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Michael Francis conducts the Florida Orchestra at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theatre on Oct 3. The orchestra will open its pops season with some of the most ebullient tunes from the swing era with shows at the Straz Center, Mahaffey Theatre and Ruth Eckerd Hall from Oct. 13 to 15.Courtesy of the Florida Orchestra

What's on stage this week: Florida Orchestra pops, 'Threepenny Opera,' Naked Magicians

  STOMPIN' POPS: SWING IS THE THING   The Florida Orchestra opens its pops season with some of the most ebullient tunes from the swing era. With Swing Is the Thing, conductor and arranger Jeff Tyzik will lead the orchestra in the danceable tunes that would influence the development of pop music, jazz and blues. The …

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  1. Review: Fast-paced 'Seven Brides' is pure entertainment at Show Palace

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    Try not to blink if you go see Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, playing through Nov. 12 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson. If you close your eyes even for a second, you may miss something terrific in this fast-paced, lively and delightfully entertaining show.

    "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" opens Oct. 14 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson. [The LightBox]
  2. 'How the Other Half Loves' set to open Oct. 19 at Richey Suncoast Theatre

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    Richey Suncoast Theatre in downtown New Port Richey will present Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves from Oct. 19 to Nov. 5. The acclaimed sex comedy, set in the swinging 1960s, tells the story of three couples — Frank and Fiona Foster (played by Bob Marcela and Heather Clark), Bob and Teresa Phillips …

    “How the Other Half Loves” opens Oct. 19 at Richey Suncoast Theatre in New Port Richey. Cast members are Christine Stoll and David Daly (in front) and Bob Marcela, Heather Clark, Mike Worssell and Blake Parker (in back, from left).
  3. Ruth Eckerd Hall scores another record-breaking year, gears up for another

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    CLEARWATER — Since establishing itself in the 1980s as a key player in the Tampa Bay performing arts scene, Ruth Eckerd Hall has staked out a niche with popular music, jazz and hit musicals. That formula appears to be working.

    CEO Zev Buffman said the hall will continue to expand in programming and new construction.
Photo by Gregg McGough
  4. Stage West to present the musical 'Young Frankenstein'

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    Mel Brooks' hit musical Young Frankenstein opens Oct. 19 and continues weekends through Oct. 29 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Officially named The New Mel Brooks Musical, Young Frankenstein, the show is a musical adaptation of Brooks' 1974 classic movie (co-written …

    Stage West Community Playhouse’s production of “Young Frankenstein” opens Oct. 19. Lynda Dilts-Benson, left, plays the role of Frau Blucher; Rich Krasowski, right, is Fredrick Frankenstein.
  5. What's on stage this week: Florida Orchestra pops, 'Threepenny Opera,' Naked Magicians

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    The Florida Orchestra opens its pops season with some of the most ebullient tunes from the swing era. With Swing Is the Thing, conductor and arranger Jeff Tyzik will lead the orchestra in the danceable tunes that would influence the development of pop music, jazz and blues.

    Michael Francis conducts the Florida Orchestra at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theatre on Oct 3. The orchestra will open its pops season with some of the most ebullient tunes from the swing era with shows at the Straz Center, Mahaffey Theatre and Ruth Eckerd Hall from Oct. 13 to 15.
  6. 'White Fang' at Freefall shows flashes of invention but does not resemble Jack London's book

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Freefall Theatre only lost a week opening its season, despite suffering the worst damage of any local theater from Hurricane Irma, putting on an incredibly bold and imaginative retelling of the Jack London novel. It is impossible to sit in the low, comfortable seats of Freefall's auditorium, not …

    Hannah Benitez plays Curly and Robert Johnston plays Henry Griffith in Freefall Theatre's production of White Fang, by Jethro Compton. Allison Lynn Photography.
  7. 'Seven Brides' opens Oct. 14 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre

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    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opens Oct. 14 and runs through Nov. 12 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson.

    “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” opens Oct. 14 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson.
  8. Fortune smiles on Florida Orchestra's 50th season opening

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    TAMPA — A tympanist smashes a pair of mallets onto a drumhead, and the chorus erupts.

    O Fortuna!

    Music director Michael Francis of the Florida Orchestra. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  9. 'Annie,' with double casting, to open season at Live Oak Theatre

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    BROOKSVILLE — The hit musical Annie first opened on Broadway in 1977. The popular feature film, starring Carol Burnett and Aileen Quinn, followed in 1982. And many young girls dreamed that they, too, someday could perform as the eternally optimistic red-headed orphan.

    There will be two casts presenting the Live Oak Theatre production of “Annie.” Starring as Annie will be Elizabeth Kessel, left, and Alannah Allocco. Sir Charles Oswald III, “Ozzie”, a 6-year-old Portuguese Podengo, will star as Sandy. The show will be presented weekends Oct. 13 to 22 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville.
  10. With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen coming to Tampa, could these celeb BFFs be next?

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    Get out your emergency Cuteness Survival Kit and prepare to be charmed.

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Actors Michelle Williams (L) and Busy Philipps attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)