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2014-15 Season

Season Subscriptions are still available for the 2014-15 season! You can contact the ticket office to reserve your seats by calling 941-748-5875.

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Aug. 7 - 24

Sept. 11 - 28

Sept. 18 - Oct. 5

Oct. 23 - Nov. 9

Oct. 30 - Nov. 16

Nov. 16

Dec. 4 - 21

Dec. 4 - 21

Dec. 12 & 13

Jan. 8 - 25, 2015

Jan. 15 - Feb. 1, 2015

Jan. 17, 18, 19, 2015

Jan. 21, 2015

Feb. 12 - Mar. 1, 2015

Feb. 19 - Mar. 8, 2015

Feb. 25, 2015

Mar. 19 - Apr. 5, 2015

Apr. 9 - 26, 2015

Apr. 30 - May 17, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

2014-15 Shows

October 23 - November 9

This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas.
"Utterly charming, lively and genial."- New York Daily News

Produced by Herald-Tribune Media Group
Co-Produced by Donald Dunnington & David Kark

GODSPELL - (Musical)
October 30 - November 16

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. GODSPELL is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.

Co-Produced by Dex Imaging

Sunday November 16
2 & 7 p.m.

Almost Manilow recreates the Manilow concert experience for the legions of fans that continue to come out to see Barry night after night, year after year. Charlie Vee, "Barry's Biggest Fan," leads the group as Barry, interjecting humorous anecdotes, interesting background stories, obscure recordings, plus, of course, expertly re-creating the beautiful hit songs that have made Barry the legend that he is.

Event Sponsors: SERTOMA and Sarasota Herald-Tribune Media Group

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - (Musical)
December 4 - 21

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is a rare treasure in the musical theatre, and is based on the heartwarming movie. Join the Smith family at the 1904 World's Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family.

Produced by Dodt Family Foundation

December 4 - 21

In this warm and compassionate story, Gian Carlo Menotti has captured the essential spirit of Christmas. The story tells of the night the Three Kings, following the star of Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy who lives with his widowed mother. Inspired by the Wise Men's tale of a kingdom "built on love alone," Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child. And then a miracle happens. . . This charming story is sure to delight the whole family!

Co-Produced by Jess Jewelers and Mary Zabin

A Tribute to the King
December 12 & 13 at 2 p.m. each day.

AN ELVIS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL starring 4 Time World Champion Dwight Icenhower. Dwight holds the title of Memphis King of the World Grand Champion 2011, 2012 & 2013, Winner of Las Vegas Hilton's Grand Championship with 170 international contestants and 56 first place awards! Known simply by his peers as "The Voice", you don't want to miss this show also featuring Dwight's Blue Suede Review Band.
All seats are $24.

BRIGADOON - (Musical)
January 8 - 25, 2015

This is a Scottish fantasy about a town that disappears into the Highland mist and returns for only one day every one hundred years. It includes Waitin' for My Dearie, I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean, Come to Me, Bend to Me, Almost Like Being in Love, There But for You Go I, The Heather on the Hill and My Mother's Weddin' Day. This is a tribute to simplicity, true love and goodness, which is hidden from the ordinary traveler

Co-Produced by
Edward E. & Lillian H. Bishop Foundation
Mary E. Parker Foundation
Edward Jones

January 15 - February 1, 2015

Four old college chums, home for their fifteen year reunion, hook up for a round of golf and share their successes and failures. A warm, funny play which takes place entirely on the eighteen tees of a golf course.

Jan. 17, 2015 at 2 PM
Jan. 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Jan. 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM


The fall-down funny musical roast of Broadway that has picked up 9 Drama Desk Awards, a Special Tony, an Obie, A Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award is back at last with a blast, featuring outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of the songs you know and dead-on impressions by a stellar cast. Whether you're a seasoned theatre-goer or new to Broadway, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: GREATEST HITS is your one-stop ticket to non-stop laughs!

Wednesday January 21, 2015 at 2 PM

The Rat Pack Together Again! has become one of the most popular Rat Pack impersonators shows on the East Coast. Tony, Johnny and Geno not only perform the best of the Rat Pack songs, but they also sing some of the more intimate numbers that true fans have come to know and love. The show features everything from the individual hits of their early days to the memorable music created when these three singing sensations united. In addition, their onstage banter is a true reflection of the presence that The Rat Pack offered the Las Vegas entertainment scene for years. This Rat Pack impersonators trio is more than a group of tribute singers, as they truly assume the roles of The Rat Pack during their glory days when they are on stage.

INTO THE WOODS - (Musical)
February 12 - March 1, 2015

The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.

AGNES OF GOD - (Drama)
February 19 - March 8, 2015

Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.
"Riveting, powerful, electrifying drama...the dialogue crackles." - New York Daily News

Co-Produced by Ron Lennon & Randy Rentfro

Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 2 PM

It Was a Very Good Year -
From the early days with Tommy Dorsey to the bright lights of New York City and the silver screen of Hollywood, leading up to the "Main Event" comeback, It Was a Very Good Year is a one of a kind musical tribute to the late Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands is a musical journey about the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra singing all his best loved songs! It's like Frank walked off of the screen and on to the stage to perform just for you!

March 19 - April 5, 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar is a completely sung-through piece and reflects a '70s musical sensibility. Numbers runs the gamut from high-wailing rock anthems like Judas' Heaven on Their Minds to more folky-rock ballads like Mary's I Don't Know How to Love Him.

Produced by Herald-Tribune Media Group

April 9 - 26, 2015

This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as "the relationship." Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?"

Spamalot Monty Python's SPAMALOT - (Musical)
April 30 - May 17, 2015

One of the greatest Broadway musicals of the modern age. The TonyŽ Award Winning Best Musical, SPAMALOT! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?

Produced by Maintenance Too Paper Products

Let's Hang On Let's Hang On! - (Musical)
Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m.

Let's Hang On pays tribute to one of the greatest vocal groups of all time, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Let's Hang On showcases performances of the Four Seasons mega-hits .This polished stage show features four outstanding male vocalists and two talented female artists who sing and dance their way through some of the best songs of all time. Unlike other tribute acts, these performers are backed by a live band. Re-live the classic "Jersey Boy"sound and look, centered around Frankie Valli's vocal virtuosity, the group's tight four-part harmonies and crisp dance moves. You'll hear Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man, I've Got You Under My Skin, Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, December, 1963, Who Loves You, My Eyes Adored You, Silence Is Golden (acapella) and Let's Hang On as well as some other popular hits of the 60's .this nationally touring show has been playing to sold out audiences all over America for the past 6 years, from Las Vegas to New York. Don't miss the chance to see this electrifying show!
All seats are $24 - $40.


Tickets are valid only if presented for admission BEFORE THE START of the date and time of the show listed. Patrons arriving late are not guaranteed admission, but may be seated on an "as available" basis at the sole discretion of management.

Each audience member must occupy a seat and have a ticket, including infants. Although there are no age restrictions, parents should use discretion regarding appropriateness of some shows. Information on shows, including recommended ages, is available by calling our Ticket Office.


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2014-15 Season
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Manatee Memorial Hospital

Sara & Steve

Thomas Sparks

Johnson Photo Imaging

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Artist Guild of Manatee County

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