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Fall Arts Preview: A guide to Tampa Bay’s top stage and museum events of 2019-20

From augmented reality at the Dalí to a boatload of Beethoven at the Florida Orchestra, it’s shaping up as another busy season in the arts.
Disney's Aladdin comes to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2019-2020 Broadway series. Courtesy of Deen van Meer.
Disney's Aladdin comes to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2019-2020 Broadway series. Courtesy of Deen van Meer.
Published Sep. 5, 2019
Updated Sep. 5, 2019

First, the bad news: We have to wait a full season for Hamilton.

The runaway blockbuster hit that recently graced Tampa Bay stages is coming back. It will return sometime during the 2020-21 season at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Straz officials announced this week.

But take this as an opportunity. We have a whole Hamilton-free season coming up to explore. And is there ever a lot to dig into.

From the 25th anniversary of Opera Tampa to a 250th-anniversary celebration of Beethoven’s birth by the Florida Orchestra, from augmented reality at the Salvador Dalí Museum to new and classic musicals like Mean Girls, Aladdin and Jesus Christ Superstar, it’s shaping up to be a diverse and provocative year. Everyone from Jean-Michel Basquiat to SpongeBob SquarePants, Pablo Picasso to Nick Offerman will get a moment in the spotlight. And we should see the opening of yet another huge arts destination, St. Petersburg’s long-delayed Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, as early as December.

Here’s a look at what the 2019-20 arts season will bring to Tampa Bay stages, museums and beyond.

ON STAGE: Mean Girls, Fiddler, Shakespeare and more on Tampa Bay stages

ORCHESTRA: The Florida Orchestra is bingeing on Beethoven, and here’s why

MUSEUMS: From Basquiat to augmented reality, what’s coming to Tampa Bay museums

CONCERTS: 68 sensational shows, from Elton John to Phil Collins to Post Malone

OPERA: Opera Tampa turns 25 with Aida, Carmen, Andrea Bocelli

COMEDY, DANCE AND MORE: Variety abounds, from Game of Thrones to Nick Offerman


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