Arts & Music
Straz Center announces remainder of 2013-14 season
The Straz Center today announced humorist Garrison Keillor, foodie Alton Brown, violinist Itzhak Perlman and more will round out its 2013-14 performing arts season. Earlier this year, the arts venue announced its Broadway season, which includes “The Book of Mormon,” “Once,” “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” and “Evita.” “Simply, it’s the best season we’ve ever had,” said Judith Lisi, president and CEO of the Straz Center, said in a news release. “Our stages will be populated all season long with everything from family-friendly fare and thought-provoking dance, to popular, world and classical music, grand opera, Tony Award-winning Broadway sensations and so much more. The quality is unmatched and the artistic diversity is stunning.” That lineup also marks appearances by The Piano Guys, who blend classical and pop music; the Improvised Shakespeare Company with its unique perspective on the Bard’s work; the perennial favorite “The Nutcracker, The Great Imperial Ballet” performed by the center’s Next Generation Ballet, dancer Aparna Ramaswamy and the National Geographic Live! speaker series.The Florida Opera Festival also returns under the baton of artistic director Daniel Lipton and the debut of a new original musical comedy “Disenchanted,” where fairy-tale princesses including Snow White and Cinderella rail about the exploitation they’ve suffered in films and theme parks. Tickets for most of the Straz Center season go on sale Sept. 3 at the venue’s ticket office at 1010 MacInnes Place, Tampa, and online at www.strazcenter.org. Broadway season tickets are on sale now with single tickets also going on sale Sept. 3 — with the exception of “Book of Mormon” which goes on sale Sept 15 and “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” on Sept. 16. The complete season calendar can be viewed at www.strazcenter.org.