December Entertainment

Evan Gold November 20, 2010 0

Oy Vey in a Manger

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 2

The Kinsey Sicks, America’s favorite dragapella beautyshop quartet, present their hit holiday show Oy Vey in a Manger. With songs like “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians,” “Harried Little Christmas,” and “‘Tis the Season to Drink Stoli,” they blend glorious four-part harmonies with campy and outrageous humor. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.tbpac.org/ or call (813) 229-7827.

A Thousand Cranes

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Dec. 3-10

This is the true story of Sadako Sasaki, just 2 years old when an atom bomb exploded over Hiroshima and 12 when she was afflicted with radiation sickness. Legend claims a person who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish. Sadako began folding cranes, wishing to be well, wishing an atom bomb would never be dropped again. Before her death, she folded 644 cranes. Her friends and classmates folded 356 more to make a thousand. Her spirit of hope and strength continues to inspire young people around the world to work for peace. Ruth Eckerd Hall is located at 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. For more information, visit http://www.rutheckerdhall.com/ or call (727) 791-7400.

SLUT Energy Theory

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 4

Slut Energy Theory is a powerful, unsentimental and original work about incest and abuse that challenges concepts you’ve ever held about victimhood, survivor trauma and feminist energy and reconfigures them in a new ways. This is the story of a poor, uneducated and motherless black girl born in 1912 in rural Arkansas who is sexually abused by her father throughout her childhood. Living in a complete absence of positive role models or healthy sexual information, this girl has no capacity to know her life should be different. Slut Energy Theory offers us a disturbing, raw perspective on child abuse, a subject that’s not easy to talk about, watch or joke about and creates an evening that’s both theatrically entertaining and also meaningful to anyone watching whose lives have been touched by abuse. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.tbpac.org/ or call (813) 229-7827.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

St Pete Times Forum

Dec. 10

The holiday season’s most exciting spectacle Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return to the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday, Dec. 10 for two unforgettable performances. The orchestra, known for its exceptional music set to a dazzling array of lights and pyrotechnics, will hold two shows, a matinee at 3 p.m. and an evening performance at 8 p.m. St Pete Times Forum is located at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.stpetetimesforum.com/ or call (813) 301-2500.

Eleven Reflections on September

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 8-11

Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry/spoken word-based, multi-media performance on Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. This production is based on the series of poems Andrea Assaf has been writing since 2001, spanning the fall of the towers, the on-going wars and the current revolutions sweeping through the Arab world. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.tbpac.org/ or call (813) 229-7827.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

Tarpon Springs Cultural Center

Dec. 8-11

Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told and Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season! Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is located at 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.tarponarts.org/ or call (727) 942-5605.

A Christmas Story

David A. Straz Jr. Center

Dec. 6-11

Based on the popular Christmas movie inspired by the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story, The Musical! chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way towards the holiday gift of his dreams — a Red Ryder Action Air Rifle BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa and a double-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between young Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical! is a perennial holiday classic that will entertain the whole family. For the official website, visit achristmasstorythemusical.com. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.tbpac.org/ or call (813) 229-7827.

Christmas at the Pops

Mahaffey Theater

Dec. 10-11

The Florida Orchestra presents voices of the Master Chorale. Join the orchestra in a holiday celebration, complete with sing-along Christmas carols. Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First St S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit http://www.mahaffeytheater.com/ or call (727) 892-5798.

Footloose

Masque Community Theatre

Dec. 2-11

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. The Lightfoot Recreation Center is located at 10901 56th Street, Temple Terrace. For more information, visit http://masquetheatre.net/ or call (813) 506-6630.

Shrek the Musical

Mahaffey Theater

Dec. 16

Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone. Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First St S, St. Petersburg. 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.mahaffeytheater.com/ or call (727) 892-5798.

Holiday Revue

Carrollwood Cultural Center

Through Dec. 17

Celebrate the season with a revue of holiday songs, made fresh by some new arrangements and tied together with original stories of celebration, love and the occasional family disaster. No matter what holiday you celebrate, it will be the happiest, most musical Christmahannukwanzasolstice ever. Carrollwood Players is located at 4333-5 Gunn Highway, Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.carrollwoodplayers.org/ or call (813) 265-4000.

Annie

Francis Wilson Playhouse

Dec. 1-18

1933 and the depths of the Depression. Annie (11 years old) is living in the Municipal Orphanage on New York’s Lower East Side. Miss Hannigan is the principal in charge of the orphanage and needs no lessons on being compared to the wicked witch of the West. Annie decides to escape and try and find her parents. Naturally, this proves unsuccessful. However, Grace Farrell, secretary to the millionaire Oliver Warbucks is searching for an orphan that she might invite back to the Warbucks’ household to celebrate Christmas. Francis Wilson Playhouse is located at 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. For more information, visit http://franciswilsonplayhouse.org or call (727) 446-1360.

