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SPOTLIGHT ON STAGE


Eleanor

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MAESTRO JAMES BROOKS-BRUZZESE TO CONDUCT SYMPHONY OF THE AMERICAS SUMMERFEST 2015 AT PARKER PLAYHOUSE:
     Internationally renowned Maestro-founder and Artistic Director of the Symphony of the Americas, who calls South Florida home, has performed on five continents, sharing his artistry with diverse audiences in the great cultural capitals of the world. He continues to set the pace for musical excellence at home and abroad. When Maestro arrived in Florida in the early 1970's, he immediately got to work, sharing his vast knowledge with Florida students. He taught at the middle and high school levels in Pompano Beach for five years, then at Florida Atlantic University. During this time, he created student orchestras that became national award winning groups in addition to the Florida University Symphony. Kudos, applauding and highlighting his work with orchestras and festivals on six continents has marked Maestro as an outstanding conductor of the US.
    In 2005, Maestro was honored at Washington’s Kennedy Center with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Award for the Arts in recognition of his lifelong work as a world-renowned conductor and his dedication to promoting classical music to youth around the world.
   Join the Summerfest Festival celebration at the Parker Playhouse, located at 707 Northeast 8th Street on August 8th, 2015 at 8 p.m. Tickets are  $20 and $35. VIP tickets include a meet and greet reception with members of the orchestra and guests. For more information, call: (954) 462-0222.
 
BROWARD CENTER AND PARKER PLAYHOUSE SPONSOR A SUMMER THEATRE CAMP PRODUCTION OF DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.:
    Aladdin Jr. is a part of Broadway by Music Theatre International. Both the story and music version closely follow the original film. Songs from the Disney film include:  “Arabian Nights,”  “One Jump Ahead,” “Friend Like Me,” “Prince Ali,” “A Whole New World” and “ Why Me.” There are additional changes in the musical such as, instead of one prince, three princes try for Jasmine’s hand in marriage. In addition, there are similar musicals based on The Jungle Book, Cinderella, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Aristocrats and Sleeping Beauty.
    Disney’s Aladdin Jr. brings the famous movie to life on stage in an abridged fashion suitable for young performers. In Agrabah, the City of Enchantment, every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail. Aladdin is a kind street urchin, who falls in love with the beautiful Princess, Jasmine. It just so happens that the Sultan has declared that Princess Jasmine must choose a husband within the next day. After she turns down the offers from various wealthy suitors, Aladdin and the evil Jafar, fight it out for Jasmine’s love. With a little help from a wacky genie, Aladdin manages to win Jasmine’s hand in marriage.
    Your wish will be granted when you see this stage adaptation of this soaring musical adventure, children of all ages will enjoy. Now on stage through August 5th, 2015. Tickets are $5.90 available at the Parker Playhouse ticket office located at 707 Northeast 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call: (954) 462-0222. Group sales are available by calling: (954) 660-6307.
 
HARD ROCK LIVE PRESENTS GRAMMY AWARD WINNING RECORDING ARTIST JILL SCOTT:
     In 2004, Scott released her studio album, “Beautiful Human” and “Words of Sound” with her lead single ”Golden.” Her next album was “The Real Thing Words and Sounds.” While Scott was positioned as a leader of the neo-soul and “Soulquarian” movement of the late 90's, she has pointed out that she utilizes a variety of genres in her work, ranging from opera to swing to 70's and R & B. Scott is known for her rich and sometimes playful vocal style. By 2007, Scott had earned three Grammy Awards, including one for her rendition of “God Bless the Child” with George Benson and Al Jarreau. She also released “Who Is Jill Scott,” “A Long Walk” and “Gettin’ in the Way.” The album earned great recognition and made its way to the Top 20 of the Billboard albums chart with the singer/songwriter earning three Grammy nominations.
   Jill Scott will be joined by BJ The Chicago Kid on August 8th, 2015 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $70 to $105. Call Ticketmaster at: 1 (800) 745-3000 for reservations. Hard Rock Live is located on State Road 7, (US 441) in Hollywood. For information, call: (954) 327-ROCK.