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"In the Heights" - a tour de force production exploding with heart!

Every once in awhile a show comes along that grips you from start to finish; and the Westcoast Black Theatre Company’s latest show “In the Heights,” which opened October 14th, was a tour de force production exploding with heart.

 

Before the show began, Nate Jacobs, Founder and Artistic Director, explained that years ago he couldn’t afford to go to Broadway to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakout production “In the Heights,” but that the Latin inspired musical that…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on October 15, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Florida Studio Theatre's 2017-18 Children's Theatre series Opens Today!

A fresh look at the timeless classic. Enter Sherwood Forest with legendary hero Robin Hood! Wielding a bow and arrow, Robin and his band of merry men join forces to stand up for what’s right. This swashbuckling tale of good and evil is full of action, trickery, disguises, swordfights, and plenty of help from the audience.…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on October 7, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

White Fang opens tonight, October 6, 2017

Opening Night Tonight!

White Fang

A world-premiere production transferring to London in Winter 2017

At the freeFall Theatre Company October 6- 29, 2017

1898. Northwestern Canada. Deep in the forests of the Yukon Territory. After the massacre of her tribe, a young girl is rescued from the snow by an old huntsman from a nearby settlement who offers shelter…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on October 6, 2017 at 10:56am — No Comments

Julius Caesar at the Asolo, September 29, 2017

ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE presents

an FSU/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Production 

 

Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare

Directed by James Dean Palmer

Adapted by Tyler Dobrowsky

Tour dates: Tuesday, September 26th, through Monday, November 20th,…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on September 28, 2017 at 9:21am — No Comments

Roar! The Music of the 1920's and Beyond

Roar! The Music of the 1920's and Beyond, starring the amazing Carole J. Bufford, at Florida Studio…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on September 21, 2017 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Roar! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond!

Roar! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond at Florida Studio Theatre now through September 22, 2017!…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on September 13, 2017 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Dog Days Theatre - Inaugural Season Off to a Steamy Start With Relatively Speaking

Dog Days Theatre a new series presented by the FSU Asolo Conservatory is a welcome relief for sleepy Sarasota summers. Season can be such a whirlwind when the Sarasota arts scene kicks into high gear, but now even Sarasota summer has much to recommend it.

 

Kelly Elizabeth Smith and Wyatt C. McNeil…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on July 23, 2017 at 7:24pm — No Comments

The Dog Days Theatre is here!

The season opens this weekend for the Asolo Repertory Theatre's new summer stage, the Dog Days Theatre!

Relatively Speaking 

By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Brendon Fox

Greg and Ginny have only known each other for a month but are already talking marriage. When Ginny goes to the house of her former lover in order to retrieve some compromising letters, Greg…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on July 16, 2017 at 10:11am — No Comments

"Broadway in Black" steams up the summer on the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe stage!

Just when the doldrums of the steamy summer sets in, Sarasota audiences can count on the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe to provide a much-needed jolt with their annual summer musical revue. “Broadway in Black” opened June 24th and runs through July 23rd featuring just over 50 musical numbers!

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on June 26, 2017 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Asolo Rep takes Sarasota audiences "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" through July 1st

Asolo Repertory Theatre’s latest foray into theater appropriate for children is a thrilling ride taking the audience “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” For Sarasota, a town punctuated by many beautiful bodies of water and home to a world-class sanctuary for sea life, the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, this play is the perfect entrée to the Jules Verne classic – fun and lighthearted but with an important message.…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on June 15, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Asolo Rep's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea opens this weekend

June 7–July 1

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

By Craig Francis and Rick Miller

Directed By Rick Miller

Based on the book by Jules Verne

Produced by Kidoons/Wyrd Productions from Montréal, Canada

Magnificent sea creatures! A spectacular…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on June 6, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

Prayers for Peace

Here in Sarasota our hearts and prayers go out to the wonderful people of Manchester today. My daughter is just a few years younger than the youngest of the victims. My heart breaks for these families. This is a photo of us from 2013 in front of the "Doves of Peace" sculpture in Manchester, UK.

Did you know in 1980 Manchester became the first city in the world to declare itself a nuclear free zone? As part of this…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on May 25, 2017 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment

Eerie charm in store in world premiere of "Beatsville"

“Beatsville” is a hip new musical making its world premiere at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. The Asolo tends to explore new musicals in late spring; and I applaud the theater’s efforts to support something so crucial to musical lovers like me – new productions. The theater world places a heavy emphasis on revivals such as the first production of the Asolo season, perhaps the most perfect Broadway musical, “Guys and Dolls," which are as they say, "s'wonderful," it is also critical to expand…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on May 17, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

END OF THE RAINBOW at freeFall Theatre Company

END OF THE RAINBOW by Peter Quilter. Playing now through June 4, 2017 at the freeFall Theatre Company​

A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow triumphed in London's West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway in 2012. It's Christmas 1968, and Judy Garland is booked for six weeks of "comeback concerts" at London's Talk of the Town. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on May 17, 2017 at 10:32am — No Comments

Brash bold and bombastic “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” delights at Asolo Repertory Theatre

Brash, bold and bombastic- "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" by Kristoffer Diaz is a truly original theatrical experience produced by the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Directed by the indomitable Jen Wineman, the black box Cook Theatre was transformed into a wrestling arena complete with laser lighting and rock music to pump up the excitement.…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on April 16, 2017 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Call for Art – 7th Annual “Landscapes” Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the gallery’s 7th Annual “Landscapes” Online Juried Art Competition for the month of April 2017.  The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists (including photographers) from around the world to make online…

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Added by John R Math on April 6, 2017 at 12:06pm — No Comments

"Girl Groups: The ‘60s Explosion” at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is one of the company’s best performances!

“Girl Groups: The ‘60s Explosion” at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was my favorite show of the season and one of the company’s best performances. This show has everything Sarasota audiences love about WBTT. Artistic Director Nate Jacobs regularly designs shows that reintroduce some of the greatest songs ever written, interpreted by Broadway caliber performers for the WBTT’s loyal and adoring audiences.…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 18, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Gomes turns in a performance for the record books in Sarasota Ballet's Tribute to Ashton

It helps to have friends in high places; and Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri have ably used their considerable ballet pedigrees to great effect in the Sarasota Ballet decade of Webb. The company scored another major coup this past weekend as the first United States company to perform “Scenes de Ballet” by choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton and was joined by the larger than life ballet star Marcelo Gomes, principal of the American Ballet Theatre. The “Tribute to Ashton” event was everything I…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 16, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

"Born Yesterday" at Asolo Rep is an entertaining clarion call for civic education

Theater is a place of refuge; and Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Michael Donald Edward’s decision to develop a Washington Trilogy in the early weeks of a new administration is nothing short of brilliant. “The Great Society” was a cautionary tale; “The Originalist” was a peace offering extolling the search for common political ground; and “Born Yesterday” is a clarion call to energize citizens to reassert the founding principals of democracy.

 

Don’t get me wrong,…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 20, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Ed Gero as Scalia wins hearts and minds in "The Originalist"

In these heady times where the Constitution is on everyone’s minds and lips, it was an unexpected pleasure to watch “The Originalist,” a play about famed and recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, which premiered at Asolo Repertory Theatre on inauguration day.

 

Scalia’s death last year has thrown the Supreme Court into the forefront of political discourse. “The Originalist,” written by John Strand, premiered in Washington, D.C. while he was still alive. Edward…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 30, 2017 at 8:15pm — No Comments

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