NEW PORT RICHEY
As summer arrives and community theaters end their regular seasons, the area's two professional theaters — Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre and the Show Palace Dinner Theatre — are continuing or launching full-scale musicals and specials from now through Labor Day and beyond, all providing a way to escape the heat or entertain summer visitors.
Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre
5732 Main St., New Port Richey. Tickets are $25, including tax, plus a $2 handling fee for cards, open seating. All five summer specials — the shows beginning in July — are available for a total of $115. Call (727) 409-0293. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except the Liberace show) and 2 p.m. Sundays.
TODAY-JUNE 21: The return by popular demand of the musical comedy Ain't Retirement Grand!, a spoof of everything retirement, stars Tracie Callahan, Pete Clapsis, Victoria Stinnett and Matthew Ruley.
JULY 10, 11 AND 12: The Legendary Bobby Darin features Michael Mathews, singers and a multimedia tribute with rare video footage and interviews with Darin, Sandra Dee and others. Songs will include Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea and Splish Splash.
July 24, 25 and 26: To Rosie & Mel, With Love stars Michele James-Pruyn and David Pruyn in a tribute to Rosemary Clooney and Mel Tormé, who were called "The Singers' Singers."
Aug. 7, 8 and 9: Seriously Frank, a tribute to Frank Sinatra, stars Michael Mathews and singers, with video interviews with some of Sinatra's best friends in the entertainment business.
Aug. 27, 28 and 30 (Thursday opening; no Saturday show): Martin Preston as Liberace also features singer Austin Gresham. Preston has all the Liberace accouterments: multiple costumes, each one more dazzling than its predecessor; the wavy mane of white hair; and the sparkling piano. (This one will sell out quickly; order early.)
Sept. 11, 12 and 13: Songbook: The Great American Standards stars Michael Mathews and singers doing a multimedia tribute to generations of entertainers from the 1920s to today, including Etta James, Sammy Davis Jr., Barbra Streisand and Michael Bublé and more.
Show Palace Dinner Theatre
16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Prices and times for shows vary. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit online at showpalace.net.
July 3-Aug. 2: The 39 Steps, a whodunit with 150 zany characters played by four actors, is loosely — very loosely — based on the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece. Dinner and show are $49.50; show only is $38.45, plus tax and tip.
Aug. 15-Sept. 13: Suds! The Rocking '60s Musical Soap Opera, a musical romance set in a laundromat, featuring music of the 1960s. Dinner and show are $49.50; show only is $38.45, plus tax and tip. Youth and group prices available.
SUNDAY (matinee and evening): Tommy Mara & the Crests, doo-wop singers, will perform with special guests. Doors open at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dinner and show are $35, plus tax and tip.
June 19: Welcome to Burlesque. Tickets $25, plus tax and tip. Doors open at 7 p.m. Full bar open; hot dog vendor either on the patio or indoors, depending on the weather.
June 20: James Taylor Tribute with the Fire and Rain band. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, plus tax and tip. Full bar open; hot dog vendor.
July 17: The Sounds of Soul, a Motown Tribute. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, plus tax and tip. Full bar open; hot dog vendor.
Oct. 31: The Rocky Horror Show. Shows at 8 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are $25 plus tax. Doors open at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Full bar open; hot dog vendor.
Nov. 14: Jimmy Mazz, Cruisin' Thru the Fifties. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, plus tax and tip. Full bar; hot dog vendor.
Nov. 21: Jazz Night With Ronnie Dee. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, plus tax and tip.