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Announcing the 12th Season of Broadway in Miami

February 10th, 2017 No comments

MIAMI, FL February 6, 2017 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to announce its 12th season of showcasing Broadway’s greatest hits in the Ziff Ballet Opera House with a five-show subscription package that is power-packed with musical blockbusters. The 2017-2018 Broadway in Miami season includes two anticipated South Florida premieres – ON YOUR FEET! (October 5 – 15, 2017), kicking off its first national tour at the Arsht Center, and THE BODYGUARD (April 3 – 8, 2018). Read more…

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2017-2018 Broadway in Fort Lauderdale Season

January 27th, 2017 No comments



The National Tour of HAMILTON is coming in 2018/19 Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA January 27, 2017 – Broadway in Fort Lauderdale is proud to announce its 26th season of showcasing Broadway’s greatest hits with a six-show subscription package that is power-packed with musical blockbusters.


The season will commence with the new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Oct 10 – 22, 2017), followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES – The Phantom Returns (Nov 7 – 19, 2017), the sequel to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. A second Andrew Lloyd Webber show, SCHOOL OF ROCK (Dec 12 – 24, 2017), rings in the Holiday Season with high energy, high-octane fun. The New Year kicks off with 2014 Tony ® Award-winning Best Musical A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER (Jan 9 – 21, 2018). WAITRESS (Apr 11 – 22, 2018) the irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles. The season closes with JERSEY BOYS (May 8 – 20, 2018) the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons boasting their legendary hits.


The two season options for the 2017/18 Broadway in Fort Lauderdale series are the Irish Dance phenomenon RIVERDANCE (Jan 5 – 7, 2018) and back by “Popular” demand, WICKED (Feb 14 – March 4, 2018)


The national tour of HAMILTON will play the Broward Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2018/19 season. The best way to guarantee tickets to HAMILTON is to purchase a season subscription for the 2017/18 season. Subscribers who renew for the 2018/19 season will be able to guarantee their tickets for the premier Fort Lauderdale engagement of HAMILTON before tickets become available to the general public. Information regarding HAMILTON dates and how to purchase groups and single tickets will be announced at a later time.


The Broadway in Fort Lauderdale 2017/2018 subscription season is made possible with the generous support of Bank of America and is presented by Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with Broadway Across America and The Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Broadway Across America Season Ticket Holders receive exclusive benefits including:
SEAT LOCATIONS – Same seat locations  for all six season shows
SPECIALIZED SERVICES – Flexibility on ticket exchanges and Lost Ticket Replacement

  • PRIORITY PURCHASE OPTIONS – including additional tickets for all season shows and season “add-

ons” prior to the general public



Season tickets for the 2017/2018 Bank of America Broadway in Fort Lauderdale six-show package are currently available and range from $209 – $791. For faster service, those interested in renewing or purchasing new season tickets can visit BroadwayInFortLauderdale.com. Subscribers may also call the Season Ticket Hotline at 800.764.0700.  Phone lines are open Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM. When renewing over the phone or online, Season Ticket Holders must have their account number and credit card. Visit www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com for the most up-to-date information about touring Broadway.


“The 2017/18 Broadway in Fort Lauderdale season is poised to be one of the most exciting seasons on record at the Broward Center,” said Kelley Shanley, Broward Center President & CEO. “South Florida audiences remember the Phantom from the Broward Center’s opening in 1991 and its many return engagements, and we’re all looking forward to bringing the next chapter of this classic story to our audiences with LOVE NEVER DIES – The Phantom Returns.  There’s a great mix of nostalgia with some of Broadway’s most beloved titles coming our way, and some fantastic music to look forward to as several of the latest hits from the Great White Way come to Broward in their South Florida premieres.”


Announcing the 2017/2018 season of Broadway in Fort Lauderdale, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts is genuine cause for excitement,” exclaimed Susie Krajsa, Executive Vice President for Broadway Across America. “Illustrated by the forthcoming season’s extraordinary parade of Award-winning musical showstoppers, we continue to be enthusiastic with the loyalty and support of our ever-growing number of season subscribers, our steadfast partners at the Broward Center, and especially all of our Broadway patrons who continue to embrace our efforts to bring the very best of Broadway to the front steps of their community.”  “And the future looks very bright as we are excited to announce that HAMILTON will make its south Florida premiere at the Broward Center in the 2018/19 season!”



October 10 – 22, 2017

“Sparkling, fresh and lively.” – Los Angeles Times

The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.


Photo: Jeremy Daniel

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.



November 7 – 19, 2017

This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards.


The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.


The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.


Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house. Christine’s marriage to Raoul is suffering at the hands of his drinking and gambling and they desperately need the financial rewards that America can give them.


In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them….


LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories as it makes its premiere in Fort Lauderdale


This production played to critical acclaim throughout Australia and New Zealand and is described by Chris Boyd in The Australian as “The best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since The Phantom of the Opera.” Andrew Lloyd Webber describes the production as, “Probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.”



December 12 – 24, 2017

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”



January 9 – 21, 2018

Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL – A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER


Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL,” GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way.  All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.





April 11 – 22, 2018



Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.


Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker. Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.


WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.



May 8 – 20, 2018


 – Chicago Tribune


More than 83,000 theatergoers cheered when JERSEY BOYS made its sell-out premiere in Fort Lauderdale in April 2009. Worldwide, more than 24 million people have seen JERSEY BOYS. And now, the show that made critics and audiences cheer will return to Fort Lauderdale.


JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!  JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “THE CROWD GOES WILD!” proclaims The New York Times


The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award®-winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.




January 5 – 7, 2018

“The show is quite simply incredible. A phenomenon of historic proportions”    



“As for the flaws? Well, there simply aren’t any. Here’s to another 20 years!”             THE EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS


The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland – in rock, music, theatre and film – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.


Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold out run across Europe and Asia.



February 14 – March 4, 2018

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.


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.”


Broadway fans can enjoy unique hospitality experiences at the Broward Center this coming season including dinner and weekend brunch at the onsite restaurant, Marti’s New River Bistro. Marti’s offers modern American cuisine with spectacular views of the New River. For theater guests, the prix fixe dinner menu starts 2½ hours before curtain for evening performances; a prix fixe brunch menu is offered starting at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays prior to matinee performances in the Au-Rene Theater.  Marti’s is also open for brunch the first Sunday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations, call 954.660.6663 or reserve at www.BrowardCenter.org/dining. While reservations are encouraged, walk-ups are welcome.


By purchasing LATAM Airlines Club Level tickets, theatergoers enjoy an all-inclusive experience with complimentary valet parking, fine food, premium open bar (which includes mixed drinks, beer, wine, coffee, tea and soft drinks), access to an exclusive lounge, extra-roomy theater seats and attentive service throughout the evening. The LATAM Airlines Club Level lounge is open one hour prior to curtain and remains open throughout the performance and for 45 minutes after the show. A full season subscription is also available, which will guarantee the same luxurious LATAM Airlines Club Level theater seat for each show in the Au-Rene Theater.


Theater patrons can enhance their theater experience with drinks, appetizers and desserts one hour before the performance and during intermission at the Intermezzo Lounge. A separate ticket for the Intermezzo Lounge allows patrons to enjoy a selection of delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and desserts and complimentary beverages (soft drinks, seasonal craft and premium beer, wine, champagne, coffee and tea) in a spacious lounge offering ample indoor seating and a private outdoor veranda. To purchase tickets for the Intermezzo Lounge for any Broadway performance, visit www.BrowardCenter.org/dining.

An American In Paris – Musical Interviews

December 28th, 2016 No comments

“Cabaret” Coming to Broward Center in Ft. Lauderale

December 17th, 2016 No comments








Fort Lauderdale, FL. – Roundabout Theatre Company announced casting for the Fort Lauderdale premiere of the national tour of Sam Mendes (SpectreAmerican Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET. CABARET is coming to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a limited two week run, January 10 – 22, 2017.


Tickets are 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*. Read more…

Celebrate the New Year in Paris…December 27, 2016 – January 1, 2017

December 7th, 2016 No comments







Starring MIAMI CITY BALLET Alumnae twin sisters, Sara and Leigh-Ann Esty

along with Ft. Lauderdale’s Etai Benson

Miami Premiere at the

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

December 27, 2016 – January 1, 2017

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will play Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for a one-week engagement beginning December 27, 2016 through January 1, 2017. Read more…

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Disney’s “THE LITTLE MERMAID” on Stage Live February 22 through March 5

November 6th, 2016 No comments





All Photos by Bruce Bennett, courtesy of Theatre Under The Stars.

All Photos by Bruce Bennett, courtesy of Theatre Under The Stars.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts announced today that individual tickets for the Fort Lauderdale engagement of The 5TH Avenue Theatre’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID will go on sale Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Read more…

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“Dirty Dancing” – The Classic Story On Stage

October 31st, 2016 No comments


The producers of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage announced casting for the third year of the North American Tour, which coincides with the film’s 30th anniversary. Christopher Tierney, having originally performed the role of Johnny Castle during the 2015 Toronto engagement, returned to the show during its most recent North American tour and will once again thrill audiences alongside the fast-rising young star Bronwyn Reed as Frances “Baby” Houseman. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County beginning November 29 through December 4, 2016.


DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney Jerome Harmann Hardeman_ Bronwyn Reed and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney Jerome Harmann Hardeman_ Bronwyn Reed and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

The Arsht Center, along with Broadway Across America and presenting sponsor Bank of America, are proud to continue the 2016-2017 Broadway in Miami season with the Miami premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. Tickets for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit www.arshtcenter.org, call 305.949.6722 or visit Arsht Center Box Office 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132. Ticket prices start at *$29.


DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney_ Jennifer Mealani Jones and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney_ Jennifer Mealani Jones and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

The 2016-2017 Broadway in Miami subscription season is made possible with the generous support of Bank of America and is presented by Florida Theatrical Association and the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Tierney and Reed lead a company of 26 that includes Matthew Amira as Robbie (The Hunchback of Notre Dame  – Ogunquit Playhouse), Jordan Edwin André as Billy Kostecki/Singer (West Side Story – Regional), Alyssa Brizzi as Lisa Houseman (Beauty and the Beast – National Tour), Jerome Harmann-Hardeman as Tito Suarez (The Full Monty), Jennifer Mealani Jones as Penny Johnson (“So You Think You Can Dance” season 10), Gary Lynch as Max Kellerman (Les Misérables), Hannah Jane McMurray as Marjorie Houseman (Peter Pan 360 – National Tour), Jon Powell as Dr. Jake Houseman (The Rose Bowl Queens – LA), Alan Scharf as Mr. Schumacher (Take Her – National Tour) and Matt Surges as Neil Kellerman (A Funny Thing Happened… – Regional). The ensemble comprises Matthew Borchers, Kristian Brooks, Henry Byalikov, Kellie Drobnick, Jenifer Dillow, Lindsey Hailes, Kevin Mylrea, John Swapshire, Anjelica Fellini, Michal Kolaczkowski, Sophie Lee Morris, Julz Tocker and D. Scott Withers.


DIRTY DANCING Jennifer Mealani Jones_ Bronwyn Reed and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Jennifer Mealani Jones_ Bronwyn Reed and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage features an eight-piece band that performs the timeless hits on stage, led by Conductor Alan J. Plado (Keyboard) and Associate Conductor Julie Homi (Keyboard). The band also includes Matt Brown (Guitar), Brian Krock (Saxophone), Rich Donato (Drums), Miles Lassi (Percussion), Brad Lovelace (Bass) and Michael Robb (Trumpet).


DIRTY DANCING Bronwyn Reed  and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Bronwyn Reed and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein, author of the original script of the film, and the North American tour is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. The creative team also includes Stephen Brimson Lewis (Set Design), Tim Mitchell (Lighting Design), Jennifer Irwin (Costume Design), Bobby Aitken (Sound Design), Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Design), Bernie Ardia (Hair Design), Conrad Helfrich (Music Supervisor and Orchestrations) and Alan Plado (Music Director).


“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over,” said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the production, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more physically in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was theatre – live audiences watching live bodies dancing and singing here and now in the present – on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more scenes with Baby and Johnny, more about the family, more songs I couldn’t afford last time, and, best of all – more dancing. We have added 20 new original scenes and 36 numbers of live music played by an eight piece band onstage, which invite the audience to come into Kellerman’s and experience the story in a whole new way as a live event as it happens.”

Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County beginning November 29 through December 4, 2016. To purchase tickets, visitwww.arshtcenter.org, call 305.949.6722 or visit Arsht Center Box Office 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132. Ticket prices start at *$29. 

CINDERELLA, coming to The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

October 11th, 2016 No comments
Tatyana Lubov as Cinderella

Tatyana Lubov as Cinderella

image002Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®– winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

Hayden Stanes as the Prince and Tatyana Lubov as Cinderella

Hayden Stanes as the Prince and Tatyana Lubov as Cinderella

* Tickets are $35–$95 with $145 LATAM Airlines Club Level seating

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.

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“Beauty and the Beast” (Video Review & Trailer)

September 26th, 2016 No comments
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast




Review by John Delia

The last home video release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 2011 came complete with 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. If your family has not obtained an updated release, this 25th anniversary edition of the animated feature offers more bonus features plus a peak at the all new live action telling of the fairy tale that has lived on for decades. The Disney’s Beauty and the Beast new live action film will be released in theaters March of 2017. Read more…

Mia Madre (Foreign Film Review)

September 9th, 2016 No comments







Review by John Delia

The film Mia Madre has its moments, but the bleak story is a matter of taste. A true indie in every sense of the word, the movie becomes a trite look at the inside of movie making through the eyes of a director who’s dealing with her mother’s illness. Admittedly not based on a true story, the subject matter should appeal to those who have found themselves in similar situations with the main character. If you like films that work their magic through dramatic moments and hard to cope with situations, then this little gem will work nicely for you. Read more…