St. Petersburg, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2020) – One of Motown’s most popular acts, The Four Tops, along with Mary Wilson of The Supremes, will join forces for a special performance at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater on Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets ranging from $49-$79 go on sale to the public on Friday, Feb. 14 at 12 p.m. and can be purchased online at www.themahaffey.com, by phone at (727) 300-2000, or at the Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members can begin purchasing tickets during an exclusive pre-sale on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.
GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement award winners, The Four Tops helped bring Motown to the forefront of American pop culture with seven Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s no surprise “Reach out I’ll Be There,” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” both reached the coveted No. 1 spot; flash-forward to today and these two classics have become American Pop standards. Other Tops hits include “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over),” “Something About You,” “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got),” and many more. Their timeless, era defining songs will have audience members dancing to their soulful melodies and Doo Wop inspired harmonies. The Four Tops have been touring the world sharing the magic of Motown with fans, old and new alike, since they rose to pop-stardom back in 1965. Their live performances are filled with rich vocals and smooth moves, a perfect portrayal of their iconic performances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
American vocalist, Mary Wilson, is a founding member of one of the most iconic female singing groups in pop history, The Supremes. With 40 albums and 12 number one hits including “Stop, In The Name of Love,” and “Baby, Love,” it’s safe to say The Supremes laid the foundation for future female groups to step into the spotlight. In 1970, Mary Wilson and The Supremes recorded a version of “River Deep, Mountain High” with none other than The Four Tops, solidifying the two groups as a match made in Motown Heaven. Mary Wilson was the longest tenured Supreme, staying until the group disbanded in 1977. She has since released three solo albums and 12 singles, including, “Time to Move On,” which reached No. 17 on the Billboard Dance Charts in 2015. She is the author of several best-selling books, highlighted by her 1986 autobiography “Dream Girl: My Life as a Supreme,” which set a sales record for the genre. Mary Wilson’s story has empowered millions around the world, and she continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry.
Joining these iconic artists to open the show is singer and entertainer Peter Lemongello Jr., known for his recent national TV appearances on “American Idol” and the PBS Television Special “My Music: Doo Wop Generations.”
The Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to The Florida Orchestra, the world class Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – pop, rock, comedy, theater, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions. Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts mission is to provide access for people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to experience live theater. Exposure to the performing arts can improve academic achievement for some school children and improves quality of life for everyone. The Foundation is the funding arm of the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater for its diverse programming. Through our Class Acts Educational Performance Series, we serve more than 20,000 school children annually through a field trip experience and educational performance series where they learn Florida State curriculum via a live theater performance.