I'll admit - I'm addicted to 'Who's Line Is It Anyway.' From my first taste of the British version to discovering the US version on ABC Family to following its revival over to CW Seed, I've loved every crazy minute watching the talented cast make up hysterical performances on the fly. I actually wondered if it was some TV editing trick or did they really make it up as they went along. 'Whose Live Anyway?', a 90-minute concert on January 12 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, proved just how incredibly gifted these performers were. Yes, they actually make up every story and song spontaneously.BWW Review: LAUGHTER AND TEARS: EXPECT THE CAST OF STEEL MAGNOLIAS TO STEAL YOUR HEART at Carrollwood Players Theatre January 13, 2019
Today, live shooter drills in elementary, middle and high school are as normal as fire drills, but twenty years ago, school shootings weren't commonplace. When Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris went on a shooting spree on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado that killed 15 and injured 20, it became part of a history that we have yet to be able to escape, a division of 'Before Columbine' and 'After Columbine.'
On January 10-20, Innovocative Theatre, known for their thought-provoking, edgy performances, will bring COLUMBINUS, a mixture of fact and fiction, to Stageworks. Leading an eight-person ensemble are Nick Hoop and Ryan Fisher in the roles of Eric and Dylan.BroadwayWorld Picks 9 Shows To Watch in 2019 for Tampa/St. Petersburg January 10, 2019
Imagine combing through 500 diverse submissions of new works to choose selections to perform during the third annual 21ST CENTURY VOICES: NEW PLAY FESTIVAL at American Stage. Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte and a committee of 40 members read and evaluated each new play and selected five outstanding plays for staged readings on January 3-6, 2019.BWW Previews: NYNE'S NEXT TO NORMAL DEBUTS at Powerstories Theatre January 2, 2019
A passion project for the cast, directed by Devan Kelty and musically directed by Joseph Scarbrough, 'Next to Normal' centers on a mother who struggles with mental illness and the impact on her family.
Featuring a live band of 5 musicians and running January 3-11, 'Next to Normal' showcases a small cast of seven: Bethany S. Moore as Diana, Erin Johnson as Diana, Gabriel Flores as Dan, Rachel Rodriguez as Natalie, Devan Kelty as Gabe, Zach Finley as Henry and Nic Harrington as Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine.BWW Previews: SHEVOLUTION TO SHOWCASE WOMEN DURING MARCH'S WOMEN HISTORY MONTH at Powerstories Theatre December 11, 2018
Whether you find Betty Taylor socially irresponsible or admirable for wanting to share her love with a family of 12, "Raising Twelve on a Nickel and a Prayer" is a special holiday treat.
The true-story musical written by Fran Powers about her parents and siblings, with music by Terez Hartmann, has everything needed to become a holiday classic: romance, family, drama, comedy and tons and tons of heart.BWW Review: GIFT YOURSELF THIS ORIGINAL ENCHANTING HOLIDAY MUSICAL AT Show Palace Dinner Theatre December 6, 2018
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, from the imagination of local playwright Joe Pauly comes the outrageous tale of Ebenezer Scungili, the heat-toting Italian olive oil import company proprietor (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) and his miserly, Christmas-hating ways.
In this clever adaption of the holiday favorite, 'A Christmas Cannoli' is what happens when 'Casino,' 'Godfather 1, 2, and 3' meet 'A Christmas Carol' and birth an illegitimate, blue-humored, sarcastic baby.BWW Previews: ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MUSICAL COMES TO Powerstories Theatre November 19, 2018
When interviewing the eloquent young actor debuting in the beloved "A Christmas Story, The Musical" it's nearly impossible to believe Seth Black-Diamond is only 12 and he has just 6 years of experience under his belt. This charismatic young man has journeyed from Patel Conservatory and community theatre to being cast as the "triple-dog darer" Schwartz in the national tour of this holiday favorite beginning November 19.BWW Previews: A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN COMES TO Carrollwood Players Theatre November 9, 2018
On November 9-17, Eugene O'Neill's words come vividly to life in the CWP Black Box at Carrollwood Players. Directed by Zach "Hippie" Griswold, featuring Madison Claire Rice as Josie Hogan, Bo Smith as Jim Tyrone, Thomas Pahl as Phil Hogan, Constantine Kyriakou as T. Steadman Harder, and Joel Ferrer as Mike Hogan, A Moon for the Misbegotten written in 1943 still resonates today.