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Best Spring 2014 Theater Productions In Tampa Bay

February 25, 2014 5:30 PM

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(Photo credit: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

There is nothing quite like live theater. The sets, the costumes and the energy in the air from the passion and excitement of a live performance can’t even begin to come close to a night of TV. Tampa Bay has a handful of theaters bringing you world-class shows for fans of all ages and interests. Check out what is coming to Tampa Bay this spring and mark your calendar for some unforgettable shows.

“The D* Word”
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-7827
www.strazcenter.org

Dates: April 24-May 18, 2014

If you loved “Menopause the Musical,” then you’ll definitely want to check out “The D* Word,” created by the same writer. This 90-minute musical takes on four “D” words — ditched, dumped, divorced and dating — and follows four single women that meet up after a night of speed-dating. You’ll hear some original break-up and make-up songs, including “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff” and “Turn Me Off.” This show is for mature audiences only, so make sure you hire a sitter.

“We Will Rock You”
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-7827
www.strazcenter.org

Dates: May 13-18, 2014

Queen fans might not seem like the Broadway crowd, but this is a show you wouldn’t want to miss. This musical, created by Queen and Ben Elton, will be at the Straz Center for a limited engagement from London’s West End. This award-winning show includes many of Queen’s greatest hits, such as “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the show’s namesake, “We Will Rock You.”

Green Day’s “American Idiot”
The Mahaffey Theater
400 First St. S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 893-7832
www.themahaffey.com

Date: April 8, 2014

Grammy Award-winning rock group Green Day now has a Tony Award-winning musical. “American Idiot” is the tale of three band members who meet at a crossroad in their lives, and then are forced to make the decision as to whether they should follow their aspirations to become rock superstars or stick to the safety and reassurance of their suburban lifestyle. The score is based on the 2004 “American Idiot” album, and includes smash hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,’ “Holiday,” “Give Me Novacaine,” “Too Much Too Soon” and “21 Guns.” Find out why the New York Times called it a “wonderfully raucous and gorgeously wrought art opera…emotionally charged and as moving as anything on Broadway!”

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“Sid the Science Kid – Live!”
The Mahaffey Theater
400 First St. S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 893-7832
www.themahaffey.com

Date: May 18, 2014

It’s never too early to get your child into theater, or science. This curious kid, along with his gaggle of friends, sets off on an adventure to explore and discover the world’s mysteries. Come along with Sid to laugh and learn as he explains the basics of science and why things work the way they do. This family-friendly show is appropriate for all ages.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Powerstories Theatre
2105 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 205-3451
www.powerstories.com

Date: March 22, 2014

Powerstories is a not-for-profit theater dedicated to bringing true autobiographical stories to life and giving acting classes to women. On March 22 at 7 p.m., Powerstories will take a night off from true stories to bring you Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This comedy play brings to life the adventures of six actors who are controlled like puppets by the fairies of the forest as well as the exploits of four young lovers. This play will be performed by the young women of Powerstories Theater.

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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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