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Season Sponsor

Ruth Eckerd Hall

RICHARD B. BAUMGARDNER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

2010-2011


WELCOME to the 2010–2011 Season!

TABLE OF CONTENTS BROADWAY

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OFF-BROADWAY

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CLASSICAL

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DANCE

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OPERA

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CONCERTS • COMEDY

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FAMILY THEATER

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MARCIA P. HOFFMAN

Over the years, Ruth Eckerd Hall’s ticket sales have consistently earned us a ranking as one of the top theater venues in the world. We have twice been nominated for Theatre of the Year. We are well aware that this success is due largely to you, our audience. You purchase tickets, donate generously, support our education programs, come to activities, and back projects such as the Christopher Still commemorative painting in celebration of our 25th Anniversary. You, the members of our audience, make Ruth Eckerd Hall special in so many ways. We extend our thanks to you for being so welcoming and appreciative of those who appear on our stage. Your warmth and enthusiasm undoubtedly contribute toward making our Hall a venue of choice for top stars. It is not unusual for us to receive compliments from visiting artists who particularly enjoy being here. Among the accolades:

PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE

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HOLIDAY SHOWS

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“Jim has been saying what nice venues we’ve seen so far on this tour. I said, ‘Just wait until you see Ruth Eckerd Hall.’” – Kenny Loggins of Loggins & Messina

MEMBERSHIP

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“…the best-sounding indoor theater in the country.”– David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash

WORLD STAGE

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“Playing Ruth Eckerd Hall is like coming to my second home.”– Anne Murray

“One of the first things I do when a new tour is announced is make sure I see Ruth Eckerd Hall on the list.”– Trisha Yearwood

EVENING AT THE MURRAY

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“My friends had all been telling me about playing Ruth Eckerd Hall. Now I see what they meant.”– Don Henley

CHARITY OF CHOICE

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ADULTS AT LEISURE

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LUNCHES

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SPECIAL OFFERS

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Performers’ enthusiasm about our venue has, in turn, helped us put together the season you see in this brochure. We have many exciting new productions and talented artists for you to experience, such as the first run in the market of The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, Ballroom with a Twist, Darwin the Dinosaur: A Glow-in-the-Dark Adventure, The Aluminum Show, Thomas Pandolfi, ‘S Wonderful, and a host of favorites including Grease, Sister Strikes Again! Late Nite Catechism 2, the amazing Joshua Bell, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Paul Taylor Dance, Madama Butterfly, Dave Koz, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Gallagher, Benise, 103 Years of Broadway, and a delightful selection of children’s theater. As introduced last year, we are once again offering a special Broadway package that enables you to experience the best of Broadway at significant savings over single ticket prices. Broadway packages are on sale now, with great seats available.

SPONSORS

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We hope you’ll find many 2010-2011 season shows you won’t want to miss, and we thank each and every one of you for helping bring life to our stage and for making this exciting new season possible.

FUNDRAISING & MEMBERSHIP EVENTS

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

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ID Statement: RUTH ECKERD HALL 2010-2011

Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts July 2010 Published annually Issue No. 2

Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 McMullen Booth Road Clearwater, FL 33759-3219

Robert A. Freedman, President & CEO Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 28

Nikki Yanofsky (CT). ............................................................... 15

OCTOBER 7 8 15-17 22-23 23 24 28 29-30

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Benise The Spanish Guitar Tour........................................ 15, 35 Thomas Pandolfi, Into the Night with Gershwin (MST). .......... 38 Eckerd Theater Company presents The Hundred Dresses (MST). 24 Jamey Johnson...................................................................... 15 Clearwater Chorus Come Sing With Us!................................ 36 Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson...................................................... 16 Eckerd Theater Company presents The Hundred Dresses (MST). 24 Girls Night: The Musical........................................................... 3 Harvesting for Scholarships................................................... 51 An Evening With Al Pacino....................................................... 3 Gallagher, Looking for Intelligent Life Tour............................. 16 Sutton Foster (CT).................................................................. 16 4TROOPS (CT)....................................................................... 17 Celtic Thunder–It’s Entertainment.................................... 16, 35 Sister Strikes Again! Late Nite Catechism 2 (MST). ................ 7

DECEMBER 1 4 9 10 10 11 11 12 16 18-19 23

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Flavor of Jazz V, Starring Richard Elliot . ............................ 15 Jorge Heilpern’s Tangoman Project (MST)................................39 Sesame Street Live, 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends......... 27 ASYLUM and Other Zombie Encounters (MST)...................... 26 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Nobuyuki Tsujii (CT)...................... 9 Dallas Children’s Theater presents Giggle, Giggle, Quack............................................................ 25 Dilliard’s Fashion Show..................................................... 41 ASYLUM and Other Zombie Encounters (MST)...................... 26

NOVEMBER 4 5 6 6 7 11 13 13 16 19 20 20 26 22-23 23-27

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Dave Koz and Friends A Smooth Jazz Christmas 2010 with Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson and Candy Dulfer ........ 17 Curtis Belz: Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (MST)........................ 40 Margaret Cho......................................................................... 17 Bowzer’s Holiday Oldies Party with Jay Black, The Original Comets, Tommy Mara’s Crests and a Johnny Maestro Tribute............................................... 17 Caribbean Sound Caribbean Holiday (MST)........................... 39 Christmas With Amy Grant & Vince Gill................................. 18 Circle of Stars Reception.......................................................... 51 Judy Collins (CT).................................................................... 18 A Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun and Mindi Abair...... 18 The Nutcracker presented by the Moscow Classical Ballet with The Florida Orchestra........................................... 11 Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents A Christmas Carol....... 35, 43

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Last Comic Standing.............................................................. 18 Salute to Vienna, A New Year’s Eve Celebration.................... 35

JANUARY 4-8 13 14 18-23 25 26 28 29 29 30

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Lovers and Other Strangers Starring Renee Taylor & Joe Bologna................................. 4, 44 Joshua Bell, violinist........................................................... 8 Stradivarius Society Gala....................................................... 51 Young Frankenstein................................................................. 2 Circle of Stars Reception................................................... 51 10th Concession (MST). ........................................................ 40 Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater.................................... 10 John Davidson in Concert...................................................... 44 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons........................................... 19 Cirque Mechanics – Boom Town.................................. 36, 44 Daniel O’Donnell in Concert................................................... 36 The Irish Rovers..................................................................... 44 Puccini’s Madama Butterfly by Teatro Lirico D’Europa.......... 12 David Gonzalez: Run It Down (MST)....................................... 39 Michael Amante, Italian-American Festival Special Guests The Bronx Wanderers...............................12, 19 David Gonzalez presents The Frog Bride............................... 25 Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary......................................................... 20 Paul Anka............................................................................... 20

MARCH 3 5 6 7 11 13 14

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Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words.......................... 7 Forever Plaid.......................................................................... 43 Star Trek Live!........................................................................ 27 Rock of Ages............................................................................ 4 Kenny Loggins, Special Guest Christopher Cross.................. 19 The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra............................ 43 Don Rickles and Joan Rivers................................................. 19 Neil Berg’s 103 Years of Broadway ...................................... 43 Linda Eder (CT)...................................................................... 22 Puccini’s Tosca by Teatro Lirico D’Europa............................. 12

FEBRUARY 3 5 5 8-13 8 12 15 16 17-18 22 23 24 25 25 26 26 27 28

(MST) = Murray Studio Theater (CT) = Capitol Theatre

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New Orleans’ Own Dukes of Dixeland................................... 45 Doo Wop XI............................................................................ 20 Ballroom with a Twist Starring Cloris Leachman and Gilles Marini..................... 11, 36 ’S Wonderful The New Gershwin Musical........................... 42 Lucid Druid (MST).................................................................. 39 The Rat Pack is Back!......................................................... 5, 20 Roslyn Kind in Concert........................................................... 45

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Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, Conductor....................................................... 9 Natalie Cole............................................................................ 21 Spring Awakening.................................................................... 5 Mitzi Gaynor...................................................................... 21, 45 Chris Botti.............................................................................. 21 Jury’s Irish Cabaret Starring Tony Kenny............................... 45 Annual Meeting................................................................ 51 Engelbert Humperdinck......................................................... 21 Eckerd Theater Company presents

I Never Saw Another Butterfly.................................................. 26 Blue Suede Shoes The Ultimate Elvis Bash........................... 46 Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Still in Therapy (MST).................. 7 Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett........................... 14

APRIL 1 1-2 1-2 8 9 9 10 12 23

MAY 20 21

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Janis Ian (CT)......................................................................... 22 Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Still in Therapy (MST).................. 7 GREASE.................................................................................... 6 Too Marvelous for Words: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney (MST). .................................. 40 Lauran Irion (MST). ................................................................ 40 Golden Boys–Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell.............. 22 Clearwater Chorus Come Sing With Us! ............................... 36 Paul Taylor Dance.................................................................. 11 The Aluminum Show......................................................6, 27, 34

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Silent Melodies with Ian Beck & Melody Craven (MST)......... 40 Corbian Visual Arts and Dance presents Darwin the Dinosaur.............................................................. 25

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Broadway Broadway Tuesday, February 8, 8 pm* Wednesday, February 9, 8 pm Sunday, February 13, 7 pm $42, 52, 62 *Circle of Stars Reception, 6:30 pm. See page 51.

Thursday, February 10, 8 pm Friday, February 11, 8 pm Saturday, February 12, 2 & 8 pm Sunday, February 13, 2 pm $52, 62, 72

The classic Mel Brooks movie is ALIVE! Have a monstrously good time as the sensational cast delivers all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new show-stopping numbers including Transylvania Mania, He Vas My Boyfriend and Puttin’ on the Ritz. This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to create a monster – but not without scary and hilarious complications. (Left to right)* Anne Horak, Roger Bart, Cary English, Joanna Glushak & Shuler Hensley. *Cast may vary

Photo by Paul Kolnik

“The Broadway musical at its dizziest, glitziest and funniest!” –Clive Barnes, New York Post

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Our generous series sponsor:


The Legendary Al Pacino Girls Night: The Musical

An Evening With

Al Pacino

Saturday, November 13, 7:30 pm Purchasers of Broadway Series package receive 20% discount on this show. (See page 48.)

The perfect girls’ night out returns! This feel-good musical comedy will make you want to get up and dance as the cast belts out girlie anthems including I’m Every Woman, It’s Raining Men, Dancing Queen and I Will Survive. Join five friends as they look back at their past, consider the present and look to the future. A poignant story line is punctuated with razor sharp wit. Think Sex and the City meets Desperate Housewives. Come early for the Girls Night Mall: specialty drinks, desserts, shopping and more!

Friday, November 19, 8 pm Icon of stage and screen, Al Pacino joins us for one night only! He is among a select group of actors who have won the Triple Crown of Acting: Oscar®, Tony® and Emmy®. Known for intense and gritty performances, Pacino shot to fame for his role in The Godfather and went on to star in Serpico, Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Glengarry Glen Ross, and many others. Join Al for a night of Q & A and studio-style chat about his career. He also re-creates some of his favorite characters live on stage. A once-in-a-lifetime night!

Pre-show buffet available prior to select shows See page 37.

$50, 85, 150, 250* *Attend VIP reception with Al Pacino. $250 includes premium seating. Limited availability.

$38, 42, 53

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Photo by Joan Marcus

Lovers and Other Strangers

Rock of Ages Tuesday, January 18, 8 pm Wednesday, January 19, 8 pm Sunday, January 23, 7:30 pm $42, 52, 62

Thursday, January 20, 8 pm Friday, January 21, 8 pm Saturday, January 22, 2 & 8 pm Sunday, January 23, 2 pm $52, 62, 72

Tony® nominee and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis reprises his acclaimed performance as Drew in the First National Tour of the smash-hit musical Rock of Ages. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl meets a big city rocker and, in L.A.’s most famous rock club, they fall in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. This five-time 2009 Tony Award® nominee is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Poison, Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, and many more. Don’t miss this rockin’ good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!

Starring Renee Taylor & Joe Bologna

Thursday, February 3, 2 pm 2 pm performance available for $11 with purchase of Adults At Leisure package. See page 49.

