starred in the first one-woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely, in 1977. That same year, she was featured on the cover of Time magazine alongside a headline declaring her to be America's “New Queen of Comedy.” In 1985, Tomlin starred in another one-woman Broadway show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by longtime partner Jane Wagner, who she married in 2014. The show, which won a Tony, was made into a feature film in 1991, and enjoyed a Broadway revival in 2000. But Tomlin’s most

prestigious kudos were still to come. In 2003, she was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and in 2014, she was one of five Kennedy Center Honorees. “I got a letter inviting me to the Kennedy Center Honors and I thought I’d just been invited to attend,” says Tomlin. “Then Jane called me and said, ‘Did you see the letter?’ I said, ‘Yeah, just inviting us to the ceremony.’ And she said, ‘You’d better go read it again.’” Tomlin is also involved in an array of philanthropic causes, including co-founding the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and the Goosebump Garden at the LGBT Fenway Health Center in Boston. She’s also a noted animalwelfare and anti-homelessness activist. Although she certainly doesn’t need to tour, Tomlin says she still performs live “because my agent calls me up and I just get sucked back in.” But it’s worth it, she says, because she enjoys presenting modernday versions of her classic characters. Ernestine, for example, now works for a healthcare company. And Edith Ann is still a 5-year-old. “But she’s sort of a kid of the times, more hip and current with technology and certain subjects that would be on a kid’s mind.” 

EVENT: An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 8 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The legendary comedienne presents a multimedia stand-up routine that incorporates her most famous characters, including Edith Ann, the 5-year-old philosopher, and Ernestine, the obnoxious telephone operator. TICKETS: Prices start at $35 844.513.2014 •

DID YOU KNOW? As a child, Tomlin admired pioneering female comedians including Lucille Ball, Bea Lillie, Imogene Coca and Jean Carroll. After high school, she didn’t immediately follow a career in show business, but instead enrolled at Wayne State University to study medicine.


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Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Ru­pert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Wat­son (Hermione Granger) were newcomers when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in 2001. Since then, the magical universe created by author J.K. Rowling has expanded. But fans are still finding new ways to enjoy the original stories.

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e just can’t get enough of Harry Potter. This summer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play, opened on London’s West End. The script became a bestselling book. In November, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Potter prequel, was released to theaters. And, of course, there’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an entire theme park, which debuted in 2010 at Universal Studios Florida. But even as the magical universe created by J.K. Rowling continues to expand, fans of Harry and his Hogwarts’ classmates still enjoy reliving the original stories in new ways. Now there’s also Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert, which features a live orchestra performing the Oscar-nominated John Williams score while the 2001 film — the first of eight in the record-shattering Potter franchise — is shown in high definition on a 40foot screen. Only Voldemort himself could fail to be wowed by such a spectacle. Hopefully, however, “He Who Must Not Be Named” won’t be in attendance when the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra — under the baton of guest conductor Justin Freer — casts its spell over the Walt Disney Theater with three shows on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19, 2017. The Saturday show is at 7:30 p.m., followed by two Sunday shows at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45. “The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world,” says Freer, who’s also founder and president of CineConcerts, one of the world’s leading producers of events that combine film and live music. “This will be unforgettable.” That certainly appears to be the case. In cities where Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert has been staged, it has drawn packed houses of fans, some of whom carry wands and are clad in wizarding finery. As the film unfolds over three hours — including a 20-minute intermission — attendees cheer or boo the entrance of each of the story’s myriad characters. And, invariably, they leap to their feet and cheer during the final credits. Freer, a native of Huntington Beach, California, has been a guest conductor for many of the country’s leading symphony orchestras. On his schedule are conducting engagements with high-profile orchestras in London, Sydney, Munich, Vienna, Dublin, Brisbane, Hong Kong and Lucerne. He has composed music for independent films and the marketing campaigns behind such blockbusters as Avatar (2009) and The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008). He also composed and conducted the music for the 2011 44

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Conductor Justin Freer (above left) will lead the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in the score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which was written by John Williams (above right). As the orchestra plays, the 2001 film will be shown on a 40-foot screen.

and 2012 Major League Soccer Championship Cups in Los Angeles. As for Williams, if you’ve ever been to a movie — or, for that matter, watched TV — you’ve likely heard his work. The New York City native has enjoyed a 40-year collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, and has scored, among other Spielberg films, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and all the Indiana Jones installments. In addition, Williams has scored seven Star Wars films — earning yet another Oscar nomination for Star Wars: The Force Awakens — as well as Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Superman, Born on the Fourth of July, Home Alone, Far and Away, Sabrina, Sleepers and Rosewood. He has written the music for more than 200 TV shows, including the instantly recognizable themes for NBC Nightly News and the network’s long-running Meet the Press. More recently, he has composed a new opener for the PBS arts showcase, Great

