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Andrew Lloyd Webber lets his freak flag fly with ‘School of Rock’ at Straz

Andrew Lloyd Webber lets his freak flag fly with ‘School of Rock’ at Straz

TAMPAFrom Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most recent musical, we may conclude several things.School of Rock was a pretty good movie. The 2003 movie written by Mike White, on which this 2015 adaptation is based, came with an exuberant plot, a solid chassis aro...
Published: 01/02/18
Updated: 01/03/18
What’s on stage this week: ‘Forever Plaid,’ ‘Keely and Du,’ ‘Gnit’

What’s on stage this week: ‘Forever Plaid,’ ‘Keely and Du,’ ‘Gnit’

OPENING: KEELY AND DUWith 17 award-winning plays in 36 years, the writer under the pen name Jane Martin has become the "best unknown playwright in America." Now the new Innovocative Theatre in its second production has produced Martin’s 1994 Pulitzer...
Published: 12/29/17
Updated: 01/10/18
Our performing arts critic’s top 10 Tampa Bay shows of 2017

Our performing arts critic’s top 10 Tampa Bay shows of 2017

Highlights of Tampa Bay’s performing arts scene this year ranged from solo shows to intense dramas to musicals. They all brought realness to the stage, sometimes in fanciful dimensions. And they surpassed expectations, in so doing creating the most d...
Published: 12/28/17
Updated: 01/03/18
A figure of calm encouragement, Jahja Ling returns to conduct the Florida Orchestra

A figure of calm encouragement, Jahja Ling returns to conduct the Florida Orchestra

Jahja Ling was both a sideline coach and cheerleader for musicians of the Florida Orchestra, a man who would wring out every last ampere of dedication, then recharge their batteries with praise.This weekend, another milestone in the orchestra’s 50th ...
Published: 12/28/17
Updated: 01/02/18
What’s on stage this week: Candid Camera, Florida Orchestra, Sleeping Beauty ballet

What’s on stage this week: Candid Camera, Florida Orchestra, Sleeping Beauty ballet

SMILE: PETER FUNTThe gags that fueled Candid Camera never get old. That car that heads straight for a police officer, then splits in half and drives around him. The classy New York restaurant that charged top dollar for an "exiguous steak," then expl...
Published: 12/27/17
Updated: 01/03/18
Jim Gaffigan talks about laziness, his wife’s tumor and not being a creep

Jim Gaffigan talks about laziness, his wife’s tumor and not being a creep

Even though he heralds the wonder of laziness, comedian Jim Gaffigan couldn’t be busier these days. His international Noble Ape Tour makes a stop at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on New Year’s Eve. He just wrapped up production as the leading man in the comed...
Updated one month ago
What’s on stage this week: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘School of Rock,’ Harry Potter orchestra show

What’s on stage this week: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘School of Rock,’ Harry Potter orchestra show

SCHOOL OF ROCK: ROB COLLETTIRob Colletti has done well playing misfits, from the spectacularly out-of-step Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon to a the lead role in School of Rock — The Musical, which opens next week. His character in the Andrew L...
Updated one month ago
Jobsite Theater selects ‘HIR’ by Taylor Mac to replace ‘Man in Snow’

Jobsite Theater selects ‘HIR’ by Taylor Mac to replace ‘Man in Snow’

Weeks after pulling a scheduled play due to sexual misconduct allegations against celebrated playwright Israel Horovitz, Tampa’s Jobsite Theater has announced a replacement. Hir by Taylor Mac will run March 9-April 1, the period originally scheduled ...
Updated one month ago
Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

The theatrical tour about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. that Tavis Smiley was slated to bring to Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has been canceled in the wake sexual misconduct allegations against the broadcaster.Death...
Updated one month ago
What’s on stage this week: Florida Orchestra does ‘Messiah,’ ballerina Sara Mearns at the Straz

What’s on stage this week: Florida Orchestra does ‘Messiah,’ ballerina Sara Mearns at the Straz

EVERY VALLEY: HANDEL’S MESSIAHAfter Carmina Burana, the superstar Sting and an ongoing appetizer of three-minute fanfares by Florida composers, what will the Florida Orchestra do next to mark its 50th anniversary season? The answer is a mega round of...
Updated one month ago