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Monday Movie Review

WANZIE:
I have no interest in Football what so ever. I went into this movie not knowing a thing about how the NFL Draft works. I was completely captivated by the easy to follow story while being adequately educated about the draft. I got sucked in and became very anxious for both the Cleveland Browns and the sympathetic character (team manager) played by Kevin Costner. This is a great date movie for straight couples. The guys will love the in depth, well written, behind the scenes draft day dialogue that proves to be quite gripping, while the women will relate to the romance story which unfolds simultaneously.

3 ½ PINK TRIANGELS

DOUG:
It’s a man’s man’s film and a chick flick rolled into one, and both storylines work without either seeming out of place. Draft Day was very entertaining, and I learned a lot!

3 PINK TRIANGLES

The Fringe Zone

This seasonal section will appear in your WANZeGRAM now through Thursday, May 29, keeping you abreast of all 2014 Festival Highlights.

ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE THEATER FESTIVAL

MAY 14 Through MAY 27

ENJOY A SNEAK PEAK AT THE ENTIRE
2014 LINE UP OF FRINGE SHOWS:

Just Click Here

OPENING CEREMONIES/INTERNATIONAL PREVIEWS

Wednesday, Evening, May 14

Loch Haven Lawn/Orlando Shakes

Fringe 23 officially kicks off on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 5 PM, with the Community Ribbon Cutting followed,, by the National/International Preview at 6:30 PM at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre's Margeson Theatre (Orange Venue). 

At that point it's officially Fringe 23, so you're going to need a ticket AND that snazzy Fringe Button to see the show. Tickets are not available at this time, but will be available for purchase -along with all the 2014 shows - online at www.orlandofringe.org beginning April 14th.

Wanzie’s THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

OPENING NIGHT PEFORMANCE/RECEPTION

Thursday May 15 at 8:30 PM

SILVER VENUE ~ Main Stage at Orlando Repertory Theatre

Visit our sponsors online:

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ENJOY A SNEAK PEAK OF THE ENTIRE
2014 LINE UP OF FRINGE SHOWS:

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See Fringe Shows For FREE! Become a Fringe Volunteer

IT’S YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BE COUNTED AMONG THOSE CENTRAL FLORIDA HEROES KNOWN AS THE LEAGUE OF ORLANDO FRINGE VOLUNTEERS

Final Two Training Sessions:

May 2

 11 AM and 6 PM

Orlando Fringe Office
1605 Alden Road
Orlando, FL   32803

As a volunteer you will receive a free T-shirt, lanyard, and for each hour you work, you earn a Fringe Buck (5 bucks = one FREE show!). And the Festival organizers throw a great party for all the volunteers once the event has concluded.

As an extra bonus, volunteers are also welcome to attend select dress-rehearsal preview shows without the need of Fringe Bucks.

Please mark your calendars now and plan on attending one of the volunteer sessions listed below.

In the subject box of your email please type:
TRAINING RSVP

In the body of your email please provide:

Full Name
Email Address
Cell Phone #
Time of training session you will attend(11 AM or 6 PM) on May 2, 2014
Any question(s) you may have

Any question(s) you may have please RSVP to Jackie Martinez, Volunteer Coordinator, via e-mail at Volunteer@OrlandoFringe.org

Photos of the Week

We at the WANZeGRAM have not quite decided whether it was the pictures or the prize that did the trick, but either way, we enjoyed the greatest number of entries to our current picture caption contest of all caption contests in the history of the WANZeGRAM.

Our BLUE RIBBON PANEL OF DISTINQUISHED JUDGES had a helluva time choosing a winner. In fact, they could not agree on just one winner, so we had to contact our friend Jeff Jones at Hard Rock Live! and beg for a second pair of tickets to see Pat Benatar in concert.

Happily, Jeff did, indeed, fork over a second pair of tickets, so we are happy to announce two grand-prize winning caption entries, in no particular order:

Our first GRAND PRIZE WINNER is

RICK CLAGETT of ORLANDO, FLORIDA

For his winning caption for picture A:

Sunday Mornings Were Always Difficult For Miss Sammy

Our second GRAND PRIZE WINNER is

RAYMOND “MICHAEL” SHARPE of ORLANDO, FLORIDA

For his winning caption for picture C:

 

#EAT, YOU LITTLE FUCK!

Congratulations to Rick and Michael on their winning entries. Our thanks to all who entered the contest.

