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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Movie of the Week

The boys did not review as movie this past Monday as The Philip’s Phile was a “Best of” re-broadcast due to Presidents Day Holiday.

FRINGE Fundraiser Dinner Party & Show at Hard Rock Live!

On March 2, 2015, Orlando Fringe invites you to join fellow Fringe enthusiasts and devotees of dance at Hard Rock Live! for a one of a kind fundraiser and show you will not want to miss:

Hosted by the incomparable Michael Andrew, with a house band led by the fabulous Tod Kimbro, this event is sure to be a night unlike any other.

The evening will feature seven teams, all competing for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Each team is comprised of one professional dancer paired with a Fringe Favorite who is not generally noted for their dance moves:

  • Team 1: Brandon Roberts of PB&J Theatre Factory, & Tymisha Harris of VarieTEASE

  • Team 2: Pepe & Tammy Weber-Millar of Flamenco Del Sol

  • Team 3: Kim Jong UnKeisha Delva of Explore Theatre and Dance

  • Team 4: Savannah Simerly of Piranha The Musical fame, & Glynn Owens of 2nd Sight Dance

  • Team 5: Judy Garland & former Fringe mascot, dance instructor, and one of the current Footlight Player Men, Steven Johnson

  • Team 6: Doug Bowser & Christin Caviness of Yow Dance

  • Team 7: Eric Pinder & Dion Leonard of Phantasmagoria

No true competition would be complete without –

CELEBRITY JUDGES:

Eric Yow
Artistic Director of Yow Dance

Blue Star
Creator/Artistic Director of VarieTEASE

Michael Wanzie
Award-Wining Ballroom Dance Instructor and Fringe Icon

In addition to the great entertainment value that will surely be derived from the routines of the competing dance teams and the accompanying Celebrity commentary of the same, the evening will also feature non-competitive entertainment courtesy of:

VarieTEASE     Yow Dance     Circus Arts

Explore Theatre and Dance

Drag Superstar Chantel Reshae & Dance Partner

&

MICHELLE KNIGHT
Direct from her Off Broadway run in DISENCHANTED!

The event will also feature a very special silent auction with some truly amazing items up for grabs. Far from the usual suspects, expect fantastic travel packages for theater mavens, and unique opportunities for the truly adventurous. So come bid on some fantastic auction items, as well as cheering AND voting for your favorite dance team, all in the spirit of raising funds for the Orlando Fringe!

Dancing With The Fringe Stars

Monday, March 2, 2015

Showtime 8 PM

HARD ROCK LIVE!

At CityWalk
6050 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, 32819

VIP:
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Inclusive Pre-Show Dinner
After Party Reception in the Beautiful John Lennon Room

General Admission
Doors open at 7:30 PM

Advance General Admission Tickets Only $20

$25 Night of show

VIP (Dinner and After Party) Tickets Only $50

Please reserve VIP in Advance

Avoid hefty Ticketmaster fees by directly calling
The Box Office at Hard Rock Live!

407.351.LIVE (5483)

Festival seating for both ticket levels / No pre-assigned seats

Retro Modern Home Tour Throughout Audubon Park

This weekend, for one day only, you are invited to explore seven beautiful private residences that range from mid century modern to quirky retro to stylishly modern. All of the homes all located in the Audubon Park Neighborhood of Orlando.

Audubon Park is that totally cool area where Virginia Drive makes a curve and becomes Corrine Drive straightening out where Bumby dead ends into Corrine just below Baldwin Park. It’s that “bungalow neighborhood” where all the streets are named after birds. The Audubon Park Garden District is a thriving community filled with award winning shops, restaurants, bars, hair salons, health care providers, interior designers, and other service professionals. Just a short walk from beautiful Leu Gardens to the west, the Garden District is anchored on its east side by expansive Blue Jacket Park. In between, visitors will find Central Florida’s best cupcakes and ice cream, craft beer, books, flowers, antiques, original art, and much more.