Performances. Williams has served as music director and laureate conductor of the Boston Pops, and maintains artistic relationships with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The legendary composer’s shelves must be groaning under the weight of his awards. He has won the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor, as well as numerous Golden Globes, Grammys, Emmys and Oscars. In fact, his 50 Oscar nominations — with five wins — make him the second-most nominated person ever, after Walt Disney. As for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, has anyone here not seen it? Of course you’ve seen it — but maybe you haven’t seen it lately. And you certainly haven’t seen it like this. A brief refresher: The lavish film, directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, follows Harry’s rather eventful first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It stars then-newcomers Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. To date, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has earned more than $970 million worldwide, and has spawned seven sequels. It was praised for its visual artistry and meticulous faithfulness to Rowling’s inventive, 309-page epic, which was a publishing industry phenomenon that almost singularly revived the bookselling business. Mark Fischer, director of artistic operations for the Orlando Philharmonic, points out that the evocative score won’t be new to most orchestra members. In fact, the musicians have played much of it before — under the direction of Williams himself — when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter held its grand opening. Adds Fischer: “I can safely say that we’ve all been fans since that experience.” 

Fans who attend Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert often cheer or boo the iconic characters when they first appear on-screen. The beloved Albus Dumbledore, portrayed by Richard Harris, gets an appropriately warm welcome.

EVENT: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 19, 2017, 1 and 6:30 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra plays the John Williams score while the 2001 film is shown in high definition on a 40-foot screen. TICKETS: Prices start at $45 844.513.2014 •

DID YOU KNOW? Although Steven Spielberg initially negotiated to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, he declined the offer. Spielberg reportedly wanted the adaptation to be an animated film, with American actor Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) providing Harry Potter’s voice.

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Cute and cuddly Pikachu is one of the most popular Pokémon characters. You'll see video clips of him and many of his 720 friends and foes during a symphonic performance of music from the video game series.


okémon” is a romanticized translation of the Japanese phrase for “pocket monster.” There are, at last count, 721 of the quirky creatures, ranging from Pikachu (a chubby, rodent-like Pokémon covered in yellow fur) to Charizard (a winged, dragon-like Pokémon with a fanged grin and a flaming tail). It’s understandable if you don’t know all 721 by sight (although there are people who do). But if you had kids in the ‘90s, you undoubtedly remember the Pokémon video games, card decks and plush toys that they insisted upon having. You may even have seen the Pokémon movies or watched the Pokémon cartoon series. Particularly with the introduction of the virtual reality game Pokémon Go earlier this year, Nintendo’s Pokémon empire is bigger than ever. More than 200 million video games have been sold since 1995, and the brand, through its various platforms, grossed at least $2.1 billion in 2015 alone. The Pokémon Go mobile app, which debuted in July, has been downloaded more than 500 million times. Music from the video game series has been adapted into an orchestral extravaganza called Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions. That show, which packed the Walt Disney Theater in 2015, will likely do so again on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $26. The encore performance is presented by Live Nation Entertainment and produced by Princeton Entertainment. Evolutions will again showcase the 66-member Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, who’ll play as game imagery is shown on a huge screen. Returning as guest conductor will be Susie Benchasil Seiter, who has become widely known for orchestrating music for video games and related live productions. “Pokémon audiences are my favorites,” says Seiter. “A lot of them have never been to a symphonic performance before, so they don’t know the etiquette, and I love that. They’re cheering and laughing and having a great time. It’s such an honest reaction, and very energizing for me.” The Baltimore native conducted music written by her husband, Chad Seiter, for Star Trek: The Video Game. Her other video-game credits include Aliens: Colonial Marines; God of War 4: Ascension; Batman: Arkham City; The Banner Saga; and Journey. She also has a slew of television and film projects on her resumé, including orchestration for the animated film Shrek 2. Orlando has a vibrant gaming community, and its denizens show up in force for video game related concerts. In addition to last year’s Evolutions show, video-enhanced symphonies based on another iconic Nintendo video game series, The Legend of Zelda, have played Orlando three times with nary an empty seat to be found. The first time was in 2012, when The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses raised the roof at the Bob Carr Theater. Then, in 2015 and 2016, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses—Master Quest packed WINTER 2016 | artsLife


