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“WONDER” (Written Review & Trailer)

November 16th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Touching and inspirational, the movie Wonder opens the eyes of its audience to the medical anomaly of Treacher Collins syndrome. It’s a gene glitch that causes a facial difference that happens in one of 50,000 people*. Based on a book by R. J. Palacio, the film handles the material in the novel in such a way that one cannot help but fall in love with a boy with TCS named Auggie Pullman. The movie becomes an inspiration to all children and a force behind anti-bulling. Read more…

“MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (Written Review &Trailer)

November 10th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Murder mysteries are far and few between this year so Murder on the Orient Express should get a lot of attention at theaters this weekend. However, as with all Agatha Christie books, once you find out the ending it’s hard to forget. So unless you have not seen the original movie that was made in 1974 or read the book, you have a lot of fun in store for you. Read more…

“THE SQUARE” (Written Review & Trailer)

November 9th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The dark comedy The Square delivers a message not unfamiliar considering today’s upheaval involving the brotherhood of man. In the Ruben Ostlund’s film, that takes place in Sweden, a statement is made to the meaning of  “The Square” an exhibit at a museum. It states simply “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries we all share equal rights and obligations.” So sets the tone for this bizarre look into society’s relationships with each other and the division of wealth that fuels the fire. Read more…

“CARS 3” (Blu-ray/DVD Written Review & Trailer)

November 7th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Speeding down the track Disney PIXAR’s Cars 3 crosses the finish line on home video. It’s a winner for kids and families. As usual PIXAR goes straight for the heart and delivers an uplifting tale of friendship, determination and good values with which the children can aspire. Read more…

THE LAST JIMMY A Hip-Hop Musical Coming to Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

November 4th, 2017 No comments

 

Presents

 

THE LAST JIMMY

A Hip-Hop Musical

starring

“Dice Raw” of The Roots

 

Story by Phillip S. Brown

Music and Lyrics by “Dice Raw”

 

A hip-hop musical odyssey that explores the court and prison system through

the experience of young black males

 

January 12 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

January 13 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $25*

Carnival Studio Theater – Ziff Ballet Opera House

 

MIAMI, FL November 3, 2017 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is proud to presentTHE LAST JIMMY, a contemporary hip-hop musical starring five-time Grammy Award-nominated rapper “Dice Raw” (Karl Jenkins) of the legendary The Roots crew. Written by Phillip S. Brown with music and lyrics by Dice Raw, THE LAST JIMMY explores mass incarceration and outlines the ills of the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex. The provocative musical will be performed in the Center’s intimate Carnival Studio Theater on January 12 and 13.

 

Tickets to THE LAST JIMMY are $25*. Tickets are available to Arsht Center Culturist members beginning November 6 and to the general public on November 10. All tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.

 

THE LAST JIMMY was inspired by Dice’s album, Jimmy’s Back, which was inspired by Dr. Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow. The musical addresses the growing crises of black male mass incarceration and illiteracy in America with an objective to transform the thinking and self-perception of young African-Americans in inner city communities and also within the hip-hop culture. THE LAST JIMMY encompasses all the fundamental elements of hip-hop culture and traditional theater: dance, acting, live music and singing.

 

The collaboration of distinguished artists who are a part of the creative team for THE LAST JIMMY were born and raised in Philadelphia and include: Dice Raw as the main character “Jimmy;” award-winning choreographer and founder of Pure Movement Dance Company, Rennie Harris; nationally and internationally acclaimed award-winning director and Freedom Theater Interim Artistic Director, Ozzie Jones; and Disney/BET writer and The Shipley School Theater Director, Phillip S. Brown.

THE LAST JIMMY was presented at The Kimmel Center, Freedom Theatre and The Prince Theater to sold-out audiences.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.

 

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 400 events each year across its flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs several Signature Series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 60,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market.

 

Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.

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“BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

November 1st, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

If you have seen one samurai fight you’ve seen them all, as so I thought anyway. But Blade of the Immortal has so much action it’s hard to turn away from the screen. It’s slice and dice Japanese style with enough combat to fill two movies. If you are a fan of films like Mortal Kombat then this film should be on your list to see this weekend. You may even know the name Tasashi Miike for his fame directing films like this. Read more…

“SUBURBICON” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

October 26th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

What starts out to be a regular 1950’s retro melodrama becomes a mystery crime drama that should set the audience back on their heels with one surprise after another. Although openly predictable, the film certainly entertains for the full nearly 2 hours. Much like a 2 hour episode of Fargo, the bungling characters add some dark comedy to the twisted script.
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“AIDA’S SECRETS” (Written Foreign Film Review & Trailer)

October 26th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Heartwarming and heartfelt, the documentary Aida’s Secrets reveals how two brothers find their family many years after the WWII holocaust. It’s not a rehash of one of the most diabolical events in history, but a reuniting of family members. The film holds some endearing moments and a mystery of surprises. Read more…

Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster Returns to Broward in 2018

October 23rd, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER TO RETURN TO FORT LAUDERDALE’S

BROWARD

CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 4, 2018

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AT 10 AM

 

 

BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND WINNIE HOLZMAN

 

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GREGORY MAGUIRE

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – October 20, 2017WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster and Fort Lauderdale’s most popular musical, will return to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts February 14 – March 4, 2018.

