Friday, May 31, 2013

Vocal coach offers voiceover workshop in Sarasota

   It can be hard to break into the entertainment industry, but a Sarasota voice coach says the need for voiceover talent is rapidly expanding.
   So John Burr, the founder of John Burr Voice Dynamics, is offering a one-day Voiceover Basics Workshop. It's scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 15 at 7825 Kavanagh Court, Sarasota.
   It costs $100 and enrollment is limited to 10 students.
   Burr, according to his press materials, has more than 30 years experience as a professional voice coach, recording engineer and audio/video producer. His recording studio  offers state-of-the-art post-production equipment and over 100,000 music and sound effects cuts for producing professional-quality voiceover demos.  
John Burr
   Burr said demand ranges from the traditionally smooth announcer’s voice, to the rough and gravelly, to the sensual. New technology is spurring a need for more voiceover artists all the time, he said.
   The workshop will feature an overview of the 21st-century voiceover industry, the basics of vocal technique, and critique sessions in commercial and narration techniques. 
   “By the end of the session, you’ll know if this is a field you want to pursue,” Burr said.  
    You can sign up for the workshop online by visiting For more information about John Burr Voice Dynamics, call 941-378-0021 or visit

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Allman Brothers' "Brothers and Sisters" is reissued

   It's been 40 years since the Allman Brothers Band released "Brothers and Sisters," its first album after the death of Duane Allman.
  No one was sure how well the album, or the band, would fare without one of its two acclaimed guitarists, but with Dickey Betts, now a Sarasota resident, at the guitar helm "Brothers and Sisters" went platinum and became the most successful album the band had released up to that time.
   Now Universal Music Enterprises is reissuing the classic album -- which includes Allman standards "Ramblin' Man," "Jessica" and "Wasted Words" -- in several formats. There's the remastered album on CD and vinyl, plus two-CD and four-CD box sets that include rehearsals, jams, outtakes and (on the four-CD set) a live performance from September 1973.
   The live recording -- which takes up two discs -- includes previously unavailable versions of “Done Somebody Wrong,” “Stormy Monday,” “Midnight Rider,” “Statesboro Blues,” “You Don’t Love Me,” “Les Brers in A Minor,” “Blue Sky,” “Trouble No More” and “Whipping Post.” 
   All versions of the reissue will be available June 25.

"Pulse" at Sarasota's Asolo is great entertainment

Racey (center) in "Pulse"
   The idea behind "Pulse," which is having its world-premiere run at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, is to put a modern face on traditional American song and dance.
   It could be a bit of tightrope walk, but "Pulse" keeps itself grounded safely in tradition.
   The show, created by Broadway singer-tap dancer Noah Racey, a corps of six performers (including Racey) who sing and dance to songs written by everyone from Irving Berlin to Regina Spektor, with a great on-stage band backing them up (and occasionally joining in the dance). Except for a couple of very cool raps by Racey and some interesting percussion segments, it mostly feels like stuff you've seen before.
   But that doesn't mean the show doesn't work. The numbers are loads of fun, the singing is solid and the dancing is sometimes astounding. 
   If you're looking for something daring, or something that will turn your non-traditionalist friends onto tap dancing, this isn't it. But if you're a fan of the genre, if you love watching Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly on AMC, then this show is heaven.
   Through June 16 a Asolo Rep's Mertz Theatre in The FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $55-$69. 941-351-8000,

Friday, May 24, 2013

Manatee Players offers classes in aerial dance

   Manatee Players are offering young people a chance to learn to fly this summer. 
   But that means fly like Peter Pan, not fly like a pilot.
   An Illinois company called Hall Associates Flying Effects will conduct workshops in dance, aerial work and wire flying in two five-day workshops at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.
   The first camp, for kids from 7 to 12 years old, is set for July 22-26. Enrollment is limited to 25.
   The second camp, from July 29-Aug. 2, is for ages 13-18. That one's limited to 35 campers.
   The fee for each camp is $300. Sessions run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day, and there's a performance at the end of each camp.
   Hall Associates Flying Effects is a nationally recognized company that has created theatrical flying effects for everything from high school productions to major Broadway shows.
   To enroll, call the Manatee Players ticket office at 941-748-5875. Questions about the camp should be directed to Rick Kerby at 941-748-0111.
   The Manatee Performing Arts Center isat 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

Alton Brown comes to Sarasota's Van Wezel

   Alton Brown, television's most entertaining foodie, is coming to Sarasota.
Alton Brown
   He'll bring his engaging combination of silly humor and instructive culinary science to Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with a show called "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.”
   It's not until 7 p.m. March 2, 2014 -- that's a Sunday -- but tickets go on sale June 7. You can get them for as little as $10, but the best seats are $125. Call 941-953-3368 or visit
   Brown is best-known as the host of "Good Eats" and "Iron Chef America." He recently won "Munchie," a people's choice food award, as best food TV personality.
   Press materials say his show combines stand-up comedy, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, live music and food experimentation. Some audience members will have the opportunity to serve as Brown’s assistants on stage. 

