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Rent in Broadway RENT
Players by the Sea
Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop culture phenomenon since its 1996 Broadway debut, with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Loosely based on Puccini's La Boheme, the show follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create on New York's Lower East Side. The physical and emotional complications of HIV/AIDS pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an observer to his own life. His flirtatious ex-girlfriend Maureen makes performance art, while her new partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his ideals for a rich wife and is on the outs with his former friends. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this ground-breaking musical. This is exuberant, passionate, and joyous theatre for young and old.
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The Elvis Anniversary Bash in Broadway THE ELVIS ANNIVERSARY BASH
Florida Theatre
World-class Elvis impersonators Mike Albert and Scot Bruce are set to make their triumphant return to the Florida Theatre this summer to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Elvis Presley 's 1956 engagement at the Florida Theatre. There will be no crying in the chapel when two of the world's most acclaimed Elvis Presley impressionists come to the Florida Theatre at 8:00pm on Saturday, August 9, 2014. From his sexy sneer to his gyrating guitar playing, Scot Bruce is one of the world's finest "Young Elvis" impersonators, while Mike Albert presents a stunningly accurate and respectful portrayal of the latter-day "Vegas" Elvis. Backed by the Big E Band, the two performers will trace one of the 20th century's most beloved entertainers from his rockabilly days to some of his final recordings at the Florida Theatre this August. "Scot delivers the rockabilly Sun Music sessions that really started rock and roll, and the early movie years," Albert said recently. In the second half of the show, "I cover Elvis' gospel, where he won his three Grammys, and the Vegas years with the great ballads and orchestrated songs." Bruce has appeared in music videos with Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow, has a recurring role on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" and starred in the title role in several productions of "Idols of the King." He also has appeared in "The True Hollywood Story: Elvis in Hollywood" on E! Entertainment Network, playing Elvis in the re-created scenes. He preforms at California's Disneyland regularly and appears in the touring production of Legends of Rock & Roll - Buddy, Roy & Elvis. Acclaimed as "The World's Finest Elvis Impressionist," Albert has numerous endorsements by original Elvis Presley musicians and back-up singers. He has won several world "Elvis" contests, appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and has been featured in six music videos on Maury Povich's "A Current Affair."
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39 Steps in Broadway 39 STEPS
Alhambra Theatre
Mix a classic Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece with a nail biting spy novel, throw in some slap stick comedy and a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps. This fast paced whodunit comedy is for anyone who loves the magic of theater. This show has everything from an on-stage plane crash, romance to nonstop laughs. Not to mention all 150 characters played by 4 actors!
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