Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham is the performing arts critic for the Tampa Bay Times, covering the growing local venues for theater, orchestra, opera and dance. Andrew previously served as the Epilogue obituaries writer for the Times. He grew up in St. Petersburg, graduated from Eckerd College and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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Dylis Croman plays Roxie Hart in Chicago, which runs at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 18-23, 2018. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

On stage this week: ‘Chicago,’ ‘The Guys,’ Ginger Minj of RuPaul fame

Published: 09/12/18
One of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror rooms,

Fall Arts Preview: Your guide to museums, plays, opera and classical music in Tampa Bay

Welcome the sweet approach of fall. Despite our current heat index, we’ll soon experience milder air, shorter days and too many things flavored like pumpkin.But in Tampa Bay, the true indicator of fall is the rebirth of local art. Our...
Published: 09/07/18
Chris Urso   |   Times (2017)
Opera Tampa maestro Anton Coppola receives a standing ovation March 25, 2017, at a concert honoring his 100th birthday. His latest composition will debut in February, a month before he turns 102.

Fall Arts Preview: Opera Tampa will premiere new opera by Anton Coppola, 101, and more

Have you decided yet which operas you’re going to compose after age 100?
Published: 09/06/18
Benjamin Grosvenor will play Brahms\u2019 Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Florida Orchestra March 29-31, 2019. (Florida Orchestra)

Fall Arts Preview: In a new season, Florida Orchestra expands reach, new top soloists

The Florida Orchestra has prepared a 51st season with a wide range of grand masters and newer work, an increased visibility for minorities and women and more collaborations with museums and other artistic institutions.
Published: 09/05/18
Updated: 09/06/18
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The touring production of Hamilton comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 12 to March 10, 2018.

What’s new on stage: Arts foundations appeal to the public, ‘Hamilton’ warning

ARTS FUNDING: BRIDGING THE GAPPerforming arts companies sell tickets, but that might cover 40 to 60 percent of expenses. Donations and grants cover the balance. That system became a little less workable in March, when the state slashed...
Published: 09/05/18
Joseph Morales and company in the touring production of Hamilton, coming to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the performing Arts Feb. 12-March 10, 2018. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Fall Arts Preview: Light and dark, classic and groundbreaking round out Tampa Bay theater

Theater mirrors our world and enlarges it, responds to current events, and allows us to glimpse the present by retelling the classics. Just touch this lineup of shows. In the palm of your hand you can almost feel tremors of anxiety about racial...
Published: 09/05/18
A tense moment in a game of Truth or Dare erupts on Neighbors, by Rory Lawrence. The cast (from left) includes Brianna Borello as Gina, Tiffany Edwards as Elaine, Jay Washington as Dante, Cornelio Aguilera as Ricardo, Len Jackson as Ned, Jeff Sheppard (seated) as David, and Shaila Velasquez as Sarai. Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Theatre Festival)

A weekend of original work at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival opens with laughter

TAMPA — Sometimes in neighborhoods, the smallest things can start a war. In Neighbors, a new play about people of different ethnic backgrounds living together, all it took was a dog, doing what dogs tend to do in yards.The...
Updated one month ago
Florida Orchestra principal clarinet Natalie Hoe (right) accompanied Sting at the Mahaffey Theater on Dec. 9, 2017.

Orchestra to blitz area with pop-ups

The Florida Orchestra opens its 51st season Sept. 28 with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. But you might see them around a week before that.For the third year, “TFO on the Go,” a series of free pop-up concerts, will surprise most...
Updated one month ago
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Amy Gray plays Yitzhak, husband to Hedwig in Jobsite Theater\u2019s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The musical at the Straz Center has been extended through Sept. 15, 2018. (Pritchard Photography)

On stage this week: Tampa Bay Theatre Festival and more 'Hedwig'

Updated one month ago
Ilir \u201CLeo\u201D Karruli, who owns Leo\u2019s Italian Grill on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor, visits with customer Dino Mahlis, of Palm Harbor at the restaurant in Palm Harbor. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times

Looking for Leo: It’s all politics at a nightclub for seniors

PALM HARBOR — Regulars call it the "fallout" or the "mishap" or the "situation."It has been eight months, but the breakup of Leo’s Italian Grill and its longtime band, True Passion, resonates like a fair-to-middling car crash. Not fatal but...
Updated one month ago