Written By Michelle F. Solomon.

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She’s the first female to lead the 73-year-old Knight Foundation, she has deep roots in journalism, and she’s coming back to Miami.

The daughter of Cuban immigrants, a Miami native, graduate of Coral Gables High School and the University of Miami’s School of Communication, Maribel Perez Wadsworth will become the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s president and CEO effective January 2024.

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A Touching Tribute To Teaching In ‘Detentions, Demerits, And Dismissals’

Whatever other differences may divide us, one thing remains almost universally true; we’ve pretty much all had our fair share of teachers, many of whom would prove to be formative as we approached the rest of our lives. Thus, though it may strike a particular cord for those teachers who happen to be in the audience, pretty much everyone is likely to find something to connect to in ‘Detentions, Demerits, and Dismissals.’

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Welcome to the Carbonell’s: South Florida’s Biggest Theater Night is a Hit!

I must admit when South Florida Theater Magazine (who I’m proud to say is a sponsor of this prestigious event) first invited me to cover THE 46th ANNUAL CARBONELL AWARDS on November 13, I was somewhat intimidated. The journalist in me immediately googled former Carbonell Award nights (these can be defined as a regional version of Broadway’s Tonys – but far more inclusive of smaller theaters and experimental work). I landed on a short video of my editor, Jessie Dez, as gorgeous and glammed up as any Access Hollywood reporter, conducting pre-show interviews with similarly gowned and evening-wear attired nominees.

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Dolly Parton’s Office Coup

My first reaction to revisiting 9 to 5: The Musical – the 2009 Broadway hit based on Dolly Parton’s 1980 film – was “Oh the memories!” The musical had earned four Tony nominations (including best score and choreography) and I could see why. Brimming with salt-of-the-earth Parton music and lyrics, and book writer Patricia Resnick’s no-holds-barred feminist vitriol, it’s the ultimate female office worker’s revenge fantasy. A night out packed with passion, girl-power grit (shh… I shouldn’t use the term “girl”), forward-thinking ideas, and lots of humor – much like The Queen of Country herself. 

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All That Old Jazz

At the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Chicago: The Musical is currently on, one of the many Broadway shows that the Kravis has slated for its 2023-2024 season. As iconic as this show seems to be, this production did not leave me with any indication that it should be considered as such.

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