Venice about to get star power
VENICE - Venice is set to get a little bit more high profile as some celebrities are set to appear for the new Stars Series.
Two television stars and an Oscar winner are headed to south Sarasota County for The Venice Institute for the Performing Arts' inaugural Stars Series.
The series begins February 19th with "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" star Tony Danza in a cabaret act "Standards, and Stories," which he previously showcased at the Sarasota Opera House last year.
Most recently starring in the Netflix series "The Good Cop," Danza and his four–piece band are bringing their live show to Venice for the first time. It combines timeless music with storytelling, and a dash of dancing and ukulele performances.
On March 1, Richard Dreyfuss — the Best Actor Academy Award winner in 1978 for "The Goodbye Girl" — will talk about his life and career. The star of numerous classic '70s movies that includes "Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "American Graffiti" will also share clips of his favorite films with the audience. In 2003, Dreyfuss received the Sarasota Film Festival's career–achievement award followed by a sold–out screening of his hit 1995 "Mr. Holland's Opus," which earned the actor Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
The Venice Institute For Performing Arts' Stars Series concludes March 22 with an appearance by iconic "Wonder Woman" star Lynda Carter, who will be performing her show "This Life: My Music, My Story." The actress, singer and songwriter will be accompanied by a band on what's being described as "a spectacular new concert evening which takes the audience on a journey of her amazing life through her personal stories and music."
Tickets range from $41 to $114 with package discounts available. The Venice Institute For Performing Arts is located at 1 Indian Avenue, Building 5, in Venice. For more information, call 941–218–3779 or visit veniceperformingartscenter.com.