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The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's "A Motown Christmas" - the best place to get in the holiday spirit!

The Christmas season is in full swing, and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has outdone itself once again with this year’s “A Motown Christmas.” When performed in 2015, I really enjoyed the show, which was a nice balance of a mini-history lesson of the significance of the Motown sound in our musical lexicon and the Christmas spirit. This year’s production was largely the same as in 2015, but the performance felt entirely fresh and new.

 

Since they last performed the same mix…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on December 4, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Sarasota Ballet's Metropolitan - a Night to Remember

The Sarasota Ballet’s production “Metropolitan” opening on December 1st was a night to remember. The evening was billed as a tribute to New York and although the connection among the pieces was a bit tenuous (all were choreographed by or for New Yorkers), they shared in common a complexity and sophistication befitting Manhattan.…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on December 4, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Famous Tenor, Joseph Spinella, Performs a Magical Tribute to Pavarotti

La Bella Napoli continues its music series with a combined spectacle of music and magic starring acclaimed tenor, Joe Spinella. As a Tribute to Pavarotti, favorite arias and standards from the great maestro's repertoire are performed with a dash of real magic.…

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Added by Joe Spinella, Tenor / Singer on November 28, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments

Not Your Mother's Evita - Rhodes Production is a Masterstroke

Asolo Repertory Theatre has demonstrated another masterstroke with “Evita,” which opened last week. The casting, costumes, staging, and choreography all smashed through the barriers of the more traditional Broadway staging of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. The action begins with Evita lowered from the ceiling on an aerial silk during a screening of a film. You know you want to get to know someone lionized as Evita was in Argentina.…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 27, 2017 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have a lot to be grateful for over these past 12 years. We are especially grateful to each and every one of you. We are blessed to be a part of this amazing community of artists and arts lovers! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Added by Michael W. Silvestri on November 23, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Happy Veterans Day 2017!

AnythingArts.com is proud to honor Veterans Day! Here are some great ways to celebrate the Holiday Weekend.…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on November 10, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Sarasota Ballet makes a triumphant return for its 27th season with "The Secret Garden"

The Sarasota Ballet made a triumphant return for its 27th season with the magical production “The Secret Garden” choreographed by Will Tuckett. The ballet was choreographed for the Sarasota Ballet and was first performed three years ago. Time to grow is good for any garden, and this one was more lush and elaborate with the passage of a few seasons. “The Secret Garden,” with its timeless message about the healing powers of nature, seems particularly well suited to the Sarasota Ballet nurtured…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 6, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Sarasota Ballet's 2017-18 season opens this weekend!

The first production of The Sarasota Ballet's 2017-18 Season is here with much anticipated return of Olivier Award Winner Will Tuckett’s …

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on October 28, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

So much to do this weekend! October 21, 2017

Could it be? Yes, season is here!

 

The Ringling International Arts Festival is this weekend. This is the big event happening right now in Sarasota. There has been a tremendous amount of coverage dedicated to it, so I wont add anything here. Now, if you want something else to do, I composed a list … AND it is exciting!

 

We’ve already mentioned ‘White Fang’ at the FreeFall Theatre, and ‘In the Heights’ at the West Coast Black Theatre…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on October 20, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

"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

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