Thursday, February 3, 8 pm Jewish and Italian worlds collide in a classic romantic comedy as bride and groom prepare to wed. We glimpse their relationship and those of several couples among their family and friends of various ages, complete with comedic foibles. This Broadway hit turned Academy Award®-nominated film written by Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna, stars of the original Broadway play, features them in multiple roles. A touching comedy that explores the amusing and confusing road to matrimonial bliss – or not.

$40.50, 53, 78* 4

*Attend VIP reception with Renee and Joe. $78 includes premium performance seating. Limited availability.


The Rat Pack is Back!

Spring Awakening

Sunday, March 13, 2 pm

Friday, March 18, 8 pm Saturday, March 19, 2 & 8 pm

What happens in Vegas… all started with The Rat Pack. This spirited show re-creates a swingin’ Summit at the Sands night when Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop were becoming hipster legends with a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act unlike anything Las Vegas had ever seen. Uncannily authentic vocals, unbridled humor, and a hot, live, 12-piece orchestra will transport you to this ultra cool time in history with favorites such as That’s Amore, My Way, Mr. Bojangles and many more.

$39, 49, 59

Purchase FOUR-show Broadway package at 20% discount See BROADWAY package, page 48.

Mature Content Broadway Series package buyers choose this show OR The Aluminum Show.

Winner of eight Tony Awards® (including Best Musical), told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly), Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with unforgettable poignancy and passion. This electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll is exhilarating. Join late 19th century German students as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.

$28*, 50, 60, 70 *Onstage bleacher-style seating on sale August 21. Broadway package discount not applicable to onstage seating.

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Broadway

GREASE

The Aluminum Show

Friday, April 1, 8 pm Saturday, April 2, 2 & 8 pm

Saturday, April 23, 2 & 7 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

The one that you want is back! Time magazine’s 2007 pick for “#1 musical of the year.” Take a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-birds. “Bad boy” Danny and “the girl next door” Sandy fall in love all over again to the tune of Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’ and We Go Together as well as other songs from the hit movie: Grease, Hopelessly Devoted to You, and You’re the One That I Want.

$50, 60, 70

Broadway Series package buyers choose this show OR Spring Awakening.

Inventive, surprising, exciting, humorous, joyful, sparkling – and SO much fun for all ages! In its first appearance in the Tampa Bay area, this global sensation combines movement, dance and visual theater into a stunning interactive experience. Dancers breathe life into otherwise inanimate aluminum as it morphs, floats, bursts from cannons and much more in a world of fantasy and illusion. If you enjoy the imaginative creativity of Stomp, Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Momix and Pilobolus, you’ll be thrilled with The Aluminum Show. $39, 61, 68

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Off-Broadway In The Murray Studio Theater Limited Seating Available

Sister Strikes Again! Late Night Catechism 2

Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words

Tuesday, November 23, 2 & 8 pm Wednesday, November 24, 2 & 8 pm Friday, November 26, 2 & 8 pm Saturday, November 27, 3 & 8 pm

Tuesday, January 4, 7:30 pm Wednesday, January 5, 7:30 pm Thursday, January 6, 7:30 pm Friday, January 7, 7 & 9:30 pm Saturday, January 8, 3, 7 & 9:30 pm

Sister is back with nun-stop laughs! Having dealt with the saints, limbo, pagan babies, marriage, last rites and more in previous classes, she returns to share her wisdom – this time focusing on Heaven and Hell. Armed with banners, filmstrips, mimeographed handouts, historical facts and hysterical insights, Sister uses her Catholic version of Chutes and Ladders to illustrate points about sin and obedience. She also offers her personal list of sins for the new millennium. Suggestion: don’t be late for this class!

$39.75

The hilarious off-Broadway hit is finally here, giving voice to those who need it least: America’s celebrities. Join national and local celebrities all week long as they take part in this comical project. Astounded at what people wrote in their autobiographies, and how unintentionally funny some of it was, Eugene Pack saw the comedic potential of this material, particularly by casting against type. Celebrity actors read straight from other celebs’ books, from Vanna White to Mr. T., Elizabeth Taylor, Britney Spears, Burt Reynolds and many more. An irresistible Drama Desk Award winner!

$39.75

Steve Solomon’s

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Still in Therapy Tuesday, March 29, 8 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2 & 8 pm Thursday, March 31, 2 pm Friday, April 1, 2 & 8 pm Saturday, April 2, 3 & 8 pm

ALL NEW SHOW

Purchase all THREE shows for ONLY $99 See page 48.

Steve Solomon’s back with a whole new show after ten sold-out shows in 2010! Looking at life from infancy shared with his twin sister to the present, Steve brings to the stage a host of hysterical characters: Uncle Willie, Stuttering Cousin Bob, Demented Cousin Kenny, Steve’s new therapist, Cousin Sal (and Sal’s parole officer) and a myriad of astounding personalities we know, love and tolerate from our own families. Steve’s gift for dialects and wacky sound effects adds to the hilarity of his stories in this award-winning play.

$39.75

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Classical Joshua Bell Saturday, February 5, 8 pm Stradivarius Society Gala. See page 51.

Hailed as “the greatest American violinist active today” (The Boston Herald), a violinist with “a perfect blend of impeccable technique and unquestioned musicality” (Deseret News), Joshua Bell, Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, has generated unrivaled excitement both within and outside the classical music world. Acclaimed for his GRAMMY®-winning Nicholas Maw concerto and works of Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and more, he has also performed with Sting, Chris Botti, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth and others. He can be heard on the soundtracks of six films, including The Red Violin, Angels & Demons and Defiance. Audiences are enchanted by his charismatic and breathtaking virtuosity. His obvious delight in the music he shares is infectious. Deserving of his superstar status, Joshua Bell delivers a spellbinding evening of musical brilliance.

$38, 48, 53, 78

“[Bell’s playing]… does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.” –Stephen Greco, Interview magazine 8

Photo by Marc Holm


Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Nobuyuki Tsujii Saturday, October 23, 7 pm Capitol Theatre

Known for his refined and effortless playing, Nobuyuki Tsujii’s spellbinding performances at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition introduced him to hundreds of thousands of new fans around the world and elevated him to superstar status in his home country of Japan. Blind since birth, “Nobu’s” achievements are even more remarkable because he has learned all of his music by ear. Despite this, he plays with unpretentious assurance, sensitivity and expressiveness. Experience this rising young star and brilliant musicianship, “up close and personal” at the historic Capitol Theatre.

Photo by Stephen Eastwood

$37, 42

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra You’ll Get a Kick Out of Cole Keith Lockhart, Conductor; Kelli O’Hara and Brian D’Arcy James, soloists

Stradivarius Society

Wednesday, March 16, 8 pm Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops honor one of the greatest of the Great American Songbook writers, Cole Porter. A supreme tunesmith and sublime wordsmith, Porter’s saucy style and witty wordplay come to life with Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara (Tony® winner for South Pacific and leading role in the revival of Pajama Game) and Brian D’Arcy James (Tony® winner for Sweet Smell of Success, star in Shrek The Musical). Hear America’s Orchestra celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Porter’s birth with ultra-sophisticated love songs, matchless melodies and hilarious humor from his dynamite shows Anything Goes, Can-Can, Silk Stockings and Kiss Me Kate.

Show Your Support for the Classical Arts

$63, 83, 88, 128 Photo by Michael Lutch

Pinellas Youth Symphony

in the Murray Studio Theater

Serenade Strings Orchestra & PYS String Chamber Ensembles

Holiday Chamber Ensembles Concert

October 2010*, 7:30 pm

December 2010*, 7:30 pm

The Pinellas Youth Symphony makes its home in The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Serenade Strings Orchestra is the showcase string orchestra comprised of advanced students of the Pinellas Youth Symphony under the direction of Mr. Lei Liu, Second Assistant Concertmaster of The Florida Orchestra.

Under the direction of professional musicians from The Florida Orchestra, senior level student musicians from the Pinellas Youth Symphony perform classical selections for string, woodwind and brass chamber ensembles. The PYS chamber groups perform at local community and charity events and prior to concerts or programs at local venues.

$10 adults, $2 students & children

$10 adults, $2 students & children

Become part of this special group of individuals dedicated to supporting the continuation of stellar classical performances. A $1,000 contribution provides a one-year membership in the Stradivarius Society and the opportunity to attend an elegant gala dinner prior to the Joshua Bell performance. For more information, (727) 712-2760.

*Dates to be announced. Pinellas Youth Symphony performances are not included in the 3 for $99 package.

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Dance Purchase 3 for $99

See World Classics package, page ??

“…in Revelations… the physical dimension enlarges your experience of the music” –Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post

Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater Tuesday, February 15, 8 pm

Acclaimed ambassador of American culture and part of the Ruth Eckerd Hall dance tradition since our inaugural season, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has uniquely enriched American modern dance. A segment of the mixed repertory program celebrates 50 years of Revelations, an enduring classic seen by more audiences than any other modern dance. What makes this company so special is the incomparable sense of joy, freedom and spirit shared by dancers and audiences. Discover for yourself – you don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it.

$37, 45, 58 J. Roberts, A. Douthit and C. Brown* in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations *Cast may vary

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The Nutcracker Presented by

Moscow Classical Ballet With The Florida Orchestra Saturday, December 18, 2 & 8 pm Sunday, December 19, 2 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

Recapture the nostalgia and magic of this holiday treasure. The skillful dancers of Moscow Classical Ballet portray this classic E.T.A. Hoffman tale using choreography based on Vasily Vainonen’s 1934 interpretation, one that comes close to the original performed in St. Petersburg, Russia more than 100 years ago. Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and the beauty and grace of these dancers create magical memories to be savored throughout the holidays and beyond. Live music from The Florida Orchestra and participation by local children adds a special touch to this production.

$39.50, 57

Ballroom with a Twist

Starring Cloris Leachman & Gilles Marini

Choreographed by Dancing With the Stars’ Louie van Amstel

Sunday, March 6, 2 pm Stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances create a wonderful evening of entertainment for the entire family. Directed and choreographed by Dancing With the Stars’ Louis van Amstel, this groundbreaking show stars celebrity hosts Cloris Leachman and Gilles Marini (Sex and the City: The Movie, ABC’s Brothers & Sisters) and a cast of 14 dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars and High School Musical, pushing the boundaries of ballroom dance and infusing it with the energy and intensity of the latest hip-hop styles.

Paul Taylor Dance Tuesday, April 12, 8 pm Recipient of every important honor bestowed upon artists in the U.S. (including the Kennedy Center Honors and an Emmy® ) and dubbed the “naughty boy” of dance by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor was once the youngest and is now the sole remaining member of the pantheon that created modern American dance. Often boldly addressing life’s complexities and thorny social issues, he has also choreographed dances that are downright funny. His creativity unrivaled, Paul Taylor remains one of the most sought-after and innovative artists the world has ever known.

Choose THREE of 14 shows for $99 See World Classics Package, page 49.

$41, 48

$39, 49, 65, 100* *Attend VIP reception with Cloris and Gilles. $100 includes premium performance seating. Limited availability.

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Opera

Puccini’s

Tosca

Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra In Italian with English supertitles

Sunday, January 30, 1 pm

Pre-show lecture at noon provided by Pinellas Opera League, $3.50 with performance ticket

Love? Of course! Violence? There is plenty. Jealousy, lust, treachery and deception? This is opera. Untimely death? Some think no opera is complete without at least one. Suicide, assassination and murder: Puccini provides all three. A devout but passionate and jealous opera singer, a sensitive but courageous artist, and a lecherous, power-crazy killer create an enthralling love triangle as Puccini’s dramatic tale captures universal human emotions.

$41, 45, 51 Puccini’s

Madama Butterfly

Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra In Italian with English supertitles

Friday, February 25, 8 pm

Pre-show lecture at 7 pm provided by Pinellas Opera League, $3.50 with performance ticket

Choose THREE of 14 shows for $99

Puccini’s tragic tale unfolds in Nagasaki, Japan in the early 1940s. U.S. naval officer Pinkerton “marries” a Japanese geisha (Butterfly) in a fake wedding ceremony which he takes lightly but she does not. Pinkerton abandons his child bride, who waits faithfully, trusting he will one day return to her. Butterfly must make a terrible decision: will she choose a life of disgrace or death with honor?

