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Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 26-May 2

Ragtime opens at the Asolo Rep, Yanni visits the Van Wezel, Siesta Fiesta and more.

By Ilene Denton April 26, 2018

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Cast of the Theater Latte Da production of Ragtime.

Image: Dan Norman


May 1-27

The Asolo Rep presents an intimate version of the powerful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical—the story of America’s immigrant experiences at the turn of the 20th century—in what promises to be the theatrical event of the spring in Sarasota. Here’s our recent conversation with director Peter Rothstein. 

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Mummenschanz: You & Me

April 26

The remarkable Swiss theater troupe uses masks and enormous props in ingenious ways for one delightful surprise after another.   

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Ellen Overstreet in George Balanchine’s Bugaku.

Image: Frank Atura

Great Masters of Dance

April 27-28

A bittersweet weekend for the Sarasota Ballet, as it celebrates works by Balanchine, Tudor and Ashton and says goodbye to its most beloved principal dancer, Logan Learned, who is retiring after this season. In tribute, Learned will perform Balanchine’s sprightly Tarantella. Three performances Friday and Saturday at the Opera House. 

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Yanni - Live at The Acropolis

April 29 

Greek pianist and composer Yanni, he of the long flowing locks and many platinum albums, brings his Live at the Acropolis world tour to the Van Wezel.

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Rastelli Cello Quartet

James Bond in Cello Case

April 28

Germany’s acclaimed Rastelli Cello Quartet, known for its offbeat repertoire, performs music from 11 James Bond films in this Artist Series Concerts production at the Historic Asolo Theater. 

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Metal art by Nathan McManus, part of Siesta Fiesta.

Siesta Fiesta

April 28-29

The 40th anniversary street festival takes over Siesta Village with original works by more than 200 talented artisans. 

Richard and Betty Burdick New Play Reading Series

April 29/ May 6/ May 13

Want to be among the first to experience tomorrow’s best new plays? Florida Studio Theatre’s Richard and Betty Burdick New Play Reading Series does just that, with script-in-hand readings by professional actors. First up Sunday afternoon is The Whole Shebang by Jason Odell Williams, followed May 6 with Big Scary Animals by Matt Lyle, and May 13 with Wednesday’s Child by Mark St. Germain. Free, but reservations are required—visit floridastudiotheatre.org/plays for details.

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Asolo Rep presents "Ragtime"

Asolo Rep Theatre

The Tony Award-winning musical about immigrants to America at the turn of the 20th century.



Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

A return to the Van Wezel for the acclaimed Swiss theater troupe.


The Sarasota Ballet presents Great Masters of Dance

Sarasota Opera House

Featuring works by Tudor, Balanchine & Ashton.


Yanni Live at The Acropolis

$56-$136 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Performer and composer Yanni celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Live At The Acropolis with a world tour that comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


James Bond in Cello Case, with the Rastrelli Cello Quartet

Historic Asolo Theater

Presented by Artist Series Concerts. Including music from Casino Royale, On her Majesty's Secret Service and more.

Special Events

Siesta Fiesta

Free Admission Siesta Village

The 40th anniversary street festival features works by more than 200 artisans.