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Ruth Eckerd Hall And The Nancy And David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre Are Thrilled To Announce: WE’RE BACK!

Published: November 10, 2020

Presenting A Wide Variety Of Performances At 50% Seating Capacity At  Ruth Eckerd Hall: Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic On Saturday, December 12, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party On Sunday, December 13, Michael W. Smith On Sunday, December 20, Collective Soul On Wednesday, December 30, Comedian Sinbad On Saturday, January 23.

And At The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre: Comedian Anthony Rodia On New Year’s Eve, December 31

Tickets For All Shows Go On Sale 
This Friday, November 13 At 10 AM

(CLEARWATER) Ruth Eckerd Hall President & CEO, Susan Crockett and the Ruth Eckerd Hall Board of Directors announced today that beginning in December performances and events will resume on the stages of Ruth Eckerd Hall and The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.  

When making the announcement, Crockett said, “Our Board and staff consulted with local officials to adhere to public health recommendations in crafting a comprehensive re-opening plan for Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre at 50% capacity. In addition to frequent multi-layer sanitization of our venues, new XONAR technology uses thermal imaging sensors to detect elevated body temperature. A new hospital-grade HVAC-PHI Air Purification System continually treats the air, eliminating viruses, mold, bacteria, and air pollutants, reducing the risk of airborne illness. Appropriate face coverings will be required inside our facilities, contact is being minimized, and hand sanitizer stations are readily available. We will continue to adjust our operating protocols as guidelines evolve.” 

While Ruth Eckerd Hall and The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre have implemented protocols to reduce the risk of viral exposure, risk of illness is assumed by those coming on property and patrons should use good discretion.  Persons with elevated temperatures or unable to wear a face covering will not be admitted.  Staff members will be available day of show to answer any questions or concerns.  For more information, including social safety guidelines, please visit

Please see below for a listing of upcoming performances, including dates, times and ticket prices. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, November 13 at 10 am and are only available by visiting  The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre box office opens one hour prior to showtime.   Times, dates, performers, performances and descriptions of performances are all subject to change.  

Travis Tritt - Solo Acoustic
Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets priced at $93.25, $69.25, $59.25

Touring in support of his highly-anticipated forthcoming album, Ruth Eckerd Hall presents multiple GRAMMY® Award-Winner Travis Tritt returns to Clearwater for the first time since 2013. Tritt’s albums, seven of which are certified platinum or higher, have led him to amass more than 30 million in career album sales, two GRAMMY® Awards, four CMA Awards, including the CMA Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist Award); a Billboard Music Award for Top New Artist and an invitation to become a member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.  Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are five number ones and 20 Top 10 hits, including Help Me Hold On, Anymore, Can I Trust You with My Heart, Foolish Pride, Best of Intentions, I’m Gonna Be Somebody, Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde, Here’s A Quarter, It’s A Great Day To Be Alive and more.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party
Sunday, December 13 at 8 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall 
Tickets priced at $53.75, $43.75, $33.75

This year marks the 27th anniversary of GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum selling band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene. Since its formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band tour virtually nonstop performing on average over 150 shows a year and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales over 2 million albums to date.  The band’s unique take on American swing and jazz music has thrilled audiences around the world with hit songs like I Wanna Be Like You, Mr. Pinstripe SuitWhy Me, You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight and more. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger).  

Michael W. Smith Christmas 
Sunday, December 20 at 7 pm 
Ruth Eckerd Hall 
Tickets priced at $82.75, $72.75, $62.75

Iconic multi-platinum, singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith is bringing his iconic Christmas show this upcoming holiday season to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Sunday, December 20 at 7 pm.  The highly anticipated full band show will feature holiday classics spanning his expansive catalogue. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 13 at 10 am.  

Smith says, “I love Christmas time and singing Christmas music, I am so blessed to be able to perform again this season with my band. It is going to be very exciting to be safely back in venues with an audience. I look forward to seeing everyone there!” 

In addition to the performance, and in support of his longstanding relationship with Compassion International, Michael will be bringing awareness to their child sponsorship experience at each show. 

Michael W. Smith has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 35+ years. During his storied career, he's written and recorded over 36 No. 1 songs, been honored with three GRAMMY® Awards and 45 Dove Awards, one American Music Award, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums.

Amassing an in-depth catalog of achievements, Smith was also recently honored with a star-studded tribute concert in Nashville, TN to celebrate his 35 No. 1s, by a myriad of legendary performers. His recent USA Today, Yahoo! Music and Billboard-acclaimed studio album A Million Lights and Parade, Good Morning America-featured and GRAMMY® nominated live worship album Surrounded have together become his 30th and 31st Top 10 hits on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, more than any other solo artist in history. His most recent album STILL Vol. 1, is an atmospheric listening experience of improvisational music coupled with inspirational scriptures. More than just an outstanding songwriter and performer, Smith has given back to the global community throughout his career. Smith has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa, started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International. He has also written several bestselling books, including Old Enough To Know and Friends Are Friends Forever.

Collective Soul
Wednesday, December 30 at 8 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall 
Tickets priced at $82.75, $72.75, $62.75

Coming hot off a triumphant, yearlong celebration of their 25th anniversary in 2019, the very last thing Collective Soul plan on doing in 2020 is rest on their laurels. If anything, these five fiery Georgia-bred rockers are only just getting started with the next phase of a thriving career that has seen them move millions of records and wow multitudes of fans all across the globe. 

Collective Soul leapt into the national consciousness with the unbridled achievements of their multi-platinum 1993 debut Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, a career-making debut album that contains such mega-smash hits like the aforementioned Shine and Breathe. In one fell swoop, Hints Allegations cemented Collective Soul’s status as the jukebox heroes of a new generation. Heaven has clearly shined its light down on Collective Soul, now entering Year 26 with all cylinders firing, and no end in sight. Come on out and bask in their continual glow.

Anthony Rodia New Year’s Eve
Thursday, December 31 at 7:30 pm
The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
Tickets priced at $70, $55

As a first generation Italian-American Comedian born and raised in Westchester NY, Anthony Rodia loved making people laugh from the first moment he could.  His mother kept home videos of her six-year-old son imitating relatives, leaving the room in stitches.  After sneaking downstairs to watch Andrew Dice Clay on New Year’s Eve, he developed a lifelong passion for comedy and credits Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams as formative influences. His ability to intimately depict life in all of its absurdity has attracted a rabid audience of over 700,000 social media followers, with 22 million-plus YouTube views.  Selling out shows left and right nationwide, he is known for his hilarious skits, song parodies, and his weekly “Road Rage Wednesday” using his popular character “Uncle Vinny”.  Anthony is constantly writing new material and challenges himself to be funnier than he was yesterday. He never holds back and with his stories, accents and unique delivery, he is sure to have you falling out of your seat with laughter!

Saturday, January 23 at 8 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets priced at $88.75, $58.75, $38.75

Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time” actor and comedian Sinbad has had audiences laughing for over three decades.  Throughout his incredibly successful career as a stand-up comedian, Sinbad has starred in two Comedy Central specials and four HBO comedy specials.  As an actor, Sinbad has been featured in leading roles in such films as Jingle All The Way and Good Burger, and on the FX super-series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.