On Sale In Our Box Office

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

THE VAUDEVILLIANS returns to the Footlight Theatre after completely selling out its January 2014 engagement and garnering rave reviews:

“A delightfully silly comedy that takes an old-fashioned song-and-dance act and gives it a winkingly modern sensibility. The show succeeds on the charisma of its performers and the smartness of their material…Kitty [Jinkx] is such a powerhouse of feminine charm, you quickly forget that Hoffer is somewhere behind the makeup. She's definitely her own woman…Scales, who arranges the tunes and expertly tickles the ivories during the show, cleverly captures the rhythms and feelings of the '20s. Madonna's "Music," for one, has never sounded better. And who knew you could dance the Charleston to Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart?”...Kitty's singing style — and range — can call to mind Marlene Dietrich and Bernadette Peters in the same song. She works the stage: Down for a split, back up for high kicks. Atop the grand piano, she shows off some moves that look hard on the knees. "Maybe I know a thing or two about captivating an audience," she snaps at her husband. Indeed, she does. – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

Reviews from the Off Broadway Production:

"Straight or gay, everyone leaves this show with sides aching from laughter."
The New York Times

It's had a line around the block for months, earned stellar reviews in The New York Times, and has been extended more times than The Fantasticks."
Logo TV's NewNowNext

"Triumph!...Saw "The Vaudevillians" last night and
I'm still laughing!"

RuPaul

"Intelligent and entertaining… Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales are the millennial Kiki and Herb."
 
TheaterMania

"Light and sparkling… a pure delight."
T Magazine (The New York Times)

"Comedic genius… surprisingly complex… it's a winner."
Showbusiness Weekly

"Jinkx shows off talent that was only glimpsed at on Drag Race, and proves to be a real star onstage. "
Huffington Post

"Hilarious… expert comic timing and flair…
Jinkx Monsoon delivers."
BroadwayWorld

The Parliament House & Wanzie Presents
Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales
THE VAUDEVILLIANS

Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 4, at 4 PM

Two Admission Options:

$50 VIP SEATING and MEET & GREET: Includes reserved seating for THE VAUDEVILLIANS in your choice of the first 2 rows of the theatre, or at a table on “Producer’ Row” (where PH owners Don & Susan typically sit). Ticket price also includes reserved seating at the 10 PM Footlight Players show, in which Jinkx will appear, and also admission to a 1 AM Exclusive Meet & Greet Reception with Jinkx for the Saturday performance, and at 6 PM after the Sunday performance. VIP is limited to only 50 persons per show date. VIP Completely sold out in January.

$20 General Select-A-Seat Admission allows you to select a specific seat in advance, excluding the first two rows of the theatre, and excluding table seating on Producer’s Row. General Admission completely sold in January, and a line of disappointed patrons where turned away at the door.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE

NOTE: It is NOT necessary to “become a member” or to “Register” in order to purchase tickets through our Online Box Office. We recommend you skip that “become a member section,” and proceed directly to choosing the level of seating you wish to purchase.

Select-A-Seat Now

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Dear Wanzie
One of my favorite Wanzie Grams [Thursday, April 3, 2014].  I’m very much looking forward to the documentary, TIM’S VERMEER, and love everything that Penn and Teller have every produced.  Love Penn’s books, as well.

The NOTE FROM WANZIE was simply beautiful.  Thanks for sharing your story.
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Dear Scott,
Thanks for the kind words. The documentary is a must see as far as I’m concerned. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

You are one of many people who were kind enough to drop me a note or message me on Facebook regarding my memories of my Gandpa Charlie. I was a bit taken aback by the number. It seems my sweet grandfather, who, like one of his heroes, Will Rogers, never met a man he didn’t like, continues still to win people over.

Thanks, not only to you, but also to all who were kind enough to write in.
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Now Playing

Through April 19
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST

Theatre Downtown
$22/$18 Seniors and Students
407.841.0083

Through April 20
JULIUS CEASAR

Orlando Shakes
$20 - $40/Remaining Senior Matinee on April 16, only $17
www.OrlandoShakes.org
407.447.1700

Through April 20
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

Sonnentag Theatre at The Ice House
$20/$18 Seniors, Thursdays, and all Matinees/$15 Student/$10 Child
http://www.icehousetheatre.com

Through April 20
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

Mad Cow
$26.25 – $33.75
Click here for tickets

Through April 28
Fairwinds’ Broadway Across America/Florida Theatrical Association

JERSEY BOYS

Bob Carr PAC
$27.50 – 97.50
Click here for tickets

Through May 3
DiDonna Productions/ The Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration)

