Asolo Repertory Theatre: Now Playing through May 28 BEATSVILLE Book by Tony® Nominee Glenn Slater Music and Lyrics by Wendy Wilf Directed by Bill Berry A co-production with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre

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Now, for a limited time, enjoy 20% off tickets to BEATSVILLE! Offer is valid for all performances from Friday, May 12 through Friday, May 19. Use promo code THEBEAT20 online, by phone and at the box office. 

The world premiere of the new musical BEATSVILLE opened last Saturday to cheering audiences and happy critics. BEATSVILLE is fresh, it’s new, it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. BEATSVILLE is beat, man!

View the Beatsville promo video:


Here’s what the critics are saying:

“The smart new musical snaps to the driving rhythms of bebop and period jazz, which lend it a vibrant sound and energy. It’s the kind of music rarely heard on Broadway, which makes Wendy Wilf’s jazzy, toe-tapping score so refreshing.”
– Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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is such a fresh approach to musical theatre. This is one to watch as it deserves making its way to Broadway.

– Carolan Trbovich,

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“I had a blast. Wendy Wilf’s score is a complete homage to the cool jazz of the era… one of the most tuneful I have heard from a new musical in a long time.”
– William S. Oser, 

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“Delivers a lot of cool.

– Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine

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Now Playing through May 28
Book by Tony® Nominee Glenn Slater
Music and Lyrics by Wendy Wilf
Directed by Bill Berry
A co-production with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre

Dig this! La La Land meets Little Shop of Horrors in this hip and hilarious world premiere musical based on the cult 1959 comedy-horror film A Bucket of Blood. Written by the talent behind School of Rock, The Little Mermaid and Tangled, Beatsville takes us to Greenwich Village, 1959:  the world of goateed artists, turtle-necked poets and bongo-playing jazzbos. Tragically square busboy Walter Paisley wants to be one of the beatniks, but he has no artistic talent whatsoever. When he accidentally kills a cat and hides it in a lump of clay, “Dead Cat” is declared a masterpiece, and Walter a genius. More “sculptures” bring more acclaim, but will the world discover Walter’s secret? With a dazzling score combining jazz, pop and bebop – hang onto your berets – we’re headed to Beatsville!

View the behind the scenes Beatsville Video:

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Join us for this week’s Asolo Rep Public Programming events:

Prior to EVERY PERFORMANCE this season (opening nights excluded), you are invited to join us for THE SCOOP, a 20-minute presentation providing insight into the ideas and inspirations that contributed to the production you are about to watch. THE SCOOP takes place in the Mertz Theatre and begins one hour before curtain. FREE to all ticket holders for that performance.

Meet the Actors, Beatsville
Sunday, May 14, following the 2pm performance. FREE

Tuesday Talkback, Beatsville
Tuesday, May 16, following the 7:30pm performance. FREE



Opens June 9
June 9-July 1
Previews June 7 & 8
By Craig Francis and Rick Miller
Directed by Rick Miller
Based on the book by Jules Verne
Produced by Kidoons/WYRD Productions, Montreal, Canada

Magnificent sea creatures! A spectacular submarine! Time travel! Take a plunge into the pages of Jules Verne’s classic science fiction story and get swept away in this dazzling multisensory experience. Our modern-day storyteller Jules finds himself transported on board the Nautilus submarine, where he joins the mysterious Captain Nemo on a journey to the depths of the sea… and the edge of your seat. Brought to stunning life through a mix of unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and interactive technology, this time-honored tale explores our place in time and space, and illuminates the mysteries of the deep blue sea.

Recommended for everyone ages 7 and up.

Asolo Rep has proudly partnered with several community organizations in celebration of this underwater adventure. Partners include  Mote Marine Laboratory, South Florida Museum, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, and Sarasota and Manatee County Libraries and Schools. Upcoming events include Mote Member Movie Night, Friday, May 19 at 6:30pm, when Mote will screen the Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. For more information about this event, visit  For information about all partner events upcoming in May and June, visit

Join us for FAMILY DAY!
Saturday, June 17
Pre-show activities begin at 12:30pm

Explorations of marine life, ecology, and storytelling fill the lobby in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota County Libraries and South Florida Museum.

Special family packages are available for all Saturday 2pm matinees, including Family Day:
4 tickets for $60
3 tickets for $45
2 tickets for $30
At least on person in the party must be 18 or younger in order to receive Family Package pricing.

View the promo video here:

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Purchase tickets here.


