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2012-13 SEASON

Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts


RUTH ECKERD To Our Group Supporters of the Performing Arts:

My name is Jim Nixon and I am your Group & Advertising Sales Coordinator here at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Please accept my personal THANK YOU to each of you for another great year at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Our success is largely because of YOU, our Corporate & Group Leaders! Groups of 15 or more qualify for a 10% discount on most shows; 50 or more qualify for a 20% discount and receive ONE FREE ticket for every 30 tickets purchased on individual show orders. Not available on packages. The Broadway Series at Ruth Eckerd Hall this season includes a Tony Award®-winning lineup: Billy Elliot The Musical, A Chorus Line, HAIR The Musical, West Side Story and Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders at the historic Capitol Theatre. We also have included three bonus Broadway shows, Rock of Ages, Nunset Boulevard starring Cindy Williams and the smash hit Catch Me If You Can. Our comedies, dance, operas, classic concerts and various other great performances will provide an unbelievable array of shows from which to choose for an afternoon or evening of entertainment. We are also happy to announce that we have 15 shows in the Adults At Leisure (AAL) lineup this season. All group single show ticket orders start at 15 tickets. The Adults At Leisure series shows are priced at $18.00 per show ($15.00 Group Discount). This year’s lineup includes three AAL special bonus shows: The fan favorite, A Christmas Carol, the smash hit, Hooray for Hollywood and the ever-popular Louie Anderson ($30 Group Discount).

The AAL package for all 15 shows is $180.00 per package. Buy all 15 shows and SAVE UP TO $141.00. That’s only $12.00 per show. Don’t forget to order your pre-show box lunch at $8.00 for AAL shows or pre-show buffet at $12.00 each for groups on select shows. Call for menus. Ticket holders without a meal ticket will not be able to enter the theater until regular admission time. ADA seating and hearing assistance devices available. FREE parking for all shows. Valet parking is available for most shows. Convenient bus drop-off/pick up. No service charge …ever! Reserve now with a 10% nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit and pay your balance later. Your group reservation must be paid in full 30 days prior to the date of performance. If the show is declared a sellout, you will be notified and you will have 10 business days to pay in full for the reservation. A new and exciting season is about to begin. Together, we can plan a fabulous afternoon with lunch and a show or an exciting and memorable evening for your group. Please look through the enclosed brochure and call me at (727) 712-2717 or email me at jnixon@rutheckerdhall.net to make your reservations. Contact me early to get the best seats for your group. I’ll be glad to assist you in planning a wonderful experience at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Sincerely, Jim Nixon Group Sales Coordinator

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HALL 2012-13 2012-13 Season at a Glance BROADWAY

COMEDY

Rock of Ages (the musical).................................Sat, Oct 6 Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders................... Nov 13-18* Nunset Boulevard w/ Cindy Williams................. Sun, Dec 2 Catch Me If You Can (the musical).....................Sat, Dec 8 Billy Elliot The Musical .................................... Jan 29-30 A Chorus Line ..................................................Feb 26-27 HAIR The Musical .................................................Apr 4-6 West Side Story .............................................June 21-23

Jeff Garlin......................................................Sat, Nov 17** Ron White....................................................... Sat, Jan 26 Kathleen Madigan...........................................Thu, Feb 28** Regis Philbin & Pat Cooper............................Sun, Mar 17 Bill Cosby.......................................................Sat, Mar 23 Louie Anderson.................................................Sun, Apr 7

