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[TV SEGMENT] "Suncoast View" - Christopher Eisenberg, Nate Jacobs
WBTT segment comes on at around 34:46

[NEWS] "Westcoast Troupe to revive first show" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[NEWS] "15 years later, Cotton Club Cabaret returns to Sarasota" - Undine Shorey, Bradenton Times

[OPINION] "Easter: A time for rebirth and creativity" - Maria Clemente, Baltimore Post Examiner
Attendee at the Florida Creativity Conference in Sarasota meets Nate Jacobs, writes column about similarities between idea of rebirth in the spring to Nate's "birthing" of WBTT.

[NEWS] "Teresa Stanley will share her story in special WBTT program" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[REVIEW] "Jazz Hot Mamas" - Bill Oser, Talkin' Broadway
Highlight quote: "One of the glories of WBTT's productions are the house bands, most often led by the phenomenal James E. (Jay) Dodge II from the bass chair, as he is for this production."

[NEWS] "Eisenberg adds second show" - Kim Cool, North Port and Venice Gondolier Sun

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe seeks front-of-house volunteers" - Sarasota Patch

[REVIEW] "WBTT's Jazz Hot Mamas" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
Highlight quote: "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has made something of a specialty of pleasing its audiences with sizzling, lively musical revues featuring popular tunes, and its latest show, Jazz Hot Mamas, brings to the stage more of the same."

[FEATURE] "Behind the Scenes: Making the most of reviews" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[REVIEW] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's sold out 'Jazz Hot Mamas' was a tremendous show!" - Bonni Silvestri,
Highlight quote: "Despite the exploration of some difficult subject matter, the cast kept the evening light, and I loved hearing their tremendous vocal acrobatics. I found myself marveling at the notes the ladies could hit - their voices rival any I have heard."

[NEWS] "The Pops plays Broadway show tunes in Bradenton" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
WBTT teaming up with the Pops to present Broadway hits on March 15 at the Riverview Performing Arts Center and March 16 at State College of Florida