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Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 2/02/2014Ethel Merman's Broadway in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY
Ruth Eckerd Hall
2/5-2/5/2014
There's no business like ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY! Rita McKenzie recreates her uncanny, award-winning Off-Broadway portrayal of Ethel Merman, the Queen of the Broadway Musical, in this international smash hit. Relive those amazing tunes: I Got Rhythm, There's No Business Like Show Business, Everything's Coming Up Rosesand 20 more of Broadway's all-time greatest songs.
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Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 2/02/2014 THE MAGIC FLUTE
Straz Center for the Performing Arts - Ferguson Hall
2/7-2/9/2014
ACT I A young prince named Tamino is being chased by a serpent through a valley. After he falls unconscious, three ladies emerge from a temple and kill the snake. Tamino awakens and assumes the snake was killed by a good-natured bird catcher named Papageno who has just arrived on the scene. When Papageno accepts the credit, the three ladies reappear and place a padlock on his lips. They then show Tamino a picture of Pamina, the beautiful daughter of their mistress, the Queen of the Night. He immediately falls in love with her. They then tell him she has been kidnapped by the evil magician Sarastro. The Queen appears and asks Tamino to rescue Pamina, which he agrees to do. The ladies free Papageno and give him a magic set of chimes. They also give Tamino a magic flute and send the two off on their mission. Pamina is being guarded by a villain named Monostatos, who is attempting to seduce her when Papageno wanders in. Frightened, Monostatos runs off, leaving Papageno to tell Pamina that her rescuer is close by. Tamino is being led through Sarastro's realm by three boys. He tries to enter the three temple doors, but is turned away from two. At the third, he is greeted by a priest, who tells him the Queen is really the evil one and the good Sarastro was merely trying to get Pamina away from her mother's dark influence. Tamino rushes off to find Pamina; a moment later, she and Papageno enter, pursued by Monostatos. Papageno plays his magic bells, rendering the villain and his henchmen harmless. Sarastro enters and tells Pamina she is free to marry but not to return to her mother. Tamino is brought in by Monostatos, who demands a reward from Sarastro but instead gets punished. ACT II Sarastro informs the priests of Isis and Osiris about what is going on and explains that Tamino and Papageno are about to undergo the rites of initiation to determine if they are worthy to enter the Temple of Light. Tamino, who is brave, and Papageno, who is not, receive contradictory counsel from the priests and the Queen of the Night's three ladies, but they decide to follow the priests, who take away the flute and bells from the pair. Monostatos attempts one last seduction of Pamina, but he is interrupted by the Queen who comes to her daughter and demands that she murder Sarastro. Instead, Pamina goes to Sarastro and begs forgiveness for her mother; he agrees, declaring that only love, not vengeance, will lead to peace and happiness. As part of their tests, both Tamino and Papageno are sworn to silence. An old woman approaches Papageno declaring that she is really 18 years old and in love with him. She runs away, but three boys appear and give back to Tamino and Papageno the magic flute and bells. Pamina arrives, but she misunderstands Tamino's silence and is heartbroken. Sarastro reassures her, but she is not comforted. Papageno says that he wants a sweetheart, and the old woman returns and reveals herself to be a young woman in disguise. Her name: Papagena. As soon as she reveals herself, however, a priest orders her away. Meanwhile, Pamina is about to commit suicide using the dagger her mother gave her to kill Sarastro. The three boys stop her and take her to Tamino, who is about to undergo the final trial. Pamina and Tamino go through the ordeal together, emerging unscathed thanks to the magic flute. Papageno rather reluctantly attempts to hang himself. Seeing this, the three boys suggest he play his magic bells. He does and Papagena appears; the two declare their intent to raise a large family. Meanwhile, Monostatos has joined forces with the Queen of the Night, but their plan to kill Sarastro is foiled by an earthquake. The opera ends with Sarastro, Tamino, and Pamina celebrating the victory of light over darkness.
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Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 2/02/2014Irish Rovers Farewell in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> THE IRISH ROVERS FAREWELL
Ruth Eckerd Hall
2/11-2/11/2014
If you've been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer, as this is the beginning of "The Long Goodbye." The Irish Rovers return with songs that have captivated and delighted audiences since 1963 with favorites such as Wasn't That A Party, Black Velvet Band, Orange and the Green, Drunken Sailor and their signature song The Unicorn.
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Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 2/02/2014 ONCE
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
2/11-2/16/2014
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights ... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws audiences in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams ... not living in fear ... and the power of music to connect all of us.
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Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 2/02/2014 ONCE
Straz Center [Carol Morsani Hall]
2/11-2/16/2014
The producers of ONCE, the acclaimed new Broadway musical, announced today that The Road Company is putting together a US national tour that will launch in the summer of 2013. The most nominated new musical of the season, with more Tony Award nominations (11) than any other show, ONCE opened on at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) on Sunday, March 18, 2012 to rave reviews. ONCE features a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh (Penelope, Hunger, The New Electric Ballroom), the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markiż˝ta Irgloviż˝, direction by the acclaimed John Tiffany (Black Watch), movement by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!).
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Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 2/02/2014 2 TRAINS RUNNING
American Stage Theatre Company
1/22-2/23/2014
It is 1969, and in the aftermath of the riots, Dr. King's assassination, and the rise of the black power movement, a young man named Stirling comes to Memphis Lee's diner where customers have gathered for decades to share their struggles, faith, and hopes. But this diner has been slated for demolition in the city's new redevelopment plan, and what unfolds is Wilson's most compassionate and humorous work about lives in transition, evolving social awareness, and spirits rising.
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THE DIVINE SISTER
Stageworks Theatre
2/6-2/23/2014
Charles Busch; dir: Karla Hartley.
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OTHER DESERT CITIES
Asolo Repertory Theatre
1/15-2/27/2014
This riveting new play by the creator of TV's hit drama "Brothers & Sisters" brings dysfunctional family drama to new heights. In their Palm Springs home, ex-Senator Lyman Wyeth and his wife Polly welcome their family home for Christmas for the first time in six years. The reunion seems hopeful, until their daughter announces she's written a memoir about their family and the incident that changed their lives. With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Other Desert Cities is "the most richly enjoyable new play for grownups in many a season" (The New York Times).
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Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 2/02/2014 PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME!
Asolo Repertory Theatre
1/7-4/12/2014
Gar O'Donnell is leaving Ballybeg and the Ireland of his childhood. Leaving his father and the lads. Leaving Kate. For across the ocean there's a dream of Cadillacs, Coke floats, and girls-a dream of America. The play that established Brian Friel (Dancing at Lughnasa) as one of the greatest theatrical voices of the English language, Philadelphia, Here I Come! paints a touching and humorous portrait of a young man on the verge of a new beginning. Frank Galati injects music and merriment into the storyline with the addition of song, dance and actor/musicians.
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Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 2/02/2014 VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Asolo Repertory Theatre
1/22-4/13/2014
It's a lovely day at Vanya and Sonia's farmhouse in Bucks County, PA. But instead of spending the morning strolling through their cherry orchard, these wacky siblings have their hands full with a prophetic cleaning woman, a neighborhood costume party, and a surprise visit from their movie star sister Masha and her studly new boy-toy, Spike. One of the funniest dramatists writing today, Christopher Durang's latest Broadway hit turns Chekhov on its head and his signature blend of comedy and absurdity has never been more endearing-or relentlessly funny.
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