Performing Arts

The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, Florida in July 1987. The venue was rebranded in November 2009 to recognize the donation of financier David A. Straz, Jr. --the largest individual philanthropic gift ever made to a cultural institution in Tampa. The Straz Center is located downtown on a 9-acre site along the east bank of the Hillsborough River.
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    Forget “The Crown”! Princess Diana Musical is Coming to Broadway Next Spring, and it's Not Called “Candle in the Wind”

    We just can't get enough of those British royals! “The Crown” is returning in November. And every day Prince Harry and Megan Markle are in the news if they sneeze, or wear paisley. Now the tragic saga of Princess Diana, Harry's late mother, is coming to Broadway from its premiere at the LaJolla Playhouse in San Diego. No, it's not called “Candle in the Wind.” It's a musical, called “Diana,” and it hits town at the Longacre Theater on March 2, 2020 with an opening night of March 31st. Jeanna de Waal, acclaimed for her performance in the title role when the show premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse, will lead the cast on Broadway. She will be joined by Roe Hartrampf as “Prince Charles,”  Erin Davie


    Exclusive Master Class with Golden Globe Winner Kathleen Turner

    Provincetown, MA - General public tickets are now on sale for a one-day-only Master Class exploring the craft of acting taught by Kathleen Turner, a living legend of the stage and screen. The event will be presented at Town Hall on Saturday, September 28 from 9am to noon, as part of the 14th annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. It is a rare opportunity to learn from one of America's great performers of Williams, in a spontaneous collaboration with theater artists from around the country. Working onstage with a range of local and Festival actors, as well as theater students embarking on a career, Turner will offer a playful and vivid look into her acting and teaching process.

  • 'If/Then' intriguingly follows the road(s) less traveled at Theater West End
    Orlando Sentinel

    'If/Then' intriguingly follows the road(s) less traveled at Theater West End

    I suppose there are people so confident in their choices that they boldly stride through life never looking back, never second-guessing themselves. For the rest of us, though, the musical “If/Then” offers a thought-provoking concept: What if each decision you make sends your life in an entirely new direction? And we're not talking about big decisions, like whether to marry the boy next door, move to a new country or join Scientology.

  • the Guardian

    Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet review – the thrilling shock of the new

    Sadler's Wells, London Bourne and his superb dancers inject visceral new life into Shakespeare's overworked tragedy 4 / 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars. You've got to hand it to Matthew Bourne, choreographer extraordinaire. When most people sit down and think of Romeo and Juliet, images of warring families spring to mind. They might be in Shakespeare's traditional version, or Kenneth MacMillan's ballet, or Baz Luhrmann and Franco Zeffirelli's films. Even if they're living in a dystopia such as Mats Ek's Romeo & Juliet or in the tougher boroughs of New York in West Side Story, the essential lineaments of the story of young lovers kept apart by the forces of society around them will remain the same. The

  • Puccini Festival review: The sets for Tosca are magnificent
    Daily Mail

    Puccini Festival review: The sets for Tosca are magnificent

    Puccini Festival Torre del Lago, Tuscany                                                                      Until Saturday Tosca Rating: La Bohème Rating: Giacomo Puccini rented a cottage in Torre del Lago for no better reason than that it was cheap. And discreet. His mistress (later his wife) Elvira Gemignani had a son by him.  And this was somewhere they could live openly together, which they couldn't in his nearby home town of Lucca. Here, Puccini, in the words of a cynical friend, pursued his three great passions: 'shooting, smoking and f******'.  And also, of course, creating a few operas. Both La Bohème and Tosca were mainly composed here. The Puccini Festival, now in its 65th year, these

  • Whylie returns for Gerrehbenta
    The Jamaica Observer

    Whylie returns for Gerrehbenta

    VETERAN musician Marjorie Whylie joins National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) Singers for a special performance of Gerrehbenta , choreographed by Rex Nettleford in 1983 at Pli� for the Arts' Amalgamation, on August 30. Showtime is 7:30 pm. Music and dance will come together as top performers at the Little Theatre in Kingston from August 30 to September 1. Whylie is cognisant of the relevance of Jamaica's history and traditions in today's culture and commends efforts to introduce it to upcoming generations. “When you know your history, then you will be firm in your identity, and won't allow anyone to take steps with you. It is important for us to know where we are going, yes, but we also need to

  • Review: Picnic Operetta rocks up Mozart, but the beauty comes through

    Review: Picnic Operetta rocks up Mozart, but the beauty comes through

    Would you like a little Devo with your Mozart? How about some charred eggplant with your arias? For 11 years now, Mixed Precipitation has been creating operatic mashups that maintain some loyalty to the stage works of the great classical masters, yet toss in tunes from a completely different genre and transport the action to some locale a world apart from the original. The group has now taken the lesser performed opera from Mozart's last year of life – “The Clemency of Tito,” written almost simultaneously with “The Magic Flute” – and is placing it amid the heated competition of… professional tennis. While the idea may be a head scratcher, Saturday afternoon's performance of “The Clemency of Tito's


    Katreese Barnes, a musical force behind the scenes, dies at 56

    Katreese Barnes, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and music producer who accompanied some of the biggest stars of the 1990s and 2000s and won two Emmys as musical director for “Saturday Night Live” — including one for a song (with an unprintable name) that became one of the earliest viral sensations on YouTube — died on Aug. 3 in Manhattan. She was 56. Her brother Jerry said the cause was breast cancer, which she had fought for the past 20 years. She never recorded an album under her own name, but Ms. Barnes was known to musicians around New York City as a remarkably versatile studio musician. She played piano, electric keyboards, and alto saxophone, produced albums, and wrote songs.

