Season Shows

Broadway Series a collection of your favorite broadway musicals

Stone Hall: 7:30 PM Wednesday-Thursday, 8:00 PM Friday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday

The Producers
August 10th – August 27th, 2017
A scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway in Mel Brooks’ laugh-out-loud spectacle.
Rating: PG
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September 14th – October 1st, 2017
Mame is a happy happening. She is well-to-do, lives in New York at the peak of the 1920’s, and is surprised by a “wonderful present”: an orphan nephew named Patrick.
Rating: G
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A Little Night Music
October 26th – November 12th, 2017
Stephen Sondheim’s romantic 19th century waltz whisks us away to a weekend in the country.
Rating: PG
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November 30th – December 18th, 2017
Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals.
Rating: PG
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January 11th – January 28th, 2018
Guido Contini is a wreck. Torn between his wife, mistress, and the star he needs to make a great movie, he runs off to Venice. But the city does not help. In the end, only the past is able save him.
Rating: PG-13
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Hunchback of Notre Dame
February 15th – March 4th, 2018
From the Academy Award-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.
Rating: G
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Little Women
March 22nd – April 8th, 2018
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic, this Civil War story of love and family stands the test of time.
Rating: G
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Nice Work If You Can Get It
April 26th – May 13th, 2018
It’s the Roaring Twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart.
Rating: G
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Studio Series presenting action through acting

Bradenton Kiwanis Theater: 7:30 PM Thursday, 8:00 PM Friday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday

The Father
August 24th – September 10th, 2017
Now 80 years old, André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.
Rating: PG-13
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Anna in the Tropics
October 12th – October 29th, 2017
A poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and “lectors” are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination.
Rating: PG-13
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Flowers for Algernon
November 30th – December 17th, 2017
Based off the Novel. The compelling story of Charlie Gordon, willing victim of a strange experiment – a moron, a genius, a man in search of himself. Poignant, funny, tragic, but with a hope for the indomitable spirit of man, this unusual play tells a story you will long remember. It also offers a magnificent role.
Rating: G
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Driving Miss Daisy
January 25th – February 11th, 2018
Driving Miss Daisy follows the relationship of an elderly white Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, from 1948 to 1973.
Rating: PG
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March 1st – March 18th, 2018
Three couples work their way towards parenthood under three VERY different sets of circumstances.
Rating: G
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April 5th – April 22nd, 2018
Set in pre-war Germany, it shows how John Halder, a liberal-minded professor whose best friend is the Jewish Maurice, could not only be seduced into joining the Nazism, but step-by-rationalised-step end up embracing the final solution justifying to his conscience the terrible actions.
Rating: PG-13
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Community Artistic Collaborations
venue and time may vary depending on entertainment requirements. call for details

Enjoy the Ride
September 16th at 8:00 PM
“Enjoy the Ride” featuring Kim Betts and the Sugarland Tribute Band is two hours of power packed entertainment with elaborate costumes, lighting, multi media backgrounds, state of the art sound and, of course the band’s most loved hits. If you love Jennifer Nettles, you must see this incredible show.
Dreamscapes: Sarasota Musica Viva
September 24th at 6:00
Sarasota Musica Viva presents “Dreamscapes”, a program of flute and piano repertoire expressing landscapes or scenes with the strangeness or mystery characteristic of dreams. Program includes interactive program notes and hauntingly beautiful music.
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Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton
October 14th at 2:00 & 8:00 PM
Remembering Red – A Tribute to Red Skelton is a heartfelt trip down memory lane. Reminisce with Brian Hoffman as he performs the jokes and routines that made Red Skelton famous. Brian’s expert portrayal of Red Skelton will have you in stitches as he re-creates some of Red’s most well known characters. Laugh with Clem Kadiddlehopper, that dim-witted country bumpkin. Giggle along with Gertrude and Heathcliffe, the two seagulls. Feel the love of Freddy the Freeloader, the hobo who lived in the city dump. Add a little “Guzzlers Gin” a couple of pantomimes and the Pledge of Allegiance making this a true tribute to Red Skelton, one of America’s favorite clowns. As an added bonus come early and enjoy a half hour pre-show video featuring celebrities from the silver screen, cars, games and toys accompanied with music from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s.
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Mission: Wildlife
October 15th, 2017
If you love animals, you won’t want to miss this entertaining show and discovering what each of us can do to make a difference for animals, whether in human care or in the wild. Every performance donates a portion of the proceeds to Julie Scardina’s annual fundraiser for wildlife conservation, Mission: Wildlife.
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BASE Talks
November 14, 2017
BASE (Business, Arts, Science and Entertainment) Talks is an outreach lecture series designed to enhance community engagement, add value to the arts and entertainment in Manatee County, and create a cultural platform for ongoing communications on specific topics.
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The Gold Tones
November 18, 2017
Florida’s hottest Doo-Wop/Oldies Group singing all of your favorites from the 50s and 60s. Nostalgic street corner harmonies, just the way you remember them.
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Divine Inspirations: Sarasota Musica Viva
November 26, 2017
Sarasota Musica Viva presents “Divine Inspiration”, a program of flute and harp repertoire. This refreshing program includes a variety of styles of music with interactive program notes by the musicians.
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Sleigh Ride: Decades Rewind
December 22 & 23, 2017
Decades Rewind is an incredibly memorable & nostalgic show that you’ve been dreaming of! Featuring the top hits of the golden age of music (from the 60’s to the 80’s), Join the acclaimed Decades Rewind for their special holiday concert “Sleigh Ride”
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DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience
December 28 – 30, 2017
In this “tour de force” performance Mark Rodgers, curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo exhibitions for North America, will take you and the audience on a fantastic, awe-inspiring journey through the Italian Renaissance as seen through the eyes of these two, monumental geniuses. This original, theater performance is a non-stop, multi-media event featuring movies, videos, 3-D animations, and images of DaVinci and Michelangelo’s inventions, machines, sketches, codices, paintings, and sculptures. Rodgers compares and contrasts the incredible lives of Leonardo and Michelangelo as never before, relating them to our world today with our contemporary geniuses of Les Paul, Van Cliburn, Paul McCartney, Jacques Cousteau and the General Motors 350 cubic inch engine, as we strive to discover our own “inner” Michelangelo and DaVinci. $2 of your ticket will fund our Youth Scholarships.
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Celebrating the Children: Sarasota Musica Viva
January 14, 2018
Sarasota Musica Viva presents “Peter and the Wolf” and other youthful classics performed by the Sarasota Musica Viva Woodwind Quintet. This program will celebrate the child in all of us and is appropriate for all ages.
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Gallagher the Jokes on You Comedy Tour
February 2, 2018
One of the most popular and recognizable comedians of the 1980’s, Gallagher has to his credit fourteen comedy specials for Showtime, ran for Governor, and is listed by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time. *Splash Seats Available
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Liverpool Live: Beatles Tribute Show
March 10, 2018
Members of this group include past cast members of Disney Orlando. This group has played it all from corporate shows to sold out theaters. This band is a group of true entertainers that completely involve the audience. Fun Fun!!
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Teen Idol Contest
April 13, 2018
The Manatee Performing Arts Center would like to invite aspiring young performers to apply for the Teen Idol Contest. All teens ages 13-18 are eligible to participate in this performance based competition.
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Concert with a Cause
April 14, 2018
Come out and listen to the smooth sound of vintage rhythm and blues and smooth jazz of Nu Jazz and Soul Sensations. All net proceeds benefit MCRHS Foundation and Manatee Performing Arts Center Conservatory Program.
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Monday-Friday 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
One hour before curtain on performance days

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