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The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will close their 15th anniversary season by bringing back an old friend – Cotton Club Cabaret, the first ever show performed by WBTT back in 2000. The “high-spirited, high-stepping” musical revue will feature some of the Harlem Renaissance’s most notable entertainers.more»
Next month, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training will re-create The Cherry Orchard, the 1904 theatre drama written by legendary Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Originally planned as a comedy by Chekhov, the play's original director, Constantin Stanislavski, instead envisioned telling the story in the style of a tragedy. Ever since then, the balance of drama and comedy of The Cherry Orchard has been wrestled with by its various directors, allowing fresh life to breathe into the show over the course of its history.more»
The Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of Sotto Voce, the Pulitzer Prize and Greenfield Prize-winning musical by Nilo Cruz opens Thursday, April 2 in the Historic Asolo Theater. The production will be directed by Melissa Kievman. It runs through Sunday, April 26, previews on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, April 1 at 8pm.more»
The Skate Park of Tampa has been hosting the Tampa Pro competition annually since the year after the park's opening, and this weekend will mark the skateboarding event's 21st anniversary as well as the most recent notch in the park's new partnership with Street League Skateboarding.more»
ArtSlam, Bradenton's annual celebration of local artists and performers, will take place this Saturday in downtown's Old Main Street. The event will in be its fifth consecutive showing.more»
Its well-earned reputation for outstanding play selection notwithstanding, the Asolo Rep does, on rare occasion, miss the mark. But while audiences may struggle to relate to the 98-year old British play, "Our Betters", and its many references to the London social culture of the time, there is just enough fine acting and stage dazzle to make it worthwhile.
"Jesus Christ Superstar" will be coming to town Thursday. In a production by The Manatee Players that will be directed by Norm Small, choreographed by Geena Ravella and with Aaron Cassette as musical director, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's famous (or infamous) rock musical will stay for more than two weeks at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.
Chart-topping country music group Restless Heart will perform in Myakka City next Saturday, March 21 at the weekend-long Ranch Jam Music Festival, as the band tours in celebration of its 30th anniversary.more»
St. Patrick's Day will come early in Manatee County with two major events this Saturday. Old Main Street will host a street party beginning at 4 p.m., while Lakewood Ranch brings their 4th annual Celtic Festival to east county.more»
The popular Oldies Beach Dance returns this Thursday at the Sandbar Pavilion on Anna Maria Island. The event raises funds for the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra. The dance will feature live music by the Gulf Drive Band along with special guest Koko Ray.more»