11th Apr 2014

Jersey Boys is back!

The award-winning musical Jersey Boys is back at the Straz Center! Whether you’re a long-time fan or you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the unforgettable music and story here in Tampa through April 13. Here are some fun facts about Jersey Boys:

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons:

  • The Four Seasons sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they were 30 years old.
  • In 1990, The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jersey Boys:

  • This story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is told in four parts, each representing a season of their career, and each told by a different member of the group.
  • The show features 33 songs, including five #1 hits and 11 songs that made Billboard’s top ten.
  • The songs in the show represent work by 34 songwriters.
  • Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.
  • Jersey Boys won the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Album.

National tour:

  • There are 52 people in the traveling company.
  • There are 609 lighting cues, 401 conventional lighting units and 77 moving lights.
  • There are 65 microphones and 75,000 watts of amplification used to power the 120-speaker sound system.
  • There are 196 costumes/looks in the show. Tommy has 12 costume changes, Nick has 11, Frankie has 15 and Bob has 10.

For details about the show, visit strazcenter.org.

9th Apr 2014


Presented by CLEAR Haircare, the 31-date tour comes to the Straz Center in Tampa on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets go on sale to the public on April 17.

Fans of the hit NBC show, “The Voice,” can finally see their favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top Finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a huge summer tour. Talpa Media and AEG Live announced today the 31-show concert tour launches June 21st in San Antonio, TX and stops in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, ON before wrapping in Redmond, WA on August 2. Tickets go on sale April 17 at 10:00 AM local via www.thevoice.com/tour and www.aeglive.com.
Already confirmed on the tour is Jamaica native and Season 5 champ, Tessanne Chin. Also joining the tour from Season 5 is soul-pop teen artist, and runner up, Jacquie Lee and vocal powerhouse and family man, Will Champlin. Dia Frampton, a Team Blake favorite, from Season One will be hitting the road too, along with this season’s Winner, Runner Up, and 3rd place. Another fan favorite is guaranteed to tour and will be determined in the month of May by America via social media.
Fans can experience the finalists performing favorite moments from their seasons again live on tour. THE VOICE Season 6 Finale will air on NBC on May 20th, but this season’s fan-favorites and past stars will continue on with the 2014 Tour.
CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will join NBC’s The Voice as the official title sponsor of The Voice Live Tour.  CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will bring the message of resilience across the U.S., and provide fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and content from the road. The multiplatform partnership will bring to life America’s inner and outer resilience, while engaging with the show’s thousands of fans in real-time

Tickets are subject to applicable service charges. Event time and date subject to change. For the latest tour and ticketing information please visit: http://nbcthevoicetour.com/.

24th Mar 2014

JUST ADDED - Brian Regan

The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and Live Nation are excited to announce that Brian Regan will perform on Friday, June 20, at 8 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall.

Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, March 28 at noon.

Critics and peers agree: Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Regan fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.  

Regan’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow his fan base.

With his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 1995, Regan solidified his place on the show and this year he made his 25th appearance, the most of any comedian on the CBS show. His 1997 CD, Brian Regan Live, has sold more than 150,000 copies and consistently charts in iTunes Top Ten Comedy Albums. His 2000 Comedy Central Presents special continues to be a top viewer choice, and his independently released 2004 DVD, I Walked on the Moon, is available at www.brianregan.com.

Regularly priced tickets are $45.00 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. For more information visit www.strazcenter.org.

21st Mar 2014

JUST ADDED: Counting Crows with special guest Toad the Wet Sprocket


The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce that Counting Crows with special guest Toad the Wet Sprocket will perform live on Wednesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall!

Counting Crows – Adam Duritz (vocals), Jim Bogios (drums), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards), David Immergluck (guitar), Millard Powers (bass) and Dan Vickrey (guitar) – have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after exploding onto the music scene with their multiplatinum breakout album August and Everything After in 1993. The band is currently finalizing their seventh studio album, scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2014. This album will be the band’s first new material since 2007.

Toad the Wet Sprocket released their first LP, Bread & Circus, 25 years ago on their own independent label, Abe’s Records. Now, they’ve just released their latest, New Constellation, on the same label and in the same spirit of unwavering independence, but this time with the help and enthusiastic support of their fans. Toad the Wet Sprocket (Glen Phillips on lead vocals and guitar, Dean Dinning on bass and vocals, Todd Nichols on lead guitar and vocals, and Randy Guss on the drums) share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course of those 25 years.

For more details, and to purchase tickets, visit our website at strazcenter.org.

