As they say in showbiz, the show must go on. So despite uncertainty surrounding when local performing arts centers will be able to reopen, Ruth Eckerd Hall is going forward with plans for its Broadway series, which begins in February 2021.
The lineup is all musicals.
“We look forward to welcoming our guests this coming season to Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre to enjoy Broadway’s most memorable musicals, like Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, along with special treats like The Simon and Garfunkel Story,” Ruth Eckerd Hall President and CEO Susan Crockett said in a news release.
Tickets for all performances will go on sale to the general public 10 a.m. May 21. Ruth Eckerd Hall members may begin purchasing tickets today, based on individual levels of membership.
The release stated that times, dates, performances and description of performances are subject to change.
The season kicks off with Friends! The Musical Parody (Feb. 4-5) at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre. It pokes fun at the popular 1990s sitcom that follows a group of twentysomethings as they navigate life in New York City. Set in the group’s coffee shop hangout spot, Central Perk, the show packs in key moments from the show’s 10-year run.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story (Feb. 13, Bilheimer Capitol Theatre) is a concert-style show that chronicles the journey of the folk-rock duo Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel. From their early beginnings as Tom and Jerry to their dramatic split in 1970 to their 1981 “Concert in Central Park” reunion, the show features a full live band performing all of the hits, including Mrs. Robinson and Bridge Over Troubled Water and includes video projection, photos and original film footage.
Jersey Boys (Feb. 23-24, Ruth Eckerd Hall) is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and features hits including Sherry, Oh What A Night,Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Working My Way Back to You. The Tony award-winning musical documents the formation, success and eventual break-up of the influential group.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (March 23, Ruth Eckerd Hall) tells the story of the singer-songwriter’s rise to fame, with a book by Douglas McGrath, directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince. The Tony and Grammy award-winning musical features King’s beloved songs including I Feel the Earth Move, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and You’ve Got A Friend.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific (April 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall) is the Pulitzer Prize-winning story set on a tropical island during World War II and centered around two unlikely love affairs. The 10-time Tony award-winning show features big Broadway numbers and classic songs including Some Enchanted Evening and I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair.
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show (April 16-17, Ruth Eckerd Hall) celebrates the phenomenon’s transformation from a seven-minute dance piece to a full-length stage show fusing Irish and international music and dance. The anniversary show has been reimagined to include innovative lighting, projection and stage and costume design.
The Associated Press called RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles (May 8, Ruth Eckerd Hall) “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles.” It chronicles the Fab Four and focuses on the best of Abbey Road, their iconic 1969 album. Tickets purchased for the April 19, 2020, show will be honored on the new date.
IF YOU GO
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit rutheckerdall.com. The Raymond James Central ticket office at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Nancy and David Billheimer Capitol Theatre ticket office will open one hour prior to show time.