Mom and Pop businesses in the area include Palmer’s Nursery, Blue Bird Bake Shop, Redlight Redlight, Stardust Coffee & Café, Sushi Lola, R. Nichols Stationary, P Is For Pie Bakery, Junior’s Diner, Winter Park CD’s, O-Stromboli, Canine Glamour Club, Corrine Drive Vet, and the very popular East End Market, which brings together under one roof multiple farm-to-table and artesian-to-table purveyors of organic meats, poultry, produce, cheeses, breads, beverages, and eco-friendly products.

The promoters of the Retro Modern Home Tour tell the WANZeGRAM that their various volunteers will be dressed in attire inspired by the popular “Mad Men” TV Show, and they are encouraging patrons of the tour to dress retro as well.

After touring the homes, guests are invited to gather for an after party featuring mid century modern lite bites courtesy of La Femme du Fromage, with iced tea, water, sangria, and craft beers - all inclusive! Classic Cocktails will be on offer for an additional donation.

Check in for the Home Tour begins at noon this Saturday at 1602 East Winter Park Road, Orlando, Florida 32803, near the beautiful organic community garden. Look for the gorgeous vintage Mustang parked nearby! Follow all event parking signs.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015

Tour Homes from 1 PM – 5 PM
After Party: 5 PM-8 PM

ADUBAN PARK GARDEN DISTRICT

Check In (beginning at Noon) At
1602 East Winter Park Road
(Look for the Vintage Mustang)
Orlando, Florida 32803

Ticket price includes Homes Tour and After Party with inclusive Sangria, Craft Beers and Light Bites

(Mixed Drinks extra)

$25 General Admission in advance/$30 Day of event

TICKETS:

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My Two Cents

I Love Me Some Melissa van der Schyff, And I’m Offering A Steep Discount To Come Enjoy Her Talents
By Kenny Howard

Melissa van der Schyff is one of the most versatile, talented, and sweetest artists I have ever met. Nominated for Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for BONNIE & CLYDE, she has also worked on Broadway in BIG RIVER, and has been seen on CHICAGO HOPE and various movies, as well as a voice over artist for THE MUPPETS. She performed the same show I’m presenting at the Abbey just two nights ago to a sold out crowd at NYC’s famed Birdland, about which producer Jim Caruso wrote: "Melissa van der Schyff packed Birdland for a truly thrilling concert. It might have been one of my top ten fave shows of the past 12 years of the Broadway at Birdland series. Anyone who can seamlessly combine bluegrass, Broadway, and swing is OK in my book!”

I am offering WANZeGRAM subscribers 50% off her show this coming Monday, February 23, by using the code “Abbey” when purchasing your tickets through TicketWeb.com

I cannot think of a more deserving artist for the love of an Orlando audience than this class act.

Kenny Howard was a producer of BONNIE & CLYDE on Broadway, along with many other Broadway productions. A Tony Award winner, he is currently the Director of Education for Florida Theatrical Association, as well as Artistic Director of The Abbey, and creator of its its popular Broadway Spotlight Cabaret Series. He recently directed The Abbey/Gen Y production of CABARET starring Blue Star, and has long been a satisfied WANZeGRAM Subscriber Friend.

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Now Playing

Through February 21
MACHINAL
Annie Russell Theatre/Rollins

$25
407.646.2145

Saturday, February 21
Original Play Based On Seminole County History:
TOUCH AND GO
Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

$37.50
844.513.2014
www.DrPhillipsCenter.org

Saturday, February 21
RETRO MODERN HOME TOUR
Audubon Park Garden District

$25 Advance/$30 at Gate
Click here for tickets

Sunday, February 22
THE GONG SHOW
The Venue

$25
www.TheCenterOrlando.org

Through February 22
THE EXPLORERS’ CLUB
Mad Cow

$24.25 - $36.75
407.297.8788

Through February 22
THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG
Orlando Rep

