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Judy Lisi to Retire as CEO of the Straz Center Photo Judy Lisi to Retire as CEO of the Straz Center
by Stephi Wild - Nov 3, 2021

Judy Lisi has announced that she is retiring from her role as CEO of the Straz Center in Tampa, Florida.

HAMILTON, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, and More Included in Straz Center For The Performing Arts Photo HAMILTON, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, and More Included in Straz Center For The Performing Arts Upcoming Season
by Stephi Wild - Feb 4, 2018

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce the Broadway musical, Hamilton will play its premiere Tampa engagement, Feb. 12-March 10, 2019, and anchor the 2018-2019 Bank of America Broadway at The Straz season. The Broadway series is also headlined by the 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Opera Tampa Announces 2017-18 Season
by Molly Tracy - Apr 11, 2017

The 2017-2018 Opera Tampa season engages the senses with powerhouse operas designed to thrill opera lovers and our growing fanbase of newcomers to the form. The glorious series, featuring the work of Rossini, Mozart and Verdi, promises big plans, bold choices and bloody consequences.

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25
by Christina Mancuso - Mar 16, 2017

 March 21, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of Maestro Anton Coppola, the conductor and composer whose career has spanned from singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus for the American premiere of Puccini's Turandot at age 9 to - 91 years later - conducting his own an alternate ending for Puccini's unfinished masterpiece, one of two new works to be premiered on March 25th at Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young. This concert will be presented by Opera Tampa, the company for which Coppola was the founding Artistic Director.

Photo Flash: Jobsite Theater Completes Irish Comedy Trilogy with A SKULL IN CONNEMARA
by Robert Diamond - Feb 22, 2017

Jobsite Theater, resident theater company of the Straz Center, completes the pitch-black Irish comedy trilogy set in rural west Ireland just in time for St. Patrick's Day this year with Martin McDonagh's A Skull in Connemara, which runs Mar. 17 - Apr. 9, 2017, in the Straz's Shimberg Playhouse.

Jobsite Returns to McDonagh's Ireland with A SKULL IN CONNEMARA
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 23, 2017

Jobsite Theater, resident theater company of the Straz Center, completes the pitch-black Irish comedy trilogy set in rural Ireland just in time for St. Patrick's Day this year with Martin McDonagh's A Skull in Connemara, which runs Mar. 17 - Apr. 9, 2017, in the Straz's Shimberg Playhouse.

Disney's THE LION KING Sells Out Tampa Engagement
by Tyler Peterson - Feb 16, 2016

Disney's THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Tampa, which concluded on Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. The triumphant four-week return grossed more than $5.6 million at the box office and entertained nearly 75,000 patrons during 32 performances.  

Florida Opera Festival, Under Baton of Daniel Lipton, Releases Schedule for 2015-2016 Season
by Matt Smith - Mar 16, 2015

Tampa, Fla. ? The 2015-2016 Florida Opera Festival presented by Opera Tampa is certain to exhilarate every opera buff and fascinate any curious opera novice. It promises to be a magnificent festival of love, lust and loss featuring the work of Mozart and Verdi.

Florida Opera Festival Announces Its 20th Anniversary Season, Which Includes MADAMA BUTTERFLY, RIGOLETTO and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Celebrating the 20th season of grand opera at its grandest, the 2014-2015 Florida Opera Festival presented byOpera Tampa is certain to exhilarate every opera buff and fascinate any curious opera novice. Composers Puccini and Verdi,among others, will be showcased in the magnificent festival that will also feature the Opera Tampa New Voices in Concert and a major opera soloist to be announced at a later date.

Opera Tampa Announces the 2014 Florida Opera Festival Featuring Bizet, Mozart and More!
by Christina Mancuso - Jul 23, 2013

The 2013-2014 Florida Opera Festival presented by Opera Tampa is certain to exhilarate every opera buff and fascinate any curious opera novice. Composers Bizet and Mozart, among others, will be showcased in a magnificent season of passion, intrigue and magic. The season also features L'amour Toujours, a Popera! Concert and options to attend the 2012 Tony Award-winning Best Revival of a Musical The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and a concert by international superstar Andrea Bocelli.

