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Toe-tapping Joy in Re-Imagined "The Music Man" at Asolo Rep

From the minute the curtain went up, it was clear Asolo Repertory’s tap infused “The Music Man,” directed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun, was going to be something special.

 

A group of salesmen on a jittery train introduce us to the tall tale of Professor Harold Hill, who is prone to skipping town once he has made his sale. The salesmen move up and down and sway a little until they reach a turn and then they gently lift their chairs and guide them around the bend simulating…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 25, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

"Masters of Dance" - a Sarasota Ballet showcase featuring guest artist Mathias Dingman

We weren’t sure we could make it to this week’s performance of “Masters of Dance,” but the stars aligned. I am thrilled I had the chance to be introduced to Mathias Dingman, principal dancer of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, dancing the role first created by Sir Frederick Ashton for Mikhail Barshnikov.

 

For “Rhapsody,” the Sarasota Ballet secured the original sets from the Royal Ballet; and the exquisite dancing before the regal Greek columns had me enraptured from start to…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 23, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Iconographic - a Triumphant Launch for the Sarasota Ballet 2018-2019 Season

The Sarasota Ballet officially launched its 2018-2019 season with “Iconographic,” an evening featuring three major works each introducing the audience to a very separate and distinct picture of time and emotion.

 

When the company of radiant female dancers in white and gold tutus entered the stage adorned simply with chandeliers, I felt a sigh of relief come over me. At the conclusion of yet another difficult news week, punctuated with familiar but continuously unthinkable…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on October 29, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

At the Ringling Museum this weekend!

Saturday October 20th the The Ringling's Grounds &…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on October 17, 2018 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Porchfest on Sunday!

Arlington Park PorchfesT SRQ is a grassroots community music festival featuring free live…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on October 5, 2018 at 12:05pm — No Comments

The Fantasticks is playing at the freeFall Theatre Company September 22 - October 21, 2018

The Fantasticks is playing at the freeFall Theatre Company September 22 - October 21, 2018



It’s the longest-running musical in history for a reason. With universal themes and an understated romanticism, The Fantasticks has enchanted audiences for generations. freeFall’s production, employing actor musicians, puppetry, and a variety of other surprising theatrical vocabularies will captivate you…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on September 25, 2018 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Free Museum Day is tomorrow!

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on September 21, 2018 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Ringling Underground September 2018​ is Today!

Enjoy live music, and art in the The Ringling​ Courtyard from 8:00pm - 11:00pm on September 6, 2018. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Select galleries will be open until 11:00pm.

ODDITIES, a Ringling Museum Courtyard exhibition of five local artists who compose uncanny surrealisms. The works contain traces of sarcasm, wit, gore, and psychological discoveries…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on September 6, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Tampa Bay Theatre Festival is a 3-day fun filled theatrical experience, and it is happening this weekend!

DESCRIPTION: RL Stage Inc.’s focus is to create opportunities for aspiring and seasoned actors to develop and showcase their craft. We also take pride in providing the Tampa Bay community with quality entertainment presented by local playwrights and…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on August 31, 2018 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Gilbert & Sullivan at FST!

Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged, with arrangements by Matt Kahler will run August 21- September 23 at Florida Studio Theatre!



Pour the pirate sherry, braid the raven hair, polish up the handle of the big brass door, and…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on August 23, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

'Tops from Flops' is now showing through July 22, 2018 at The Players Centre for Performing Arts!

'Tops from Flops' is now showing through July 22, 2018 at The Players Centre for Performing Arts!

A musical revue of America's most treasured musical theatre songs that came from some of Broadway's biggest fiascos. Enjoy an evening of great and enduring all-time hits from composers like: George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on July 18, 2018 at 11:32am — No Comments

Dancing at Lughnasa Now through July 8th!

Dancing at Lughnasa is Playing now through July 8, 2018! Hosted by the Straz Center for the Performing…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on June 27, 2018 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Enjoy a Renaissance for Children's Theatre with "The Jungle Book"

We are living through a renaissance for children in Sarasota. A decade ago, our decision to start a family in town seemed an unusual step, but now everywhere you look offerings for children can be found in nearly every part of the local arts and culture scene.

 

Florida Studio Theatre recently concluded a second full season of children’s shows and is offering a summer cabaret. Currently, Asolo Repertory Theatre has embarked on its third major children’s show, “The Jungle Book,”…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on June 18, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Circus Spectacular 2018!

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you! Join us for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with our good friends at The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”…
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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on June 16, 2018 at 11:31am — No Comments

Sarasota Music Fest is here!

The Sarasota Music Festival is here! 

June 7-23, 2018

For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together in Florida to study and perform chamber music. The …

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on June 9, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Sarasota Music Fest is here!

The Sarasota Music Festival is here! 

June 7-23, 2018

For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together in Florida to study and perform chamber music. The …

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on June 9, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments

The Jungle Book opens today at the Asolo Rep!

The Jungle Book opens tonight at the Asolo Repertory Theatre!

By CRAIG FRANCIS and RICK MILLER | Based on the book by RUDYARD KIPLING | Directed by CRAIG FRANCIS and RICK MILLER | Produced by…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on June 9, 2018 at 1:05pm — No Comments

9Th Annual Harvey Milk Fest Tomorrow!

The 9th Annual …

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on May 11, 2018 at 4:50pm — No Comments

"Soul Man" Delivers Feel Good Entertainment with a Side of Education

“Soul Men” closes out the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s “change is gonna come” season with all the style and pizzazz we have come to expect from productions at the little theater that could. Indeed change has come to WBTT, which has just opened its beautiful new education and outreach space and has plans underway to add additional seating and restrooms to the theater space. This has been a tremendous season, and I look forward to what is in store for the fall.

 

In the…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on May 7, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

"Ragtime" - Exactly the Show We Need Right Now

“Ragtime,” reimagined on the Asolo Repertory stage, is a triumph of musical theater and truly defines the American Character, which was the theater’s theme for five years ending last season.

 

This season, I have been missing that common thread of the American Character theme, which the company handled so masterfully for half a decade. Yet this latest production is the culmination of everything that is both beautiful and profoundly discouraging about the American experiment –…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on May 6, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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