Asolo Repertory Theatre’s season opener, The Music Man, takes to the stage Nov. 13 through Dec. 29. The perennial Meredith Willson hit about traveling salesman Harold Hill, Marian the librarian and the citizens of River City, Iowa, stars Broadway song-and-dance man Noah Racey in the title role, directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun. asolorep.org
Circus Sarasota returns to the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park near the UTC mall, with shows set for Feb. 15 through March 10. Among the stars: former Cirque du Soleil juggler Victor Krachinov, high-wire artist Pedro Carrillo, hand balancer Roman Khaperskiy, and spinning Cyr Wheel daredevil Valerie Inertie.
The Lion King roars into the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for the first time for an unprecedented run of 23 performances—but even so, tickets will go fast for this multiple Tony Award winner based on the classic Disney movie, with songs by Tim Rice and Elton John. You’ll be blown away by director Julie Taymor’s interpretation of the show. vanwezel.org
Dance aficionados won’t want to miss the Martha Graham Dance Company, presented by the Sarasota Ballet at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 15-17. Recognized as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” by the Washington Post, the Graham company set the standard in the modern dance world. sarasotaballet.org
Bid farewell to Sarasota Orchestra music director Anu Tali when she conducts the last concerts of her six-year tenure, April 5, 6 and 7 at Van Wezel. Schoenberg’s Peace on Earth and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with its famous “Ode to Joy” (accompanied by four guest vocal soloists and chorus) provide a fitting good-bye. sarasotaorchestra.org
The Sarasota Opera’s 60th season brings back some popular hits, but it also provides the company premiere of the one-act comic operas, Donizetti’s Rita (Two Men and a Woman) and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret—a lighter touch to end the season, with performances March 9, 12, 14, 17, 20 and 23 at the opera house. sarasotaopera.org