Snowbirds on the Suncoast
Guides to everything you need to know when visiting the Bradenton-Sarasota area.
From top-notch community and professional theater to touring Broadway shows and mega-talents, the Suncoast of Florida puts a sunny spotlight on the performing arts.
In Bradenton and Sarasota, top-notch venues and arts groups offer the chance to catch musicals, plays, comedies, plays, ballets, operas, and orchestras, to boot.
So if you fancy a night out at the theater, look no further than one of these local arts institutions.
Here are all the places to catch a show around Bradenton and Sarasota.
Asolo Repertory Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. asolorep.org
What’s on: This renowned professional theater stages up to 15 productions a year, including new plays, bold revisions of classic and contemporary works, and new musicals.
Florida Studio Theater, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota. floridastudiotheatre.org
What’s On: This contemporary theater hosts a diverse mix of new works for the stage, hits on and off Broadway, cabaret, thought-provoking plays, children’s theater and improv featuring the improv troupe Florida Studio Theatre.
McCurdy’s Comedy Theater, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. mccurdyscomedy.com
What’s On: Opened in 1988, McCurdy’s Comedy Theater attracts stand-up big names and up-and-coming comedians; the theater is also home to the Humor Institute, an apprenticeship program for aspiring comedians.
Players Center for the Performing Arts, performance space located at 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. theplayers.org
Now Playing: This non-profit community theater hosts local performances of popular musicals and plays.
The Sarasota Ballet, performing at the Sarasota Opera House and other area venues. sarasotaballet.org
Now Playing: Founded in 1987, Sarasota’s widely acclaimed professional ballet company performs classic works of ballet as well as lesser-known and contemporary pieces.
Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotaopera.org
What’s On: Sarasota Opera House is a professional venue that presents world-class opera productions at the Suncoast, including the annual Winter Opera Festival.
Sarasota Orchestra, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.sarasotaorchestra.org
Playing: Florida’s oldest permanent orchestra presents more than 100 shows a year, including pop, classical, chamber and community concerts; the organization also produces the annual Sarasota Music Festival, which attracts international visitors.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. vanwezel.org
Featuring: Sarasota’s largest performing arts venue, the Van Wezel offers touring musicals, stage shows, concerts, comedy, circus, dance and more.
Urban theater, 1487 Second St., Sarasota. urbanitetheatre.com
Now Playing: Urbanite Theater hosts bold, boundary-pushing and diverse professional theater productions.
WestCoast Black Theater Troupe, 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. westcoastblacktheatre.org
Now Playing: This nonprofit professional theater produces musicals and plays, including hits and new original works, that promote and celebrate African American history and experiences.
Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. manateeperformingartscenter.com
Now Playing: The Manatee Performing Arts Center is home to community theater in Bradenton, where the Manatee Players present a full lineup of hit shows each year. Also catch touring musicians, tributes and comedies.
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The Island Players Theatertheislandplayers.org
Now playing: Founded in 1949, the Anna Maria Island Community Theater produces five shows from October to May, including popular hits and modern plays.
This story was originally published March 17, 2022 00:00.