Hamilton, To Kill a Mockingbird headed to Tampa in 2020-21

Photo from the balcony instead Straz Center

The bright lights of Broadway are about to shine on the city of Tampa. Straz Center just released its 2020/2021 Broadway Calendar and it is loaded with gems you need to see, including the return of Hamilton to Tampa, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Other marquee shows coming to the Straz Center include the acclaimed Tootsie, Hadestown, The Band’s Visit, and Cats! That’s right, not the nightmarish cinematic rendering, but the wonderful and strange theater classic come to life.

Here’s the full schedule breakdown:

October 6-11

To Kill a Mockingbird

All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is “the most successful American play in Broadway history. (60 Minutes). With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) — has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR).

October 27-November 1

Escape to Margaritaville

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy Award® nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivors Remorse,” “Shameless”) ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So, don’t let the party start without you.

November 17-22

Tootsie

“Far and away the funniest musical of the season” (Daily News). “The most uproarious new show in years” (The Hollywood Reporter). No matter how you say it, TOOTSIE is unanimously funny! It’s a laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater, based on the Oscar®-nominated film. Featuring outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony® winner David Yazbek (The Band’s VisitDirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “even funnier than the movie!” (New York Post). “In these turbulent times, with the world out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” says Rolling Stone, “TOOTSIE is it.”

December 1-6

Hadestown

Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this acclaimed new show by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today … and always.

Intertwining two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.

December 29-January 3

The Band’s Visit

The critically acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical THE BAND’S VISIT is the winner of 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history. It is also a Grammy Award® winner for Best Musical Theater Album.

With a score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, THE BAND’S VISIT rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together. 

February 9-14

The Prom

Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine calls “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times declares it “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” THE PROM is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and a love they discover that unites them all.

Variety raves, “It’s so full of happiness that you think your heart is about to burst.” And The Hollywood Reportercheers, “It’s comic gold!” 

February 16-April 4

Shear Madness

Tampa is known for its shenanigans—which makes it the perfect setting for SHEAR MADNESS, the site-specific screwball hair-salon-whodunit that everybody loves. Audiences figure out the crime by following the clues and even questioning the suspects. Clues change every night, so audiences never know who the murderer will be until the end of the show. Seen by more than 12.5 million people worldwide, SHEAR MADNESS is the wash-and-go criminal caper that delivers the perfect cut every time.

April 27-May 4

Cats

Rediscover CATS—the beloved musical with breathtaking music—including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, “Memory.” Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation — experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again!


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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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