The future of Broadway in Tampa

- You don't need to take a trip to New York City to see the best of Broadway. You can find it this weekend at the University of South Florida.

For 28 years, the Broadway Theatre Project has trained future Broadway performers. Over three weeks at USF, musical theater students from around the country get intensive dance, vocal, and acting training from experts in the industry - including choreographers, directors and casting agents.

Playbill calls BTP the "world's most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students."

Past alumni include "American Idol" runner-up and current star of the Broadway production of "Waitress," Katharine McPhee and Patrick Wilson, who'll be co-starring in the upcoming superhero film "Aquaman."

You can see the students show off their talents this weekend.

On Friday, BTP presents the production "Sing, Sing, Sing" featuring the students and entertainers from Norwegian Cruise Lines. On Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Students and faculty members will appear in the revue "Anything Can Be Broadway." All the shows are at USF Theatre 1. Tickets can be purchased here.

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