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Ruth Eckerd Hall announces 2014-15 Broadway Season
Tickets and packages for performances go on sale Friday, May 9 at noon
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Flashdance – The Musical scheduled on Saturday, March 28, is one of the many shows that made up the 2014-2015 Broadway Season at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall announces the Broadway Series for the 2014-15 Season. Single tickets and packages are available beginning at noon Friday, May 9.

The season includes the exclusive Tampa Bay area premiere of the brand-new musicals I Love Lucy Live on Stage and Anything Goes. Audiences also can see the American classics Smokey Joe’s Café and Guys and Dolls, plus the longest running musical in Broadway’s history Chicago. The season also features an iconic film turned into a hot play Flashdance – The Musical, and an amazing musical version of Jekyll & Hyde.

Plus due to overwhelming demand and a sold-out performance the last time it was at the Hall, Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles will return.

“We are proud to present the Florida premiere of I Love Lucy Live on Stage after long runs in Los Angeles and Chicago. The surprise addition of Cole Porter’s recent Tony Award-winning Anything Goes makes me want to rush to the theatre”, said Zev Buffman Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc. president and CEO. “All of these musical miracles, along with the phenomenal acoustics of Ruth Eckerd Hall spell out great joy.”

Single tickets priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35 and packages for the Broadway performances will be available 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 show time.

Pre-show dining is also available. For more information, visit www.RuthEckerdHall.com.

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

Smokey Joe’s Café featuring the Coasters - Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

The Coasters are headlining and it’s always a party at Smokey Joe’s Café. This Tony Award-nominated and GRAMMY Award-winning salute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller is a raise the roof, song-and-dance celebration of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits. Get ready for songs like Hound Dog, Standby Me, Yakety Yak, Jailhouse Rock, Spanish Harlem, On Broadway, Kansas City, Love Potion #9, Fools Fall in Love and many more.

Guys and Dolls - Sunday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Times Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

Chicago - Friday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 and 8 p.m.

A true New York City institution, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. No wonder Chicago has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that Chicago has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Jekyll & Hyde - Monday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in this all-new production of the musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy and Tony Award nominated Frank Wildhorn and double Oscar and GRAMMY-winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over. An evocative tale of two men – one a doctor, passionate and romantic – the other, a terrifying madman and two women – one, beautiful and trusting – the other, beautiful and trusting only herself. Both women in love with the same man. Both unaware of his dark secret. Their story unfolds in this gripping musical thriller resplendent with a sumptuous score including the unforgettable This Is the Moment, Someone Like You and A New Life.

Anything Goes - Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography. Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, and of course, Anything Goes.

I Love Lucy Live on Stage - Tuesday, March 24, 8 p.m., and Wednesday, March 25 at 2 and 8 p.m.

I Love Lucy Live on Stage is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history. It’s 1952, and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where you experience firsthand the filming of two hilarious I Love Lucy episodes, complete with charming host, 50s style harmonies from the Crystaltone Singers and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome; Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. Whether young or old, everybody really does Love Lucy.

Flashdance – The Musical - Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m.

The pop culture phenomenon of Flashdance is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance – The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

Flashdance – The Musical features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song Flashdance - What a Feeling, Maniac, Gloria, Manhunt and I Love Rock & Roll. In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth.

Flashdance – The Musical features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay), and Robert Cary with direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis).

Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles - Saturday, April 25, 3 and 8 p.m.

Due to overwhelming demand, Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Rain performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, high-definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been added to the tour.

Together longer than The Beatles, Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance in this multi-media concert, that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (I Want To Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Come Together, Hey Jude and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends.

About Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, manages and operates the Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts, the Capitol Theatre and other related off-site programs such as Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road and Friends of Music. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc.’s mission is to engage the community to explore, discover, experience and master quality performing arts.

Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts, owned by the city of Clearwater and operated by Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc., includes the 2,200-seat Ruth Eckerd Hall, the 200-seat Murray Studio Theatre, the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts, the 5,500 square foot Margarete Heye Great Room. Ruth Eckerd Hall is located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.

Ruth Eckerd Hall was named the No. 1 theater in the world for venues with 2,500 seats or less for the decade (2000-2009) by Billboard, based on number of shows, tickets sold and gross ticket sales. Ruth Eckerd Hall is consistently ranked as one of the top five venues in the world with 2,500 seats or less by various industry trade publications including Billboard, Pollstar and Venues Today.

Designed by the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ruth Eckerd Hall is known for its fantastic sightlines and near-perfect acoustics and hosts more than 250 events a year including pop, rock, jazz and classical concerts, musicals, comedy, movies and more.
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