Performing arts: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

December 27, 2012 

PERFORMING ARTS: What's on stage

MANATEE

THEATER

Island Players: 10009 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria

"A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody," Jan. 17-Feb. 3; $20. Information: 941-778-5755.

Manatee Players: Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.

"Two On Tap," 8 p.m. Dec. 28-29, 2 p.m. Dec. 30; Tickets; $26 adults, $13 students with ID. "Anything Goes," 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 17-Feb. 3. "A Funny Thing ...," 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 21-March 16; $13-$26. Information: 941-748-5875.

SARASOTA

CIRCUS

Circus Sarasota: 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

Sailor Circus 2012 Holiday Spectacular "Polar Express," 7 p.m. Dec. 27-28 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 29-30. Tickets: $16 adults, $12 children. Information: 941-366-0156.

COMEDY

Glenridge Performing Arts Center: 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota

Dan Kamin "Funny Bones: The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin," 2 p.m. Feb. 10; $15 general admission, $10 members and students. Information: 941-552-5325.

DANCE

FSU Center for the Performing Arts: 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Sarasota Ballet: Sir Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering, 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 2, 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 3; $30-$90. Sir Frederick Ashton's "Les Rendez-vous," Sir Antony Tudor's "Lilac Garden," and Dominic Walsh's "I Napoletani," 8 p.m. March 1, 2 and 8 p.m. March 2, 2 and 7 p.m. March 3; $30-$90. Information: 941-359-0099.

Fuzion Dance Company: Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail

Dance Now free art exhibit inspirational series: "Child's Play from Mindy Solomon," Feb. 28. "Sculptures of Woodrow Nash/Installations by Jackie Peters Cully," May 30. All performance times are 6 p.m. Information: 941-365-2032.

Glenridge Performing Arts Center: 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota

Dan Kamin "Funny Bones: The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin," 2 p.m. Feb. 10; $15 general admission, $10 members and students. Information: 941-552-5325.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

Information: 941-359-0099, ext. 101.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall: 777 N. Tamiami Trail

Parsons Dance, 8 p.m. March 20; $10-$45. Information: 941-359-0099, ext. 101.

OPERA

Sarasota Opera: 61 N. Pineapple

Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot," Feb. 9-March 23; $30-$140. Georges Bizet "The Pearl Fishers," Feb. 16-March 22; $20-$130. "A King for a Day," March 2-24; $20-$130. "Of Mice and Men," March 9-23; $20-$130. Information: 941-328-1300.

THEATER

Asolo Repertory Theatre/Asolo Conservatory: FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Asolo Repertory Theatre: "You Can't Take It With You," Jan. 4-April 20; $23-$65. "Glengarry Glen Ross," Jan. 11-Feb. 28; $23-$65. "The Heidi Chronicles," Jan. 19-March 17; $23-$65. "Clybourne Park," March 15-May 2; $23-$65. FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training: "The Aliens," Jan. 2-20; $28 and up. Pay-what-you-can-night is Jan. 2. Box office: 941-351-8000.

Florida Studio Theatre: 1241 N. Palm Ave.

John C. Court Cabaret: "Urban Cowboys," Jan. 4-March 20; $19-$45. Keating Theatre: "Smokey Joe's Cafe," through Jan. 6; $19-$42. "The Columnist," Jan. 30-April 14; $19-$36. Gompertz Theatre: "The Best of Enemies," through Jan. 27; $18-$36. Goldstein Cabaret: "Let's Twist Again: with The Wanderers," through Jan. 20; $19-36. "Caribbean Soul," Feb. 27-May 19; $19-$36. Kids Komedy Club, 11 a.m. Saturdays; $6. Information: 941-366-9000.

Golden Apple Theatre: 25 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

"Viagara Falls," Dec. 29-Feb. 24; $25-$37.50, Dec. 31: $40. Information: 941-366-5604.

PLATO: Ramada Waterfront Hotel, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

"Waist Watchers," through Jan. 6; $35. Information: 941-363-1727 or visit platoarts@gmail.com.