   By the way, if for some reason you can't make that Sarasota show, Brown will also be at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa the previous evening (Saturday, March 1, 2014). Call 813-229-7827 or visit for tickets to that one.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Toni Braxton comes to St. Petersburg's Mahaffey

   Apparently Toni Braxton is still a singer.
Toni Braxton
   The six-time Grammy winner, who created such smoky early-'90s R&B hits as "You're Making Me High" and "Unbreak My Heart" is best-known these days for her hit reality show "Braxton Family Values." But she'll be focusing on music once again when she comes to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. The recently announced concert is set for Aug. 28 .
   Tickets are $45.50, $55.50, $69.50, $75.50 and $99.50. They go on sale May 31. Call 727-893-7832 or visit

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Watch Wallenda's canyon cross at a Sarasota soiree

   People all around the world will be watching on June 23 as Nik Wallenda traverses the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.
   It'll be a bigger celebration in Bradenton and Sarasota than almost anywhere else, as the area watches its local hero make history once again.
   One great place watch will be on Lemon Avenue in Sarasota at the second annual "Wallenda - Beyond Belief Viewing and Street Party" sponsored by Mattison's City Grille and Circus Sarasota.
   Wallenda is preparing to walk about 1,500 feet -- more than a quarter-mile -- across the canyon. He'll be about 1,500 feet off the ground. (For reference, the Empire State Building is 1,434 feet tall.)
Wallenda walks the wire
   Last year, Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls at a height of 200 feet. He was wearing a safety harness then, at the insistence of the network that aired the event. This time he won't be.
   The party's free and open to the public. It's set for 7-11 p.m. Sunday, June 23,  on Lemon Avenue between Main Street and First Avenue, in front of Mattison's.
   Besides a Jumbotron video screen that will show live coverage of the walk, the party will feature circus activities, street vendors, a raffle and a live auction.
   A VIP area offers reserved seating and a three-course menu from Mattison's. VIP tickets are $100 per person or $1000 for a table of eight. For VIP tickets, contact the Circus Sarasota Development Office at 941-355-9335 or More details are online at or

"Golda's Balcony" performance in Bradenton is canceled

Katrina Ploof as Golda
    Well, this is disappointing. Theatre Winter Haven was supposed to bring its award-winning production of the William Gibson play "Golda's Balcony" to the Manatee Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 25. But now the show has been canceled without explanation.
   There's no word about the show being rescheduled, but if you have tickets you can get refunds by calling the box office at 941-748-5875.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

"American Idiot" energizes Straz Center in Tampa

  No matter how much you love musical theater, you have to be wary when Broadway takes on punk music. The kind of polished appeal of a Broadway show and the rough intensity of punk simply seem antithetical.

A scene from "American Idiot"
  The current US tour of “American Idiot” -- which is at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa through Sunday --   banishes such wariness.
   “American Idiot” is of course built around the 2004 album by Green Day, a sort of rock opera that details the lives of young. angry suburban kids. Broadway director Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening.” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”) worked with Green day front man Billie Joe Armstrong to transfer the music from disc to stage.
   The show feels like something brand-new right from the start. The set looks like yet another of black-gray walls with metal scaffolding deals that theater designers use to evoke urban grit, but when the dozens of TV monitors scattered across the back drop start flashing Bush-era images it immediately feels fresh.
   And when the great on-stage band – spread out across the stage, not tucked into a corner – churns out the nasty opening guitar chords of the title song and the exuberant cast snarls out the lyrics, you know that this is punk music taking over Broadway, not Broadway taking over punk music.
   You probably won’t be able to follow the plot in any detail unless you know the album well. A lot of the lyrics are indecipherable, and the snippets of dialogue (credited to Mayer and Armstrong) are well-written but aren’t enough to fill in the narrative.
   But you get the gist and you feel the music, and that’s plenty.
   The cast is young -- some are still in college – but they’re all strong actors, singers and dancers. Friday night’s performance even featured an understudy (Brandon Kalm) in a central role of Johnny, the character who seems to be patterned on Armstrong’s stage persona, and he turns in really charismatic performance.
  “American Idiot” won Tony Awards for set and lighting design, which it deserved, but the choreography is just as impressive. Steven Hoggett has designed intricate dances that look carefree. There’s also a gorgeous and astounding aerial dance segment.
   The one disappointment was the curtain call in which the ensemble – each member strumming an acoustic guitar – sang a bland version of “Good Riddance,” Green Day’s most familiar mainstream hit. It’s a good song but a far too lackadaisical a choice. It felt like something you’d see on parents night at a performing arts high school.

