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Musical cabaret to bow Sept. 5 at Ferraro theater


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Rehearsals at Jimmy Ferraro’s Studio Theatre continue for the next production, “The Singing Divas of Broadway and Hollywood,” starting Sept. 5.

The third production of the summer season, “The Singing Divas” will offer a musical cabaret starring Broadway diva Dee Etta Rowe and operaatic soprano Mary Anne Edwards. The show also features Debbie Snyder and Elicia Nystrom.

Opening night on Friday, Sept. 5, will include a champagne reception to meet the cast following the 7:30 p.m. show at the theater, 5732 Main St.

The fast paced show will include show stoppers from America’s favorite Broadway and movie musicals.

Bedazzled in sequins, rhinestones, and feather boas, Rowe and Edwards will epitomize the golden age of show business, Ferraro, the director, remarked in a press release.

Tunes will come from “Chicago”, “Funny Girl,” “Cats,” Phantom of the Opera,” “Sweet Charity,” ”Kismet,” “Annie,” “The King And I” and more.

Tributes will pay homage to Patsy Cline, the Andrew Sisters and other singers of yesteryear.

Rowe portrayed the wacky, farmer’s wife Mavis in in the first show here “Church Basement Ladies” and as the “cougar” Maggie in “Coupled.”

She starred as Golde in the 2012 National Tour of “Fiddler on the Roof,” opposite her husband, Broadway actor Jimmy Ferraro. She was seen all over the country for eight years in “Menopause the Musical.” Her Broadway debut came in “The Most Happy Fella” with a long string of credits that followed.

Edwards is performing for the first time in a production at Jimmy Ferraro’s Studio Theatre. She has appeared locally as Anna in “The King and I” and as Grace Ferrell in “Annie” at the Show Palace Dinner Theater. She has appeared throughout Florida in productions of Gigi,” “The Student Prince,” and as the title character in “The Merry Widow.” She has many singing roles to her credit as well.

Edwards has toured many Broadway reviews at 50 different country clubs, hotels and theaters throughout the Tampa Bay area. She recorded the role of Yum-Yum in G&S’s “The Mikado” for a compact-disc album. She won first place in the Suncoast Opera Vocal Competition in St. Petersburg. She has recorded three CDs featuring Broadway favorites and a Christmas CD.

Snyder has danced in some of Ferraro’s past shows including “Big Bawdy Burlesque,” “Going Hollywood,” “Can-Can,” “West Side Story” and numerous “Christmas Spectaculars.” She has performed and taught dance for more than 18 years. She is a professional belly dance performer, teacher and troupe director of Troupe Sahirnee for more than 15 years.

Nystrom has appeared as a member of Troupe Sahirnee for more than 15 years, as well as belly dancing at numerous festivals, fundraisers and competitions throughout Florida. She is making her theatrical debut in this production.

Pete Clapsis is serving as production and stage manager. Misty Hornsby provides the lighting design, Keith Snyder handles sound and set design and Anthony James creates the costume designs.

The production will continue Friday and Saturday evenings through Sept. 28, along with a Sunday afternoon matinee performance.

Tickets cost $23.36 plus tax.

For more information, go online to www.ferrarostudiotheatre.com or call (727) 457-7768.

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