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'Miranda Sings' and more

606578983_miranda-1286-1 YouTube sensation Miranda Sings, aka Colleen Ballinger, is headed for South Florida in all her purposefully awful glory.  Ballinger's character is a deliberately terrible singer-performer who croons off-key and gives dramatic readings of her hate mail.  The YouTube creation has evolved into a cabaret act, one that Ballinger will bring to Coral Gables' Area Stage for one night only at 8 p.m. this Friday.

Aaron Simon Gross, who was in the Broadway cast of the musical 13, will introduce "Miranda," and during the course of her show she'll give singing lessons to the cast of Area Stage Conservatory's upcoming production of Cabaret -- which should be excruciating or hilarious, depending on your point of view.

Tickets are $25 and $35, $50 for a premium seat and backstage pass.  Area is at 1560 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables.  Call 305-666-2078 or visit the Area web site for info.

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Maggie Gomez You can help a girl get to Broadway -- and no, we don't mean Miranda Sings.  Actor-comedian-DJ Maggie Gomez is a finalist in a contest called Be Sensational and Win.  The prize: Appearing in the Broadway production of Chicago for a performance as a member of the bad-girl Cell Block Six. Watch Gomez (who is listed as Maggie Carminda G.) and five other finalists at www.besensationalandwin.com.  Vote by Friday, and you'll be entered into a sweepstakes for a trip to New York and tickets to Chicago.

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