$18
407.896.7365

Through February 22

The Garden Theatre
$25
www.GardenTheatre.org

Through February 22
LUV
Orlando Shakes

$20
407.447.1700
www.sideofsaturn.com

February 20 - March 15
PHOTOGRAPH 51
Mad Cow

$12 - $36.75
407.297.8788
www.madcowtheatre.com

Monday, February 23
Broadway Cabaret Series:
MELISSA VAN DER SCHYFF


The Abbey
$40-$60
407.704.6261
www.ticketweb.com

Monday, February 23
Big Band Musical Review of 1940s & 50s
IN THE MOOD
Bob Carr Theater

$20-$65
407.246.4262

Through March 1
SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW
Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

$39-$49
www.drphillipscenter.org

Through March 1
2013 Orlando Shakes PlayFest Selection:
(A LOVE STORY)
UCF University Theatre Black Box

$10-$20
407.823.1500

Through March 7
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Orlando Shakes

$20 - $45/Student Rush $12
www.orlandoshakes.org

Through March 8
TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD
Orlando Shakes

$17 – $45
407.447.1700
www.OrlandoShakes.org

Through March 22
HENRY V
Orlando Sakes

$20 -$45/$10-$22 Senior Matinees/$12 Student Rush/
$10 Off ticket price – Military & Students
407.447.1700
www.orlandoshakes.org

FASHION  – TRASH 2 TRENDS
DOUG BA’ASER
is emceeing the 2nd Annual Trash 2 Trends fundraiser for Keep Orlando Beautiful, Inc. Subscriber Friend Jodi Goosetree Buyas is among those spearheading the popular event which completely sold out in advance last year, and will once again successfully bring the fashion and art world together with the environmental community to promote sustainability in an innovative way. Over 30 local designers and artists are creating looks from items headed to the landfill or recycling facility and sending it down the runway.

The event is being held the evening of February 28, 2015.  Tickets on sale now!!

For details and tickets:
www.2015trash2trends.eventbrite.com

THEATER – PHOTOGRAPH 51
Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51 recounts the often overlooked history of one of the most groundbreaking scientists of the 20th century.  A tenacious chemist in 1950s London, Rosalind Franklin captures the first images of the double helix structure of DNA.  While her colleagues jockey to push her out of the frame, Rosalind continues to work tirelessly, regardless of her invisible status within the male-dominated labs. Ziegler's tale of isolation and perseverance creates a powerful ode to the woman who gave her life to science. Winner of the 2008 STAGE Award, Photograph 51 was featured in Mad Cow Theatre’s inaugural Science Play Festival last season.

Friday, February 20 – Sunday, March 15

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM

Sundays at 3 PM

MAD COW THEATRE
54 Church Street
Upstairs/Church Street Market
(Formally Hooters)
Downtown Orlando, FL   32801
 

Adult $36.75/Senior $33.25/Student $31.75 

Preview: Thursday, February 19 at 8 PM

Only $11

Wednesday, March 4 at 8 PM

PAY WHAT YOU WISH!

www.madcowtheatre.com

 

AUDITIONS – WANT TO BE IN A FRINGE SHOW?
The Orlando Fringe Unified Auditions return! Fringe Festival Producers and Directors from numerous shows will be in attendance, searching for the perfect actor/singer/ performer/ dancer for their project…and that could very well be you!

You must email Kaitlyn Alkass at KALKASS@Rollins.edu to reserve a time slot

Come prepared with 2 contrasting 1 minute monologues, or a monologue and a song (be prepared to sing a Capella)

Dancers, prepare a short piece; dance only auditions will only be scheduled from 4 PM-5 PM on Saturday, February 21

Performers will have a total of 3 minutes

Please bring 4 copies of your head-shot and resume’ (only one for dance only

FRINGE UNIFIED AUDITIONS

Saturday, February 21: 1 PM-5 PM
Sunday, February 22: 1 PM-4 PM


Dance Only Auditions: 4 PM-5 PM on Saturday

Orlando Fringe Offices
1605 Alden Rd
Orlando, 32803

Email Kaitlyn Alkass to reserve audition time:
KALKASS@Rollins.edu

VARIETY/DANCE – CIRQUE & ORLANDO BALLET Together - One Night Only
Get ready to be dazzled, delighted, and left speechless as Cirque du Soleil® and
Orlando Ballet present the third installment of this one-of-a-kind choreographicproject designed to stimulate and encourage artistic growth.

