March theater openings in Pasco and Hernando counties

Published February 27

Times StaffFrom The Sound of Music to Phantom of the Opera, the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson, will serve up a full plate of show tunes with its production of Unexpected Songs: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rodgers & Hammerstein, March 3 - April 1. Cast members in the tribute to Broadway’s best include: Clay Smith (The King & I, Crazy for You), Lindsay Dyett (The King & I), Ralph Prentice Daniel (Addams Family, West Side Story, Rocky Horror) and Colleen Campbell (A Christmas Carol, Crazy for You, Give Our Regards to Broadway) Other cast members include Trenton Bainbridge, Emily Bainbridge and Jake Tingle, and Chandra Britton makes her Show Palace debut. Director and choreographer is Jill Godfrey. Music director is Jeremy D. Silverman.

Dinner and show, $50.50, plus tax and tip; show only, group, and youth tickets available. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit www.showpalace.net.

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Rock of Ages opens March 8 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Based on the book by Chris D’Arienzo, Rock of Ages takes the audience back to the 1980s with a story about music, dreams and hair. Working as a busboy in the Bourbon Room, a Hollywood nightclub, aspiring rocker Drew Boley falls for a girl, Sherrie Christian, an aspiring actress who gets hired as a waitress. The show features a slew of ‘80s hits from Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Styx, Journey and other bands. The show is directed by Lynda Dilts-Benson, with Dixie Lay as musical director and Sydney Campo as choreographer. It stars Jay and Jennifer Garcia as Drew and Sherrie, with Chazz Kleber and Brady Lay as the narrators. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. March 8, 9, 10 and 16, and 2 p.m. March 11, 17 and 18. Tickets are $19-$25. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit stagewestfl.com.

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Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey, presents, the musical Catch Me If You Can, March 22-31. The show, which opened on Broadway in April 2011, tells the tale of the FBI’s dogged pursuit of a young high school dropout who impersonates an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer while becoming a skilled forger. Director is Jess Glass (How the Other Half Loves). Choreographer is "Best of the Bay 2017," Melissa Smith. Cast members are Jason Ensor (Jekyll and Hyde), Brittany Gonzalez (Spamalot), Patrick Gonzalez (Shakespeare Abridged) and Jonathan Foster and Darrin Lee Walls.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 cash; $20.07 credit card. Call the box office at (727) 842-6777. For information, visit www.richeysuncoasttheatre.com

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