$41, 45, 51

Michael Amante Italian-American Festival with Special Guests The Bronx Wanderers

See World Classics Package, page 49.

Saturday, February 26, 8 pm

Pre-show lecture at 7 pm provided by Pinellas Opera League, $3.50 with performance ticket. Artist does not appear at lecture. Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

With natural charisma, emotionally riveting delivery, an incredible four-octave range, and effortless, unabashed power to hit the high notes, it’s no wonder Michael Amante has become the “People’s Tenor.” Requested by the “King of the High C’s” himself to fill in for Luciano Pavarotti and hailed by Tony Bennett as “the next Mario Lanza,” Michael’s credentials are undeniably strong. A remarkably versatile artist, in his soaring style, Michael is equally convincing singing Nessun Dorma or Young Girl. The Bronx Wanderers add Doo Wop oldies to the mix.

$30, 38, 48, 75*

Adventures in Opera Lecture Series Wednesdays, 2 pm

$6 per lecture Package of all 6 lectures $30 Ages: 10 and up 12

Murray Studio Theater

October 27

*Attend VIP Reception with Michael Amante. $75 includes premium seating. Limited availablity.

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Political Opera (State of Affairs and the Heart)

November 17 Madness in Opera (Murder, Mayhem and Potions) January 26

Chinese Opera (Dragons, Lanterns and Fireworks)

February 23 Celebrating Black Opera Singers (In Honor of Black History Month) March 23

Opera from the British Isles (Handel to Britten)

April 27

Wagner’s Ring Cycle (Nordic Family Values)


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Concerts • Comedy Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett: A Conversation with Carol where the Audience Asks the Questions Thursday, March 31, 8 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

If there is one thing this renowned six-time Emmy Award® winner can do better than anyone else, it’s talk at length impromptu before a live audience. This is a rare opportunity to talk with Carol in the same enjoyable and intimate audience-interactive format she developed with her studio audience on The Carol Burnett Show. Come with your questions and share in the fun with one of the country’s most loved and respected performers, appreciated for her dramatic, comedic and musical talents.

$44, 59, 85, 175* *Call (727) 791-7400 for details on VIP Reception. $175 includes premium performance seating. Limited availability.

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Nikki Yanofsky Tuesday, September 28, 7:30 pm ON SALE NOW

Capitol Theatre

Canadian prodigy and PBS star Nikki Yanofsky has burst on the music scene in a huge way. At sixteen, she has already been nominated for the Canadian equivalent of a GRAMMY® for New Artist of the Year and Vocal Jazz Album of the Year (Ella …of thee I swing, 2008), she was featured at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Games, and has performed at international jazz festivals and Carnegie Hall. Nikki is her latest CD. You may have seen her current PBS special. Now you can see this amazing talent live at the intimate Capitol Theatre.

Flavor of Jazz V Starring Richard Elliot Thursday, October 7, 6 pm ON SALE NOW

The fun begins at 6 pm with luscious tastings from area restaurants. Sample the finest these local establishments have to offer as you stroll through our lobbies, concourse and galleries, then settle in for the infectious melodies and funky grooves of saxophonist Richard Elliot, the “James Brown of Contemporary Jazz.” The Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Band kicks off the show. The big bonus: this great evening benefits The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute jazz program and Clearwater Jazz Holiday education programs.

$32, 42

Sponsored by

Benise The Spanish Guitar Tour Special Guests Soprano Opera Singer Giorgia Fumanti and Violinist Karen Briggs

Thursday, November 4, 8 pm ON SALE NOW

Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

In an all-new, spectacular production as seen on his new PBS special, Emmy® Award winner and Dancing with the Stars performer Benise and his enchanted Spanish guitar transport us through time and space to Old Havana, an Arabian desert, Italy, Spain, France and India. This epic journey includes tales of glory and tragedy told through music, dance, dramatic and ever-changing sets, and video. Benise’s inspiration is his guitar as he becomes a troubadour for the ages. Breathtaking costumes add to the impact of brilliant choreography for Flamenco and Broadway dancers.

Jamey Johnson Saturday, November 6, 8 pm This creative maverick and prolific singer-songwriter is “outlaw country’s next big hope” (Rolling Stone). GRAMMY® nominee and CMA and ACM Song of the Year winner (Give It Away, sung by George Strait, and his own In Color), Johnson writes with authenticity and unabashed honesty, wrapped up in a strikingly original sound. Dead serious about his music, he has an outrageous sense of humor. This country “bad boy” has the heart of a poet. He knows what kind of music he likes and loves to share it with fans.

New shows added all the time!

www.rutheckerdhall.com

$35, 49

$42.50, 45.50, 78 $48, 93 All tickets include admission to the concert and to tastings. A limited number of VIP tickets available at $93.00 include premium seating, early admission at 5 pm, complimentary beer and wine during the tasting, and a meet and greet with Richard Elliot.

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Concerts • Comedy

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Thursday, November 11, 8 pm ON SALE NOW

Ian Anderson returns, featuring many acoustic tracks from early albums as well as new solo material specially written for this show: electric and acoustic performances to satisfyingly fill the far corners of heart, mind and Hall. Ian is joined by wunderkind Florian Opahle on guitars, John O’Hara on accordion and piano, David Goodier on bass guitar, and Scott Hammond on drums. So, roll back the years. Shrug off the trials and doubts of middle age. Put a spring in your step and fan the flames of youth remembered. $43.50, 53.50, 69.50

Gallagher

Looking for Intelligent Life Tour

Saturday, November 20, 8 pm Mature Content Pre-show Meet and Greet open to the public with show ticket. Flash photography allowed

No need to worry about getting your five servings of fruits and vegetables when Gallagher is in town! He brings a buffet of social and political commentary garnished with watermelons and assorted vegetarian culinary delights, all served up with his signature Sledge-O-Matic and his wacky sense of humor. Oh, and don’t forget your raincoat. Gallagher’s sense of humor isn’t of the dry variety!

$39, 53

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Sutton Foster Saturday, November 20, 8 pm Capitol Theatre

Star of an impressive repertoire of Broadway musicals including Shrek: The Musical, Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women: The Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sutton Foster received Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards for her performance as Millie Dillmount, and has garnered many impressive nominations for several other roles. Michael Rafter, who collaborated with Sutton on Wish, her recent debut solo CD, will be joining her and adding his melodic magic on piano. $ 30, 50* *Attend VIP reception with Sutton Foster. $50 includes premium seating. Limited availability.

Celtic Thunder It’s Entertainment Monday, November 22, 8 pm Tuesday, November 23, 8 pm Tuesday show only ON SALE NOW

Limited Seating

Pre-show buffets available. See page 37.

As seen on the hit PBS special, the handsome lads from Celtic Thunder have created a high-energy show biz tribute to the entertainers they admire from the past thirty years. Evoking at times an era of big bands, boulevards, top hats and tails, they pay homage to a variety of styles and artists from Fred Astaire to Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, Chicago, Leonard Cohen, Michael Buble, U2 and The Beach Boys. There’s even a Disney classic in the mix, along with some traditional Celtic standards.

$50, 60, 75


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Photo by Carin Verbruggen

4TROOPS Friday, November 26, 8 pm ON SALE NOW

Capitol Theatre

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with the beautiful harmonies of these military leaders turned songsters as they offer patriotic and inspirational favorites. Having served in Iraq and Afghanistan, these veterans have a new mission: using their music and accompanying video footage as a means of communicating the experiences of our soldiers abroad to those left behind, creating a bridge of understanding between the troops and those at home. Through their PBS special (4TROOPS: Live from the Intrepid) and tour, these veterans share the gift of their impressive musical talent and insight. Let’s welcome them home!

$38

Dave Koz & Friends A Smooth Jazz Christmas 2010 With Special Guests

Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson and Candy Dulfer

Wednesday, December 1, 8 pm Dave Koz and his friends have become a favored holiday tradition at the Hall. Platinum-selling saxophonist, radio host and humanitarian, Dave is joined by singer-songwriter/guitarist Jonathan Butler, known for music blending his South African roots with Western pop influences, the compelling and creative Brian Culbertson, at home on keyboards, trombone and bass, and Dutch saxophonist, international smooth jazz recording artist and Funky Stuff bandleader Candy Dulfer.

$48, 58, 85

Margaret Cho Thursday, December 9, 8 pm Mature Content

What’s your pleasure? The axis of evil? Organized religion? Homophobia? Margaret Cho tackles them all. Known for her crass, in-your-face style, Cho burst on the comedy scene in 1994 with her sitcom All American Girl. Drop Dead Diva, one of 2009’s top new series, is a current project, along with her new comedy music album Cho Dependent. A brilliant, taboobusting comedian in the spirit of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin, she is known as much for her enormous contributions as a social equalizer as she is for her raunchy humor.

$39, 50

Bowzer’s Holiday Oldies Party with Jay Black, The Original Comets, Tommy Mara’s Crests and A Johnny Maestro Tribute

Friday, December 10, 7:30 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

Jon “Bowzer” Bauman is back with another party featuring your favorite hits from Jay Black of Jay and the Americans (Come a Little Bit Closer, This Magic Moment, Cara Mia), The Original Comets (Rock Around the Clock, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Me and Bobby McGee), and Tommy Mara of The Crests (16 Candles, Step by Step, The Angels Listened In). A tribute to the late Johnny Maestro, who was such an important part of Bowzer’s past parties, makes this show extra special. What a great way to get your holiday season rockin’!

Did you know that parking is FREE at Ruth Eckerd Hall?

$38, 48, 68, 100* *Attend a VIP Reception with Bowzer and guests. $100 includes premium seating. Limited availability.

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Concerts • Comedy

Christmas with Amy Grant & Vince Gill

Judy Collins

Saturday, December 11, 8 pm

Capitol Theatre

Circle of Stars Reception, 6:30 pm. See page 51. Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

A clarion voice of the ‘60s inspired by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, interpreter of social poet Bob Dylan and others, Judy Collins’ music is still strong and crystal clear. Particularly known for her renditions of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now and Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns, this singer-songwriter, social activist, author, filmmaker, painter and more, a relentlessly creative spirit, is truly a renaissance woman. Experience her radiance and brilliance again in the intimacy of the Capitol Theatre.

This GRAMMY®-winning husband-andwife team presents cherished standards and newer seasonal fare along with some of their biggest hits. Both have album sales in the tens of millions. Amy (Baby, Baby; Every Heartbeat) has earned accolades as a songwriter, TV personality and philanthropist. Known for his humility and generosity, Vince offers a love for country music, top-notch songwriting, and world-class guitar playing, all wrapped in a warm tenor and a quick and easy wit. His hits include When I Call Your Name and One More Last Chance. $59.50, 72.50, 115

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Sunday, December 12, 7 pm

$49, 65

A Peter White Christmas With Rick Braun and Mindi Abair Thursday, December 16, 8 pm

This popular trio, ambassadors of jazzy Christmas cheer, returns to Clearwater just in time to get you in the mood for the holidays. Guitarist Peter White brings friends saxophonist Mindi Abair and trumpeter Rick Braun along to add to the holiday spirit smooth-jazz style. St. Petersburg native Mindi’s sultry vocals complete the package to make the perfect holiday gift for you or any jazz lover on your list.

$42, 60

Last Comic Standing Thursday, December 30, 8 pm ON SALE NOW

Ring out the old year with gales of laughter. Season seven of Last Comic Standing premiered June 7 on NBC. The Emmy®-nominated laugh fest returns with an all-new group of the world’s funniest comics. Watch the series this summer on NBC, then see the five finalists perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour appears at Ruth Eckerd Hall just in time to end your year with side-splitting comedy.

$29.50, 49.50


Photo by Charles William Bush

Kenny Loggins

Special Guest Christopher Cross

Tuesday, January 25, 8 pm Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins has enjoyed one of the most enduring careers in pop music (Celebrate Me Home, Your Mama Don’t Dance, House at Pooh Corner, This Is It). He brings his hits and tosses in a few surprises. Along with an eclectic array of albums, Kenny has recorded soundtrack hits including Footloose, Danger Zone (Top Gun) and more. He is joined by Christopher Cross (Sailing and Ride Like The Wind), one of the hottest stars of the ‘80s with a record-setting five GRAMMYS® in one year, insightful, sophisticated, fun, and still evolving as an artist.

