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Mahaffey announces 2014-15 schedule
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Patti LaBelle takes the stage at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater Nov. 16.
ST. PETERSBURG – The Mahaffey Theater recently announced 20 new performances for the 2014-15 season.

The calendar features a diverse selection of programming, with comedy, R&B, inspirational and educational speakers, dance productions, family events, tribute artists, musical icons and more. Additional events will be added throughout the season.

For the first time, the venue is also offering a “build your own series” called Three for Me. Subscribers may select three or more of these newly-added shows, or mix and match with other shows already on sale and receive one complimentary drink per ticket purchased. Three for Me subscribers can also purchase tickets one week before the general public for the newly-added events. Three for Me is available exclusively by phone at 893-7832 and is only available for a limited time.

Tickets for all events listed are on sale now for Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members. Three for Me subscribers can purchase beginning on Friday, July 25. Single tickets go on sale on Friday, Aug. 1, noon. Call 893-7832 or visit TheMa­haffe­y.com.

The Mahaffey Theater is at 400 First St. S.

Following is a schedule of newly added events at The Mahaffey Theater:

• Steve Martin & Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation, Sunday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $89. The two Martins of “The Three Amigos” will join forces for a night of individual Q&As

along with singing, banter and banjo playing presented in an interview-style form.

• Steve Harvey: Act Like a Success, Saturday, Oct. 18, noon. Tickets start at $64.75. Special guests Lisa Nichols and Patrice Washington join Steve Harvey for an amazing afternoon of motivation, education and inspiration.

• Arrival: The Music of ABBA, Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Hits like “Dancing Queen,” “SOS,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Super Trouper,” “Money Money Money,” “Waterloo,” “Honey Honey,” “Fernando,” “Thank You For The Music,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” and many more are delivered with such accuracy that it’s hard to believe that it’s not the real ABBA on stage.

• Patti LaBelle, Sunday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $59.50. The soul diva has enjoyed one of the longest-lived careers in contemporary music, notching hits in a variety of sounds ranging from girl group pop to space-age funk to lush ballads and selling more than 50 million records.

• Terry Fator, Sunday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of “America’s Got Talent” with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy, and unparalleled celebrity impressions.

• Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits, Sunday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39. A groundbreaking recording artist, distinctive vocalist and consummate entertainer, the legendary music icon is one of the elite few whose voice is instantly recognized the world over. He’ll perform hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” “Through The Years,” “Love Will Turn You Around,” and “Islands In The Stream” plus holiday favorites.

• Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s Holiday Pops, Sunday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s Holiday Pops tour showcases traditional holiday favorites and contemporary classics. Conductor John Morris Russell leads one of America’s most beloved orchestras, joined by vocalist Brian Stokes Mitchell, dubbed by the New York Times as “Broadway’s Last Leading Man.”

• Colors of Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. Peabo Bryson (“A Whole New World”), Jennifer Holliday (“And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going”), Ruben Studdard (American Idol Winner) and Taylor Dayne (“Tell It to My Heart”) perform their classic, chart-topping hits, as well as holiday favorites.

• Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, 2 p.m. Tickets start at $22.50. A family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets- 15 house cats, 10 dogs, four geese, eight white doves and two parrots.

• Ballroom with a Twist, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50. This family-friendly production brings a frenzy of sizzling dance moves, choreographed by Dancing with the Stars’ Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel, performed by professional international dancers spanning the hot moves of Samba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Jive. Former American Idol contestants also perform.

• Wild Kratts Live, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, 2 p.m. Tickets start at $22.50. In this stage production, the animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris from the popular PBS Kids series, come to real life. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts” the Wild Kratts team rescues a helpless animal friend and returns her home "Living Free and in the Wild!"

• Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $22. Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. Enjoy grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers all rolled up into a live show.

• Ramsey Lewis & Philip Bailey, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. The great performer, composer, pianist and jazz legend, a three-time Grammy winner and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, Ramsey Lewis unites with soul, gospel, funk singer, songwriter and percussionist Philip Bailey for an enticing evening of jazz and R&B classics that grew out of their legendary careers.

• Pink Floyd Experience, Friday, March 6, 2015, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. With a multi-million dollar light show, six brilliant musicians and two hours of classic Floyd, PFX is a celebration of the music, the themes and the innovation that this great band brought to fans around the world. It is Pink Floyd, up close and personal without losing the scope and power of their performance.

• “1964 … The Tribute,” Friday, March 13, 2015, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. For more than 29 years, the group has successfully re-created the concert experience of The Beatles from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era – from wardrobe to hairstyles, Liverpool accents, singing nuances and vintage instruments.

• Smokey Robinson, Sunday, April 12, 2015, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $59.50. Smokey Robinson is one of the most beloved and influential figures in the history of popular music. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Robinson has logged 37 Top 40 hits in his career and is the sterling pen and satin voice behind such megahits as “Shop Around,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Tears of a Clown,” and “Cruisin’,” among many others.

• Chef Robert Irvine Live, Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30. More than just a cooking demo, Robert Irvine LIVE is an interactive show that provides multiple opportunities for audience participation while witnessing the challenging nature of the TV show, Dinner: Impossible, come to life right before your eyes.

Shows at the Palladium

The Mahaffey Theater also announced three performances scheduled for The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

The Mahaffey will sponsor the following shows at The Palladium:

• Pieces of a Dream, Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. This crossover jazz group founded in Philadelphia in 1976 gained popularity with their unique sound that also emphasized R&B and incorporated funk, quiet storm, hip-hop, new jack swing and smooth jazz into their recordings, which often featured vocalists.

• Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. The wildly popular New Zealand ensemble presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, featuring songs made famous by artists like Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Beatles, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers and Kings of Leon, alongside tunes from the “South Pacific,” packaged into a spectacular funfest.

• Paul Reiser, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. A seasoned actor, writer, musician, and stand-up comedian, Paul Reiser co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series, “Mad About You,” which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations.

About The Mahaffey

The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.

Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat venue boasts waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
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