23rd Jul 2014

JUST ADDED: Chris D’Elia


The Straz Center for the Performing Arts and AEG will present comedian Chris D’Elia on Saturday, October 25, at 8 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center.

Chris D’Elia is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. Recently named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” he can be seen starring on the NBC comedy series Undateable. He’s been featured on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and Comedy Central Presents as well as on Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy. He was introduced to a broader audience as a regular on the TBS series Glory Daze, playing “the Oracle,” William Stankowski and he co-starred in the NBC comedy series Whitney, opposite comedian Whitney Cummings.

Regularly priced tickets are $27.50 and $35 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. Handling fees will apply.

14th Jul 2014

JUST ADDED: Nick Swardson


Every so often, a comedian comes along who emerges as a triple threat: comedian, actor and writer/producer. Nick Swardson is one of the most exciting artists to have taken on this role. He is best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series Reno 911!, and this fall, he’ll embark on his “Taste It” tour, which will play the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

The road to success has been a steady climb for Swardson, who started his career in St. Paul/ Minneapolis, then continued on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first struck feature success in writing Malibu’s Most Wanted for Warner Bros. Studios, which starred Jamie Kennedy. After catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions, he quickly became a fixture in the company, writing or co-writing and producing such projects as Grandma’s Boy and Benchwarmers and co-producing I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Adam Sandler and Kevin James. More recently, Swardson has performed in movies such as That’s My Boy, Blades of Glory, 30 Minutes or Less and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which he wrote, performed in and produced. His first CD/DVD, Party, on Comedy Central Records (produced by Happy Madison) went Platinum, and he followed it up in 2010 with his first one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, Seriously, Who Farted?

In addition to his career in film and in the world of stand up comedy, Swardson continues to have a prolific career in television. His Comedy Central sketch show, Pretend Time with Nick Swardson, ran from 2010 to 2012, and this past year he voiced the role of Troy on FXX’s animated show, Chozen. He is currently shooting the feature film Pixels, from Columbia Films, starring Adam Sandler and Josh Gad.

Regularly priced tickets are $39.75 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. For more information about the Straz Center and its upcoming events, visit www.strazcenter.org.

10th Jul 2014

JUST ADDED: Garfunkel and Oates


Monster Energy presents Garfunkel and Oates on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center.

The comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates consists of Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates). The two met at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles in 2007 and named their group after the “two famous rock-and-roll second bananas,” Art Garfunkel and John Oates. The duo, which regularly performs and tours across the country, was named one of the Top 10 Comics to Watch by Variety. In 2012, they appeared on their first comedy special, The Half-Hour, on Comedy Central. Their two albums, Slippery When Moist and All Over Your Face, both hit No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts. This August, Lindhome and Micucci will debut their new comedy series, Garfunkel and Oates on IFC.

Regularly priced tickets are $29.50 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.

21st May 2014




The Straz Center is excited to announce that JOHNNYSWIM will perform in the Jaeb Theater on Saturday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

JOHNNYSWIM is the husband-and-wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano. The pair met in Nashville in 2005, instituting a songwriting partnership not long afterward. They clicked together musically and personally, beginning a romantic relationship along with their creative connection.

Choosing the name JOHNNYSWIM, they released their debut EP, 1-4, in 2008. The couple married in 2009 and relocated to Los Angeles. A second EP, called 5-8, appeared in 2010, supported by tours along with residencies in New York and Los Angeles. Home, Vol. 1, a third EP that emphasized their country roots, arrived in 2012.

Soon, JOHNNYSWIM signed with Big Picnic, distributed by Sony/RED, and began working regularly, appearing on television shows ranging from VH1’s Mob Wives to NBC’s The Tonight Show. They released their full-length debut, Heart Beats, in June of 2013 and followed that up with the April 2014 release of Diamonds. (Biography from AllMusic.com)

Regularly priced tickets 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.

Photo credit: Jeremy Cowart

15th May 2014

We Will Rock You - The Musical by Queen & Ben Elton

From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton is playing at the Straz Center now through Sunday, May 18!

Here are some fun facts about the show and Queen:

We Will Rock You features more than 24 songs by Queen.

The show has been staged in local productions in over 20 countries around the world. It has been seen by 15 million people worldwide.

It is the longest-running musical to play at the Dominion Theatre in the West End. It opened in 2002 and will close at the end of this month.

Because of the complexity of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the entire song had never been staged live before appearing in We Will Rock You.

Queen was formed in 1970 from the remnants of Brian May and Roger Taylor’s previous band, Smile.

Queen’s biggest hits in the U.S. were “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites the Dust,” both of which were No. 1s and from the album The Game.

Queen’s Greatest Hits is the best-selling album of all time in the UK. It is their most commercially successful album worldwide with over 25 million copies sold.

Brian May’s distinctive sound came from his self-made “Red Special” guitar, which he and his father created from a carving from an antique fireplace, motorbike valve springs and a knitting needle.

BMI, the music licensing agency, repeatedly lists “We Will Rock You” as the song most often played at sporting events. It was played over half a million times during the 2012 London Olympics.

Queen toured the USA eight times between 1974 and 1982.

For more information about the show, visit our strazcenter.org.

Photo: The cast of the national tour of We Will Rock You. © Paul Kolnik

28th Apr 2014




Comedian, actor, radio host and best-selling author Jay Mohr will perform in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Mohr has been performing stand-up comedy since he was 16 years old. With a career that has spanned more than three decades, he has become an artist who is very difficult to define. Never wanting to rest on his accomplishments, Mohr has always pushed himself to be more than just a comic.

After landing his dream job of Saturday Night Live and launching his career with Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, Mohr appeared in more than 200 episodes of network television and more than 25 feature films working with a plethora of award-winning actors, including Christopher Walken, Renée Zellweger, Al Pacino, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ellen Burstyn, Forrest Whitaker, Kim Basinger, Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood.

Regularly priced tickets are $36.50. Tickets 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

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.