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Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Monday Movie Review

Much as we all loved her in THE BRIDESMAIDS, I’m sure we can all agree that Melissa McCarthy’s last couple of films were real sinkers. So I am pleased to report that THE BOSS is actually quite funny. I saw the film in a huge cinema auditorium where I was the only person present, and found myself laughing aloud multiple times. This is no WAITING FOR GUFMAN to be sure, but it’s good solid puff-comedy fun with some rather unexpected action movie-type fight sequences thrown in for good measure, with lots of socially unacceptable adult humor - the type of which I am rather fond. Of course the script is written specifically to service McCarthy’s signature style of punch line delivery, which while always enjoyable, is getting a little old, and leaves one wishing the actress would take on a role that might show us she is not just a one trick pony…unless, of course, she can’t because she is just a one trick pony. Never the less - lots of laughs!
3 PINK TRIANGLES

Doug did not review this film as he was not on the air this past Monday.
Legendary Marilyn Maye To Perform at Orlando Shakes!

New York Cafe Society’s (The Carlyle, The Algonquin) favorite Cabaret Artist Marilyn Maye will perform at Orlando Shakes on Friday, April 19, 2016!

“Marilyn Maye is a living legend in the jazz world as well as a celebrated musical theater actress, said Orlando Shakespeare Theater Managing Director PJ Albert. Orlando Shakes is proud to be able to bring her phenomenal voice to Central Florida.”

Marilyn Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, and Grammy nominated recording artist. Marilyn began her professional singing career by winning a 13-week appearance on radio station WIBW, Topeka, Kansas, at age nine. She has since appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson; landed a RCA recording contract, which includes seven albums and 34 singles; had one of her singles, “Too Late Now,” included in the Smithsonian-produced album of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century; appeared seven times at Disneys Top of the World Lounge; and performed in more than 100 engagements in the last nine years in New York, including sold-out multiple-nights at the Metropolitan Room, Birdland, five two-week runs at Feinsteins at The Loews Regency Hotel, New Yorks Town Hall, and the 92nd Street Y Theater.

Maye has received national and global acclaim for her musical productions:

“Her show is not to be missed...its a master class in singing conducted by a polished pro who majored in unforgettable”
-
Rex Reed, New York Observer

“The years have done little to diminish her amazing abilities!”
-
Frank Scheck" - New York Post

 “Marilyn Maye is pretty much every singer you ever wanted to hear!”
-
Will Friedwald” - The Wall Street Journal

“Calling her a cabaret singers like calling Pablo Picasso a painter; its true all right, but it leaves a lot out!”
-
Philadelphia Inquirer

LEGENDARY CABARET

MARILYN MAYE

Friday, April 29, 2016
8 PM

LOWNDES ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPLEX
Margeson Theatre (Orange Fringe Venue)
812 East Rollins Street, Orlando

*VIP $300 - Table seating for four with champagne.

To book this exclusive table, call the Orlando Shakes Box Office: 407.447.1700 - ext. 1.

Level A $50 | Level B $30 | Level C $30

www.orlandoshakes.org

MASTER CLASS

In addition to her musical cabaret at Orlando Shakes, Marilyn Maye will also be leading a Master Class in vocal performance at the Winter Park Playhouse (711-C Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL  32789) on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1 PM to 6 PM. The class will provide a way for individuals to perform for an audience of supportive participants, and improve on their overall vocal performance skills. Tickets ($175 - participant ticket; $87.50 - audience ticket) for the Master Class may be purchased by calling The Melrose Foundation at 407.228.4181, or at marilynmaye.eventbrite.com

Fringe Corner

2016 ORLANDO FRINGE PREVIEW SHOWS – MONDAY, APRIL 18:

GENERAL AUDIENCES LOCAL ACTS TEASER SHOW – 7 PM

See 2-minute previews of local shows that will be part of the 25th anniversary Orlando Fringe. This teaser show will feature non-mature themed acts:

