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Kong gone wrong?

Jack Petro

Bill Randa has spent years searching for mineral wealth. Satellite photos show a remote island shaped like a skull where it appears to rain perpetually. It may harbor rich ores. Randa (John Goodwin) heads the exploration team and employs former British Secret Agent James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) as his right hand man.  The U.S. government […]

Villager gives inspired performance in debut of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Linda Berthiaume does a split on stage with Jack Filkins looking on.

Grandma Bert took Modern Millie head on and transformed that mixed-up little Kansas girl into an independent, funky Big Apple flapper. Linda “Bert” Berthiaume gave an inspired performance Wednesday that featured show stopping songs; high-kicking dances, a bittersweet romance and lots of laughs. She did everything from belt out high notes to a body-boggling, slow-motion […]

Legendary Paul Anka charms Villagers in playful, energetic show at The Sharon

Paul Anka wowed fans by getting up close and personal.

Paul Anka covered his musical history during a rambunctious and emotionally-draining concert Monday that captured the majestic swirl of his six-decade career The famed performer took The Sharon stage and sang everything from his first 1957 hit “Diana” to Prince’s “Purple Rain” to Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and Frank Sinatra’s signature tune, “My […]

‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ tells tale of small town girl who goes to New York City

Cast members of "Thoroughly Modern Mille" rehearse a scene

Sandie Hawthorne knows the drill when it comes to putting on big-scale musicals. “Musicals are always a collaborative process,” said Hawthorne, who directs “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” It runs Wednesday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Savannah Center. “Everyone has to work together to make it work.” The Villages Musical Theater production features nearly 40 local […]

Legendary Paul Anka to take stage at The Sharon

Paul Anka

Paul Anka has been singing for over six decades and in that time achieved memorable accomplishments as a performer and songwriter. Anka, 75, plays The Sharon on Monday at 7 p.m. Here are some highlights of his long and successful career. Anka and the teenage crush   The story goes when Anka was a kid […]

Dog owners will love ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

Jack Petro

An old, old adage is that “A dog’s purpose is to please humans while a cat’s purpose is to do as it pleases.” In the case of the current movie at the Old Mill Playhouse at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages, “A Dog’s Purpose” takes us on a pleasant tour through three dog lifetimes […]

Yardbirds bring timeless rock ‘n roll to Savannah Center stage

The Yardbirds play their brand or bluesy rock.

The Yardbirds released a song in 1966 called “Happenings 10 Years Ago.” It was a psychedelic rocker with a transcendental vibe, featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar. “That song was about reincarnation,” Jim McCarty, original drummer for the Yardbirds, recently told me. Well, you might say the spirit, soul and sound of the Yardbirds was […]