ADULTS AT LEISURE

Joe Cocker & Dave Mason................................ Thu, Oct 4 Renaissance......................................................Sat, Oct 6* The Australian Pink Floyd Show..........................Fri, Oct 12 John Legend................................................... Tue, Oct 16 Chris Robinson Brotherhood.............................Sat, Oct 20* Lynyrd Skynyrd .............................................. Wed, Oct 24 LeAnn Rimes..................................................... Fri, Nov 9 Glenn Frey...................................................... Sat, Nov 10 Anita Baker..................................................... Sat, Nov 17 ASIA..............................................................Tue, Nov 20* Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2012......... Sat, Nov 24 Richard Marx....................................................Sat, Dec 1* Eddie Vedder....................................................Dec 3 & 4 Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ’n’ Roll Party....................Fri, Dec 7 Iris DeMent..................................................... Sun, Dec 9* A Peter White Christmas w/ Mindi Abair & Rick Braun; Flavor of Jazz VII............................................Tue, Dec 11 Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss......................... Sat, Jan 12 Natalie Merchant w/ Symphony Orchestra.......... Fri, Jan 18 Kansas w/ Rock Symphony.............................. Sat, Jan 19 Engelbert Humperdinck................................. Wed, Jan 23 Ron White, Moral Compass Tour....................... Sat, Jan 26 Michael Amante & the New York Tenors............ Sun, Jan 27 Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes................. Fri, Feb 1* Arlo Guthrie...................................................... Sat, Feb 2* Leon Redbone.................................................... Fri, Feb 8* David Wilcox.................................................... Sat, Feb 9* Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons........................ Sat, Feb 9 Alan Parson’s Live Project w/ Rock Sumphony.... Fri, Feb 15 Jim Brickman Valentine Concert...................... Sat, Feb 16 Herb Alpert & Michael Franks............................Sat, Mar 2** Tony Bennett.................................................... Tue, Mar 5 Richard Nader’s Doo Wop Reunion XIII...............Sat, Mar 9 Regis Philbin & Pat Cooper............................Sun, Mar 17 Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson w/ Rock Symphony...........................................Fri, Mar 22 Bill Cosby.......................................................Sat, Mar 23 Chick Corea & Bela Fleck...............................Sun, Mar 24 Brady Bunch Live Featuring Barry Williams......Sun, Mar 24 Queen Latifah................................................ Tue, Mar 26 The Midtown Men...........................................Sat, Mar 30 David Benoit & Brian Culbertson......................Sat, Mar 30* Diana Krall...................................................... Wed, Apr 3 The Bronx Wanderers.............................. Apr 4-7 & 11-14* ABBA The Concert ............................................Fri, Apr 12 Scooby-Doo! Live............................................ Sat, June 8

Simply Sinatra Christmas w/ Steve Lippia......... Thu, Dec 6 The Kings of Swing.........................................Tue, Dec 11 A Christmas Carol.......................................... Thu, Dec 20 Elvis Birthday Bash: Blue Suede Shoes............ Sun, Jan 13 The Great American Songbook ...................... Mon, Jan 14 Neil Berg’s 105 Years of Broadway ................... Fri, Jan 25 The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra........... Fri, Feb 1 The Lowe Family .............................................. Tue, Feb 5 Vienna Boys Choir ........................................Mon, Feb 11 Hooray for Hollywood..................................... Sun, Feb 17 In The Mood....................................................Thu, Feb 21 Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show ...................... Sun, Feb 24 Celtic Crossroads – The Gathering Tour ...........Sun, Mar 10 Andy Cooney’s Forever Irish .......................... Mon, Mar 18 Louie Anderson.................................................Sun, Apr 7

WORLD STAGE Fashion Takes Center Stage..............................Sat, Oct 20 PYS Serenade Strings......................................Sat, Oct 20 Arturo Sandoval...............................................Sat, Oct 27* Celtic Thunder Voyage ...................................... Sat, Nov 3 Benise En Fuego.............................................Sat, Nov 10** Clearwater Chorus God Bless America, The Irving Berlin Songbook............................. Sun, Nov 11 Drumline Live ................................................. Fri, Nov 16 PYS Holiday Chamber Ensembles.....................Fri, Dec 14 A Christmas Carol ......................................... Thu, Dec 20 Salute to Vienna ........................................... Mon, Dec 31 Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.........................Thu, Jan 24 Michael Amante & The New York Tenors........... Sun, Jan 27 Women of Ireland........................................... Sat, Feb 16* Verdi’s La Traviata ..........................................Thu, Feb 21 Joshua Bell .................................................... Fri, Feb 22 The Irish Rovers.............................................. Sat, Feb 23* Jake Shimabukuro..........................................Thu, Feb 28* Russian National Ballet Theatre Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty........................... Fri, Mar 1 Kodo Drummers ...............................................Sat, Mar 2 The Black Watch and The Band of The Scots Guards ....................... Wed, Mar 20 Clearwater Chorus Ain’t Love Grand.................Sun, Apr 14 Chris Botti.......................................................Sat, Apr 27 PYS Finale Chamber Ensembles...................... Fri, May 10 * The Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater ** The Palladium at St. Petersburg College

CONCERTS

Artists,days, dates & times are subject to change.

