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Andr? Rieu will bring his orchestra and singular spectacle atmosphere to the Amalie Arena on Nov. 1.Times file (2014)

A week of classical music: 1812 Overture, Inside Beethoven's 7th, Andre Rieu

FIRE THE CANNONS: 1812 OVERTURE The Florida Orchestra brings out the big guns with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, best known for the 16 cannon shots symbolizing Russia's defense against Napoleon. "It's just a sensational piece of music, not just a blockbuster for the end of a pops concert," music director Michael Fra …


  1. What's on stage this week: Benji Brown, 'No Man's Land' on screen, Florida Orchestra does Bruch



    Wherever Benji Brown goes, Kiki follows. The comic, known for his work on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, created the fast-talking female character on the fly when he called a girl's house in high school and her boyfriend picked up. Kiki has thoughts on everything …

    Comedian Benji Brown’s national stand-up tour stops by Tampa’s Straz Center on Saturday, Nov. 18.
  2. American Stage's 'Much Ado About Nothing' is just what the love doctor ordered


    ST. PETERSBURG — A centuries-old template for the rom-com as we know it and one of Shakespeare's most produced comedies, Much Ado About Nothing comes to us at a time when we can really use some love conquering all.

    The cast of Much Ado About Nothing features, from left, Margee Sapowsky, Stephanie Gularte, Brock D. Vickers, Matt Acquard, Richard B. Watson and Juliana Davis.
  3. Review: With a fine script, Stage West cast puts on a great show in 'Baggage'


    Okay, I'll admit I went into the Forum at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill on opening night of the comedy Baggage expecting another June/moon/spoon romance-comedy. And sure enough, that's just the way it started.

    The romantic comedy “Baggage” runs through Nov. 19 at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill. Sam Petricone and Betsy Glasson play the battling couple.
  4. From stickup to stand-up, bank robber's second act is comedy

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — He had dreamed about returning to comedy in odd moments, between meetings with the lawyer, the lonely trip to the correctional institute, picking up trash on state roads while a guard stood by with a rifle. This nightmare would make him stronger because that's how it works; pain is the irritant in the …

    Jeff Lluis pauses for a moment to look at the stage at the Improv in Ybor City on Wednesday, July 12,  2017. "I gotta get up here again soon," he says while standing between large posters of famous comedians.  LANCE ROTHSTEIN  |  Special to The Times
  5. Sammy Hagar talks Clearwater concert, tequila and Van Halen drama

    Music & Concerts

    The Red Rocker calls on time, and he is all kinds of fired up.

    If you can’t catch Sammy Hagar in concert Tuesday, his 70th birthday concert film will hit movie theaters Dec. 5.
  6. What's on stage this week: 'Much Ado About Nothing' in Key West, Travis Wall Shaping Sound



    Travis Wall’s SHAPING-SOUND
  7. Review: 'The Year of Magical Thinking' at Stageworks


    At the beginning of The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion acknowledges that the audience might not want to hear her story because we don't think it could happen to us.

    The play focuses on Didion’s reaction to the deaths of her husband, John, and their daughter, Quintana, pictured in a 1976 family photo. Didion is also the subject of Netflix’s new documentary The Center Will Not Hold.
  8. What's on stage this week: 'The Year of Magical Thinking,' Florida Orchestra milestone concert, John Cleese




    The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion's no-frills memoir of loss and recovery, opens at Stageworks Theatre this weekend. The essayist and screenwriter adapted the one-woman stage play herself. Didion wrote the piece while …

    Mark Sforzini will lead the Tampa Bay Symphony in its fall concert, “Black Forest Cake.” Performances are scheduled for Nov. 5, Nov. 7 and Nov. 12.
  9. Romantic comedy 'Baggage' opens Nov. 9 at Stage West


    The romantic comedy Baggage opens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows will continue at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 19. Phyllis Novack and Bradley Naughton are single for a reason — they are both difficult to …

    The romantic comedy “Baggage” opens Nov. 9 at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill. Sam Petricone, left, performs as Bradley Naughton. Betsy Glasson, right, is Phyllis Novak.
  10. Richey Suncoast cancels Black Box shows, adds 13 specials


    NEW PORT RICHEY — The highly anticipated second season of Richey Suncoast Theatre's Black Box Cabaret has been canceled. The series of shows was set to start Nov. 10 and conclude June 17 in the space formerly occupied by Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theater.

    Bertie Higgins will perform at Richey Suncoast Theatre on Feb. 17.