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[REVIEW] "'Sam Cooke Story' is all about the music at Westcoast" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Highlight quote: "From the moment Cecil Washington Jr. opens his mouth to sing “A Change is Gonna Come,” you know you’re in good hands (and voice) for his leading performance in the world premiere of “The Sam Cooke Story” at the Westcoast Black Theatre."

[NEWS] "Harlem Renaissance comes alive" - Zach Murdock, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[PREVIEW] "'Sam Cooke Story' celebrates a musical trailblazer" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[PREVIEW] "Sarasota's Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe pays homage to Sam Cooke" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

[VIDEO] "Spotlight on the Arts" - Susan Rife, Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Susan and Jay discuss the coming week's arts highlights - WBTT mention begins at 1:05

[FEATURE] "A Celebration Onstage: Nate Jacobs is making time to celebrate Sam Cooke in Sarasota" - Phil Lederer, SRQ Magazine

[CALENDAR] 'The Sam Cooke Story' is #3 of weekend "to do" list - WeekendInsider, Sarasota Magazine

[NEWS] "Jazz Club of Sarasota, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe partner on Jazzlinks program" - Tampa Bay Newswire

[REVIEW] "‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Review: Really the Blues" - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
Highlight quote: "This small-scale staging, directed by Chuck Smith and performed in the company's black-box theater, is one of the best-acted Wilson revivals I've seen in recent seasons, and the acting gains in impact from being viewed in so compact a space."

[FEATURE] "Voices of Black History Month" - Phil Lederer, SRQ Magazine's Daily

[PHOTOS] "Gamma Xi Boule hosts Valentine's Day gala" - Gayle Guynup, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[EVENT NEWS] "Bradenton area celebrates Black History Month" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

[EVENT NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents 'April Fools' Fete' - Tampa Bay Newswire