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Broadway’s ‘Hairspray’ Dances Its Way Back to Arsht Center



After taking a break because of, you know, COVID, Broadway blockbusters are hitting center stage in South Florida again. The curtains are going up at the Arsht Center, and Deco has front-row seats for their first musical. 

Broadway shows are back in SoFlo.

The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami is welcoming back musical lovers. 

Suzette Espinosa Fuentes, Adrienne Arsht Center: “It’s been almost two years since we were able to enjoy Broadway in Miami here at the Arsht Center. We are tremendously excited.”

Grab your Aqua Net! The Tony-winning “Hairspray” is kicking things off Dec. 28. 

Suzette Espinosa Fuentes: “‘Hairspray’ is the perfect show to welcome all of our theater fans back to the Arsht Center. It’s joyful. It’s a classic. It’s been around for 20 years.”

Andrew Levitt, star, “Hairspray”: “Hairspray is the story of a 16 year-old0girl, Tracy Turnblad, who is on a mission to change the world and make the world a better place for her and her friends. Its a beautiful, timely, impactful story set in 1962.”

Andrew Levitt will be center stage as Tracy’s mom, Edna.

Andrew Levitt: “It’s such an honor to bring my Edna to life, and I like to think it’s important for an audience to understand, as an actor, my job is to make you think she’s real, not that it’s some kind of camp joke or, ‘This man in a dress couldn’t possibility be Tracy’s mom.’”

If Andrew looks familiar, thank you RuPaul.

Andrew Levitt: “I was on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’Season 11, which probably opened this door for me to be here today performing this part.”

As Edna, he’s in good company. Some heavy hitters have worn her house coat.

Andrew Levitt: “The character has been played by Harvey Fierstein, who is a Tony Award-winning theatrical legend. Divine, who played the role in the original John Walters 1988 film, and even John Travolta.”

South Florida, get ready to be welcomed to the ’60’s and back to live theater!

Andrew Levitt: “What a great opportunity to come together, to find joy together, to celebrate together after being away for long.”

Suzette Espinosa Fuentes: “It’s just going to be magical special of movement. There’s a ton of sparkle and just too much fun.”

Tickets for “Hairspray” are still available. For more information, click here.



Biden Answers Inflation Query by Calling Fox Reporter SOB



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden responded to a question about inflation on Monday by calling a Fox News reporter a vulgarity.

The president was in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of his Competition Council, which is focused on changing regulations and enforcing laws to help consumers deal with high prices. Reporters in the room shouted a number of questions after Biden’s remarks.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Biden about inflation, which is at a nearly 40-year high and has hurt the president’s public approval. Doocy’s network has been relentlessly critical of Biden.

Doocy called out, “Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?”

Biden responded with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset — more inflation.” Then he shook his head and added, “What a stupid son of a [expletive].”

His comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him. Doocy laughed it off in a subsequent appearance on his network, joking, “Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The White House has insisted repeatedly that it is focused on curbing inflation, with Biden reorienting his entire economic agenda around the issue. But the president has also shown a willingness to challenge a media that he deems to be too critical, especially Fox News and Doocy.

At his news conference last week, Biden said to Doocy with sarcasm, “You always ask me the nicest questions.”

“I have a whole binder full,” the reporter answered.

“I know you do,” Biden said. “None of them make a lot of sense to me. Fire away.”


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J.Lo, ‘Marry Me’ Co-stars Talk About Life Imitating Art in New Rom-com



Jennifer Lopez can do it all, except age. She definitely does not seem to age at all, but in her new movie “Marry Me, J.Lo’s playing a part that looks and sounds familiar. We’re not complaining, and neither are her castmates.

Jennifer Lopez (as Kat Valdez): “All right, let’s do it again from the top. (singing) Marry me, marry me, say yes. Marry me, marry me, say yes.”

Jennifer Lopez is ready to say “I do” in the new rom-com “Marry Me.”

Entertainment reporter: “In 36 hours, superstar Kat Valdez and Grammy-winning Bastian will perform their new song ‘Marry Me’ and exchange vows in front of a streaming audience of 20 million people.”

But when her soon-to-be fiance gets busted cheating on her, she decides to tie the knot with a random concertgoer played by Owen Wilson.

Character in “Marry Me”: “Do you, some guy, take Kat to be your lawfully wedded wife?”

Owen Wilson (as Charlie Gilbert): “Okay.”

J.Lo says playing a mega-superstar singer who’s looking for real love hits really close to home.

Jennifer Lopez: “It was so much about it that, really, I could understand like nobody else could understand.”

Even to the point that…

Jennifer Lopez: “Kind of bearing my soul. It was actually a little bit more uncomfortable than playing a character that is nothing like you, because this is you kinda like really bringing real, personal life experience into a role in a way that I’ve never had to.”

Owen Wilson says that connection is what made J.Lo the best person to play Kat.

Owen Wilson: “You can’t imagine anyone but Jennifer Lopez playing this part, just because it seems so perfect for her skill set.”

One of those skills being busting a move.

Owen Wilson: “Everyone was watching the monitor, even the security guys, just because it’s fun watching her dance. You definitely don’t need a double for her dancing.”

Sarah Silverman, who plays his BFF in the movie, agrees.

Sarah Silverman: “We were at a J.Lo concert where she’s playing someone else named Kat Valdez. But it was unbelievable to watch live.”

J.Lo also got to reunite with Maluma for the movie, who she’s made music with before.

Jennifer Lopez: “Working with Maluma was a joy. It was so much fun. This was his first movie, his first time acting, and he was a natural. He was a real natural. He’s like, ‘You know, I’m not this guy. This is not who I – I’m not Bastian.’ I go, ‘No, I know. I know.”

Jennifer Lopez (as Kat Valdez): “I think we left smart six weeks ago.”

“Marry Me” asks for moviegoers’ commitment beginning Feb. 11.

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Miami Beach Police Searching for Missing 5-year-old Last Seen With Mother



Miami Beach Police seek the public’s help in their search for a missing girl who was last seen in the custody of her mother.

Investigators said 5-year-old Leah-Ranee Rose Lassiter was last seen on Nov. 18.

Police said her mother, Chantel Iman Dortch, has since refused to surrender the child to her biological father in contradiction to a court custody order.

Lassiter stands 4 feet tall, weighs around 50 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

Mother and daughter were last seen in a black Audi A4 with the temporary Florida tag of DAG5401 that expired Sept. 21.

Officials urge anyone with information on their whereabouts to call Miami Beach Police at 305-673-7901.

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