Tampa Bay Performing Arts Preview for Fall ’22

‘Tis the season: What to watch for this fall in performing arts

Chibueze Ihuoma and company in the Hadestown North American Tour.

Chibueze Ihuoma and company in the North American tour of Hadestown, coming to the Straz in November.

Photo: Kevin Berne

Tampa Bay’s performing arts organizations start revving up big-time during the months ending in -ber (if not brrrr…). Here are some highlights of what’s coming up.

🎭 For a blast of Broadway

The Color Purple | Stageworks Theatre | Fri., Sept. 9-Sun., Sept. 25 | The Tony and Grammy-winning musical based on Alice Walker’s novel.

Six | Straz Center for the Performing Arts | Tues., Nov. 1-Sun., Nov. 6 | The six wives of Henry VIII sing for their lives.

Hadestown | Straz Center | Tues., Nov. 29-Sun., Dec. 4 | Anaïs Mitchell’s musical adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

🎼 For a wall of sound

Carmina Burana | Florida Orchestra | Fri., Oct. 7-Sun., Oct. 9 | The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay joins the orchestra for Carl Orff’s epic cantata.

Tosca | St. Petersburg Opera | Fri., Oct. 14, Sun., Oct. 16 + Tues., Oct. 18 | A diva fights to save the love of her life.

Green Day’s American Idiot | American Stage | Fri., Sept. 9-Sun., Oct. 2 | The musical based on the Grammy-winning album.

🤣 For a good laugh

Picasso at the Lapin Agile | Jobsite Theater | Wed., Sept. 14-Sun., Oct. 9 | Steve Martin’s comedy imagines a meeting between Einstein and Picasso.

An Evening with David Sedaris | Straz Center | Thurs., Oct. 27 | Readings and recollections from the impish humorist (and former elf).

Steven Wright | The Palladium | Thurs., Nov. 10 | The master of deadpan absurdity comes to St. Pete.

🏋️‍♀️ For strong women and the people who love them

Ann | The Studio @620 | Wed., Oct. 5-Sun., Oct. 16 | Bonnie Agan reprises her portrayal of Texas Governor Ann Richards.

A Doll’s House Part 2 | Tampa Rep | What would happen if Ibsen’s Nora returned to the family she abandoned?

All Things Equal: The Life & Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Thurs., Oct. 6-Sun., Oct. 23 | The world premiere of a play about the Supreme Court justice.