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Newhart to perform at Capitol Theatre during 2013-2014 season


Published:   |   Updated: August 23, 2013 at 09:34 AM

A refurbished Capitol Theatre will reopen in December with a galaxy of stars on its stage during its inaugural season.

Jay Leno, just days after leaving NBC's “The Tonight Show,” will return to the Suncoast for the first time in 20 years to do his stand-up act.

His appearance is among 30 shows that go on sale Friday.

The 750-seat downtown theater at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, will reopen Dec. 18 after the $8 million innovation with singer Michael McDonald performing holiday favorites and his biggest hits.

Other big-name comedians are on the schedule include legendary comics Bob Newhart, March 1, Jackie Mason, Feb. 1, and Joan Rivers, March 14.

Concerts run the gamut from Dixieland to Broadway to pop with stars: Katherine McPhee, Jan. 11; Don Williams; Jan. 24; Shawn Colvin, Jan. 25; New Orlean's Own Dukes of Dixieland, Feb. 9; Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, Feb. 21; Don Mclean, March 7; Marc Cohn, March 21; Michael Bolton, March 10; Nobuyuki Tsujii, April 9; and Judy Collins, April 11.

To see a complete schedule with ticket prices go to www.atthecap.com

Tickets to all shows go on sale to the public at noon Friday at the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, by calling (727) 791-7400 on online at at www.atthecap.com,

Renovations continue at the Capitol Theatre, which was constructed in 1921 and is one of Florida's oldest operating theaters. It has been run by Ruth Eckerd Hall since 2009.

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