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BROADWA Rock of Ages

Sat, Oct 6 • 5 & 9pm “Excellent! Rock and comedy in perfect proportion.” – David Cote, Time Out New York This “must see live on stage” production is a 1980s arena-rock love story about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on told through the hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and more.

Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders Tue, Nov 13 • 8pm Thu, Nov 15 • 2 & 8pm | Fri, Nov 16 • 8pm Sat, Nov 17 • 2 & 8pm | Sun, Nov 18 • 2pm “Live theatre to die for”– The Examiner

Zev Buffman presents

BBC

Lost during the London Blitz and post-war reconstruction, four rediscovered Agatha Christie gems from the BBC Mystery Series come to life for the first time on a Florida stage.

NUNSET BOULEVARD Starring Cindy Williams

starring CINDY WILLIAMS Sun, Dec 2 • 2pm “Hilarious, wacky, and unpredictable!” – ABC TV Cindy Williams of Laverne & Shirley and the other Little Sisters of Hoboken seize an opportunity to land parts in a movie. Will Hoboken lose The Sisters to the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown?

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN A New Musical Sat, Dec 8 • 2 & 8 pm “...a lively production, the best sounding new music currently on Broadway...” – Steven Suskin,Variety

With charm, imagination and forged checks, Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams.

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AY 2012-13 Billy Elliott The Musical Tue, Jan 29 • 8pm Wed, Jan 30 • 2 & 8pm “Intoxicating”– The New York Times Full of life, laughter, award-winning choreography and an unforgettable score by Elton John, this uplifting winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards® is a big musical with an even bigger heart.

A Chorus Line Tue, Feb 26 • 8pm | Wed, Feb 27 • 2 & 8pm “Blows the sequins off most Broadway musicals!”– Entertainment Weekly The musical for everyone who has ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards® (including Best Musical) and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, this singular sensation returns for an all-new tour with a new generation of Broadway’s best!

HAIR

For mature audiences.

Thu Apr 4 • 8pm | Fri, Apr 5 • 8pm Sat, April 6 • 2 & 8pm “The ultimate American rock musical!” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times The exuberant 2009 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival (Aquarius; Let the Sun Shine In; Good Morning, Starshine). Young Americans search for peace and love in a turbulent time.

West Side Story Fri, June 21 • 8pm | Sat, June 22 • 2 & 8pm Sun, June 23 • 2 & 7pm “...Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” – Associated Press From the first note to the last breath,West Side Story soars as one of the greatest love stories of all time.

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ADULTS AT LEI Simply Sinatra Christmas Thu, Dec 6 • 1pm Steve Lippia returns to re-create Ol’ Blue Eyes just in time for Christmas! Enjoy a wonderful blend of holiday cheer, memories, and jazz/swing standards with the energetic flair that only a big band can provide.

The Kings of Swing Tue, Dec 11 • 1pm

If swing is your thing, this show is for you! Nine musicians and three of the best swing vocalists celebrate the greatest hits of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat “King” Cole, Michael Bublé, Paulo Nutini, Brian Setzer and more.

A Christmas Carol Thu, Dec 20 • 2pm A cherished tradition, this is the longest-running production of A Christmas Carol in the U.S.

BONUS SHOW

In this beloved Dickens classic, ghosts of Christmases past, present and future guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas and a new life filled with joy and love.

Elvis Birthday Bash Blue Suede Shoes Sun, Jan 13 • 1pm

Elvis

Birthday Bash!

“Elvis” is in the house − back by popular demand! Scot Bruce as the young Elvis, Mike Albert as the Las Vegas Elvis, and the Big “E” Band offer a rockin’ birthday party in celebration of America’s first rock ‘n’ roll icon.

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105 Years of Broadway Fri, Jan 25 • 1pm Always our quickest sellout. Be sure to get your tickets early!

Five Broadway stars and a great New York band re-create magical moments from the best that Broadway has offered during the past one hundred years.

The World Famous

Glenn Miller Orchestra Fri, Feb 1 • 1pm A perennial favorite! This 16-piece orchestra continues to pack venues across the country and remains true to the legacy of the band that broke attendance records up and down the East Coast and had 31 Top 10 hits in 1940.

