Randy Rainbow Coming to Mahaffey in October
Tickets for Randy Rainbow Live and two other shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (May 17).
ST. PETERSBURG – Randy Rainbow, best known for his political spoofs, is coming to the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater this winter.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. Oct. 19 show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (May 17). Presale for members of Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts will be available beginning 10 a.m. Thursday (May 16). Tickets for two other shows – WE WILL ROCK YOU and the Isley Brothers – will go on sale at the same time.
Randy Rainbow’s (yes, that’s his real name) appearance at the Mahaffey was announced Tuesday (May 14) as an extension of his sold-out 2019 tour.
The comedian, best known for his series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered him an impressive fanbase with hundreds of millions of views across all social media and digital platforms. He is celebrated for his fresh take on politics and current events. His musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 (BRAGGADOCIOUS!) received 28 million views in its first two days.
Forbes Magazine recently pondered, “Why Randy Rainbow, the Muppets and the Avengers Should Host the Oscars.” American author and media pundit, Dan Savage, called Rainbow “the best thing to come from the GOP race.” He has also been interviewed/profiled by venerable media outlets such as the New York Times, ABC News, OUT, People, Entertainment Weekly and NPR.
Rainbow has written for numerous comedians as well as the cast of NBC’s Will & Grace, which asked Rainbow to parodize a song which they performed during a political fundraiser for the 2016 election. Rainbow headlined a concert at the Paramount Theatre in New York alongside Rosie O’Donnell and has been featured in a musical commercial/campaign for Orbitz opposite Margaret Cho. Rainbow also created and starred in multiple hit web series for BroadwayWorld.com, hosting and performing in numerous theatrical events for the Broadway, cabaret and gay communities, as well as for the Tony Awards .
He has appeared/performed in and some of New York City’s most popular night spots including 54 Below and Birdland Jazz Club, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. He is heard regularly as both a guest and co-host on Sirius XM Radio and recently starred in New York City Center’s Encores production of Call Me Madam.
Ticket Prices: $85, $49.50, $43.50, $37.50
With the recent Oscar®-winning film, Bohemian Rhapsody, the music of Queen is more popular than ever. In 2002, many of those hits were compiled into a rock musical experience, WE WILL ROCK YOU, which will be hitting the road once again for a North American tour starting Sept. 3 in Winnipeg, Canada.
While WE WILL ROCK YOU is a quirky, eccentric and heartfelt story of outsiders, it’s also a creative cautionary tale for the cyberage. It reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances and earned the band its pinnacle position in rock history. The audience can expect WE WILL ROCK YOU to rock as fiercely as the best of Queen’s concerts.
Since 2002, more than 16 million theatergoers in 19 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production which is based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn). The original West End production featured music supervision from Brian May and Roger Taylor, and Elton fashioned this futuristic story around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs including: We Are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and, of course, We Will Rock You.
WE WILL ROCK YOU follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world where there are no musical instruments and rock n’ roll has died. They join a small group of societal outcasts, the Bohemians, as they fight to take back the iPlanet from the all-powerful Globalsoft, led by the Killer Queen. They fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of rock ‘n roll.
Ticket Prices: $79.50, $69.50, $59.50, $49.50, $39.50
For more than 50 years, the Isley Brothers have received acclaim as “the rocking soulful legends who started it all.” The iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy® award-winning artists will bring the inspiring sounds of soul and classic R&B to the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater. The concert features award-winning soul singer Ronald Isley (known as Mr. Biggs) and guitarist extraordinaire Ernie Isley. The Isley Brothers started out as a gospel group and their music moved from gritty R&B to Motown soul to blistering funk. They have three top 10 hits and 27 top 10 R&B hits, including Shout, That Lady, Twist and Shout, It’s Your Thing, and This Old Heart of Mine.
Ticket Prices: $125, $95, $75, $55
For information or to buy tickets, go to themahaffey.com.
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