Sarasota Events: Top tickets, March 2013.

By staff February 28, 2013

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Miss Saigon At long last, the Manatee Players open their new home at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, with this Claude-Michel Schoenberg-Alain Boublil-Richard Maltby Jr. update of the tragic tale of Madame Butterfly. It's a dramatic show for a dramatic new space. Runs March 28 through April 14. 748-5875,


Of Mice and Men The Sarasota Opera continues its American Classics series with John Steinbeck's heart-breaking tale of Depression-era wanderers Lennie (Michael Hendrick) and George (Sean Anderson). Sung in English at the Opera House March 9, 12, 14, 17, 20 and 23; composer Carlisle Floyd takes part in a conversation at 1 p.m. March 9. 328-1300 or

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Kate Weare Company Choreographer Weare's work has been called "terrifically satisfying" by The New York Times. Now it's onstage, March 7-9, at the Historic Asolo Theater as part of the Ringling Museum's Art of Our Time/New Stages programming. Tango figures in Drop Down; nature's unpredictability in Garden. 360-7399 or


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Giving Hunger the Blues Time once more for this annual Southside Village treat, offering lots of music, food and drink vendors, and even kids' activities, from noon to 8 p.m. March 24 along Hillview. Best of all, it's for a good cause: All Faiths Food Bank. For ticket and band info, call 366-5555 or go to



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Playwright Lorraine Hansberry's actual family home on Chicago's South Side, bought in 1937, won landmark status from the city's historical landmarks preservation committee in 2010.

Bruce Norris' Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play bows at Asolo Rep March 15 through May 2. Helmed by artistic director Michael Donald Edwards, it takes a biting look back at the racial issues that fueled Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun 50 years ago, with a flash forward to see how things have—and haven't—changed today. 351-8000 or

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