Asolo Rep Education & Outreach presents:
Kaleidoscope: Heartbeats

Monday, May 22 at 6pm
Mertz Theatre
FREE, tickets are required

Asolo Rep’s Education & Outreach department proudly presents Kaleidoscope: Heartbeats on Monday, May 22, 2017 on the set of Asolo Rep’s world premiere musical BEATSVILLE. The performance is the culmination of this season’s Kaleidoscope, an award-winning annual program founded by Broadway veteran Ann Morrison in 1995, which serves individuals with disabilities from local community organizations and schools to discover creative and personal expression through theatre. Ms. Morrison also plays Mrs. Zwicker and Mrs. Greenberg in Asolo Rep’s current production of BEATSVILLE.

This year’s Kaleidoscope participants come from four partner organizations and schools: Bayshore High School, Easter Seals Southwest Florida, The Haven and Oak Park School. Throughout the three months of each residency, participants explore storytelling through acting, movement, music and visual arts, led by Asolo Rep teaching artists. Ann Morrison continues her founding role leading the work for adult participants at The Haven and Easter Seals. Ria Cooper and Elizabeth Guilbert lead the work for students at Bayshore High School and Oak Park School.

Kaleidoscope: Heartbeats  presents a glimpse into the unique artistic process of each group, taking inspiration from the Beatnik-era evoked by Asolo Rep’s current production and scenic design by Tony-winner David Gallo. The showcase performance is free and followed by a dessert reception for the participants.

“Outreach programs like Kaleidoscope represent our effort to share the creative outlet and expressive power of theatre-making with those in our community who might not otherwise have access, and to offer the best of what we have to share,” said Kathryn Moroney, Asolo Rep Education & Outreach Director. “Our participants enjoy full backstage access when they come to Asolo Rep to perform their own words and characters on the beautiful Mertz stage. After their weeks of teamwork trying new things and creating together, we feel so proud to put these artists in the literal spotlight for friends, family, and community to celebrate their efforts.”

Tickets are free but reservations are required.   To reserve tickets, please call the box office at 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388 or visit

Kaleidoscope is made possible, in part, with support from:  Fredrick W. and Margaret D. Kurtz Fund of the Bank of America Client Foundation, Bernard and Mildred Doyle Charitable Trust, and  Eluned and Edward Russell Charitable Foundation.

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017 | 6PM
Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel 

Men Who Cook & Brew is back with craft beer from local vendors, along with Sarasota and Bradenton’s finest guest chefs who will prepare a dinner filled with their favorite recipes!

Chef appetizer and entrée stations
Craft beer garden
Raffle for gourmet cooking classes
Awards for best table décor and “People’s Choice” best chef
Live music
Parade of chefs
Merchandise for sale including: t-shirts, aprons, cookbooks

Peter Amster
Dr. James Cocco
Doug Cordier
David Warren Curran
Steve Knopik
Chef Paul Mattison
Terrence “Terry” McKee
Doug Salthouse
John Scalzi
Joe Seidensticker
Gary Sweetman
Jon Thaxton
Lee Williams

941-351-9010 ext. 4702 or [email protected]



Inside Asolo Rep 2016-17 Season Recap
Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Inside Asolo Rep series has now ended, but you can still hear each of these fascinating panel discussions via podcast. They were held throughout the season in the Cook Theatre and featured the directors, creative artists, and actors who brought the stunning productions of Guys and DollsThe Great Society,  The OriginalistBorn YesterdayThe Little Foxes, and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity to life. All panels were moderated by Asolo Rep Dramaturg & Casting Associate, Lauryn E. Sasso and can be accessed at the links below.

Guys and Dolls
Director/Choreographer Josh Rhodes, Lighting Designer Paul Miller, and Scenic Designer Lee Savage
Click here to listen to the discussion!

The Originalist and The Great Society
Actors Edward Gero (Justice Antonin Scalia, The Originalist) and A.K. Murtadha (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Great Society), and Directing Fellows Natalie Novacek and Celine Rosenthal.
Click here to listen to the discussion!

Born Yesterday and The Little Foxes
Directors Peter Amster (Born Yesterday) and Frank Galati (The Little Foxes) and actors Christina DeCicco (Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday ) and Tracy Michelle Arnold (Regina Giddens, The Little Foxes)
Click here to listen to the discussion!

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
Director Jen Wineman and actor/professional wrestler and Fight Captain Jamin Olivencia
Click here to listen to the discussion!


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