The Travel Brats

Once Upon a December at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Episode Summary

Join Sof and Nat on a journey to "the past" at the Broadway musical Anastasia. Anastasia played in December 2022 at the fabulous Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. See why Ruth Eckerd is so spectacular and what hit shows this theater has coming up this spring on its roster.

Episode Notes

One of my all-time favorite movies as a child was Anastasia. From the story to the soundtrack, the characters, and the costumes, it was a magical play on what happened to the youngest Romanov daughter, Anastasia. 

That's why, when I found out the Broadway musical was making its way down to Florida, I jumped at the chance to see it. The musical was playing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a performing arts hall including all sorts of events, from Broadway musicals like Anastasia to comedy shows and concerts for adults and children. 

With a bar in the front, VIP rooms, and the England Family Musical Garden, Ruth Eckerd Hall is the perfect venue for a date night, a girl's night, or fun for the entire family. 

When you walk into the hall, there is a full service bar that includes liquor, wine, and local, import and craft beers. If you are hungry, you can grab pizza, a hot dog, popcorn, soft pretzels, candy, chips, a soda, and water at the many concession stands around the hall.

The hall even includes Pre-show Party Packages for $29 per person and a Breakfast Brunch Buffet for $25 a person.

The staff was so friendly, and one kind lady even spent her evening taking pictures of guests by the spectacular white Christmas tree. 

Even parking was easy, and there was not too great of a hassle to get out after the show. 

Some upcoming must-see shows are The Blue Man Group (February 2 -3), Sarah McLachlan (February 26), Riverdance VIP Add-On (January 17 - January 19), Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (January 20), John Mellencamp (February 13 - February 15), Dancing With The Stars: Live! (February 18), A Carpenters Tribute (March 19), Steve Miller Band (March 23), Johnny Mathis (March 25), TFO: Harry Potter vs. Star Wars (March 19), On Your Feet! (April 7 - April 8), TFO: Spring in Paris (April 12), Postmodern Jukebox (April 15), Styx 2023 Tour with Don Felder (April 17), Cats (April 23), Steve Martin & Martin Short (April 28).

All in all, our "Once Upon a December" experience was magical, and we will most definitely be back.