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the Walt Disney Theater with fans eager to hear music based on newer releases. The Zelda shows were performed by the Orlando Philharmonic, along with the 24-voice Florida Opera Theater Chorus. There are several connections between Zelda and Evolutions. Most notably, Chad Seiter composed the symphonic versions of both. His talented spouse conducted several Zelda performances (although none in Orlando) before signing on with the Evolutions tour. “I kind of fell into this because of Chad’s interest in video games,” says Susie Seiter. “In the last year or so, I’ve really become a fan of Pokémon. I love the music, but Pokémon is a whole new world that I’ve discovered.” The Zelda and Evolutions symphonies were both based on music originally written specifically for the video games by Koji Kondo and Junichi Masuda, respectively. No, you’ve probably never heard of either man — but to video-game aficionados, they’re legends. “The audience is filled with people who were gamers in the ‘90s as well as those, young and old, who are still aficionados of the video game culture,” says Mark Fischer, the Orlando Philharmonic's director of artistic operations, “They’re intimately familiar with each musical theme. They know the music like a fan of opera knows Tosca.” Fischer says the orchestra includes some hard-core gamers. But, he says, you don’t have to be an expert in Pokémon to appreciate — or to play — the music, which he describes as comparable in its complexity 48

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and emotional impact to that of Stravinsky, Prokofiev or John Williams. “The music is very clearly defined in terms of the character that should be portrayed, not unlike any Brahms or Mahler symphony,” he says. “In a way, performing Pokémon is like performing an opera to a time code.” These days, Fischer notes, classical musicians are accustomed to synching their playing to a click track they follow via headphones or ear buds. “It’s very much like performing a fast-paced opera with the music and visual elements combined,” he adds. Actually, the Pokémon universe, in all its nuances, is pretty complex. Essentially, the franchise is centered on the idea of humans capturing creatures — some cute, some creepy — and training them to battle one another. But, hey, it’s all in good fun; defeated Pokémon usually just faint. Evolutions provides a powerful musical retrospective spanning two decades and all six “generations” of games, including compositions from Red, Blue and Yellow; Gold, Silver and Crystal; Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald; Diamond, Pearl and Platinum; Black and White; and X and Y. “This show is a spectacular showcase of the memorable music that has been a hallmark of the Pokémon franchise for nearly 20 years,” says J.C. Smith, director of consumer marketing at the Pokémon Company International, which was founded by Nintendo to license its characters outside Asia. “We look forward to seeing fans of all ages enjoying this very special Pokémon

orchestral event together.” By all accounts, even the most avid gamers are, indeed, giving Evolutions a big thumbs up. “Die-hard fans will relish in seeing their beloved childhood memories played out in front of them,” according to Game Music Online. Adds Hardcore Gamer: “It’s something purely magical that you just need to experience firsthand.” To Seiter, it’s as much about the families who flock to the performances as the music. “We’ve been getting a lot of kids coming with their parents,” she says. “We do an autograph session after the show. I love meeting and talking to members of the audience. It shows me that Evolutions is something that families enjoy experiencing together, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.” 

Event: Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, presented by Live Nation Entertainment and produced by Princeton Entertainment Date/Time: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2 p.m. Venue: Walt Disney Theater Notes: It’s a return engagement for this multimedia symphonic extravaganza based on the Pokémon video-game series and featuring the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets: Prices start at $26 844.513.2014 •

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The impossibly limber members of the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China perform astounding physical feats. But, in Shanghai Nights, they also tell a story.


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hances are your resumé does not include such special skills as: riding a unicycle, flying on silk scarves, simultaneously spinning multiple plates, forming human pyramids, diving through small hoops or juggling balls with your feet. Not, that is, unless you happen to be one of the approximately 40 impossibly limber members of the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, who'll soar into the Walt Disney Theater on Thursday, December 1. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets start at $35. “Our acrobats grew up together as classmates,” says Zhao Shuangwu, the troupe’s leader, through an interpreter. “Acrobatic training is tough work, so the artists need to encourage each other. It might be a word, a gesture or an eye expression that would enhance the confidence of a partner.”

The award-winning, state-owned group was founded in 1959, and has performed in more than 30 countries including the United States, Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Great Britain and Spain. The troupe has also appeared with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as with Cirque du Soleil (which it somewhat resembles). During their Orlando stop, the acrobats will perform a fantasy-themed production titled Shanghai Nights, choreographed by Zhao Shuangwu, whose family history is steeped in Chinese opera, and directed by Liu Junke, a former dancer. One critic recently described Shanghai Nights as “a show of almost endless movement and energy, with the only moments WINTER 2016 | artsLife


of silence and pause being for the most tension-filled maneuvers.” One thing that sets this production apart from other acrobatic shows is that this one tells a story. It’s a love story, really, about a boy and a beautiful fairy phoenix. Early in the show, the boy has a dream in which he encounters the phoenix as she flies over the sea, her wings splashing along the rolling waves. In his dream, the boy is fascinated by the phoenix and runs into the water to follow the enchanted creature. Touched by the boy’s courage, the phoenix invites him to fly with her, heading up to the sun for warmth then down to explore the mysteries of the sea. On this journey, our young hero encounters songbirds, clowns, flying hats and other assorted surprises. But there is evil lurking. Still, it’s a world of vivid colors, artfully employed lights and shadows, and, of course, performers whose jaw-dropping athleticism will leave you breathless. The music (which is recorded) varies from movement to movement, alternately ethereal, combative or triumphant. While the show’s acrobatics require performers with circus skills, the love story at the center of the production is as important to the overall experience as any other element. Says Zhao Shuangwu: “The story also explores the triumph of good over evil, and the indomitable spirit to win.”  –Jay Boyar

The 40-member Shanghai Acrobats deliver a memorably colorful and energetic show.