19th Mar 2014

Florida Opera Festival announces 2014-2015 season!


Celebrating the 20th season of grand opera at its grandest, the 2014-2015 Florida Opera Festival presented by Opera Tampa is certain to exhilarate every opera buff and fascinate any curious opera novice. Composers Puccini and Verdi, among others, will be showcased in the magnificent festival that will also feature the Opera Tampa New Voices in Concert and a major opera soloist to be announced at a later date.

“The Florida Opera Festival continues to be an unqualified success,” said Straz Center President Judy Lisi. “The 2014-2015 season will be as entertaining, compelling and stimulating as any season we’ve ever presented. It’s a season that our impassioned and sophisticated opera-going audiences here in the Tampa Bay area are sure to embrace.”

In his third season as artistic director and conductor, Daniel Lipton will again bring his vast experience on international stages, charismatic personality and love of music to the Florida Opera Festival. Lipton’s fresh ideas and individual sound have made him a Tampa Bay favorite.

“Next season we’ll present two of the greatest and most popular operas ever written,” Lipton said. “Rigoletto is Verdi’s twisted tale of lust, desire, love and deceit while Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is extravagant, colorful and unabashedly emotional – and together they make for a stunning season of accessible, yet grand, opera.”

Lipton continued “… and while we are still busy planning lots of surprises – including a concert by a major opera star – I couldn’t be more thrilled with this extraordinary series that will also include a concert featuring the Opera Tampa New Voices.”

The 2014-2015 Florida Opera Festival includes:

Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Morsani Hall

Verdi’s famous tale entangles court jester Rigoletto with the lives of a sex-addled Duke, a hit man, a cuckolded husband and Rigoletto’s most cherished belonging – his naïve and beautiful daughter – into a deadly game of getting even. Rigoletto will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Maestro Lipton will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.

Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Friday, March 13, 2015, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Morsani Hall

Madama Butterfly transports audiences to turn-of-the-century Japan where American naval officer, Lt. Pinkerton, sets the wheels of tragedy in motion when he marries a beautiful and naive young Japanese girl. Madama Butterfly will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Maestro Lipton will lead an international cast – including Yunah Lee as Cio Cio San – along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.

The 2014-2015 Florida Opera Festival also includes a major opera soloist and:

Opera Tampa New Voices in Concert
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ferguson Hall

The Opera Tampa New Voices are four talented vocal artists on the precipice of launching careers as opera singers who will inspire audiences with their superb voices in this concert of opera favorites. In addition to the concert, these “see-them-before-they’re-famous” young artists, culled from the national and international ranks of emerging opera singers, will participate in master classes, serve as community ambassadors and perform comprimario roles in the mainstage productions.

2014-2015 Florida Opera Festival season ticket holders will have the opportunity to add:

The Phantom of the Opera
Dec. 17, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will come to Tampa as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography.   

The Phantom of the Opera is not part of the season ticket pricing.

For more information about the Florida Opera Festival presented by Opera Tampa and its upcoming events, please visit www.operatampa.org.

5th Nov 2013

"The Book of Mormon" Lottery Ticket Policy - Nov. 12-24

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy, which begins Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Straz Center in Tampa and plays a limited 2- week engagement through Nov. 24, as part of the Bank of America Best of Broadway Tampa Bay series. In Tampa, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 a piece.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances.  The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.  

Entries will be accepted at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office beginning two and a half hours before each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each – cash only. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.  

6th Aug 2013


Single tickets to many of theStrazCenter’s fall 2013 shows go on sale to the public at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Shows include:

·        Shana Banana’s Fairy Tales Gone Bananas (Sept. 28)

·        Italian pop music sensation Patrizio Buanne (Oct. 4)

·        Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus LIVE (Oct. 5 & 6)

·        Quiet Callings, an evening of improvisation and inspiration with Fred Johnson, pianist and composer Daniel Kelly and visual artist Marc Levasseur (Oct. 11 & 12)

·        The Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire (Oct. 13)

·        The Improvised Shakespeare Company (Oct. 25)

·        Seth Rudetsky’s My Big Fat Broadway Show (Nov. 9 & 10)

·        Cadence: Home, an intimate and compassionate look into the lives of veterans recently returned home from the wars inIraq andAfghanistan (Nov. 10)

Tickets may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside TampaBay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.

All shows on the 2013-2014 Jobsite Theater season are currently on sale. Single tickets for The Book of Mormon go on sale to the public on Aug. 25. Single tickets for Radio City Christmas Spectacular go on sale to the public on Sept. 15. Single tickets for Florida Opera Festival performances go on sale to the public on Nov. 3. All other 2013-2014 season shows go on sale to the public on Sept. 3.