$45, 55, 85

Don Rickles and Joan Rivers

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Friday, January 28, 8 pm

Thursday, February 17, 7:30 pm Friday, February 18, 7:30 pm

What could be better than an evening of laughs with an iconic comedian? How about a night with two of the funniest, most successful legends of comedy? Our “twofer” delivers the beloved zingers and rapier wit of both “Mr. Warmth” (Don Rickles) and the irreverent Joan Rivers, both of whom made the most of breakthrough opportunities on The Tonight Show and went on to stardom on multiple fronts. Outrageous and charismatic, you bet! And it’s all coming to you, the perfect antidote for the postholiday blues.

$49.50, 69.50, 100

Pre-show buffets available. See page 37.

Frankie Valli has had eight No.1 hits and 40 in the Top 40. His songs have been heard in movies, he influenced artists including Billy Joel and Brian Wilson, and both Frankie and his music appeared in The Sopranos. Sales of more than 100 million with hits from Sherry to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) have earned Frankie and the Four Seasons a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy his amazing falsetto with perfect acoustics in the comfort of Ruth Eckerd Hall.

$52.50, 65.50, 103

Michael Amante,

Italian-American Festival With Special Guests The Bronx Wanderers Saturday, February 26, 8 pm Pre-show lecture at 7 pm provided by Pinellas Opera League, $3.50 with performance ticket. Pre-show buffet available. See page 37. Artists do not appear at lectures or buffets.

Did you know the East Side Café opens ninety minutes prior to showtime with food and beverage specials? (weather permitting)

With natural charisma, emotionally riveting delivery, an incredible four-octave range, and effortless, unabashed power to hit the high notes, it’s no wonder Michael Amante has become the “People’s Tenor.” A remarkably versatile artist, in his soaring style, Michael sings everything from opera to pop-rock, gospel, jazz and Broadway, equally credible singing Nessun Dorma or Young Girl. Michael is joined by The Bronx Wanderers, who favor oldies from Doo Wop to Dion and the Four Seasons, but can apply their precision playing and sharp vocals to most any beat.

$30, 38, 48, 75* *Attend a VIP Reception with Michael Amante. $75 includes premium seating. Limited availability.

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Concerts • Comedy

Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary

Sunday, February 27, 2 pm No American folk group outlasted or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary. Peter and Noel Paul continue the tradition of social and political activism that sprang from the creative spirit of New York City’s Greenwich Village in the early ‘60s. Songs like Blowin’ in the Wind, If I Had a Hammer, Cruel War and Where Have All the Flowers Gone helped solidify folk music’s impact with a message of humanity and hope. From Puff, The Magic Dragon to The Wedding Song, these two remarkable artists share their music with us.

$39, 60

Paul Anka Monday, February 28, 8 pm Paul Anka puts on a show like no other. This one-time teen idol has become a superb vocal musician and prolific, talented songwriter. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, She’s a Lady, Puppy Love, My Way, The Tonight Show theme, all made famous by other performers, are evidence of Anka’s songwriting genius, along with his own hits including Diana, Lonely Boy and You’re Having My Baby. With more than 900 songs, 125 albums and 22 Top 20 hits over his five-decade career, Anka’s accomplishments are unmatched and his concerts are extraordinary.

$52.50, 62.50, 98

Richard Nader’s

Doo Wop Reunion XI

Starring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Special Guests Little Anthony and the Imperials

Saturday, March 5, 7:30 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

Doo Wop is back for another evening of favorites from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s Little Anthony and the Imperials (Tears on My Pillow, Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop, Goin’ Out of My Head), Kenny Vance and the Planotones (Looking for an Echo, Come A Little Bit Closer, Cara Mia, Only in America), Jay Siegel and The Tokens (The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Tonight I Fell in Love, Portrait of My Love), and Tommy Mara (16 Candles, Step by Step, The Angels Listened In). Amanda Nikka joins this illustrious group. The best hits from these artists and this era create an evening of nostalgic fun and romance with the music that is the soundtrack of our lives.

$45.50, 52.50, 88 20

The Rat Pack is Back! Sunday, March 13, 2 pm What happens in Vegas… all started with The Rat Pack. This spirited show re-creates a swingin’ Summit at the Sands night when Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop were becoming hipster legends with a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act unlike anything Las Vegas had ever seen. Uncannily authentic vocals, unbridled humor, and a hot, live, 12-piece orchestra will transport you to this ultra cool time in history with favorites such as That’s Amore, My Way, Mr. Bojangles and many more.

$39, 49, 59


Photo by Kwaku Alston

Natalie Cole Thursday, March 17, 8 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

Natalie Cole touches her audience through song as few can. She is blessed with a warm, supple voice, remarkable vocal dexterity and an intimate, knowing way with lyrics and melody. With an affinity for R&B, pop and jazz alike, she set a new standard for reinventing the Great American Songbook, capturing six GRAMMYs® for her Unforgettable… With Love, followed recently by Still Unforgettable. Both feature duets with her legendary father, lovingly created with the help of modern technology. Natalie’s music appeals to the heart. Let her warm yours.

$42, 50, 83

Mitzi Gaynor

Razzle Dazzle: My Life Behind the Sequins

Sunday, March 20, 2 pm Tickets available for $11 with purchase of Adults At Leisure package. See page 48.

Direct from her acclaimed New York engagement, don’t miss legendary musical star Mitzi Gaynor as she lights up the stage in an intimate and glittering celebration of laughs, love and music from her show-stopping life and career. The Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated star of blockbuster musicals including South Pacific and There’s No Business Like Show Business presents a multimedia one-woman tourde-force of side-splitting stories, moving reminiscences, stunning video footage and a cavalcade of songs from her film, television and nightclub work along with a new collection of dazzling costume creations by fashion icon Bob Mackie. Rex Reed just called her show “a total star-spangled package of energy and joy” and Liz Smith labeled it “sensational.” Spend a fun and fabulous afternoon with this true show business dynamo.

$35, 45

Chris Botti Sunday, March 20, 8 pm Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums and multiple gold, platinum and GRAMMY® Awards. He has recorded and performed with the best in music including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith’s own Steven Tyler.

$39, 70

Engelbert Humperdinck Saturday, March 26, 8 pm A perennial Ruth Eckerd Hall favorite, the GRAMMY® and Golden Globe®- winning “King of Romance” returns with his smooth, sultry voice, three and one half octave range, easygoing manner, amazing stage presence, and hits that made him famous such as Release Me, There Goes My Everything, The Last Waltz, Am I That Easy to Forget, A Man Without Love, Winter World of Love, The Way It Used To Be, After the Lovin’, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, There’s a Kind of Hush and What Now My Love. Come for an evening of romance and love songs.

Did you know pre-show gourmet buffets are offered before many shows? See page 37.

$41, 48, 78

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Concerts • Comedy

JUST ADDED Linda Eder

Saturday, January 29 7:30 pm Capitol Theatre Dick Fox’s Golden Boys Starring

Grammy®-Winner

Janis Ian

Special Guest Natalia Zukerman

Friday, April 1, 8 pm

Saturday, April 9, 7:30 pm

Capitol Theatre

One of the great American songwriters of our day and a towering talent, Janis Ian penned such classics as Jesse, Stars, At Seventeen and so many more. Her songs have been recorded by countless diverse artists. Ian’s art is not for the faint of heart. Her first hit (Society’s Child, at age 14) ignited controversy. Janis has never been afraid of voicing the truth. Her art is still fresh, powerful and passionate, and her live concerts continue to mesmerize audiences. The Capitol Theatre provides a wonderfully intimate atmosphere to enjoy this legend.

$29.50, 43

Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

Three South Philadelphia teen idols of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s unite to bring back the glory days of American Bandstand. Frankie Avalon (Venus, De De Dinah, Bobby Sox to Stockings), Fabian (Turn Me Loose, Tiger, I’m a Man) and Bobby Rydell (Volare, Wild One, Kissin’ Time) share favorite hits from their repertoires, combine talents on several songs, and perform a tribute to the music of Elvis, Bobby Darin, Rick Nelson and Bill Haley. Rare American Bandstand era footage takes baby boomers down memory lane.

$42, 52, 78

PUBLIC SALE DAY At Ruth Eckerd Hall Entire Season goes on sale

Saturday August 28 Members are purchasing tickets NOW! See page 33.

Become a member.

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Save time and money with Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Discount Beverage Tickets. Tickets are available in groups of 10 or 20. The tickets may be used at all bar locations. Watch for the exclusive Discount Beverage Ticket service line.

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20 Single-Serving Tickets for $55

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Laugh Louder, Come As A Group! The Fun Way to Purchase Tickets – Buy as a Group!

Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Group Sales Department offers discounts on tickets for groups of 15 or more, special group pricing for our pre-show buffet dinners and lunches, and personalized service to meet all of your group needs. For more information and to order before the general public, contact Sharon Halligan at (727) 712-2717 or shalligan@rutheckerdhall.net

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Family Theater Eckerd Theater Company presents

The Hundred Dresses

From the Newbery Honor Book by Eleanor Estes Adapted by Bill Williams

Saturday, November 6, 10 am, noon & 2 pm Saturday, November 13, 2, 4 & 6 pm Ages: 7 – 11 and family audiences Murray Studio Theater

Wanda Petronski, the new girl in room 13, wears the same faded blue dress to school every day, but insists that she has a hundred bright, shiny new ones at home. As Wanda’s story unfolds, her classmates learn the secret of the hundred dresses and with it, a lesson in tolerance, in taking responsibility, and in living with the consequences of our actions. This endearing tale focuses on the difficult issue of bullying and how mistreating someone because he or she is different brings as much harm to the bully as to the victim.

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Family Membership Meet and Greet. See page 27. Based on THE HUNDRED DRESSES by Eleanor Estes, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin with a foreword by Helena Estes. Copyright ©1944 by Harcourt, Inc. Copyright renewed 1972 by Eleanor Estes and Louis Slobodkin. Foreword copyright ©2004 by Helena Estes. Adapted by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

$10

“ ...(students) sat awestruck through the entire production. I was so touched and so hopeful.” –Jillian Vukusich on ETC’s performance at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

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Dallas Children’s Theater presents

Giggle, Giggle, Quack Sunday, October 24, noon Ages: 3 – 7 and family audiences

When the farmer’s away, the animals will play! Duck finds an opportunity to revise the instructions Farmer Brown has left for his city-slicker brother, who is taking care of the animals while Farmer Brown is on vacation. Madcap musical mutiny results! It’s pizza for the hen, bubble baths for the pig, and movie night for the cow. Will Duck’s mischief be discovered? Based on the popular book series by Doreen Cronin, this colorful and humorous musical teaches respect, compromise, and the value of friendship. Family Membership Meet and Greet. See page 27.

$10 David Gonzalez presents

The Frog Bride

Adapted from the Russian fairy tale

Saturday, February 26, noon Ages: 7 – 9 and family audiences

When a frog talks, listen. It’s a voice from the wet, murky swamp – where anything can happen. Great music, great art and a great story trace the journey of a prideful young prince into compassionate manhood, set to the strikingly beautiful and emotionally powerful music of Prokofiev and the magnificent art of Kandinsky. Qualities of innocence, wonder, loss and discovery are clothed in the characters of princes, frogs, witches, and one very enchanted young lady. Wisdom is unearthed on this quest to find, and learn to trust, one’s uniqueness. Family Membership Workshop. See page 27.

$10

TWO Family Theater Shows and ONE Family Attraction for just $25 See page 49.

Corbian Visual Arts and Dance presents

Darwin the Dinosaur: A Glow-in-the-Dark Adventure Saturday, May 21, noon Ages: 3 – 13 and family audiences

Join Darwin the Dinosaur on his magical journey from his first steps to coming into his own as a wild and primitive creature, gaining compassion and a heart, exploring the world and its many creatures, learning a host of life lessons, and ultimately making a choice between his life and that of someone dear to him. Darwin decides his own fate, thereby discovering the true meaning of love. Electroluminescent crayon-like creatures against a blackout setting create this unique theatrical experience.  Family Membership Workshop. See page 27.