Miracle on 34th Street

St. Petersburg City Theatre

Dec. 2-18

The holiday show that will make you believe… a magical event for the whole family. St. Petersburg City Theatre is located at 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit http://www.splt.org/ or call (727) 866-1973.

The Blue Room

Stageworks Theatre

Dec. 2-18

A contemporary riff on the once-banned La Ronde!, An exploration of lust, class and the power of sex. A sensation in London and New York, this scandalous play is full of erotic energy as one actor and one actress play all 10 partners in a continuous daisy chain of sexual liaisons. Funny. Razor sharp. Stageworks Theatre is located at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. For more information, visit http://stageworkstheatre.org/ or call (813) 251-8984.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

Gorilla Theatre

Dec. 2-18

Jonelle Meyer is chameleon-like in this sidesplitting yet dramatic tour de force. Gorilla Theatre is located at 4419 N Hubert Ave., Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.gorillatheatre.com/ or call (813) 879-2914.

The SantaLand Diaries

New American Theater

Dec. 8-18

Based on the outlandish and true, chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s SantaLand display, this hilarious cult classic features comic encounters during the height of the holiday crunch. NPR humorist and best-selling author of When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. Recommended for mature audiences. New American Theater is located at 183 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit http://www.newamericantheater.org/ or call (813) 784-0536.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish

Capitol Theatre (Ruth Eckerd Hall)

Dec. 17-18

Ah, the holidays. A time of peace, a time of joy, a time of loving and giving — a time of remembering why you left home in the first place! The award-winning writer and comedian who brought us two previous shows in this hilarious series brings us home to Grandma’s for a holiday dinner you won’t soon forget, one that may sound all too familiar. Steve Solomon is back with more outrageously funny stories of the eccentric characters in his family so many have come to know and love. It’s another laugh-filled evening of family chaos, Steve’s next installment in hilarity! Capitol Theatre (Ruth Eckerd Hall) is located at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. For more information, visit http://www.rutheckerdhall.com/ or call (727) 441-8868.

St. Petersburg Opera: Seasonal Sparkle

Palladium Theater

Dec. 19

The centerpiece of this festive performance will be a semi-staged peformance of highlights from Act 1 & 2 of La Boheme. Set in Paris on Christmas Eve, the Boheme scenes will feature principal singers chosen from our national auditions and will showcase our 35-piece orchestra, chorus and children’s chorus. Entertaining and educational, for novice and expert alike, the program will be rounded out with seasonal favorites such as Ave Maria, the Hallelujah Chorus, O Holy Night and portions of the Nutcracker ballet. Maestro Sforzini will guide the entire family through the world of opera with insightful commentary and his signature style. Palladium Theater is located at 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit http://www.stpeteopera.org/ or call (727) 822-3590.

Holiday, Inc.

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 16-22

Hang on to your stockings as the season comes to life with Holiday, Inc. Filled with dazzling effects, stunning costumes, Broadway caliber performers, lovable characters, high energy dance numbers and a chart-topping song list, it will be the holiday show experience that is as close to the Big Apple as you can get. Visit http://www.holidayinctheshow.com for a preview. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.tbpac.org/ or call (813) 229-7827.

My Fair Lady

Asolo Reperatory Theatre

Through Dec. 23

It’s the musical by which all others are measured and with good reason—this Lerner and Loewe classic features some of the most unforgettable songs and characters in musical theatre history. When linguistics professor Henry Higgins wagers that he can turn Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady, they undergo a transformation neither of them could have anticipated. Experience this glorious musical in an innovative and fresh production. Asolo Reperatory Theatre is located at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, visit http://asolo.org/ or call (800) 361-8388.

White Christmas

Manatee Players

Dec. 2-23

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Manatee Players is located at 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. For more information, visit http://www.manateeplayers.com/ or call (941) 748-5875.

The Sensuous Senator

Early Bird Dinner Theater

Through Dec. 23

Senator Douglas is running for President on a “morality” platform. When his wife Lois leaves to attend a conference in Chicago he does not hesitate to invite over his secretary and lover, Veronica. Finding her unavailable, he has an escort agency send voluptuous Fiona. All seems well until his elderly Congressional colleague and neighbor locks himself out and asks to spend the night. Then Congressman Jack Maquire drops in unexpectedly and Fiona, unsure who her client is, zeros in on him. Meanwhile, Veronica changes her plans and appears on the scene. Early Bird Dinner Theater is located at 200 South McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. For more information, visit http://www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or call (727) 446-5898.

An Ideal Husband

American Stage

Through Dec. 24

“Scandals used to lend charm to a man — now they crush him.” In Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, fate catches up to Sir Robert Chiltern when a mysterious woman produces a letter revealing a past misdeed. Suddenly, a choice must be made between public scandal and private shame. Insider trading, government scandal, morality in politics… whoever thought a 120-year-old comedy could feel so new? American Stage is located at 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit http://www.americanstage.org/ or call (727) 823-7529.

Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker

Mahaffey Theater

Dec. 26-27

The Moscow Ballet celebrates its 19th annual tour to 60+ cities across North America in 2011 with top award-winning dancers. Eighty impeccably trained Russian dancers perform the Great Russian Nutcracker, the beloved Christmas story, with amazing leaps, spins and lunges. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, this production features lavish costumes, charming larger-than-life Russian puppets and nine fanciful backdrops, that are hand-painted and embellished with 3D effects — a must see for the whole family! Visit http://www.nutcracker.com for a preview. Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First St S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit http://www.mahaffeytheater.com/ or call (727) 892-5798.

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

freeFall Theatre

Dec. 8 through Jan. 1

An enchanting new musical adaptation of the Dickens classic is destined to become a Bay Area holiday tradition. With a soaring and inspirational score and faithful incarnations of all of the memorable characters, Dickens’ ghost story leaps from the page and delights with stunning theatricality, lush scenery and costumes and surprising special effects. Plan early to get your seats for this perfect holiday evening out. freeFall Theatre is located at 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. For more information, visit http://www.freefalltheatre.com or call (727) 498-5205.

Howie Mandel

Capitol Theatre (Ruth Eckerd Hall)

Jan. 4

Actor and comedian Howie Mandel brings his stand-up comedy to town. The Toronto-born entertainer has been in show business for more than 30 years and is known for being a judge on America’s Got Talent and as host of Deal or No Deal. Capitol Theatre (Ruth Eckerd Hall) is located at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. For more information, visit http://www.rutheckerdhall.com/ or call (727) 791-7400.

Lil Rev: Jews N Blues

Tarpon Springs Cultural Center

Jan. 4-5

Join America’s favorite Jewish folksinger, Lil Rev, for a heartfelt evening of songs, stories, humor and instrumental magic in “Jews N Blues.” This one-man show celebrates the Jewish contribution to American roots and blues music. From ragtime and jazz to rock and roll, Jews have made major creative contributions. Listen as Lil Rev weaves an amazing tale of Jews whose passion, persistence and creativity has helped to paint the American popular landscape with an unforgettable vocabulary of poetic lyric and melody. Singing his own compositions, historical anecdotes, a few choice covers and playing some romping blues instrumentals, Lil Rev strikes at the heart of America music and like the classic blues of long ago brings forth joy, sorrow and utter determination. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is located at 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. For more information, visit http://www.tarponarts.org/ or call (727) 942-5605.

New Century Opera: Tristan and Isolda

Tarpon Springs Cultural Center

Jan. 6

One of the greatest of all tragic love stories, Tristan and Isolda tells the ancient Celtic legend of an impossible love: the two title characters love each other desperately, in spite of the betrothal of Isolda — an Irish princess — to King Mark of Cornwall. Wagner’s glorious, romantic score brings the story to life with vividness and passion. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center is located at 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. For more information, visit http://www.tarponarts.org/ or call (727) 942-5605.

Sauce Boss Bill Wharton

Largo Cultural Center

Jan. 6

Bill Wharton, “The Sauce Boss” mixes his own spicy Florida Blues and hot sauce right into the gumbo on stage and at the end of the show, everyone eats for free. Largo Cultural Center is located at 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. For more information, visit http://www.largoarts.com/ or call (727) 587-6751.

Next to Normal

Florida Studio Theatre

Through Jan. 7

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set to a compelling contemporary score, “Next to Normal” is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards. Florida Studio Theatre is located at 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information, visit http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/ or call (941) 366-9000.

Million Dollar Quartet

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

Jan. 3-8

Million Dollar Quartet is the smash hit Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On Dec. 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.tbpac.org/ or call (813) 229-7827.

Aesop’s Fables

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Jan. 7-14

Classic fables come to life! For centuries, the wit and wisdom of Aesop’s fables have been passed down from one generation to the next. In a lively storytelling style that invites interactive participation, Aesop’s Fables brings to life familiar favorites like The Lion and the Mouse, The Hare and the Tortoise and The Fox and the Grapes along with tales not so familiar. Fun and chock full of imagination, Aesop’s Fables is a perfect introduction to some of the world’s most cherished stories and to the magic of live theater! Ruth Eckerd Hall is located at 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. For more information, visit http://www.rutheckerdhall.com/ or call (727) 791-7400.

Odd Couple

Carrollwood Players

Jan. 6-28

Unger and Madison are at it again. Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same. Carrollwood Players is located at 4333-5 Gunn Highway, Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.carrollwoodplayers.org/ or call (813) 265-4000.

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel

Henry B. Plant Museum

Sundays

Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life. The rotating list of characters includes Maggie Stroud (1920 Laundress), Arthur Schleman (1895 Hunting and Fishing Guide), Otis Freedman (1905 Head Waiter), Edith Roosevelt (1901 First Lady), Henry A. Dobson (1898 Spanish-American War Soldier) and Richard Harding Davis (1898 war correspondent/novelist). Henry B. Plant Museum is located at 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.plantmuseum.com/ or call (813) 254-1891.

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