SARASOTA -- The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's 2012-2013 season, announced Friday, features three musical revues and an award-winning drama by August Wilson.
Founding Artistic Director Nate Jacobs' "50s Jukebox Revue" kicks off the season Nov. 16, followed by Wilson's "Jitney," "Soul Crooners 2" (also adapted by Jacobs), and closing the season is the Tony Award-nominated "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues."
Subscription prices are still $75 for four shows. Individual tickets will be available later this fall and will remain priced at $28. Each production will run for five weeks as opposed to the previous four-week run.
Jacobs' "50s Jukebox Revue," running Nov. 16 through Dec. 16, celebrates the music of such pioneering rock 'n' roll and blues artists as Fats Domino, Little Richard and Muddy Waters.
Wilson's "Jitney" will be presented Jan. 4 through Feb. 3, 2013. Winner of the 2001 Drama Critics Circle Award and the 2002 Laurence Olivier Award, the play is set in Pittsburgh of the 1970s, centering around a group of unlicensed cab drivers as they strive to find honor and accomplishment in the harsh world around them.
"Soul Crooners 2" features the cast of the original smash with a new repertoire of songs from the 1970s. From Feb. 22 to March 24, 2013, Charles Manning, Leon Pitts, Mikeyy Mendez, Jacobs and Sheldon Redon will be back to sing some of the greatest soul songs of all time.
Closing out the season will be the four-time, Tony-nominated "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues," running April 12 to May 12, 2013. This musical revue takes the audience on a journey through the evolution of the blues.
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Details: 941-366-1505 or www.wbttroupe.org.