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Sarasota Theater Reviews

View the latest BroadwayWorld reviews of live + streaming theatre in Sarasota.


Review: MISS HOLMES at David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre Photo Review: MISS HOLMES at David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - November 21, 2022

What did our critic think of MISS HOLMES at David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre?...
Review: A Dazzling, Haunting, and Relevant CABARET Opens at Asolo Repertory Theatre Photo Review: A Dazzling, Haunting, and Relevant CABARET Opens at Asolo Repertory Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - November 20, 2022

Saturday’s opening night crowd was all a buzz as they stepped into the halls of the Asolo Repertory Theatre for the opening of their 2022/2023 season. Their season opener being the stunningly beautiful, sexy, and haunting work of Kander & Ebb, and a production none other than Cabaret. This was my f...
Review: THE BURDENS at Urbanite Theatre Photo Review: THE BURDENS at Urbanite Theatre
by Jacob Ruscoe - November 09, 2022

“The Burdens” should not be missed. If you love to text message, (and who doesn’t) this is the show for you....
Review: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's GUYS AND DOLLS Photo Review: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's GUYS AND DOLLS
by Carolan Trbovich - October 17, 2022

Guys and Dolls is a musical featuring lyrics and music by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrow and Jo Swerling. The production follows the lives of New York’s underworld of guys who are cheats, gamblers and gangsters, and the dolls they love that make their lives even more complicated. It premiered ...
Review: NEW YORK STATE OF MIND at Florida Studio Theatre Photo Review: NEW YORK STATE OF MIND at Florida Studio Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - September 07, 2022

What did our critic think of NEW YORK STATE OF MIND at Florida Studio Theatre?...
Review: LET IT BE at Players Centre For The Performing Arts Photo Review: LET IT BE at Players Centre For The Performing Arts
by Jacob Ruscoe - August 25, 2022

Let It Be is a great way to experience the classic songs of the Beatles! The Players Centre for the Performing Arts is continuing its 92nd season with the concert revue style musical, 'Let It Be.' Director, Sunny Smith, notes that the musical is 'the journey of Beatles songs through the turmoil of w...
Review: THE JERSEY TENORS - PART II at Florida Studio Theatre Photo Review: THE JERSEY TENORS - PART II at Florida Studio Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - August 08, 2022

What did our critic think of THE JERSEY TENORS - PART II at Florida Studio Theatre? Back for a triumphant return to Sarasota since 2017, Jersey Tenors are packing the house at Florida Studio Theatre with The Jersey Tenors - Part II....
Review: HOOD at Asolo Repertory Theatre Photo Review: HOOD at Asolo Repertory Theatre
by Nora Long - June 20, 2022

The joy that this production seeks to impart upon the audience is palpable, and understandably necessary after the past two years. The process of watching a hero come to life on stage is an undeniably entertaining one, and HOOD's well-intentioned themes have potential to inspire as this new musical ...
BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Florida Studio Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Florida Studio Theatre
by Nora Long - May 02, 2022

The themes addressed by “The Legend of Georgia McBride” sparkle in Florida Studio Theatre’s production, in a way both respectful of drag as an art form but also approachable, with characters that transporting them a glitter-filled odyssey though sexuality, gender expression, and family. The show run...
BWW Review: LITTLE SATCHMO at Sarasota Film Festival Photo BWW Review: LITTLE SATCHMO at Sarasota Film Festival
by Carolan Trbovich - May 01, 2022

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BWW Review: A SKEPTIC AND A BRUJA at Urbanite Theatre a Haunting Experience Photo BWW Review: A SKEPTIC AND A BRUJA at Urbanite Theatre a Haunting Experience
by Jacob Ruscoe - April 12, 2022

In a deviation from your typical theatrical experience, may I present you Urbanite Theatre’s World Premiere of “A Skeptic and a Bruja.” Much to its title premise, this new work takes you on a paranormal journey....
BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Venice Theatre Provides Raw Emotion Photo BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Venice Theatre Provides Raw Emotion
by Jacob Ruscoe - March 29, 2022

Some shows get away from all the glitz and glamour and just tell a story. There are times where musical theatre transcends the fancy costume and strobe lights; a place where the big numbers wait for another time. What we are left during those moments is something raw and powerful. What we have is “T...
BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Florida Studio Theatre is Comedic Perfection Photo BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Florida Studio Theatre is Comedic Perfection
by Jacob Ruscoe - March 06, 2022

By nature, musicals are vastly more popular than plays. They have a natural ability to engage an audience and if there are any lulls in the action, you have a high-flying musical number to bring the show back to life. A play has no safety nets. The actors must be dynamic and make genuine connections...
BWW Review: OUR TOWN at Asolo Rep is Simplistic and Powerful Photo BWW Review: OUR TOWN at Asolo Rep is Simplistic and Powerful
by Jacob Ruscoe - February 09, 2022

