Thursday, April 11, 2019

‘School of Rock - The Musical’ opens April 16 in JAX

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber’s high-octane Broadway and West End hit School of Rock – The Musical is coming to the Times-Union Center for six performances only, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series as part of the 2018-19 Broadway in Jacksonville Season.

Based on the hit film, "School of Rock – The Musical" is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.  There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.  While teaching these pintsized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.  School of Rock – The Musical features scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby.

School of Rock – The Musical is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and direction by Laurence Connor.  School of Rock – The Musical opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015.  This Ben Brantley New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ “is an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” raves Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly.  And in his four-star Critics’ Pick review, Time Out’s David Cote proclaimed, School’s IN – forever!”

School of Rock – The Musical was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman).  School of Rock – The Musical also won the 2017 Oliver award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

School of Rock —The Musical is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization.  Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.

School of Rock
The Musical

Tues., Apr. 16   7:30 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 17   7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 18   7:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 19    8 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 20   2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

TICKETS: (Vary) and start at $42.  They may be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (904) 632-5000, or online 24/7.  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.  Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
       Moran Theater
300 West Water St
Jacksonville, FL 32202

‘Celine Dion’ tickets on sale early for Christmas gifts

One of the most immediately recognized and widely respected superstars in pop music history, CELINE DION”, has announced that she will be embarking on her Courage World Tour, set to kick off in the fall of 2019.  The multiple award-winning artist made the announcement to a packed house of fans during a special live event at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.  Unveiling a short video chronicling the end of her iconic Las Vegas residency, Celine surprised the audience with the news of the Courage World Tour, her first U.S. tour in over 10 years.  

Celine says, "I'm so grateful to all the fans who have come to see my show in Las Vegas for so many years, and now I get the chance to create a brand-new show and bring it to them in North America, and around the world.  I'm very excited about this tour, and my new album...coming later this year.”

The Courage World Tour will kick-off September 18 in Quebec City and will make stops in over 50 cities including Montreal, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Miami, Dallas, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and more.  The tour is produced by Concerts West/AEG Presents.

Tickets for the first leg of the tour, which includes dates from Quebec to Pittsburgh and includes a Jacksonville stop, will go on-sale to the public Friday, April 12at 10 a.m. local time on or at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office.

“We’ve been thrilled to be working with Celine for these last sixteen years in Las Vegas, and we’re even more delighted that for the first time in more than a decade, she will be bringing her show to her fans, all around the world, starting here in North America this September,” said John Meglen President & Co-CEO of Concerts West.  “Celine is a treasure, truly a voice for the ages.”

Exclusive VIP packages will be available.  All online ticket orders come with one CD copy of Celine's new English album, scheduled for release this fall.  On-sale details for the second round of dates including cities in the West Coast will be announced soon.  See full list of tour dates HERE.

About Celine Dion: Vocal powerhouse Celine Dion is one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history.  She won numerous awards by the age of 18, dominated the pop charts in 1990s and has sold almost 250 million albums during her over 35-year career.  She has earned five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 20 Juno Awards (Canada) and an astonishing 40 FĂ©lix Awards (Quebec).  She remains one of the most sought-after recording artists, receiving the Diamond award at the 2004 World Music Awards recognizing her status as the best-selling female artist of all time.  In 2016 the Billboard Music Awards presented her with the lifetime achievement Icon Award. Celine continues to break records with her Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace which has played over 1,100 shows to more than 4.5 million fans.  In June 2018, Celine took a two-month hiatus from her Las Vegas residency to head overseas for her sold-out tour CELINE DION LIVE 2018, playing 22 shows across 12 cities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  The tour was one of the highest-grossing of the year, grossing nearly $57 million for 260,000 fans.  She also topped the US Dance Club charts in July 2018 with the remix of her single Ashes from the Deadpool 2 movie. In September 2018, Celine announced that her iconic Las Vegas residency will come to an end on June 8, 2019.

“Celine Dion”
Courage World Tour

JAX DATE: January 8, 2020

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10 a.m.

LOCATION: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

About SMG Jacksonville manages seven sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville.  Their beautiful venues include:
TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Georgia-Florida, the TaxSlayer Bowl and Monster Jam; Daily’s Place, a 5,500 seat amphitheater with concert programming year-round and an indoor practice facility for the Jacksonville Jaguars; VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, showplace of such entertainment greats as Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett and home to the Arena Bowl XXIV Champions Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville IceMen; The Baseball Grounds of JAX, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Florida vs FSU Baseball; The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, stage to Broadway and music elite like Wicked, James Taylor and Diana Ross; and home of the FSCJ Artist Series and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra; The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, a historic renovated train station providing a unique venue for meetings, social events and conventions & The Ritz Theatre and Museum, located in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of LaVilla, celebrating the artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora with museum exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, dance and dramatic arts.

