What’s happening on Tampa Bay stages: Hugh Jackman, Percy Jackson, Newsies

Plus, Hat Trick Theatre announces its new season full of tried-and-true favorites.
Published July 3
Updated July 3

LOGAN’S RUN: Hugh Jackman

It feels like an understatement to call Hugh Jackman a song and dance man — he was, after all, Wolverine — but when you get down to it, that might just be who he is inside. Sweep his musical roles off his resume, and he’s another pretty-faced action star and occasional romantic lead. But throw in The Boy From Oz, Les Misérables and especially The Greatest Showman, and he’s arguably one of the great all-around talents of his day. The Boy From Oz, a musical about the life of fellow Aussie Peter Allen, won Jackman a Tony Award (and ultimately an Emmy for hosting that year’s ceremony). The film adaptation of Les Misérables got him an Academy Award nomination. And this year, the cinematic phenomenon that was The Greatest Showman took home a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. If you’re keeping score at home, that means the star of Chappie and Van Helsing is one Oscar away from an EGOT. So yeah, when you look at it that way, why shouldn’t Jackman go on a big, gaudy tour, singing sings from Oz and Les Miz and Greatest Showman and whatever else strikes his ruggedly handsome fancy? Tickets for this one have been hot sellers since Day 1, so if you see one on sale, snap it up. $61.25 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

GOOD GODS: Percy Jackson

Okay, so Percy Jackson isn’t the cursed child. But unlike Harry Potter, whose Broadway play takes more than five hours to perform in full, Jackson’s journey from script to stage goes down a little easier on the road. Based on Rick Riordan’s series of young adult novels, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical hits Tampa next week on its first national tour, with original Broadway lead Chris McCarrell in the title role of a teenager who discovers his father was a Greek god. The musical (featuring a witty book by the writer of Be More Chill) earned better notices than two big-budget Percy Jackson films from earlier this decade. It’s not always easy being a god in a wizarding world, but this musical should give every teenager at heart something to relate to. $25 and up. Tuesday through July 14. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.


When it comes to kid-friendly musicals, Newsies is a classic. The 1992 Disney flick featured a young Christian Bale and music from Alan Menken; a 2011 Broadway musical won a Tony for Best Original Score. So why not enjoy a local production with actual young’uns starring as turn-of-the-20th-century newsboys revolting against the media establishment? This weekend, the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center will produce Newsies with students age 13 through college. $25 and up. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

’TIS THE SEASON: Hat Trick Theatre’s 2019-20 Season

Hat Trick Theatre is Ruth Eckerd Hall’s resident company that performs in the intimate Murray Theatre, and selections for the 2019-20 season are tried-and-true favorites. $24 single tickets are on sale now, $55 for all three productions. rutheckerdhall.com.

And Then There Were None (Oct. 10-20) Just in time for Halloween, Agatha Christie’s dark thriller sees a group of strangers, all marked for murder, summoned to a remote island. They go down one by one to the lines of an eerie nursery rhyme.

Rumors (Feb. 6-16) When a group gathers for a 10th wedding anniversary celebration, miscommunications and confusion cause the evening to descend into insanity in Neil Simon’s farce.

Cyrano (April 30-May 10) This is an American adaptation of the French classic about the man with a poetic soul as large as his legendary nose.