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Ty Burrell talks 'Modern Family,' performing live and sharing backstage stories



Ruth Eckerd Hall has hosted special meet-the-star appearances for many years, featuring everyone from Carol Burnett and Cary Grant to, more recently, Goldie Hawn and Al Pacino. And "reality TV" stars such as Dinner: Impossible host Robert Irvine and the cast of Deadliest Catch have learned that stage shows can help them make more money off their TV fame.

But Wednesday's appearance by four of the stars of ABC's Emmy-winning comedy Modern Family is a rarity: the cast from a show in its creative and ratings prime hitting stages to greet fans.

"It's essentially, I guess, like a live talk show," said Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), who will appear with castmates Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett) and Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy) on Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. "It's basically like, if we were in your living room," he added. "You know, if you wanted four idiots in your living room."

The four Modern Family stars will appear at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets are $49, $75 and $100. Click here for details.

For more of Eric Deggans' interview with Ty Burrell, as well as details about the show itself, click here.

[Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 12:32pm]


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