ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg City Theatre will continue its 90th mainstage season, presented by Raymond James, with “Footloose, The Musical,” running Jan. 23 through Feb. 8.
Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. The lobby will open one hour prior to the show.
“Footloose” first burst onto the silver screen in 1984 and proved to be one of that year's most successful motion pictures. The soundtrack recording reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and went on to sell more than 17 million copies worldwide, generating such Top 40 hits as the title song, "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "Almost Paradise," "Holding Out For A Hero" and "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)."
With a screenplay and lyrics by Oscar winner Dean Pitchford, the story focuses on young people. “Footloose” debuted on Broadway in 1998 and has been seen around the world. In 2011, Paramount Pictures' re-make of “Footloose” - with a screenplay by Dean Pitchford and the film's director Craig Brewer - brought this heartwarming story and electrifying music to a whole new generation.
ST. PETERSBURG - Coming to The Mahaffey Theater Friday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m., Elvis Lives is an unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis' life, during different stages in his career.
His iconic style, embraced by many of today's artists, continues to intrigue audiences of all generations. Featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises' worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, audiences worldwide "Can't Help Falling In Love" with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience.
CLEARWATER - One of the most respected comedians of her generation, Kathleen Madigan returns to the Capitol Theatre for one-night only, Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. This will be Madigan’s first appearance at the Capitol Theatre since 2010.
For more than 25 years, Madigan has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made: Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and so on. Her third hour-long special, Madigan Again, which iTunes named one of the Best Comedy Albums in 2013, premiered exclusively on Netflix to rave reviews and is available on CD, DVD and download.
ST. PETERSBURG - Dancing With the Stars fan favorite Tony Dovolani will anchor Ballroom With a Twist at The Mahaffey Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Dovolani will be joined by Cheryl Burke, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer.
Cheryl Burke recently set a record by becoming the first professional dancer to appear in the Dancing With the Stars finals seven times and the semi-finals 10 times. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Burke was already a professional ballroom dancer at the age of 13, specializing in both Standard and Latin styles. Her autobiography, Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life, was published in 2011. She has been a Dancing With the Stars champion twice - with Emmitt Smith in Season 3 and Drew Lachey in Season 2.
CLEARWATER - West Coast Players presents the rollicking farce “Don't Dress for Dinner,” by Marc Camoletti, playing Jan. 16 through Feb. 1, at the theater located at 21905 U.S. 19 N. in Clearwater.
Performances are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. A special added performance will be presented Thursday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m.
With his wife away, his best friend Robert unwittingly invited as an alibi, and a gourmet cook to fancy things up, Bernard has the foolproof romantic weekend planned for himself and his chic mistress - or so he thinks. An evening of mistaken identities and hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert are forced to improvise plausibility at breakneck speed.
ST. PETERSBURG - freeFall Theatre opens its 2015 season with Natalie Symons’ comedy “The Buffalo Kings,” playing Jan. 17 through Feb. 8.
Performances are Thursdays, 7 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.
In this world premiere production of Symons’ new play, as in life, comedy can be found in the most unlikely of places. The King family are gathered together for Christmas and struggling to heal in the wake of a hate crime committed against 15-year-old Nick (Joseph Flynn). But things really start to get interesting when his senile grandfather Harold (Joe D. Lauck) threatens to take matters in his own hands.
GULFPORT - Gulfport Community Players will present “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” by Jeff Daniels, Jan. 8-25, at the Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Some of the finest hunting and fishing in the whole world can be found in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Superior state residents refer to the area as the U.P. where “eh?” often punctuates the end of sentences. “Escanaba in da Moonlight” celebrates the hunting and family traditions of the Soady family. The story follows the heroic and heartfelt efforts of Reuben Soady in his mighty quest to bring home his first deer trophy.
CLEARWATER - “Caught in the Net,” by Ray Cooney, plays Jan. 10 through March 1, at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater.
Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday at 4. Cost is $32 for dinner and the show. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
This sequel to “Run for Your Wife” finds the bigamist taxi driver John Smith still keeping his two families in different parts of London, both happy and blissfully unaware of each other. However, his teenage children, a girl from one family and a boy from the other, have met on the Internet and are anxious to meet in person since they have so much in common - name, surname and taxi driving dad. Keeping them apart plunges John into a hell hole of his own making. His lodger Stanley could be a savior, but he is about to go on holiday with his decrepit old father who turns up thinking he is already at the guesthouse. The situation spirals out of control as John juggles outrageously with the truth.
Beau Jest “Beau Jest,” by James Sherman; through Jan. 25, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
Performances are generally Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets for are $21 for adults and $15 for students.
This charming comedy ran years at Chicago’s New Victory Gardens Theater and broke all records for the Lamb’s Theatre in New York, becoming its longest running production in 1993. Sarah Goldman has a problem. She’s in love with her boyfriend Chris, but fears her very traditional Jewish parents will never accept him. Enter Bob, an actor she has hired to portray her fictional fiancé Dr. David Steinberg for family get-togethers.
Hilarious complications are inevitable where traditions meet modern relationships, and where who’s who is the ultimate question.
Caught in the Net “Caught in the Net,” by Ray Cooney, Jan. 10 through March 1, at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. Cost is $32 for dinner and the show. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
Don’t Dress for Dinner “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” by Marc Camoletti and Robin Hawdon, Jan. 16 through Feb. 1, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $19. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.
Educating Rita “Educating Rita,” by Willy Russell; Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 South Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.
Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for members and students. Tickets for opening night are $10. Call 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org.
Directed by Rick Bronson, “Educating Rita” examines Frank, a tutor of English in his 50s whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26-year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves.
The play became a hit film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
Footloose “Footloose,” by Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow and Walter Bobbie; Jan. 23 through Feb. 8, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for students. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 866-1973 or visit www.spcitytheatre.org.
Iris Dement Iris Dement, Sunday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $29.75. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
One of the most celebrated country-folk performers, and WMNF favorite, DeMent returns to Clearwater to perform at the Capitol Theatre.
She grew up signing gospel music. During her teenage years, she was first exposed to country, folk and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. She first began composing songs at the age of 25 and in 1992 she made her recording debut with her independent label offering “Infamous Angel,” which won almost universal acclaim thanks to her pure, evocative vocal style and spare, heartfelt songcraft.
Despite a lack of support from radio, the record’s word-of-mouth praise earned her a deal with Warner Bros., which reissued it in 1993 and its follow-up, “My Life,” which earned Dement a Grammy nomination. She followed it with 1996’s eclectic “The Way I Should” and in 1999 she collaborated with John Prine on his album, “In Spite of Ourselves.” DeMent recorded four duets with him. In 2012 she released “Sing the Delta.”
The Best of The Second City The Best of The Second City, Sunday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
America's famed comedy troupe, The Second City, is coming to town with the freshest, funniest faces in comedy.
From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more, comes the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest in an evening of hilarious sketch comedy and Second City’s trademark improvisation.
Glenn Miller Orchestra Glenn Miller Orchestra, Monday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $18. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Sundown: New Classic Country Sundown: New Classic Country; Monday, Jan. 26, 2 and 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
This show will be a country feast for every appetite. Part of theLargo Lions Club Spotlight Series, the concert will feature hits from country’s blockbuster superstars Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and many more performed by a six-piece band.