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freeFall's Tandem Series Presents A One-Night Only Concert With The Hilarious Varla J Photo freeFall's Tandem Series Presents A One-Night Only Concert With The Hilarious Varla Jean Merman, March 3
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 27, 2023

International drag chanteuse Varla Jean Merman is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown! After the craziest time in memory, the loosest gal in town is at loose ends. What's a distressed diva to do? Tease her hair, steal someone's Ativan, and get on with the show, of course!

12 Days Left To Vote For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards; American Stage Leads Fa Photo 12 Days Left To Vote For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards; American Stage Leads Favorite Local Theatre!
by BWW Staff - Dec 19, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 19th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Latest Stats Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards; at American Stage Thea Photo Latest Stats Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards; at American Stage Theatre Company Leads Best Ensemble Performance!
by BWW Staff - Dec 12, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 12th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Latest Standings Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards; American Stage Lea Photo Latest Standings Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards; American Stage Leads Favorite Local Theatre!
by BWW Staff - Dec 5, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 5th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Review: THE NIGHT BEFORE is the Perfect Gift at FreeFall Theatre Company Photo Review: THE NIGHT BEFORE is the Perfect Gift at FreeFall Theatre Company
by Drew Eberhard - Dec 3, 2022

Allow me if you will a little indulgence as I set the scene. The year is 2020, the Global Pandemic that has riddled the world, and the country as we know it to shutter/ shelter in place. Like many Performing Arts Organizations, the folks at freeFall Theatre, known for their motto ‚ÄúJust escape awhile...‚ÄĚ and their inventive way of producing live theatre, was struggling to find the best outlet to keep producing, while safely doing so for both performers and patrons alike. Producing Artistic Director Eric Davis and Director Matthew McGee began discussions about how to safely produce a Christmas Show that was full on Christmas versus just taking place around Christmas. In the past freeFall has produced works such as Peter & The Starcatcher, and The Lion in Winter that work for Christmas shows, but are not necessarily Christmas shows. They have also in the past produced A Christmas Carol, but being inventive, Eric Davis and company wanted to shake things up a little, and if any theatre is well known for doing just that, its freeFall. So you can say the show itself was born out of a challenge, and freeFall delivered ten-fold. The Night Before was such a hit, freeFall decided to bring it back this season for the second year in a row, with some new adaptations and new characters.

Previews: THE NIGHT BEFORE at FreeFall Theatre Company Photo Previews: THE NIGHT BEFORE at FreeFall Theatre Company
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Nov 21, 2022

The Night Before imagines four friends snowed in Florida on December 23. They make the best of an odd weather situation, gathering around the piano for a night of fun, music, and games, accompanied by a surly house cat named Stephen Sondheim.

First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards; American Stage's AMERICAN ID Photo First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards; American Stage's AMERICAN IDIOT Leads Best Musical
by BWW Staff - Nov 21, 2022

The first live standings have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Photos: Celebrate The Holidays With THE NIGHT BEFORE At FreeFall Theatre Photo Photos: Celebrate The Holidays With THE NIGHT BEFORE At FreeFall Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 1, 2022

There’s always something to do at freeFall! This holiday season features a remount of last year’s smash hit holiday musical from the minds of Matthew McGee and Michael Raabe. The Night Before plays freeFall November 25 through December 24. See photos from the production.

FreeFall Announces 2022/2023 Season Photo FreeFall Announces 2022/2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jul 11, 2022

Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale for freeFall's 2022/2023 season. Two world premieres, the return of a holiday favorite, A Sherlock Holmes adventure, A Neil Simon romantic comedy and an exciting co-production with our friends at Ebony Rep in Los Angeles makes up just some of the exciting programming Tampa Bay audiences can experience for as low as $29 a month.

FreeFall Theatre Announces Tandem Series Photo FreeFall Theatre Announces Tandem Series
by Stephi Wild - Jun 1, 2022

After successful one night musical events featuring the talents of Eleri Ward and Ann Morrison, Resident Musical Director Michael Raabe finishes out freeFall's current season with three exciting cabarets featuring local favorites that have played Broadway and beyond.

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STAGE TUBE: Teaser Trailers - Country Playhouse's FRANKENSTEIN
by Stage Tube - Oct 14, 2012

As part of a Halloween double feature, The Country Playhouse presents Frankenstein by Victor Gialanella, for three weekends only, now through October 27, on its Cerwinske main stage. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with a Sunday matinee on October 21 at 2:00 pm, plus a weeknight show on Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 pm. On double feature nights, Frankenstein is followed by Evil Dead: The Musical in its Black Box venue. Check out two teaser trailers for the show below!