Details: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $44.50 plus service charge and up. Information: 813-229-7827 or

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fuzion Dance, Jazz Juvenocracy perform in Sarasota

   Sarasota-based Fuzion Dance Artists are teaming up once again with Jazz Juvenocracy, a group of accomplished high school-aged jazz musicians, for two shows this weekend.
   It's the third collaboration between the two groups, and it might be their last. Jazz Juvenocracy is disbanding because of a dearth of incoming young talent. 
Fuzion in "Eleanor Rigby"
   This show's called "Rhapsody, Rhythm, and Romance -- The Unforgettable Standards" and it features dances choreographed by Fuzion artistic director Leymis Bolanos Wilmott set to classic popular songs.
   Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. tomorrow -- that's Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 -- and then May 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. at Glenridge Performing Arts Center on Palmer Ranch, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota.  Tickets are  $25. 941-552-5325 or

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tampa's amphitheatre has yet another new name

  The Tampa concert venue formerly known as the 1-800-GARY Amphitheatre has a new name.
  It's now the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Officials show off the new logo
  It's the fourth name in the venue's nine-year history. It opened as the Ford Amphitheatre, then became the 1-800-ASK-GARY in 2010, and then was briefly called Live Nation Amphitheatre until Live nation, the company that operates the amphitheatre, found a new naming sponsor.
   The new name was announced today.
   The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is at the Florida State Fairgrounds, at 4802 US Highway 301 North in Tampa.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Free admission Saturday to Sarasota's Ringling Museum

   Saturday (May 18) is International Museum Day. The theme for this year, I'm told, is "Museums (memory + creativity) = social change."
   I have no idea what that means, but that's OK. A  cool thing about International  Museum Day 2013 is that the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota is offering free admission all day. The Ringling Museum of Art features one of the country’s premier collections of Baroque art,  including large-scale paintings by Peter Paul Rubens in the Rubens Galleries, and a growing collection of contemporary art.  The museum encompasses 21 galleries, plus the  permanent installation called "Joseph's Coat, "  a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist James Turrell. So getting to see all that for free is really cool
   The Ringling Museum of Art is at 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. It's open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The usual admission price is $25 for adults, $5 for kids 6-17, $20 for seniors. After 5 p.m. on Thursdays adults can get in for just  $10. Call 941-359-5700 or visit

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dine at Bradenton-area restaurants, support Manatee Players

   On Monday, May 20, you can support the Manatee Players by dining at any (or all) of 11 Bradenton-area restaurants. All you have to do is go to any of the eateries below and let your server know you're there to support the Manatee Players, and the restaurant will donate part of your bill.
   Participating restaurants include:
   Alvarez Mexican Restaurant, 1431 8th Ave. West, Palmetto. 941-729-2232. (Lunch or dinner.)
   Anna Maria Oyster Bar, all locations. (Lunch or dinner.)
   Atlanta Bread, 6401 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton. 941-792-1380. (Lunch or Dinner.)
   Fav's Italian Cucina, 419 12th St. West, Bradenton. 941-708-3287. (5-8 p.m.)
   Halfway at Anna Maria Oyster Bar, 6906 14th St. West, Bradenton. 941-758-7880. (Lunch or dinner.)
   Hooters, 4908 14th St. West, Bradenton. 941-758-1175. (Lunch or dinner.)
   Michael John's Restaurant, 1040 Carlton Arms Blvd., Bradenton. 941-747-8032. (Dinner.)
   Papa Giorgio's, 7644 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. 941-358-6654. (4-9 p.m.)
   Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. West, Bradenton. 941-748-8087. (Dinner.)
   Tarpon Pointe Grille, 801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton. 941- 746-8700. (Lunch or dinner.)
   YachtSea Grill, 101 Riverfront Blvd., Suite 120. Bradenton. 941-896-9660. (Lunch or dinner.)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Rodriguez thrills Tampa crowd with his presence.