EVENT: Shanghai Nights DATE/TIME: Thursday, December 1, 8 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, which was founded in 1959 and tours the world, presents a colorful and inspiring fantasy. TICKETS: Prices start at $35. 844.513.2014 •

DID YOU KNOW? Chinese acrobats tend to emphasize balance and flexibility more than the troupes in Russia or the West. This may be due to the influence of martial arts styles, which emphasize those skills. Many Chinese acrobats hone their skills by practicing martial arts exercises such as tai chi or kung fu.


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The New York Times has called the dancers in Pilobolus “athlete-illu­sionists” who contort themselves into impossible-looking sculptural shapes. The concept for Shadowland was born after the group did a car commercial in silhouette.


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f you ever played “shadow puppets” as a kid by shining a lamp on a wall and using your hands to create characters, then you already understand the basic technique the dancers of Pilobolus use in forming their astounding images. Although the idea may be simple, it takes a measure of artistic genius — and extraordinary athleticism — to turn it into an evening-length show with a story and music. Pilobolus, one of America’s most innovative dance companies, will do just that with Shadowland, which shrouds the Walt Disney Theater on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Shadowland combines images projected on screens of various sizes with choreography in front of the screens to create what the company calls “part shadow act,

part dance, part circus and part concert.” A score by singer-songwriter David Poe helps drive the action. The central character of Shadowland, a teenage girl, longs for independence but is still regarded as a child by her parents. One night, she wakes to something larger than life behind her bedroom wall — her shadow. As darkness envelops her, she embarks on a most unusual adventure. “Along the way we meet all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures — cen­taurs, monsters, crazy chefs, a cowboy and his car, an elephant and a huge hand that transforms the heroine into a dog figure,” wrote Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. The 45-year-old Pilobolus (named after a light-loving fungus) is known worldwide for peerless performances in which dancers WINTER 2016 | artsLife


Shadowland combines images project­ed on screens with chore­ography to create what the company calls “part shadow act, part dance, part circus and part concert.”

The New York Times has called “athlete-illusionists” contort themselves into impossiblelooking sculptural shapes. The concept for Shadowland came about after the group did a car commercial in silhouette. Could shadow play drive a whole show? “We didn’t know if we could do it, so we just went into the studio and started fooling around with shadows,” says Mark Fucik, the Shadowland creative director who joined Pilobolus as a dancer in 2001 and has worked for the company ever since in various roles. Shadowland came together in 2009 in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants. It has toured the Middle East, Australia and Asia and spent four years traversing Europe. It’s now on its first North American tour. Dancing in shadow to tell a story is exacting work, Fucik says. Stacking bodies in 56

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just the right way — even standing at just the right angle — makes a big difference. “For the dancer, it’s learning how light reacts with your body. If I’m off by just half an inch, the whole image is wrong.” The illusions the dancers produce are both strange and thrilling. Pilobolus Executive Producer Itamar Kubovy explained the mechanics of shadow-dancing this way in a BBC interview: “When you walk away from the screen, you become larger in shadow, and when you walk toward a person, you become smaller in shadow, which is the opposite of what we normally experience. So when these artists are appearing to touch each other in shadow, they may be 5 feet away from each other.” The Times praised the effect in a review of the show’s 2015 U.S. premiere: “Visually and mechanically, Shadowland is deft, teeming with clever tricks of the body, scenery and light.”

Poe’s music plays an important role in the show’s continuity. “It supports the movement and moves the story forward. It deepens the atmosphere that’s being built,” says Fucik, who recalls that Poe would come to rehearsals of Shadowland and return with music that made the show better. “It was a real give-and-take.” Pilobolus, which was founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971, is already presenting Shadowland 2 abroad with new characters. Fucik says a North American tour of that production is also planned. And he has some advice for American audiences new to the Shadowland experience: “Come to the show with an open mind and a sense of awe.”  — Dana S. Eagles

EVENT: Shadowland DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: Pilobolus, one of America's most innovative dance companies, will present a program that combines images projected on screens of various sizes with extraordinary choreography and imaginative use of light, shadow and music. TICKETS: Prices start at $29 844.513.2014 •

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horeographer Alvin Ailey first presented his soulful Revelations on a New York stage in 1960 for a onenight showing. Fifty-six years later, it remains the signature work of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a piece the Los Angeles Times called “the most beloved mod58

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ern dance creation by anyone, anywhere.” The internationally renowned company will perform Revelations — along with other works still to be announced — during its first visit to the Walt Disney Theater on Monday, February 27, 2017. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $45.

