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A&E Editor Nick Reichert picks the top arts events to attend this week.
by: Nick Reichert Arts & Entertainment Editor

Performing Arts

‘Beauty and the Beast’
Sarasota High School
7 p.m. April 23, 24 and 25;
2 p.m. April 25
Tickets: $12 for adults; $8 for students/seniors.
Call 361-6288.

‘Never Marry a Girl With Cold Feet’
John C. Court Cabaret, Florida Studio Theatre
7:30 p.m. April 23, 26 and 29; 6 p.m. April 24, 25 and 28; 9 p.m. April 24 and 25
Runs through June 7.
Ticket: $18 to $36. Call 366-9000.

‘You Should Be So Lucky’
Players Theatre
7:30 p.m. April 23, 25, 28 and 29; 2 p.m. April 25
Runs through May 3.
Tickets: $25 to $30. Call 365-2494.

‘Spunk’
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
8 p.m. April 23, 24, 25, 28 and 29; 2 p.m. April 26
Runs through May 17
Tickets: $29.50. Call 366-1505.

‘Chapatti’
Gompertz Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre
8 p.m. April 23, 24, 25, 26, 28 and 29; 3 p.m. April 25 and 26
Runs through May 30.
Tickets: $18 to $39. Call 366-9000.

‘Chicken Shop’
Urbanite Theatre
8 p.m. April 23, 24, 25 and 29; 2 p.m. April 26
Runs through May 3.
Tickets: $20 and $5 for students with valid ID. Call 321-1397.

‘Sotto Voce’
Historic Asolo Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre
8 p.m. April 23, 24, and 25; 2 p.m. April 25 and 26
Runs through April 26.
Tickets: $15 to $40. Call 351-8000.

‘The Cherry Orchard’
Cook Theatre, FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training
8 p.m. April 23, 24, and 25; 2 p.m. April 26
Runs through April 26.
Tickets: $14.50 to $29. Call 351-8000.

Kathy Griffin
7 p.m. April 26
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Tickets: $52.62 to $63.32. Call 953-3368.

‘Luck Be a Lady: The Iconic Music of Frank Loesser’
Mertz Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre
Previews 7:30 p.m. April 28; 8 p.m. April 29 and 30
Runs through May 24.
Tickets: $11 to $54. Call 351-8000.

Music

Chamber Soiree 7: Violin
Daniel Jordan, concertmaster, Sarasota Orchestra
5:30 p.m. April 23
Tickets: $30 to $39. Call: 953-3434

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
8 p.m. April 23
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Tickets: $45. Call 953-3368.

Celtic Woman: 10th Anniversary World Tour
7:30 p.m. April 24
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Tickets: $47.73 to $79.83. Call 953-3368.

SoireE Series,
Jennifer Kim — Guitar
Fischer/Weisenborne Residence,
2 p.m. April 26; 7:30 p.m. April 27
Tickets: $45. Call 360-7399.

Visual Arts

Sarasota Art Auction
Art Center Sarasota
6:30 p.m. April 24
Tickets: $75
Call 365-2032.

Nick’s Pick

‘American Pie’

The cast and crew of Florida Studio Theatre’s original cabaret production, “American Pie,” convened in December to begin rehearsals. The show is a slice of the American folk, rock and singer-songwriters who responded to and were influenced by the musical explosion of the British Invasion (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks) in the mid-1960s. Now icons of the contemporary American songbook, then unknown musicians such as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel and Bob Dylan made their own history in response to the musical explosion from across the pond.

In capturing the music and feeling of this era, FST Artistic Director Richard Hopkins and Managing Director Rebecca Hopkins made FST history in the process. “American Pie,” which opened in the Goldstein Cabaret on New Year’s Eve, has been extended for a second time through May 10. By the time the lights dim for their final performance, the five-person cast of actors, performers and musicians will have performed “American Pie” a total of 158 times over a span of 19 weeks. Cast members Joey Barreiro, Tony Bruno, Joe Casey, Sarah Hund and Ben Mackel have set the record for longest-running cabaret production in the theater’s 40-plus year history.

With performances selling out every week of the show’s multimonth run, this last push into the close of the art season will surely sell fast.

‘American Pie’
When: 7:30 p.m. April 23, 26 and 29; 6 p.m. April 24, 25 and 28; 2 p.m. April 26
Where: Goldstein Cabaret, Florida Studio Theatre,
1241 N. Palm Ave.
Tickets: $18 to $36. Info: 366-9000

 

 

 

 

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Nick Reichert writes about Sarasota fine arts, including theater, dance, opera, music and visual art. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2013. Follow @TheNickReichert on Twitter for regular updates.

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