Friday, February 23, 2018

Stage

Laura Benanti talks about her Melania impression, growing up ‘the odd person out’ and more

Laura Benanti talks about her Melania impression, growing up ‘the odd person out’ and more

Tony winner Laura Benanti (for best actress in a musical), who brings her cabaret act to the Straz Center this week, was a self-described ugly duckling. Growing up in New Jersey, she never tired of Sondheim soundtracks and struggled with a secret shy...
Published: 02/09/18
Even Jimmy Buffett does not live the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle anymore

Even Jimmy Buffett does not live the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle anymore

Jimmy Buffett awoke one morning last year in one of his many homes — he can’t remember which one, there are a lot of them — and a panic gripped him in his throat. His new Broadway musical, Escape to Margaritaville, was coming along nicely, but someth...
Published: 02/08/18
Updated: 02/09/18
Florida Orchestra mixes it up, collaborates with community in 2018-19 season

Florida Orchestra mixes it up, collaborates with community in 2018-19 season

ST. PETERSBURGThemes are useful sometimes. Right now, the Florida Orchestra is still enjoying the heart of its 50th anniversary season, which has been big and loud and celebratory.At other times, maybe it’s best to just put a fine program together an...
Updated one month ago
Andrea Bocelli, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and Cirque du Soleil are all in town for Valentine’s Day

Andrea Bocelli, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and Cirque du Soleil are all in town for Valentine’s Day

VALENTINE’S DAY: ANDREA BOCELLISuperstar Andrea Bocelli and Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth team up again, the conclusion of a three-city tour. This time it’s a crossover trio with soprano Nadine Sierra, a 2009 winner of the Metropolitan Opera Nati...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18
The weekend is cool, but how about a Valentine's Day Wednesdate?

The weekend is cool, but how about a Valentine's Day Wednesdate?

Happy February, lovers. Valentine’s Day a week away. Have you made plans? Possibly not, since the holiday falls on an inconvenient Wednesday this year (especially inconvenient for those who observe Ash Wednesday, a day of denying yourself exce...
Updated one month ago
Cirque du Soleil raises big top with ‘Volta’, could open doors for neighbors

Cirque du Soleil raises big top with ‘Volta’, could open doors for neighbors

TAMPAIt took 60 people to raise the white tent last week in the parking lot of the Tampa Greyhound Track, the "big top" for Cirque du Soleil’s Volta.With Volta, now open and running through March 18, Cirque brings its first tented show to the Tampa B...
Published: 02/06/18
Updated: 02/14/18
Review: Diary of Anne Frank a play for our times

Review: Diary of Anne Frank a play for our times

I’m aware that the story, the book and the stage play The Diary of Anne Frank is supposed to be uplifting, a ray of sunshine in the otherwise dark world of Adolph Hitler, his Nazi minions and most of the people living in the Axis Powers countries who...
Updated one month ago
Stage West presents Love Letters

Stage West presents Love Letters

Have you ever loved someone across time and distance? Theater lovers can celebrate Valentine’s Day by catching A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters for one weekend only at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The show will be pe...
Updated one month ago
Glass half full in Freefall Theatre’s take on ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Glass half full in Freefall Theatre’s take on ‘The Glass Menagerie’

ST. PETERSBURG — Freefall Theatre moves back into its old performing space with The Glass Menagerie, the early Tennessee Williams masterpiece. The adjacent auditorium had served well enough during repairs to a storm-damaged roof, but going back to th...
Updated one month ago
Strong leads propel St. Petersburg Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’

Strong leads propel St. Petersburg Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’

ST. PETERSBURG — An unconscious prince in a magical forest gets rescued by three witchy women who serve a mysterious queen. He soon returns the favor, rescuing the queen’s daughter with whom he has fallen instantly in love. What’s ...
Updated one month ago