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The Spring 2020 installment of dRTBest Bets, the list of recommended arts & entertainment events that appears in each print edition of duPont REGISTRY Tampa Bay, was compiled before the wave of postponements and cancellations that occurred in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. In the list below, we provide updates about the events we recommended — and, where available, list new dates for events that have been postponed.



Doubt: A Parable at Jobsite Theater.

The People Downstairs at American Stage (rescheduled to September).

12 Angry Men at Stageworks.

Skin Hungry at Lab Theater Project.

112 Years of Broadway at Ruth Eckerd (rescheduled to July 31)

Footloose at American Stage in the Park (rescheduled to October).


Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day. Play will not begin until late May or early June at the earliest, according to a Mar. 16 announcement by Major League Baseball.

Tampa Bay AirFest 2020.


Cher at Amalie Arena (rescheduled to Sept. 8).

Ruth Eckerd Hall/The Cap

Josh Groban; Jill Scott; AMERICA w. Tom Rush: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.; Bruce Hornsby at the Cap (rescheduled to Nov. 18); Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin at the Cap; Leo Kottke at the Cap (rescheduled to June 20); Psychedelic Furs at the Cap (rescheduled to Aug. 11).

The Palladium

Nate Najar’s Jazz Samba Celebration; BLUE: Queenie Sings Joni Mitchell; Listening Room Festival Showcase at the Palladium (rescheduled to Nov. 13); BEACON2020; La Lucha; Buffyfest!

Mandy Moore at the Straz.

Tampa Bay Blues Festival (rescheduled to Apr. 9-11, 2021).


Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Sunscreen Film Festival.


Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Straz (rescheduled to Feb. 25, 2021).

Tampa Theatre’s Limelight speaker series (Dr. Mae Jemison, Geena Davis, Jonathan Haidt) and An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert. All postponed to a date TBD.


Tampa Pride 2020 Parade & Festival (rescheduled to May 30).


Cuban Sandwich Festival (rescheduled to May 31)




NCAA Division 1 Tournament.

Valspar Championship.


Florida Orchestra

Bach’s St. John Passion; Broadway Pops; Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons; Beethoven’s 4th Symphony & Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

The Palladium

Palladium Chamber Players (Mar. 25 & Apr. 15); Nellie McKay; Christone “Kingfish” Ingram; Tampa Bay Symphony.

Sarasota 2020 Winter Opera Festival.


Youth International Ballet Competition at the Mahaffey.


Dear World at


at Hat Trick Theatre (Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall).

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Animals Out of Paper at Jobsite.

Miss Saigon at the Straz.


En Pointe: The Psychological Power of Art at The Studio@620.


Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI.



Busch Gardens.

The Dali Museum. The museum is temporarily closed, but you can visit it virtually

Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater.

Florida CraftArt. Galleries temporarily closed, but you can click here for a virtual walk-through of the current exhibition, Contemporary Fiber in Florida.

Florida Holocaust Museum. The museum is temporarily closed, but it has introduced a new interactive educational series that runs on its Facebook page at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Closed Mar. 15 tentatively until Mar. 30.

The Galleries at Creative Pinellas.

MIZE Gallery. The gallery is open by appointment only, but the new show, Flower Power, can be viewed online.

Morean Arts Center. Facilities and programming temporarily closed, but go to the website to find ways to create with the Morean virtually.

Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg. Museum is temporarily closed; find out how to interact from home

Tampa Bay History Center. Temporarily closed, but you can interact with the museum via its website.

Tampa Museum of Art.

The Studio@620.


STILL ON (as of 3/30/20)


Opera TampaVerdi’s Aida at the Straz.


Christopher Cross at the Cap. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter comes sailin’ in on his 40th anniversary tour.


Moving Current Dance Collective’s NewGrounds. This important annual dance showcase on the USF Tampa campus includes classes, community opportunities and a concert featuring works by both young and experienced choreographers.


Melissa Etheridge at Ruth Eckerd on May 1. With her distinctively raspy vocals and passionate fan base, you have to know she’s the only one.


Florida Orchestra: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.


 St. Petersburg Ballet Company at the Palladium. The Spring Dance Concert features students from The Academy of Ballets Arts, now celebrating its 50th year of training dancers under the leadership of Suzanne Pomerantzeff, whose restaging of “Rock Around the Clock” is included in the program.

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