THE GOAT, or WHO IS SYLVIA?
Orlando Shakes – Mendell Theatre
Special MONDAY Industry Night Performance on April 28

$20/$15
Students & Seniors
407.328.9005: Cash only at door
C
redit card orders: www.redchairproject.com

Through May 9
THE ART OF DICKENS EXHIBITION

Orange County Administration Center, 201 S Rosalind Ave., Orlando
FREE

Through May 18
Flower Power Concert Series
Epcot Walt Disney World

Featuring music from the 60s and 70s (America Gardens Theatre):
Show times 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm & 8:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
April 18-20 The Grass Roots
April 25-27 Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 2-4 STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
May 9-11 Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
May 16-18 Alan Parsons Live Project

Note: The concert schedule is subject to change without notice.

Through May 25
GOLDEN AGE OF PAINTING
Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainesburough
Orlando Museum of Art

$8/$7 Seniors/$5 ages 4 to 17
At the door

Where The Trucks Are This Week

 

For complete Bazaar description and to see what Orlando cheerleader Mark Baratelli thinks is cool about “The City Beautiful,” you can always visit www.TheDailyCity.com

AUDTIONS  - SeaWorld

Auditions

Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00 PM

SeaWorld is seeking enthusiastic performers between the heights of 5’0” and 5’11” to portray full bodied costume characters in stage shows and meet and greet opportunities. Special consideration will be given to those between 5’7” and 5’11”.

Please come prepared to learn and perform a fun movement combination.

All interested applicants must apply online prior to attending the audition. Please visit www.seaworldjobs.com for information on applying, as well as directions to the audition.

If possible, please bring a headshot and resume.  Please arrive 30 minutes early to sign in and do additional paperwork.

For questions, please email us at SWFShows@seaworld.com or call 407-370-1326

THEATER – THE GOAT, or WHO IS SYLVIA?
DiDonna Productions/The Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) is proud to be presenting the Central Florida premier of a full staging of this Edward Albee award winning black comedy/tragedy.

"THE GOAT is about a profoundly unsettling subject, which, for the record, is not bestiality, but the irrational, confounding, and convention-thwarting nature of love. Powerful [and] extraordinary…Mr. Albee still asks questions that no other major American
dramatist dares to ask."
NY Times

THE GOAT, or WHO IS SYLVIA explores the extremes of human tolerance and taboo in what has been called the “blackest of comedies and most blistering of tragedies.”  What happens when a perfect, balanced, and loving marriage and home are rocked by a new unconventional and impossible to understand love?

Albee challenges his audience’s own moralities and limits in this tale that includes questions of infidelity, love, acceptance, sexuality, betrayal, and destruction.  Shocking, revelatory, tragic, and oftentimes hilarious, THE GOAT, or WHO IS SYLVIA,? ultimately questions our own definitions of love and social tolerance.

DiDonna Productions/The Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration)
Edward Albee’s
THE GOAT,
or
WHO IS SYLVIA?

Directed by
Julia Allardice Gagne

Additional Direction by
Kevin G. Becker and Seth Kubersky

Starring
Marty Stonerock
  John DiDonna  
Stephen Lima     Steven Fox

Three Weekends Only

Friday, April 18 – Saturday, May 3

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8 PM

Special MONDAY Industry Night Performance on April 28 at 8 PM

ORLANDO SHAKES
Mandell Theatre
Loch Haven Cultural Park
Convergence of Princeton St. | Mills Ave | Rollins St.
Orlando Florida

$20/$15 Students & Seniors

Phone reservations: 407.328.9005  Cash only at door

Credit card orders: www.redchairproject.com

THEATER – JERSEY BOYS
The 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi, makes a stop in Orlando. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.

Fairwinds’ Broadway Across America/Florida Theatrical Association

Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
Orlando Florida

April 15 through April 27, 2014

 $27.50 - $97.50

Click Here for Tickets

 FILM – FREE MOVIE IN THE PARK
Orlando Shakes celebrates the Bard’s 450th birthday with a Movie Night in the Park, presented in association with Enzian Theater. The FREE screening of Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is open to all. The film is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance, and a clever way with words. Winner of the National Board of Review’s Top Ten Independent Films award, the star-studded film features Amy Acker (as Beatrice), Alexis Denisof (as Benedick), and Nathan Fillion (as Dogberry). The Bard’s beloved comedy comes to life in this black and white masterpiece that the Chicago Sun-Times calls
“swanky, sexy, and sophisticated, as bracing as a dry martini poured from a silver shaker on a summer night.”