Artistic Director Robert Battle (left) has carried forward the legacy of founder Alvin Ailey (right) while adding new works to the company's repertoire.

Ailey, who founded the company in 1958 and died in 1989, drew inspiration for Revelations from his experience growing up in rural Texas and attending a Baptist church. “I’m a black man whose roots are in the sun and the dirt of the South,” he said in an archived interview from a 2010 film commemorating the work’s 50th anniversary. The half-hour dance suite, which Celia Wren of The Washington Post calls “a dramatic journey from sorrow and longing to joy,” is presented in three sections and is set to 10 powerful African-American spirituals and gospel songs, from “I Been ’Buked” to “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.” The first section, “Pilgrim of Sorrow,” laments the burdens of life, as dancers stretch their arms skyward. The second, “Take Me to the Water,” explores the purifying significance of baptism. And the last, “Move, Members, Move,” celebrates the unshakable faith of “ladies on a Sunday morning with fans and hats at a country church,” as Ailey described it in the film. “All of this is part of my blood memory,” he said. Ailey, who created 79 works for his dancers, received the Kennedy Center Honor in 1988. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. Although he first presented his masterpiece during the height of the civil rights movement, its message of hope still resonates, both in the U.S. and in the 70 other nations where it has been performed. Robert Battle, the company’s artistic director since 2011, says that a performance of Revelations in Miami persuaded him to pursue a life in dance. “Seeing Revelations in some ways was everything that I already knew growing up — overcoming adversity of some type.” Battle, 43, grew up in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood, and attended that city’s New World School of the Arts and then New

York’s Juilliard School before embarking on a career as a dancer and choreographer. Three of Battle’s own ballets — No Longer Silent, Awakening and The Hunt — are now part of the Ailey repertory. He has also showcased the work of other leadingedge choreographers, and founded the New Directions Choreography Lab to nurture the next generation of artists. Robert Hill, artistic director of the arts center's resident company, Orlando Ballet, is among those eagerly anticipating Alley's local performance. Hill says the troupe’s “intensely athletic and beautifully nuanced artists” give it a unique identity in American dance. Hill has several Ailey connections. When he was a performer with American Ballet Theatre, he taught an Ailey company class. Several years ago, he invited former Ailey dancer Abdur-Rahim Jackson to create a new work for the Orlando Ballet. “I very much look forward to seeing the company here,” Hill adds. “I hope it will inspire collaboration between us.”  — Dana S. Eagles EVENT: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater DATE/TIME: Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The groundbreaking dance company will present a program of modern dance, including its signature piece, Revelations, which is set to 10 powerful African-American spirituals and gospel songs. TICKETS: Prices start at $45 844.513.2014 • WINTER 2016 | artsLife


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A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder is a farcical frolic in which audiences cheer for a serial killer. If that sounds odd, then wait until you meet the pompous and peculiar D’Ysquiths. You’ll be cheering, too.


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The two lead actors in the touring produc­tion of A Gentleman’s Guide are having a giddy good time — and audiences are, too. Kevin Massey (above left) plays the caddish Monty Navarro, while Jason Rapson (above right) plays the D'Ysquith family — all eight of them.


eet Monty Navarro, an entitled but endearing twit who stands to inherit a fortune — only if eight distant relatives, who are inconveniently still living, first meet their demise. What to do? Penniless Monty’s quest to eliminate the D’Ysquith family members is what drives A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, a farcical frolic in which audiences cheer for a serial killer. If that sounds odd, then wait until you meet the pompous and peculiar D’Ysquiths. You’ll be cheering, too. A Gentleman’s Guide, which won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, is next up in the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ series at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It brings its mirthful mayhem to the Walt Disney Theater February 7-12, 2017. Presented in collaboration with Broadway Across America and the Florida The64

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atrical Association, the remaining regular season includes Disney’s The Little Mermaid (March 7-12, 2017), Matilda — The Musical (May 9-14, 2017); and Finding Neverland (June 6-11, 2017). Wicked, the blockbuster season option, runs January 11-29, 2017. The season opened with The Illusionists — Live from Broadway (October 4-9), followed by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (November 1-6). An American in Paris (December 13-18) will have completed its run by the time the majority of readers see this issue of ArtsLife. A Gentleman’s Guide is winning rave reviews across the country, at least in part because Americans have an enduring love for British-infused humor, which can veer from sophisticated to slapstick in the same scene. Monty Python, anyone? And yet, the show was written by two Americans: Robert L. Freedman (book and

