Friday, June 22, 2018
Stage

What’s on stage this week: Deborah Cox in ‘The Bodyguard,’ Ana Gasteyer, ‘Daddy Long Legs’

ALL AT ONCE: THE BODYGUARD

Canadian R&B star Deborah Cox headlines as Rachel in The Bodyguard, a role made famous by Whitney Houston in the film with Kevin Costner. The musical based on that film has the added aura of a concert.

"We involve the audience," Cox told the Times. "It makes for some good moments, it gives them an opportunity to go back and reminisce, back to the place they were when they first heard those songs." Tuesday through March 25 at the Straz Center. $40 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Read more with Cox at tampabay.com/things-to-do/stage.

CABARET: ANA GASTEYER

Ana Gasteyer was studying voice at Northwestern when she discovered improv. She wound up on Saturday Night Live, where she played the hush-voiced NPR host Margaret Jo McCullen and impersonated Martha Stewart. Her varied career has included numerous films (including playing Lindsay Lohan’s mom on Mean Girls), dozens of television shows and four Broadway shows, including playing Elphaba in Wicked.

It’s just Gasteyer and a piano in her cabaret show, which is personal, funny and reflective.

"It’s more intimate," Gasteyer said. "It’s an opportunity to engage in a little more storytelling in your songs, songs that are a little more lyric-driven."

The goal, she said, is "to just slow down and connect in a crazy world. And of course, (to share) personal stories and personal bon mots, the complicated career roads, the crazy avenues of my life." 7 p.m. Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

POTPOURRI: FLORIDA ORCHESTRA

A busy week for the Florida Orchestra starts with Beethoven, a coffee concert at
11 a.m. today (10 a.m. pre-concert conversation) at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street S, St. Petersburg. $24 and up. (727) 892-5798. themahaffey.com.

The coffee concert soloist, pianist Shinya Lin, is a winner in the 2017 Justine LeBaron Young Artist Competition. The winners’ recital for this year’s contest, which covers four categories for musicians up to age 22, starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. It is free and open to the public.

A Woodson Chamber Concert celebrates Women’s History Month with a string quartet playing works by female composers. Women in Music starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can at the door.

If you’re curious about how orchestras function, build their financial base and seek community support, check out a lecture and discussion with CEO Michael Pastreich. Orchestra 101 starts at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

SPRING MUSICAL: DADDY LONG LEGS

The "oldest orphan" in the orphanage faces an uncertain future until a mysterious benefactor comes along. Freefall Theatre alums Britta Ollman and Nick Lerew return to star in Daddy Long Legs, previously a Fred Astaire movie based on a 1912 novel. The gift underwrites college tuition and much more for Jerusha Abbott, with the provision that she write her donor one letter a month, which he never answers. Douglas S. Hall directs. Runs Saturday through April 8. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$52. Previews Friday and Saturday afternoon cost $25. (727) 498-5205. For showtimes, go to freefalltheatre.com.

MODERN FAMILY: HIR

Taylor Mac’s play about family turbulence, Hir, has two weeks left at Jobsite Theater. The declining health of a dictatorial father opens the way for a resurgent mother, who champions her newly out transgender son, to the bewilderment of another son returning from Afghanistan. "It’s as funny as it is dark, and it both of those to the nth degree," says Roxanne Fay, who plays Paige, the mom. Runs through April 1 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Shimberg Playhouse, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Click here to read a review.

   
 
Comments
On stage this week: Freefall Theatre’s ‘The Musical of Musicals,’ Jay Pharoah

On stage this week: Freefall Theatre’s ‘The Musical of Musicals,’ Jay Pharoah

SENDUP: MUSICAL OF MUSICALSFive composers, a talented cast, choreography by Cheryl Lee and music directed by Michael Raabe — that’s Freefall Theatre’s recipe for a laugh-filled, season-ending summer musical, appropriately titled The Musical of Musica...
Published: 06/20/18
Jobsite’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ should be more gripping than it is

Jobsite’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ should be more gripping than it is

TAMPA — The virtues of Dancing at Lughnasa, with which Jobsite Theater closes its season, are many. This drama by the celebrated Brian Friel opened in 1990 to much acclaim. It captures a family’s joys and sadnesses, and the quickness with which one s...
Published: 06/19/18
Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — In his vision for this weekend, Connor Coyle is standing in the ring at the Coliseum, and the referee is raising his gloved fist.He’s got a National Boxing Association middleweight championship belt around his waist, the first of sev...
Published: 06/15/18
Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — In his vision for this weekend, Connor Coyle is standing in the ring at the Coliseum, and the referee is raising his gloved fist.He’s got a National Boxing Association middleweight championship belt around his waist, the first of sev...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/16/18
Why this ballet dancer is skipping college in favor of her own St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory

Why this ballet dancer is skipping college in favor of her own St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory

GULFPORT — Brianna Melton is as serious a ballet student as they come.By her junior year at St. Petersburg High’s International Baccalaureate program, she had already spent four summers training with ballet companies across the country and had narrow...
Published: 06/14/18
What’s on stage: The Illusionists, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa,’ G. David Howard

What’s on stage: The Illusionists, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa,’ G. David Howard

OPENING: DANCING AT LUGHNASAIrish playwright Brian Friel, who died in 2015 at 86, won’t be traveling anymore. But I’ll bet he packed a tidy suitcase. Dancing at Lughnasa, Jobsite Theater’s season closer, manages to address a lot of issues: race, reli...
Published: 06/13/18
Ruth Eckerd Hall tees up comedy, romance and Kristin Chenoweth for 2018-19 Broadway season

Ruth Eckerd Hall tees up comedy, romance and Kristin Chenoweth for 2018-19 Broadway season

Ruth Eckerd Hall rolls out a new lineup of musicals for its 2018-19 season, a mix of comedy, favorite musicals and romance."For the last 35 years, Broadway has always been a staple at Ruth Eckerd Hall," chief executive officer Zev Buffman said in a p...
Published: 06/12/18
A tense night at the Tony Awards ends in euphoria for Largo doctor Jeffrey Grove

A tense night at the Tony Awards ends in euphoria for Largo doctor Jeffrey Grove

Dr. Jeffrey Grove sat three-quarters of the way back from the stage at Radio City Music Hall, waiting for his moment. The Largo physician made the trip with family to New York for Sunday’s Tony Awards, where he hoped to see his investment in O...
Published: 06/11/18
Neal Boyd, ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner, dies at 42

Neal Boyd, ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner, dies at 42

SIKESTON, Mo. — Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won America’s Got Talent and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died. Scott County Coroner Scott Amick says Boyd died around 6 p.m. Sunday at his mother’s house in Sikeston. He was 42. Amick says Boyd had...
Published: 06/11/18
Parkland drama teens bring down the house with stirring performance at Tony Awards

Parkland drama teens bring down the house with stirring performance at Tony Awards

Members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s drama team stole the show at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards Sunday night.The performance brought the crowd— many of whom were wiping tears from their eyes— to its collective feet at the Radio City Music ...
Published: 06/11/18