By STEPHANIE HAYES
Times Performing Arts Critic
TAMPA -- It was an evening of significance for the Florida Orchestra, in many ways.
Local fans waiting patiently for Monday's premiere of Adult Swim's new comedy-toon Mike Tyson Mysteries don't have to wait that long to get a dose of the man himself.
If you're a retiree (or know a retiree), the musical Ain't Retirement Grand! probably won't hold any shocking revelations for you. You've been there, done that.
TAMPA — Much has been made about Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella being a revised feminist fairy tale fit for a new generation.
The last time political gadfly Bill Maher came to town, the 2012 Republican National Convention was his opening act. Clint Eastwood's chair, Michele Bachmann. Good times for a comedian. Just in time for midterm elections Maher returns, so the Tampa Bay Times wondered what he thinks about Florida's hottest topics …
It's a familiar entreaty to theater audiences in curtain speeches almost everywhere: "So, sit back, relax, and enjoy" whatever play is to come.
Okay. If you're going to see only one stage show this year, make it Hairspray, the cheeky, Tony Award-winning 2002 musical that's all fun and songs on the surface, but sweetly subversive to the core.
Opera is not known for its subtlety, but Pagliacci might be the least subtle of them all. It's also one of the most fun.
If the eyes are the hardest thing for an artist to capture, breaking through the surface and into the soul is the challenge for Nureyev's Eyes.
One of the top officials at the Florida Orchestra is leaving the organization for a job that involves her lifelong love of animals.