(Bradenton, Florida) Realize Bradenton and the Manatee Players joined forces to present “Music & Movies,” a free series featuring three Sunday evenings of live cabaret and classic movies at the new Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton. The cabaret performance begins at 6 p.m. followed by the movie at 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, call the Manatee Players’ box office at 941-748-5875.
According to Janene Witham, the executive director of the Manatee Players, the series is made possible, in part, by a generous grant by the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.
“The Selby Foundation grant empowered us to purchase a state-of-the-art projector system for the facility,” says Witham. “With its live music and cinematic elements, this series is a great way to beat the summer heat and take our brand new facility for a test drive. We know audiences are going to love it!”
The series continues on August 18, 6 p.m., with vocalist Eve Caballero and the Manatee Players performing sultry jazz favorites and setting the mood for the 7 p.m. screening of “Chicago,” Rob Marshall’s Academy Award-winning adaption of the satirical musical exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, murder and corruption in the Jazz Age.
The series concludes on September 15, 7 p.m., with a performance by actor Berry Ayers, aka Beneva Fruitville, the plucky Southern belle with a risqué mouth who hosts the popular Drag Queen Bingo series at area venues. Following the performance, at 7 p.m., is a showing of “The Birdcage,” Mike Nichols’ entertaining remake of “La Cage aux Folles,” about a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion who agree to put up a false straight front when their son’s finance’s parents come to dinner. This show is for adult audiences only.
“This series is an excellent way to introduce the community to its new, cutting-edge performing arts center,” says Johnette Isham, Realize Bradenton’s executive director. “It’s our way of raising the curtain on this new venue and giving audiences a sneak peek at what they’ll be experiencing for years to come. Realize Bradenton, the Manatee Performing Arts Center and the Manatee Players are all about working together and thinking big for Bradenton’s future.”
About the Manatee Players
The Manatee Players’ mission is to represent, enrich and stimulate people through the art of live theatre by providing entertainment, education and an artistic outlet. The Manatee Players and its performance venue, the new Manatee Performing Arts Center, serve as a significant cultural, educational and economic resource for the Florida Gulf Coast region. For more information, visit www.manateeplayers.com.
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that builds community and promotes economic development through collaborative events, strategic partnerships, and interactive strategies. We help make downtown Bradenton one of the best riverfront communities in the country. For more information, visit: www.RealizeBradenton.com.