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Hollywood Live! at Pompano Beach Cultural Center to Benefit Insight for The Blind

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All-Star Cast Recreates Beloved MGM Musical Numbers      

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to host a dazzling evening of entertainment to benefit Insight for the Blind.  “Hollywood Live!” directed by Shari Upbin, features an all-star cast and showcases some the most beloved songs from the silver screen from the 1940s on.  Proceeds from the event will allow Insight for the Blind, serving all of South Florida, to continue promoting literacy within the visually impaired community through the recording of Talking Books, a program of the Library of Congress. The event is scheduled for October 1, 2018, tickets are $100 or $150 for preferred seating and can be purchased at

“We are thrilled to present this star-studded event as a way to increase awareness and support for our organization,” said Matt Corey, CEO of Insight for the Blind. “Our fundraising efforts allow us to create recorded books for our sight-challenged community at no cost to them.”

The Hollywood Live! is produced and directed by Shari Upbin, who has staged this show with a variety of casts in New York and South Florida through her company Sharell Productions. For this event, a who’s who of theatre greats will be in the spotlight including Jeffrey Bruce, Lindsey Corey, Laura Hodos, Michael Focas, Amy Tanner, Mark Sanders and Sandi Stock. with musical and band direction by Caryl Fantel, Roy Fantel and Ruppert Zwienski. 

“Hollywood Live features a wealth of songs and juicy stories,” explained Upbin. “We will be recreating classic clips from famed MGM musicals and sharing some fascinating tinsel town tales as well. This show was declared a “joy to behold,” by Cabaret Magazine and the event will be the perfect opportunity for the audience to experience a spectacular evening, while supporting one of the most worthwhile organizations.”

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About Insight for the Blind:

Founded in 1975, the mission of Insight for the Blind is to help improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired children and adults by promoting literacy and learning and aiding in the appreciation for reading through our production of recorded books, magazines and articles.  Insight works with and maintains the standards of the Library of Congress Talking Books program. 

Insight for the Blind produces Talking Books at no cost to the Library of Congress National Library Service or to the Florida Division of Blind Services or to any other public agency.  The program is free to anyone who has trouble reading print because of an eye problem, a reading disability, or difficulty holding a book due to arthritis, a stroke, accident, or wounds received during military service.  

Blindness is one of the most feared of all human afflictions and is growing among the elderly.  It is widespread, reaching into all segments of our population, destroying one of our most important senses. “I lost my eyesight, but not my love for reading and learning,” is a common refrain from patrons of Talking Books.  

Working in partnership with community libraries across all 67 Florida Counties, through the Library of Congress, our recordings are available to all of the 489,702 blind and visually impaired in Florida and the 7 million others throughout America.  Insight is 100% private sector funded. 

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The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Phone number 954-545-7800

Insight for the Blind is located at 1401 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Phone number 954-522-5057

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