This critically acclaimed partnership features new works created and performed by artists from both Cirque du Soleil and the Orlando Ballet. Expect the unexpected when these two groups come together for one night only in a theater known for enlightening artistic performances.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23

LA NOUBA THEATER
Downtown Disney West Side
1478 Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Please Note: For this performance there is no online select-a-seat feature available. For assistance with specific seating requests or locations, please call the Orlando Ballet Ticketline at 407.426.1739

Please do not call the Cirque du Soleil Box Office. Print-at-home-ticketing is not available for this performance. Tickets will be mailed:

www.orlandoballet.org
$5-Off all tickets for Price Level 2 & 3 when you type in code word “WANZIE”

THEATER – HENRY V
Young and brash King Henry V of England sets out to repair his broken nation after a bloody civil war, and discovers the challenges of leadership are greater than he ever imagined. From Henry's rousing battle speeches to courting the Princess of France, Shakespeare’s Henry V explores what makes a man a king...and a king a man.

The production features audience favorite John P. Keller (title roles in Nicholas Nickleby and Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker) as King Henry V. Geoffrey Kent (Petruchio in 2013’s The Taming of the Shrew) takes on the roles of Exeter/Nym, and Richard B. Watson (C.P. Ellis in this fall’s acclaimed production of The Best of Enemies) returns as Constable of France/Fluellen. Actor Stephen Paul Johnson makes his Orlando Shakes debut as Canterbury/Pistol, following appearances with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Additional casting includes local actors Brad DePlanche (as Ely/Bardolph), Kate Ingram (as Quickly/French King), Sarah Caroline Billings (as Katherine/Montjoy), and Stephen Lima (as Jamy/Bourbon).

FEBRUARY 20 – MARCH 22
Previews February 18 & 19

Thursdays through Saturdays
(And Select Wednesdays)
7:30 PM
Sundays at 2 PM

Senior Matinees
March 4, 11 & 18
at 2 PM

Preview Shows
February 18 &19
at 7:30 PM

$20 Under 30
February 27
7:30 PM

ORLANDO SHAKES
Margeson Theatre
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803

$20, $35, $45

Student Rush $12/Previews & Senior Matinees $10, $17, $22
Military & Students $10 off single ticket prices
(Only available in Sections A and B, with valid ID)

407.447.1700

www.drphillipscenter.org

VARIETY/THEATRE – SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW
The multi award winning international clown show that has delighted and thrilled audiences in over 80 cities around the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, and Moscow.

The deeply imaginative Slava takes his audience on a dreamlike journey reconnecting them with their inner child. The show is a truly magical experience combining clowning and spectacular visuals, culminating in a snowstorm that envelops the audience, and is sure to leave them with chills of excitement.

“The most flat-out spectacular moment off-Broadway
has seen in years."
- Entertainment Weekly

“Slava’s Snowshow is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to the circus…Slava’s Snowshow is as theatrical as it is simple, as involving as it is inspiring." - Variety

February 17 – March 1

Dr. Phillip’s Center For The Performing Arts
Walt Disney Theater

$39 - $49

Tickets Now On Sale

www.drphillipscenter.org

 

THEATER – DOUBT,   A Parable
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama DOUBT, A PARABLE, follows a Catholic high school priest's battle for truth and personal integrity that will leave you with questions to ponder long after the curtain goes down.

