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What’s on Tampa Bay stages this weekend

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ Roy Wood Jr., ‘Vietgone’ at American Stage, Piff the Magic Dragon and more.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will roll through Tampa as part of the Straz Center's 2019-20 Broadway series. [JOAN MARCUS | Straz Center]
Published Oct. 2


The title alone inspires the earworm . . . oompa, loompa, doopity doo. And the Broadway version of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book has music from the 1971 movie, including Pure Imagination. The show comes through the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, bringing a new score by the songwriters from Hairspray. But the classic tale remains the same, with the same lesson: Bad things happen when you’re greedy. $41 and up. Opens Tuesday and runs through Oct. 13. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. For showtimes, visit


A tale of two refugees who lost their loves escaping their war-torn motherland hardly sounds like a comedy. But Vietgone at American Stage promises to be a raucous one. It’s playwright Qui Nguyen’s story of how his parents escaped Saigon in 1975, moved to America and found each other. Through satirical wit and flashbacks to Vietnam, difficult themes are explored within a love story. While it’s not a musical, characters rap to move the plot along. Opens Friday and runs through Nov. 3. $30-$70. 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. For showtimes, visit


Things can get pretty intense when it comes to politics, especially in today’s divisive climate. Sometimes you just have to laugh about the absurdity of it all. That’s what the Capitol Steps do, with skits and songs where no one from either side of the aisle is safe. They’re returning to the Palladium with new show The Lyin’ Kings. Expect to see Trump rock out, Putin dance shirtless and Bernie Sanders sing show tunes. $55-$69. 8 p.m. Saturday. 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.


There’s a direct link between the Florida Orchestra and the Beatles, and that link is Jeff Tyzik. The orchestra’s principal pops conductor is a Grammy-winning composer, producer and arranger — and it is in that capacity that he became an officially sanctioned Beatles collaborator, creating original orchestrations of songs from their original Abbey Road sessions. After premiering last year in Kalamazoo, Mich., Tyzik’s Revolution: The Music of the Beatles — A Symphonic Experience comes home, in a way, to the Florida Orchestra. Tyzik will conduct his arrangements of songs like Penny Lane, Here Comes the Sun and Hey Jude, accompanied by a live band and vocalists, with rare photos of the Beatles projected on screen behind them. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. (727) 892-3337.


Can we officially count Roy Wood Jr. as one of our own? Sure, the comic was born in Alabama, but he graduated from Florida A&M University and made a name for himself working the Florida circuit. And now he’s a correspondent on The Daily Show. Anyone who can provide Trevor Noah and company with some authentic Sunshine State perspective on the headlines is truly doing the Lord’s work in comedy. This weekend he’ll return to one of those clubs he worked before his Daily Show fame, Side Splitters on the north side of Tampa. $25 and up. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. (813) 960–1197.

On Oct. 4 and 5, Roy Wood Jr. will perform at Tampa comedy club Side Splitters. [NICOL BIESEK | Comedy Central]


He may look a bit like a goober in a dime-store Halloween costume, but Piff the Magic Dragon is a man in high demand. The British magician and comic recently popped back on America’s Got Talent, the show that made him an American star in 2015. He has worked with Penn and Teller and Mumford and Sons, and he has a hit Vegas residency at the Flamingo. And while he has been honing his unique act for years, only this summer was he named one of Variety’s 10 comics to watch in the coming year. You’ve got your own chance to do so this weekend. $32 and up. Fans can also tack on a $40 ticket to a “private party” before the show, featuring photo and video ops, one-on-one magic tricks and more. 8 p.m. Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Piff the Magic Dragon appears with Heidi Klum on NBC's "America's Got Talent: The Champions" in 2018. [TRAE PATTON | NBC]


  1. Julie Andrews, right, and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, take fans' questions in a Q&A at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 13. JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The stage and screen icon came to Clearwater to discuss her new memoir ‘Home Work’ and a wide range of other topics.
  2. Kevin James appears in his 2018 Netflix special "Don't Never Give Up." Courtesy of KC Bailey
    Plus, ‘Once on This Island,’ the Tampa Bay Symphony and the Florida Orchestra.
  3. John Leguizamo will bring his one-man show "Latin History for Morons" to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Nov. 17. Courtesy of Matthew Murphy
    Plus, how his ‘House of Buggin’ became ‘Mad TV’ and a dream project about a Hispanic Oscar Schindler. Leguizamo’s one-man show comes to the Straz Center on Nov. 17.
  4. "Fiddler on the Roof" is at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Courtesy of Joan Marcus
    The revival of a pointed story about tradition stays close to the source. | Review
  5. Comic John Crist has canceled his upcoming tour, including a May 10, 2020 concert at Tampa's Yuengling Center, following a report by the Christian publication Charisma News alleging multiple instances of sexual misconduct. Courtesy of John Crist
    The viral star’s Netflix special and tour are on hold after a report alleging sexual misconduct.
  6. Julie Andrews will appear in conversation at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 13. Courtesy of Andrew Eccles
    The 84-year-old Hollywood icon will discuss her new autobiography this week at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  7. Julie Andrews arrives at the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2015-16 season opening gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. RICHARD SHOTWELL  |  Invision/AP
    Plus, comics Jay Mohr and Cristela Alonso, the Florida Orchestra’s ‘Deep Field’ with Eric Whitacre and more.
  8. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater is undergoing a $12 million renovation/ expansion. Progress is seen here Wednesday, October 30, 2019. SCOTT KEELER  |  Times
    The 6,000-square-foot entryway opens this weekend, showcasing the venue’s most extensive facelift to date.
  9. Jobsite Theater's "The Thanksgiving Play" features Caitlin Eason, Giles Davies, Dana Mauro and Adam Workman. It runs through Nov. 17 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for Performing Arts in Tampa. Courtesy of Jobsite Theater
    Larissa FastHorse’s witty satire at Jobsite Theater mocks political correctness as well as theater itself. | Review
  10. "Fiddler on the Roof" will come to the Straz Center in Tampa on Tuesday as part of its 2019-20 Broadway series. Courtesy of Joan Marcus
    Plus, Mo’Nique, Bianca Del Rio and more.