Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, May 17

Reminisce with Kristin Chenoweth, find your passion at 'Kinky Boots' and groove with Theo's Inferno.
Enjoy an evening with performer Kristin Chenoweth at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday. [Krista Schlueter]
Enjoy an evening with performer Kristin Chenoweth at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday. [Krista Schlueter]
Published May 16
Updated May 17

Kristin Chenoweth: The Tony and Emmy Award-winning performer presents her most memorable tunes, including favorites from Wicked and Glee. $45 and up. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Theo’s Inferno: In conjunction with the “Theo Wujick: Cantos” exhibition, this dance party and fundraiser celebrates the late artist’s love of new wave and punk music. Expect Ybor City-influenced grub and free beer. $45, $60 VIP, $30 for Contemporaries members. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667.

Kinky Boots: A joyous Broadway hit inspired by true events takes the stage with songs from pop icon Cyndi Lauper. $43 and up. 8 p.m. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (800) 955-1045.

Clearwater Threshers: Field of Dreams tribute night, where the Threshers face the Charlotte Stone Crabs, brings a meet-and-greet opportunity with Dwier Brown, who played Kevin Costner’s father in the popular 1989 film. Prices vary. 6:30 p.m. Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457.

Puccini Festival: St. Petersburg Opera presents two of composer Giacomo Puccini’s one-act operas in one night. Gianni Schicchi follows the tragedy Suor Angelica. $20-$75. 7:30 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-2040.

Jazz with Jim: This monthly concert in an intimate setting showcases arrangements from the 1930s and on by Jim Burge and the Jazz Directions. Pianist Ron Delp also performs. $13-$19. 7:30 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 922-8167.

Midnight Tyrannosaurus: Don’t miss a show from the Denver dubstep producer. $20 and up. 10 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050.

Kortney Shane Williams: This standup comedian has appeared on Comedy Central, NBC and Fox. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Orange Blossom Jamboree: The four-day music and art festival offers camping, vendors, food and a full lineup of tunes. Bands like Applebutter Express, Holey Miss Moley and Come Back Alice perform. Runs through Sunday. $80-$110. 8 a.m. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-3082.

To Watch

SEASON PREMIERE Fleabag, Amazon Prime: Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns for the darkly hilarious second season. As the series resumes, our sexually voracious antihero meets a priest (Andrew Scott) who jolts her into seeing the world in a different way.

Meghan and Harry Plus One, 8 p.m., CBS: It’s a news special marking the one-year anniversary of the marriage between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, along with the birth of their first child. Gayle King is our host.

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