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lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (music and lyrics). It is, however, based on a 1907 novel by a British writer: Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, by Roy Horniman. And there's the British film version: 1949’s Kind Hearts and Coronets, starring the legendary Alec Guinness. The two lead actors in the touring production are having a giddy good time with A Gentleman’s Guide, about which The New York Times wrote, “Bloodlust hasn’t been sung so sweetly, or provided so much theatrical fun, since Sweeney Todd first wielded his razor with such gusto many a long year ago.” But there’s nothing in the show to disturb the squeamish. “Monty doesn’t so much kill the D’Ysquiths (which, of course, sounds like DIES-quick) as helps them along,” says Kevin Massey, a veteran actor who understudied for the role of Monty on Broadway. “All the D’Ysquiths are odious. If they weren’t, how could we like Monty?”

Massey says that wherever A Gentleman’s Guide has played, “people tell us that it was one of, if not the, best show they’ve seen all season.” In fact, he says, some theatergoers are seeing it more than once. The pace is so frenetic, he adds, that it’s easy to find something new upon repeated viewings. Although A Gentleman’s Guide may provide the most fun Massey has ever had on stage, it likely won’t dislodge Little House on the Prairie as the most personally significant play he’s ever done. In that show he met his wife-to-be, Kara Lindsay, who played Laura. John Rapson plays the entire D’Ysquith family — regardless of gender — and rarely, if ever, has such a cast of comically contemptible characters been assembled on one stage, much less in one person. “The D’Ysquiths are terrible,” says Rapson, who first saw A Gentleman’s Guide while performing in the Broadway production of WINTER 2016 | artsLife


Les Misérables. Then, in the next two weeks, he went back to see it two more times. “I became a huge fan of it all — it’s intensely smart and awesome, but even if you like slapstick, there’s something there for you.” Rapson, who figures he’s died onstage about 2,700 times, says playing eight characters is physically demanding, with so many rapid-fire costume changes, some of which must be completed in less than a minute. “But it also calls upon every tool I have in my comedy tool belt,” he adds. “From Buster Keaton to Peter Sellers to Bart Simpson.” He portrays, among others, the dotty Rev. Lord D’Ezekial, the formidable Lady Hyacinth, the grumbling Lord Adalbert and the enthusiastic Henry, a beekeeper who falls for Monty, leading to one of the show’s funniest musical numbers, “Better With a Man.” It all makes sense in the context of the play. Monty, a dashing cad, knows nothing 66

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of his relationship to the highborn D’Ysquiths. Then he discovers that his recently deceased mother, who married beneath her station, was a banished family member. A friend informs him that eight relatives, none of whom he has ever met, stand in the way of him and what he perceives as his proper place in society — as the ninth Earl of Highhurst. What follows is a series of, shall we say, unfortunate accidents, romantic intrigue and boisterous songs reminiscent of 19th-century English music halls — as well as a memorable night of theater. Following are the remaining FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ shows:  Disney’s The Little Mermaid (March 7-12, 2017). Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fantasy and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid remains a swimmingly beautiful love story for all ages. Plucky Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daugh-

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In Finding Neverland, Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie is suffering from writer’s block and enduring an unhappy marriage to a shal­low socialite. But he's inspired to write Peter Pan after meeting a frail but beautiful widow, Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and her three imaginative sons.

ter, is fascinated by humans, and wants to pursue the handsome Prince Eric — whom she had previously saved from drowning — on terra firma. So she bargains with Ursula, the evil sea witch, to trade her tail for legs. Ursula, Triton’s sister and his sworn nemesis, agrees to turn Ariel into a human for three days, during which time she must win a kiss of true love from Eric. If she succeeds, the transformation will become permanent; if she fails, Ursula will claim her soul. And there’s more: The mermaid must surrender her voice, which is transferred to Ursula’s magic nautilus shell. Undaunted, Ariel signs the agreement and swims to the surface. Not surprisingly, complications ensue, and she needs the help of Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to win Eric’s heart — and to thwart Ursula’s schemes. The show, produced by the acclaimed

Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, features such familiar songs as “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl,” along with new tunes by Oscar-winning Disney composer Alan Menken. The staging is also spectacular, with underwater effects that make cast members appear to float above the stage as if swimming underwater.  Matilda — The Musical (May 9-14, 2017). 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 shalWINTER 2016 | artsLife


low 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 Tony Awards for the Broadway production. Time named it the No. 1 show of 2013.  Finding Neverland (June 6-11, 2017). 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, Richard Zoglin wrote in Time. “It strikes me as the very model of a modern family musical,” Zoglin opined. “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 turnof-the-century London that’s not by Gilbert and Sullivan.” 

