Entertainment on a budget

World class performances at a discounted price

Are the performing arts your cup of tea? How about seeing performers from all over the world? If so, head to the Southwest edge of campus to the Curtis M. Phillips Center, located in the UF Cultural Plaza. Each season, UF Performing Arts presents the best established and emerging national and international artists at the Phillips Center. The venue opened in January of 1992 with three performances of CATS, and the level of talent brought to the center has not decreased since. Performers such as RIVERDANCE, Ray Charles, Alison Krauss and STOMP have performed, and productions of Broadway shows such as Mama Mia and Chicago have been featured. The Phillips Center consists of a 1,700 seat proscenium hall and a 200 seat Black Box Theatre. These performances are open to the Gainesville community who can purchase tickets. The benefit of this theatre to students, though, is that UF students enjoy discounted rates and can get inexpensive tickets to go to high quality shows. Upcoming events and performances at The Phillips Center include The Pajama Game, which is based on a Broadway musical, Pibolus, an unusual dance company, and the Soweto Gospel Choir, which will perform a mix of tribal, tradiational and popular African gospel music.