St. Petersburg, Fla. (July 17, 2015) – Legendary vocalist Tony Bennett, acting icon William Shatner and a symphonic salute to Disney’s Fantasia are among the 21 exciting new shows added to The Mahaffey Theater’s 2015-2016 season.
The diverse performance lineup includes the best in music, dance, comedy and children’s entertainment.
All tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 31 at noon. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members can purchase tickets beginning at noon Monday, July 20.
Through The Mahaffey’s Three For Me package, available through Sept. 25, patrons who purchase tickets for three or more shows at one time will receive complimentary parking for each Mahaffey show they purchase.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Cirque Dreams re-imagines the holiday season with gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. It’s an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites, brought to life within a brilliant stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees.
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 at 3 p.m.
A character beloved for generations comes to life on stage in a BIG way in this interactive musical! Join Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all their friends from Birdwell Island as they embark on an adventure filled with singing, dancing and more. Share in the timeless values of Clifford’s BIG Ideas: Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe In Yourself, Be A Good Friend and Help Others – with this musical experience the whole family will love! A VIP Meet & Greet is available.
The Magic of Christmas starring The New York Tenors
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Direct from Carnegie Hall! An extraordinary, beautifully-themed show, spotlighting the singing voices of famed Irish tenor Andy Cooney, legendary “singing cop” Daniel Rodriguez and newcomer Christopher Macchio. Inspirational performances of newly-created and timeless Christmas classics move the audience from the days of Irving Berlin to the millennium. And this “New York Noel” comes with an extra-special gift: Narration and skits from comedic actor Jim Labriola. A VIP Meet & Greet is available.
Home For Christmas – The Symphony Tour
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they present Home For Christmas – The Symphony Tour. Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble’s second Christmas album, Home For Christmas, including holiday favorites “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Silent Night,” Celtic Woman and Home For Christmas – The Symphony Tour promises an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, inspiring performances and holiday cheer.
Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Whether you idolized the Jackson 5, fell in love to “Human Nature” or learned to moonwalk to “Billie Jean,” Who’s Bad is the ultimate music-and-dance driven Michael Jackson homage. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to pre-date his untimely passing, the Who’s Bad performances of Michael’s expansive catalog have ignited crowds on every continent – it’s a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Michael’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance move.
Shatner’s World, The One Man Show
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
William Shatner is famously known for originating the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the television series Star Trek; he continued to play Kirk in seven Star Trek feature films. He also played eccentric lawyer Denny Crane in The Practice and Boston Legal. Known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work, Shatner takes us on a voyage through his life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally-known icon and personality.
Masters of Illusion
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at 8 p.m.
As if by magic! Direct from the hit TV show, Masters of Illusion is a fast-moving, family-friendly spectacular. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, eye-popping appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers – everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible – all rolled up into a live show! The entire audience participates in a mind-boggling illusion, and some lucky individuals even get picked to assist with illusions on stage!
Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
A very special Americana evening. Singer/songwriter Patty Griffin (a recent Grammy winner for her Downtown Church album) is joined by master musician Sara Watkins (a founding member of Nickel Creek, also known for her collaborations with John Mayer, the Decemberists and others) and acclaimed singer/songwriter performer Anaïs Mitchell (winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Award). This special “singers-in-the-round” style show features all three artists on stage together, sharing songs and accompanying each other for the entire evening.
The Hit Men: Former Stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m.
The Palladium Theater
The Hit Men will regale you with great stories about life on the road and in recording sessions with Frankie Valli, Jim Croce, Elton John and many others! It’s an amazing look back through rock ‘n’ roll history featuring your favorite songs, from Four Seasons hits (Hit Man Gerry Polci was the lead vocal on the smash “Oh What a Night”) to “Peace Train,” “Crocodile Rock,” “The Loco Motion,” “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” and more. An unforgettable multi-media experience!
Wild Kratts Live!
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at 7 p.m.
A fantastically fun, interactive experience for the whole family! Join brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, of the animated PBS series Wild Kratts, as they “come to real life” with stories of their adventures. The sibling scientists’ TV show combines science education with fun as they travel to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores a science concept central to an animal’s life, wrapped up in engaging stories and the Kratts’ laugh-out-loud-comedy that kids love. A VIP Meet & Greet is available!
The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $37.50 & $47.50
It’s Saturday Night Fever – on a Thursday – at The Mahaffey! One of the most successful and adored acts in musical history is re-created in a 75-minute multi-media concert event. You’ll hear hits like “Stayin’ Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever” and “Jive Talkin.'” The performers authentic take on the trio’s clothes, style and moves, showcasing five decades of the Brothers Gibbs’ success as rock and disco legends, while audiences groove to their unforgettable music.