  • PB&J Theatre Factory
    STUMP

  • Decades Rewind
    DECADES REWIND

  • Living Room Theater
    LIVING ROOM THEATER

  • Red Right Return Dance Company
    O.K. PHYSICALITY OF MENTALITY

  • The Well Seasoned Players
    THE WELL-SEASONED PLAYERS

  • Summit Church
    THE ROAD TO ZAMBIA

  • J.D. Sutton
    THOMAS JEFFERSON: MY MASTER, MY SLAVE, MY FRIEND

  • Sara Jones
    A NIGHT AT SARA’S LOUNGE

  • Calaban Productions
    21 CHUMP STREET THE MUSICAL

  • Michelina Wingerter
    SENSELESS

  • Porch Light Productions
    DINO WORLD: A SHAVE-O-SAURUS REX

  • Nic-Nic-Noe Co.
    ANGELINA SINGS

  • Lil Theatre Company
    LIL WOMEN: A RAP MUSICAL

  • Phoenix Tears Productions
    MARIAN: LOST IN FICTION

  • Urpo Arts
    THIS TOO WILL BE SWEPT AWAY

  • Ant Fram and Kangagirl Productions
    ROCKT MAN and KALEIDOSCOPE, by RAY BRADBURY

  • Magic And Mayhem Productions /D/B/A It’s Unbelievable Magic
    MAGIC, MUSICA, AND A LITTLE MAYHEM

  • Yow Dance
    ON THE LINE

  • Rebecca Fisher
    BECKY’S FUN TIME HOUR

  • MissFit
    A POLE DANCE REVUE

  • John Didonna/Phantasmagoria Orlando
    PHANTASMAGORIA: WICKERDER LITTLE TALES

General Audience Teaser Show Tickets - $12:

MATURE AUDIENCES LOCAL TEASER SHOW – 9 PM

See 2-minute previews of local shows that carry warnings such as - Adult Language and Themes, Nudity, etc.:

  • BlueLaLa Entertainment LLC
    VarieTEASE: CARNIVALE

  • John Ryan and His DIVAS
    BEWARE THE DARK IN WINTER PARK

  • Black Garter Dolls and Blacklist Babes Cabaret
    BLACK OUT!

  • Modern Mummer Productions
    UNSEX’d

  • Gladius Fight Club
    SHATTER

  • Everybody Dance
    SING-A-LONG CABARET A GO-GO!

  • Country Boys Productions
    A NEWLYWED GAYME

  • Abbadabbado
    ONE-DUHH-WOMAN

  • Viet Niguyen
    BIG PSYCHO SOCIAL

  • Corsets and Cuties, LLC
    CORSETS And CUTIES - A BURLESQUE CABARET: CONFIDENT

  • Jericko Productions
    NINE

  • All New Revue
    THE ALL NEW REVUE PRESENTS: IT’S WORTH IT!

  • Sprocket Stage Company
    DORO & DIEGA EXPLORE MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA: A CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN ADVENTURE MUSICAL

  • Freeline Productions
    MURDER SLEEP

  • Jay Bogdonowisch
    7 NIGHTS IN SIOUX COUNTRY

  • Central Florida Vocal Arts
    SOAP OPERA, an OPERA

  • Something Clever Productions
    THE FOREPLAY: AN EXPLORATION OF THE BIRTH OF OUR NATION

  • Madame PeeVira /Peevish Productions
    ORLANDO’S QUEEN OF FRINGE 2016

  • Adam McCabe Presents
    DOUCEBAGS

  • Big Bang BOOM! Cabaret
    BURLESQUE AFTER DARK: EROTICA

  • Wanzie Presents/In Close Quarters
    IN CLOSE QUARTERS: A STORY OF LOVE and WAR

  • Team Greenhouse/Rock Hard Revue
    ROCK HARD REVUE

Mature Audience Teaser Show Tickets - $12

Wanzie Presents & D Squared Productions are pleased to welcome our very first show sponsors for our upcoming production at the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival tons of gratitude to our

Huge Thanks To

For supplying IN CLOSE QUARTERS with authentic Vietnam war artifacts, gear, props, scenic elements, uniforms, and an M16 combat rifle!

PLATINUM TITLE SPONSOR

Huge thanks to our

GOLD TITLE SPONSOR

Much appreciation to our

SILVER SPONSORS

Loads of thanks to our

BRONZE SPONSORS

KINDLY PATRONIZE THOSE WHO SUPPORT US

Click on any of the above sponsor logos to connect to their web sites and learn more about these fine companies.

Please join us in patronizing those companies which support live theater in Central Florida!

