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SPOTLIGHT ON STAGE


Eleanor

Hannan

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR “THE GREAT PRETENDER” COMING TO MINIACI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

 

    Sherina Cox is Zola Matthews in Director Chris McAnuff’s stage play, “The Great Pretender.” Zola is a very ambitious and driven CPA who decides to leave her prestigious and promising career and pursue her life-long dream of being a filmmaker. Toby McDonald is the father of Zola’s baby, but Zola does not allow her six year old son, Aaron, to know his father’s difficult financial situation. Does this make her "The Great Pretender” and will her dreams come true? 

   Folami Hanes is Zola’s ambitious friend. When Zola finds herself at a cross-road, will he be the one to motivate or discourage her from following her passion? Natalie Pinto is a service worker from a Child Protective Agency who is called in to investigate whether allegations made as to what’s going on are true or not, or is somebody being an instigator? Meanwhile, Zola’s landlord, Mr. Smith, has concerns as well. Are they justified or is he over reacting? 

     Buster Brown is Brooklin’s boyfriend. Most of the family does not like him. Is the family wrong or is Buster up to no good? Jeremiah Johnson is the cousin of sisters, Zola and Brooklin Matthews. Will the family treat him loyally with unconditional love or is there a “Great Pretender” in the family and will Brooklin Matthews, a college student be inspired by her sister to follow her dreams or will she despise Zola for leaving her successful career behind? Sound confusing? 

   Find out all of the answers on July 26th, 2014 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the box office located at 3100 Ray Ferrero Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. For reservations and directions, call: (954) 462-0222.  2nd floor parking in garage is included in ticket.

 

GAVIN DEGRAW AND MATT NATHANSON ARE CURRENTLY ON THEIR DUO TOUR AT HARD ROCK LIVE:

 

    Gavin DeGraw’s songs have been played on thirteen different titles of TV and film. He released several music videos as well, including “I Don’t Want to Be,” which was chosen as the theme song for the teen drama “One Tree Hill.” His other songs followed such as: “In Love With a Girl,” “Cheated On Me,” “Follow Through” and “Chariot.” Gavin and his brother opened The National Underground in 2007, a New York City music venue that is a rock American music bar located in Manhattan’s lower east Side. The idea was to have a place for musicians to hang out in order to listen and learn on a regular basis. DeGraw has performed a cover on Smokey Robinson’s love ballad, “The Tracks of My Tears.” He has reached multi-platinum sales and several Grammy nominations. In 2012, DeGraw was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” with partner Karina Smirnoff, they placed ninth in the finals.

     Matt Nathanson is an American born singer/songwriter whose work is a blend of folk and rock music. In addition to singing, he plays acoustic and electric guitar, playing both solo and with a full band. His work includes the platinum-selling song ”Come On Get Higher,” in addition to: “I Saw,” “Little Victories” and “ My Dumb Luck.” He has appeared on the “Late Night Shows” with Letterman,  Leno, Craig Ferguson and Conan O’Brien.

    Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson and Andrew McMahon will appear at Hard Rock Live on July 30th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $39 to $59 at the box office, in person only, located at 1 Seminole Way on State Road 7, Hollywood. For all other information, call: (954) 797-5531. Or: (954) 327-Rock. Or: (800) 937-0010. Parking is always free.

 

JOHN GRAY’S BEST SELLER “WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS MEN ARE FROM MARS” PERFORMED ON BROWARD CENTER'S STAGE:

 

   Gray’s International best seller is to help couples better understand and communicate with the man or woman in their life, making a relationship richer, more meaningful and more loving. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE,  Is a one-man combination of theatre and stand-up comedy starring Peter Story, based on the New York Times #1 best selling book with a series of vignettes, covering everything from dating and marriage. 

     This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they visualize themselves on stage. It’s a great recipe for a night out. Performances are now on stage in the Amaturo Theatre through July 26th, 2014, evenings at 7:30 p.m. Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 at the Center’s box office located at 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call: (954) 462-0222. Or: 1 (877) 311-7469.