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SPOTLIGHT ON STAGE


Eleanor

Hannan

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“MOTOWN THE MUSICAL” THE TRUE AMERICAN DREAM - SMASH HIT COMING TO BROWARD CENTER:
    Motown, is a one man’s story that became a smash hit and the true American dream of Berry Gordy’s journey from a featherweight boxer, in Detroit, to the heavyweight music genius, as head of the Motown record label. He launched the careers of Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross, with whom he became involved in a dramatic romance. It tells the true story of Gordy and the success of Motown’s fame. Featuring a cast of more than forty actors and sixty most beloved hits, such as: “ My Girl,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and so many more, in a non-stop dazzling production of music and dancing any audience, young and old, will certainly enjoy. Not recommended for very young children.
   Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross with a most talented cast. Experience this record breaking smash hit, live on stage at the Broward Center, now on stage through March 8th, 2015. Tickets start at $34.75 at the Center’s box office located at 201 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale  Showtimes vary. For information, call: (954) 462-0222. Or go on-line to: www.browardcenter.com. Or call: Ticketmaster.
 
ARTS BALLET OF FLORIDA BRINGS BACK THE ENCHANTING PRODUCTION OF FAIRY DOLL AT AVENTURA CENTER:
    "Fairy Doll" concerns a toy shop where the owner displays all of his mechanical dancing dolls of different origins including the most prized Fairy Doll. A young boy falls in love with a most beautiful doll sitting in the window of a toy store. The shop closes and as midnight approaches, the Fairy Doll steps out and calls the others together. They dance along with several other toys that have come to life. At One o’clock, they all return to their places but the shop owner hears a noise and comes back to the room to see the Fairy Doll’s case lit up as she steps out to approach him, when suddenly all the lights go on and he is surrounded by dolls.
    The ballet is a beautiful imaginative concept under the direction of Vladimir Issaev as he brings back this stunning enchanting visual ballet of the Fairy Doll for two performances on March 7th at 7 p.m. and on March 8th, 2015 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for children less than 12 months old, tickets may be purchased at the Center’s box office, in person. Located at 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura. Purchase on-line at: aventuracenter.org. Or call: 1 (877) 311-7469.
 
PEMBROKE PINES - SUSAN B. KATZ THEATRE REVIVES SONDHEIM AND STYNE’S AWARD WINNING MUSICAL “GYPSY”:
   Gypsy is a brilliant 1959 musical inspired by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist and burlesque dancer, her famous pushy show biz mother also known as Rose, who is a typical stage mother of two daughters June and Louise. When June eventually rebels and refuses to continue in show business, Rose turns her attention to Louise, who hates performing but cannot refuse her mother’s wishes. Momma Rose gathers together a troupe of girls to recreate the old act with Louise taking on her sister June’s role. When they are accidently booked into a burlesque house amongst strippers and lewd comedians, one of the strippers is arrested and Rose pushes Louise into the strippers act. She was now to be known as Gypsy Rose Lee, who becomes a big hit and becomes the world’s most famous stripper. With her success and self confidence, she refuses her mother’s directions forcing her mother to feel utterly alone and miserable as they part ways. Eventually Rose and Gypsy reconcile their differences.
     The musical has earned many awards as Best Musical, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Conductor and more. Some of the songs such as: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Everything's Coming Up Roses,” “Some People” and others are still popular today. Performances run from February 27th, through March 22nd, 2015. Tickets are now on sale at the box office, located at 17195 Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines. For more information, check on-line at: www.pptopa.com.