TAMPA — Broadway shows are what make Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center tick, and never more so than in the 2009-2010 season, which has been built around the premiere of the Frank Wildhorn musical Wonderland.
But with five theaters of varying sizes, the center has plenty of space for other programming, and today it announces a lineup that ranges from Swan Lake to a one-person transgender show called Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps. View an online brochure at tbpac.org.
Today's announcement basically fills in the blanks of TBPAC's schedule, much of which was previously released, including the Broadway season, Opera Tampa and Jobsite Theater. The Florida Orchestra announced its season at the center several months ago. Announced over the summer was TBPAC's presentation of Walking with Dinosaurs, an animatronic spectacle based on a BBC television show, Oct. 14-18 at the St. Pete Times Forum.
The center's music and Broadway series come together in a March 26 concert by Duncan Sheik, who wrote the score of Spring Awakening and has a new album, Whisper House. The music series also includes Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain (March 18) and a Christmas concert by Mannheim Steamroller (Dec. 13).
Club Jaeb, now in its fifth season, features folk and alternative music in the intimate Jaeb Theater. Singer-songwriters Anne McCue (Sept. 28), Courtney Jaye (Nov. 9) and Cheryl Wheeler (March 15); Danish band Lilyphone (Dec. 7) and blues man Guy Davis (April 5) are among the eight concerts in the series.
Dance offerings include Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Jan. 14), Ballet Folklorico de Mexico (Feb. 13) and Moscow Festival Ballet in Swan Lake (Feb. 27). Garrison Keillor (Nov. 24) and David Copperfield (Jan. 22) return. A press release for Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps (April 22-25) by Scott Turner Schofield says it's "a roller coaster ride through your heart, your soul and your genitals."
The Wee Folk (ages 3-5) and Kid Time (ages 5-11) series include Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown (Oct. 18) and Shana Banana's Banana Beach Party (May 23).
TBPAC has an "early bird'' ticket deal through Sept. 19 with a 25 percent discount for many performances. Discounts include In the Heights, South Pacific and Mary Poppins, operas La Rondine and Lucia di Lammermoor, Swan Lake and Club Jaeb.
John Fleming can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8716. He blogs on Critics Circler at blogs.tampabay.com/arts.