Sunday, August 23, 2009

The 2009-2010 Season Announcement

The big announcement is here! The full 2009-2010 season at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is official! You already know about Broadway, Opera, Kid Time/Wee Folk, The Play Series and Club Jaeb. You can see and hear many of these great artists through our interactive brochure.


The new season will also feature classical tabla virtusoso Zakir Hussain (March 18, 2010) as part of TBPAC’s Culture Quest World music and dance series and rocker Duncan Sheik (March 26, 2010) performing hits from his new release Whisper Horse and his Tony® Award-winning Broadway hit Spring Awakening. Performing what founder Chip Davis calls “18th century classical rock,” Mannheim Steamroller returns to TBPAC on Dec. 13, 2009, for a Yuletide concert of its signature new-age Christmas music.

Lectures, comedy and illusion

The funniest, cleverest and most insightful shows are on TBPAC’s stages in 2009-2010. Comedy acts including Sinbad (Oct. 24, 2009), Elon Gold (Nov. 19, 2009), Gabriel Iglesias (March 13, 2010) and the Second City 50th Anniversary Tour (March 27, 2010) will entertain and captivate audiences throughout the season. Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt, co-authors of the New York Times best-sellers He’s Just Not That Into You and It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken, talk candidly about relationships in So You Think You Want To Be in Love? (Feb. 20, 2010). Plus, TBPAC favorites Garrison Keillor (Nov. 24, 2009) and David Copperfield (Jan. 22, 2010) return to Tampa to enlighten and enchant audiences.


The Jaeb Theater will have a joyous season of cabaret shows including the TBPAC produced production of Godspell (Feb. 9-May 16, 2010). Featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Godspell boasts a string of popular songs, led by the international hit “Day by Day.” The cabaret season will also feature An Evening with Lucille Ball: Thank You For Asking (Jan. 5-17, 2010). Directed by Ball’s daughter Lucie Arnaz, this one-woman play performed by Suzanne LaRusch guides the audience though a lifetime of memories and recreates the comic genius of the “Queen of Comedy.” Plus, TBPAC will host the return of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (June 10-July 18, 2010), the musical comedy celebration of the modern-day mating game.


The 2009-2010 season is filled with exciting dance performances including the return of The Orlando Ballet in its production of The Nutcracker (Dec. 22 and 23, 2009) featuring students from the Orlando Ballet School at the Patel Conservatory and in an evening of mixed reparatory, Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Jan. 14, 2010), a company that explores the full range of human emotions with its cutting-edge choreography and original music grounded in the tradition of classical dance. And as part of TBPAC’s Culture Quest World music and dance series, the season will feature both the highly regarded, award-winning Ballet Folklórico de México (Feb. 13, 2010) and Moscow Festival Ballet (Feb. 27, 2010) in the most famous and loved story ballet of all time, Swan Lake.


TBPAC continues to challenge audiences to “expect the unexpected” with a mission to bring new and unusual works to the Tampa Bay area in the Off-Center series including the Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland’s adaptation of Jean Giono’s ecologically oriented tale The Man Who Planted Trees (April 15, 2010). The series also includes Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps (April 22-25, 2010), as performer and audience together decide the sequence of events at each performance, choosing just a few of the 127 stories that a guy who was born a girl has to tell.

Free Events at TBPAC

TBPAC will host a series of FREE events in 2009-2010 including Rock School Blowout (Nov. 14, 2009 and March 27, 2010), and the annual community event Eggstravaganza (April 3, 2010), as well as a host of master classes, performance talk backs and educational and family-friendly events.

Additionally, the FREE TBPAC Movie Series continues in 2009-2010 outside on the Riverwalk. The series will show films that will enhance the enjoyment of live stage performances coming to TBPAC, in addition to other fun and entertaining films. Films to be screened include Coraline (Oct. 9, 2009), South Pacific (Nov. 13, 2009), It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec. 11, 2009), Godspell (Jan. 8, 2010) and Nanny McPhee (Feb. 12, 2010). Films will be shown on a giant inflatable screen – stadium chairs and blankets welcome. Concessions will be available for purchase.


In partnership with the New York-based National Sculpture Society, the pre-eminent organization for sculptors, TBPAC will present a multi-piece art exhibit as part of the 2009-2010 season. Eleven pieces, including works by John Leon, Barry Woods Johnston and Tuck Langland, will be displayed in the Ruth Silbiger lobby of Carol Morsani Hall at TBPAC beginning in October of 2009. The exhibit will be open during shows in Carol Morsani Hall and during regularly scheduled TBPAC tours. Special tours may also be available. This project is funded in part by the National Sculpture Society and Sabal Trust Company and will remain on display throughout the season.

Special Events

The Board of Trustees of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center will host the Wonderland World Premiere Benefit on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. In addition to seats to the world premiere performance, this black-tie event features a pre-performance cocktail dinner and a post-performance reception with the opportunity to mingle with the cast and creative team of Wonderland. And, no season would be complete without Taste the Best of Tampa Bay. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the area’s premier food event – a benefit for TBPAC’s education and mission-based programming and organized by the Producers volunteer group – is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, 2010.

-Kari G.

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