2018-2019 Season in the Arts
The main stages of Sarasota have yet another fantastic season planned out for culture-lovers this year. Here is some of what is in store for those of us who love performing arts this season… Please note this list is not exhaustive; links are provided to every venue for your convenience!
The main stage at the Asolo this season looks like it will be full of classics and future classics! Here is what I’m excited about:
The Music Man
This time-tested classic brings the joy of tap-dancing to audiences from November 13 to December 29.
This landmark work of American drama follows a town’s plight in 1690s Puritan America when neighbor accuses neighbor of witchcraft. The Crucible runs from January 9 through March 28.
Do you love NBC’s This Is Us? I know I do! This heartfelt comedy was written by the hit show’s award-winning writer/producer Bekah Brunstetter, which means it’s got solid promise to be a future classic. The season ends with The Cake, which hits the stage April 13-28, 2019.
Opening today and running through November 18 is a story of a young genius and her private tutor caught between two centuries. The play is part mystery and part love story, and the 2nd year MFA students at FSU put on the production entirely.
As You Like It
Also put on by the MFA students from FSU is one of my favorite events of the year, Shakespeare in the Garden, located right in Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This year is comedy As You Like It, and I cannot wait to see this in the fresh air and beautiful setting from April 10 to 27.
Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike
This Tony-award winning comedy follows a set of siblings while they live, love, and argue in their family’s ancestral home. The relatively new play won Outstanding New Play after its 2012 premier and runs from October 25 to November 11.
Another time-tested classic, The Players will put on Hairspray, a fun musical set in the not-so-fun time of segregation/integration, runs from January 17 to February 3. You can’t help but tap your feet to the 60s-inspired music while teenager Tracy Turnblad attempts to integrate a popular dance show.
There are simply too many greats to mention in the Ballet’s 2018-2019 Season of Tributes. Every performance features multiple ballets from some of the most sought-after and critically-acclaimed choreographers of the ballet world. Any fan of ballet will enjoy this season’s many selections.
‘Tis the Season
Always highly anticipated is the holiday concert. Bring family and friends to ring in the holiday spirit starting on December 5. This one sells out early, so get your tickets now for the 5-run series.
La La Land in Concert
Music from the highly-acclaimed 2016 movie comes to life before you on January 11 and 12.
An Evening with Judy Garland
Lovers of showtunes will enjoy the legendary vocals of Judy Garland combined with live music by Sarasota Orchestra on March 1 and 2. Garland standards will be accompanied by film footage and photos tracing Garland’s illustrious career.
Another Sarasota-original event I adore is Pops at Ed Smith Stadium. The season ends at Sarasota’s favorite ballpark outside under the stars and finishes with fireworks. Don’t miss this one, performing on May 10 and 11 only.
With holidays approaching, consider giving the gift of experience. Tickets are available now for the 2018-2019 Sarasota arts amenities, so don’t miss your opportunity to be in the audience for these memorable moments.