Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard 11.11.10

Posted November 10, 2010 at 9:00 am

by Heidi Kurpiela

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+ Kopp notches second pre-Broadway show
This week’s Diversions cover girl, Holly Rizzo, isn’t the only local actress rubbing elbows with Broadway stars this month at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.

Heather Kopp also landed a role in the Broadway-bound “Bonnie & Clyde” musical.

Kopp, who made her Asolo Rep debut three years ago in “A Tale of Two Cities,” will play Trish, the sassy wife of a jailbird in the Depression-era production.

According to the 23-year-old actress, her ensemble scene in Act I, which takes place in a popular hair salon, is as close as the show gets to musical theater.

“‘Bonnie & Clyde’ is really grounded in reality,” Kopp says. “This particular scene has the women playing exaggerated characters. We definitely provide some comic relief against some of the more serious parts of the show.”

Kopp, who played Daisy Mae in “Li’l Abner” last season at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, has become a regular on the dinner-theater stage. Theater-goers may recall melting in their seats last March, when actor Craig Weiskerger, who played Evil Eye in “Li’l Abner,” proposed to Kopp during a curtain call.

+ The Artist Series’ Chopin must go on!
Chopin-lovers are gobbling up tickets for the Artist Series of Sarasota’s five-day Chopin Festival.

If you can only make it to one concert in this series, let it be the “Chopin Spectacular” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, featuring Tampa soprano Hein Jung and Sarasota Orchestra cellist Abe Feder at the Historic Asolo Theater.

You’ll be humming Ballades all week.

+ Boros gets jiggy at the Irish Rover
Irish dancer Justin Boros will share the bill with AC/DC front man Brian Johnson this Saturday at the Irish Rover Pub.

Wash down a night of Guinness and heavy metal with Boros’ new dance troupe, Rhythm in the Night.

The pub’s fifth anniversary celebration kicks off at 2 p.m. Nov. 13, in the Gulf Gate district. Rhythm in the Night will perform at 7 p.m.

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+ Correction
In the Oct. 28 issue of Diversions, 12-year-old Thomas Jaquith was incorrectly identified as a Parkinson’s patient in “Powerful Parkinson’s exhibit opens at Art Center.” Jaquith’s mother, Debra, who was pictured with her son at their horse farm in Venice, has Parkinson’s disease.

+ FST doo-woops like it's going out of style 
Talk about a musical pick-me-up! If this old world starts getting you down, Florida Studio Theatre’s “The Wanderers” will snap you out of it.

This harmonious foursome belts out the best of 1950s and 1960s pop better than the original crooners and covers oldies even this youngster can appreciate.

The FST audience went wild Wednesday night at a sold-out show, as singers Eric Collins, Robert H. Fowler, Francis Kelly and Bryan McElroy wooed women and men alike with love songs, break-up songs, car songs, jungle songs and even Irish drinking songs.

From “The Great Pretender” to “Under the Boardwalk” to “One Fine Day” and “Yakety Yak,” this throwback boy band transformed the Goldstein Cabaret into a Sadie Hawkins dance.

The only thing keeping University Park couple Harold and Sherry Wolfe (married 61 years) from canoodling with one anther was the fact they were seated at a table with yours truly and my companion.

“We usually hold hands at shows like this,” sighed Sherry Wolfe. “But this table’s too big.”

FST has sold out of cabaret subscriptions for the season. Only single tickets remain. “The Wanderers” runs through Jan 1.

Below: Bryan McElroy, Robert H. Fowler, Francis Kelly and Eric Collins are “The Wanderers.”


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