Event: 2016-17 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ season Shows/Dates: Wicked (a season option not included in standard subscriptions), January 11-29, 2017; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, February 7-12, 2017; Disney’s The Little Mermaid, March 7-12, 2017; Matilda — The Musical, May 9-14, 2017; Finding Neverland, June 6-11, 2017 Venue: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The 2016-17 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ season has four regularseason shows and one season option to go. TICKETS: Individual tickets are on sale in November for Disney's The LIttle Mermaid and A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder, and in December for Matilda — The Musical and Finding Neverland. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or noon and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. For groups of 10 or more, email Group Sales at or call 407.455.5550. Sponsored by


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icked has been defying gravity — and the odds — ever since it premiered in 2005 at Broadway’s Gershwin Theater. It’s still there, having passed 5,200 performances. Meanwhile, touring companies have taken this wonderfully witchy extravaganza across the U.S. and to 13 other countries, wowing audiences from Stuttgart to Singapore, from Sydney to Seoul. More than 50 million people have seen Wicked, which is the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ season option for 2016-17. The show is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy and three Tonys. Season options — additional shows that aren’t part of the standard series package — are usually booked for only a handful of performances. Wicked, however, will set up shop in the Walt Disney Theater for 17 days, January 11-29, 2017. Even so, don’t expect tickets to be easy to get. When the show last came to Orlando, in 2013, it filled every seat in the Bob Carr Theater for a similarly generous run. Though it’s universally referred to as Wicked, the show’s full name is Wicked, the Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. With a script by Winnie Holzman and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Wicked is a reimagining of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. That 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire was loosely based on the L. Frank Baum children’s fantasy, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1909. The show, for the most part, takes place before Dorothy drops in, and explores the formative years of Elphaba, the “bad” witch, who’s bullied because her skin is green; and Glinda, the “good” witch, who’s both entitled and a bit of an airhead. Part of Wicked’s enduring appeal is its affirmation that all of us have more potential than we realize. After all, as a popular ’70s-era pop song summarized it, Oz never gave nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t already have. And, of course, there’s the lavish, if slightly off-kilter, Edwardian costuming and the mind-blowing special effects, highlighted by the appearance of a dragon with a wingspan comparable to that of a Cessna. Beginning in late October, tickets were offered to Dr. Phillips Center Members, groups and season subscribers. Now they're on sale to the general public, with prices starting at $42.75. But you need to act quickly due to strong demand. After all, who knows when Wicked will come this way again?  — Michael McLeod

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xplore! Rescue! Protect! If you recognize that clarion cry, then you have a little one who is a fan of The Octonauts, an animated children’s TV series that originated in the U.K. and now runs on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior in the U.S. Now there’s an action-packed stage show featuring the Octonauts characters, including Captain Barnacles, a bear; Kwazii, a kitten; Peso, a penguin; Dr. Shellington, a sea otter; Dashi, a dog; Tweak, a bunny; Professor Inkling, an octopus; and Tunip, the “vegimal.” (To the uninitiated, that’s part vegetable, part animal.) The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand-new and fan-favorite songs led by the anthropomorphic crew members, who invite their legions of “Octo-Cadets” to join them on an exciting (and educational) underwater adventure aboard the Gup-X rescue vehicle to find Bob, a missing blobfish, before a volcano erupts. The show anchors on Saturday, December 3 at the Walt Disney Theater. Showtime is 5 p.m. and tickets start at $29.50. A premium Octonaut Explorer Party Package, priced at $130, includes gallons of perks, among them a meet-and-greet, photographs with the cast and plenty of merchandise. The Octonauts, which is based on a series of children’s books, debuted in 2010 on CBeebies, a BBC channel aimed at the under-7 demographic. It was picked up by the Disney Channel two years later and is now shown all over the world. Kids love the adorable characters and their aquatic adventures. But their parents love the fact that the show was created

with the assistance of two actual marine biologists, Dr. Lara A. Ferry-Graham and Dr. Michael H. Graham, who had previously consulted on the film Finding Nemo. The 11-minute episodes follow the cuddly crew as they encounter unusual (but real) sea creatures, about which they must learn a biological or behavioral fact to rescue it (or themselves) from danger. The theme song finishes with the chant “Explore! Rescue! Protect!” because, well, that’s what Octonauts do. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is a rollicking sensory experience, combining costumed characters, big-screen animation and a cool set design that mimics the seabed. Plus, it offers a rare chance to find out what a blobfish is.  — Randy Noles EVENT: The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 3, 5 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The animated children’s series comes to life as the Octonauts set out to rescue Bob, a missing blobfish. The show combines costumed characters and animated scenes projected onto huge screens. TICKETS: Prices start at $29.50. Ask about the premium Octonaut Explorer Party Package, which includes a meet-and-greet after the performance. 844.513.2014 •

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you may hear someone shout “Break a leg!” Please don’t take it literally.


