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Van Wezel Encourages Audiences To #SaveOurStages Photo Van Wezel Encourages Audiences To #SaveOurStages
by BWW News Desk on August 07, 2020 in Sarasota

Recently, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act. The Save Our Stages Act provides Small Business Administration grants for independent venues such as the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, promoters and festivals affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. It offers financial support to keep them afloat, allowing them to pay employees and preserve a critical economic sector for communities across America.
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents SIREN SONG Photo Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents SIREN SONG
by BWW News Desk on August 07, 2020 in Sarasota

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Siren Song, its first video production, featuring soprano Johanna Fincher, mezzo-soprano Robyn Rocklein and pianist Michael Stewart.
Sarasota Concert Association Appoints Linda Moxley as Executive Director Photo Sarasota Concert Association Appoints Linda Moxley as Executive Director
by BWW News Desk on August 07, 2020 in Sarasota

Joy McIntyre, board president of the Sarasota Concert Association (SCA), recently announced that the organization will be welcoming Linda Moxley as its executive director on October 26. Moxley currently serves as vice president of marketing and communications for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Announces Schedule Changes Photo The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Announces Schedule Changes
by BWW News Desk on August 07, 2020 in Sarasota

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has announced updates to the 2020-2021 season due to touring schedule changes.
FST Announces Featured Guests For Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration Taking Photo FST Announces Featured Guests For Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration Taking Place August 20
by BWW News Desk on August 06, 2020 in Sarasota

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces the lineup for its virtual event on August 20, 2020, celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. Award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, City of Sarasota Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch, and Suffragist Project Director Kate Alexander will each speak at the theatre's special online celebration, along with a slate of talented artists.
9 Liz Callaway Videos We Can't Get Enough Of! Photo 9 Liz Callaway Videos We Can't Get Enough Of!
by BWW News Desk on August 06, 2020 in Sarasota

We're looking back at these past performances by Liz Callaway before her Seth Concert this weekend!
Follow Our Student Blog Instagram Account! Photo Follow Our Student Blog Instagram Account!
by BWW News Desk on August 05, 2020 in Sarasota

We're highlighting our student bloggers on Instagram!
Asolo Rep Announces New Fall Online Classes Photo Asolo Rep Announces New Fall Online Classes
by BWW News Desk on August 05, 2020 in Sarasota

Asolo Rep has announced new online theatre classes this fall offering a broad spectrum of theatre education opportunities for ages 11 through adult. The programs include the launch of Asolo Rep Young Artist Academy, Young Artist Homeschool Classes, Adult Online Theatre Classes.
Sarasota Opera Announces Season Changes and Relief Fund Photo Sarasota Opera Announces Season Changes and Relief Fund
by BWW News Desk on August 05, 2020 in Sarasota

Sarasota Opera has been forced to cancel its fall mainstage production of Don Giovanni and the Sarasota Youth Opera production of The Hobbit.
Birdland Jazz Club Brings Concert Series To BroadwayWorld Events: Max Von Essen, Photo Birdland Brings Concert Series To BWW; Von Essen, Vosk, Rockwell, Leung, Szot & More
by BWW News Desk on August 04, 2020 in Sarasota

Each concert will kick off with a live premiere event, featuring a special chat (which will include the performer) and will then be on-demand for 30 days on BroadwayWorld Events.
5 Lena Hall OBSESSED Performances We're Obsessed With! Photo 5 Lena Hall OBSESSED Performances We're Obsessed With!
by BWW News Desk on August 03, 2020 in Sarasota

Lena Hall's popular series Obsessed is returning next weekend with the music of Alanis Morissette! We're looking back at some of our favorite past performances-- which one is your favorite?
BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records QuaranStreams Continues with Bette Photo Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Bette Midler's DIVA LAS VEGAS
by Ben Rimalower on August 03, 2020 in Sarasota

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk about Bette Midler's 1997 HBO special 'Diva Las Vegas,' filmed at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. They also discuss Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Elaine Paige, Tyne Daly, Angela Lansbury, and 'Gypsy.'
Single Tickets For Select Shows At Van Wezel Are Available This Week Photo Single Tickets For Select Shows At Van Wezel Are Available This Week
by BWW News Desk on August 03, 2020 in Sarasota

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall welcomes superstar instrumentalist Kenny G back to Sarasota in 2021! Additionally, single tickets for Blue Man Group, Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show and Fiddler on the Roof will be available for purchase beginning this week.
Asolo Rep Announces FOUNTAIN as the Winner of the Ground Floor Series: MAKING MU Photo Asolo Rep Announces FOUNTAIN as the Winner of the Ground Floor Series: MAKING MUSICALS Competition
by BWW News Desk on July 31, 2020 in Sarasota

Asolo Rep has announced that the winning new musical in its GROUND FLOOR: MAKING MUSICALS series is FOUNTAIN, with book, music and lyrics by Christopher Anselmo and Jared Corak.
BWW Feature: Rise Above Performing Arts Finds a Home! Photo BWW Feature: Rise Above Performing Arts Finds a Home!
by Jude Hebit on July 31, 2020 in Sarasota