PLAN TO SEE

Wanzie Presents & D Squared Productions

IN  CLOSE  QUARTERS

A Story of Love & War
Written by
MICHAEL WANZIE

Original Musical Underscoring by
RICH CHARRON

Directed by
CHRIS YAKUBCHIK

Starring
HARRISON FLANDERS   &   ZACHARY LANE

Costumes and Sets by
D Squared Productions

Coming In May to a Fringe Festival Near You!

Silver Venue

Picture(s) of the Week

See What Results One Can Net From Just One Little Line of Public Shaming:

This Gorgeous Custom-Designed and Fabricated Quilt was created specifically for Wanzie by long-time friend and master quilter Emily Dorman, wife of WANZeGRAM MY TWO CENTS Contributor Mike Dorman. Emily is also the mother of Singing Realtor to the Stars David Dorman and his equally ((If not more) vocally talented sister Julie Dorman Orhberg. Emily quietly resides with her ranting husband in The Villages.

Of the quilt, WANZIE says, “I absolutely love it! Thank you, Emily.”

INDVIDUAL PANELS:

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Every Wednesday Every Thursday Every Thursday  
     
Now Playing

Through April 17
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO THE NGIHT
Mad Cow Theatre

$25-$38
Click Here for Tickets

Monday, April 18
2016 FRINGE PREVIEW SHOWS
Orlando Shakes

General Audience Teasers Show 7 PM
Mature Audience Teasers Show 9 PM
$12 each show
Click Here for Tickets

Tuesday, April 19
Monday Cabaret Series
REBECCA FISHER
The Abbey

$12 Advance/$15 Door
Click Here for Tickets

Through April 23
SHOWTUNE - The Music of Jerry Herman
Winter Park Playhouse

$10-$40
Click Here for Tickets

Through April 25
ZANNA, DONT! A FAIRY TALE MUSICAL
Footlights Theatre

$20
Click Here for Tickets

Through April 31
Athens Theatre Company
INHERIT THE WIND
Historic Volusia County Courthouse

$18/16 Students & Seniors/$10 Children
athensdeland.com

Through May 1
Theatre Downtown Production
PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
The Venue

$20/$18 Seniors & Students
407.841.0083

Through May 30

GARDEN ROCKS CONCERT SERIES

Shows Presented 3 Times Nightly Every Friday, Saturday, &
Sunday Throughout the Run of the Festival

April 15-17 BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS Featuring BO BICE
April 14-24 Bad Company, Former Lead Singer BRIAN HOWE
April 29-May1 GEORGIA SATELLITES
May 6-8 GIN BLOSSOMS
May 13-15 DARLENE LOVE
May 20-22 NIGHT RANGER
May 27-30 THE SPINNERS

All Performances Are In
THE AMERICAN GARDENS THEATER
Outdoor Amphitheater Situated Directly Across From THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE Attraction in World Showcase

5:45 PM 6:45 PM 8:00 PM

Concerts are free with required theme park admission

MUSIC - REBECCA FISHER CABARET
Don
t miss Rebecca Fisher this coming Tuesday night at The Abbey as part of the Monday Night Cabaret Series, except this time on a Tuesday. Becky (as she is more commonly known to her WANZeGRAM subscriber friends and mortician  husband) confuses everyone by moving her Monday night Cabaret to Tuesday so as not to conflict with the Fringe Teaser show on Monday.  Beck…(sorry, Actors Equity)…REBECCA says, “By all means please go see the Fringe Teaser on Monday, then head down to The Abbey on Tuesday to hear me return to my cabaret roots, with the lovely and talented Steve MacKinnon on piano.” Beck…we mean Rebecca…will sing material from as far back as her childhood bedroom (the venue for her very first Cabaret shows) to her latest original parody. Hear tales of her sordid and imaginary past with men as she performs some of her all-time favorite songs by composer favorites Kander and Ebb, and also Jason Robert Brown - whose songs in particular provide a perfect showcase for Rebecca Fisher’s indisputably unique and articulate storytelling vocal stylings.

