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Pete 'N' Keely

Eight O'Clock Theatre brings Pete 'N' Keely to Largo Cultural Center

Get ready for the second installment of the Weekend Broadway Series at the Largo Cultural Center.

Friday through Sunday, the Eight O'Clock Theatre will present Pete 'N' Keely, a musical comedy show that theater officials say takes an entertaining look at the bygone era of TV variety shows.

The Weekend Broadway Series is a joint venture between the theater troupe and the cultural center, which is operated by the city of Largo.

In years past, the center has hired national touring companies to come in and present this type of series, said Rob Mondora, the cultural center's artistic supervisor.

"But it was expensive for us and the city, and we'd always be taking a risk because we didn't know if we'd recover our investment,'' Mondora said.

Last year, as he considered ways to spend less money, Mondora approached Eight O'Clock Theatre about doing a Broadway series.

"I knew they did a similar show last year, Smokey Joe's Cafe. It was a smashing success, so I asked them to work with us. The city wouldn't need to spend money on an outside company, and it was a win-win situation,'' Mondora said.

Michael Raabe, who stars in Pete 'N' Keely along with Melody Craven, describes the show as "very Steve (Lawrence) and Eydie (Gormé)-esque."

"And that is so perfect because I'm actually a huge Steve and Eydie fan,'' said Raabe, 31.

The musical comedy is about a longtime performing couple who reunite for a television special after their disastrous break-up four years earlier.

Betsy Byrd, the business manager for Eight O'Clock Theatre, has enjoyed watching this project come to fruition.

"It's been a wonderful collaboration,'' she said. "Typically, Eight O'Clock puts on bigger shows and we are in rehearsal for two months. It's fun to see this being done, with smaller casts working on their own. We're very excited.''

The first installment of the Broadway Series was Forever Plaid, which was performed in October. The series will conclude with a production of The Taffetas on April 16-18.

. Fast facts

If you go

What: Pete 'N' Keely, a musical comedy show that's part of Eight O'Clock Theatre's Weekend Broadway Series.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.


Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.

Tickets: $27

in advance;

$30 day of show; $23 for groups

of 10 or more; $25 for seniors; $20 for students.

For more

information: Call the box office at

(727) 587-6793.

Eight O'Clock Theatre brings Pete 'N' Keely to Largo Cultural Center 01/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 9:25pm]
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