| Jun 7, 2013
| 10:48 PM
Curtis Taylor Jr. — a wily used-car salesman turned showbiz hustler — perhaps says it all when, early in the musical "Dreamgirls," he explains: "The American concept of success is represented by a three-letter word known to every child: Big."...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 11:03 PM
Winter Park Playhouse will be getting down with the sounds of the BeeGees and K.C. & the Sunshine Band when it opens "8 Track: The Sounds of the 70's" on Friday, June 21.
Joining the cast for a rehearsal, I can't help but wonder: "Were any of you even...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 11:57 AM
Ooh, do I sense backstage tension in the cast of Mad Cow Theatre's "Dreamgirls"?
It's early May — a month before the show opens — when I sit down with Orlando actresses Cherry Hamlin, Jasmine Thompson and Jayne Trinette. They'll portray...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 10:38 AM
It's my final column of the year and, for that matter, the new millennium — not to mention of all time.
Unless it isn't.
I'm so confused.
Anyhow, let's look at the highs and lows of 2012 — not that you have much choice if you're going to...
| May 15, 2013
| 8:21 AM
United Arts of Central Florida this morning unveiled its new power2give donation program that allows donors to support specific projects run by arts, science and history organizations.
The program is website-based, at power2give.org, so donors can...
| May 8, 2013
| 8:30 AM
When Shoshana Bean put on the green greasepaint to become Elphaba in the Broadway musical "Wicked," she had a built-in fan base — theatergoers who loved the character and the show.
Parlaying her theater success into a singing career means...
| May 3, 2013
| 12:44 PM
Maybe the dreary rain-soaked atmosphere outside created a longing for something cheerily familiar Thursday at the Orlando Cabaret Festival. Singer-pianist Tony DeSare has a repertoire of original music but he mostly stuck to standards on the opening night...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 10:34 AM
It takes a brave woman to step in for the powerful pipes of Broadway's Linda Eder. But that's exactly what Emily Skinner had to do back in 1997.
During previews of "Jekyll & Hyde," which showcased Eder, the actress lost her voice. At the last minute,...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 8:47 PM
There's a certain kind of a cabaret where the audience just basks in the almighty glow of the diva, awed just to be in her presence.
That's not really Emily Skinner's style, as she demonstrated Friday night on the opening weekend of the Orlando...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 9:08 AM
Mad Cow Theatre's David Mink has difficulty saying no.
At least when he's talking with singers interested in participating in Mad Cow's annual Orlando Cabaret Festival. This year's fest — the 11th and the first in the theater's new home on...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 3:12 PM
There is much to love about this place we call home.
That's why, at this time of year, I like to take a break from the intense and the nonsense to share some of the things that I'm most thankful for in Central Florida.
Last year, readers helped me...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 2:48 PM
At the heart of Mad Cow Theatre's three-actor version of Macbeth is a rich vein of twisted malice.
It's there in the way Sophia Wise slowly rocks back and forth on her heels in anticipation of Macbeth's downfall. And the way Michael Sapp's eyes glitter...