The Players Theatre: 838 N. Tamiami Trail

Broadway series: "Sunset Blvd.," Jan. 9-20; $12-$25. "9 to 5," Feb. 13-24; $12-$25. The Players Performing Arts Studio: S.N.A.P. Series: "Book of Beneva New Year's Eve Celebration," 9 p.m. Dec. 31; $25. "Forever Doo-Wop: A Tribute to the '50s and '60s," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28; $18. Backstage at The Players series: "Kimberly Akimbo," 8 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Feb. 7-9, and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10; $15. Drag Queen Bingo, 8 p.m. Fridays; $5. Kids Comedy Club performances are 11 a.m. on select Saturday mornings; $6, includes lunch and a drink. Box office: 941-365-2494 or www.theplayers.org.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall: 777 N. Tamiami Trail

Van Wezel Family Night: "Jungle Jack Hanna," 7 p.m. Dec. 29; $10-$40. Stomp, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 3; $30-$65. Van Wezel Family Night: Adam Trent, 7 p.m. Jan. 5; $10-$35. "Elvis Lives," 8 p.m. Jan. 17; $10-$55. MOMIX, 8 p.m. Jan. 22; $10-$55. "Month Python's Spamalot," 7 p.m. Jan. 27; $30-$75. Motionhouse, 8 p.m. Jan. 29; $10-$50. Van Wezel Family Night: "Traces," 8 p.m., Feb. 6; $30-$60. "Just Imagine," starring Tim Piper, 8 p.m. Feb. 13; $10-$40. "Peter Pan," 7 p.m. Feb. 19-20; $30-$65, Feb. 19 is Family Night. Russian National Ballet Theatre: "Sleeping Beauty," 7 p.m. Feb. 24; $10-$60. "A Chorus Line," 8 p.m. Feb. 25; $10-$75. Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, 8 p.m. March 1; $30-$140. Howie Mandel, 8 p.m. March 3; $10-$55. "Les Miserables," 8 p.m. March 5-8, 2 and 8 p.m. March 9, 1:30 and 7 p.m. March 10; $30-$90, March 5 is Van Wezel Family Night. Lord of the Dance, 8 p.m. March 12; $30-$65. "The Pirates of Penzance," 8 p.m. March 13; $10-$50. "Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get the Sillies Out!" 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 21; $27-$47. Information: 941-359-0099, ext. 101.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: 1646 10th Way

"Jitney" by August Wilson, Jan. 4-Feb. 3. "Soul Crooners 2," Feb. 22-March 24. "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues," April 12-May 12. All tickets prices are $28 and up. Information: 941-366-1505.

ST. PETERSBURG

THEATER

American Stage: 163 Third st. N., St. Petersburg

Main Stage Lecture Series: "The Piano Lesson," 1 p.m. Jan. 6; $7 general admission, $5 subscribers. Cabaret Music Series: "Poets on Broadway," 8 p.m. Jan. 4-5, 6 p.m. Jan. 6. Sunday Comedy Series: Hawk and Wayne's "News of the World," 8 p.m. Jan. 6. "The Room," an interactive Rocky Horror Show for a New Generation, 8 p.m. Jan. 20. Cabaret Drama Series: "The Vagina Monologues," 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27. All performances are "pay what you can" advance tickets: $10, or $10-$20 suggested donation on day of performance. Information: 727-823-7529.

Progress Energy's Mahaffey Theater: 400 First St. S.

Moscow Ballet "Great Russian Nutcracker," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28; $32.50-$190. State Ballet of Russia "Cinderella," 3 p.m. Jan. 6; $27.50-$57.50. "Scattered," 7 p.m. Jan. 27; $25-$45. Information: 727-893-7832.

TAMPA

CIRCUS

Tampa Bay Times Forum: 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey "Built to Amaze," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2-4, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 6; $16-$199.

DANCE

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: 1010 N. MacInnes Place

Youth America Grand Prix Ballet's Greatest Hits!, 8 p.m. Jan. 5; $32.50 and up. Information 813-229-7827.

OPERA

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: 1010 N. MacInnes Place

"A Masked Ball," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 2 p.m. Feb. 9-10; $34.50 and up. "POPera!" 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2 p.m. Feb. 16-17; $34.50 and up. "La Boheme," 7:30 p.m. March 7, 2 p.m. March 9-10; $34.50 and up. Information 813-229-7827.

THEATER

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: 1010 N. MacInnes Place

"Mary Poppins," through Dec. 30; $46.50. "Wicked," Jan. 9-27; $73.50 and up. "Traces," Jan. 29-Feb. 3; $31.50 and up. Jeff Dunham, 8 p.m. Feb. 22; $46 and up. Jobsite Theater: "Hay Fever," Jan. 9-Feb. 3; $28 and up. "Bon Appetit," 8 p.m. Feb. 22; $25 and up. The Stars of "America's Got Talent," 7:30 p.m. March 27; 29.50 and up. Information 813-229-7827.

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