2018-19 TOURING BROADWAY SALE DATES:
It always pays to be early if you want to get the best seats possible. So here are the opening dates to get single tickets for the 2018-19 Broadway lineup at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
On sale now: Chicago (Sept. 18-23).
Coming soon: Kinky Boots (May 17-19) and Rock of Ages (June 11-16) starting Friday; The Play That Goes Wrong (Oct. 16-21) starting Aug. 19; Hello, Dolly (Dec. 4-9) starting Sept. 9; Les Miserables (Jan. 15-20) starting Nov. 11; Anastasia (May 7-12) and Come From Away (June 4-9) starting Nov. 26; A Bronx Tale (Jan. 29-Feb. 3) starting Dec. 9.
Dates still undetermined: Hamilton (Feb. 12-March 10) and Dear Evan Hansen (April 9-14).
For tickets: 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
RUTH ECKERD HALL
Planning for shows is simpler at Ruth Eckerd Hall, which doesn’t offer season tickets but rather VIP packages with preshow dinner or meet-and-greets. So while the Straz is still waiting for new season ticket buyers whose numbers affect when — or whether — they’ll be able to sell individual tickets at all, Ruth Eckerd made all tickets available June 22.
Here’s that lineup: The Wizard of Oz (Dec. 9); Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage (Dec. 12); The Sound of Music (Dec. 22-23); Something Rotten (Jan. 5); Monty Python’s Spamalot (Jan. 19); Mike Hammer in the Little Death (Jan. 17-27); An Intimate Evening With Kristin Chenoweth (Feb. 1); Finding Neverland (Feb. 23); Legally Blonde — The Musical (March 10); Jukebox Hero — The Musical (March 14); and Rent (April 11 and 12).
Seats are also available now for Love Letters (two shows March 9) and Friends — The Musical Parody (March 21-23) at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.
For tickets: 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791–7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
TALKBACK: BAD JEWS
The first "community conversation," or audience talkback with director Amy Resnick and the cast of Bad Jews at American Stage, was the most enlightening I’ve ever attended. Patrons asked probing and sometimes tough questions, shared experiences about family members lost to concentration camps and added to the questions raised by this production of the Joshua Harmon play. Two in the cast (Jenny Lester and Jackson Goldberg, as well as Resnick) shared observations from their own Jewish heritage.
The second talkback (free and open to the public) follows the 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. A panel discussion led by Barbara Mazer Gross, the [email protected]’s executive director, will focus on the challenges of balancing tradition against progress, generational perspectives and the prospects for staying united while acknowledging different perspectives among Jewish Americans about history and culture.
Bad Jews runs through Aug. 5 at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39 and up. (727) 823-7529. For showtimes, go to americanstage.org.
TRUE STORIES: WHEN I GROW UP
Here’s a potential gem among the lesser known offerings at American Stage — the American Stories cabaret series, held four times this season in the second-floor lobby. The final installment, "When I Grow Up," invites performers of all kinds and people in the community to relate stories about their childhoods. Guests include Paul Wilborn, Emilia Sargent, Noel Rochford, Matthew Belopavlovich, Lori Shannon, Tom Sivak, Cranstan Cumberbatch, Leigh Simons and Zander Morales. 7 p.m. Sunday 7/29. 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.
GOING FAST: HEDWIG RETURNS
If you were planning to catch Jobsite Theater’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Aug. 17 to Sept. 9), now might be a good time to nail down plans. Opening week of the glam-rock musical had nearly sold out by mid July. The Straz Center’s resident theater company kicks off its 20th season with a reprise of its 2013 hit, and will bring back Spencer Meyers and Amy Gray to play Hedwig and Yitzhak. A 2014 Broadway revival starring Neil Patrrick Harris breathed new life into the show, which follows an East German rock goddess who has suffered a botched sexual reassignment surgery. $29.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. For show times, go to strazcenter.org.