Feb. 15-March 10
Circus acts from around the world converge on the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park for a brand-new edition of Circus Sarasota, including the hand-balancing Kolev Sisters, equestrian Ambra Andine, Hans Klose and his trained canines, and Joseph Dominick Bauer Jr., who takes time out from his ringmaster duties to thrill us on the Wheel of Destiny.
Four-time Grammy Award winner and British pop icon Seal (“Crazy,” “Kiss from a Rose”) makes his Sarasota debut at the Van Wezel. Buy a concert ticket or pony up for that night’s big Van Wezel gala: elegant pre-show dinner and post-show partying to benefit the hall’s education programs.
Meet the boys of summer at the Orioles Springfest as the Baltimore O’s shape up for spring training. Behind-the-scenes tours of Ed Smith Stadium, a Q&A with outfielder Cedric Mullins, “pitch for charity” to benefit Miracle League Baseball, and the opportunity to play catch on the field (if you bring your glove), plus lots more. Details here.
Demand was so high for tickets to see this historic dance company that an extra Monday evening performance has been added. Thanks, Sarasota Ballet, for bringing it to Sarasota.
From ballroom to hip hop and everything in between, the long-running ABC show comes alive on the Van Wezel stage with lots of the dancers you’ve rooted for.
The delightfully inventive off-Broadway troupe that creates percussion rhythms out of everyday objects returns to the Van Wezel—great fun for all ages.
A Sarasota stop on its national tour for this musical about how writer J.M. Barrie met the family that would inspire Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Two performances at the Van Wezel.
Sarasota Opera presents Mozart’s final opera, a dazzling adventure about a prince who, accompanied only by a bumbling bird catcher and a magic flute, is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter, who is being held captive by an evil sorcerer. Eight additional performances Feb. 19, 21, 24 and 27; and March 1, 16, 21 and 23.
Feb. 20-March 10 (preview Feb. 19)
Playwright Craig Lucas himself has updated his 1983 script of his dark comedy for this FSU/Asolo Conservatory production, in which seven actors play 22 different roles. Tuesday’s performance is pay-what-you-can preview night.