However, if something happens and you need medical attention, please come to the Florida Hospital First Aid Station across from the Concierge Desk in the Della Phillips Grand Lobby.


Official Healthcare Partner of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

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THE GREATEST THINGS ARE ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER Thank you to our supporters and visionaries who make the Dr. Phillips Center possible – a place where the creative spirit of the people who work, live and visit, gather and grow.

B OA R D O F D I R E C TO R S James H. Pugh, Jr., Chairman Don Ammerman Dr. Rita Bornstein Clarence H. Brown III, MD The Honorable Linda Chapin Joseph R. Cleveland Earl M. Crittenden, Jr. The Honorable Buddy Dyer The Honorable Bill Frederick Linda Landman Gonzalez Michael Griffin

Michael Grindstaff Sharon Hagle The Honorable Teresa Jacobs Tony Jenkins Carol Massey Steve Miller J. Brian Paradis Sibille Pritchard Katherine Ramsberger Ken Robinson Thomas M. Roehlk

Frank Santos Jim Shapiro Bob Snow Chuck Steinmetz Bill Sublette Jonathan Taylor Senator Geraldine F. Thompson Ed Timberlake, Jr. Craig Ustler Bryce L. West


CNL Charitable Foundation The Family of Richard & Helen DeVos Dr. Phillips Charities Florida Hospital Chuck & Margery Pabst Steinmetz Walt Disney World Resort Darden Restaurants Foundation Joyce & Judson Green Alexis & Jim Pugh


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DR. PHILLIPS CENTER DONORS Anthony C. Perez Danniel J. Petro J. David Phillips, Jr. Jeanne & Gene Polarolo Potrock Family Foundation Sibille & Peter Pritchard Dr. Kenneth E. Pyle & Justyn S. Lim The Westbrock-Ramsberger Family Kay & Phil Rawlins Rhea & Dr. Harry Rein Resource Consulting Group Holly & Dwight Richert Laura & John Riley 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 Henry Sal Asia & Thomas Saltmarsh Helen & John Schaffer Ben Schick

Solomon F. Schick Warren E. Shaw’s Family Patricia & R. Keith Sigmon Dottie & Bill Silverman Diana & Tim Sisley Keith McIntyre & Richard J. Skaggs Dr. Paul Skomsky Smart City Lori G. Sommer Sorensen Moving & Storage Barbara & Gary Sorensen Laurie & Doug Spencer In memory of Jack R. Stacey, Jr. Stan & Betty Collier Fund in honor of Jim Pugh Jan & Daisy Staniszkis Dr. William & Mrs. Phaedra Steele Richard & Tammi Straughn Kimberlee & Rob Strong Lyndsey & Jonathan Sutherland Elaine & Scott Taylor Susan & Warren Tedder Sherry & Myron Thaden Sue Jacoberger & Art Thomas Drs. Deborah & Kevin Thoni Man-Lei, Jimmy, Johnny, Johanna Tung

Family in memory of Wei-Te Tung Martha Ellen Tye Foundation Helene & Chris Valdes Diane & Greg Warren Stacey & Dyron Watford Kathleen M. Waugh Rob Webb & Stan Whittington Brea & Al Weiss Charles & Linda Wells Richard & Pamela West The Wideman Family Wendy & Alan Wiginton 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 Jacquelynn & Victor Zollo

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER MEMBERS Katharine & Richard Milam The Arthur Miller Family Linda & Glenn Miller Maile Miller Ellis Creek Capital/Merrill & Scott Miller Maggie & David Moore Dasha & Shawn Moore Elizabeth & Otto Morales Rebecca Moroose M.D. & Thomas Winters M.D. Mari & Jim Moye Brooke & Frank Myers Donna & Bruce Mylrea Robin Neel & Dr. Tim Prince Connie & William Neville Marcy & Rich Newsome Anthony J. Nicholson & Sonja Nicholson Judy Ettinger-Noble Paul Oppedisano & Jim Bowden Michael O’Quinn Orchid Medical Orlando Regional Realtor Association Owens Realty Services Foundation Tom & Donna Page Drs. Amish & Beena Parikh Mary Jo Pecht Brandi & Bryan Peck Linda & Norm Pellegrini Jen & Jason Pennypacker in honor of Sara Fuller & Mrs. William H. Fuller John Petrakis Danniel J. Petro J. David Phillips, Jr. Jeanne & Gene Polarolo Sibille & Peter Pritchard Dr. Kenneth E. Pyle & Justyn S. Lim The Westbrock-Ramsberger Family Kay & Phil Rawlins The Realty Associates Fund IX, L.P. dba 55 West Rhea & Dr. Harry Rein Resource Consulting Group Holly & Dwight Richert Laura & John Riley Nadia & Kenneth Roberts Pat & Randy Robertson

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