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A ballet that came from a jukebox

Joan Marcus   |   Special to the Times   
Dancers perform to It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me in a touring production of Movin’ Out, which comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Joan Marcus | Special to the Times Dancers perform to It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me in a touring production of Movin’ Out, which comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Six years ago, Twyla Tharp convinced Billy Joel that his songs could provide the score for a ballet, and the result was the invigorating Movin' Out. There's a vague story line that follows a group of friends from high school on Long Island to the Vietnam War and its aftermath, but the real draw is Tharp's choreography to hits like Uptown Girl, Goodnight Saigon and Scenes From an Italian Restaurant. The music is supplied by a piano man (Matthew Friedman and Kyle Martin alternate) and band perched on a catwalk behind the stage, which gives the show the feel of a rock concert with dancing. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $47-$67. (727) 791-7400; www.rutheckerdhall.com.

On stage this week

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance The ego the size of Dublin steps this way again in his show's 11th year of touring. Irish step dance meets Celtic folk tales and a smattering of the Bible. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Mahaffey Theater. $40-$56. (727) 898-2100; www.mahaffeytheater.com.

The Vagina Monologues University of Tampa students present Eve Ensler's play to mark the 10th anniversary of V-Day, a global initiative to draw attention to violence against women and girls. 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. Reeves Theater at University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $10, $5 students. (813) 253-6239.

Jersey Boys Tony Award-winning musical goes back to the '60s to the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A Broadway Series production. Show days and times vary from Tue.-Sun. (One Mon. performance March 10). Through March 15. Call or check Web site for times. Morsani Hall at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $48-$153.50. (813) 229-7827. www.tbpac.org.

The Feminazi A feminist comedy with Suzanne Willett. 8 p.m. Fri. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-6620. www.thestudioat620.org. Some proceeds benefit CASA of St. Petersburg.

Butterflies Are Free A young bachelor in his first apartment meets his attractive neighbor; the friendship looks promising until the bachelor's mother shows up. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Through March 16. Masque Community Theatre of Temple Terrace, 8825 56th St., Temple Terrace. $14, $12 seniors/students/military, $10 children younger than 12. (813) 980-3321. www.masquetheatre.net.

A ballet that came from a jukebox 02/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:57am]

    

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