Rise Above Performing Arts is getting set to enter its 5th season in our community. The nonprofit focuses its mission on producing full scale, Broadway style productions performed completely by young people. For the past four years, Rise Above has produced all of its shows at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center while renting government and local space for rehearsals.
Work With Broadway Artists At MUSICAL THEATRE MEGA CAMP Photo Work With Broadway Artists At MUSICAL THEATRE MEGA CAMP
by BWW News Desk on July 28, 2020 in Sarasota

Work with cast members from these Broadway shows and more! Wicked, SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical, Come From Away: A New Musical, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill: Our New Musical, Mean Girls
Stephanie J. Block, Rachel Bay Jones, & Liz Callaway Will Join Seth Rudetsky For Photo Stephanie J. Block, Rachel Bay Jones, & Liz Callaway Will Join Seth Rudetsky For LIVE Concerts
by BWW News Desk on July 28, 2020 in Sarasota

Producer Mark Cortale announced today that award-winning stars of the stage and screen Liz Callaway, Stephanie J. Block, and Rachel Bay Jones will join the line-up of talent slated to participate in The Seth Concert Series, the weekly virtual series based on Seth Rudetsky's international Broadway series that began at The Art House in Provincetown.
BWW Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records QuaranStreams Continues with THE F Photo Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records QuaranStreams Continues with THE FIRST WIVES CLUB!
by Ben Rimalower on July 27, 2020 in Sarasota

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk about the 1996 hit movie 'The First Wives Club.' In addition to their in-depth analysis of the comedic talents of Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, they also discuss Eileen Heckart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stockard Channing, Elizabeth Berkley, Timothy Olyphant, Victor Garber, Bronson Pinchot, Dan Hedaya, Lea Delaria, Debra Monk, J.K. Simmons, Kate Burton, Marc Shaiman, and Maggie Smith. Ben and Daniel also share personal stories of when they discovered the film and how it's stayed with them since.
Exclusive: Megan Hilty Sings 'Moving The Line' as Part of The Seth Concert Serie Photo Exclusive: Megan Hilty Sings from Smash; Concert Re-Airs Today!
by BWW News Desk on July 27, 2020 in Sarasota

Seth Rudetsky's internationally acclaimed Broadway concert series that first began in Provincetown at The Art House in 2011 is now a weekly virtual series entitled The Seth Concert Series. Megan Hilty's performance as part of The Seth Concert Series, re-airs today at 3 PM ET.
Van Wezel Announces Two New Performances For The 2020-2021 Season Photo Van Wezel Announces Two New Performances For The 2020-2021 Season
by BWW News Desk on July 27, 2020 in Sarasota

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has just announced exciting new performances for the 2020-2021 season. Single tickets for these performances go on sale Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards FST $45,000 Arts Appreciation Grant Photo Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards FST $45,000 Arts Appreciation Grant
by BWW News Desk on July 24, 2020 in Sarasota

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is delighted to announce that the nonprofit theater has been awarded a $45,000 a?oeArts Appreciationa?? grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. These grants were given to cornerstone Sarasota arts organizations, enabling them to concentrate on what they do best: advance their artistic missions. Thanks to Gulf Coast, these funds will provide key support for FST's Winter Mainstage and Cabaret Seasons, which will begin in early 2021. 
Save 10% On Online Acting, Singing, And Dancing Classes With Our Summer Sale! Photo Save 10% On Online Acting, Singing, And Dancing Classes
by BWW Staff on July 23, 2020 in Sarasota

BroadwayWorld and The Institute for American Musical Theatre have joined forces to bring online triple threat classes to students around the world. Now, for a limited time only, you can save 10% with our summer sale! Freshening up those triple threat skills is a great way to get ready to go back to school or get a leg up in the audition room.
9 Megan Hilty Videos We Can't Get Enough Of! Photo 9 Megan Hilty Videos We Can't Get Enough Of!
by BWW News Desk on July 23, 2020 in Sarasota

Megan Hilty is stopping by The Seth Concert Series this weekend and we wanted to look back at some of our favorite past performances of hers!
WestcoastBlack Theatre Troupe Announces 2020-2021 Scholarship Winners Photo WestcoastBlack Theatre Troupe Announces 2020-2021 Scholarship Winners
by BWW News Desk on July 23, 2020 in Sarasota

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has awarded scholarships to six deserving students.
FST Partners With Tidewell Hospice To Provide Online Summer Camp For Youth Proce Photo FST Partners With Tidewell Hospice To Provide Online Summer Camp For Youth Processing Grief
by BWW News Desk on July 22, 2020 in Sarasota

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) and Tidewell Hospice proudly announce that the two not-for-profit organizations will partner to offer the Blue Butterfly Campa?"a two-week summer theatre program for bereaved youth.