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Back by popular demand, In the Mood, set for Feb. 21, is a celebration of big band rhythms and intimate ballads of the Swing Era,America’s “greatest generation,” and the music that moved a nation’s spirit, inspired hope, and helped win a war.
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Direct from sellouts in Branson, the multi-talented Lowe Family makes their Ruth Eckerd Hall premiere Feb. 5 Their performance offers an incredible blend of show-stopping classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz, bluegrass, old-time favorites, spectacular dance, six-part harmony, gospel and more.
CLEARWATER – Zev Buffman, president and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc. recently announced the 2012-13 Adults At Leisure series at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

“I am thrilled to announce our 15 Adults At Leisure performances for the upcoming season,” said Buffman. “Not only will we present returning favorites, Neil Berg’s 105 Years of Broadway and The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, but we also bring direct from Branson, The Lowe Family and one of the most well known comedians, Louie Anderson”.

Season Ticket Packages are on sale now - 15 shows for just $180, a savings of $111 (if purchased separately).

Single tickets also are on sale and priced at $25 and $18. Single tickets for three bonus shows (the 2 p.m. performance of A Christmas Carol, Hooray for Hollywood and Louie Anderson) are priced at $35 and $25. A limited number of VIP seats are available for all shows and patrons are encouraged to call the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office for more information and availability.

Pre-show boxed lunches priced at $10, $8 for groups of 15 or more, will be available prior to all AAL performances.

For more information and to purchase tickets, patrons are encouraged to visit www.RuthEckerdHall.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, or call 727-791-7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to show time. For more information on Group discounts, please contact Jim Nixon, Group Sales Coordinator at 727-712-2717.

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

Adults at Leisure productions are as follows.

Simply Sinatra Christmas - Thursday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m.

Steve Lippia returns to re-create Ol’ Blue Eyes just in time for Christmas! Enjoy a wonderful blend of holiday cheer, memories, and jazz/swing standards with the energetic flair that only a big band can provide.

The Kings of Swing - Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m.

Nine musicians and three of the best Swing vocalists celebrate the greatest hits of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Michael Bublé, Paulo Nutini, Brian Setzer and more.

A Christmas Carol - Thursday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. - Bonus Show

A cherished tradition, this longest-running production of the beloved Dickens classic, is the story about ghosts of Christmases past, present and future who guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas and a new life filled with joy and love.

The Ultimate Elvis Birthday Bash:

Blue Suede Shoes - Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.

Back by popular demand, Scot Bruce as the young Elvis, and Mike Albert as the Las Vegas Elvis return along with the Big “E” Band to offer a rockin’ birthday party in celebration of America’s first rock ‘n’ roll icon. This performance sells-out every year.

The Great American Songbook - Monday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m.

Dazzling production numbers, spine-tingling tap dance routines, a sizzling jazz trio, and classics from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Harold Arlen, and the Gershwins create the perfect recipe for an afternoon of nostalgia.

Neil Berg’s 105 Years of Broadway - Friday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.

This performance sells out every year! Five Broadway stars and a great New York band re-create magical moments from the best that Broadway has offered over the past hundred years.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra - Friday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m.

This 16-piece orchestra continues to pack venues across the country and remains true to the legacy of the band that broke attendance records up and down the East Coast and had 31 Top 10 hits in 1940.

The Lowe Family - Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m.

Direct from sellouts in Branson, this multi-talented family makes their Ruth Eckerd Hall premiere! Their performance offers an incredible blend of show-stopping classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz, bluegrass, old-time favorites, spectacular dance, six-part harmony, gospel, and more.

Vienna Boys Choir - Monday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m.

Returning for the 15th time the world’s preeminent boys’ choir delights with purity of tone, charm, and a repertoire of Austrian folk songs, waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chant.

Hooray for Hollywood - Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. - Bonus Show

Another Ruth Eckerd Hall premiere. Relive your favorites from the silver screen when fourteen singers and dancers (with 30+ songs and 300+ costume changes), movie clips, and a red-hot band takes the audience on a nostalgic journey through 50 years of the most popular movie musicals.

In The Mood - Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m.

Back by popular demand, this show is a celebration of big band rhythms and intimate ballads of the Swing Era,America’s “greatest generation,” and the music that moved a nation’s spirit, inspired hope, and helped win a war.

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show - Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m.

The next best thing to the style, swing, swagger, and non-stop party of the Rat Pack themselves. Preserving his father’s legacy, Sandy Hackett presents songs of the legendary Ron Miller, who wrote For Once in My Life; Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday (Stevie Wonder) and Touch Me in the Morning (Diana Ross) among many others, and voiceovers by Buddy Hackett make this show unforgettable.

Celtic Crossroads - The Gathering Tour - Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m.

PBS favorites, Celtic Crossroads returns with the youthful energy that won hearts in 2008 and 2010. These lads and lasses of westernIreland’s most talented export return to share Celtic music with raucous delight, redefining Celtic music on the world stage.

Andy Cooney’s Forever Irish - Monday, March 18, at 1 p.m.

Hailed by The New York Times as “Irish America’s favorite son”, musician, songwriter, vocalist and entertainer Andy Cooney returns bringing talent, versatility, a flair for entertaining, dynamic stage presence and rapport with his audiences. A cast of a dozen musicians, singers and dancers provides a fun-filled afternoon.

Louie Anderson - Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. - Bonus Show

Returning to Clearwater after his tremendous performance at The Capitol Theatre, one of the most versatile and successful comedians working today, actor/author/stand-up comic Louie Anderson delivers his inimitable brand of family-friendly humor and warmth on the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage for the first time in 25 years.

Adults At Leisure Box Lunch Menus

Make your day complete with a pre-show Boxed Lunch at Ruth Eckerd Hall. This season, a number of improvements have been made to the menu, service and experience. Enjoy the convenience of arriving early and having lunch prior to the show.

All Boxed Lunches are priced at $10 per person, $8 each for a group of 15 or more. Menu varies by performance (see list below). Seating is very limited. To make your reservations, call 727-791-7400 or visit www.RuthEckerdHall.com. For more information on group reservations, please contact Jim Nixon, Group Sales Coordinator at 727-712-2717.

The Box Lunch Menu prior to the following performances:

Simply Sinatra - Blue Suede Shoes - Glenn Miller Orchestra - Hooray for Hollywood - Celtic Crossroads Will be:

• Chicken Caesar Salad

• Tuna Salad over Mixed Greens

• Garden Vegetable Salad with Dressing

Served with Potato Salad, Cookie, Coffee, Tea or Water

Kings of Swing - The Great American Songbook - The Lowe Family - In The Mood - Andy Cooney’s Forever Irish Will be:

• Ham Sandwich

• Turkey Sandwich

• Veggie Sandwich

o Served on marble Bread with tomato, lettuce and cheese

o Served with Potato Salad, Cookie, Coffee, Tea or Water

A Christmas Carol (2 p.m. performance) - 105 Years of Broadway - Vienna Boys Choir - Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack - Louie Anderson Will be:

• Chicken Salad Wrap

• BLT Wrap

• Veggie Wrap

o All wraps are either Sun-Dried Tomato or Spinach

o Served with Potato Salad, Cookie, Coffee, Tea or Water

*Menu subject to change.
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