 Tickets for the return engagement of WICKED will go on sale November 3, 2017 at 10 AM. Tickets will be available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, browardcenter.org or call 954.462.0222. Orders for groups of ten (15) or more may be placed by calling 954.660.6307. Ticket prices start at $44.25*.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). The musical is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire.

WICKED

Performance Schedule

Wednesday, February 14 – 8:00pm

Thursday, February 15 – 2:00pm

Thursday, February 15 – 8:00pm

Friday, February 16 – 8:00pm

Saturday, February 17 – 2:00pm

Saturday, February 17 – 8:00pm

Sunday, February 18 – 1:00pm

Sunday, February 18 – 6:30pm

Tuesday, February 20 – 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 21 – 8:00pm

Thursday, February 22 – 8:00pm

Friday, February 23 – 8:00pm

Saturday, February 24 – 2:00pm

Saturday, February 24 – 8:00pm

Sunday, February 25 – 1:00pm

Sunday, February 25 – 6:30pm

Tuesday, February 27 – 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 28 – 8:00pm

Thursday, March 1– 8:00pm

Friday, March 2 – 8:00pm

Saturday, March 3 – 2:00pm

Saturday, March 3 – 8:00pm

Sunday, March 4 – 1:00pm

Sunday, March 4 – 6:30pm

 WICKED

February 14 – March 4, 2018

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.

Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda in WICKED (Photo by Joan Marcus)

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

 

From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED — the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”

* Tickets start at $44.25

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312

For tickets visit  www.browardcenter.org; by phone 954.462.0222

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Additional fees may apply. Visit www.browardcenter.org for up-to-date information, details and performance schedules.

 

 

The National Touring Company of Wicked (Photo by Joan Marcus _2015)

Winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 14 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, and Brazil) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.

 

Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.

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“School of Rock” Coming to Broward Center for the Performing Arts

October 22nd, 2017 No comments

 

 

NATIONAL TOUR CAST ANNOUNCED FOR

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S SMASH HIT

Coming to The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale

 December 12 – 24, 2017

 Fort Lauderdale, FL – September 22, 2017 – Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber is excited to announce casting has been finalized for the national tour of his high-octane Broadway and West End hit School of Rock – The Musical!  School of Rock – The Musical will play the Broward Center for the Performing Arts December 12 – 24, 2017.

Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical will go on sale on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10 AM. Tickets will be available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, browardcenter.org or call 954.462.0222. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 954.660.6307. Ticket prices start at $35.25*.

A scene from School Of Rock @ New London Theatre. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Book by Julian Fellowes. Lyric by Glen Slater. Directed by Laurence Connor. photo ©Tristram Kenton 

Soon to be rocking the roofs off of theaters across America, the School of Rock – The Musical national tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey, Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Merritt David Janes as Dewey Alternate, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence and Ava Briglia as Summer. The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher DeAngelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair Mitchell, Tim Shea and Hernando Umana. The kid’s ensemble features Rayna Farr, Bella Fraker, Alex Louis, Tommy Ragen, Gabriella Uhl and Aiden Niklas Villa.

A scene from School Of Rock @ New London Theatre. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Book by Julian Fellowes. Lyric by Glen Slater. Directed by Laurence Connor. photo ©Tristram Kenton 

School of Rock – The Musical is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and direction by Laurence Connor.

A scene from School Of Rock @ New London Theatre. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Book by Julian Fellowes. Lyric by Glen Slater. Directed by Laurence Connor. photo ©Tristram Kenton

School of Rock – The Musical opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015. This Ben Brantley New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ “is an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” raves Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly. And in his four-star Critics’ Pick review, Time Out’s David Cote proclaimed, “School’s IN – forever!” School of Rock – The Musical was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman). School of Rock – The Musical also won the 2017 Oliver award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Based on the hit film, School of Rock – The Musical is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pintsized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

School of Rock – The Musical features scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby.

School of Rock – The Musical is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization. Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.

A scene from School Of Rock @ New London Theatre. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Book by Julian Fellowes. Lyric by Glen Slater. Directed by Laurence Connor. photo ©Tristram Kenton

TICKETS GO ON SALE OCTOBER 6TH

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312

For tickets visit  www.browardcenter.org; by phone 954.462.0222

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Additional fees may apply. Visit www.browardcenter.org for up-to-date information, details and performance schedules.

 

 

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is one of America’s premier performing arts venues, consistently ranked among the top ten in the country. Presenting more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, the Center showcases a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events, and offers one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, serving more than 150,000 students annually. In 2007, the Broward Center was named the Cultural Embassy of Broward County in recognition of its success in linking cultural activity with the region’s economic development.

The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop, and secure the future of the Broward Center.  The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit www.BrowardCenter.org.

 About Broadway Across America

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

 Florida Theatrical Association – the non-profit presenter of Broadway in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami – was founded with the charge of educating and developing new theater audiences and encouraging and preserving the presentation of touring Broadway theater. Since 1989 Florida Theatrical Association has presented over 1,050 broadway performances and distributed over $1.6 million in scholarships and grants to arts organizations across the state of Florida.

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