   On Thursday, Tampa audiences got their first chance to see Rodriguez, who shot to stardom last year when the Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" detailed his life and career.
   The story is that he released a couple of albums in the early '70s that tanked, so he gave up music and returned to blue-collar life in Detroit. But then it turned out he was revered in South Africa. He didn't know, and people there thought he had died.
   People in the capacity crowd in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Center in Tampa -- including a healthy contingent of South Africans --  shouted "We love you!" and "You're amazing!" between songs and applauded when he repeated the same phrases back.
   It seemed obvious they were responding to the man they knew from the movie more than to the actual concert and the music. Rodriguez writes very good songs, folk-based but with a jazz edge, and an extremely pleasant voice. But his show was extremely low-key (he's going blind, and had to be led to the microphone, so he didn't move much), and his stage banter consisted of VERY old jokes (two cannibals are eating a clown and one says, "does this taste funny to you?") and unexceptional aphorisms ("free love is too expensive," "hate is too strong an emotion to waste on someone you don't like"). His three-piece backing band was professional but unexceptional.
   Still, his performance and his stage persona were extremely appealing during his own songs. Covers (Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," Little Richard's "Lucille") didn't fare as well.
   Whether you've seen the movie or not, there's something about the 70-something Rodriguez on stage that makes you cheer for him. That the actual music wasn't electrifying didn't matter; Rodriguez himself
electrified the crowd. They came to be in the presence of the Sugar Man. His wry smile, and his kindly, almost shy, demeanor were enough to enthrall them. Good music was a bonus.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sarasota theater looking for new short plays

  If you can write a play in the next couple of months about some people who are middle-aged or older, it might get presented by The Players Theatre. 
  The Sarasota theater troupe will produce a Senior Play Reading Festival Oct. 12-13. The festival is looking for non-published plays, between one and 10 minutes long, revolving around characters who are least 45 years old. 
  The festival is accepting entries through July 31.
  Send entries to The Players, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236, Attn: SSS Play Reading Festival. The titles of the winning plays will be posted on The Players website by Sept. 6. 

   For information, call 941-365-2494 or visit

Here are some guidelines: 

-- Playwrights have to live in Florida
-- Keep in mind that the actors are all 55 or older.
-- No more than eight performers in any play.   
-- Manuscripts must be typed and bound.
-- Include a biography of the playwright.
-- No more than three scripts per playwright.
-- No musicals.

GWAR and Tampa brewer introduce Impaled Ale

   So, a few weeks back Cigar City Brewing in Tampa rolled out its first band-themed craft beer. It was called High Road Ale and it was inspired by the music of Bradenton's Have Gun Will Travel.
   Now Cigar City will be expanding from Americana into metal with Impaled Ale, a new brew that will debut at the annual GWAR-B-Q music festival in Richmond, Va. on Aug. 17.
   GWAR, as you may know, is a satirical metal band. They're known for elaborate costumes and extreme stage shows.
   According to, Impaled Ale is the second GWAR-themed beer. Three years ago, a couple of home brewers in the Tampa Bay area created Death Piggy Ale as an homage to the band.
   Almost all the Impaled Ale will be canned and kegged to be sold at GWAR-B-Q, so if you really want to try it you may have to travel to Richmond.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Josh Groban announces November concert in Tampa

   Pop star and former wunderkind Josh Groban is coming to Tampa.
   Tickets go on sale May 10 for the Nov. 9 concert at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He has a small band traveling with him, and he's hiring an orchestra and chorus in each city on his American tour, which kicks off Oct. 2.
Josh Groban
   The concert will be in the round, with the stage in the center of the arena and seats all around. That makes for closer seating, and it means the worst seats won't be as distant as in a traditional set-up.
   Groban had a semi-operatic sound early in his career, but lately he's become a chart-topping pop-rocker. His latest album includes songs by Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Webb and Dave Matthews, and it was produced by Rob Cavallo of Green Day fame..
    The Tampa Bay Times Forum is at 401 Channelside Drive in  Tampa. Call 813-301-6500 or visit

Monday, May 6, 2013

Diana Ross comes to Sarasota Sept. 11

   Diana Ross, an American musical icon for a half-century, is coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Sept. 11.
Diana Ross
   Ross has won a Tony Awards and been nominated for an Academy Award and for tons of Grammys. (She's never won a Grammy, though, which is surprising.) She's of course had countless hits, both with the Supremes in the 1960s and as a solo artist since 1970, and she starred in "The Wiz" and "Lady Sings the Blues."
   The Van Wezel concert starts at 8 p.m, Wednesday, Sept. 11. Tickets are $30-$115. 941-953-3368 or

Sneak peek of "Star Trek" film in Tampa

   If you're already getting excited about the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness," you no doubt know that the official release date is May 17.
   But you can actually see it two days earlier at the IMAX Dome at the Museum of Science and Industry
(MOSI) at 4801 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa.
   Showtimes are 8 and 11 p.m. May 15 and 1:15, 3:55, 6:35 9:15 and 11:55 p.m. May 16. Show times through May 31 are at
   Tickets are $11.95 for adults, $10.95 for students, $9.95 for seniors and $8.95 for kids. MOSI members get discounts.You can get tickets now by calling 813-987-6000 or by visiting The MOSI people "highly recommend" that you get tickets in advance. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Manatee Players stage a strong, emotional 'Fiddler'

