Tampa's home for arts, culture and entertainment, Straz Center, has announced its official 2016-17 lineup. Tickets for the new season will go on sale Friday, July 29 at 10am online, and noon by phone (813.229.7827). From leading voices in literature, to renowned scientists and musicians, here are the shows we're pining to see this year and next:
Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me
NPR's weekly current events quiz show is coming to the Straz Center September 29. Hear the iconic voice of the show's host Peter Sagal echo off the walls of Carol Morsani Hall. Tickets will range from $37.50-$127.50.
An Evening with Ina Garten: Barefoot Contessa
Ina Garten, host of Food Network's popular show Barefoot Contessa, will grace the Straz Center November 2 for a show dedicated food and the passion that fuels her craft. This event takes place in Carol Morsani Hall. Tickets will range from $45-$75.
BirDMAN LiVE with Antonio Sanchez
Antonio Sánchez is a Mexican jazz drummer. In 2014 his popularity increased significantly when Sánchez composed original music for Birdman. He will perform music from the Oscar-winning film Thursday, November 3 in Ferguson Hall. Tickets will range from $35-$45.
Joshua Bell – November 3, 2016
The acclaimed violinist/conductor Joshua Bell, known for his headline making impromptu performance in a metro station in 2007, will perform live at the Straz Center this fall inside Carol Morsani Hall. Tickets will range from $45-$75.
Straz Live in the Park
Always an enjoyable event, Straz Live in Curtis Hixon Park brings beautiful music to the scenic waterfront area. The event takes place Sunday, November 6 and is FREE and open to the public. Mark your calendars!
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. He is also the creator of the popular radio show StarTalk and revived Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Journey TV series, presenting Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. He will speak in Carol Morsani Hall on Thursday, November 17. Tickets will range from $45-$250.
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Hasan Minhaj brings the Homecoming King tour to Straz Center's Jaeb Theater Sunday, December 11. NPR says "“‘Homecoming King’ is a roller-coaster ride. Onstage, Minhaj is a charming, energetic comedian and an absorbing storyteller." Hasan Minhaj is a comedian in New York. He is a correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning program “The Daily Show." Tickets will be $35.
The Broadway hit Wicked comes to the Straz Center with performances from February 1-26, 2017. Tickets range from $31.50-$125.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Leslie Odom, Jr. burst onto the theater scene with his Tony-winning turn as Aaron Burr in the Broadway smash Hamilton. The performer now looks to focus on his music career and will perform live at the Straz Center inside Ferguson Hall Sunday, February 26, 2017. Tickets will range from $35.50-$55.50.
The prolific author and journalist Carl Hiaasen comes to the Straz Center on March 5, 2017. Hiaasen is the author of Hoot, Chomp, Scat, Flush, Bad Monkey, Tourist Season and Sick Puppy, among many other titles. He also writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald. The lecture takes place in Ferguson Hall. Tickets will range from $35-$55.