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This weekend on Tampa Bay stages: Julie Andrews, Dane Cook, Eric Andre

Plus, comics Jay Mohr and Cristela Alonso, the Florida Orchestra’s ‘Deep Field’ with Eric Whitacre and more.
Julie Andrews arrives at the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2015-16 season opening gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. [RICHARD SHOTWELL  |  Invision/AP]
Julie Andrews arrives at the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2015-16 season opening gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. [RICHARD SHOTWELL | Invision/AP]
Published Nov. 6, 2019


Julie Andrews is often described as practically perfect in every way, and not just because she’s Mary Freaking Poppins. Her illustrious career and regal yet genial air make her absolute Hollywood royalty — although to hear her tell it, the road wasn’t always easy. “It isn’t just glamor and red carpets and elegant gowns and all of that,” Andrews, 84, said by phone. “It’s really hard work. Particularly musicals, which require wonderful music, but also hard learning of choreography and long hours.” Andrews gets into it — and the effect it had on her family life with director Blake Edwards, her husband of 41 years — in Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years. She rarely sings in public anymore, but she’s going on the road to promote the book, appearing in conversation with her daughter and co-author, Emma Walton Hamilton, at two local events next week. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $72.50 and up. (727) 791-7400. And 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $78.55 and up. (941) 953-3368.


The days of tripping out in your local planetarium may be long gone, but you might feel some similar vibes at this weekend’s Florida Orchestra’s Masterworks program. The orchestra is bringing in Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre to conduct his immersive Deep Field, with Hubble Telescope graphics projected on the big screen and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay singing in the aisles. Whitacre will also conduct his Lux Aurumque and Equus, along with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Copland’s Quiet City. Far out, man. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. (727) 892-3337.

Eric Whitacre will conduct his compositions, including "Deep Field," with the Florida Orchestra starting Friday. [Marc Royce]


What makes Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret different from a lot of other plays about the military? For one, it was written by a veteran, former Green Beret Scott Mann. For another, it’s performed by actors who are veterans and military family members. The project operates through Mann’s nonprofit group The Heroes Journey, designed to give veterans more agency in telling their own stories through art. This one is based on Mann’s own experiences coming home from Afghanistan only to face new challenges in his own living room. $33.75 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.


A bunch of notable comics are descending on Tampa Bay stages this weekend:

Actor, comedian and sports radio host Jay Mohr goes back to his standup roots at Side Splitters. $30. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday. 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Former host of The View and groundbreaking Latina comedian Cristela Alonzo brings her My Affordable Care Act tour and a book signing of her recently released mixtape memoir Music to My Years to Tampa. $25-$35. 7:30 p.m. Friday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place.

Standup comedian and actor Dane Cook hits the road again with his Tell It Like It Is tour. $39.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg

Adult Swim darling Eric Andre brings his Legalize Everything tour to Tampa Theatre. $35-$49.50. 8 p.m. Saturday. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8286.

Eric Andre arrives at the world premiere of "The Lion King" in July at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. [JORDAN STRAUSS | Invision/AP]


When does a classical performance double as a history lesson? When it’s Classic Black: A Tribute to Marian Anderson, a celebration of African-American classical performers. The show, hosted at the Palladium by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, features performers like violinist Mary Corbett, bassist John Lamb and vocalists Gregory Sheppard, Fred Johnson, Siobhan Monique and others paying tribute to Anderson, a celebrated contralto who in 1939 performed for more than 75,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when she was denied a performance at Constitution Hall. She would go on to sing at the inaugurations of Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy and win the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors. $15 and up. 4:30 p.m. Sunday. 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

Contralto Marian Anderson performs on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. [Associated Press]


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  2. Ira Glass will appear at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Jan. 25. [Courtesy of Sandy Honig]
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    Before his quiet life of rural retirement, the Panhandle native performed in some of Europe’s most vaunted opera houses.
  5. Drumline Live will high-step through the Straz Center in Tampa on Jan. 14. [Courtesy of the Straz Center]
    Comic Matt Braunger at Side Splitters and a Duke Ellington tribute by the Florida Orchestra, too.
  6. Mike Tyson announces "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," a one-man show on Broadway, in New York in 2012. [EVAN AGOSTINI  |  Invision/AP]
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