$10

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Family Theater Specials HALLOWEEN DOUBLE FEATURE Eckerd Theater Company and the Hoffman Institute present

ASYLUM

And Other Zombie Encounters An original play by Ian Beck and Jack Holloway

Featuring ETC’s professional actors… and a lot of zombies Friday, October 22, 7:30 pm Friday, October 29, 7:30 pm Saturday, October 23, 7:30 pm Saturday, October 30, 7:30 pm

ZOMBIES NEEDED! Teens and adults interested in performing in ASYLUM are invited to sign up for the three-week “Zombie-inTraining” course at the Hoffman Institute culminating in the professional performances in October. Call (727) 712-2706 or go to www.hoffmanperformingarts.org for more information on learning to move, dress and act undead.

Murray Studio Theater

A mysterious disease suddenly infects the world causing the dead to come back to life and threaten the living. Where do you run? Who do you trust? As the world burns around them, refugees take shelter in what they believe to be the safest place they can find. What does it mean to be human and alive in a world that is dead? Confronting impossible choices, one question remains in the fight for survival: will being alone make them safe or drive them crazy? George Romero’s classic film Night of the Living Dead will be shown following the performance of ASYLUM. $22, students $15

Eckerd Theater Company presents

I Never Saw Another Butterfly By Celeste Raspanti

Saturday, March 26, 7:30 pm Ages: 10 and up and family audiences Murray Studio Theater

A triumph of the human spirit, I Never Saw Another Butterfly shares the hopes, the fears and the beauty of the children of Terezin. More than 15,000 children passed through Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II; fewer than 100 survived. Their true story, told through the artwork and poetry they left behind, creates a compelling picture of defiance and of vibrant life! Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois.

$10

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Family Attractions Friday, October 15, 10:30 am, 7 pm Saturday, October 16, 10:30 am, 2 & 5:30 pm

TM/C 2010 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved. Photographs courtesy of VEE Corporation

Sesame Street Live 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends Sunday, October 17, 1 & 4:30 pm

Imagine singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and all your favorite Sesame Street Live friends! It’s as easy as counting “1-2-3… Imagine!” This high-energy musical will transport audiences to faraway places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest, and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It’s a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination. Family Membership Workshop. See below.

$15, 19, 28, 33, 61*

*Sunny seats include photo opportunity with two characters from the show and VIP seating. Limited availability.

Mad Science presents

Star Trek Live!

Friday, January 14, 7 pm Join Starfleet Academy on a thrilling journey with cutting-edge special effects, unrivalled audience interaction, and exploration of real space-age technology as the Earth comes under attack by a renegade Romulan. Captain Kirk and Spock make onscreen appearances as academy cadets hold Earth’s future in their hands and must learn about living, working, traveling and communicating in space using 21st century science. Can the cadets set things right before it’s too late? Come early to enjoy our Star Trek marketplace. Family Membership Pre-Show Event. See below.

©2010 Paramount Pictures Corp. ©2010 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved, ST002 ©2010 The Mad Science Group. All rights reserved.

$20, 25, 35

The Aluminum Show Saturday, April 23, 2 & 7 pm

Part of the Broadway Series. See page 6.

Inventive, surprising, exciting, humorous, joyful, sparkling – and SO much fun for all ages! In its first appearance in the Tampa Bay area, this global sensation combines movement, dance and visual theater into a stunning interactive experience. Dancers breathe life into otherwise inanimate aluminum as it morphs, floats, bursts from cannons and much more in a world of fantasy and illusion. If you enjoy the imaginative creativity of Stomp, Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Momix and Pilobolus, you’ll be thrilled with The Aluminum Show. $39, 61, 68

New to our Inner Circle: Family Membership!

We invite you, your family and friends to become a part of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s new Family Membership level for only $250 annually. As a member, you and your family will share in the excitement and benefit of: • Ticket purchasing before the general public • Early enrollment for classes at The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute • Education enrollment fee of $15 per student waived • Access to the Hoffman Dress Circle Lounge during Family Attraction shows

• Meet and Greet opportunities during Family Shows based on artist availability.* • Children’s workshops for select Family Shows based on artist availability.*

If you would like more information on how you can become members at the Family Membership level, please contact Jennifer Gonzalez Bohnert at (727) 712-2723 or jbohnert@rutheckerdhall.net, or visit our website at rutheckerdhall.com. *Some restrictions may apply.

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The Hoffman Institute EXPLORE

your creativity,

DISCOVER

your imagination and EXPERIENCE the ARTS!

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The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute provides lifelong learning opportunities that are accessible and allow you to explore, discover and master the arts. Interested in taking a class or private lessons? The Hoffman Institute offers performing arts classes that engage a broad range of interests. Whether you seek to develop your skills or meet others with the same interests, the Hoffman Institute has a class for you.

We dance with you‌ Through our dance classes, you can choose to build skills for a dance career or simply take classes that provide fun, exercise and friends.

We sing with you‌ From ages 7 to 107, everyone in the community has an opportunity to SING, learn to read music, and study music theory.

offers classes year-round

We act with you... Our drama classes help build essential skills and provide the tools needed to succeed as a professional actor, prepare for a career, or gather with friends to explore your imagination and creativity.

Explore Your Creativity Our Instruction Division is open year-round and sessions are divided into three terms: fall classes run from September through December, winter/ spring classes run from January through May, and summer classes run from June through August.

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We make music with you... Jazz music, that is. If you are between the ages of 11 and 19 and love playing jazz or wish to learn, the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday classes train you in jazz theory and improvisation and offer opportunities to perform. These classes enhance your performance chops! For classical musicians, Pinellas Youth Symphony provides a high-caliber ensemble experience.

We work individually with you‌ If you would like a more intensive learning opportunity or would just like to polish your skills, private lessons in instrumental jazz, piano, voice, acting for the stage, and acting for the camera are also offered to students of all ages and experience levels.

Interested in attending a show for all ages? We entertain you... Eckerd Theater Company (ETC), Ruth Eckerd Hall’s resident professional theater company, performs in our facilities, around the Tampa Bay area, and nationally for audiences young and old.

Discover Your Imagination We invite you... Our Bank of America SchoolTime Series invites children from local schools to experience live theater throughout the school year. The Family Theater Series offers affordable entertainment for the entire family presented by professional, nationally-known youth and family artists.

Evening at the Murray is a unique

performance series in an intimate setting providing exchange and dialogue between the artist and audience.

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Interested in bringing a performing artist to your child’s classroom or your workplace? We visit you... Artists on the Road sends performers of many disciplines into the community (corporations, schools, etc.).

Interested in learning how we strive to keep the arts alive in education?

We teach you... PASSport is a school-based arts infusion program founded on the premise that all children benefit from a learning environment and instruction which embody and encourage the creative artisitic process and the nurturing of the imagination.

Experience the ARTS! Interested in aiding the recovery of a loved one? We help you heal... The Arts in Medicine program uses the arts to stimulate a positive environment for caregivers, patients, and their families and friends. Interested in offering your support or getting involved?

We INVITE you…

Join us for classes and programs in drama, dance, voice, jazz and instrumental music.

Bring the arts into your school through our PASSport program

Our fall semester begins in September. Choose from a harvest of offerings such as: Children’s Choir, Teen Choir, Levels I-IV Drama, On-Camera Acting, and much, much more! All questions, inquiries and interests are welcome. Please contact us at: (727) 712-2706 or visit us on the web at hoffmanperformingarts.org

We do much more than just shows! The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute is the education arm of RUTH ECKERD HALL. We choose to serve and engage our community through the ARTS and are proud to be one of the largest providers of arts education and community engagement in the nation. 31


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Give the gift everyone loves –TICKETS to shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

WE HAVE HOLIDAY SHOWS FOR EVERYONE

Dave Koz & Friends A Smooth Jazz Christmas 2010

December 1

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Bowzer’s Holiday Oldies Party With Jay Black, The Original Comets, Tommy Mara’s Crests and A Johnny Maestro Tribute*

December 10

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Christmas with Amy Grant & Vince Gill*

December 11

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Judy Collins (Capitol Theatre)

December 12

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A Peter White Christmas With Rick Braun and Mindi Abair

December 16

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The Nutcracker * Presented by Moscow Classical Ballet with The Florida Orchestra

December 18 & 19

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A Christmas Carol

December 23

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Salute to Vienna, A New Year’s Eve Celebration*

December 31

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* Pre-show Buffet available. See page 37.


Are you an

Become a member of Ruth Eckerd Hall and MOVE TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE! Inner Circles

Join now and be among the first to purchase tickets to the spectacular performances in the 2010-2011 season! Call us at (727) 791-7400.

Circle of Stars

Circle of Friends

Platinum Circle $10,000+

Gold Circle $5,000+

Silver Circle $2,500+

Dress Circle $1,500+

Producer $650+

Trouper $350+

Family $250+

Player $150+

Performer $60+

Ticket Purchasing before the general public*

Opportunity to Upgrade Seat Location

Member Discounts on preseason ticket orders where applicable*

Fees Waived on Ticket Exchanges (all exchanges seven days prior to show)

Early Enrollment for The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute programs

Fees Waived on Education Enrollment ($15 per student)

Online Subscription to Applause, Ruth Eckerd Hall’s newsletter

Increased Preseason Seating Priority with each level

Invitation to Join the Leading Ladies of Ruth Eckerd Hall

Annual Recognition in Applause

Annual Recognition in the Annual Report to the Community

Mailed Subscription of Applause

Meet and Greet opportunities during Family Shows based upon artist availability*

Access to Hoffman Dress Circle for Family Attractions with free soft drinks, milk & cookies

Workshop opportunities pre or post show to select Family Theater and Family Series performances*

Discounts on Education Classes at The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute*

Handling Fees Waived on preseason orders

Complimentary Wine or Soft Drinks at any lobby bar

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Benefits of being a part of the “in-crowd”

Complimentary One-Time Pass to the Hoffman Dress Circle Lounge

Circle of Stars Privileges Exclusive VIP Experiences* Meet & Greets with performers, backstage tours, autograph sessions, sound check parties, and other up-close & personal experiences. These experiences are limited and priority is given based upon membership level and artist availability.

Private Phone Line for ticket purchasing

Access to Hoffman Dress Circle for Main Stage shows with free champagne, wine, soft drinks & concierge service

Invitation to Exclusive Circle of Stars Events

Ticket Return Privileges (at least seven days prior to performances)

Recognition as Annual Contributor in our Ovation program book

Ticketing Handling Fee Waived for phone orders

20% Discount on Meeting Space rental at Ruth Eckerd Hall

One Complimentary Private Lesson at The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute

Access to Special Reserved Parking Lot nearest to the Hall for performances

VIP Assistance with preseason Ticket Ordering (by phone or in person)

Dimmitt Family Atrium Lounge rental fee waived for a preshow function*

Two Complimentary Spring Gala Tickets (upon request)

Free Valet Parking

Name Inscribed on theater chair

*Some restrictions may apply. A COPY OF THE REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Registration #SC-01562. 100% of each contribution goes to Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc.

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World Stage The Aluminum Show Saturday, April 23, 2 & 7 pm Part of the Broadway Series. See page 6

Inventive, surprising, exciting, humorous, joyful, sparkling – and SO much fun for all ages! In its first appearance in the Tampa Bay area, this global sensation combines movement, dance and visual theater into a stunning interactive experience. Dancers breathe life into otherwise inanimate aluminum as it morphs, floats, bursts from cannons and much more in a world of fantasy and illusion. If you enjoy the imaginative creativity of Stomp, Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Momix and Pilobolus, you’ll be thrilled with The Aluminum Show. $39, 61, 68

“…a magical adrenalin rush, loads of fun…” –Yediot Aharonot newspaper 34


Benise The Spanish Guitar Tour Thursday, November 4, 8 pm ON SALE NOW

Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

In an all-new, spectacular production as seen on his new PBS special, Emmy® Award winner and Dancing with the Stars performer Benise and his enchanted Spanish guitar transport us through time and space to Old Havana, an Arabian desert, Italy, Spain, France and India. This epic journey includes tales of glory and tragedy told through video, music, dramatic and ever-changing sets, and dance. Benise’s inspiration is his guitar as he becomes a troubadour for the ages. Breathtaking costumes add to the impact of brilliant choreography for Flamenco and Broadway dancers.

