The original queen of television, rock 'n' roll legends from both sides of the Atlantic, and one of literary history's most famous monsters will all hit the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall as part of its 2014-15 Broadway season, the Clearwater venue announced today.
The lineup of traveling productions includes the Florida premiere of “I Love Lucy Live on Stage,” as well as the classic tribute to hit-making songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, “Smokey Joe's Cafe,” the return of “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” and a musical version of “Jekyll & Hyde.”
Single show tickets and packages go on sale May 9 at noon through rutheckerdhall.com or by calling (727) 791-7400. Single show tickets are priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35.
“All of these musical miracles, along with the phenomenal acoustics of Ruth Eckerd Hall spell out great joy,” Ruth Eckerd Hall CEO Zev Buffman said in a statement.
Here's a look at the full lineup:
“Smokey Joe's Cafe featuring The Coasters” Dec. 6 - A celebration of some of early rock 'n' roll's biggest hits by legendary writing team Leiber and Stoller, including “Hound Dog,” “Stand By Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Spanish Harlem,” “On Broadway” and more.
“Guys and Dolls,” Jan. 4 - The classic, oddball musical comedy has one of the most colorful casts of characters in Broadway history, following missionaries, slick gamblers and cops through the shady corners and bright lights of Damon Runyon's mythical Times Square.
“Flashdance the Musical,” Jan. 24 - Based on the 1983 Jennifer Beals film (think cut-up sweatshirt and leg warmers), the musical tells the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburg steel worker by day and bar dancer by night with a dream of going pro.
“Chicago,” Feb. 6 - The longest-running American musical in Broadway history is this prohibition-era tale of fame, fortune, jazz and a pair of vaudeville “murderesses” on death row for crimes of passion.
“Jekyll & Hyde,” March 2 - Robert Louis Stevenson's Victorian-era tale about the struggle between good and evil, the duality of man and a doctor with a dark secret gets a pop-rock score in this musical thriller.
“Anything Goes,” March 18 - The revival of this Cole Porter musical about a madcap trip from New York to London aboard an ocean liner won a Tony in 2011 for Best Revival and Best Choreography.
“I Love Lucy,” March 24 - The beloved black and white TV series comes alive in color, as the audience is transported to the Desilu Playhouse studio of 1952 to experience the filming of two hilarious “Lucy” episodes.
“Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” April 25 - Hailed by the Associated Press as the “next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” the colorful trip through the Fab Four's discography returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall with complex songs that the band never even performed in concert themselves, from early hit “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” to later classic “Hey Jude.”