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Capitol Theatre adds five more shows
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Melissa Manchester comes to the Capitol Theatre Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m.
CLEARWATER - The Capitol Theatre announces five additional performances for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

The shows are: Ricky Nelson Remembered, starring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson; Ben Vereen Steppin’ Out; Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam; Michael Amante; and Melissa Manchester. 

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727-791-7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to showtime. The Capitol Theatre Box Office opens one hour prior to show time. 

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

Ricky Nelson Remembered, starring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson, Live In Concert, Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, $30

Ricky Nelson is the only artist to have a No. 1 song, No. 1 movie and No. 1 TV show in the same week. The phrase “teen idol” was coined after him and he is credited with pioneering the country-rock sound. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson’s life and music touched millions; his twin sons, multi-platinum recording artists in their own right, relive the music and memories in their multi-media event. 

Featuring hit songs like Hello Mary Lou, Poor Little Fool, Travelin’ Man, I’m Walkin’, I Gotta Feeling, Teenage Idol, Garden Party and many more, RNR showcases his life with never-before-seen interviews from artists he influenced including Paul McCartney and Chris Isaak. Matthew and Gunnar’s musical event is heartfelt and full of laughter. 

Nelson’s legacy includes 53 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 19 other top-ten hits. He is one of the biggest selling artists of all time and a Golden Globe Award-winner for his performance alongside John Wayne in Rio Bravo. From Ozzie and Harriet to Ricky to Matthew and Gunnar, the Nelson’s are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in history with three successive generations of No.1 hit makers. Matthew and Gunnar are also nephews of NCIS star, Mark Harmon, on their mother’s side. 

Ben Vereen Steppin’ Out, Thursday, Dec.18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60, $45, $35

Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen returns to Clearwater along with his band performing an up-tempo show of song and dance at the Capitol Theatre. 

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. His first love and passion is and always will be the stage.

On Broadway, Vereen has appeared in Wicked, Fosse, I’m Not Rappaport, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grind, Jelly’s Last Jam, A Christmas Carol and Pippin,’ which garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

For more than 35 years, Vereen has showcased his versatility and creativity, performing countless one-man shows around the world. He was the first simultaneous winner of the Entertainer of the Year, Rising Star and Song and Dance Stars awards from the American Guild of Variety Artists. 

While continuing to perform worldwide, Vereen’s acting credits give us memorable roles that stand the test of time such as the unforgettable Chicken George in Roots and Louis Armstrong in Louis Armstrong – Chicago Style. Vereen’s television guest appearances are wide ranging from Grey’s Anatomy to Touched By An Angel. 

He was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his performance in the Hallmark movie An Accidental Friendship with Chandra Wilson.  His charitable endeavors are many and varied, which include leading an ongoing diabetes awareness campaign called S.T.A.N.D. 

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60, $50

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, songwriter and legendary guitarist Dave Mason has been making music since the age of 18 when he teamed up with fellow England native Steve Winwood to form the band Traffic.

Since then he has penned dozens of hits (Feelin’ Alright, We Just Disagree) and has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite including George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. 

Mason’s latest album, Futures Past , was released in May and features new versions  of his classic songs along with new material that he has written and performed on tour  the last few years.

Mason has been performing to sold-out audiences around the world for years and has sold millions of recordings worldwide. His career spans several important rock eras and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter and consummate guitarist. In 2004, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with the groundbreaking group Traffic.

His charitable endeavors are many and varied, which include the program he co-founded, Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV), an all-volunteer movement that provides veterans with the tools they need to transition to civilian work and Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free musical instruments and lessons to children in public schools throughout the United States. 

Michael Amante, Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50, $35.

A Limited number of VIP tickets, priced at $85, are available and include a meet and greet opportunity.

A true crossover talent, Amante is powerful and charismatic, singing pop, rock, Broadway and gospel as well as opera. Known as “The People’s Tenor,” Amante’s incredible four-octave range and emotionally-charged delivery captivate audiences worldwide.

Singing legend Tony Bennett called Amante “… the next Mario Lanza” and he has won praise from singing icons Luciano Pavarotti and Franco Corelli for his natural tenor range. His debut recording of classical songs and arias placed him as the No.1 artist in Billboard magazine’s classical charts in 2002. His self-titled PBS television special was nominated for a regional Emmy Award.

Amante’s stage appearances have included leading roles in West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Lil Abner, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and La Bohéme, Cavaleria Rusticana and the American “Freddie” in an upcoming 2014 production of the musical Chess.

His live concerts with some of the nation’s best symphonies also include music from The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Rigoletto, Italian classics and standards from the great American Songbook. He has sung to capacity crowds of 80,000 plus at Giants Stadium and performed to countless dignitaries including former U.S. Presidents, Pope John Paul II and Julia Roberts, to name a few.

Melissa Manchester, Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55, $45

Grammy Award-winning artist, Melissa Manchester returns to the Capitol Theatre for the first time since her date in February.

A compelling singer and songwriter, her debut releases Home To Myself and Bright Eyes positioned her as a dynamic new talent. Manchester launched the smash hit single Midnight Blue and along with co-writer Kenny Loggins, she penned the radio classic Whenever I Call You Friend.

Her songs have been recorded by iconic artists such as Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack and Johnny Mathis, to name just a few. Her international hits Through The Eyes of Love and Don’t Cry Out Loud were written for her by her friend and frequent collaborator Carloe Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch and the late Peter Allen. 

Manchester was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 and 1979 and received the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist. In 1980, she became the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a given year, Through The Eyes Of Love and Promise. She went on to make Oscar history by performing both songs during the worldwide telecast. 

Manchester has received numerous awards including the Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the New York Bistro Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Popular Music.
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