   For their first show in their spectacular new theater, Manatee Players staged a spectacular show, the flashy and high-tech “Miss Saigon.”
   Now that they’re easing into the space, still so new that the unobtrusive smell of wet paint lingers, Manatee Players are offering a quieter, more traditional, but no less impressive musical.
   “Fiddler on the Roof” is a gentle but emotional musical that gets its power from characters and delicate writing rather than bombast. 
   That makes the show especially demanding for the performers, but the Manatee Players cast pulls it off admirably.
   The large choral numbers are among the highlights of this staging, but the performances in the important roles are all engaging.
   Tevye, the beleaguered father caught in a struggle between tradition and modernity, is a tough role. He’s the only complex character in the whole show, and anyone who takes on the role has to compete with two legendary performances, by Zero Mostel and Topol.
   Michael Bajjaly makes a fine Tevye, faithful to the spirit of the character without being imitative of the classic performances. Tevye’s wry one-liners  come across just as well as the heaviness of his emotional burden in Bajjaly’s performance.
   The music in “Fiddler” (by Jerry Bock) is not especially melodic -- “If I Were a Rich Man” is a notable exception -- and some songs are difficult to sing. Bajjaly sings some of them imperfectly, but because he’s such an appealing actor, the songs all work. “Do You Love Me?,” a musically awkward song, ends up being the emotional highlight of the show, thanks to the chemistry between Bajjaly and Sharon Albert, who plays his wife Golde. 
   There are a lot of noteworthy performances in smaller roles, especially all three of Tevye’s marrying daughters, Marina Wright, Katherine C. Herbert and Emily Arthur.
   There’s also a really solid seven-piece orchestra.
   Director Cheryl Carty’s approach is straightforward. But she adds a nice touch by having the title character, the actual fiddler, much more prominent than usual. The fiddler, a symbol both of the tradition that binds Tevye and his need to maintain balance, is a nearly constant presence, dancing through across stage at pivotal moments.
   “Fiddler” is on the long side, solidly over two and a half hours, and has only a couple of good songs. So there are times when this production feels tedious. But there are more times when it feels engaging and even powerful.
   Details: Through May 19, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $26-$36. Information: 941-748-5875 or

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"War Horse" at Tampa's Straz is magical

   There's almost no set, the music is recorded, the story is farfetched and ultimately predictable, and the title character is portrayed by a puppet made of sticks and aluminum.
   So why is "War Horse" so enthralling?
   The Tony-winning Broadway play debuted at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa Tuesday. It proved to be a magical work of imagination and deliciously low-tech craftsmanship.
   The story has to do with a boy in rural England whose horse is sold to the army's cavalry and shipped to France to fight in World War I. The boy lies about his age and enlists to try to find his horse.
   The set consist almost entirely of a ragged piece of fabric that stretches across the stage above the actors with projected images, almost all in gray. There are sketches of villages and frantic abstract animations that represent the chaos of battle.
   A reason for the sparse set, one suspects, is that designers didn't want to draw attention away from the Joey, the horse and the emotional center of the play. His design and construction are  spectacular feat of puppetry and his performance -- actually the performance of three actors who work his head, midsection and hindquarters -- is poignant.
   It's difficult to describe the puppet and the performance in any way that would do it justice. Even still photographs don't convey the complexity, power and delicacate beauty of the puppet. But it's so effectively designed and built that even with the actors (on opening night, Christopher Mai, Harlan Bengel and Rob Laqui) clearly visible, it's easy to believe you're watching a real horse. And the actors work it so beautifully that there's never a problem discerning subtleties of the horse's emotion. You can see the horse's thoughts. You can feel his fear and sadness. You believe you can see his muscles bulge as he strains to pull an ambulance full of wounded soldiers.
   "War Horse" isn't just about impressive puppetry, though. The show wouldn't work as well if the horse (actually, there are several horses) weren't so astounding. But the horse is an element of the show; it's not the show itself. It's one thrilling performance by a leading actor in a fine show.
   It's a bit overlong, about two and a half hours, and the first 20 minutes or so are slow. The use of recorded music in a Broadway show is disappointing, but by the end of the evening, all those slight flaws had been forgiven. "War Horse" is a wonderfully human work of creativity.

Details: Through May 5, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $44.50 plus service charge and up. Information: 813-229-7827 or

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