The Lowe Family Tue, Feb 5 • 1pm They’re finally here! A Ruth Eckerd Hall debut. Direct from sellouts in Branson,this multitalented family offers an incredible blend of show-stopping classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz, bluegrass, old-time favorites, spectacular dance, six-part harmony, gospel and more.

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ADULTS AT LEI Vienna Boys Choir Mon, Feb 11 • 1pm Back for the fifteenth time, the Vienna Boys Choir is always a crowd pleaser! The world’s preeminent boys’ choir delights with purity of tone, charm, and a repertoire of Austrian folk songs, waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chants.

Hooray for Hollywood BONUS SHOW

Sun, Feb 17 • 2pm Relive your favorites from the silver screen! A Ruth Eckerd Hall premiere.

Fourteen singers and dancers (with 30+ songs and 300+ costume changes), movie clips, and a red-hot band take us on a nostalgic journey through 50 years of the most popular movie musicals.

In The Mood Thu, Feb 21 • 1pm Back by popular demand! This show is a celebration of big band rhythms and intimate ballads of the Swing Era, America’s “greatest generation,” and the music that moved a nation’s spirit, inspired hope, and helped win a war.

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show Sun, Feb 24 • 2pm Sandy Hackett preserves his father’s legacy. The next best thing to the style, swing, swagger, and non-stop party of the Rat Pack themselves. Songs of the legendary Ron Miller, who wrote For Once in My Life; Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday (Stevie Wonder) and Touch Me in the Morning (Diana Ross) among many others, and voiceovers by Buddy Hackett make this show unforgettable.

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ISURE 2012-13 Celtic Crossroads Sun, Mar 10 • 2pm

The Gathering Tour

Celtic Crossroads returns with the youthful energy that won our hearts in 2008 and 2010. PBS favorites, the lads and lasses of western Ireland’s most talented export return to share their artistry with raucous delight, redefining Celtic music on the world stage.

Andy Cooney’s Forever Irish

Mon, Mar 18 • 1pm

“Irish America’s favorite son” (The New York Times) returns! Musician, songwriter, vocalist and entertainer Andy Cooney brings talent, versatility, a flair for entertaining, dynamic stage presence and rapport with his audiences. A cast of a dozen musicians, singers and dancers provides a fun-filled afternoon.

And dozens of performers!

Louie Anderson Sun, Apr 7 • 2pm First chance to see Louie Anderson at Ruth Eckerd Hall in 25 years!

BONUS SHOW

One of the most versatile and successful comedians working today, actor/author/stand-up comic Louie Anderson delivers his inimitable brand of family-friendly humor and warmth. ORDER YOUR AAL BOX LUNCH FOR AN ADDITIONAL $8.00 PER PERSON.

Each show has a different box lunch menu. Refer to show listing for corresponding lunch menu. All lunches will be served with potato salad, cookie, coffee, and tea or soda service.

Lunch Menu 1: Chicken Salad Wrap BLT Wrap Veggie Wrap

Lunch Menu 2: Ham Sandwich Turkey Sandwich Veggie Sandwich

Lunch Menu 3:

Tuna Salad over mixed greens Chicken Caesar Salad Garden Salad

Reservations required. Please call 727.712.2717.

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WORLD STA Arturo Sandoval

CLEVELAND STREET DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER

Sat, Oct 27 • 6 & 9pm Artist and composer, one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers today. GRAMMY®, Emmy® and Billboard Award-winning protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval is guardian of jazz trumpet and flugel horn and one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time. Dear Diz is his latest release.

Celtic Thunder Voyage Sat, Nov 3 • 2 & 8pm A quick sellout; get your tickets early! Direct from the new PBS special, Celtic Thunder returns on its Voyage tour, bringing contemporary Celtic favorites, soulful ballads and love songs.

Benise En Fuego Sat, Nov 10 • 8pm

Vibrant costumes, brilliant choreography and ever-changing sets...unforgettable! PBS heartthrob and international guitar sensation Benise returns with an all-new world music and dance spectacular.

