By PAM HARBAUGH
Time is winding down on this season, but there’s still plenty to keep you entertained. Surfside Players opens the adult play “The Ritz” tonight. And get ready for Tuesday, April 25….that’s when Heidi’s Jazz Club presents in jazz concert the stars of the Henegar’s popular “Lady Day” show. Read more about those and more below.
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Area Theater:THE RITZ opens tonight and runs through April 30 at Surfside Playhouse. Set in a gay bathhouse in 1970’s Manhattan, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award winning farce involves a straight Cleveland businessman (Chris Tsocanos) who hides out in the hotel to elude his gangster brother-in-law (Joel Shugars). There’s also a wannabe Bette Midler performer (Maria Alvey). Adults only. Tickets are $25, senior,military and student tickets are $22. The show performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (Fifth St. South), Cocoa Beach. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice runs through Sunday at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St. Titusville. Tickets are $20 to $28. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
RUMORS runs through April 30 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. The show is completely sold out. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER runs through April 30 at Riverside Theatre. Based on the 1977 film, the stage musical is awash with ’70s disco and follows Tony Manero, a talented street wise kid who dreams of life beyond Brooklyn. The musical features iconic Bee Gees music including “Stayin Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “How Deep Is Your Love?” Tickets start at $35. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
MAMMA MIA! comes to the King Center on Sunday. And, it stars former Melbourne performer GABRIELLA MARCHION. For a story about Ms. Marchion touring with the professional show, click here. The show performs 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Tickets begin at $47.75. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA runs through April 30 at Orlando Shakes. The production stars Michael Dorn, a.k.a. Worf from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Read about it by clicking here. It performs at various times at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL. Tickets begin at $25. Many performances are already sold out. Call (407) 447-1700 ext. 1 or visit OrlandoShakes.org.
TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN JAZZ LEGENDS starring KRISTEN WARREN and JARRED ARMSTRONG will perform 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Heidi’s Jazz Club. The two starred in the Henegar’s very popular production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” Also performing will be Ethan Bailey-Gould on bass and guitar and Gus D’Angelo on drums. Read more by clicking here. Tickets are $15 plus a two drink minimum. For reservations, call 321-783-6806. Heidi’s Jazz Club is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.
ROCKTOPIA performs 8 p.m. tonight at the King Center. The show includes covers of music by Queen, Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Beethoven, Styx, Foreigner, Rachmaninoff, Pink Floyd, Copland, The Who and more. Tickets start at $45.25. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
STOMP performs 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. Read more by clicking here. Tickets to matinee start at $38. Tickets to the evening show start at $46. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
COMEDY ZONE features stand up comics Mutzie and John Consoli Friday and Saturday evenings at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. Shows begin at 7:30 and 9:30 tonight and Saturday. Patrons to the Comedy Zone can also enjoy free music before the shows and casino games in the lobby. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Get there early and buy a burger and a beer if you like. Tickets begin at $16. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
INSPIRATION: FRANCE runs through April in the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery will be open for tonight’s First Friday. Call 321-259-8261, visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com or just click on their ad.
TRADITIONAL ART OF THE BEDOUIN runs through April 29 at Florida Tech’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Read about it by clicking here. The Center is located next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne, Florida, 150 W. University Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or call 321-674-8313.
HANDS ON A HARDBODY the Musical opens May 5 and runs through May 21 at the Henegar Center.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE opens April 28 and runs through May 7 at Titusville Playhouse 2nd Stage.