16th Jul 2013

EVITA Casting Announced






Producers Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions and Troika Entertainment announce casting for the national tour of the Tony Award Nominated Best Revival of a Musical and smash hit production of Tim Rice’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA.  The tour kicks off on September 8th at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI.


The national tour of EVITA will star Caroline Bowman (Kinky Boots) as Eva Peron, Tony nominated Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Che and Sean MacLaughlin (Woman in White) as Juan Peron. The cast also features Desi Oakley as the alternate for Eva, Christopher Johnstone as Magaldi and Krystina Alabado as the Mistress.


The company will also include Ryan Bailer, Nicholas Belton, Jessica Bishop, Ronald L. Brown, Holly Ann Butler, Diana DiMarzio, Katharine Heaton, Tony Howell, Katie Huff, Patrick Oliver Jones, Ian Liberto, Alison Mahoney, Robin Masella, Megan Ort, John Riddle, Morgan Rose, Michael Scirrotto and Tug Watson.


Directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford, this is the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago. 


Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. She won international acclaim and adoration from her own people as a champion of the poor, while glamour, power and greed made her the world’s first major political celebrity. 

EVITA tells Eva’s passionate and tragic story through Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most dazzling and beloved score, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Buenos Aires,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying Adored,” together with “You Must Love Me,” the Oscar-winning hit from the film EVITA.


The creative team includes Tony Award-winning Scenic and Costume Designer Christopher Oram (Red), Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Neil Austin (Red), Olivier Award-winning Sound Designer Mick Potter (Woman In White), Wig and Hair Designer Richard Mawbey (Frost/Nixon), Projection Designer Zachary Borovay (Rock of Ages), and Music Supervisor Kristen Blodgette (The Phantom of the Opera), Music Director/Conductor William Waldrop, Orchestrations are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen (Sunset Boulevard), and dance arrangements are by David Chase (Billy Elliot).


Don’t miss this stunning new production the New York Post said “The wait was worth it: packed with memorable tunes, EVITA is a MODERN MASTERPIECE!”

8th Jul 2013

Join our Volunteer Usher Corps today!

The Straz complex consists of five theaters seating between 100 and 2,610 patrons.

Carol Morsani Hall

Louise Lykes Ferguson Hall

Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Playhouse

Robert and Lorena Jaeb Theater

TECO Energy Foundation Theater



Broadway shows


Jazz, pop and rock

The Florida Orchestra

Tampa Bay Symphony

Family and children’s shows

Cabaret theater


Local theater productions

Renowned speakers


As a volunteer usher, you may have the opportunity to assist at any of these shows.



10 or more free hours each month

Pleasant disposition

Ability to stand for 3-5 hours

Ability to handle heights and stairs

Enjoy interaction with people

Love of the theater



Direct patrons to their seats

Ensure patron safety and comfort

Prepare and distribute programs


All ushers must submit to a background check.



Annual appreciation dinner

Years-of-service pins

Number-of-shows-worked pins

Free parking while working a show

Discount ticket offers

Flexible schedule

Viewing shows while ushering


If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Usher Corps, visit us online to complete an application form at strazcenter.org/About-the-Straz/Volunteers.aspx.


For additional information regarding this program, contact patron services at 813.222.1065 or bonniejean.paulish@strazcenter.org.

25th May 2013

Notes from Broadway - Matilda

Based on the work on Roald Dahl, the smash hit from London’s West End looks to be a monster here, too.

The clever set by Rob Howell is all books and letters of the alphabet. The clock has the letters   T I M E at 12, 3, 6 and 9, respectively. Even the deck, or stage floor, is lit by Hugh Vanstone to suggest books.

Matilda is a young girl who’s smarter than anyone around her, especially her twit of a father.

Four little girls play Matilda at different performances and they’ll get a special Tony® at this year’s awards.

Bertie Carvel, also Tony nominated, plays Miss Trunchbull – the headmistress and former hammer-throwing champion – with “Despicable Me” physique and remarkable dexterity.

Just like the best theater, the young girl’s “stories” turn life experiences into art.

She’s the moral center of the musical, always concerned about what’s fair.

And although Dahl is considered a bit dark for a children’s writer, kids already know the world has sharp edges. And if this show communicates that “books are better than looks,” then that’s alright then.

As the Matilda gift bag says, “Without stories we’re just eating machines with shoes.”

See you at the theater. Watch the Tonys® on June 9 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Michael Kilgore is the vice president of marketing and customer experiences at the Straz Center.