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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Gainesville’s Hippodrome State Theatre will celebrate Pride Night and raise funds for victims of the Pulse Orlando shooting with its show Friday.

In a partnership with the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida, the Hippodrome will donate $10 of every ticket sold to its 8 p.m. showing of “The Toxic Avenger” to the OneOrlando fund. The donations will go to support the victims of the Pulse shooting and their families.

After the performance, attendees are invited to a free karaoke night in the Hippodrome basement, led by DJ Jarad Bowens from Genius Entertainment. The karaoke event will last from 8 p.m. to midnight, and drink specials will be available throughout the night at the Hipp Bar.

The Hippodrome’s current mainstage show, “The Toxic Avenger,” has been extended until July 31 because of its popularity after opening in late May.

The musical comedy takes place in a toxic waste dump in New Jersey and tells the love story of a blind librarian and a man thrown into the toxic waste who becomes the Toxic Avenger. The show premiered in New York in 2009 and has been replicated all across the country.

Tickets are on sale for $25 and can be purchased at the Hippodrome Box Office, by telephone at 352-375-4477 or online at

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