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Andr? Rieu will bring his orchestra and singular spectacle atmosphere to the Amalie Arena on Nov. 1.Times file (2014)

A week of classical music: 1812 Overture, Inside Beethoven's 7th, Andre Rieu

FIRE THE CANNONS: 1812 OVERTURE The Florida Orchestra brings out the big guns with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, best known for the 16 cannon shots symbolizing Russia's defense against Napoleon. "It's just a sensational piece of music, not just a blockbuster for the end of a pops concert," music director Michael Fra …

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  1. 'Fun Home' opens at the Straz, 'The Little Prince' at Freefall

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    LIFE AND DEATH: FUN HOME

    Every year, the Straz Center tries to mix it up a little, injecting a not-quite-so-safe show into an otherwise bankable lineup. Last year, that was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This year it's Fun Home, a coming-of-age musical set in a …

    Fun Home, a musical built around Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical novel, will run Nov. 28 through Dec. 3 at the Straz Center in Tampa.
  2. Powerstories' latest production strikes a personal chord with founder

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    In the upcoming musical Twelve, Powerstories Theatre will present a holiday story revolving around a single mother who's working as a waitress in 1950 San Diego.

    Betty, portrayed by actress Lisa Negron, tries to cheer up her kids on Christmas in the Powerstories production of Twelve. The kids, portrayed by Jake Perez, Elyse Mulholland, Samantha Bollinger, Ava Mesa and Ben Avriett, are sad because Dad is not home for Christmas and there is no food for dinner.
  3. It's a Doo Wop holiday at the Show Palace

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    HUDSON — Music brings the Rudolph family together in A Doo Wop Christmas, which opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 25 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre.

    A Doo Wop Christmas runs Nov. 25 through Dec. 25 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson. Pictured left to right are Brianna Trier, Ellie Pattison, Jay Goldberg and Victoria Stinnett.
  4. What's on stage this week: Benji Brown, 'No Man's Land' on screen, Florida Orchestra does Bruch

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    KIKI OR BUST: BENJI BROWN

    Wherever Benji Brown goes, Kiki follows. The comic, known for his work on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, created the fast-talking female character on the fly when he called a girl's house in high school and her boyfriend picked up. Kiki has thoughts on everything …

    Comedian Benji Brown’s national stand-up tour stops by Tampa’s Straz Center on Saturday, Nov. 18.
  5. American Stage's 'Much Ado About Nothing' is just what the love doctor ordered

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    ST. PETERSBURG — A centuries-old template for the rom-com as we know it and one of Shakespeare's most produced comedies, Much Ado About Nothing comes to us at a time when we can really use some love conquering all.

    The cast of Much Ado About Nothing features, from left, Margee Sapowsky, Stephanie Gularte, Brock D. Vickers, Matt Acquard, Richard B. Watson and Juliana Davis.
  6. Review: With a fine script, Stage West cast puts on a great show in 'Baggage'

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    Okay, I'll admit I went into the Forum at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill on opening night of the comedy Baggage expecting another June/moon/spoon romance-comedy. And sure enough, that's just the way it started.

    The romantic comedy “Baggage” runs through Nov. 19 at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill. Sam Petricone and Betsy Glasson play the battling couple.
  7. From stickup to stand-up, bank robber's second act is comedy

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    TAMPA — He had dreamed about returning to comedy in odd moments, between meetings with the lawyer, the lonely trip to the correctional institute, picking up trash on state roads while a guard stood by with a rifle. This nightmare would make him stronger because that's how it works; pain is the irritant in the …

    Jeff Lluis pauses for a moment to look at the stage at the Improv in Ybor City on Wednesday, July 12,  2017. "I gotta get up here again soon," he says while standing between large posters of famous comedians.  LANCE ROTHSTEIN  |  Special to The Times
  8. Sammy Hagar talks Clearwater concert, tequila and Van Halen drama

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    The Red Rocker calls on time, and he is all kinds of fired up.

    If you can’t catch Sammy Hagar in concert Tuesday, his 70th birthday concert film will hit movie theaters Dec. 5.
  9. What's on stage this week: 'Much Ado About Nothing' in Key West, Travis Wall Shaping Sound

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    AMERICAN STAGE: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

    Travis Wall’s SHAPING-SOUND
  10. Review: 'The Year of Magical Thinking' at Stageworks

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    At the beginning of The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion acknowledges that the audience might not want to hear her story because we don't think it could happen to us.

    The play focuses on Didion’s reaction to the deaths of her husband, John, and their daughter, Quintana, pictured in a 1976 family photo. Didion is also the subject of Netflix’s new documentary The Center Will Not Hold.