Fanny Brice: America’s Funny Girl Funny Girl may have made Streisand a star, but it wasn’t the last word on the laughing-on-the-outside, crying-on-the-inside story of comedienne Fanny Brice. The Asolo Rep’s production of this musical show focuses on her professional and private life with showman Billy Rose. Onstage May 20 through June 17; 351-8000 or asolorep.org.
The Gershwins Remembered Songwriters George and Ira get their due in this Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presentation, May 6 and 8 at the Historic Asolo Theater, featuring soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams, tenor Chauncy Packer, bass-baritone Kenneth Nichols and pianist Bob Constantino. 360-7399 or artistseries.net.
A Horse & A Ring If you haven’t yet visited the Ringling Circus Museum’s expanded Tibbals Learning Center, head there now for this show about equestrian acts that have thrilled audiences over decades of the American circus. Opens May 15 to run through Sept. 17; 358-3180 for advance tickets or go to ringling.org.
Sarasota Festival of New Plays Florida Studio Theatre’s annual fest featuring staged readings of new plays and the acclaimed Under Six plays written by children will include a visit by former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who brings his Favorite Poem Project to town May 11. Pinsky emcees as locals read aloud some of their favorite works of poetry. 366-9000 or floridastudiotheatre.org.