What’s on at freeFall…
February 9 – March 10, 2024
Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken, Additional lyrics by Dennis Green
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, pays homage to Vonnegut’s witty humor and energetic dialogue with an infectious score by the Oscar-winning team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors). Bored and unfulfilled by philanthropy, Millionaire Eliot Rosewater sets off on a journey to find his life’s purpose. This search takes him to Rosewater County, Indiana, his family’s former home, that has lost all hope. Through a series of misadventures, both Eliot and the town find themselves irrevocably changed in a musical that is both deeply funny and wildly sincere. This show is intended only for mature audiences. Audience discretion is advised.
Show Sponsors: Gary & Linda Hansen | Betsy Schweitzer | Bill Ward
Community Partners: Rick Behnke & Robert Newell | Ralph & Joanne Contursi | Judy Heintzelman | Cherie Willard
March 1, 2024
Vocal powerhouse Kissy Simmons, best known for her nine years as Nala in Broadway’s The Lion King, graces the freeFall stage with a dazzling evening of jazz standards, R&B classics, hit show tunes, and favorites from the Disney catalog.
A proud USF Alum, Kissy made her professional theater debut at the Straz Center where she was seen in Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), Jacques Brel, and other seasonal cabaret shows. She often tours the country representing “Disney On Broadway” and also appeared in freeFall’s 2016 production of Sondheim On Sondheim. She returns to freeFall for one night only joined by the magnificent Stan Collins on piano.
Enjoy as much freeFall programming as you’d like, all at an amazing savings over single tickets. Join us for any and all of our programming from mainstage productions to Tandem Series cabarets and special events. With at least three unique events per month, there’s always something to enjoy.
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March 15, 2024
Varla Jean Merman
Varla Jean returns to freeFall Theatre by popular demand! It’s been a year since Varla Jean Merman’s earth-shaking, knee-breaking “Tic-Taccident” found her flat on her back with her legs in the air. Since that time, our daffy diva has worked hard to get back on her feet, on the stage, and in your pants. Now with drag bans, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and a skyrocketing bar tab, America is conspiring to knock Varla off her lucite heels AGAIN! Join this show-biz survivor as she takes a stand for life, liberty and the pursuit of non-skid breath mints.
This show is intended only for mature audiences. Audience discretion is advised.
Written by Jeffery Roberson, Jacques Lamarre, and Ricky Graham
Directed by Michael Schiralli | Musical Direction by Gerald Goode
April 12 – May 12, 2024
By Jocelyn Bioh
It’s the nineties in Lagos, Nigeria, and the “Nollywood” film industry is exploding as the second-highest producing film industry in the world. This laugh-out-loud romantic comedy follows the story of Ayamma, a young woman who works with her sister at their parent’s travel agency, who dreams of leaving her job and becoming a star. When she auditions for a new film by Nigeria’s hottest director, tension flares with his former leading lady, and sparks fly with Nollywood’s biggest heartthrob.
Community Partners: Hal Freedman & Willi Rudowsky | Betsy Schweitzer | Cherie Willard
April 25, 2024
Broadway’s Becky Gulsvig debuts her new cabaret show here at freeFall. Tampa Bay audiences have experienced the incredible voice and talent of Becky when she recently starred as Beverley Bass & Others in the National Tour of Come From Away. She also toured through Tampa as Elle Woods in the 1st National tour of Legally Blonde The Musical and Cynthia Weil in Beautiful : The Carole King Musical. Becky’s Broadway credits include the Original Casts of Legally Blonde and (currently) A Beautiful Noise (The Neil Diamond Musical) as well as School Of Rock, Hairspray, and Come From Away. Becky also originated the role of Cinderella in the Off-Broadway delight, Disenchanted! Join Becky for an evening of storytelling and song.
June 6 – 16, 2024
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
by Clark Gesner, Michael Mayer, Andrew Lippa, Charles M. Schulz
A Think Tank Theatre production presented at freeFall Theatre as part of freeFall’s Tandem Series. Happiness is great musical theatre! With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. This revue of songs and vignettes, is based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip.
Season Sponsors: The Gobioff Foundation | The Florida Division of Arts and Culture | Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners | and Lab Athletics
Producing Sponsors: Matt and Mary Gordan | Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky | and The University of Tampa Physician Assistant Program
Sensory Performance offer for this performance on June 8th @ 2:00pm *