Five months of Broadway shows are coming to town, as Ruth Eckerd Hall unveiled its lineup for the 2022-23 season. A total of seven Broadway performances are on the docket – including CATS, My Fair Lady and Riverdance – with ticket sales beginning this Friday, August 5. Pre-sales for members began last week.
The season officially kicks off on December 4 with two performances of Anastasia, and concludes on April 23 with a one-night-only performance of CATS. In between, Ruth Eckerd Hall will host, in chronological order, My Fair Lady, Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show, Blue Man Group, R.E.S.P.E.C.T (celebrating Aretha Franklin), and On Your Feet! The Story Of Emilio & Gloria Estefan.
Tickets and more information on the Broadway season lineup, as well as membership, can be found at rutheckerdhall.com. The performing arts venue provided descriptions for each of the award-winning shows, a tantalizing preview of the incredible performances coming to their Clearwater theatre.
Seven Broadway shows coming to Clearwater
Anastasia, December 4: “From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat.”
My Fair Lady, December 18: “From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes ‘a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time’ (Entertainment Weekly). Boasting such classic songs as I Could Have Danced All Night, The Rain in Spain, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly and On the Street Where You Live, My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a ‘proper lady.’”
Riverdance, January 17-19: “Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is Riverdance, as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its GRAMMY® Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance.”
Blue Man Group, February 2-3: “More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is BLUE MAN GROUP and now it’s your turn! BLUE MAN GROUP premieres in Clearwater for a limited engagement on their new North American tour. It’s everything you know and love about BLUE MAN GROUP—signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy—the men are still blue but the rest is all new!”
R.E.S.P.E.C.T., March 30: “Right Angle Entertainment, Maple Tree Entertainment and Quatro Entertainment proudly announce the cast of the North American debut of R.E.S.P.E.C.T., an electrifying tribute experience celebrating the legendary Aretha Franklin. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. follows the musical maven’s story through a soundtrack of the hits that made her the Queen of Soul. More than just a concert, this is the Aretha experience like no other featuring all of your favorite hits in one evening including Natural Woman, Think, I Knew You Were Waiting for Me, Chain of Fools, Respect, and many more!”
On Your Feet!, April 7-8: “Represented by Columbia Artists Theatricals through a special license from Theatrical Rights Worldwide and General Managed by Evan Bernardin Productions, Ruth Eckerd Hall will present a brand new production of the smash-hit musical On Your Feet! The Story Of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. This inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent—and each other—has already won the hearts of audiences and critics alike.”
CATS, April 23: “CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater— Memory. Winner of seven Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.”