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Ruth Eckerd Hall announces 2012-2013 Broadway season
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Agatha Christie’s BBC Murders kicks off Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 2012-2013 Broadway season, Nov. 13, at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater.
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Billy Elliot The Musical, Jan. 29-30, starring Kylend Hetherington, is second on the schedule for Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 2012-2013 Broadway season.
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The Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, Feb. 26-27, is the third show in Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 2012-2013 season.
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The rock musical HAIR, April 4-6, is fourth in line for Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 2012-2013 Broadway season.
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Dance and music combine in West Side Story, June 21-23, the fifth show of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 2012-2013 Broadway season.
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Rock of Ages, Oct. 6, is the first of three bonus shows for Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 2012-2013 Broadway season.
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Cindy Williams stars in Nunset Boulevard, a second bonus show, Dec. 2, in Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 2012-2013 Broadway season.
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A new musical, Catch Me If You Can, Dec. 8, is the third bonus show in Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 2012-2013 Broadway season.
CLEARWATER - Zev Buffman, President and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc., recently announced the Broadway Series for the 2012-2013 Season.

“We are proud to present four Tony Award-winning BEST musicals Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, HAIR and West Side Story, along with the exclusive performances of the Tony-nominated musicals Rock of Ages and Catch Me If You Can, on our main stage,” Buffman said in press release.

“We are also thrilled to kick off the season with Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders,” said Raven Award-winner Buffman. “These four lost and recently found classic mysteries will make their Florida premier on the intimate Capitol Theatre stage in downtown Clearwater followed by a national tour commencing with a three-week performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale and other cities – under the banner of 'A Ruth Eckerd Hall Production'.”

This Award winning production, adapted for the stage by Judith Walcutt and David Ossman, first presented two seasons ago by Buffman & the International Mystery Writers’ Festival at the RiverPark Center, Owensboro, Ky., became a stunning international hit and drew audiences from all parts of the world.

The five-show season packages which include Agatha Christie’s BBC Murders, Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, HAIR and West Side Story are on sale now. Bonus Shows, Rock of Ages, Catch Me If You Can and Nunset Boulevard starring Cindy Williams can be added at a discount.

Members will be able to purchase single tickets beginning Sept. 17 and single tickets for all Broadway performances will go on sale to the general public beginning in October.

The five-show Broadway series packages and tickets to all performances will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.rutheckerdhall.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to show time.

Pre-show dinners held in the Margarete Heye Great Room or Dimmitt Atrium will also be available as a separate purchase and prices will range from $15 to $25. For more information on ordering dinner, patrons are encouraged to visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Times, dates, performers, performances and descriptions of performances are all subject to change.

Agatha Christie’s BBC Murders

• Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 15, at 2 and 8 p.m.
• Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 and 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

Presented in the Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in downtown Clearwater

“Live theater to die for!” – The Examiner

Lost during the London Blitz and post-war reconstruction, four rediscovered Agatha Christie gems from the BBC Mystery Series come to life on stage. Butter in a Lordly Dish takes its title from a passage from the book of Judges in the Bible and refers to the story of Jael, who killed Sisera by driving a nail through his head. Three Blind Mice was presented in 1947 in response to a request from Queen Mary for a new Christie mystery on the occasion of her 80th birthday. This classic was the inspiration for The Mousetrap, the world’s longest-running play. Personal Call will take you on a murderous adventure through London train stations and give you a ghostly encounter. Finally, Yellow Iris, set in a London cabaret, introduced the world to the now-beloved Inspector Hercule Poirot. This riveting mystery intersperses action with performances by the musicians and cabaret artists appearing at the restaurant where the murder is planned.

Billy Elliot The Musical

• Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Intoxicating” – The New York Times

Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small mining town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever. Full of life, laughter, award-winning choreography and an unforgettable score by Elton John, this uplifting winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards® (including Best Musical) is a big musical with an even bigger heart. “Impossible to Resist” - Chicago Tribune.

A Chorus Line

• Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Blows the sequins off most Broadway musicals!” – Entertainment Weekly

In an empty theatre, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for – with every drop of sweat, every hour of training. It’s an opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed of – dance. A Chorus Line is the musical for everyone who has ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards® (including Best Musical) and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, this singular sensation returns for an all-new tour with a new generation of Broadway’s best!

HAIR

• Thursday, April 4, at 8 p.m.
• Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 8 p.m.

“The ultimate American rock musical!” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

This exuberant 2009 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival, embraced by audiences of all ages, focuses on a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. HAIR features an extraordinary cast and unforgettable songs, including Aquarius; Let the Sun Shine In; Good Morning, Starshine and Easy To Be Hard. Its relevance is undeniable, its energy unbridled, its truth unwavering.

For mature audiences.

West Side Story

• Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, June 22, at 2 and 8 p.m.
• Sunday, June 23, at 2 and 7 p.m.

“West Side Story remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” - Associated Press

West Side Story forever changed musical theater and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. From the first note to the last breath, it soars as one of the greatest love stories of all time. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is one of Broadway’s finest, featuring such classics as Something’s Coming, Tonight, America, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere.

Rock of Ages

• Saturday, Oct. 6, at 5 and 9 p.m.

“Excellent! Rock and comedy in perfect proportion.” – David Cote, Time Out New York

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl meets a big-city rocker and they fall in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. It’s an arena-rock love story about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on told through hits like Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, I Want to Know What Love Is and others from Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poisin, Asia, Whitesnake and more.

Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show

• Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.

“Hilarious, wacky, and unpredictable!” – ABC TV

The latest sequel in the wildly successful Nunsense series stars Cindy Williams of Laverne & Shirley and follows the exploits of The Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have been invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl (Bowl-A-Rama, that is, much to their dismay)! When they get wind of auditions for a movie across the street, they make the most of the opportunity to land parts in a real movie. Will Hoboken lose The Sisters to the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown?

Catch Me If You Can

A New Musical

• Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 and 8 p.m.

“…a lively production, the best sounding new music currently on Broadway…” - Steven Suskin, Variety

Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying new musical comedy based on the hit film. Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. is a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, he successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams as a dogged FBI agent chases him to the end… and finds something he never expected. It’s a big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love… and in deep, deep trouble!
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