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Straz Center for the Performing Arts offers variety for 2010-11 season

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts is best known for its Broadway series, but its programming for 2010-11 also includes a wide range of other attractions, from singer-songwriters to world music, modern dance to National Geographic photographers. The center is releasing its full lineup for the 2010-11 season today.

Highlights include the Culture Quest World Music and Dance series, with performers such as Israeli singer-songwriter Yasmin Levi, the Afro-Cuban dancers and percussionists los Munequitos de Matanzas, Tango Fire dance troupe and Acoustic Africa.

Club Jaeb returns for its sixth season of presenting music in the intimate Jaeb Theater on Monday nights. Among the offerings are concerts by Christine Lavin, Red Molly and Jeffrey Foucault.

The center's comedy series has added a second show for Chelsea Handler on Oct. 23. There are also performances by Daniel Tosh, Louis C.K., the Capitol Steps and the Improvised Shakespeare Company.

In modern dance, Parsons Dance and East Village Opera collaborate on a rock dance opera, Remember Me. Also on the schedule is Gaspar — A Pirate Fantasy, a full-length ballet on a Gasparilla theme, and performances by the Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet of The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A new series is National Geographic Live!, held in Ferguson Hall, featuring speakers such as photographers Steve McCurry and Paul Nicklen.

The Straz has one of the country's largest Broadway subscription series, which was previously announced. Several Broadway extras are in today's release, such as a one-night stand of The Color Purple and a December run of the Pompano Beach-based Cirque Dreams Holidaze.

The center will continue to have free outdoor showings of movies tied in with some of the Broadway productions, such as West Side Story and Shrek. Also held outdoors are a pair of Patel Conservatory Rock School concerts.

Opera Tampa and Jobsite Theater, both resident companies of the Straz, already announced their seasons. Lehar's The Merry Widow opens the opera season, and Einstein's Dream, by David Gardiner and Ralf Remshardt, the Jobsite season.

John Fleming can be reached at or (727) 893-8716. He blogs on Critics Circle at

Straz Center 2010-11 season

Tickets for most performances go on sale Aug. 15. Single tickets for Billy Elliot the Musical go on sale Aug. 29, and single tickets for Jersey Boys, Sept. 12. Season tickets for the Broadway, Opera Tampa, Jobsite, Club Jaeb, Kid Time and Wee Folk series are on sale now.

Through Sept. 12, there are early bird discounts of 25 percent on tickets to many shows, including West Side Story, Hair, La Traviata, The Merry Widow, the Capitol Steps, Parsons Dance Foundation and the Improvised Shakespeare Company. For a complete list see

Information: (813) 229-7827

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Straight No Chaser, Dec. 21; Yasmin Levy, March 3; Naturally 7, March 20; Acoustic Africa, April 10; los Munequitos de Matanzas, April 16; Rain — A Tribute to the Beatles, June 2


Jazz Cellar Underground Orchestra, Sept. 18; Ken Loomer Big Band, Nov. 13; Tribute to Lena Horne, March 5; Side by Side: Patel Conservatory Jazz Ensemble and Ken Loomer Big Band,

April 23

Club Jaeb

Jeffrey Foucault, Oct. 4; Chris Knight, Nov. 1; Amy Speace, Dec. 6; Christine Lavin,

Jan. 10; Red Molly, Feb. 7; Eliza Gilkyson, March 7; Slaid Cleaves, April 11; Steve Poltz, May 2


Remember Me, Parsons Dance and East Village Opera Company, Nov. 20; The Nutcracker, Dec. 22-23; Gaspar — A Pirate Fantasy, Jan. 30; Tango Fire, Feb. 19; A Midsummer Night's Dream, May 14

National Geographic Live!

Polar Obsession with photographer Paul Nicklen, Jan. 25; The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World with cultural anthropologist Wade Davis, Feb. 22; Face to Face with photographer Steve McCurry, March 29; My Wild Life with wildlife conservationist Mireya Mayor,

April 19


Daniel Tosh's Tosh Tour Twenty Ten, Oct. 17; Chelsea Handler's Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Oct. 23; Louis C.K.: Word, Dec. 9; Improvised Shakespeare Company, Jan. 14-15; Capitol Steps, March 8-13

Wee Folk (ages 3-5)

Stone Soup, Oct. 10; If You Give a Cat a Cupcake,

Jan. 16; Shana Banana's Banana Bedtime, March 6; The Frog Prince, April 10

Kid Time (ages 5-11)

Pigeon Party, Oct. 17; Santa's Holiday Revue, Dec. 5; The Jungle Book, Feb. 27; Fancy Nancy and Other Stories, April 9

Free movies (on the


West Side Story, Nov. 5;

A Christmas Story, Dec. 17; Shrek, Feb. 4

Patel Conservatory

Rock School Blowouts,

Nov. 20 and March 26; Dublin Youth Orchestra, Feb. 21; The Wiz, April 1; Alice in Wonderland Jr., April 14-16; Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra, fall TBD and May 8


9 to 5: The Musical, Oct. 26-31; Forbidden Broadway,

Oct. 29-Feb. 20; Dreamgirls, Nov. 16-21; Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Nov. 30-Dec. 5; Beauty and the Beast, Jan. 18-23; Billy Elliot the Musical, Feb. 2-20; West Side Story, March 1-6; Jersey Boys, March 23-April 17; Shrek

the Musical, May 3-8; Hair, May 24-29

Broadway extras

Fiddler on the Roof, Dec. 10-12; Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Dec. 17-19; The Color Purple, Jan. 8; Mamma Mia!,

July 12-17

Opera Tampa

The Merry Widow, Nov. 12-14; A Night of Stars: A Special Orchestra Concert, Feb. 24; La Traviata, April 29 and May 1

Jobsite Theater

Einstein's Dreams, Sept. 15-

Oct. 3; Mindgame, Oct. 20-Nov. 7; The Odd Couple, Feb. 2-20; Yellowman, March 9-27; reasons to be pretty, May 11-29; The Taming of the Shrew, July 20-Aug. 7

Remember Me

Nov. 20

Louis C.K.

Dec. 9

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Dec. 17-19

Photographer Steve


March 29

Tosh Tour Twenty Ten Oct. 17

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