Magician ‘Michael Carbonaro’ will be in JAX for one night

Following the highly successful 2018 Michael Carbonaro Live! Tour Michael Carbonaro has added Winter and Spring 2019 dates, with an upcoming visit to JAX.  Magician and extraordinaire performer Michael Carbonaro has returned to the road with more dates of his highly-acclaimed national theater tour, “Michael Carbonaro Live!” with stops including: San Antonio Atlantic City, St. Louis, Los Angeles and more!

Michael Carbonaro has performed over five-hundred comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic on his hit TV series, The Carbonaro Effect on truTV, currently in its fourth season.  A trickster at heart, Michael performs inventive tricks on unsuspecting members of the public who are unaware that he is a magician.  Jaws drop when he causes a car to disappear from under a security guard’s nose or makes alien crabs transform into kittens in a science lab.  Whether posing as a coffee shop barista, museum curator, or seemingly unremarkable store clerk in the REAL world, Carbonaro's illusions – along with his absurd, matter-of-fact explanations – leave REAL people bewildered and families at home laughing out loud.

And now, he is taking his popular theater show back on the road so more families can feel the effect of Michael Carbonaro… Live!  You will not just “sit back, relax, and enjoy the show,” Michael Carbonaro Live! is jam-packed with audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and a whirlwind of mind-blowing magic performed live on stage.  See for yourself why Michael was named “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts and presented with the first-ever “Copperfield Prize,” which recognizes an individual for elevating the art of magic.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see why audiences are raving over Michael Carbonaro Live!  For more information about the tour visit
HERE.  Be sure to catch new episodes The Carbonaro Effect on Thursday nights at 10/9c on truTV as well as your favorite episodes from Season 1, now available for streaming on Netflix. Connect with Michael on Twitter & Instagram @carbonaro for exciting updates.

Michael Carbonaro - LIVE tour

DATE: Fri., April 12, 2019
TIME: 7 p.m.

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts
Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: start at $35, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased at or at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Clara White Mission - NBC Today’s Show - Ju’Coby Pittman

Update: (Originally posted on {no longer in existence} in October 2010)  As of today, CWM has more than doubled its graduates and added many more programs.

This reporter has read comments that were left on the pages of homeless shelters, halfway houses and other missions; and have viewed comments like: “They should get a job”, “I need help too, what about me and my family?” or “They shouldn’t have let themselves get into that situation”.    Some people are just a paycheck away from asking someone (they don’t even know) to lend them a hand.  Not all homeless persons are criminals either.  Clara White Mission is a sanctuary for people who desire to help themselves get back on their feet as they continue life in the right direction.

Remember the movie “
Pursuit of Happiness”?  Will Smith portrayed Chris Gardner, a man who was a little ‘down-on-his-luck’ and was homeless for awhile whilst raising his toddler son.  Someone gave him a chance to make-good on what was a bad situation.

The Clara White Mission doesn’t just ‘lend-a-hand’, but the mission educates, and uplifts its individuals through the donations of others.  Al Roker of the Today Show and Pepsi awarded the Clara White Mission with a grant for $50,000

The Clara White Mission, located near downtown Jacksonville, Florida, is one place that assists people with getting back on their feet and becoming productive, self-respected individuals in the community.  The center is a 501c3 non-profit organization which has helped over 500 students through its ‘culinary arts program alone, and there also is a soon-to-open ‘janitorial program’.

The center offers ‘Transitional Housing’, a ‘Culinary Program’ which offers job placement, and ‘Banquet Management’.  Other training offered through Clara’s are the locally famous “Clara’s at the Cathedral” open for lunch every Friday with its everchanging menus; “The Ashley Street Catering Center” that is equipped to supply your next event with professionalism and exquisite foods; “The Drop-In-Day Center” is an encouragement local that will help persons to help themselves.  “The Daily Feeding Program” serves the homeless (400-500 a day) a nutritious hot lunch from Mondays to Fridays at 613 W. Ashley Street in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, and a beneficial breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.

Since Mr. Roker featured Clara White Mission in 2010, Ju’Coby Pittman (CEO of Clara White Mission) had stepped up her political game for the political council race.  In 2015, Ms. Pittman remains the 22-year President and CEO of the Clara White Mission.  Pittman is a native of, and advocate for Jacksonville, with over 30 years of experience working in the public and private sectors of the community.

As of March 2014, she entered the race for a Council seat in Jacksonville, Florida.  Now, City Council Candidate Pittman had announced that she will re-designate her electoral representation from City Council District 9 to City Council At-Large, Group 5 (vying for the seat of Robin Lumb) for the March 2015 election.  (SHE WON that race in 2015!!!).

Pittman's vast experience and leadership has catapulted the award-winning non-profit Mission from a $225,000 operation to its current $3.1 million budget.  She has been locally, regionally and nationally recognized for her innovation of job-training, job-creation and veteran housing.

Ju’Coby is seeking your vote once again in the run-off election on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in order to continue her dedicated work for district 8.  Please make your way to the polls next month and VOTE for Ju’Coby Pitman once again.