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Adrienne Arsht Center of Miami-Dade Announces 2018-2019 Theater Season

April 5th, 2018 No comments

announces its 


One World Premiere! Four South Florida Premieres! 

Zoetic Stage returns as a collaborator!

The Carbonell Award-winning theater company’s

8th anniversary season consists of four shows:


DRACULA – World premiere!

The classic thriller reimagined by Michael McKeever, South Florida’s award-winning writer of

Clark Gable Slept HereAfter and Moscow


EVERY BRILLIANT THING – South Florida premiere!

Duncan Macmillan’s new play about the lengths we go for those we love



Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, this is a thrilling and heartwarming

adventure story featuring an unforgettable young hero



Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously gruesome musical masterpiece


The Theater Up Close 2018-2019 Season also includes…


HUNDRED DAYS – South Florida premiere!

 Direct from New York! A new folk-rock musical memoir about embracing life

as if you only had 100 days to live


The House Theatre of Chicago’s

UNITED FLIGHT 232 – South Florida premiere!

A highly-acclaimed, two-time Jeff Award-winning play celebrating

human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenge


Early bird six-show subscription packages are available now at $205*


MIAMI, FL April 2, 2018 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Zoetic Stage are proud to announce the lineup for the Center’s 8th season of THEATER UP CLOSE. The 2018-2019 season features SIX extraordinary productions – including one world premiere and four South Florida premieres.

Continuing the Arsht Center’s ongoing, critically-acclaimed collaboration with Zoetic Stage, the THEATER UP CLOSE 2018-2019 series opens with DRACULA (October 11 – 28, 2018), a new feminist take on Bram Stoker’s classic novel written by Carbonell Award-winning playwright Michael McKeever; THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (January 17 – February 3, 2019), Simon Stephens’ Tony Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel; EVERY BRILLIANT THING (February 14 – March 3, 2019), an exhilarating one-mantour de force about loving life and all it has to offer; and SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (March 14 – April 7, 2019), Sondheim’s beloved modern musical masterpiece. THEATER UP CLOSE will also include HUNDRED DAYS (April 10 – 21, 2019), “a luminous musical memoir” (The New York Times) and two-time New York Times’ Critic’s Pick; and The House Theatre of Chicago’s UNITED FLIGHT 232 (May 4 – 19, 2019), a haunting true story of compassion and grace that leaves the audience with “a heightened sense of being alive” (Chicago Sun-Times).


The Theater Up Close Series has transformed the Arsht Center into a showcase for some of the most dazzling theatrical work being done anywhere in this country. Productions in the series have earned 20 Carbonell Awards and 73 nominations. The Center is also honored to have partnered with and be the home of Zoetic Stage, one of South Florida’s most critically-acclaimed theater companies.


The Arsht Center’s 2018-2019 THEATER UP CLOSE SERIES is generously supported by Adrianne and Jerry L. Cohen, Alan and Diane Lieberman and the Hotel Croydon Miami Beach.



Early bird six-show subscription packages are available now starting at $205* until May 1, 2018. After that, six-show packages are $225* (non-peak) and $255* (peak). Subscriptions can be purchased now through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org. Tickets for individual performances will be available starting this summer.


Programming for the 2018-2019 THEATER UP CLOSE SERIES includes the following:


Zoetic Stage and Adrienne Arsht Center present

DRACULA – World Premiere!

By Michael McKeever

Directed by Stuart Meltzer

October 11 – 28, 2018

A world premiere play by award-winning playwright and Zoetic Stage co-founder Michael McKeever.

It’s 1897, and Jonathan Harker and his fiancée Mina Murray are welcoming Count Dracula from Transylvania. From that point on, nothing is what you’d expect it to be. Using Bram Stoker’s novel as starting point, McKeever has reinvented the Gothic horror tale and – taking a feminist point of view – created female characters that not only stand up to the title character, but eventually overcome him. Breaking the mold of what a Victorian “lady” should be, the women in this DRACULA are strong, determined and unwilling to play victim to any predator. A very modern take on a classic story.

Zoetic Stage and Adrienne Arsht Center present


By Simon Stephens

Directed by Stuart Meltzer

January 17 – February 3, 2019

Simon Stephens’ Tony Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel comes to thrilling life onstage. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but not well equipped to deal with everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery that will change his life. An incredible journey to the world of a very special mind. Time Magazine hailed it as an “Eye-opening, life-affirming and unmissable.”


Zoetic Stage and Adrienne Arsht Center present

EVERY BRILLIANT THING – South Florida Premiere!

