A tapestry of songs that will make the earth move under your feet! If you’re down and troubled, inject your soul with some sweet rock 'n' roll and brighten up even your darkest night. Join us for Up On the Roof where a group of strangers retreat to be alone with their thoughts, only to discover solace, celebration and friendship with each other.
Hurricane recovery updates
From Producing Executive Director, Murray Chase
Our community’s response has been rapid, heartwarming, and invigorating. Local arts organizations, human services groups, foundations, businesses, and city officials have reached out, offering immediate help: classroom and office space, operating support, storage, and more. Our friends from around the nation—and the world—have reached out, asking how they can help and sending heartfelt wishes.
To all who have offered condolences and support, we send a huge “thank you.” We will need many things in the next several months to make a full comeback. Your encouragement is vital. And we will need funds, we know; even with good insurance, we will need several million dollars. If you can send help, please do so. We will be forever grateful.
Together, sooner rather than later, and stronger than ever, “we will find a way.”
From now through Feb. 28, 2023 …
The Kathleen K. Catlin Foundation of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is offering a $100,000 capping grant challenge!
Or mail your donation to:
Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice, FL 34285
One of the best ways you can help is by coming to a show!
- Although our MainStage Jervey Theatre was severely damaged by Hurricane Ian, it is being rebuilt and will open in late 2023 or early 2024.
- The Raymond Center, located directly behind the main building, is being used as a 130-seat temporary performance space.
- Our 90-seat Pinkerton Theatre in the main building is now open!
- Concerts are being held at the Venice Performing Arts Center, the Venice Community Center, and Pine View High School.
- Kinky Boots has been moved to the 2023-24 Season and will be performed Jan. 12 – Feb. 11, 2024. Tickets will be available in July 2023.
A funny, sweet-tempered, moving romantic comedy about three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. The Broadway production was so popular that it was made into a film starring Ellen Burstyn, Dianne Ladd, and Olympia Dukakis.
This event is being postponed until late 2023 or 2024. In the months since Hurricane Ian damaged our main stage Jervey Theatre our staff has been working with the booking agent and several area venues to reschedule this event. We have not been able to secure any dates before June 30, 2023. New dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. If you have tickets, they will be honored for the new dates. If you have questions, please call 941-488-1115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A tribute to Chicago® – one the longest running and most successful pop/rock groups in history with record sales topping 100,000,000 including 21 top 10 singles, 5 consecutive number one albums, 11 number one singles, and 5 gold singles.
The story of one woman’s efforts to get her daughters into show business. Featuring musical theatre standards like “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” and the show-stopping “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” GYPSY helped launch Stephen Sondheim’s career and earned Rose a place in the theatrical canon as the quintessential Stage Mother.
Emmy, Tony, and SAG Award nominee, Norm Lewis, was seen as ‘Caiaphas’ in the award-winning NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” alongside John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Alice Cooper. Mr. Lewis returned to Broadway in the Fall of 2021, starring in "Chicken and Biscuits" at the Circle In The Square Theatre. He previously appeared in the Broadway revival of "Once on This Island" and as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at the Barrow Street Theatre, receiving the AUDELCO Award for his performance. In 2014, he made history as "The Phantom of the Opera’s" first African American Phantom on Broadway.
A lively afternoon of song and dance with 100% of the proceeds going to help rebuild Venice Theatre. Singers from Players Centre and Venice Theatre, along with the Showtime Dancers and Silver Foxes Dancers, will delight and entertain. Get your tickets early as this show will sell out!
Tom Becker, a former member of the New Christy Minstrels, recreates the style and sound of one of America's immortal musical storytellers. Hear all your favorite John Denver songs in an evening that is sure to have you singing along.
What's a nice Greek Muse from heaven doing in 1980's Venice (California)? Romantic roller-skating! Yes, it's the cult hit musical Xanadu. This hilarious spoof of the Olivia Newton-John movie goes nostalgic on big hair, shoulder pads, leg warmers, ruthless business, and music from the Electric Light Orchestra.
This professionally-directed volunteer troupe has been bringing entertainment to the area for over 25 years. Each Spring they bring a full-scale production to our audiences, led by their beloved director, Brad Wages.
There’s no one in the industry today that can recreate the sound and style of the world-famous Doobie Brothers like “The Brothers Doobie.” Inspired by the Brothers' superior song writing, The Brothers Doobie delivers powerful harmonies and a fun-filled high-energy performance covering a catalog of hits spanning both the Johnston and McDonald eras.
A Double Bill from Playwright Ellen Byron. One ticket, two short plays! The place is the front entrance of Graceland, the late Elvis Presley's Memphis mansion, three days before the estate is to be opened to the public.
Elizabethan Theatre like you’ve never seen! Three female charismatic comics play all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in just over ninety whirlwind minutes of hilarious condensation. Physical, witty, and shamelessly outrageous, it’s a cascade of joyful hijinks for those who love Shakespeare and those who don’t. Be warned - you might laugh so hard, it’ll hurt.
We appreciate the news media continuing to cover our story of recovery from Hurricane Ian.
Venice Gondolier-Sun By Laurie Colton, Venice Theatre When Venice Theatre’s main stage and fly loft were severely damaged by the winds and rain of Hurricane Ian, the cast of the hit musical “Kinky Boots” was in the middle of rehearsals, getting ready to open the show on Oct. 21. Director/Choreographer Brad Wages had made it … Continued
Jay Handelman Sarasota Herald-Tribune Oct 21, 2022 Three weeks after Hurricane Ian ripped apart its main theater and fly loft and caused massive damage to electrical systems, costumes, stage and theater seats, Venice Theatre revealed ambitious plans to have the building ready to reopen in a little more than a year. The theater said it would open … Continued