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  1. Florida Orchestra lands singer Michael Feinstein for January gala concert


    Playing off the American theme running through the Florida Orchestra's coming season, the orchestra has landed one of the greatest American pops singers of all time: Michael Feinstein.

    Musician Michael Feinstein in 2012.  (Getty Images)
  2. Newest show by John Leggio's performing arts students promises plenty of sizzle


    HUDSON — Over the years, John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts has gained a reputation for putting on shows equal to — and sometimes better than — many full-time professionals. His youthful Xcel dance troupe has performed twice on Royal Caribbean cruise ships and recently took master classes …

    Dancers rehearse at John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts for their upcoming show.
  3. In 'The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia,' Freefall Theatre merges Shakespeare and Cuba



    The set for the next production at Freefall Theatre includes 9 tons of sand on the stage. But don't expect a day at the beach.

    Eric Davis wrote and stars in Freefall Theatre’s “The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
  4. The Illusionists bring shocking tricks to the Straz stage


    Two images come to mind when you say "magic show": Clowns pulling quarters out of Grandma's ear or David Copperfield making the Statue of Liberty vanish.

    Dan Sperry, The Anti-Conjuror, is one of the seven magicians coming to the Sraz Center with The Illusionist Tour from May 26-31. 

Photos Courtesy of Joan Marcus.

Illusionists, The: ? Witness the Impossible
Marquis Theatre

Seven illusionists enact mind-bending acts of magic and illusion; many have never been seen before. This critically acclaimed production is a mix of outrageous, jaw-dropping acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and a full-view water escape. 

Cast List:
The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin
The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry
The Trickster, Jeff Hobson
The Escapologist, Andrew Basso
The Inventor, Kevin James
The Warrior, Aaron Crow
The Futurist, Adam Trent

  5. A lot of fine characters to like in Richey Suncoast Theatre's 'Bye Bye Birdie'


    It's likely that everyone who sees the spirited musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie will delight in the entire show, especially the lively way it's done at Richey Suncoast Theatre. But it's also likely everyone will have a favorite character somewhere in the 39-member cast.

    Janine Paradiso, from left, Mitchell Gonzalez, Patrick Moran, Roger Kleemichen, Justin Buyea and Kevin Wykoff rehearse on the set of Bye Bye Birdie at Richey Suncoast Theatre.
  6. Big man on campus: Gabriel Iglesias comes to USF Sun Dome


    The "I'm not fat; I'm fluffy" comic — who, fun fact, in 2006 became the first person disqualified from Last Comic Standing — is popular on the college circuit, so his Friday show at the USF Sun Dome is a natural fit. His other Tampa connection is his role as Tobias in bay area-set-and-filmed Magic …

    Associated Press (2011)
  7. Florida Orchestra backs Gene Kelly with 'Singin' in the Rain'


    Last year the Florida Orchestra made beautiful music with a Charlie Chaplin silent movie.

    The Florida Orchestra will play the movie’s score, with the vocal tracks intact.  Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds’ singing stays.  in the Rain.
  8. Review: 'Ain't Misbehavin'' at Stageworks Theatre misses the mark


    TAMPA — Stageworks' current production of Ain't Misbehavin', featuring the songs of jazz legend Fats Waller, has got to be the most unmusical revue I've ever witnessed.

    Naomy Ambroise, Frank Edmondson III, Latoya McCormick, Tron Montgomery and Tia Jemison in Ain’t Misbehavin’.
  9. Review: Tampa Repertory presents a subtle and layered 'Betrayal'


    TAMPA — Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter's 1978 play Betrayal is one of his best known and most frequently produced works. The three-person drama is an icily clever dissection of adultery and marriage, which by the time Pinter is done with them don't look all that different.

    Greg Thompson and Emilia Sargent in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at Tampa Repertory Theatre.
  10. Review: Gifted actors bring Show Palace stage to life with 'A Chorus Line'


    The Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line has such gorgeous music by Marvin Hamlisch and a strong story that even a so-so production can be moving and exciting.