Some legendary musicals will make their way to Ruth Eckerd in 2012. Fiddler on the Roof has been a favorite among critics and fans since 1964 (Sat., March 30 at 8 p.m., March 31 at 2 & 8 p.m.) The 1949 musical South Pacific tells the story of two couples in a time of war (April 6 at 2 p.m., April 7 at 2 & 8 p.m.) Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features a beloved story, songs and characters (Aug. 3, 4, 5).
Alt-country Canadian and Grammy® winner k.d. lang, known for her 90s hit “Constant Craving,” will be joined by The Siss Boom Bang and singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson. Lindsey Buckingham, rock legend and former member of Fleetwood Mac, brings his signature finger picking to the Capitol Theatre on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. Thirty-five years after the release of Frampton Comes Alive!, guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton is performing the multi-platinum album in its entirety (Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.)
Arguably the queen of country music, Dolly Parton has won countless awards and released hundreds of singles. Parton’s Better Day World Tour
makes a stop in Clearwater on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Another iconic and multitalented female performer will make her way to Ruth Eckerd: Liza Minnelli has won awards from nearly every realm of entertainment, and has secured a reputation as a consummate performer (Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.)
The timeless, soulful sounds of The Temptations and The Four Tops define Motown. Both groups will sing their greatest hits on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Another icon, soulful songstress Patti LaBelle, will be joined by saxophonist Boney James on Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.
Pianist and contralto vocalist Diana Krall brings her signature sultry jazz to Clearwater for a Valentine’s Concert on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. On February 17, singer, songwriter and former teen idol Paul Anka, whose career spans over five decades, will exercise his veteran showmanship.
Other upcoming performers include Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter/producer Richard Marx (Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.), blues-rock guitar wizard Joe Bonamassa (Nov. 25, 8 p.m.), rock veterans Michael McDonald and America (Dec. 10, 8 p.m.), American folk icons Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie (Dec. 15, 8 p.m.), king of Southern psychedelia, Gregg Allman (Jan. 14, 8 p.m.), and the 3-D visual effects of the wildly popular Australian Pink Floyd Show (Nov. 9, 8 p.m.)
The Capitol Theatre will also play host to the classical sounds of the Alexander String Quartet for An All-Beethoven Evening (Nov. 19, 8 p.m.), the Voxare String Quartet (Jan. 14, 8 p.m.), the Daedalus Quartet (Feb. 11, 8 p.m.), and classical pianist Navah Perlman (March 24, 8 p.m.) Her father, violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, will pay a visit to Ruth Eckerd on March 4 at 7 p.m.
For prices and to purchase tickets, visit rutheckerdhall.com or call 727-791-7400.