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[REVIEW] "WBTT's Cotton Club Cabaret" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
Highlight quote: "But just about everyone gets a chance in the spotlight, whether it’s Dean mimicking the moves and style of Cab Calloway on the Act I closer, Minnie the Moocher, Blue singing evocatively on Bring It Home to Me, or Jones, who scorches on the lesser-known One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer and likewise delivers strongly with Lattimore on the insult-laden You Ain’t Got It No More."

[REVIEW] "Cotton Club Cabaeret" Marie Kilker,
Highlight quote: "Overall, adherence to Donald Frison’s choreography is never less than superb. The musicians are also first rate, without over reliance on enhanced sound."

[REVIEW] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Cotton Club Cabaret" - Undine Shorey, Bradenton Times
Highlight quote: "Cotton Club Cabaret was fun, hip, and full of spunk. If you’re in the mood to sing and tap your toes, then make sure you check out this wonderfully entertaining show."

[NEWS] "Musician, teacher, mentor honored during Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe show opening" - Sarasota Patch

[NEWS] "Musician, teacher, mentor honored during Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe show opening" - Don Britt,

[REVIEW] "A matured Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe delivers on 'Cotton Club Cabaret'" - Susan Rife, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Highlight quote: "I didn’t see 'The Cotton Club Cabaret' when WBTT debuted it in the Theatreworks space in downtown Sarasota in 2000, but as a closer to the 15th anniversary season, it’s evident that the ensemble has reached an enviably high level in its productions. Don’t miss it."

[PREVIEW] "Life is a Cabaret: Westcoast Troupe revives its first show to mark its 15th season" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[ARTS ROUNDUP] "2015 Theater Awards" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
"Spunk" recognized as "Best Encore"

[PREVIEW] "'Cotton Club Cabaret' returns to Sarasota" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Welcomes One, Promotes Another on the Professional Team" - Bradenton Times

[NEWS] "Westcoast Troupe expands staff" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[NEWS] "Buzz Worthy: Sarasota's black theater enhances culture for all of us" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

[SHOW BLURB] Things to Do - SRQ Daily