Liza Mitchell

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

When he was cast in the role of  in the touring production of ,  walked the line between historical accuracy and individual footprint in his portrayal of the iconic man in black. In the end, Moreau says he put his own ego as a performer aside and focused instead on delivering an honest representation of Cash in a way that diehard fans would truly appreciate. “I wouldn’t say I bring a whole lot of Scott to the show,” he says. “My feeling is, if I go see something like this, I don’t want to see someone getting up there that …

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George’s Music Springing The Blues

Ready for a weekend of sun, sun and great music? All for free! The  is April 4-6 at the . In 1990,  and a handful of friends held the first Springing the Blues Festival in a small pergola near the old Jacksonville Beach Flag Pavilion. The event featured six acts and lasted one day. Twenty-four years later, Springing the Blues Festival is one of the most highly anticipated music events in Florida. Held at the beautiful Seawalk Pavilion, today Springing the Blues features three days of performances by national, regional and local blues artists and attracts more than 150,000 fans …

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Ben Taylor-Born to Sing

“In the great forest a little elephant is born. His name is . His mother loves him very much. She rocks him to sleep with her trunk, singing softly to him.” – “Babar the Elephant” by Jean de Brunhoff  is the pride of the elephants. He was once hushed into slumber by graceful elephant lullabies, nestled deep in his great forest home in the big city. Taylor doesn’t hide his legacy. He calls the elephants in the room by name. To us, they are  and . To him, they are just mom and dad. “It’s Babar, but I call it …

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Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz: Grammy Nominee at the Natural Life Music Festival

If getting a driver’s license is considered a toe dip in the shallow end, scoring a record deal at 16 is a cannonball off the high dive. Prolific songwriter and newgrass prodigy  didn’t actually get her driver’s license until she was 18, which can happen while you are busy skyrocketing to fame. Now a nominated artist, Sarah Jarosz returns to her roots with a performance at the this Sunday at . Presented by , the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the . Admission is free. For the full schedule, visit www.naturallife.com. …

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3×5 Classic Film Fest

When developing plans for the inaugural , sponsored by ,  approached the process to select a truly great film. By limiting the workshops, panels and other extraneous activities that often detract from the films at similar events, Luckin wants the films to have the space to speak for themselves. “We hope people appreciate the simplicity of it. We didn’t want the films to get lost,” Luckin says. “We want to bring art to the community, so I wanted to pick five films that were really at the top of the heap. These films are regarded as some of the best …

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Bringing War Horse to Life on Stage

Relationships are often at the core of every great stage production, but few bonds are represented as artfully as the connection between a boy and his horse in the stage adaptation of . The story takes audiences from England to France during World War I to tell this extraordinary tale of valor, loyalty, and above all, friendship.  stars as Albert in the play based on Michael Morpurgo’s acclaimed novel and adapted to the stage by Nick Stafford. As the war begins, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry and shipped away to France. What follows is Albert’s incredible …

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50 Shades The Musical - Artist Series

50 Shades! The Musical

It was the second coming of the sexual revolution that spiced up the lives of bored housewives and changed the definition of reading for pleasure. Now, the wildly successful book 50 Shades of Grey comes to life on stage – and in song! 50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody is making its Jacksonville stage debut in a special, one night only production at 7:30 p.m. December 9 in the . 50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody sold out shows in Chicago and New York and earned a four-star review at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The …

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Artist Series Flashdance Jillian Mueller as Alex Owens, photo by Jeremy Daniel

Artist Series presents Flashdance – The Musical

 wasn’t even born when Flashdance first danced onto the silver screen and into our collective pop consciousness, but the young performer feels like she was destined to play the role of Alex Owens. Mueller plays the lead role, first brought to life by Jennifer Beale in the stage adaptation of the classic 1983 film. The show celebrates the 30th anniversary of the film and is presented of the  in Jacksonville Dec. 10-15 in the Moran Theater at the . The national tour of Flashdance – The Musical tells the story of a Owens, a young Pittsburgh steel worker with dreams …

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