Jan 18 - 28
Mike Hammer: Encore for Murder
Thu, Jan 18 - Sun, Jan 28 @ Murray Theatre
The Ultimate Murder Mystery night out comes to the intimate Murray Theatre, celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Mike Hammer, the hardboiled detective created by acclaimed crime novelist Mickey Spillane. Featuring bullets, Broadway and babes in this cool style of the 1940s radio plays, Mike Hammer Encore For Murder, stars Gary Sandy (WKRP in Cincinnati) as Mike Hammer, the toughest PI of all, who draws a seemingly routine assignment—playing bodyguard to diva Rita Vance on the eve of her big Broadway comeback. Rita is an old flame of Hammer’s and when their romance is rekindled, the detective finds the actress facing death threats and himself the target of one hit man after another. When the actress disappears, the show must go on, which with Mike Hammer means swift, violent retaliation. Hammer seeks to make a rescue before Rita’s curtain comes down.
Mickey Spillane, the best-selling private eye writer of his time, introduced his signature detective character Mike Hammer in his first novel, I, The Jury, which sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone. Hammer quickly became a multi-media juggernaut, appearing on radio, in films (most notably Kiss Me, Deadly), daily newspaper comic strip, two popular television series as well as thirteen best-selling novels.
Max Allan Collins is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel, Road To Perdition, basis of the Academy Award®-winning film. The Mystery Writers of America bestowed their highest honor by choosing him as the 2017 Grand Master, representing the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and acknowledging the important contribution he’s made to the genre. Working from the plot for an unwritten novel found in the files of the late Mickey Spillane, Collins has fashioned a compelling noir thriller, Encore for Murder, that is vintage Mike Hammer, all the way.
$100 includes premium reserved seat, commemorative laminate pass & limited edition autographed show poster, complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres prior to performance, post show exclusive look behind the curtain with a Q&A & photo opportunity with Gary Sandy and the cast.
$75 includes complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres prior to performance, post show exclusive look behind the curtain with a Q&A with Gary Sandy and the cast, as well as general admission seat.
$35 General Admission seat.
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Parking & Directions
Parking & Directions
Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL 33759
The Murray Theatre is located at Ruth Eckerd Hall – one mile north of the Bayside Bridge (SR 611) and the Courtney Campbell Causeway (SR 60). On-site parking is available free of charge.
From St. Petersburg – Head north on I-275 towards Roosevelt Blvd (SR 686); head west and follow signs to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Cross the Bayside Bridge. SR 686 becomes McMullen Booth Rd. Turn right onto Ruth Eckerd Hall Dr.
From Tampa – Head west on the Courtney Campbell Causeway (SR 60) towards Clearwater Beach. Turn right (heading north) onto McMullen Booth Rd. Turn right onto Ruth Eckerd Hall Dr.
From Tarpon Springs/Palm Harbor – Head south on East Lake Rd (SR 611). East Lake Rd becomes McMullen Booth Rd. Turn left onto Ruth Eckerd Hall Dr.
Ruth Eckerd Hall is committed to providing an accessible building and pleasurable performance experience to every member of our audience and staff.
Special accommodations (ie. aisle seats, ramp access, space for a service dog, etc.) should be requested at time of purchase. Wheelchair locations with companion seats are available for all performances. Limited availability. Please order early.
Accessible Parking & Entry
On the Ruth Eckerd Hall campus, disabled parking places are located around the facility on a first come - first served basis. They are clearly marked; for additional assistance, please ask a parking lot attendant for direction. There are designated drop-off points at each entrance for easy access to the lobbies.
At the Capitol Theatre, the City of Clearwater provides public parking on the street and in local lots in the area. Patrons are welcome to use valet service when available at 50% off by presenting their disabled parking permit.
Elevators are available at the ground level accessing the Ruth Eckerd Hall upper lobbies, the Margarete Heye Great Room, the Dimmitt Atrium Lounge, the Hoffman Dress Circle Room and the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts. The Capitol Theatre elevator is located on the west side of the building.
Sign Language Interpretation
If you require a sign language interpreter, please submit a written request to the Patron Services Manager at least four (4) weeks prior to the event date. Mail requests to: Patron Services Manager, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL 33759. For more information, call Patron Services at 727.712.2707.
Hearing Assistance System
Patrons with a hearing disability may enjoy use of our state-of-the-art infrared Assistive Listening Device system free of charge. Listeners use a compact, portable receiver and earphones to hear clearly and easily from anywhere in the seating area. Please note, you will need to leave a driver's license or a credit card until the listening device is returned. Please speak to an usher at the Information Station to request an Assistive Listening Device.
Accessible restrooms are located near all event spaces, classrooms and administrative offices.
For more information or to schedule a tour of the facility, please call Patron Services at 727.791.7060 ext 4104.