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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

Two MVPs Exit Stage Right as New Stars Emerge in the Spotlight

As football fans focus on the draft, this week’s Sarasota Ballet performance gave balletomanes a chance to bid some MVPs a fond farewell and to begin to connect to newer recruits who are emerging in the spotlight.

Logan Learned in "Tarantella" (photo by Frank…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on April 29, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments

"Roe" Examines Vulnerable Supreme Court Case with Revelatory Performances

“Roe,” which opened this week at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, brings the most famous case in Supreme Court history to life. “Roe” playwright Lisa Loomer has gained national recognition for transforming difficult subject matter into theatrical performances, and examining the controversial case, which rendered first-term abortions legal, is her latest endeavor.

 

Rather than focusing on the details of the case that has been at the centerpiece of the culture wars in this country…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 18, 2018 at 7:56pm — No Comments

“Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill”

When I learned that now six-time Tony award winner Audra McDonald was going to portray one of my favorite singers of all time, Billie Holiday, I became obsessed with the chance to see “Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill” on Broadway. The show was going to be in mid-winter in New York City; but I was willing to brave the cold for what I was certain would be a life changing performance.

 

What I didn’t realize was that Billie…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 10, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

High Powered One Two Punch with Ballet Hispanico and Dreams of Nature at Sarasota Ballet

Once a season for the past several years, Sarasota Ballet Artistic Director Iain Webb gives his hard-working dancers a chance to rest and settle into their seats to watch a guest ballet company perform. This is an equally pleasant opportunity for Sarasota audiences to check out a traveling company as a unique part of their season subscription.

 

Sure, our community has Sarasota Contemporary Dance making a splash on the arts scene as well a few companies occasionally visiting at…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 26, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Sarasota Ballet presents Ballet Hispanico

The Sarasota Ballet Presents - Ballet Hispánico

February 23 – 25, 2018

Founded in 1970 by Venezuelan American dancer and choreographer Tina Ramirez, the Company is now directed by Cuban-American Eduardo Vilaro, a former dancer with Ballet Hispánico. This Manhattan based company…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on February 19, 2018 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Whigfest is this weekend!

Whigfest Music & Arts Festival returns President’s Day Weekend, 2018 with headliners Umphrey's McGee. WhigFest is a celebration of freedom through art, music, creativity…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on February 17, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments

Northside Hollow is now playing at the Urbanite Theatre!





Jonathan Fielding and Brenda Withers

Directed by Summer Dawn Wallace

Ends March 11, 2017

Tuesday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm



Trapped…

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on February 4, 2018 at 10:47am — No Comments

"Moving Identities" is truly spectacular!

If it’s possible, the Sarasota Ballet just stepped up another notch with “Moving Identities” ushering in 2018, which is certain to be an epic year on many fronts.

 

The evening program was truly spectacular and sealed the ballet’s fate to rank highly among some of the best traveling companies I have seen in my decades as a lover of dance. The company has successfully combined some of the strongest veteran dancers such as Ricardo Graziano (2010) and Victoria Hulland (2007) with…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 28, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Sarasota Ballet presents Moving Identities this weekend



The Sarasota Ballet's 'Moving Identities' is this weekend!



The program features Paul Taylor’s Airs, a beautiful and flowing piece,…
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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 24, 2018 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Let A.K. Murtadha and Emerald Rose Sullivan Deliver You to "The Mountaintop"

Watching Abdul-Khaliq “A.K.” Murtadha portray Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “The Mountaintop” is a bit like being visited in a dream by Reverend King himself. “The Mountaintop,” staged by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, imagines the slain civil rights leader’s last conversation at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Emerald Rose Sullivan stars as Camae, a maid at the motel who is sent to serve the Reverend King a cup of coffee as he composes another of his rousing…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 15, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

What's in a Name? Shakespeare in Love explores the Making of William Shakespeare

What’s in a name? Before William Shakespeare became the most famous playwright of all time, he was Will, a struggling poet with writer’s block. “Shakespeare in Love,” a play within a play, imagines young Will’s transformation into the immortal William Shakespeare.

 

“Shakespeare,” based on the Oscar-winning film, is currently playing at Asolo Repertory Theatre starring Jordan Brown, as the love-besotted Will, and Laura Rook, his thespian muse. The two have a nice easy…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 15, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018!

Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 1, 2018 at 3:43pm — No Comments

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

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