This page includes a collection of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe news, reviews and events. We appreciate the journalists who are helping to spread awareness of our work and foster an appreciation for the arts in our community. We update this page frequently, so be sure to check back often.

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[REVIEW] "Get into the holiday spirit with 'A Motown Christmas' at WBTT" - Susan Rife, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Highlight quote: "In the holiday mood for a high-energy, joyous cabaret-style performance that truly celebrates the 'reason for the season'? You can’t go wrong with 'A Motown Christmas' at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe."
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2015/12/06/theater-review-get-into-the-holiday-spirit-with-a-motown-christmas-at-wbtt/

[REVIEW] "WBTT's A Motown Christmas" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
Highlight quote: "Fans of WBTT know the formula, and it works: Put some of the company’s popular performers together with some newcomers, add lively staging (by Nate Jacobs) and dancing (designed by Donald Frison), and deliver some much beloved tunes—in this case, obviously, from the Motown era—played by music director James E. Dodge II and his band. Audiences love it, and why not?"
https://sarasotamagazine.com/2015/12/07/wbtts-a-motown-christmas/

[REVIEW] "A Motown Christmas" - William S. Oser, Talkin' Broadway
Highlight quote: "Merry Christmas back to everyone at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe! Their A Motown Christmas is a bowl of fine holiday cheer."
http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/wfla/

"Black Tie & Tales" - The Observer, Molly Schechter
Broadway Under the Stars gala photo and notes from the event
http://www.yourobserver.com/article/black-tie-tales-12315

"Parties in the Limelight - WBTT Sweet 16 Gala" - Sarasota Magazine
https://sarasotamagazine.com/2015/11/20/wbtt-sweet-16-gala/

"Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe brings 'A Motown Christmas' to Sarasota" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
http://www.bradenton.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/marty-clear/article47626525.html

"Weekend Insider" - Sarasota Magazine
"A Motown Christmas" is #3
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=90b255b20087b1d87f7762948&id=ce89927fb1&e=53be61017b

Suncoast View appearance - ABC 7
Nate co-hosted; four singers from "A Motown Christmas" performed
http://www.mysuncoast.com/entertainment/suncoast_view/
Go to search box and type in "WCBTT Motown Christmas" and our segment will become available

[VIDEO] "Melba Moore sings at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe gala" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2015/11/20/video-melba-moore-sings-at-westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-gala/

[PHOTOS] "Out & About: Broadway Under the Stars" - Gayle Guynup, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://galleries.heraldtribune.com/gallery/370338#/0

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents ‘A Motown Christmas’" - Tampa Bay Newswire
http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2015/11/24/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-presents-a-motown-christmas-40996

Video from Suncoast View - Interview with and performance by Melba Moore
Start video at 14:33
http://www.mysuncoast.com/videos/share/?video=79a604b4515d5f987808d045bc38d1fe361b5f83
***If that link doesn't work, go to http://www.mysuncoast.com/entertainment/suncoast_view/ and then find "Suncoast View - November 19, 2015" on scroll bar on bottom of video box***

[NEWS] "Shows of the Season" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2015/11/20/shows-of-the-season/

[NEWS] "Behind the Scenes: Giving thanks for an abundance of theater" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2015/11/29/behind-the-scenes-giving-thanks-for-an-abundance-of-theater/

[NEWS] "Bradenton's Music and arts give reason for thanks" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
HIGHLIGHT QUOTE: "WBTT is acknowledged as one of the best theater companies is the country, and its original musical revues are one of the reasons audiences love the company so much."
http://www.bradenton.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/marty-clear/article45667005.html

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