Van Wezel Performing Arts CenterDecember 29, 2014 7:30 PM
777 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
Shen Yun Performing Arts combines traditional Chinese dance and music to entertain audiences all over the world, complete with variegated costumes and stage settings. More than just a show, this performance troupe delivers a visually stunning experience that promotes soulful well-being with its themes of good will. Shen Yun is based in New York City, bringing together a corps of diverse and sophisticated performers to undertake their luminescent, deftly physical shows. The deeply human performances offer a transcendent, universal performance, speaking directly to the beauty in all of us.
Set in New York City in the 1940s, the Tony award-winning musical Guys and Dolls follows the criminal activities of a group of professional gamblers. Originally directed by George Kaufman, Guys and Dolls debuted in 1950 and won the Tony for best musical the following year. By 1955, the story had been adapted to the iconic film version, starring Vivian Blaine, who also performed in the original musical along with Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra.
Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz CenterDecember 30, 2014 7:30 PM
1010 N.W.C MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
Based on the novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is a musical theater production that has delighted audiences ever since it opened in 1986 in London's West End. Set in 19th-century Paris, the show follows the story of chorus girl Christine Daaé and the mysterious phantom, a disfigured musical genius living in the bowels of the Paris Opera House. While tutoring her on her vocals, the Phantom becomes dangerously obsessed with Christine, and as he begins to make his presence known, the growing tension within the opera house culminates in the Phantom and Christine meeting face to face. The recipient of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, the show is Broadway's longest-running musical.