m 'Stories I Can't Tell Mama'
Leslie Jordan, above, is something of a sitcom gay icon, with credits going back to Murphy Brown and including (naturally) Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy for his portrayal of Beverley Leslie, a "frenemy" of Karen's. The actor is also a profligate performer of autobiographical one-man shows, and his newest, Stories I Can't Tell Mama, ranges from the day a teenage Jordan told his mother he was skipping college to become a female impersonator to a gay Alaskan cruise they took together recently. The show is at 7:30 tonight in Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $34.50; VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet with Jordan, are $64.50. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045; strazcenter.org.
, 'South Pacific'
Based on an acclaimed revival at Lincoln Center, the South Pacific tour that comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall this weekend stars Marcelo Guzzo, left, as planter Emile de Becque and Jennie Sophia, right, as Ensign Nellie Forbush. Director Bartlett Sher's original production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic (Some Enchanted Evening, There is Nothing Like a Dame, A Wonderful Guy, Younger Than Springtime, et al) was staged by Sarna Lapine for the road. Richard Dunn II conducts a nine-member orchestra. Shows are at 2 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $50-$70. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.
m 'Pop Goes the Rock'
Pop Goes the Rock is the latest Cirque Dreams concoction, this time combining rock 'n' roll with circus performers, from tumblers to strong men to aerialists. With 14 acts and more than 100 characters in costume, the song list covers the waterfront: King of the Road, The Heat Is On, Like a Prayer, Rapper's Delight and more. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and April 12-13 at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $39.50-$69.50. (800) 745-3000; mahaffey.com.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic