FRIGHT NIGHT: HALLOWEEN POPS ON BROADWAY
The Florida Orchestra is celebrating Halloween with music from Broadway and Hollywood. Halloween Pops on Broadway, with principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik, features selections from Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll and Hyde, Sweeney Todd, Cats and Beauty and the Beast as well as tunes from Jaws, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and Pirates of the Caribbean.
The concert highlights singer Lisa Vroman, who played Christine on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera. The other featured vocalist, Doug LaBrecque, has performed with numerous symphonies. Feel free to wear a costume; the musicians will. Halloween Pops on Broadway starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15 to $45. floridaorchestra.org.
UNDEAD THEATER: ZOMBIES, VAMPIRES AND CANNIBALS
It's your last chance to see The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies, an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic by Freefall Theatre artistic director Eric Davis. The show is unlike anything else you are likely to see in the near future, retaining most of the dialogue in The Importance of Being Earnest while setting the action in a "zombie apocalypse." Davis' play, concluding its premiere, is already attracting other theaters that want to perform it. The show runs through Sunday at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21-$48. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.
Freefall also is hosting a free lecture on the play and the mashup genre it represents. "Why Zombies?" presented by theater scholar Timothy Saunders, starts at 1 p.m. Sunday in Freefall's auditorium (adjacent to the theater space).
St. Petersburg City Theatre, which in September celebrated its 90th anniversary, gets into the spirit with Dracula, the theater's annual Halloween show. The show runs through Sunday at the theater, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $15 (students $10). (727) 866-1973. spcitytheatre.org.
Then, there's Silence! The Unauthorized Parody of the Silence of the Lambs, which makes a strong argument that zombies and vampires are no match for plain old human depravity. Jobsite Theater is one of only three in the country currently licensed to perform the production, according to artistic director David Jenkins. The show runs through Nov. 15 at the Straz Center's Jaeb Theater, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
LOCAL TALENT: RAHN HORTMAN
Comic Rahn Hortman, who is headlining tonight at Side Splitters, said he got his start as the star of his fifth-grade show-and-tell.
"My fifth-grade teacher said, 'Rahn, you get good grades, but you distract everybody else too much,' " New Port Richey's Hortman told me in a recent interview.
Instead of cracking down, his teacher suggested Hortman take up comedy.
"When you are able to go up in front of a roomful of strangers and nobody knows who you are — and afterward somebody walks up to you and says, 'You know, I was having a terrible week, I lost my job and you made me feel so much better' — that's a gift I don't take lightly," Hortman said. He goes on at 8 tonight (runs through Sunday) at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.