BWW Review: Eight O'Clock Theatre's Marvelous AVENUE Q Thankfully Still Has the Power to OffendBWW Review: Eight O'Clock Theatre's Marvelous AVENUE Q Thankfully Still Has the Power to Offend
by Peter Nason - May 11, 2019

It's like 'Sesame Street' meets 'Rent,' with more than a dash of 'Book of Mormon' humor thrown in for good measure. (more...)

BWW Previews: VIOLET makes musical debut through New Tampa Players at University Area CDCBWW Previews: VIOLET makes musical debut through New Tampa Players at University Area CDC
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Oct 12, 2018

Coming to stage at University Area CDC is a lesser known musical production called Violet. Violet tells the story of a young disfigured woman who embarks on a journey by bus from her farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to be healed. (more...)

BWW Review: Riveting SPRING AWAKENING IS at Eight 'O Clock TheatreBWW Review: Riveting SPRING AWAKENING IS at Eight 'O Clock Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Jul 13, 2018

Young people wanting answers and adults refusing to give them is the theme of Eight 'O Clock Theatre's newest production July 13-22, a dark coming of age tale, Spring Awakening. Written in 1891 with modern folk-rock music and lyrics applied by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater in 2006, Spring Awakening is a story of friends growing up in Germany, girls and boys discovering their sexuality with no one willing to guide them. The musical covers topics like abuse, homosexuality, masturbation, sadomasochism, suicide, and abortion. It frankly explores what happens when parents are too prudish to discuss the hormonal urges that come with impending adulthood. (more...)

BWW Previews: YOUTH IN REVOLT: SPRING AWAKENING  at Eight O'Clock TheatreBWW Previews: YOUTH IN REVOLT: SPRING AWAKENING at Eight O'Clock Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Jul 11, 2018

With themes of abuse, statutory rape, abortion, and suicide, director Jason Tucker does not shy away from any of the controversial subjects. It's today's story… except for the unmistakable fact that it's based in Germany circa 1891. Based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 play, Spring Awakening at Eight O'Clock Theatre is a dark coming-of-age tale of kids looking for answers and the adults who refuse to provide them. (more...)

BWW Review: 17 for 2017: The Best Shows & Performances of the Year in the Tampa-St. Petersburg AreaBWW Review: 17 for 2017: The Best Shows & Performances of the Year in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Area
by Peter Nason - Dec 26, 2017

A look back at the very best local productions that 2017 had to offer. (more...)

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Stageworks- This is Definitely Not Sesame StreetBWW Review: AVENUE Q at Stageworks- This is Definitely Not Sesame Street
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Dec 4, 2017

My daughter introduced me to the sarcastic wit of the music in Avenue Q on the way to college a few years ago, so I sort of knew going in, this wasn't your typical musical. (more...)

BWW Review: BROADWAY BENT: VILLIANS STEP INTO THE BAD SIDE at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural CenterBWW Review: BROADWAY BENT: VILLIANS STEP INTO THE BAD SIDE at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural Center
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Sep 9, 2017

Performed in The Studio at Carrollwood Cultural Center, BROADWAY BENT: VILLIANS was a celebration of the most despicable, evil, contemptable characters in the history of Broadway. (more...)

BWW Review: A Fun Stageworks Journey to AVENUE Q
by Peter Nason - May 11, 2017

Funny and serious, cynical and heartwarming at the same time, it's extremely enjoyable but offers nothing new or revelatory. (more...)

BWW Review: Brian Beach & Cody Carlson Rock the New Tampa Players' Production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by Peter Nason - Apr 3, 2017

The incredible, lively performances, especially among the show's leads, should not be missed. (more...)

New Tampa Players is Bringing JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR to Their Home Stage at the University Area CDC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

New Tampa Players is bringing Jesus Christ Superstar to their home stage at the University Area CDC March 31 through April 2 and April 7 through April 9, but first they have been taking the show on the road. Earlier this month, the cast performed a musical revue for the resident families at Metropolitan Ministries. 'Rehearsals for Superstar have been demanding, so I wasn't sure how the cast would feel about giving up a Saturday,' Director G. Frank Meekins said, 'but in the end it was a privilege to be able to share musical theater with adults and children who might not otherwise get to see a live performance like this.' (more...)

New Tampa Players Announces Cast of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. The musical is sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. (more...)

BWW Review: The Kids Aren't Alright in SPRING AWAKENING
by Desiree Fantal - Sep 13, 2016

When did you learn about sex? How? Who told you about 'the birds and the bees,' 'making a baby,' 'when two people really love one another'? I'm not sure where I picked it up, though I'm fairly certain it wasn't from my parents. The gag reflex rising in my throat even at the thought makes me certain I never flat out asked my mother. In any case the information got to me somehow, and I lived to tell the tale via hazy, inconsistent memories. mad Theatre of Tampa's production of SPRING AWAKENING, the first show of their 16th season, follows a group of adolescents in late 19th century Germany as they question what's happening to their bodies - physically and emotionally (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 9/11/2016
by BWW - Sep 11, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/11/2016 for Tampa (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of mad Theatre of Tampa's SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

mad Theatre of Tampa, 2014 & 2015 Best Community Theater from BroadwayWorld.com, continues their successful 2016-2017 season with their production of the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening. Mad Theatre of Tampa is excited to move into the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts for this production. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in costume! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 9/04/2016
by BWW - Sep 4, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/04/2016 for Tampa (more...)

mad Theatre Announces Opening of SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

mad Theatre of Tampa, a resident musical theatre company at the Straz Center, is proud to announce their next production opening of the Tony award-winning musical Spring Awakeningon September 8, 2016 at the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of mad Theatre of Tampa's SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

mad Theatre of Tampa, 2014 & 2015 Best Community Theater from BroadwayWorld.com, continues their successful 2016-2017 season with their production of the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening. Mad Theatre of Tampa is excited to move into the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts for this production. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in costume! (more...)

BWW Review: Eight O'Clock Theatre's Rousing JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by Peter Nason - Mar 14, 2016

EOT's production of Lloyd Webber and Rice's rock opera is galvanizing, creative, fast-paced and extremely moving. (more...)

Hale Centre Theatre Stages NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, Now thru 5/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2013

Hale Centre Theatre (HCT), Utah's premiere family theatre, presents timeless comedy 'No Time for Sergeants', now through May 25. (more...)

The Off Broadway Theatre Opens THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2009

The Off Broadway Theatre, celebrating 15 years of comedy, is pleased to announce the opening of The Pirates of Penzance, the famous light-parody and satire, by Gilbert and Sullivan on Friday July 31st. Curtain rises at 7:30 PM. Seating is reserved. (more...)

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