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The 35-year-old Caldwell Theatre may be closing its doors. The Theatre is currently in bankruptcy proceedings and will soon determine whether it can be reorganized or whether it will be liquidated. The Theatre has struggled financially since it moved into the Count de Hoernle Theatre in 2007, and has cancelled its last show of this season.

Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater has announced a $20 million fundraising campaign. $12 million will be used to improve the main hall, including expanding its lobby and increasing street visibility. The remaining $8 million would be used to restore the Capitol Theatre.

A new fund has been formed to help adapt movie titles as musicals. Broadway and Vine, backed by former League of American Theatres and Producers president Jed Bernstein, former News Corp. executive Rich Battista, and movie producer Bob Israel, will help with commissioning teams for script development and staging first readings. Their first project is a stage adaption of the 1984 film "The Flamingo Kid."

Robin Gibb has passed away at age 62. He had been suffering from cancer. Barry Gibb is now the last surviving member of the Bee Gees.



England's Classical FM has signed a deal to broadcast a 14-concert series of the L.A. Philharmonic. This is the first time in the station's 20-year history that it has made an overseas partnership of this nature.


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