There is nothing quite like a musical. Dazzling visual art in the forms of costumes and stage craft, heartfelt acting, agile dancing and glorious music all combine to create an unforgettable show. From adventure to comedy to romance, musicals have it all. Check out some of the top musicals heading to Tampa Bay this season.

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

Date: Dec. 2-7, 2014

Baby and Johnny have leaped off the screen and onto the stage in this Broadway adaptation of “Dirty Dancing.” Up-tempo songs and incredible choreography bring this romance to life. The sensational, heart-pounding production features all of the hit songs from the movie, including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby” and “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.”

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

Date: Dec. 17, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015 

This award-winning classic is back in Tampa for a three-week engagement. Adventure, suspense and romance await you in this beautiful musical packed with brilliant orchestrations, exquisite choreography and poetic lyrics. Hear some of Broadway’s greatest songs including “Angel of Music,” “Masquerade,” “All I Ask of You” and “Music of the Night.” From the shimmering costumes of the masquerade ball to the first kiss Christine shares with Raoul, it’s a night of pure magic.



“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”
Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 N. Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 791-7400
www.rutheckerdhall.com

Date: Dec. 6, 2014

This Broadway revue has been hailed by The New York Times as a “vibrant production.” Showcasing hit songs by Lieber and Stoller, theater-goers can expect to hear the full cast perform catchy tunes like “Jail House Rock,” “Stand By Me,” “Hound Dog” and “On Broadway.”

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“A Christmas Carol”
Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 N. Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 791-7400
www.rutheckerdhall.com

Date: Dec. 22, 2014

Charles Dickens’ timeless novel comes to life on the stage in this musical production of “A Christmas Carol.” The money-hoarding, seemingly heartless Ebeneezer Scrooge finds himself in the company of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they show scenes from his life and the lives of those he is connected with. In one Christmas Eve night, the ghosts inspire Scrooge to have a change of heart and save him from himself.

“Guys and Dolls”
The Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena
701 W. Lime St.
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 834-8100
www.thelakelandcenter.com

Date: Dec. 29, 2014

This whacky romantic comedy has it all: a bit of mischief, a bit of gambling, a bit of dancing and a lot of singing. Follow the adventures of Sarah Brown, Sky Masterson, Aldelaide and Nathan Detroit as they follow their hearts to true love. Hit songs like “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Havana” and “Luck Be a Lady” are expertly performed by an excellent cast.

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