Drumline Live Fri, Nov 16 • 7:30pm Drumline electrifies in the spirit of Stomp and Blast. With high stepping and funky dance rhythms, Drumline Live explodes onto the stage with a repertoire ranging from the hottest hip-hop to R&B, classic Motown and the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition, from classical to the Top 40.

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AGE 2012-13 A Christmas Carol Thu, Dec 20 • 7pm A cherished tradition, this is the longest-running production of A Christmas Carol in the U.S. In this beloved Dickens classic, ghosts of Christmases past, present and future guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas and a new life filled with joy and love.

Salute to Vienna

A New Year’s Eve Celebration Mon, Dec 31 • 8pm Salute to Vienna returns for the fifteenth time. An orchestra, singers, dancers, Strauss waltzes, polkas, and the elegance of Vienna’s New Year’s Concert provide a great New Year’s Eve celebration.

Kansas

w/ Rock Symphony

Sat, Jan 19 • 8pm Kansas makes its Ruth Eckerd Hall debut with a spellbinding show! The Topeka “garage band” that achieved success with hits like Dust in the Wind and Carry On Wayward Son comes to the Hall backed by a rock symphony orchestra and laser light spectacular.

Teatro Lirico D’Europa presents Rossini’s

The Barber of Seville

w/ Symphony Orchestra

Thu, Jan 24 •7:30pm

The finest of comic operas! A marvelously crafted, brilliantly inventive, and uproariously funny opera in Italian with English supertitles. Does the Count get the girl?

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WORLD STA Michael Amante & The New York Tenors Sun, Jan 27 • 2pm

The best of Broadway, opera, film and American classics from three New York originals! Michael Amante,“The People’s Tenor,” Andy Cooney,“Irish America’s Favorite Son” (The New York Times), and Daniel Rodriguez, the New York City police officer whose voice soothed our grief during the days following September 11, join forces.

Alan Parsons Live Project w/ Rock Symphony Fri, Feb 15 • 8pm

Back for the first time since 2006! It was Parsons’ genius as a sound engineer for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon that brought him to the attention of the music world, but he has gone on to enjoy success as a producer, songwriter and performer. Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Saints fans will recognize Sirius, a popular Alan Parsons Project track.

Women of Ireland

CLEVELAND STREET DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER

Sat, Feb 16 • 2 & 8pm Experience the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers! World champion dancers and some of Ireland’s finest female performers bring Irish and Celtic music to the Capitol Theatre. This energetic, compelling and innovative concert production shares Irish music, song and dance, and a wealth of Irish talent.

Teatro Lirico D’Europa presents Verdi’s

La Traviata

Thu, Feb 21 • 7:30pm Would you sacrifice your own happiness for love? Forbidden love is thwarted in Verdi’s famous story set in 19th century Paris as Violetta Valery ends her affair to preserve the honor of her beloved Alfredo Germont. In Italian with English supertitles.

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AGE 2012-13 Joshua Bell

Fri, Feb 22 • 8pm Credit Lisa Marie Mazzucco

“Joshua Bell will be the one remembered in 50 years’ time.” (The Strad) With breathtaking virtuosity and rare sweetness of tone, classical music superstar Joshua Bell dazzles audiences with his artistry and enthusiasm. French Impressions is the latest of this GRAMMY® winner’s many CD’s. His exciting program includes works of Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak and Prokofiev.

The Irish Rovers

CLEVELAND STREET DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER

Sat, Feb 23 • 5 & 8pm When The Rovers are in town, it’s always a rollicking good time! They return for their 14th visit. The Irish Rovers return with songs that have captivated and delighted audiences since 1963. You know their favorites: Wasn’t That A Party, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, The Irish Rover, Drunken Sailor, A-Rovin’ and their signature song The Unicorn.

Jake Shimabukuro

CLEVELAND STREET DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER

Thu, Feb 28• 7:30pm Compared to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, this virtuoso astounds with his lightning-fast playing and phenomenal dexterity. Jake conjures sounds from his ukelele one would never expect from this humble, four-string instrument. Blending jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian and folk, he creates his own unique sound. Russian National Ballet Theatre presents

Tchaikovsky’s

Sleeping Beauty Fri, Mar 1 • 7:30pm

The crowning jewel of Marius Petipa’s career. Relive the beloved fairy tale through this lavish production of one of the finest achievements of classical ballet.

