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April 2011

At Only 14, Matthew Gumley is Already a Broadway Veteran

Matthew Gumley Asolo Rep board member Len Gumley brought his grand-nephew, Matthew Gumley, to see a performance of Deathtrap over the weekend.  But not because he hoped to spark Matthew’s interest in theater. At the tender age of 14, Matthew is already a Broadway veteran, having appeared in the musicals Beauty and the Beast, Mary […]

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April 2011

A Conversation with Geena Davis at SFF

Geena Davis Some stars at the Sarasota Film Festival give their fans a quick wave on the red carpet,  make a few remarks at an awards ceremony, and then retreat to the green room or the VIP Lounge. But that sure wasn’t the case with actress Geena Davis, who charmed audiences at a Friday luncheon […]

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April 2011

Arts News Around Town

La Musica is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. La Musica Celebrates 25th Season With Flair It doesn’t get the attention that its younger, glitzier sibling, the Sarasota Film Festival, receives. But the La Musica International Chamber Music Festival is drawing large, enthusiastic audiences this week, thanks to some red-carpet worthy performances by its European […]

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April 2011

Playing Tourist in Sarasota; A Farewell to Leif Bjaland

Ricardo Graziano as the title role in Sarasota Ballet‘s Prodigal Son. Photo by Frank Atura. I spent last weekend in a tropical resort with a bustling downtown and a vibrant arts community. OK, I actually stayed in Sarasota. But I saw the city though the fresh eyes of a visitor, as I took my cousins […]

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March 2011

Ringling Names Steven High as New Director

After an extended search, Ringling names new director Steven High, Ringling’s new executive director. The search took a little longer than expected, and required some gentle arm-twisting.  But the extra effort was worth it, say Ringling Museum of Art officials,who are confident they have  found the right leader to bring the institution to even greater […]

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March 2011

The Other Guy in Five Guys; Laura Bush Opens 2012 Town Hall

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Mikeyy Mendez. In the Westcoast  Black Theatre Troupe  musical Five Guys Named Moe, the young actor playing the one guy not named Moe is getting lots of attention. Nineteen-year-old Mikeyy Mendez  gives a charismatic performance as the lovesick Nomax, who, after a night of drinking, gets romantic advice from five smooth […]

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March 2011

Crucible Composer Thrills Sarasota Opera Audience

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward. Because the Sarasota Opera specializes in works from the 18th and 19th centuries, “Meet the Composer“ sessions are few and far between. Verdi and Puccini just aren’t that available. So it was a big deal recently when a living composer – and a Pulitzer Prize-winner, no less  – strode into […]

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March 2011

RIAF and Asolo Unveil Compelling Programming

Mikhail vs. Michael? Maybe not, but both announced exciting Sarasota arts lineups this past weekend. You could call it Mikhail versus Michael. OK, it wasn’t really a competition, but Mikhail Baryshnikov and Michael Edwards were both in the spotlight recently as they announced exciting performances that Sarasota audiences will enjoy next fall and in 2012. […]

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February 2011

Sarasota’s Celebrity Week

Sarasotans are used to spotting celebrities, from visiting entertainers to part-time residents like Stephen King and Jane Lynch. But last week, a virtual convention of bold-faced names rolled into town. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, delighted large audiences at the Van Wezel and the Ritz-Carlton, while Martha Stewart was impressive […]

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February 2011

Over the Big Top

Sarasota Key Chorale. In its Unboxed Series of concerts, the Sarasota choral group Key Chorale has performed unusual music in surprising places. But none as surprising as this weekend’s venue–the big red-and-white tent on 12th Street that they’ll share with acrobats, aerialists and other performers from Circus Sarasota (read Kay Kipling’s review of this year’s […]

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