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SPOTLIGHT ON STAGE


Eleanor

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MICHAEL MC KEEVER’S NEW PLAY “DANIEL’S HUSBAND” NOW PLAYING AT ISLAND CITY STAGE EXTENDED TO JULY 5, 2015:
    The play delves into the lives of a gay couple, Mitchell, who does not believe in gay marriage and Daniel who desperately wants to be married. After a life altering event, both men learn that even in an enlightened society, when fundamental rights are denied, the results can be devastating. With humor and great insight, Daniel’s Husband explores the consequences of accepting the limitations defined by society.
    McKeever has had many of his 40 or more plays produced in South Florida including “Stuff,” “South Beach Babylon,” “Moscow” and “Clark Gable Slept Here.” He has won five Carbonell and two Silver Palms awards and is a founding member of Zoetic Stage in Miami. Daniel’s Husband is directed by Artistic Director, Andy Rogow.
    Performances are now on stage Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 5 p.m., through July 5th, 2015. Tickets are $30 available at the Island City Stage located at 1140 North Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale. To purchase tickets, call: (954) 519-2533. Or visit on-line at: www.IslandCityStage.org.
 
COLONY THEATRE IN MIAMI TO PRESENT VERDI’S LYRIC OPERA RIGOLETTO:
   Rigoletto was first composed in 1850 and 1851 and first performed on March 11th, 1851. It is considered to be the first of Verdi’s operatic masterpieces throughout his career. The setting takes place in Northern Italy.  It’s tragic story revolves around the Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. Unfortunately, Rigoletto’s daughter has already met with the Duke of Mantua who has told Gilda a lie pretending to be a poor student. She falls in love with him. However, the Duke has other ideas and plans to kidnap Gilda for other reasons. When Rigoletto discovers his daughter has been kidnapped he becomes so angry with the Duke, he decides to kill him. After many other complications, too numerous to mention, the opera concludes with Gilda’s suicide all for the sake of love.
    The opera is known for its famous arias such as “La donna e mobile,”  “Un di, se ben rammentomi,... Bella figlia dell’amore. Tickets are now on sale at the Colony Theatre box office for performances on July 11th, 2015 at 8 p.m. and July 12th, 2015 at 4 p.m. Located at 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. For additional information, call: (786) 276-2629.
 
THE BELOVED CLASSIC MARY POPPINS ON STAGE OF THE PEMBROKE PINES THEATRE AT THE PERFORMING ARTS:
    Mary Poppins is the story about the Banks family, who live in a big house in London on Cherry Lane. At this particular time, things were not going too well for the family and children, Jane and Michael, who misbehave badly and are in need of a new nanny. The children have expressed their own ideas as to what sort of caretaker they would like to have. Their parents, especially their father insist on someone very strict for the job as the children are out of control. When a mysterious young woman, named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she is the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”
If you liked the movie, you’ll probably love the show. It features all the classic songs (“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to name a few) plus some catchy new tunes. With elaborate sets, eye-popping light displays and show-stopping numbers, this Disney-rific production will transport you to the Banks’ household on Cherry Lane as well as the rooftops of London. Mary Poppins is great for the entire family
   There are plenty of spectacles, Mary Poppins flies! Plenty of laughs and songs the whole family will likely keep singing after the show ends.
   Show dates are July 17th through August 9th, 2015. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts. Located at the River of Grass Arts Park at 17195 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines. Tickets run from $14 to $25. To purchase tickets, call: (954) 437-4884.