The McCartney Years
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.
The Palladium Theater
A note-for-note, faithful recreation of a mid-1970s Paul McCartney concert with every song played true to its original arrangement, from the Beatles, Wings and solo Paul. Whether he plays an original Beatles-era Höfner bass, or sports the same wardrobe from the Wings Over America tour, Yuri Pool is true to Sir Paul in his musicianship, vocal stylings and presentation. Yuri and band will transport you back to the first time you heard these great songs on vinyl.
Disney FANTASIA – Live in Concert – on Tour
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Featuring high-definition scenes from two classic Disney animated feature films, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra – conducted by Ted Sperling – performs in concert! The magnificent repertoire includes Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Nutcracker Suite. Other iconic moments from two of the crown jewels of animation include the stunning footage of Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony.
Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. He is an American treasure, and one of a handful of artists to have albums charting in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and now in the first two decades of the 21st century: His latest, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek, debuted at No. 1 in Billboard and won a Grammy (his 18th so far). With special guest Antonia Bennett.
Frank Sinatra Jr.: Sinatra Sings Sinatra The Centennial Celebration
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7 p.m.
In stories, photos, videos and songs, Frank Sinatra Jr. delivers first-hand recollections of life on and off stage with his iconic father. It’s a one-of-a-kind multi-media experience. Above all, this evening is about the music of Sinatra: On “Come Fly With Me,” “New York, New York,” “Strangers in the Night,” “My Way” plus many more, Sinatra Jr. will be backed by an orchestra/big band featuring many of the very same musicians who played with Sinatra Sr.
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Palladium Theater
The welcome return of New Zealand’s hottest export since The Hobbit. Twelve fun-loving Kiwis make mellifluous music with their teeny-tiny instruments and their harmonious voices! No two Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra shows are ever the same: “To us, it feels like a magical energy exchange between the band and the audience,” Wellies co-founder Age Pryor says. Don’t miss the best ukulele comedy touring show of the year!
Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8 p.m.
It’s an age-old art form turned into a grand and glorious adventure! Rhythm in the Night tells a tale of good versus evil, and love and salvation, through Irish step dancing with a world-class troupe of 18 male and female dancers. This epic 90-minute journey features amazing foot moves by the dancers as Balor seeks to find his way out of the Dark World. The dramatic storyline will capture the imagination of everyone in the family!
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.
The Palladium Theater
Grammy-winning saxophonist and flautist Najee, one of the pioneers of contemporary jazz, has three platinum and five gold albums, including the enduring classics Najee’s Theme, Day By Day and Songs from the Key of Life: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder. Over the years Najee has worked with many artists including Quincy Jones, George Duke, Chaka Khan and Lionel Richie – and most recently he performed as a special guest artist on Prince’s “Hit and Run” tour.
An Evening With Janis Joplin
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz” and “Cry Baby,” a remarkable cast and a breakout performance by Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randy Johnson, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences – icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3 p.m.
The legacy of the beloved Mister Rogers Neighborhood lives on with the award-winning television series from The Fred Rogers Company and PBS KIDS. Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites you on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Through the show’s familiar themes and music, the neighbors share stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences in this live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises. A VIP Meet & Greet is available!
Drew Thomas Magic
Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $25.50 & $37.50
America’s Got Talent finalist Drew Thomas has broken all the traditional rules of illusion, removed the barrier, and is inviting you to literally get hands-on and involved as the audience surrounds him on stage to witness the impossible. It’s the most unique approach to magic in 50 years! All of the magic evolves from the objects on stage. No smoke, no mirrors, no fancy boxes, no magic clichés … just hard-hitting original illusions and hilarious comedy.
AND don’t forget these great PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED 2015 shows!
WENDY WILLIAMS – Saturday, July 18
BABYFACE – Saturday, July 25
JILL SCOTT – Sunday, Aug. 9
KEITH SWEAT – Saturday, Sept. 5
VIC DIBITETTO – Friday, Sept. 11 at The Palladium Theater
TANGO LOVERS – Friday, Sept. 18
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS LIVE ON STAGE – Thursday, Oct. 15
KEVIN NEALON – Saturday, Oct. 17 at The Palladium Theater
UB40 – Friday, Oct. 23
CHRIS CORNELL – Friday, Oct. 30
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS – Tuesday, Nov. 10
CHAKA KHAN – Friday, Nov. 13
ADRIAN LEGG & DAVID LINDLEY – Friday, Nov. 13 at The Palladium Theater
GEORGE WINSTON – Sunday, Nov. 22 at The Palladium Theater
MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER – Saturday, Dec. 26
STATE BALLET THEATER OF RUSSIA: ROMEO & JULIET – Saturday, Jan. 2 (2016)