$42.50, 45.50, 78

Celtic Thunder It’s Entertainment Monday, November 22, 8 pm Tuesday, November 23, 8 pm

Tuesday show only ON SALE NOW

Limited Seating

Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

As seen on the hit PBS special, the handsome lads from Celtic Thunder have created a high-energy show biz tribute to the entertainers they admire from the past thirty years. Evoking at times an era of big bands, boulevards, top hats and tails, they pay homage to a variety of styles and artists from Fred Astaire to Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, Chicago, Leonard Cohen, Michael Buble, U2 and The Beach Boys. There’s even a Disney classic in the mix, along with some traditional Celtic standards.

$50, 60, 75 Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents

A Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 23, 2 & 7 pm 2 pm performance available for $11 with purchase of Adults At Leisure package. See page 48.

This cherished seasonal tale of love and redemption returns just in time for Christmas. Dickens’ captivating, timeless classic springs to life with spectacular sets, lavish costumes and lively music and dance that transport us to 19th century London. Let the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s spirit guides take you on a transformational journey of rediscovery of the true meaning, warmth and joy of Christmas.

Choose THREE of 14 shows for $99 See World Classics Package, page 49.

$28, 33, 39, 45

Salute to Vienna A New Year’s Eve Celebration Friday, December 31, 8 pm Pre-show New Year’s Eve buffet available. See page 37.

The Strauss Symphony of America, Christian Schulz, conductor A New Year’s bouquet of glorious music from Vienna’s “Waltz King”! The brilliant new cast of European singers and dancers delights and inspires with famous Strauss waltzes, polkas and operetta excerpts. Reminiscent of Vienna’s world-famous Neujahrskonzert (New Year’s Concert), the same splendor and charm comes to Clearwater for a 14th anniversary celebration!

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World Stage Cirque Mechanics – Boom Town Tuesday, February 22, 1 & 7 pm

1 pm performance available for $11 with purchase of Adults At Leisure package. See page 48.

If you were mesmerized by the jaw-dropping acrobatics, music, dance and comedy of last season’s Birdhouse Factory, we have great news: Cirque Mechanics is back with an all-new show to thrill the entire family. Boom Town offers groundbreaking cirque-style entertainment that incorporates a story line and new, innovative circus apparatus. A Gold Rush-era mining town united by a great discovery celebrates with runaway bouncing ore carts and aerial feats performed under the saloon chandelier. Thrills and laughs abound in this adventurous tale.

$35, 39, 50

Daniel O’Donnell in Concert with Special Guest Mary Duff Wednesday, February 23, 7 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 37.

Daniel O’Donnell creates a winning blend of country music, ‘60s pop, inspirational ballads and traditional Irish standards. Fans find Daniel’s easy, accessible manner, amusing banter, and renditions of nostalgic standards irresistible. Recognizing a connection between American country and traditional Irish music, his concerts recall a simpler time. Daniel is joined by longtime musical companion Mary Duff and The Daniel O’Donnell Band. Leave your worries behind for an evening of Irish and American favorites when Daniel debuts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

$58, 68, 78, 88

Ballroom with a Twist Starring Cloris Leachman & Gilles Marini Choreographed by Dancing With the Stars’ Louie van Amstel

Sunday, March 6, 2 pm Stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances create a wonderful evening of entertainment for the entire family. Directed and choreographed by Dancing With the Stars’ Louis van Amstel, this groundbreaking show stars celebrity hosts Cloris Leachman and Gilles Marini, (Sex and the City: The Movie, ABC’s Brothers & Sisters) and a cast of 14 dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars and High School Musical, pushing the boundaries of ballroom dance and infusing it with the energy and intensity of the latest hip-hop styles.

$39, 49, 65, 100* *Attend VIP reception with Cloris and Gilles. $100 includes premium performance seating. Limited availability.

Come Sing With Us! Sunday, November 7, 2 pm Sunday, April 10, 2 pm Founded in 1969, the Clearwater Chorus, official adult chorus of Ruth Eckerd Hall, performs a variety of classical and popular music, including selections from stage and screen and holiday favorites.

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Not included in 3 for $99 package.


Pre-Show Dinners Now Available. Make An Evening Of It!

Avoid the rush and enjoy a delicious, stress-free dinner before the show! Just $16.00 per person! Relax in the Dimmitt Atrium Lounge overlooking the picturesque century-old live oak. Buffet offerings may include: international cheese platter, chicken piccata, beef carving station, fresh vegetable medley and assorted desserts. (Pre-show gourmet buffet includes gratuity.) Gourmet Buffet Dinners offered prior to: Benise The Spanish Guitar Tour, November 4 Celtic Thunder, November 22 & 23 Bowzer’s Holiday Oldies Party, December 10 Christmas with Amy Grant & Vince Gill, December 11 The Nutcracker, December 18 & 19 Salute to Vienna, December 31 ($30 New Year’s Eve Buffet) Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, February 17 & 18 Daniel O’Donnell in Concert, February 23 Michael Amante, Italian-American Festival, February 26 Doo Wop XI, March 5 Natalie Cole, March 17 Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett, March 31 GREASE, April 1 & 2 The Golden Boys: Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, April 9 Call for additional buffet dining being added during the season. Delicious, quick, light bites! Looking for a quick meal or a light snack? Enjoy wraps, snacks and beverages in the lobby prior to each show! Or Come early and enjoy the East Side Café. We feature light food, beverages and a variety of live entertainment weather permitting. Not available for all shows. For reservations, call (727) 791-7400 or log on to www.rutheckerdhall.com 37


Evening At The Murray Thomas Pandolfi Into the Night with Gershwin Friday, November 5, 7:30 pm Experience the virtuosity of American prodigy Thomas Pandolfi in an intimate setting. He excels in reviving the core repertoire of the “Golden Age of Pianism.” Works by Busoni, Godowsky, Dohnanyi and Chasins are frequently featured in his innovative programming. Pandolfi recently premiered Simon Proctor’s James Bond Piano Concerto in London. The Washington Post described him as “master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line… [with] first-rate technical skills, an unerring command of phrasing, a quicksilver touch… etched with calm and crystal clarity.” $17 ($15 with student I.D.)

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Jorge Heilpern’s Tangoman Project

Caribbean Sound presents

Caribbean Holiday

Friday, October 8, 7:30 pm

Friday, December 10, 7:30 pm

Emmy Award-winning Argentinean singer-songwriter Jorge Heilpern delights fans of Latin jazz with nouveau tango, reggae, techno and more. Insightful, romantic, danceable melodies will fill the Murray Studio Theater when Tangoman brings his style of Latin jazz to Clearwater. Composer for NBC prime time shows such as Cocaine: End of the Line, Fast Forward and American Promises, Jorge has played everything from classical baroque to pop and Latin dance music. Let the irresistible rhythms of his melodies wash away your cares.

How about a Caribbean Christmas holiday this year? Imagine a bracing cup of eggnog or a warm hot chocolate as you sit under a Christmas palm listening to the sweet, enticing sounds of steel pans. This ensemble offers seasonal favorites with a touch of tropical essence to celebrate the holidays “island style.” Rasta Santa has a bag of treats to make the holidays special for the whole family. Let Caribbean Sound transport you to your own special island for an evening of irresistible tropical delights.

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$17 ($15 with student I.D.)

$17 ($15 with student I.D.)

David Gonzalez: Run It Down

“A New York Puerto Rican version of Bill Cosby”

Friday, February 25, 7:30 pm A tapestry of music, stories and poetry traveling the terrain of the heart, Run It Down allows us to glimpse the creative process of multi-talented performer David Gonzalez. Poetry ranging from sonnets to rants, Jazz Orpheus, the classic Greek myth set to a cappella scat, the tale of a friend’s musical bravery in the experience of AIDS, a father-son story of fascination, false promises and the CIA in Chile, and original music for piano and guitar take us on a journey of “rhymes for the times, tones for the bones and stories for the soul.”

Lucid Druid Friday, March 11, 7:30 pm

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

Celtic Fusion with an innovative twist, Lucid Druid’s trail-blazing music appeals to all ages. Adam Quinn’s powerful, melodic compositions stretch the standards of traditional piping and are enhanced by Doug White’s classic drumming with his own creative touch, Joe Porter’s mesmerizing bass, rooted in the jazz tradition, Sebastian Deledda’s ethereal, inventive guitar, and enticing rhythms combining jazz, rock and traditional African styles provided by Steve Turner of Giving Tree Music.

Evening At The Murray Package SEVEN shows for only $70 See page 49.

$17 ($15 with student I.D.)

$17 ($15 with student I.D.)

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Emerge At The Murray

Evening At The Murray

A new series showcasing emerging artists, introducing exceptional talent on the verge of being discovered Curtis Belz Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop Mature Content

Saturday, December 4, 7:30 pm A one-man tour de force in which New York City’s rich oral traditions come alive through monologues based on colorful, dynamic characters. Creative Loafing’s 2009 Top 10 Pick.

Too Marvelous for Words: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney

Silent Melodies with Ian Beck and Melody Craven

$15

Friday, April 8, 7:30 pm

Friday, May 20, 7:30 pm

Local artists Stan and Rosemary Collins are joined by a jazz combo to pay tribute to everyone’s favorite “girl singer” with winsome performances of timeless classics spanning Rosemary Clooney’s stellar career of more than five decades. These accomplished performers charm and delight audiences with ingenious arrangements, musical wit, and engaging personalities. Well-suited to the intimacy of our cabaret seating in the Murray Studio Theater, this dynamic husband and wife duo creates an ambience “too marvelous for words!”

Two master storytellers come together for one night of music, drama, life and inspiration. Join Melody Craven and Ian Beck as they spin together the beauty of songs and the majesty of mime, creating a unique world filled with humor and wonderment. See the characters that emerge on this journey and allow viewers to provide their own memories and feelings of a past time in their lives or even a future yet to be discovered, leaving the heart wanting more.

Self-taught singer-songwriters Ian and Evan Koteles, Tampa natives who have spent time songwriting in Nashville, are backed by Matt Brady on bass and David Daniels on drums. 10th Concession is now touring in support of its first album.

$17 ($15 with student I.D.)

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$17 ($15 with student I.D.)

10th Concession Saturday, February 12, 7:30 pm

$15

Lauran Irion Saturday, April 9, 7:30 pm A former student at the Hoffman Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall, singer/songwriter/actor Lauran Irion is now building her career in Los Angeles. Pretty, Pretty and Unaffected are among her songs.

$15

Special Series Discount: $36 for all three shows!


RUTH ECKERD HALL IS THE CHARITY OF CHOICE FOR…

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Adults At Leisure ‘S Wonderful

The New Gershwin Musical

Monday, March 7, 1 pm ‘S Wonderful is a great new show from the producer of I LOVE A PIANO, which sold out twice at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Heartfelt stories of love and romance are brought to life in five mini-musicals inspired by real events in this all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the brilliant and breathtaking music and lyrics of the most successful songwriting team in the history of popular music: George and Ira Gershwin. From New York to Paris, Hollywood, New Orleans and more, from 1924 to the present, the Gershwin brothers give voice to people’s hearts and help love bloom, sometimes where it is least expected.

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Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents

Thursday, December 23, 2 pm

A Christmas Carol

This cherished seasonal tale of love and redemption returns just in time for Christmas. Dickens’ captivating, timeless classic springs to life with spectacular sets, lavish costumes and lively music and dance that transport us to 19th century London. Let the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s spirit guides take you on a transformational journey of rediscovery of the true meaning, warmth and joy of Christmas.

$39 Only $11 with Adults At Leisure package. See page 48.

Forever Plaid Thursday, January 13, 1 pm Always a Bay Area sellout!

In Barter Theatre’s heavenly hit musical, a quirky, funny and entertaining tribute to friendship, music and the power of following your dream, the four members of an all-male singing group get a second chance to fulfill their dream and perform the concert they never got to in life. Singing in delicious four-part harmony, the boys serenade you with hits from the 1950s including Three Coins in a Fountain, Sixteen Tons, Chain Gang, Heart and Soul and Love Is A Many Splendored Thing. Photo Credit: Chris Vaughn, Kevin Greene, Steven Douglas Stewart & Patrick O’Neill in Barter Theatre’s Forever Plaid (2009)

$17, 25

The World Famous

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Wednesday, January 26, 1 pm There is nothing quite like the Big Band sound, and no one did it better than Glenn Miller. Breaking attendance records up and down the East Coast, entertaining millions via broadcast concerts, boosting the morale of our troops with his Air Force Band, the impact of Miller’s brief career is nothing short of phenomenal. Do you remember dancing to String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo or Moonlight Serenade? This timeless music appeals to multiple generations. Larry O’Brien deftly preserves the feel and spirit of the Miller swing.

