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The NEW Murray Theatre opening in March 2015!

Grand opening Celebration
Monday, March 23, 2015 • 5:30 pm

Celebrate the transformation of the Murray Theatre into the latest shining gem in the Ruth Eckerd Hall crown of jewels with us. Namesakes Ray and Nancy Murray’s love for the theater and their devoted support of the Hall will be honored at a Grand Opening of the new Murray Theatre. Festivities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, a VIP reception and a taste of the programming that will be offered in the newest venue including performances by past and present Youth Scholarship recipients. Proceeds benefit the Ruth Eckerd Hall Dare to Dream Scholarship Program and the Tuition Assistance Program of the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts.

Murray Theatre enhancements include:

  • New 2.5 story-high entrance/drop-off canopy with LED lighting system and new marquee signage
  • New exterior-accessible Ticket Office
  • Enlarged Lobby space featuring updated interior finishes
  • New concessions in lobby
  • All-new seats and updated flooring
  • New seating configurations: cabaret (with tables) and food, theatre in the round, thrust stage mixed seating both tables and seats
  • Interior theater entrance relocated to back-of-house (Broadway style!)
  • New storage space for theater equipment & props

What’s coming to The NEW Murray Theatre

A new milestone series of visiting productions from many regional West Florida Theatrical companies called the Florida Play Festival will fill the Murray schedule with presentations by partner theaters including:

• The musical Ain’t Misbehavin’(Stageworks Theatre) on May 21-24

The Apocrypha of Theodore Roosevelt (Tampa Repertory) on May 29-30

• Exciting Improv Group from the Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota) on May 15

• The well-respected local favorite, Hat Trick Theatre, will present a riotous new comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) in celebration of becoming the Murray’s official in-house theater company on April 23-25

• An original new play series starting with A New Mystery To Quiet the Quiet in March will pave the way for discovering new playwrights at the Murray on March 26-28

Project: Shattered Silence will return with new productions featuring returning veterans and a look at the lives of local entertainers and their personal journeys on June 11-21

• A new foreign and classic film club featuring some of the most well-respected movies will bring together patrons in an exciting way to view and discuss films. Moulin Rouge will kick off the series on May 9

• Our Los Angeles partners the GRAMMY Museum’s® Music Revolution Project will return for their third amazing summer teaching 35 new teenagers to create 18 astonishing new original songs- Performance on August 14

• The Popular local singer-songwriter and worship leader, Brad Noblitt, headlines “Acoustic Joy” Friday, April 17-18 at 7:30pm

• The return of star-show concerts at the Murray Cabaret Theatre including Emily Kopp on March 7, John McEuen on April 9, Loretta Young Project on April 11, Henry Gross on May 2 and Vonda Shepherd on May 14

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