The Asolo continues its season with the timeless play, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” directed by Desdemona Chiang. Any time I see this classic piece on stage I am drawn to its simplicity. The show is typically done without a set or props and relies completely on the characters themselves to tell the...
BWW Review: CINDERELLA at Rise Above Performing Arts Showcases Talent and Imagination Photo BWW Review: CINDERELLA at Rise Above Performing Arts Showcases Talent and Imagination
by Nora Long - January 31, 2022

Rise Above Performing Arts brought a little magic to Sarasota this January with the Broadway adaptation of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. This crowd-pleasing rendition featured Rise Above’s large cast of talented young performers, and provided an opportunity for audiences of all ages to experie...
BWW Review: CINDERELLA at Manatee Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Review: CINDERELLA at Manatee Performing Arts Center
by Jacob Ruscoe - December 07, 2021

It is time for a little bit of magic as Manatee Performing Arts Center produces their next mainstage production of “Cinderella.” The theatre touts Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella as the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical....
BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Van Wezel all that you can want and so much more Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Van Wezel all that you can want and so much more
by Jacob Ruscoe - November 24, 2021

It is such an exciting time with Broadway reopened. I spent a day recently in New York City and the hustle and bustle of the theatre district reminded me of why I love the city and Broadway in particular. I have seen a measly 73 shows on Broadway or ones that are part of a Broadway tour and I have r...
BWW Review: BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at Florida Studio Theatre Brings Smiles Star Photo BWW Review: BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at Florida Studio Theatre Brings Smiles Start to Finish
by Jacob Ruscoe - November 20, 2021

There are shows that make you laugh and others that make you cry. We go to the theatre and are swept away by all kinds of emotions. Some shows make us angry and others inspire hope. Then there are the shows that just make us happy. Above all else, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” at Florida Studio The...
BWW Review: AT THE WAKE OF A DEAD DRAG QUEEN at Urbanite Theatre is a dose of love an Photo BWW Review: AT THE WAKE OF A DEAD DRAG QUEEN at Urbanite Theatre is a dose of love and reality
by Jacob Ruscoe - November 05, 2021

Sometimes theatre is different. Sometimes it is unique and thought-provoking with enough emotion to pull your heart strings and punch you in the gut all at the same time. There are times where a play is not conventional; yet allows its audiences to experiences an array of feelings that make us glad ...
BWW Review: SHADES OF BUBLE at Florida Studio Theatre Photo BWW Review: SHADES OF BUBLE at Florida Studio Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - August 15, 2021

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BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL at Dingbat Theatre Project is Pure Entertainment Photo BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL at Dingbat Theatre Project is Pure Entertainment
by Jacob Ruscoe - May 11, 2021

In a time where many theatres have struggled to survive, there is a new face in our community that is reimagining theatre during these unusual times. Dingbat Theatre Project is currently in production of “Shrek the Musical,” held at the outdoor theatre at The Bazaar on Apricot. The company has taken...
BWW Review: DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS at Ovation Photo BWW Review: DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS at Ovation
by Jacob Ruscoe - May 05, 2021

Ovation Theatre took to the stage, or in this case the field to produce an energizing production of Disney’s Descendants. While the school’s spring musical production is typically held indoors, due to the pandemic the show was performed outside in Lakewood Ranch. The change of venue did not stop thi...
BWW Review: CAMELOT at Asolo Repertory an Artistic Masterpiece Photo BWW Review: CAMELOT at Asolo Repertory an Artistic Masterpiece
by Jacob Ruscoe - March 28, 2021

Somedays it seems like the world may never return to normal. It has been a challenging year for everyone and one of the hardest hit industries has been those involving live entertainment. Audiences are craving a return to live theatre which made the Asolo’s production of “Camelot” and even more welc...
BWW Review: Can't Help Falling in Love with ALL SHOOK UP at Rise Above Performing Art Photo BWW Review: Can't Help Falling in Love with ALL SHOOK UP at Rise Above Performing Arts
by Jude Hebit - February 19, 2021

The stage has been pretty empty this past year, so it was refreshing to be able to go see a live performance, especially one indoors, with enhanced safety protocols. I have tried to attend as many events as my schedule will allow, but musicals naturally have been scarce. Rise Above Performing Arts a...
BWW Review: CARRIE at Rise Above Performing Arts Scarier than a Pandemic Photo BWW Review: CARRIE at Rise Above Performing Arts Scarier than a Pandemic
by Jude Hebit - December 04, 2020

The world is in a surreal and crazy state. So, what better musical to be one of the first out of the COVID hibernation than Rise Above Performing Arts’ production of “Carrie.”...