Purchase ALL 14 shows for ONLY $154 See page 48.

$17, 25

Neil Berg’s 103 Years of Broadway Saturday, January 29, 1 pm Back By Popular Demand!

ALL NEW SHOW

What’s your favorite musical? Relive Broadway’s greatest moments as an all-star New York band and five dazzling stars (all performers on the Great White Way) re-create the magic of some of Broadways biggest hits. Neil Berg brings an all-new musical revue featuring some of the best show music from the past century. These Broadway retrospectives are always a sellout and a season favorite, so get your tickets early!

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Adults At Leisure Lovers and Other Strangers

Starring Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna

Thursday, February 3, 2 pm Jewish and Italian worlds collide in this classic romantic comedy as a bride and groom prepare to wed. We glimpse their relationship and those of several couples among their family and friends. This Broadway play turned Academy Award®-nominated film examines the love relationships and comedic foibles of people of various ages. Written and performed by Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna, stars of the original Broadway production, this touching comedy explores the amusing and confusing road to matrimonial bliss – or not.

$40.50 Only $11 with Adults At Leisure package. See page 48.

John Davidson in Concert Wednesday, February 16, 1 pm John Davidson has been entertaining audiences of all ages for nearly 40 years. Patrons loved his last performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Hosting game and talk shows (The New Hollywood Squares, That’s Incredible!, The John Davidson Show), guest hosting The Tonight Show, starring in Broadway musicals (Oklahoma!, State Fair), off-Broadway (High Infidelity), recording 13 albums, appearing in Las Vegas and Branson, feature films (Disney musicals, Airport 80, Edward Scissorhands, The Squeeze) and television series and specials: John has done it all.

$17, 25

Cirque Mechanics – Boom Town Tuesday, February 22, 1 pm

If you were mesmerized by the jaw-dropping acrobatics, music, dance and comedy of last season’s Birdhouse Factory, we have great news: Cirque Mechanics is back with an all-new show to thrill the entire family. Boom Town offers groundbreaking cirque-style entertainment that incorporates a story line and new, innovative circus apparatus. A Gold Rush-era mining town united by a great discovery celebrates with runaway bouncing ore carts and aerial feats performed under the saloon chandelier. Thrills and laughs abound in this adventurous tale.

$39 Only $11 with Adults At Leisure package. See page 48.

The Irish Rovers Thursday, February 24, 1 pm Who can resist the charm of the Irish Rovers, international ambassadors of Irish wit and song who have delighted audiences around the world for more than four decades? What’s your favorite? Their signature song The Unicorn? Wasn’t That A Party? Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer? The Rovers’ appeal is ageless and they can always be counted on to provide a rollicking good time.

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New Orleans’ Own

Dukes of Dixieland

Thursday, March 3, 1 pm The oldest continuing Dixieland jazz band, these globe-trotting jazz ambassadors from the heart of the Big Easy blow traditional Dixieland into the 21st century, weaving strands of pop, gospel and country with authentic New Orleans sounds. The Dukes of Dixieland embody more than 32 years of tradition, offering jazz as it is meant to be: both durable and flexible. Strong tradition, new ground, great sounds: that’s what the Dukes of Dixieland bring to audiences wherever they go.

$17, 25

Roslyn Kind In Concert Monday, March 14, 1 pm Equally at home on stage, on television, in films and in the recording studio, multi-talented Roslyn Kind brings her vibrant and dynamic artistry to the Hall for the first time. Barbra Streisand’s younger sister has established a successful career on her own merits. She is known for impeccable phrasing, richness and clarity of tone and a strong emotional connection to her first-rate material. The New York Times describes Come What May, her latest CD, as “splendid and sizzling.”

$17, 25

Mitzi Gaynor

Razzle Dazzle: My Life Behind the Sequins

Sunday, March 20, 2 pm

Enjoy lunch before the show See page 46.

Direct from her acclaimed New York engagement, don’t miss legendary musical star Mitzi Gaynor as she lights up the stage in an intimate and glittering celebration of laughs, love and music from her show-stopping life and career. The Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated star of blockbuster musicals including South Pacific and There’s No Business Like Show Business presents a multimedia one-woman tour-de-force of side-splitting stories, moving reminiscences, stunning video footage and a cavalcade of songs from her film, television and nightclub work along with a new collection of dazzling costume creations by fashion icon Bob Mackie. Rex Reed just called her show “a total star-spangled package of energy and joy” and Liz Smith labeled it “sensational.” Spend a fun and fabulous afternoon with this true show business dynamo.

$35 Only $11 with Adults At Leisure package. See page 48.

Jury’s Irish Cabaret Starring Tony Kenny Monday, March 21, 1 pm Three times Ireland’s Entertainer of the Year, Tony Kenny leads the cast of Ireland’s National Entertainment Awards’ “Show of the Year” in an extravaganza featuring comedy from Ireland’s King of Comedy Joe Cuddy, world class Irish dancing by The Dublin City Dancers, dancing singer Victoria Kenny, and a generous measure of music and song that inspires both laughter and tears. Jury’s Irish Cabaret brings all that is wonderful about Ireland as Tony Kenny leads us on a magical musical journey.

$17, 25

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Adults At Leisure Blue Suede Shoes The Ultimate Elvis Bash

Starring Scot Bruce & Mike Albert with the Big “E” Band

Sunday, March 27, 1 pm Which is your favorite Elvis? The young “King” of the ‘50s, complete with groundbreaking swiveling hips and bedroom eyes, or the polished Las Vegas professional, oozing charisma and glitz? Blue Suede Shoes brings us the best of both. Scot Bruce looks and sounds uncannily like the young Elvis, and Mike Albert, winner of international Elvis contests, uses his powerful voice and style to emulate the later rock and roll and love songs. The Big “E” Band adds to the authenticity.

$17, 25

Adults at Leisure Box Lunches – $8 Per Person Box lunches are $8 per person and include a choice of ham, turkey or vegetarian sandwich with lettuce and tomato on rye bread with pickle spear (vegetarian is roasted peppers, American cheese, lettuce and tomato on rye), potato salad, cookie, coffee, tea and soda service. Sandwich selection to be made at time of purchase.

BOX LUNCHES ARE AVAILABLE PRIOR TO THE FOLLOWING PERFORMANCES: Thursday, December 23........ A Christmas Carol Thursday, January 13 ........... Forever Plaid Wednesday, January 26........ The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Saturday, January 29............. Neil Berg’s 103 Years of Broadway – Sold out Thursday, February 3............. Lovers and Other Strangers Starring Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna Wednesday, February 16....... John Davidson in Concert Tuesday, February 22............. Cirque Mechanics–Boom Town Thursday, February 24........... The Irish Rovers Thursday, March 3 ................ New Orleans’ Own Dukes of Dixieland Monday, March 7................... ‘S Wonderful The New Gershwin Musical Monday, March 14................. Roslyn Kind In Concert 46

Sunday, March 20.................. Mitzi Gaynor Monday, March 21................. Jury’s Irish Cabaret Starring Tony Kenny Sunday, March 27.................. Blue Suede Shoes The Ultimate Elvis Bash Starring Scot Bruce & Mike Albert with the Big “E” Band

Doors open two hours prior to performance. Limited seating available. Dining priced separately from performance ticket. Artists do not appear at lunches. Call the Ticket Office (727) 791-7400 for details on dining. Groups of 10 or more, call (727) 712-2717.


Families, friends, co-workers and neighbors:

Anyone can create a group and enjoy entertainment savings! Add to the fun by sharing an evening of entertainment with friends or family and share the savings too. Enjoy group discounts and personalized service.

• 10% discount for groups of 15 or more*

• 20% discount for groups of 50 or more*

• One FREE ticket for every 30 tickets purchased*

• Reserve seats now with a 10% deposit; balance due 30 days before show date unless show is declared sold out

• No service fees or taxes

• Receive priority seating

• Convenient bus drop-off and parking

• Dining, catering and event planning assistance available

*on most shows

SHARE THE FUN and SAVE MORE! SHARE THE FUN and SAVE MORE! Remember:

For more group information on how to make your entertainment dollars go further, please contact Sharon Halligan at (727) 712-2717 or shalligan@rutheckerdhall.net 47


Special Offers 2010-2011 BROADWAY SERIES PACKAGE ENJOY THE BEST OF BROADWAY – AT A DISCOUNT!

ADULTS AT LEISURE SERIES PACKAGE

Purchase the four-show series and receive 20% off the single-ticket price! Don’t miss this exceptional lineup – get the best seats by purchasing the series early!

Single tickets are priced at $17 for most shows. Seating is in rows H-LL.

A Christmas Carol

Package includes: Rock of Ages

Young Frankenstein

January 18 – 23

February 8 –13

GREASE

April 1 – 2

And your choice of: Spring Awakening March 18 – 19

OR The Aluminum Show April 23

Just for package buyers: Add Girls Night: The Musical (November 13), a bonus show, at 20% off with purchase of the Broadway Series. Members will be seated first, followed by non-member Series buyers. Must be ordered by January 23 to receive 20% discount.

Series-Buyer Benefits:

• Save 20% on most price levels, lock in the best seats before the public • Series buyers may also add individual Broadway show seats before the public • No penalties for exchanges between performances of the same show

See pages 2 - 6 for show information

FOURTEEN SHOWS FOR $154. THAT’S ONLY $11 PER SHOW!

Thursday, December 23, 2 pm (Regularly priced at $39)

Forever Plaid

Thursday, January 13, 1 pm

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Wednesday, January 26, 1 pm

New Orleans’ Own Dukes of Dixieland Thursday, March 3, 1 pm

’S Wonderful The New Gershwin Musical Monday, March 7, 1 pm

Roslyn Kind In Concert Monday, March 14, 1 pm

103 Years of Broadway

Mitzi Gaynor Razzle Dazzle: My Life Behind The Sequins

Lovers and Other Strangers Starring Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna

Jury’s Irish Cabaret Starring Tony Kenny

Saturday, January 29, 1 pm

Sunday, March 20, 2 pm (Regularly priced at $35)

Thursday, February 3, 2 pm (Regularly priced at $40.50)

Monday, March 21, 1 pm

John Davidson In Concert

Sunday, March 27, 1 pm

Wednesday, February 16, 1 pm

Cirque Mechanics – Boom Town Tuesday, February 22, 1 pm (Regularly priced at $39)

Blue Suede Shoes The Ultimate Elvis Bash See pages 42-46 for show information. Series must be purchased by December 23 to qualify for discount.

The Irish Rovers

OFF-BROADWAY THREE GREAT SHOWS FOR ONLY $99!

Sister Strikes Again! Late Nite Catechism 2

November 23 – 27 (single tickets $ 39.75)

Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words

January 4 – 8 (single tickets $ 39.75)

Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Still In Therapy

March 29 – April 2 (single tickets $ 39.75)

Thursday, February 24, 1 pm

Eleven show package available for groups of ten or more. For information, contact Sharon Halligan (727) 712-2717.

RELAX AND ENJOY LUNCH BEFORE THE SHOW

Series must be purchased by Nov. 27 to qualify for discount. All shows in the intimate Murray Studio Theater.

Convenient and nutritious, complete your entertainment experience by including lunch in your visit to Ruth Eckerd Hall for only $8.

See page 7 for show information

Details are on page 46.

