'Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Neil deGrasse Tyson, more coming to the Straz Center in Tampa
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa has unveiled its 2016-17 season, and while Hamilton isn't in the mix, one of its stars is: Leslie Odom Jr.
The actor and singer, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Aaron Burr, will perform at the Straz Center on Feb. 26, one of many multi-hyphenates planning a cabaret show in Tampa next spring. You can also look out for cabaret performances by Laura Benanti (Nashville) on Jan. 22, Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story: Hotel) on March 26 and Aaron Tveit (Grease: Live) on April 30.
On the music side, the Straz unveiled a handful of concerts: "The President's Own" United States Marine Band (Oct. 17), Joshua Bell (Nov. 3), Simply Three (Nov. 5), Bobby Bones and his Raging Idiots (Nov. 19), the Havana Cuba All-Stars (Nov. 27), the Capitol Steps (Jan. 12), Pink Martini (Jan. 21), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Feb. 1), Mother Falcon (Feb. 16), Pablo Sainz Villegas (Feb. 25), Celtic Woman (March 5) and Tiempo Libre (March 10), Drumline Live (March 26) and Home Free (March 29). Also, renowned jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez will play his unique score to the film Birdman live during a screening of the film on Nov. 3.
The Straz also unveiled its annual Club Jaeb concert series: Kim Richey (Oct. 17), Joe Pug (Nov. 14), Griffin House (Dec. 19), Melissa Ferrick (Jan. 23), John McCutcheon (Feb. 27), Seth Glier (March 27), Tony Furtado (April 24) and Joshua James (May 15).
Finally, there are some incredible speakers lined up, too: Barefoot Contessa chef Ina Garten (Nov. 2), astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (Nov. 17), psychic medium Kim Russo (Dec. 10), author Carl Hiaasen (March 5) and chef and TV host Alton Brown (April 21). The Straz will also host a taping of the NPR show Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! on Sept. 29.
For Andrew Meacham's full story about the Straz Center's 2016-17 season, including its Broadway offerings, click here.