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Weekend arts forecast: Three say goodbye

Bill DeYoung



It’s been a good season, so far, for professional theater in Tampa Bay. Three particularly high-caliber shows just happen to wind down this weekend, with Sunday matinees. Two of them are in St. Petersburg.

At freeFall Theatre, the musical (dark) comedy God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is completing a mostly sold-out run. Based on a novel by Kurt Vonnegut, with music and lyrics by the team behind Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast and others, it tells the tale of eccentric billionaire Eliot Rosewater (Robert Teasdale) as he tries to navigate an increasingly selfish world. Tickets.

Alan Mohney Jr. in “Fully Committed,” closing with Sunday’s matinee at the Off-Central. Photo: Downtown Carol Gallagher.

Alan Mohney Jr. is the only performer onstage in Becky Mode’s Fully Committed, going curtain-down at the Off-Central. He plays Sam, the harried but helpful phone-reservation guy at a trendy Manhattan restaurant. He also “portrays” every single (annoying) customer who calls in, along with other restaurant personnel. Tickets.

LAB Theatre Project in Ybor City, which puts up only previously-unproduced plays, hit one out of the emotional park with Craig Houk’s SYD, also closing Sunday. A nursing student in 1973 New Orleans, 19-year-old Sydney Trahan is coming to grips with her sexuality. This causes friction not only with her parents, but with the family’s gay-hating neighbors. Tickets.

There’s a national tour of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women stopping for one night only – Saturday – at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets.

A touring Broadway production of the 2017 Jesus Christ Superstar revival is in Morsani Hall, the Straz Center’s biggest theater, through Sunday. Tickets.


Here and there

Cirque du Soleil is still in residence in the Tropicana Field parking lot (through March 24) with the lollapalooza they call BAZZAR. Tickets.

It’s Second Saturday ArtWalk weekend again. Here’s the map and guide from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, letting everyone know what the 40-or-so artists and galleries have in store on the 5-9 p.m. self-guided tour.


The classics

The Florida Orchestra has two very different gigs this weekend. Michael Francis conducts a chamber music concert with Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Martinů’s Jazz Suite and Márquez’s Danzon No. 4. It’s at Clearwater’s Church of the Ascension (7:30 p.m. Friday) and the Tampa Theatre (8 p.m. Saturday). Tickets.

TFO joins forces with Opera Tampa to perform Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, both concerts in the Straz Center’ Ferguson Hall. Tickets.



The Jacksons (Jackie, Tito and Marlon) perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center tonight. Tickets.

Tonight at the Capitol Theatre, it’s ‘70s crooner Gino (“I Just Wanna Stop”) Vannelli. Tickets.

Ageless Paul Anka sings Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets.

Dan Orlando, former St. Pete resident, plays piano and sings with the Lords of 52nd Street. Publicity photo.

Saturday at the Capitol Theatre: Lords of 52nd Street, featuring three members of Billy Joel’s longtime band (‘70s and ‘80s): Richie Cannata, Liberty Devito and Russell Javors. The singer and pianist in this hard-touring group is longtime St. Pete resident Dan Orlando. Tickets.

Amalie Arena welcomes Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin and Pitbull Saturday. Tickets.

Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center: Country singer Brantley Gilbert. Tickets.

Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall: “Doo-Wop Reunion,” including the Coasters (original members: 0), Little Anthony, the Duprees (original members: 0) and longtime Pinellas County resident Joey (“Peppermint Twist”) Dee. Tickets.

And Nigerian-born Afrobeat singer, rapper and producer Burna Boy arrives at Amalie Arena Monday. Tickets.

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