Judy Lisi Videos

STAGE TUBE: WONDERLAND Records Cast Album!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 28, 2011

Wonderland, the new musical that reinvents 'Alice in Wonderland' for the 21st century, opened on Broadway April 17 following previews from March 21 at the Marquis Theatre. Janet Dacal, of In the Heights, plays a modern-day Manhattan mom named Alice, who sings a score by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy. The the following video, take a behind-the-scenes look at the recording sesssion for the cast album!

STAGE TUBE: Derricks Talks WONDERLAND'S Choreography
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 27, 2011

DanceOn, a YouTube partnership channel exclusive to dance, released their exclusive look at the new Broadway musical Wonderland. Three time Emmy Award winning choreographer Marguerite Derricks delves into how she got involved with the new take on Alice in Wonderland, and what audiences can expect from her versatile choreography. Marguerite was just nominated for a 2011 Astaire Award for her choreography in Wonderland.

BWW TV: Broadway Beat Goes Inside WONDERLAND Opening Night!
by Broadway Beat - Apr 18, 2011

Frank Wildhorn's WONDERLAND opened last night and Broadway Beat was there to cover the post-celebration!

STAGE TUBE: The Making of WONDERLAND's Rabbit Hole
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 14, 2011

WONDERLAND. A New Alice. A New Musical stars Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as Alice, Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Jack the White Knight, E. Clayton Cornelious (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line) as Caterpillar, Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as El Gato, Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as The Queen of Hearts, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde) as The Mad Hatter, Carly Rose Sonenclar (Les Miserables, Little House on the Prairie) as Chloe, Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as The White Rabbit and Danny Stiles (Regional productions of Guys and Dolls and Sister Act: The Musical) as Morris the March Hare. With a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND will open at Broadway's Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway between 45th & 46th Streets) on Sunday, April 17, 2011, and performances began Monday, March 21.

BWW TV: WONDERLAND on Broadway - Complete Sneak Peek!
by Robert Diamond - Apr 13, 2011

WONDERLAND. A New Alice. A New Musical stars Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as Alice, Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Jack the White Knight, E. Clayton Cornelious (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line) as Caterpillar, Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as El Gato, Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as The Queen of Hearts, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde) as The Mad Hatter, Carly Rose Sonenclar (Les Miserables, Little House on the Prairie) as Chloe, Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as The White Rabbit and Danny Stiles (Regional productions of Guys and Dolls and Sister Act: The Musical) as Morris the March Hare. With a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND will open at Broadway's Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway between 45th & 46th Streets) on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Click below for a complete sneak peek of the production onstage!

BWW TV: WONDERLAND Performance Preview Montage - Sneak Peek!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 13, 2011

A New Alice. A New Musical stars Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as Alice, Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Jack the White Knight, E. Clayton Cornelious (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line) as Caterpillar, Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as El Gato, Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as The Queen of Hearts, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde) as The Mad Hatter, Carly Rose Sonenclar (Les Miserables, Little House on the Prairie) as Chloe, Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as The White Rabbit and Danny Stiles (Regional productions of Guys and Dolls and Sister Act: The Musical) as Morris the March Hare. With a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND will open at Broadway's Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway between 45th & 46th Streets) on Sunday, April 17, 2011, and performances began Monday, March 21.

STAGE TUBE: WONDERLAND's Carly Rose Sonenclar Visits WHAT'S THE BUZZ
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 24, 2011

Carly Rose Sonenclar, who stars as Chloe in WONDERLAND - A New Alice. A New Musical on Broadway, talks about her role in the upcoming musical on the WPIX-TV Morning News and on ABC News Now's 'What's the Buzz.'

STAGE TUBE: Danny Stiles Talks WONDERLAND
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 10, 2011

Hold on to your hats! The box office for Broadway's WONDERLAND - A New Alice.

STAGE TUBE: Staudenmayer, Derricks Talk WONDERLAND
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 7, 2011

WONDERLAND - A New Alice just finished playing at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO) in Tampa, Florida. WONDERLAND will open on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway between 45th & 46th Streets) April 17; previews begin March 21. Here, choreographer Marguerite Derricks and cast member Edward Staudenmayer talk about the show!

BWW TV First Look: WONDERLAND - A New Alice. A New Musical on Stage!
by Robert Diamond - Feb 4, 2011

We've got a first look a video 'sizzle reel' from WONDERLAND - A New Alice. A New Musical from the show's January run in Tampa. Next stop, Broadway!