Sarasota News Events: The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has set the bar in Sarasota for musical venues. They were one of the first venues to introduce local talent with an abundance of vocal and dance abilities. The talent is so good you think you are at a Broadway show!
Once On This Island: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Review
Current Season & Special Events
OCTOBER 11 – NOVEMBER 19, 2023
Set on a Caribbean island, this Tony award-winning musical will move and exhilarate you, as the story of a peasant girl searching for love and her place in the world unfolds. This sweeping production is based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy and showcases Caribbean rhythms and instruments as it deals with complicated social issues of race, class and affairs of the heart.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 @ 7:30 PM
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 @ 7:30 PM
Written and Directed by Nate Jacobs
Music selected and adapted by Michael Mendez and Nate Jacobs
WBTT is excited to present Michael Mendez starring in the one-man show, Harry Belafonte: King of Calypso, an original music revue written and directed by WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs.
Please note: This event is not included as part of our subscription series.
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 11, 2023 6-10 PM
WBTT celebrates the history of the television show Soul Train with our 2023 Gala. Join us as we shimmy on down the Soul Train line and get our groove on with hits from the 1960s, 70s and 80s performed by WBTT favorites Ariel Blue, Tarra Conner Jones, Michael Mendez, Raleigh Mosely II, Maicy Powell, Leon Pitts, Sheldon Rhoden and more after enjoying a delicious meal by Michael’s on East. Finish off the evening by singing along and shaking your booty to classic songs that you love from era’s gone by.
*LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE*
NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 30, 2023
Celebrate the season with high-spirited, uplifting songs as only Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s singers, dancers and musicians can perform them! A blend of new takes on traditional holiday, gospel-infused and pop songs, the production offers a joyful, soulful twist on your favorite seasonal music.
Please note: Joyful! Joyful! is not included as part of our subscription series.
JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 18, 2024
This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is set in the segregation-era South of 1944. On a Louisiana Army base, two shots ring out. A Black sergeant is murdered. A series of interrogations triggers a gripping barrage of questions about sacrifice, service, and indentity in America. One persistent investigator must race against his white leadership to unravel the crime before they unravel him.
FEBRUARY 28 – APRIL 7, 2024
On August 3, 1952, the unthinkable happened: a Black woman murdered a white doctor in Live Oak, Florida, guaranteeing a conviction for the woman bold enough to commit such a shocking crime and bringing celebrated writer Zora Neale Hurston to town to cover the story for a northern newspaper. A powerful and haunting world-premiere musical.
APRIL 17 – MAY 26, 2024
Sheldon Rhoden, one of Sarasota’s favorite WBTT troupe members, reprises the role of Marvin Gaye in the most-requested WBTT show. This original musical begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye’s career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-1980s. A gifted and innovative talent, Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular Black music.