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Hamilton!

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on February 27, 2019 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Tonight at the Van Wezel!

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on February 26, 2019 at 6:55am — No Comments

The Martha Graham Dance Company gives a jam-packed triumphant performance presented by the Sarasota Ballet

Several years ago, the Sarasota Ballet began hosting a touring company early in the new year to give local audiences a greater breadth of experience with modern dance and to give the dancers a chance to relax in the audience for a change.

 

Local balletomanes have been treated to companies ranging from the well-known Paul Taylor Dance Company to, more recently, the less familiar Smuin Dance Company. This year, the Sarasota Ballet has hosted the grande dame of the dance world –…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 17, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

"Sweat" - a rumination on working class America is currently playing at Asolo Repertory Theatre

“Sweat” by Lynn Nottage opened February 8th at Asolo Repertory Theatre. “Sweat” is considered the first play to speak directly to the Trump era because of its focus on a working class community in America’s heartland.

 

Pundits have spent the better part of nearly three years discussing the forgotten working class voters that have been touted as the key to Trump’s appeal. I was intrigued to see a play that would address head on a community impacted by the loss of…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 14, 2019 at 8:08pm — No Comments

"Transcending Movement" moves beyond typical fare to achieve the sublime

Sarasota Ballet’s latest production “Transcending Movement” was an exciting mix of classic and modern featuring four divergent pieces that captured the spirit of what the company is all about.

 

The evening began with the delightful “Four Scottish Dances” by David Bintley – light and fresh with a particularly strong performance by Weslley Carvahlo, a coryphée dancer who brings leading male star quality to his role. Breezy and fun, this piece was a great aperitif for the rest of…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 26, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

"A Doll's House, Part 2" features Kate Hampton in a revelatory performance about the revolutionary Nora Helmer!

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” now playing at Asolo Repertory Theatre started simply with an unopened door signifying the threshold where we last saw housewife Nora Helmer in the classic Ibsen original. As the lights came up the infamous doorway itself was met with thundering applause from an audience that has clearly been hungering to learn what became of Nora, who, in 1879, defied convention by departing through that door leaving behind her husband and children.

 

Lucas Hnath has…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 21, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Opening Night Tonight for The Crucible at the Asolo Repertory Theatre!

Opening Night Tonight for The Crucible at the …

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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 11, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

Kicking off a Balmy Sarasota Holiday Season with Victorian Winters at the Sarasota Ballet

With “Victorian Winters,” the Sarasota Ballet took the audience on an elegant journey back in time celebrating the grandeur of belle époque choreography.

 

“Les Patineurs,” choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton to depict a Victorian skating party, was a gorgeous production. Kate Honea and Kaitlyn May were a lovely duo as Blue Girls; and I especially enjoyed watching them tiptoeing on toe gingerly across the “ice.”

 

We saw “Les Patineurs” a few years ago featuring…

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Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on December 18, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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 & Gardens will be closed for an event - but you can attend Transient Landscapes for just $5 or included with…

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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

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 performers. The TBTF consists of educational workshops, shows, networking and social events, and competitions. This is our…

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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

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