The Early History of Broadway Theater

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Broadway Theater District
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An entrepreneur based in Miami, Florida, Antonio Junior is the founder of Florida Conservation, where he oversees all annual budgeting and implements organizational policies and procedures. Outside of his professional activities in Miami, Antonio Junior enjoys traveling to New York City to see plays on Broadway.

New York’s famous Broadway Theater District traces its roots to 1750, when Walter Murray and Thomas Kean opened a 280-person theater company on Nassau Street. Designed for ballad operas and Shakespearean plays, the theater company rose to fame by hosting the popular John Gay ballad opera The Beggar’s Opera.

Following the Revolutionary War at the end of the 18th century, the 2,000-seat Park Theater was built. Many more theaters were constructed in the first half of the 19th century, including Niblo’s Garden and the Astor Place Theatre. Toward the mid-1800s, musicals began to displace the previously popular Shakespearean plays, with burlesque troupes such as the British Blondes also gaining popularity. The first modern musical with choreographed dance and music occurred in 1866 and was five and a half hours long. The mid-century also marked the time that many theaters began moving to Broadway proper in Midtown Manhattan due to lower real estate prices.

Tony Winner Norbert Leo Butz Takes on Dreamgirls Classic

 

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Norbert Leo Butz
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Miami-based Antonio Junior is the Founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., where his responsibilities include hiring, training and managing division leaders to oversee the company’s workforce. Though he lives in Miami, Antonio Junior regularly travels to New York City, where he enjoys attending Broadway plays. One of his favorites is Dreamgirls.

In early April, veteran stage performer and two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz took to the stage at the MCC Theater’s annual MisCast Gala, where he performed multiple songs from Dreamgirls. The Miscast Gala provides performers the opportunity to take on songs they would never get to perform professionally due to differences like gender, age, and race.

Butz led an ensemble cast made up of stage veterans Brian d’Arcy James, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kelli O’Hara, Jordan Fisher, Stephanie J. Block, and Jenn Colella. Together, the group performed the Dreamgirls hits, “It’s All Over,” and, “I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

To cap off the performance, Butz ended by bowing at the feet of Jennifer Holliday, who originated the role of Effie in the Broadway production of Dreamgirls. The performances are available for viewing via the MCC Theater’s official YouTube page.

When to Visit South Africa

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South Africa
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Miami Springs businessman Antonio Junior founded Florida Conservation, Inc., in 2003 and has since generated the highest venue volume in the GRS, LLC system of local partners across the nation. An entrepreneur who earned an MBA at Florida International University in Miami, Antonio Junior enjoys traveling in his leisure time, and visited South Africa during Nelson Mandela’s presidency.

Located at the bottom of the African continent, South Africa attracts many travelers with its culture and urban life as well as its wildlife and safaris. When planning a trip, travelers should be sure to pick the best season for their interests.

Those looking to embark on a safari in Kruger or one of the other parks will want to visit in the drier season, from May to October, when animals gather around water sources. However, this season tends to be muggy so be prepared for high humidity. Travelers looking for a beach holiday will want to book a trip during the hot season from November to March, though be warned that the country experiences an influx of travelers over Christmas and New Year’s. Finally, travelers interested in exploring Cape Town and the Garden Route will want to visit from March to May as the weather is mild and there are fewer tourists.

Honoring UM’s Black Trailblazers

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UTrailblazers Gala
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Entrepreneur Antonio Junior of Miami, Florida, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami (UM). Antonio Junior serves as co-chair of the UM Black Alumni Society’s First Black Graduates Project Committee, which organized UTrailblazers, a series of events held February 24-25, 2017, at UM’s Coral Gables campus. The celebration honored men and women who blazed the trail for racial integration at UM during the 1960s and 1970s.

Following registration and a guided bus tour around the campus, the UTrailblazer exhibition at the Otto G. Richter Library featured a reception and a lecture by history professor Donald Spivey. The Opening Ceremony had as keynote speaker attorney Harold Long, past president and a founder of United Black Students.

More events followed the second day, capped by the UTrailblazers Gala, which paid tribute to all the black graduates of the 1960s and 1970s. During the gala, recognition was also given to distinguished UTrailblazers and funds were raised for scholarships.