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Barbara Eden is bringing a little 'Social Security' to the Alhambra

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Actress Barbara Eden will take her magic to the longest running professional dinner theater in the country when the Alhambra Theatre & Dining opens “Social Security” from May 7 through June 8, 2014. Social Security is a comedy that was originally directed on Broadway by Mike Nichols.

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For five years from 1965-1970, America was fixated on a unique premise of a dashing Naval officer whose life was turned upside down by a 2,000 year old blonde, female genie he discovered by rubbing a bottle. 139 episodes later, including 30 of them in black and white during its first season, Jeannie, played by Barbara Eden and Major Nelson, played by Larry Hagman fell in love and got married. I Dream of Jeannie went on to international syndication, and both Hagman and Eden went on to successful and diverse acting careers, but Eden will always be known best for her role as the fun-loving, naïve and provocative, ‘Jeannie’.

“When I announce her name during my Warm Welcome to our guests, Barbara Eden far and away receives the biggest cheers of any star we’ve had on our stage during the last four years,” says Craig Smith, Managing Partner of the Alhambra. “I am awed by her on so many levels, and I know our guests will immediately connect with her. She’s a tremendous talent and brings her same enchanting charm to this show as she did to TV more than 40 years ago.”

Social Security ran on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in 1986. The story focuses on trendy Manhattan art gallery owners, Barbara and David Kahn, whose life is upended when Barbara’s sister Trudy, a housewife, deposits their eccentric mother, Sophie, played by Eden, on the couple's doorstep while she and her husband, Martin, head to Buffalo to rescue their promiscuous daughter, a college student. Barbara and David introduce the mother to suave artist, Maurice Koenig, who offers to paint her portrait and soon begins to brighten her life in ways she never expected in her twilight years.

About Barbara Eden: People Magazine named Barbara “One of America’s 200 Greatest Pop Icons of the 20th Century.” She has also been honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near the front of the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. She was named one of TV Guide’s Most Popular Comedy Stars and has received the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the TV Land Television Network.

When there’s time in her crowded schedule, she works actively on behalf of numerous charities including The Trail of Painted Ponies Breast Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, the Wellness Community, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, Save the Children and Childhelp USA.

Looking for a little more social security, come see a show that has nothing to do with money. Make sure you get your tickets for the Broadway show “Social Security” starring Barbara Eden. Social Security is presented by Sawyer Gas & WEJZ-FM.

About The Menu: As he does for each show, Executive Chef DeJuan Roy will celebrate the show with a menu that fits its themes. For Social Security, the first course includes a choice of Garden salad with tomato, cucumber, carrot and onion with walnut dressing or Matzah Ball soup. The second course includes a choice of Chicken Pomadoro with linguini and green beans, or Fried Catfish with shrimp creole and white rice pilaf, or Braised Barbeque Beef Brisket with new potatoes, and green beans, or Wild mushroom, spinach, and cheese strudel with spicy lentil fondue and asparagus. For dessert, guests can choose from New York style cheesecake with strawberries coulis or Monkey Bread with warm caramel sauce. Check back after the Gala for an article on the review and see the menu selections.

Social Security
Dates: May 7 – June 8, 2014
Show Times: 8:00 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m.

Dress: “Gala Night” Friday May 9, 2014 is “Formal/Dressy”. All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

Tickets: Regular pricing for tickets start at $47.00. Preview night pricing for the first two nights (May 7 & 8, 2014) are available for $38.00. Ticket price includes dinner, show and parking. Group sales are available.
Mothers Day Gift Certificates (see Slide Show), valid for 2014 regular season only from June 11 November 23, 2014. Price does not include gratuity. Sunday through Thursday performances only!!! Not good for special events, holiday show or Alhambra After Dark Music Series. Cannot be combined with other offers. This is a limited time offer and tickets are limited. This certificate can only be purchased from Midnight on 4/28/2014 through 11:59 pm 5/02/2014.

Location: Alhambra Theater & Dining
     12000 Beach Blvd.
     Jacksonville, Florida 32246
     (904) 641-1212

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