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Clearwater's Capitol Theatre reopens with Michael McDonald, Bart Simpson

Michael McDonald performs at the renovated Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Dec. 18, 2013.

Jim Damaske

Michael McDonald performs at the renovated Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Dec. 18, 2013.

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When Clearwater's Capitol Theatre reopened Wednesday following more than $10 million in renovations, it attracted not only inaugural headliner Michael McDonald, but also Nancy Cartwright.

The famous voice of Bart Simpson clutched her tickets outside, saying the investment of public funds would help restore Clearwater's gleam.

"It's like a diamond in the rough. They're scraping all the crust off to expose the special-ness of Clearwater," said Cartwright, a Scientologist who visits the city several times a year.

McDonald, who apologized for being sick with the flu, belted out a mixture of Christmas songs and Doobie Brothers standards to start the scheduled two-hour sold-out show.

For Charlie Frago's full story about the reopening of the Capitol Theatre, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:39am]

    

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