The outdoor event will take place along the lawn of Loch Haven Cultural Park at the corner of Mills Ave. and Princeton St.

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS

William Shakespeare’s
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Directed Joss Whedon

PG13/Running time 109 minutes

Saturday, April 26, 2014

8 PM

The Green Lawn of Fabulousness

LOCH HAVEN CULTURAL PARK
Intersection of Mills & Princeton Avenues, Orlando Florida

Bring blankets, lawn chairs, refreshments (No alcohol please) - (They make us print that.)

FREE

 

MUSIC – PAT BENETAR & NEIL GIRALDO
Rock legends Pat Benatar & Neil “Spyder” Giraldo are bringing their 35th Anniversary Tour to Orlando. The powerhouse duo behind one of the largest arsenals of rock hits including "Love is a Battlefield," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Heartbreaker," "We Live For Love," "Promises In The Dark," "We Belong," and more will be take the stage at Hard Rock Live!

PAT BENETAR & NEIL GIRALDO
35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Saturday, May 10, 2014

HARD ROCK LIVE!

CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort

$45.50 - $65.85

Click Here for Tickets

Escape those hefty Ticketmaster fees by phoning the Hard Rock Live! Box Office directly:

407.351.LIVE (5483)

MUSIC – ORLANDO CABARET FESTIVAL
Mad Cow Theatre plays host to over 30 musical performances of jazz, pop, and Broadway that will feature many of Central Florida's favorite artists, along with artists from the national cabaret scene.

Tony Award Nominee Christiane Noll appears April 24 - 26. 

The It Was A Very Good Year series returns, along with a lineup of local artists, and the popular Mother's Day Cabaret Brunch on May 11th! The festival will run from April 24 through May 11 at the Mad Cow Theatre complex on Church Street in Downtown Orlando. For a complete listing of entertainers:

http://www.orlandocabaret.com

ENTERTAINMENT – COMING SOON TO THE VENUE

Friday, April 25th   Doors @ 10 PM  Show @ 11 PM

$16 presale BestofBBB.BPT.ME

Before there was MAD MEN…there was “Trouble in Tahiti.” Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” premiered in 1952 on stage and, several months later, on NBC’s Television Opera Theater.  Florida Opera Theater is reviving this gem at The Venue to offer Central Florida audiences yet another look at life in the 50s. Tickets: 407.718.4365

 

MUSIC – A MUSCIAL AFFAIR/IL DIVO & LEA SOLOGNA
Internationally acclaimed singing group IL DIVO is joined by Tony Award winner Lea Sologna for a concert program drawn mostly from Broadway musicals.

One Night Only

Monday, May 12, 2014

HARD ROCK LIVE!
CityWalk
Universal Orlando Resort

$116 - $137

VIP Packages Available

407.351.LIVE (5483) or TicketMaster.com

Coming Attractions

In the 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.

April 24 CHRISTINE NOLLS Mad Cow
April 25 FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS Winter Park Playhouse
April 25 HAIRSPRAY Garden Theatre
April 25 ANYTHING GOES Wayne Densch PAC
April 26 TOGA PARTY PH
April 26 Clandestine Arts’ BROADWAY CABARET NIGHT The Venue
April 26 Free Movie In The Park –MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Lawn at Loch Haven Park
April 28 BABES IN BONNETS Footlight Theatre
May 2 SORDID LIVES Theatre Downtown
May 3 JINKX in THE VAUDEVILLIANS Footlight Theatre
May 12 IL DIVO Hard Rock Live!
May 13 GHOST Bob Carr PAC
May 14 ORLANDO FRINGE
THEATER FESTIVAL
Loch Haven Park & Ivanhoe Village
May 15 Wanzie’s THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME SILVER (Orlando Rep. Main Stage) VENUE at Fringe 2014
May 18 VIDEO GAMES LIVE Hard Rock Live!
June 13 ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY King Center
June 28 GEORGE LOPEZ Hard Rock Live!
A Note from Wanzie

I simply didn’t have time to write a note this week.

I apologize to all those among for whom my little Note is the brightest spot in your week. I feel your pain.

I will make up for it next edition.

Promise.

But I will leave you with these last words of the Passover season.

Q.   What were the very last words Jesus spoke as he looked out over the crowd just before he died on the cross?

A.   “HAPPY EASTER, EVERYBODY!

I’m WANZIE and That’s All I Wrote!

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