All the Tampa Bay Theatre Shows You Can Handle this April
April is a big deal for American Stage.
It’s the time of year we all hit the ground running to produce a full-blown musical on a built-from-scratch stage at Demens Landing Park. This year, we’re making history with our largest show yet, Ragtime - the Musical.
Shameless self promotion? Maybe. But with a nine-piece orchestra and more than 20 actors bringing this period piece on America to life, it’s going to be a spectacle. And we want to bring in everyone in on the fun.
Per usual, there’s a plethora of moving, hilarious, and thoughtful shows coming to Tampa Bay.
Here’s what you can see in the month of April, plus, five we’re vouching for - hardcore.
This list is written and compiled by Abby Baker, and if you don’t see your theater on here, feel free to shoot me an email.
#1 American Stage
Ragtime - the Musical in the Park (April 12-May 14)
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll drink wine out of a picnic basket while jamming out to “Henry Ford”. If you haven’t seen Ragtime - the Musical, it’s time to be a part of the fan club. This is a musical following three families (white, Black, and European immigrants) trying to survive turn-of-the-century America. It’s a story written by St. Pete native Terrence McNally, and this monster of a production hopes to honor him. Plus, if you haven't been to a park show, they're a blast.
WORLD PREMIERE! We love a good world premier. Visit Joe Whitefeather is the story of a small, nondescript Pennsylvanian town that has seen the last of its tourism days. The overwhelmed city council (sound familiar?) decides to name their home after a deceased Native American war hero who has no connection to the town. This sounds like a “Parks and Rec” style piece of theatre with the Florida Studio Theatre production value.
In a cameo of sorts, freeFall’s Artistic Director Eric Davis is playing Sherlock Holmes alongside local legend Matt McGee (Dr. Watson). It’s a who’s who murder mystery that captures absurdist humor in that particular freeFall way.
Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (April 4-22)
Catholicism and theatre are an odd mix, and this show sounds like it knows how to poke fun at the intense mechanics of religion. Watch with caution, Catholics, this one might doom you. The O’Shea family is fighting to protect their fragile reputation against a viscious world. That in fact, bonds them. Sounds touching. Nothing bonds people together like scandal!
Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan (April 1-2)
This cozy little downtown gallery is welcoming the public in for a very intimate one-man play, and sometimes, that’s what you need. Who is ready to get emotional at Studio 620 for local actor Dylan Barlowe’s performance of Every Brilliant Thing? Duncan plays a little boy who creates a list of everything brilliant in the world to help his emotionally struggling mother. Performances that remind us of pain and joy are part of feeling alive, and sometimes you need that on a Monday (or Tuesday) night. See it the first Monday (or Tuesday) of April.