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Ruth Eckerd Hall books favorites for Adults at Leisure Series
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The Diamonds entertain Thursday, March 27, 2014, as part of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Adults at Leisure Series.
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Mitzi Gaynor performs Sunday, March 2, 2014, as part of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Adults at Leisure Series.
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B.J. Thomas takes the stage Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, as part of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Adults at Leisure Series.
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Dallas Brass plays Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, as part of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Adults at Leisure Series.
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Tony Orlando, with special guests The Bronx Wanderers, performs Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, as part of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Adults at Leisure Series.
CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall recently announced the lineup for the Adults At Leisure Series for the 2013-14 season, which includes returning favorites Steve Lippia, Blue Suede Shoes and The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

In addition, performances are scheduled by the legendary superstar Mitzi Gaynor, five-time Grammy winner B.J. Thomas, and one of America’s most beloved entertainers, Tony Orlando. Due to overwhelming demand, Ruth Eckerd Hall will present two performances of Neil Berg’s 106 Years of Broadway.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 16, noon, 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. For group sales, call 727-712-2717. Convenient pre-show boxed lunches priced at $8 are available. For reservations and more information, call the ticket office.

Following is a summary of the 2013-14 season of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Adults at Leisure Series:

• Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents “A Christmas Carol” – Monday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m. Tickets are priced at $35, $50 and $75. A cherished tradition, this is the longest-running production of “A Christmas Carol” in the United States. In this beloved Dickens classic, ghosts of Christmases past, present and future guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas and a new life filled with joy and love.

• Steve Lippia in “Simply Swingin’ with Sinatra & Friends” – Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25 and $35. Steve Lippia, one of the most prominent interpreters of standards and swing music, returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall with his swinging, hot big band behind him! His youthful vitality lends itself perfectly to this brisk, exhilarating production.

• Blue Suede Shoes: The One and Only Double Elvis Birthday Bash – Sunday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. The show will feature Scot Bruce and Mike Albert. Back by popular demand, the top two “Elvises” return with one phenomenal show. Bruce stars as the young Elvis and Albert as the Las Vegas Elvis. Along with the Big "E" Band, the performers offer a rockin' birthday party celebration of America's first rock 'n' roll icon.

• In The Mood – Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 1 p.m. Tickets Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. In The Mood returns for one afternoon celebrating the big band rhythms and intimate ballads of the Swing Era. Much more than a concert, the retro 1940s musical revue features singers and dancers with a sensational big band orchestra. The music and arrangements of America’s “greatest generation” are as authentic as it gets.

• Tony Orlando with special guests The Bronx Wanderers – Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $35, $50, $75. No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando. He is one of America’s most endearing and enduring stars. Orlando brings a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience and like a painter, he is an artist who steps onto a stage as if it were a blank canvas. Each show he weaves colorful emotions set to music touching the deepest part of a person’s heart. He has sold millions of records, including five No. 1 “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ’ Round the Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times,” “Candida,” “My Sweet Gypsy Rose” and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).” Opening the show will be special guests The Bronx Wanderers. Every great song had a champion who believed in its glory, heard its potential, and suddenly transformed a few notes into something immediately unforgettable and magical. These are the champions that the Bronx Wanderers bring to life.

• The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra – Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. More than 60 years since the public first embraced the successful Miller Sound, both the legend and the music live on. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, featuring music director Nick Hilscher and The Moonlight Serenaders is the most sought-after big band in the world today for both concert and dance engagements. Still considered the greatest band of all time with 31 Top 10 hits – such as “Tuxedo Junction,” “In the Mood,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” – its unique sound is loved by almost anybody that cares for dance music.

• Ethel Merman’s Broadway starring Rita McKenzie – Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. Rita McKenzie recreates her uncanny, award-winning Off-Broadway portrayal of Ethel Merman, the Queen of the Broadway Musical, in this international smash hit. Attendees will relive amazing tunes such as “I Got Rhythm,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Everything's Coming Up Roses” and 20 more of Broadway's all-time greatest songs. McKenzie weaves Merman's bigger-than-life story with her signature tunes in an absolute must-see show.

• The Irish Rovers: Farewell – Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. For those who have been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer: This is the beginning of “The Long Goodbye.” The Irish Rovers return with songs that have captivated and delighted audiences since 1963 with favorites such as “Wasn’t That A Party,” “Black Velvet Band,” “Orange and the Green,” “Drunken Sailor” and their signature song “The Unicorn.”

• Dallas Brass – Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music.

• B.J. Thomas – Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. A true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, B.J. Thomas has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music with his new album “The Living Room Sessions” featuring duets with Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Richard Marx, Keb Mo and Steve Tyrell. A five-time Grammy and Oscar winner; and two-time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records, B.J. Thomas has ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artist over the past five decades with his signature hits “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head,” “Hooked On A Feeling” and “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”

• Mitzi Gaynor – Sunday, March 2, 2014, 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $35, $50, $75. Legendary musical star Mitzi Gaynor will light up the stage in an intimate and glittering celebration of laughs, love and music spanning her career. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe nominated star of blockbuster musicals including “South Pacific” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” will present a 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.

• Dublin’s Irish Cabaret with Andy Cooney and Noel Ginnity – Thursday, March 6, 2014, 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. The show will offer an exhilarating and distinctive blend of Irish music, song, laughter and dance in an afternoon designed to please the entire family. Andy Cooney, Irish America’s favorite son, returns to team up with Noel V. Ginnity for Dublin’s Irish Cabaret. With his outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence, Cooney is a favorite among American and Irish audiences. Ginnity has long been recognized as Ireland’s greatest comedian, with an endless supply of funny stories, many based on uniquely Irish characters.

• The Not So Newlywed Game Live! with Bob Eubanks – Sunday, March 16, 2014, 2 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. Hosted by Bob Eubanks, the live Not So Newlywed Game features four married couples who will be chosen at random to play a half-hour version of the game for a chance to win prizes. Eubanks will also narrate hilarious clips from his television career.

• Neil Berg’s 106 Years of Broadway – Monday, March 17, 2014, 7 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. Once again, Berg brings audiences an all-new musical revue with five Broadway stars and a great New York band, re-creating magical moments from the best that Broadway has offered over the past hundred years.

• The Diamonds in concert – Thursday, March 27, 2014, 1 p.m. Tickets priced at $18, $25, $35. In 1957, The Diamonds released their first hit single, “Little Darlin’” and to date it has sold approximately 20 million copies. They have three gold records – “Silhouettes,” “The Stroll” and “Little Darlin’” – and have songs on the “American Graffiti” and “Happy Days” soundtracks. The Diamonds have been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame and continue to expand their audience around the world.
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