Tampa’s Straz Center Extents Suspension of Events

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The Straz Center for the Performing Arts announced today that it is suspending all performances, classes and events through May 31.

The Straz had already suspended the April events due to the COVID-19 virus and the “stay-safe-at-home” efforts to stop its spread.

Judy Lisi, Straz Center President and CEOA, notified patrons and supporters via an e-mail.

“As we continue to navigate our current world, I want to reassure you that the Straz Center and all of its staff are working diligently to reschedule the shows we know you’ve been looking forward to seeing,” she said.

“Please hold on to your tickets. We will be in touch with you about specific shows as rescheduling information becomes available,” she said.

Some events, such as the touring Broadway musicals, “Donna Summer: The Musical” and “Jesus Christ: Superstar” were already postponed because of COVID-19. And some events such as performances of the Florida Orchestra are cancelled. For a complete schedule check the Straz website: http://www.strazcenter.org

Every major venue in the area is facing similar actions. Ruth Eckerd Hall has postponed or canceled more than 50 events at the Hall and at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (which is run by Ruth Eckerd)

Some Ruth Eckerd and Capitol events in June and July involving touring artists are canceled but there some events in May still scheduled as of Friday such as “Cal: The Music of Woodstock” set for May 17 at the Capitol. Also still on the Ruth Eckerd calendar are Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute, on May 28, and The Mavericks on May 29.

The Straz Center in Tampa is closed through May. Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater faces similar conditions.

Walt spent 35 years as a reporter, feature writer. TV critic and columnist for The Tampa Tribune. Prior to that he worked in the public relations office at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and as a reporter for The Greenville (SC) News. He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Safety Harbor for 10 years. He also taught media writing courses at the University of Tampa. Since moving here, he has been active with the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, hosting a monthly storytelling night.