Ruth Eckerd Hall and Capitol Theatre serve up big names this concert season

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 or call 727-791-7400.

If you’re looking for your fill of showbiz legends and guilty pleasures this concert season, the lineup at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater promises to keep you busy into 2012.

Bask in the glitz and camp of Liza and Dolly, or the timeless soul of The Temptations and Ms. LaBelle. And for film/Broadway buffs, Capitol will also continue its classic film series, and Ruth Eckerd will showcase acclaimed musicals.

Just in time for the holidays, Barter Theater Company presents the feel-good Christmas classic, Miracle of 34st Street on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Memphis, a tale of forbidden love set in underground dance clubs of the segregated South, won four Tony® Awards in 2010, including Best Musical. Memphis features catchy songs and explosive dance numbers (Feb. 7-12 at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.) Although he is most recently known as FBI agent Jason Gideon on the CBS show Criminal Minds, Mandy Patinkin is a Tony®-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Dress Casual will include renditions of songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Harry Chapin by the actor/singer/storyteller (Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.)

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