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WORLD STA Kodo Drummers Sat, Mar 2 • 7pm “...if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world.” (The Boston Globe) With power akin to an endurance sport, Kodo unleashes the force of taiko drums as these artists move from drum to drum with balletic grace, creating primal rhythms that transcend cultural barriers.

The Black Watch and The Band of the Scots Guards Wed, Mar 20 • 8pm

The pride of Scotland brings the stirring sounds of pipes, drums and a brass band to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the fifth time. Active duty soldiers, The Black Watch has defended country and tradition since 1745 and the Scots Guards from 1642 through today. ROGER HODGSON OF

Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson w/ Rock Symphony Fri, Mar 22 • 8pm The legend is back and his signature voice is stronger than ever. Gifted composer, lyricist, and the legendary voice of Supertramp, which he cofounded, Roger Hodgson is known for setting beautiful, introspective lyrics to upbeat melodies.

Chris Botti

Sat, Apr 27 • 7pm

This PBS star makes his seventh appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall Impressions, his most recent release, follows on the heels of Chris Botti in Boston and Italia, which was inspired by the romance of Italy.

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PACKAGE DEALS

AGE 2012-13 2012-13 BROADWAY SEASON TICKETS Reserve Five Great Shows for One Low Price $199, $259, $299

2012-13 ADULTS AT LEISURE SEASON TICKETS

Get all 15 Shows (including the 3 Bonus Shows) for just $180 (just $12 per show) and save $141 (save 44%) Due to the nature of the discount, there are no refunds or exchanges for tickets purchased, regardless of reason. No exceptions.

2012-13 WORLD STAGE “PICK FIVE” PACKAGE Choose any five (5) World Stage shows from this brochure for just $125 and save $50 - save 29% Due to the nature of the discount, there are no refunds or exchanges for tickets purchased, regardless of reason. No exceptions.

Did You Know? Ruth Eckerd Hall hosts more than 300 private events a year including weddings, receptions, bar/bat mitzvahs, quinceaneras, banquets, corporate functions and more. We have various indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate most any size function.We can also provide full catering. Call 727.712.2768 or visit www.RuthEckerdHall.com for more information.

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CONCERT John Legend

Tue, Oct 16 • 7:30pm John Legend, elegant ambassador of soul, returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall! Recording artist, concert performer, philanthropist and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, John Legend has garnered nine GRAMMY® Awards and has had a chain of Top 10 albums on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Get Lifted, Ordinary People and Wake Up! (2010) are among his albums.

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012

Starring David Benoit, Sheila E., Javier Colon and introducing Margo Ray

Sat, Nov 24 • 8pm

Dave Koz celebrates the 15th anniversary of his Christmas Tour. Saxophonist Dave Koz, pianist-composer David Benoit, winner of The Voice Javier Colon and drummer/percussionist/vocalist Sheila E. jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites.

Natalie Merchant

w/ Symphony Orchestra Fri, Jan 18 • 8pm

Solo superstar Merchant returns singing her greatest hits, her voice and talent enhanced by a live symphony orchestra. Lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs, this alternative rock pioneer and songwriter with compelling artistic vision and a unique and captivating performance style offers a career-spanning set of hits.

Engelbert Humperdinck Wed, Jan 23 • 7:30pm “Enge” comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the 21st time! From romantic ballads (the core of his repertoire) to the platinumselling theme song Lesbian Seagull for the latest Beavis and Butthead movie, Engelbert Humperdinck succeeds in appealing to multiple generations of fans.

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TS 2012-13 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Sat, Feb 9 • 8pm Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, just five years after its creation. From initial hit Sherry through Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (which made him a solo superstar), Grease, and his resurgence following Jersey Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had sold more than 100 million records even before the invention of CD’s.

Jim Brickman Valentine Concert Sat, Feb 16 • 8pm

Enjoy an evening of dazzling piano, vibrant vocals and the warmth and humor that have people returning year after year. PBS superstar and the best-selling piano artist today, award-winning Jim Brickman has revolutionized his genre with melodies such as Valentine, The Gift, Love of My Life, Simple Things and Peace.

