On stage this week: Podcasters Tom Segura, ‘Wine and Crime’ ladies, ‘Pete and Pete’ guys

Plus the rest of this week's stage offerings.
Published March 6
Updated March 7

It could be said that the trope of the prissy, shopping-addicted blond who acts dumb but is actually brilliant is a bit tired. Here’s the thing: When Legally Blonde: The Musical comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, you just know it’s going to be tons of fun. In case you missed the hit film, it follows Elle Woods, a pink-wearing, little dog carrying sorority girl who gets rejected by her boyfriend for not being serious enough. How does she attempt to win him back? By getting accepted into law school at Harvard, of course. The musical adaptation makes fun of silly stereotypes with humor, catchy songs and dancing. This production has a local connection in cast member Megan Hoxie, a 2013 graduate of Mitchell High School in New Port Richey. She plays Brooke, a woman accused of murder. 3 and 8 p.m. $35-$150. 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. (737) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

LOST ART: Love Letters

We all love Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie and Hal Linden from Barney Miller. In Love Letters, they love each other and express it through the dying art of handwritten correspondence. The stars bring this sweet play about a celebration of love and the written word to Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday. $35-$150. 405 Cleveland St. atthecap.com.

IN THE HOUSE: Tom Segura

Tom Segura has the requisite resume of any big 2019 comedian: A handful of streaming specials (most recently last year’s Disgraceful on Netflix), gigs at festivals worldwide and, of course, a podcast. What sets him apart is that podcast’s popularity. Your Mom’s House, hosted with wife and fellow comic Christina Pazsitzky, is a no-limits forum on all things relationships, sex and bodily functions. It’s boosted Segura’s popularity everywhere, leading to weekends like this one in Tampa. Segura sold out shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday so quickly that he added one more at 7 tonight at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 247-8286.

GET SPLATTERED: Wine & Crime

In today’s entertainment economy, there are only two foolproof business models: Reality shows about cake-making and true crime podcasts. Foremost among the latter category are the ladies of Wine & Crime, whose vino-soaked discussions on murder have made them one of the most popular downloads around. Minnesota pals Amanda Jacobson, Kenyon Laing and Lucy Fitzgerald have embarked on their first live East Coast tour, which includes a stop at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the David Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $22.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

A NEW ADVENTURE: Nostalgia Personified

Hand it to Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli for figuring out how to cash in on ‘90s nostalgia in the coolest way possible. The co-stars of Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete & Pete decided to bring a live show based on their podcast The Adventures of Danny and Mike not to theaters, but to craft breweries for an evening dubbed Nostalgia Personified. Their interactive, audiovisual show will feature old clips, digressions on the early ‘90s and plenty more. Buy them a pint for all those pre-tween years they made you laugh. 8 p.m. Thursday. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 495-6002. 3dbrewing.com.

FRENCH CONNECTION: Florida Orchestra

The Florida Orchestra is mostly off this weekend, but expect a big crowd at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when they return to Armature Works for a free happy hour concert. The performance, conducted by Stuart Malina, will feature French composers Claude Debussy (Clair de Lune) and Camille Saint-Saens (Danse Bacchanale). 1910 Ola Ave., Tampa. The program will be repeated at 11 a.m. March 14 at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24 and up. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

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