From Her Bedroom to The Abbey

REBECCA FISHER

Monday Night Cabaret on a Tuesday

April 19, 2016

8 PM

THE ABBEY
Pine Street at S. Eola
Thornton Park - Orlando

$12

Click Here for Tickets

$15 Door

Comming Attractions

REMAINING TOURING COMPANY PERFORMANCES
IN CURRENT 

FAIRWINDS BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA SEASON

And Special Season Add-On Performances

BEAUTIFUL
THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

May 3 - May 8

Other Upcoming Attractions at Dr. Philips Center For The Performing Arts and Bob Carr Theater include

Orlando Ballet:  DON QUIXOTE

GAITHER VOCAL BAND - HERBIE HANCOCK & WAYNE SHORTER

EMERIL LAGASSE - R5 - YANNI - PATTI LABELLE

Orlando Ballet: BEAUTY & THE BEAST

CINDY LAUPER - The DETOUR Tour

DIRTY DANCING  

Russian Ballet Orlando -  ESMERELDA AND THE HUNCHBACK

Orlando Opera - IMPRESARIO & LES MAMELLES de TIRESIAS

Tickets to all shows listed immediately above may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office, or by visiting the Box Office at 445 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

Mondays through Fridays between 10 AM and 4 PM
or on Saturdays between Noon and 4 PM

Dial: 844.513.2014

or order online:

www.drphillipscenter.org

In the following area you will find opening dates for future attractions at various venues in the Greater Orlando Area so you may plan ahead. Emboldened listings indicate events added as of this edition of your Gram. Shows and Events opening tonight through this coming Monday are listed in the NOW PLAYING section of this edition of your Gram.

April 15-30 Zanna Don't A Musical Fairytale The Parliament House
April 17 HELLO DOLLY Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins
April 19 REBECCA FISHER Cabaret The Abbey
April 25 JILLIAN GIZZI Cabaret The Abbe
April 29 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN The Garden Theatrey
May 7 &  14 CARL DELVILLAGGIO The Parliament House

May 17 - 30 

WHAT’S FAIR IS FOUL…AND FOUL IS FAIR

Back by Popular Demand - NAKED BOYS SINGING

QUEEN OF FRINGE Pageant

UNSEXED

SONGS FR0M AN UNMADE BED

LADIES NIGHT: COME IN FOR A STIFF ONE

Footlight Theatre becomes an official BYO-Venue of Orlando Fringe 2016
The Parliament House

June 3 - 4 COCO PERU
A GENTLE REMINDER: MISS COCO’S GUIDE TO A SOMEWHAT HAPPY LIFE
The Parliament House
June 18 Vox Audio The Parliament House
June 25 JULIE GOLDMAN & BRAD LOEKLE 
GAY BASH
The Parliament House
July 2 & 3 PANDORA BOXX
THE WORST SHOW EVER!
The Parliament House
August 19 - September 3 Sordid Lives The Parliament House
August 24 & 25 Leslie Jordan Live The Parliament House
August 31 - September 1 DEL SHORES LIVE! The Parliament House
A Note From Wanzie

I am off to Europe and as such I regret to inform you there will be no WANZeGRAM in your email in box for the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime I hope you will attend the Fringe Preview shows this coming Monday evening, April 18. My play, IN CLOSE QUARTERS, will be featured in the Mature Audiences show. The following day, as you may have read, Rebecca Fisher will present her Monday Night Cabaret on a Tuesday. If I were in town on Monday and Tuesday, I would certainly be in attendance at both these events, and encourage you to attend both events on my behalf.

Now onto the burning question of the day -

What the hell is wrong with Melissa McCarthy’s neck?

What is it she is concealing? Does anyone know?

Honestly, through the entire movie THE BOSS, from which the above stills were taken, the neckline of her costumes was so damned distracting at times it actually caused me to miss dialogue as I mentally queried what might me going on with her. The thing is, at times the upwardly extended neckline of her blouse was well beneath her chin, and at other times actually encroaching her chin, leading me to suspect that whatever is going on might be more widespread on somedays more than others. I don’t know. It would have been one thing to just say, O.K., there’s obviously something she needs to conceal, but the drastically changing lengths (or heights) of the concealment efforts became an added distraction that was so much more worse than the ever changing length of Judy Garland’s pig tails in THE WIZARD OF OZ.

The bizarre necklines could not, however, distract from the positive change in the body of the actress. McCarthy looks to have lost about 75 pounds since I last saw her on the silver screen, and with the addition of a sassy and smartly styled red wig and a seldom-seen full face of feminine cosmetics, the difference was stunning:

Congrats to Melissa. I’m inspired.

But I would still like to know about that damned neckline.

I’m WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote!

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