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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April 24, 2024 "Criticopia review: Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul" - Marie Kilker, TotalTheatre.com
https://totaltheater.com/?q=node/9594

April 19, 2024 "You can watch 'On Love's Boulevard' April 21st and 22nd" - Suncoast View, ABC 7
Ariel Blue is interviewed and performs a song from her Young Artist Program showcase
https://www.mysuncoast.com/video/2024/04/19/you-can-watch-loves-boulevard-april-21st-22nd-suncoast-view-april-19th-2024/

April 15, 2024 "Westcoast Black Theatre celebrates music of Marvin Gaye through the years" - Jay Handelman
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/theater/2024/04/15/westcoast-black-theatre-flashes-back-to-the-life-of-marvin-gaye/73208046007/

April 11, 2024 "WBTT Will Host Second 2023-2024 Young Artist Program Showcase" - Stephi Wild, Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/WBTT-Will-Host-Second-2023-2024-Young-Artist-Program-Showcase-20240411

April 10, 2024 "The Bay Park celebrates Giving Challenge with two-day event series" - Ian Swaby, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/news/2024/apr/10/bay-park-celebrates-giving-challenge/#photo-1

April 8, 2024 "Bay Park to host live events with nonprofit partners during 24-hour Giving Challenge" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/local/2024/04/08/bay-park-to-host-nonprofit-partners-during-24-hour-giving-challenge/73184597007/

April 5, 2024 "MARVIN GAYE: PRINCE OF SOUL Comes to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Stephi Wild, Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/MARVIN-GAYE-PRINCE-OF-SOUL-Comes-to-Westcoast-Black-Theatre-Troupe-20240405

April 4, 2024 "It's no joke: WBTT goes calypso for April Fools' Fete" - Observer Media Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/news/2024/apr/04/wbtt-calypso-april-fools-fete/

March 22, 2024 "Ruby Premieres at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Dylan Campbell, SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2024-03-22/23872_Ruby-Premieres-at-Westcoast-Black-Theatre-Troupe

March 20, 2024 "Jennifer Holliday Supports Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe with a Special Visit" - Barbie Heit, SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2024-03-20/23853_Jennifer-Holliday-Supports-Westcoast-Black-Theatre-Troupe-with-a-Special-Visit

March 15, 2024 "A murder that shook a small Florida town. Westcoast Black Theatre debuts original musical, 'Ruby'" - Cathy Carter, WUSF Public Media
Nate is interviewed by Cathy Carter
https://www.wusf.org/arts-culture/2024-03-15/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-original-musical-ruby-mccollum-live-oak-murder-small-florida-town

March 14, 2024 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Announces 2024-2025 Season" - Tempo News
Front page takeover!
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/tnw-20240314/flipbook/0/

March 10, 2024 "Review: RUBY - A WORLD PREMIERE MASTERPIECE at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Jacob Ruscoe, Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/Review-RUBY-A-WORLD-PREMIERE-MASTERPIECE-at-Westcoast-Black-Theatre-Troupe-20240310

March 8, 2024 "WBTT Presents An Intimate Evening with Jennifer Holliday" - SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2024-03-08/23778_WBTT-Presents-An-Intimate-Evening-with-Jennifer-Holliday

March 6, 2024 "Review: 'Ruby'" - Marie Kilker, TotalTheater.com
https://www.totaltheater.com/?q=node/9557