Venice Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season


Early Monday evening, the Venice Theatre announced their 2013 to 2014 theatre season at a special Kickoff gathering at their theatre located at 140 West Tampa Avenue in Venice, Florida. Hosting the event were Exective/Artisitic Director Murray Chase and Producing Director Allan Kollar. Highlighted by performances from local actors, the duo revealed their exciting upcoming schedule:


Becky's New Car October 1- 20, 2013

By Steven Dietz

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage-with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. She is offered nothing short of a new life...and we are offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare.

Hairspray November 12 - December 8, 2013

Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters

Welcome to the '60s! Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly treat piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.

Boeing, Boeing January 14 - February 2, 2014

By Marc Camoletti

Translated by Beverly Cross Revised by Francis Evans

This 1960's farce features self-styled lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American "fiancées," each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent "layovers". He keeps "one up, one down and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Bernard's apartment at the same time.

Oklahoma! February 18 - March 16, 2014

Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Based on the play "Green Grow The Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs ? Original Dances by Agnes De Mille

Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains their most innovative. Set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th century, this high-spirited musical set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today.

Five Guys Named Moe April 1 - 19, 2014

Book by Clarke Peters Music and Lyrics by Louis Jordan

His woman left him, he's broke, and it's almost five o'clock in the mornin'. But don't be worryin' 'bout our hero. Radio pop group, Five Guys Named Moe, cajole, wheedle, comfort and jazz him with the whimsical hit songs of Louis Jordan, one of the most beloved songwriting talents of the 20th century. With more than 50 top ten singles on the rhythm and blues charts, this great composer and saxophonist brought a popular new slant to jazz that paved the way for the rock-and-roll of the 1950's.

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TJ Fitzgerald TJ Fitzgerald has been interviewing theatre’s finest talent with since January 2006. He has been active in the New England Theatre scene both as a participant (acting and directing) and an enthusiast of the entertainment scene for over 40 years. He was a featured columnist writing interviews and theatre features for New England Entertainment Digest and served on the Board of the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) for several years. Some of his noteworthy interviews have included entertainment luminaries like Tony Award winners Tommy Tune, Sutton Foster, Karen Ziemba, Michael Rupert, Faith Prince, Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara, Tony Nominees Brad Oscar, Keith Carradine and Andrea McArdle, Oscar nominee Marsha Mason, Oscar winning songwriter Paul Williams, Adrienne Barbeau and Oscar/Emmy award winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz. 2009 saw a milestone for TJ as he was welcomed to the 50's. In TJ’s words, "Life is good! Everyone's got a great story to tell and I am all ears! Theatre is my life!"

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