FLORIDA BEACH TOWN WRITES AMAZON TV SERIES TO LURE TOURISTS
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Remember that longing you might have had after an episode of “Sex and The City” to shop at the characters’ favorite New York spots and drink cosmopolitans at those chic bars? That’s what travel marketers in St. Petersburg, Florida, were hoping to capitalize on when they commissioned an original, scripted TV series to lure tourists to their sugar sand beaches. The show, called “Life’s Rewards,” aired on Amazon Prime last month. The million-dollar series features picturesque backdrops like sunsets on the beach, the pier, Tarpon Springs and the posh pink Don CeSar hotel. Experts say this is a new genre for tourism marketing.
IN ‘GOOD ON PAPER,’ ILIZA SHLESINGER BECOMES A LEADING LADY
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger hopes she is entering a new phase in her career with the rom-com “Good on Paper.” It’s her first produced screenplay and first leading role in a film, not to mention that the story about a woman who finds out her boyfriend has been lying about everything from day one is something that actually happened to her. Shlesinger says she’s just always been very driven and knows she has to create her own opportunities if she wants to get to the next step. “Good on Paper” co-stars Margaret Cho and Ryan Hansen and hits Netflix on Wednesday.
SPECIAL TONY AWARDS GIVEN TO 2 SHOWS, 1 ADVOCACY NONPROFIT
NEW YORK (AP) – The Tony Awards may be months away, but three groups can already celebrate: The Broadway Advocacy Coalition, “David Byrne’s American Utopia” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Freestyle Love Supreme” are going to get special awards. The American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League announced Tuesday that the three groups will win Special Tony Awards, given to productions or organizations that don’t fit in competitive categories. “Freestyle Love Supreme” was created by Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale. It features a comedic improvisational musical structure and a rotating cast of Broadway performers. Byrne’s acclaimed stage show incorporates Talking Heads classics and other songs.
WALT DISNEY WORLD’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY STARTS OCT. 1
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Walt Disney World is planning an 18-month celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary, starting in October. Disney announced Tuesday that all four parks at the Lake Buena Vista, Florida, resort will take part in “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” The fun begins Oct. 1. Since 1971, the resort has expanded from The Magic Kingdom to include EPCOT, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. It also features multiple themed hotels, water parks, and the Disney Springs shopping and restaurant venue. The celebration will include new nighttime shows at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT and a daytime show at Animal Kingdom.