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SPOTLIGHT ON STAGE


Eleanor

Hannan

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AMERICAN RECORDING ARTIST LADY GAGA KICKS OFF HER NEW TOUR AT THE BB&T CENTER: Lady Gaga, born and raised in New York City, is also a record producer, business woman, fashion designer and actress. She rose to prominence with her August 8th, 2008 debut album “The Fame,” which was a critical and commercial success. The record included the international number-one tracks “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” In 2009, “The Fame Monster” was released to a similar reception and produced the hit singles” “Bad Romance,” “Telephone” and “Alejandro.” Her Monster Ball Tour became one of the highest grossing concert tours of all time. “Born This Way” was released in 2011 topping all albums charts in most major markets. 2013 was the year Lady Gaga released her third album, which became her second number one album in the U.S. and included “Do What You Want” and “Applause.” 

    Influenced by David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cher and Queen; Gaga is recognized for her contributions to the music industry through her fashion, performances, music videos and will be certain to put on one of the most memorable shows ever seen. She will start her new tour at the BB&T Center on May 4th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., located at One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. Tickets range from $50 to $225 at all TicketMaster outlets or on-line at: www.ticketmaster.com. For information, call: 1 (800) 745-3000. Box office is open 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday to Friday.

 

THE MAVERICKS BAND WITH LEAD SINGER RAUL MALO ARE BACK AND RARING TO GO AT THE PARKER PLAYHOUSE: The country band with a Cuban American lead singer who emerged from Miami in 1989 with their debut that was part innocence, intensity and vintage influences, have reunited in 2012 after an eight-year hiatus. Two decades have passed since their rhythmic brand of post-modern country has given the world “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “Here Comes The Rain” and “Dance The Night Away.” With their new album, the band that defied definitions, blurred genres and ready to make everybody feel good again is back. This most interesting band has captured the energy and robust sound from their live shows with their new music release “In Time.” Songs like “Dance In The Moonlight,” “Born To Be Blue,” “Back In Your Arms Again” and “All Over Again,” show the Mavericks have once again found the way to make soul music. Lead singer Raul Malo with his rich voice, has the ability to convey lonesomeness and desire in his vocal renditions, along with keyboardist Jerry Dale Mc Fadden and guitarist Eddie Perez. In 2012, the band was offered a record deal by Big Machine Records and recorded their newest reunion album “In Time,” released in 2013.

   Known as the most interesting band in the world, The Mavericks bring their Grammy award-winning group to the Parker Playhouse on May 1st, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $36.50 to $56.50, available in person at the box office located at 707 Northeast 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale. For reservations and information, call: (954) 462-0222.

 

HANSEL AND GRETEL MUSICAL PRESENTED BY AVENTURA CENTER’S FAMILY FUN SERIES: The original work of this musical is from the famous Grimms’ Fairy Tales which was performed as an opera in 1893 conducted by Richard Strauss. The stories success was attributed to the children's opera, written by composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, (the author, not the actor.)  This classic tale of a young brother and sister’s struggle when they become lost in a haunted forest and captured by a wicked witch, that is when the excitement begins. The two children save their lives by outsmarting her and find their way home to their parents who welcome them back with tears of joy.

    Not only for children, adults will enjoy Hansel and Gretel as well at the Aventura Center on April 27th, 2014 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., located at 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 on the day of the show and $3 lap seats for children less than 12 months of age. Children will enjoy a free pre-show of art activities and face painting. After the show, the entire family will enjoy a complimentary snack. For all additional information, call: (954) 462-0222.