Beth Marshall Directs a great cast headed up by Ginger Lee McDermott as Mother Superior, Sister Aloysius, and Michael Wanzie as Father Flynn; the roles originated in the film version of the play by Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, respectively.  Chelsea Panisch plays Sister James, and Shonda Thurman is Mrs. Muller.

Beth Marshall Presents’ Production
Of
DOUBT
A Parable

By John Patrick Shanley

"Doubt," onstage at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden… As directed by Beth Marshall, it's a taut production of the Pulitzer and Tony-winning show with high-level acting and production values…“Wanzie craftily inserts moments of fear into his righteous indignation — Wanzie also delivers a stirring homily, so realistic that when he crosses himself, Catholics might reflexively find themselves joining in.”
Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

February 6 through February 22, 2015

Thursday through Saturday Nights at 8 PM
Sundays at 2 PM
Industry Night – Monday, February 16, at 8 PM

THE GARDEN THEATRE
160 W. Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL   34787

$25/$21 Students & Seniors

Official WANZeGRAM Outing

Save 40%

Thursday, February 12 Performance Only

Pay Only $15 instead of $25

Join Wanzie & friends at Pillar’s Martini Bar after the show

Use Online Booking Code-Word “wanzie”

www.gardentheatre.org

READ MATT PALM’S ENTIRE FABULOUS
ORLANDO SENTINEL REVIEW!

Coming Attractions
In this section you will find opening dates for future attractions so you may plan ahead. Emboldened listings indicate events added as of this edition of your GRAM.


BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA
Touring Productions:

 MOWTOWN
The Musical

March 10 through March 15
 

Disney's
BEAUTY & THE BEAST
May 12-17, 2015

PIPPIN
April 21 – April 26

ANYTHING GOES
May 26 – 31

I LOVE LUCY:
LIVE ON STAGE

June 23 - 28

SHOWS FOR CHILDREN:

DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE   CHUGGINGTON LIVE
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA-SYMPHONY OF THE GODESS

 VARIETY:
SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW
SHEN YUNG      HARVARD GLEE CLUB
HUNDRED WATERS   COSI FAN TUTTE
 

BIG STARS:
JACKSON BROWNE   ELVIS COSTELLO   JOHN MELLENCAMP
SARAH MCLACHLAN   JAY LENO   SERGIO MENDES
DAVID SEDARIS   IRA GLASS   IDINA MENZEL

Details & Reservations:

DrPhillipsCenter.org

844.513.2014

Box Office Hours
10 AM – 4 PM, Monday - Friday
(closed on holidays and weekends)

February 20 HENRY V Orlando Shakes
February 21 RETRO MODERN HOME TOUR Audubon Park
February 22

THE GONG SHOW
To Benefit The Center’s Senior Programing

The Venue
February 23 MELISSA VAN DER SCHYFF The Abbey
February 27 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Osceola Center for The Arts
  DEMETRI MARTIN Hard Rock Live!
  THE ELEPHANT MAN Orlando Shakes
March 2 BRAD BRADLEY: B SQUARED The Abbey
March 5 The Famous Cat Circus ACRO CATS The Venue
March 7 MADRI GRAS PARTY Parliament House
  NORBERT LEO BUTZ: GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS! The Abbey
March 11

VarieTEASE CARNIES

The Abbey
March 16 PAUL ANTHONY STEWART: NICE ‘N EASY The Abbey
March 23 SARA JONES The Abbey
March 30 ALICE RIX The Abbey
  SLAVA’S SNOW SHOW Dr. Phillips Center

 

A Note From Wanzie

I have no words this week.

But this is the final weekend for you to catch me as Father Flynn in DOUBT, and I really entreat you to take advantage of the 50% discount Kenny Howard is offering (scroll up to read about his offer in the My Two Cents section of this very Gram), and sit yourself down at in The Abbey as The Broadway Spotlight Series presents Broadway Star Mellisa van der Schyff, direct to the Abbey from her sold out show at Birdland! Trust me. You won’t want to miss her!

I’m WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote!

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