Italian American Music Festival

Tony Bennett

Tue, Mar 5 • 7:30pm

The living legend returns to his “home away from home.” Tony Bennett has captured the hearts of millions of fans of many generations around the world with his easy, natural style, inspired by Bing Crosby and Nat “King” Cole. Charting hits in the past six decades is proof of his talent, appeal, and ability to remain relevant in changing times.

Richard Nader’s

Doo Wop XIII

Sat, Mar 9 • 7:30pm

A Ruth Eckerd Hall favorite! Gene Chandler (Duke of Earl), Kenny Vance and The Planotones (Looking For An Echo), Tommy Mara and The Crests (Sixteen Candles), Jimmy Gallagher and The Passions (Just To Be With You), Cleveland Still and The Dubs (Could This Be Magic), The Chiffons (He’s So Fine) and The Duprees (You Belong to Me) bring their best hits to rock Ruth Eckerd Hall with your favorite Doo Wop melodies.

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CONCERT Queen Latifah

Tue, Mar 26 • 7:30pm

Don’t miss this multitalented songstress performing various jazz standards in a rare Tampa Bay area appearance. Musician, television and film actress, label president, author and entrepreneur, GRAMMY®, Golden Globe® and SAG winner Queen Latifah, blessed with both style and substance, has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment conglomerate.

The Midtown Men Sat, Mar 30 • 2 & 8pm It’s a one-of-a-kind concert experience! After more than 1,000 performances on Broadway as the original Jersey Boys, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer are now The Midtown Men, celebrating the music that defined the 1960s, including hits of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Jackson Five, The Mamas and The Papas and, of course, the Four Seasons.

4 Stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys!

ABBA the Concert Fri, Apr 12 • 8pm

If you enjoyed Mamma Mia, you’ll love this concert. It’s a nonstop dance party! The Official ABBA Fan Club has named this group “the best ABBA tribute band in the world.” Two original ABBA rhythm section members are in this band, delivering ABBA favorites including Mamma Mia; S.O.S.; Money, Money, Money; The Winner Takes It All; Waterloo; Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and Dancing Queen.

MAKE YOUR VISIT

More Special

Complete your day out with a Box Lunch at Ruth Eckerd Hall. This season, we have made a number of changes to our menus, service and experience. Enjoy the convenience of arriving and parking early and having lunch prior to the big show. No more indecision on the restaurant, no more last-minute reservations, and no more lines. To make your reservation, call 727.712.2717 or visit www.RuthEckerdHall.com.

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TS 2012-13 Make An Evening Of It!

The full experience! Enjoy a delicious, stress-free, lunch or dinner buffet before the show. Just $12.00 per person for groups on most buffets! Gourmet buffet dinners offered prior to: Rock of Ages.................................................................................................. Oct 6 The Australian Pink Floyd Show................................................................... Oct 12 Celtic Thunder Voyage.................................................................................. Nov 3 LeAnn Rimes.................................................................................................. Nov 9 Glenn Frey.................................................................................................... Nov 10 Anita Baker.................................................................................................. Nov 17 Nunset Boulevard..........................................................................................Dec 2 Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ’n’ Roll Party..............................................................Dec 7 Catch Me If You Can.....................................................................................Dec 8 The Nutcracker................................................................................... Dec 21 & 22 Salute to Vienna..........................................................................................Dec 31 Paul Anka....................................................................................................... Jan 8 Natalie Merchant........................................................................................ Jan 18 Kansas.......................................................................................................... Jan 19 The New York Tenors..................................................................................... Jan 27 Billy Elliott The Musical.........................................................................Jan 29 & 30 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons................................................................... Feb 9 Alan Parsons Live Project............................................................................ Feb 15 A Chorus Line......................................................................................Feb 26 & 27 Doo Wop XIII...............................................................................................March 9 Bill Cosby..................................................................................................March 23 HAIR The Musical....................................................................................... April 4-6 West Side Story........................................................................................ Jun 21-23

Delicious, quick, light bites! Looking for a quick bite or a light snack? Enjoy wraps, snacks and beverages in the concourse prior to each show! Or: Come early and enjoy our East Side Café. We feature light food, beverages and a variety of live entertainment, weather permitting. Not available for all shows.

For group buffet reservations, call (727) 712-2717.

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1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759

Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts

NONPROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID TAMPA, FL PERMIT NO. 746


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