Marvin Gaye 

Prince of Soul

Director: Nate Jacobs

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage

November 28, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Matinee: 2:00 pm Evening: 7:30 pm

After several years of requests from theater patrons, Sheldon Rhoden — one of WBTT's most popular troupe members — will reprise the role of Marvin Gaye. This not-to-be-missed original show begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye's career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-1980s. A gifted, innovative and enduring talent, Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular black music. 

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Langston Hughes'
Black Nativity

At The Sarasota Opera House

61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Director: Nate Jacobs

Assistant Director / Choreographer: Donald Frison

Five Nights Only! December 12,13 & 19, 20, 21, 2018

Evening: 7:30 pm

During the holiday season—back by popular demand but for a very limited engagement—WBTT presents Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. This production is a celebration of the Nativity story with gospel, blues, spiritual, and Christmas music, paired with the poetry of Langston Hughes and the creativity of WBTT. Children and adults alike will be enthralled by this high-energy, inspiring show. 

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock Illinois. 

Ticket Prices

$15.00 - $75.00

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The Amen Corner 


Director: Chuck Smith

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage

January 23 - March 3, 2019

Matinee: 2:00 pm Evening: 7:30

For years, Sister Margaret Alexander has inspired her Harlem congregation with a mixture of personal charisma and ferocious piety. But when Margaret's estranged husband, a scapegrace jazz musician, comes home to die, she is in danger of losing both her standing in the church and the son she has tried to keep on the godly path. The Amen Corner is a play about faith and family, about the gulf between black men and black women and black fathers and black sons. 

The Amen Corner is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

Ticket Prices

Adult: $45.00
Student/Active Military*: $20.00
*With Valid ID

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Playwright: Jo Morello 

Director: Chuck Smith

WBTT Education and Outreach Building

March 4 – March 5, 2019 ● 7:30 pm


LIL & LOUIS is a unique love story about the “First Couple of Jazz.” The “Hot Miss Lil,” pianist with King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, is unimpressed when “Little Louis” Armstrong arrives from New Orleans in 1922, but she soon becomes Satchmo’s second wife (of four) and his star-maker. Watch jazz and theater history come alive in this new play’s final step (script in hand) before full production.

Tickets: $20.00 plus processing fees*

*This is a separately ticketed event, not included in Jazz Festival VIP or Combo Tickets.

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Love Sung in the Key of Aretha

Director: Nate Jacobs

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage

March 13 - April 28, 2019

Matinee: 2:00 pm Evening: 7:30 pm

Created, adapted and directed by Nate Jacobs

Want “R-E-S-P-E-C-T?” Believe that there “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing?” Four women musically review their life experiences as told through the songs made famous by the late and legendary “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. In this original production, we celebrate her masterful artistry, bigger-than-life talent, and remarkable understanding of human relationships. Join us as we pay tribute to one of America’s most iconic voices in this joyful appreciation of Aretha’s music and its impact on our lives.

Ticket Prices

Adult: $45.00
Student/Active Military*: $20.00
*With Valid ID

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How to purchase your 2018-2019 WBTT Season Subscription

  • Click "Buy Tickets" for Raisin (The Musical)

  • Select date and seats (adult, active military, or student) of your choosing and click "Confirm Seats"

  • Under "Review Your Order" click "Continue Shopping"

  • Repeat steps 1-3 until all season shows are in your cart, to receive subscription pricing, your cart must include:

    • Raisin (The Musical)

    • Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul

    • The Amen Corner, &

    • Love Sung in the Key of Aretha

  • At this time, you may add our 2018 holiday show: Black Nativity which will be at the Sarasota Opera House

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