Sunday, April 22, 2018

Stage

Opera Tampa wraps up season with a brooding, richly sung ‘Macbeth’

Opera Tampa wraps up season with a brooding, richly sung ‘Macbeth’

TAMPA — Opera Tampa brings its season to an end with a darkly sensuous Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi’s take on Shakespeare’s play. It’s a job well done.Companies do not perform Macbeth nearly as often as established warhorses. Since January 2017, the show ...
Published: 04/14/18
What’s on stage: Macbeth at Opera Tampa, conductor Elim Chan debuts with Florida Orchestra

What’s on stage: Macbeth at Opera Tampa, conductor Elim Chan debuts with Florida Orchestra

BOIL AND BUBBLE: MACBETHOne thing you can say for Macbeth, Shakespeare’s murderous Scottish army commander who would be king: At least he has a conscience. Mark Rucker sings the title role in Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, Opera Tampa’s last show of the s...
Published: 04/12/18
Heather Theatre handles ‘Baggage,’ a romantic comedy, with a light touch

Heather Theatre handles ‘Baggage,’ a romantic comedy, with a light touch

TAMPA — It’s an absurd premise that could almost happen.Two airline passengers get identical bags mixed up after a flight. They track each other down, and wouldn’t you know it, each is single and carrying fresh emotional scars. So begins Baggage, a c...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18
Mark Rucker, the title player in Opera Tampa’s Macbeth, talks acting

Mark Rucker, the title player in Opera Tampa’s Macbeth, talks acting

TAMPA — As a teenager, Mark Rucker neither expected or even wanted to sing opera. Colleges were recruiting the star halfback to play football. He didn’t want anyone throwing cold water on his dream, even for international stardom doing something else...
Published: 04/10/18
Updated: 04/11/18
As Florida dramatically slashes arts funding, theaters and museums scramble

As Florida dramatically slashes arts funding, theaters and museums scramble

ST. PETERSBURG — The state of Florida and its arts programs have a complicated relationship.They fight and get back together. They correspond only by email and then only about money. They depend on each other. That, at least, was a plausible descript...
Published: 04/09/18

‘Menopause the Musical’ opens at Show Palace in Hudson

HUDSON — The Show Palace Dinner Theatre and Who’s Who GF Productions present Menopause the Musical, April 14 - May 20 at the Hudson theatre.Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to f...
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Master Chorale of Tampa Bay taps Brett Karlin as new artistic director after two-year search

Master Chorale of Tampa Bay taps Brett Karlin as new artistic director after two-year search

TAMPA — After a two-year search, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay has hired a permanent artistic director.Brett Karlin will lead the 120-member community chorus in the 2018-19 season. He has worked with large scale orchestral works, collaborating with...
Updated one month ago
‘American Idol’ finalist Michael Lynche and the Florida Orchestra celebrate R&B legends

‘American Idol’ finalist Michael Lynche and the Florida Orchestra celebrate R&B legends

IDOL FINALIST RETURNS: MICHAEL LYNCHEFormer American Idol standout Michael Lynche returns to his hometown this weekend, headlining a Florida Orchestra pops concert. R&B Legends With Michael Lynche sees 2010’s fourth-place finisher (hey, Jennifer Huds...
Updated one month ago
Two Tampa girls picked to join ‘Waitress’ cast at Straz

Two Tampa girls picked to join ‘Waitress’ cast at Straz

After a Tampa casting call, Lulu has been chosen for the tour of Waitress coming next week. And the results are adorable. The Tony-nominated Broadway musical opens April 24 at Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. And like other ...
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‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’ opens at Stage West

‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’ opens at Stage West

SPRING HILL — Peter Colley’s classic thriller, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, will be presented April 12-22 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. The story centers around a couple, Greg and Jan Sanderson. Following Jan’s release fr...
Updated one month ago