About The Show

We are very excited to share with you our next "An Evening With..." that will be held at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre on Sunday, February 18.

This event will feature Anita Gillette & Lee Roy Reams,
"Broadway Buddies TWO-Gether."

Tickets for this event start at $45.00, plus applicable taxes. To secure your ticket, please click the button below or give the box office a call at (941)- 925- FUNY (3869).

There is a two-item minimum purchase per person in the Showroom during the show, off the food or drinks menu.


About Anita & Lee Roy

Anita Gillette is a veteran actress having appeared in 14 Broadway shows, including Neil Simon’s Chapter Two for which she won a Tony nomination. She has appeared in innumerable off-Broadway and regional theatres.

She may be best known for her role as Mona in Moonstruck. Other films include Shall We Dance (opposite Richard Gere), The Guru, She’s the One, (opposite Jennifer Anniston), The Great New Wonderful, and Fitzgerald Christmas.

On TV, she was Tina Fey’s mom on 30Rock. Other TV shows include Quincy, Law and Order, The War at Home, and just about every game show ever conceived, her favorite being Pyramid. She was a foil for Johnny Carson for at least 50 shows. She has done quite a bit of Cabaret appearances, her favorite place being Birdland. Her venues include 54Below, London’s, and The Pheasantry.

About Lee Roy Reams

Lee Roy Reams has been hailed by The New York Times as "Broadway's song & dance man nonpareil" for his leading Broadway roles in The Producers (Carbonell, Helen Hayes & Las Vegas Life Awards), 42nd Street (Tony & Drama Desk Nominations), Beauty & the Beast, La Cage Aux Follies, Hello, Dolly!, An Evening With Jerry Herman, Applause, Lorelei, Oklahoma!, And Sweet Charity.

On Broadway, he directed the last revival of Carol Channing's Hello, Dolly! and An Evening With Jerry Herman. His TV, concert, and cabaret appearances have taken him around the world and to the White House before four U.S. Presidents (Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr. & Clinton). Most recently, he played to another sold-out house at Broadway's Feinstein's / 54 BELOW and made history as the first American to star as Dolly in an Equity production of Hello, Dolly! at the Wick Theatre, where he also starred in La Cage Aux Folles.

He's a board member of the CHITA RIVERA AWARDS and received the Friars Club Thespian of the Year Award. He is also a proud recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, CCM / University of Cincinnati.

“Broadway Buddies Two-Gether” is produced with special arrangement by Dick Miller

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting Sarasota Rising
Dr. Jeffrey Hamblin & Mark-Alan

About Ovation Theatre

Ovation School of Musical Theater presents

“It Roars” and “Apex Predator” from Mean Girls

with Emma, Olivia, Eden, Hailey, Leah & Isabella

About Strings Con Brio

Strings Con Brio is a community string orchestra that engages 60 musicians of varying ages and abilities from student through the professional level. The organization was founded in 2015 by Executive Director Monica Sirocchi, a violinist in the orchestra who holds a Masters of Nonprofit Management, and performs under the artistic direction of Kenneth Bowermeister, Conductor. Maestro Bowermeister is the former Conductor and Music Director of the Venice Symphony and was the former Assistant Concertmaster of the Florida West Coast Symphony, now the Sarasota Orchestra, for 21 years. Additionally, he served as the Orchestra Director at Pine View School for 30 years. Please join Strings Con Brio on February 18, 2024 to enjoy a selection of pieces from Broadway presented as a chamber ensemble.

Conductor: Kenneth Bowermeister
Violin I: Arlene Locola, Nurit Sonnenschein
Violin II: Jaime Del Castillo, Linda Brucksieker
Viola: Karen Mamel, Mary Ann Wirth  
Cello: Nicholas Ungarelli, Lee Ann Deak
Bass: Amanda Bauman
Piano: Bonnie Wolfgram
Percussion: Scott Blum, Dorothy Blum

About Joe Platia

Celebrity Makeup Artist Joe Platia has been dazzling audiences from Television to Corporate Events, with his elaborate Costume Design, Makeup Artistry, Photography, Bodypainting, Custom Paint works, Set Design, and Event Designs. Platia continues to push his creativity and works further to Inspire other creatives and audiences. Platia has been recognized Internationally for his creativity and has received over 50 International Awards for his works. His clients have ranged from American Idol Live Tour, Maya Angelou, Ozzfest, Philadelphia Museum Of Art, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and countless others. He (Platia) has had over 40 Television Appearances on countless networks, including Oxygen,  NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, The Learning Channel, Lifetime Television and more. Platia will be showcasing his works throughout the Living Arts Festival to add a little extra wow to this exciting event. You will see his Living artworks throughout the week of the event. Be sure to keep an eye out for what he has created exclusively to kick off the 1st Annual Sarasota Living Arts Festival.

For more information: thehumancanvas.com


Living Arts Festival is the centerpiece of Sarasota Rising’s initiatives and is an interdisciplinary arts festival like no other, staged in our beautiful, eclectic, semi-tropical region. Our festival will broaden the audience for the arts in all its “flavors” with an emphasis on performing arts, while bringing unprecedented economic value to the business community during our “off” season and expos-ing new visitors to our arts organizations.

Special thanks to the SRQ Rising team:

Lynda St. James, Tamara & Mike Solum, Danae DeShazer, Charles Agurcia, Pat Armstrong,  Jae Hermann, Sunny Smith, Kat Walton, Bill Wagy, Carrie Mills, Morgan Gerhart, and our Board of Directors.

Thank you to our Board of Trustees and Dr. Jeffrey Hamblin for the incredible support!

Special Thank You to:

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre

Jeff & Christy Weber with WebersScenicProduction.com

Ryan Kirby with CCAV Event Production CCAVInc.com

Bill Greaves with ConceptWest.com

Next-Mark, LLC
Joseph Grano & Travis Cornwell Next-Mark.com