“Annie” - featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin - is considered by many to be the world’s best-loved musical. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, the production returns in time-honored form in a new incarnation of the iconic original.
ST. PETERSBURG - Legendary actor, director and author William Shatner will bring his acclaimed stage show “Shatner’s World: The One Man Show” to the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., with a performance at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg.
Shatner is known for originating the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the original television series “Star Trek,” which ran on NBC from 1966 through 1969. Shatner continued to play Kirk in seven Star Trek feature films. He also starred as eccentric lawyer Denny Crane in “The Practice” and “Boston Legal,” winning two Emmys and a Golden Globe in the process.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Mahaffey Theater welcomes back Masters of Illusion, the largest touring magic show in the world, Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.
This year's illustrious illusionists include the legendary Jonathan Pendragon, who was included on Magic Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the history of 20th Century magic; Greg Gleason, whose grandest grand illusions include making a full-sized helicopter materialize onstage; Las Vegas favorite Michael Turco (an America's Got Talent finalist) and closeup magic star/comedian Nathan Phan ("the world's favorite Asian-Scottish entertainer!")
TARPON SPRINGS - Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera Iolanthe will be performed Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., as well as a matinee Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.
Tickets are $20 or $18 for Tarpon Arts members and students.
The opera is directed by Jamie Bierchen. The music director is Constantine Grame.
Iolanthe delights audiences with a clever combination of romance, humor, political satire and the memorable musical numbers that made Gilbert and Sullivan famous.
ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg Opera will present “The Abduction of the Seraglio,” running Feb. 5-9, at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N.
Performances will be Friday and Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets start at $22. Call 727-823-2040.
When his girlfriend and her maid are kidnapped and sequestered in a Turkish harem (Seraglio), Belmonte, a young nobleman, must rescue them. With the help of his servant Pedrillo (who ‘s in love with the maid), they take on the Pasha and his servant, Osmin, with hilarious results.
ST. PETERSBURG - “Jitney,” the ninth installment of American Stage Theatre Company’s August Wilson Century Cycle, opens Friday, Jan. 22, in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. “Jitney” has been extended to run through Feb. 28.
Performances will be Wednesdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m.
The production will be directed by L. Peter Callender and will feature a cast of nine actors, both familiar and new to American Stage.
ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg City Theatre will continue its 91st main stage season, presented by Raymond James, with “Memphis, the Musical,” previewing Thursday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., at the theater, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg.
The show will open Friday, Jan. 22, and will run through Feb. 7. Performances are Friday and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.
“Memphis, the Musical,” winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical, is set in the 1950s underground nightclubs of Memphis, Tennessee, where the first sounds of rock ’n’ roll, blues, and gospel were born. Inspired by actual events, “Memphis, the Musical” follows the story of Huey Calhoun - loosely based on Dewey Phillips, a pioneer in rock ‘n’ roll radio - as he falls in love with a beautiful singer and battles cultural divides as he tries to bring her voice to the airwaves of America.
TAMPA - Disney’s “The Lion King” is coming to Morsani Hall, Jan. 20 through Feb. 14, at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.
Performances will be presented Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. There are added 2 p.m. matinee performances on Thursday, Jan. 21, and Thursday, Jan. 28. There is no matinee performance on Saturday, Jan. 30.
When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade fellow women’s club members to pose for an “alternative” calendar. News spreads, the press arrives and friendships are put to the test. Based on a true story, this poignant and touching comedy has become the fastest selling play in British theater history. This production contains discreet portrayals of nudity and may not be suitable for some audiences.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.; at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for Tarpon Arts members and students. Visit www.tarponarts.org.
The production is directed by Jamie Bierchen with music direction by Constantine Grame. Iolanthe delights audiences with a clever combination of romance, humor, political satire, and the memorable musical numbers that made Gilbert and Sullivan famous.
Iolanthe is a fairy who has committed a capital offense by marrying a mortal; rather than being killed, she was banished from the fairy kingdom, never to see her husband again. After missing her for twenty-five years, the fairies convince the fairy queen to allow Iolanthe to return, but now she has a son, Strephon – half human, half fairy who is in love with Lord Chancellor’s beautiful ward, Phyllis. When the fairies try to help Strephon win his ladylove, some unforeseen complications arise and the fairy queen finds herself in a tangled mess.
Jitney “Jitney,” by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre; Jan. 20 through Feb. 28, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
Our Town “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, Jan. 16 through Feb. 14; at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For information, call 397-3832 or visit www.pinellasparkcivicorchestra.org.
Sounds of Clay “Sounds of Clay,” a musical treat featuring clay instruments by Brian Ransom, will be presented Sunday, Feb. 7, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
“Role Models,” the latest Florida CraftArt exhibition, emphasizes the important relationships between mentor and artist in the ceramics community. Ransom, one of the chosen artists, crafts pieces that serve not only as works of beauty, but as playable musical instruments. Ransom, an Eckerd College professor of visual arts, will demonstrate his clay and ceramic instruments at Florida CraftArt.
In the spirit of the exhibit, his assistant Matt Flynn, a musician who graduated from Eckerd College in 2014, will accompany Ransom. The event is free; however, a suggested donation for the artists is encouraged.
Train Weekend Train Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6-7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in sunny Largo Central Park. For a schedule of dates as well as pictures from this event, visit LargoEvents.com. Participation is free but donations are accepted.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” Monday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
The production tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career and features classic songs such as “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Not Fade Away,” “Oh Boy,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and many more.
Now in its 25th amazing year, the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” continues to thrill audiences on tour in the U.K. and around the world. Viewed by more than 20 million people in over 20,000 performances worldwide, “Buddy” opened in London’s West End in 1989 and has been seen on Broadway, throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands and Singapore; winning numerous awards along the way.
Peace of Woodstock Peace of Woodstock, Monday, Feb. 8, 2 and 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
Audience members will have a chance to relive Woodstock, the famous festival of Peace, Music, Love and Fun. Woodstock defined an entire generation. This musical journey will feature the explosive sounds of Jimi Hendrix and songs from Crosby Stills and Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Santana and more.
Rita Rudner Rita Rudner, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $29. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in 2000, Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. Over the course of a 14-year run and 2,000 plus shows, she has become the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas.
She has been named Las Vegas’ Comedian of the Year nine years in a row and she received The Nevada Ballet’s Woman of the Year Award in 2006. Rudner’s first solo HBO special, “Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand,” was nominated for several awards and her two one-hour specials “Born to Be Mild” and “Married Without Children” were rating standouts. In 2008, “Rita Rudner:
Live From Las Vegas” was PBS’ first ever stand-up comedy special. In 2003, Rudner launched her first syndicated television show “Ask Rita,” which featured a panel of celebrities lightheartedly attempting to solve personal problems. The show ran for two years. Rudner has also been a regular guest on “Late Night With David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show.” She has also performed on Broadway, written five books and is a frequent collaborator with her writer/producer husband, Martin Bergman.