  • Young dancers sought for Moscow Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

    Young dancers sought for Moscow Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

    Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" is coming to Eau Claire, and the company is looking for local ballet students to fill children's roles. Local youth ages 6 to 18 can audition to be Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes, Russian Snow Maidens and more roles through Moscow Ballet's community engagement Dance-with-Us program. Auditions are led by a Moscow Ballet company member/pedagogue in each performance city this fall. Auditions are at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio, Infinity Dance Center, 2801 E. Hamilton Ave., and are led by Moscow Ballet ballerina Mariia Yevdokymova.

  • Singer Wilson-Toliver To Perform in Concert
    The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

    Singer Wilson-Toliver To Perform in Concert

    A free-will donation is accepted at the door. St. Matthew's is accessible to wheelchairs from its 15th Street entrance. Wilson-Toliver's program at St. Matthew's will include an abundance of selections from the Broadway, spiritual and opera repertoire. He will perform Burleigh's classic settings of “Give Me Jesus,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” and “Stan' Still, Jordan”; arias from Mozart and Wagner operas; and renditions from the Broadway and club stages selected from “Ragtime,” “Man of La Mancha”and Sinatra's jazz standards. Parish music director Robert Troeger will accompany at the piano. Previously, Wilson-Toliver was heard in Wheeling in 2016 as the the bass soloist at Vance

  • Ananga Martin Band Album Release Party Hits Saturday
    The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

    Ananga Martin Band Album Release Party Hits Saturday

    Adrian Niles, Matt Smith, Chad Burrall, Michael Iafrate and John Whorton join Martin onstage and the group will perform songs from Martin's recently released album “Moonlight and Fire.” Ananga's music is reflective of her spiritual journey from a young girl in the orange groves and mountains of Southern California, to the soft, lush hills of West Virginia. Recorded over the winter, “Moonlight and Fire” includes the incredible musical talents of Niles, Smith, Burrall and Iafrate. Each wove their unique musical threads into the songs, resulting in a sound that is heartfelt, spontaneous, cohesive and healing. Playing with the band for the show is drummer Whorton, who will lend the heartbeat and

  • Blackface Scandal Divides The World Of Opera

    Blackface Scandal Divides The World Of Opera

    Every year upwards of 400,000 music lovers travel to the shores of Lake Konstanz in Bregenz, Austria, to witness opera performances on the worlds largest floating stage at the Bregenz Festival. This weekend will mark the closing performance of Verdi's opera, Rigoletto, produced by Philipp Stölzl. The stage construction is a singular feat of modern engineering involving no less than 46 European technology firms and taking ten months to complete. The creativity and technology at play are staggering. The 140-tonne centerpiece is a crane-mounted 13.5 meter high head of Verdi's central character. The crane and various mechanics maneuver the head in parallel with the plot twists of the opera, at times

  • Theater review: Union Avenue Opera offers a moving, grim 'Glory Denied'
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Theater review: Union Avenue Opera offers a moving, grim 'Glory Denied'

    Union Avenue Opera's 25th season has been a study in contrasts, from a sprawling opening production of Leonard Bernstein's “Candide” to Puccini's beloved “La bohème,” to a very different closer, Tom Cipullo's 2007 “Glory Denied,” in its St. Louis premiere. “Glory,” with just 14 musicians — four singers, nine instrumentalists and a conductor — is based on the true story of U.S. Army Special Forces Col. Floyd James “Jim” Thompson. Thompson, captured in 1964 and not released until 1973, was America's longest-held prisoner of war, enduring monstrous torture at the hands of the Viet Cong.

  • Red Magnolia Theatre Co. features an all-male cast in 'Steel MALEnolias' fundraiser
    The Advocate

    Red Magnolia Theatre Co. features an all-male cast in 'Steel MALEnolias' fundraiser

    Two men will be stepping into the roles of two of film's most iconic women to raise money for the all-female Red Magnolia Theatre Co.  Confused? Don't be. It's all in good fun. Jeff Johnson and Albert Nolan will play Clairee and Ousier, of "Steel Magnolias" fame, in the "Steel MALEnolias: A Night with Ouiser and Clairee" fundraiser on Aug. 22 in the Tracy Center. "I'm going to be Clairee," Nolan said, "and Jeff is going to be Ouiser." Clairee is the seemingly refined counterpart to the gruff Ouiser in "Steel Magnolias," which turns 30 this year. Red Magnolia will be commemorating that anniversary by opening its own production of the all-female play on Nov. 14 in Theatre Baton Rouge's Studio Theatre.


    Auditions for the REGIONAL PREMIERE of Aaron Sorkin's To Kill A Mockingbird

    Editor's Note:  In what can only be described as either a coup or a phenomenal stroke of luck, Eventide Theatre Company has secured the rights to the NEW Aaron Sorkin version of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, which is currently in its FIRST RUN on Broadway.  Directed by Steve Ross, Eventide Theatre will be the REGIONAL PREMIERE of this award-winning and critically acclaimed work! Dennis, MA - Eventide Theatre Company and Director Steve Ross announce auditions for the REGIONAL PREMIERE of Aaron Sorkin's “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Thursday, August 29 @ 6:30 and Saturday, August 31 @ 10am at Dennis Union Church (713 Main Street, Dennis) Currently in its first run on Broadway, Eventide Theatre Company