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WORLD CLASSICS PACKAGE: CHOOSE 3 SHOWS FOR JUST $99! Select from 14 fabulous shows. Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Gold Medalist, Nobuyuki Tsujii Saturday, October 23, 7 pm (Capitol Theatre) (Single tickets $37)

Benise The Spanish Guitar Tour Thursday, November 4, 8 pm (Single tickets $45.50)

The Nutcracker

Presented by Moscow Classical Ballet With The Florida Orchestra

Saturday, December 18, 2 & 8 pm Sunday, December 19, 2 pm (Single tickets $39.50) Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents

A Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 23, 2 & 7 pm (Single tickets $33)

Salute to Vienna A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Joshua Bell, violinist

Saturday, February 5, 8 pm (Single tickets $48)

Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater Tuesday, February 15, 8 pm (Single tickets $45)

Cirque Mechanics Boom Town

Tuesday, February 22, 1 & 7 pm (Single tickets $39) Puccini’s Madama Butterfly Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra

Friday, February 25, 8 pm (Single tickets $45)

Michael Amante

Italian-American Festival

Saturday, February 26, 8 pm (Single tickets $38)

Friday, December 31, 8 pm (Single tickets $52) Puccini’s Tosca Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, January 30, 1 pm (Single tickets $45)

Package must include three different shows. Discount applies only to price point indicated. May not be combined with any other discounts or offers. Does not apply to previous purchases. Must be purchased as part of the SAME ORDER. Handling fees apply. All exchanges must be made within the World Classics Package. Seating is limited.

Ballroom with a Twist Starring Cloris Leachman and Gilles Marini

EVENING AT THE MURRAY DISCOUNT PACKAGE SEVEN SHOWS FOR ONLY $70!

Enjoy all the shows in the Evening at the Murray Series – at a discount! Single tickets are priced at $17.

Shows included in the package are:

Sunday, March 6, 2 pm (Single tickets $49)

Jorge Heilpern’s Tangoman Project

Paul Taylor Dance

Thomas Pandolfi Into the Night with Gershwin

Tuesday, April 12, 8 pm (Single tickets $41)

The Aluminum Show

Saturday, April 23, 2 & 7 pm (Single tickets $39)

Lucid Druid

Friday, March 11, 7:30 pm

Friday, October 8, 7:30 pm

Too Marvelous for Words: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney Friday, April 8, 7:30 pm

Friday, November 5, 7:30 pm

Silent Melodies with Ian Beck & Melody Craven

Caribbean Sound Caribbean Holiday

Friday, May 20, 7:30 pm

Friday, December 10, 7:30 pm

Series must be purchased by October 8 to qualify for discount.

David Gonzalez: Run It Down

All shows are performed in the intimate Murray Studio Theater.

Friday, February 25, 7:30 pm

See page 38 - 40 for detailed show information

FAMILY SHOW DISCOUNT PACKAGE THREE GREAT FAMILY SHOWS FOR JUST $25!

CHOOSE TWO OF THESE: Dallas Children’s Theater presents

David Gonzalez presents

Sunday, October 24, noon

Adapted from the Russian fairy tale

Giggle, Giggle, Quack

The Frog Bride

Saturday, February 26, noon

Eckerd Theater Company presents

The Hundred Dresses

From the Newbery Honor Book by Eleanor Estes Adapted by Bill Williams (Murray Studio Theater)

Saturday, November 6, 10 am, noon & 2 pm Saturday, November 13, 2, 4 & 6 pm

Corbian Visual Arts and Dance presents

Darwin the Dinosaur: A Glow-in-the-Dark Adventure Saturday, May 21, noon

Series must be purchased by October 24

Plus either: Sesame Street Live OR 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends October 15-17

Star Trek Live!

Friday, January 14, 7 pm

Package tickets are located in lowest price point for Sesame Street Live and Star Trek Live!

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Thank you to the Bay area CEO’s who understand the importance of the arts in our community and the impact they have on our lives.

A BIG THANKS TO RUTH ECKERD HALL’S CORPORATE SPONSORS!

“Both the St. Petersburg Times and Ruth Eckerd Hall are among our region’s leading cultural and intellectual assets, so the partnership between our organizations is a natural.” Paul Tash, President & CEO, St. Petersburg Times “The Verizon Foundation is committed to helping improve student achievement, so we are pleased to support the outstanding educational programs of Ruth Eckerd Hall. Through programs such as PASSport, experiential learning through the arts will increase the likelihood of academic success for at-risk students, and increased educational success will help produce self-sustaining, creative, and contributing adults.” Michelle Robinson, Southeast Region President, Verizon “As a corporate partner operating in 35 counties in Florida and headquartered in St. Petersburg, Progress Energy is committed to supporting the arts. We believe there is nothing more powerful than strong communities. After all, our success is wholly intertwined with that of the communities we serve. That’s why we take an active role in supporting community partners, like Ruth Eckerd Hall, that positively impact our customers and employees.” Vincent Dolan, President & CEO, Progress Energy Florida “As a keen supporter of the arts, our partnership with the Hoffman Institute and Ruth Eckerd Hall gives me tremendous pride that we are furthering such an important part of these students’ lives. As a community we can come together to enjoy the exceptionally talented women of the Legends Tour, with the knowledge we are supporting such a worthy cause. This is a winning relationship on many levels.” Sheila Johnson, Owner of Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, former music teacher, classically trained violinist and avid arts supporter

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“Although this economy has caused us to cease most of our print advertising, we are maintaining our commitment to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the coming year. We do this for 2 reasons: (1) the audience for the arts is a great target for us with many company owners in attendance at performances; and (2) it is a great way for us to support the Hall, which I have always believed is vital to the lifestyle of our community, and get a return on that support at the same time.” Alan Bomstein, President, Creative Contractors, Inc. “Bright House Networks hosts “The Bright Stars Senior Idol Show” here every year. The staff is always professional and reliable. We always have a great experience using Ruth Eckerd Hall and it is great to know that by bringing business to the Hall, we are also supporting culture and arts in our community.” Mike Robertson, Division President, Bright House Networks “Art challenges our boundaries and nurtures the empowerment of our creative energies. We are fortunate to have Ruth Eckerd Hall provide such a joyful opportunity to our conscious enlightenment.” Cesar A. Lara, MD “It is so incredible to be associated with such an outstanding organization representing education and the arts!” Steven J. Kramer, Managing Partner, New York Life

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Photo Credit: Cameron Heeg

Guests, sponsors and members of the Private Stock Band enjoy a spectacular evening of supporting the performing arts and arts education at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 5th Annual Spring Gala.

Join Us At Our 2010 - 2011 Special Events 12th Annual Harvesting for Scholarships – Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Circle of Stars Reception II – Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This annual event benefiting the Ruth Eckerd Hall Youth Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Programs includes a cocktail reception, silent auction and a harvest themed dinner. Special performances spotlighting former Ruth Eckerd Hall scholarship recipients are featured. It is also an opportunity for Ruth Eckerd Hall to present the annual Marcia P. Hoffman Arts Education Award to an outstanding individual or organization and the Shining Stars Award to a superior arts educator. Please plan to join us at 6 pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall for this memorable event. Sponsorship levels are available for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. Individual tickets are $85.

Circle of Stars members can join us for a reception in the Margarete Heye Great Room prior to, during intermission and after the performance of The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine and soft drinks. Artist attendance at reception is not implied or guaranteed.

Circle of Stars Reception I – Saturday, December 11, 2010 Circle of Stars members can join us for a reception in the Margaret Heye Great Room prior to, during intermission and after the performance of Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine and soft drinks. Artist attendance at reception is not implied or guaranteed.

Stradivarius Society Gala – Saturday, February 5, 2011 The Stradivarius Society Gala supports the tradition of bringing national and international classical programming to Ruth Eckerd Hall and our community. This year’s event Co-Chairpersons, Chris Nodine, Maria Cantonis and Leslie Freedman will host this special evening in the Margarete Heye Great Room. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception and elegant seated dinner, followed by an 8 pm performance by Joshua Bell. Sponsorship levels are available for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000.

Annual Meeting – Wednesday, March 23, 2011 This dinner meeting reviews the latest news about the Hall’s business plans and community impact. Also presented is a Special Recognition Award to a longtime supporter of the arts.

6th Annual Spring Gala – April 2011 Join the fun at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 6th Annual Spring Gala at 6:30 pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall for an evening of superb live performances, excellent food and beverages, exciting auction items, and fabulous dancing to benefit the arts education programs of The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

If you are interested in more details on any of these events, please contact Nancy Dietrich at (727) 712-2760 or ndietrich@rutheckerdhall.net. 51


For Your Information ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759-3219 Administrative Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm Administration: (727) 791-7060 TICKET OFFICE HOURS Monday – Saturday, noon – 6 pm and one hour prior to performances. Call (727) 791-7400 or 1-800-875-8682 (outside Pinellas & Hillsborough). We accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover cards, personal checks and cash. Service fees apply to tickets purchased by phone, online, and at Ticketmaster outlets – no service fee when purchasing in person at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office. Service fees apply to all preseason orders regardless of delivery method. A ticket is required for everyone attending a performance, including infants. A complimentary lap pass will be issued upon request to Family Theater Series presentations ONLY for children under the age of one. Limit of one lap pass per paying adult based on availability (we must stay within permitted capacity). Unless a performance is designed for children and family interaction, we suggest discretion when choosing to bring a child.

Please note: There are no refunds or exchanges unless an event is canceled or rescheduled. Exchange fees apply (waived for members). All events are on the main stage unless otherwise noted. All artists, programs and dates are subject to change. Opening artists may be added at management’s discretion. Call Ticket Office for our latest updates. Six ticket limit per event. The commercial resale of Ruth Eckerd Hall tickets is a violation of venue and membership policies. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, the resale of Ruth Eckerd Hall tickets in excess of $1 above face value is illegal under Florida Statute 817.36. Resold tickets violate venue policy. We reserve the right to void resold tickets and/or revoke membership privileges without compensation if we suspect violations. SMOKING POLICY Please be reminded that Ruth Eckerd Hall is a smoke free facility. ATM For your convenience, an ATM is located in the West Lobby. STUDENT RUSH TICKETS Student Rush Tickets are available at half-price to elementary through college students for selected performances. Two tickets per student ID may be purchased with cash only (one hour prior to select events.) Call the Ticket Office for availability. Valid student ID required.

AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES Ruth Eckerd Hall is committed to providing an accessible building and pleasurable performance experience to every member of our audience. When ordering tickets, you may request a wheelchair location with companion seating. Limited availability. Please order early. Patrons with a hearing disability may enjoy use of our infrared Assistive Listening Device system free of charge. Please note: You will need to leave a driver’s license or credit card until the listening device is returned. Please speak to an usher at one of the Information Stations to request an Assistive Listening Device. If you require a sign language interpreter, please submit a written request to the Patron Services Manager four (4) weeks prior to the event date. For more information, call Ruth Eckerd Hall Patron Services Department at (727) 712-2707. THE GROUP SALES ADVANTAGE Where groups go – fun follows! For information and a Group Sales packet, call (727) 712-2717. • Groups of 15 or more receive 10% discount on most performances. For Adults At Leisure, groups of 10 or more receive 10% discount. Groups of 50 or more enjoy 20% discount on most shows. • Convenient drop-off for group buses

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• Get one free ticket for every 30 purchased on most shows. • No service charge… ever! • Personal service… we love groups! • Dining arrangements also available for select shows. ADVERTISING IN OUR PUBLICATIONS To advertise in Ruth Eckerd Hall publications, call (727) 712-2717 CONVENIENT ON-SITE PARKING Enjoy the convenience of parking in one of our many spots located near the entrances around the Hall, without lines and having to stop to pay parking attendants. RENTAL FACILITIES When available, the Ruth Eckerd Hall auditorium may be rented. Our performance hall seats more than 2,000, offers state-of-theart professional sound and lighting systems and full-service front-of-house assistance. For additional information, call the Assistant Director of Operations at (727) 712-2776. You may also download a rental packet and application from the website at rutheckerdhall.com. Looking to host that special event? Let our coordinators assist you with weddings, corporate events, bar/bat mitzvahs and other special occasions. Also available for rental are the Margarete Heye Great Room, Dress Circle Room, Galleries, Grand Concourse and Dimmitt Family Atrium Lounge.

Murray Studio Theater

See our ad on page 37. Contact our Food & Beverage Department at (727) 712-2749. Support for Ruth Eckerd Hall is provided in part through the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Cultural Tourism Grant Program, the City of Clearwater, the Bank of America Foundation, the Doyle Family Foundation and the Leading Ladies of Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and the Eckerd Theater Company are supported in part by the Broward County Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS), The St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., and MetLife/VSAarts: Arts Connect All. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

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