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Directed by Stuart Meltzer

February 14 – March 3, 2019

This exhilarating play strikes a delicate balance between sobering loss and cathartic laughter. In this one-person tour de force, a man attempts to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The list grows as he progresses from childhood (“Ice Cream”) and adolescence (“Star Trek”), to college (“Surprises”) and marriage (“Falling in Love”). But when life deals a bitter blow, the list proves to be helpful to the son in ways that it could never be for the mother. London’s The Stage called it an “Extraordinary piece of inclusive, participative theatre.”


Zoetic Stage and Adrienne Arsht Center present


By Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

Directed by Stuart Meltzer

March 14 – April 7, 2019

This modern musical masterpiece tells the story of the obsessively vengeful barber Benjamin Barker and his twisted partnership with the outrageous Mrs. Lovett who together devise a devilish plot to add a special ingredient to a recipe that has all of London dying for their pies. Sondheim’s gloriously gruesome musical combines melodrama and murder and features one of the most thrilling scores ever written for the stage. Zoetic Stage, continuing its ongoing relationship with the work of Stephen Sondheim, will present an interpretation that promises surprises and a whole new feel to this beloved musical.


The Adrienne Arsht Center presents

HUNDRED DAYS – South Florida Premiere!

Book by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher

Music & Lyrics by The Bengsons

April 10 – 21, 2019

Dubbed “a luminous musical memoir” and a Critic’s Pick by The New York TimesHUNDRED DAYS is an exhilarating and heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. With magnetic chemistry and anthemic folk-punk music, creators and stars Abigail and Shaun Bengson explore a fundamental question: how do we make the most of the time that we have?


HUNDRED DAYS was originally developed and produced by Z Space, Lisa Steindler, Artistic Director and piece by piece productions/Wendy vanden Heuvel. Further Developed and Produced Off-Broadway by the New York Theatre Workshop on December 4, 2017, Jim Nicola, Artistic Director, Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director.


The Adrienne Arsht Center and House Theatre of Chicago present

UNITED FLIGHT 232 – South Florida Premiere!

Adapted and Directed by Vanessa Stalling from the book Flight 232 by Laurence Gonzales

May 4 – 19, 2019


On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for Chicago with 296 aboard was paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by author Laurence Gonzales for his critically-acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, this new play, UNITED FLIGHT 232, is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges. “The very great artistic worth of this piece, beautifully staged, lies in its ability to make you think about what really matters in your life,” (Chicago Tribune).

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.


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.


Zoetic Stage is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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“The Bodyguard” Opens In Miami April 3 thru April 8

March 8th, 2018 No comments








Tickets start at $29*

April 3 – 8, 2018

Ziff Ballet Opera House

MIAMI, FLORIDA – Thursday, March 8, 2018 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) and Broadway Across America (@bwayamerica) are delighted to announce that the first U.S. national tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD (@thebodyguardus) will play at the Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House from April 3 to 8, 2018.

Tickets to THE BODYGUARD are available through the Arsht Center Box Office in person at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132, by calling 305.949.6722, or online at arshtcenter.org. Ticket prices start at $29*.

Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox** stars as Rachel Marron. In the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer is television star Judson Mills.

Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, THE BODYGUARD had its world premiere on December 5, 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre. THE BODYGUARD was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Best Set Design and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.

Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Company in The Bodyguard

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Direction is by Thea Sharrock. Set and costume design is by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Richard Brooker and video design by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Karen Bruce, orchestrations by Chris Egan, musical supervision by Richard Beadle and production musical supervision by Mike Dixon. Musical director Matthew Smedal conducts the live orchestra. The U.S. national tour of THE BODYGUARD is produced by Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.

Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard

Rounding out the principal cast are Alex Corrado (Gotham, Hannibal) as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard; Charles Gray (Broadway: The Color Purple, Tour: The Lion King) as manager Bill Devaney; Jonathan Hadley (Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Class Act) as publicist Sy Spector; Jorge Paniagua (Regional: The Full Monty, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as the Stalker; Jasmin Richardson (Tour: Memphis, Dreamgirls) as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron, Mark McCollough Thomas (NYC: Consent, Godforsaken) as FBI agent Ray Court, and Kevelin B. Jones III (Idlewild Music Festival) and Sebastian Maynard-Palmer (Tour: Kinky Boots) alternating in the role of Rachel’s son Fletcher.

The ensemble includes  Elyssa Jo Brown, Henry Byalikov, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Devinn Harris, Alex Jackson, Megan Melville, DeQuina Moore, Kevin Mylrea, Stefan Raulston, Matthew Schmidt, Amber Snow, Lauren Tanner, and Naomi C. Walley.

**Deborah Cox is not scheduled to perform at the Saturday matinee performance.





Jay Manuel Beauty is the official makeup sponsor for the US tour of “The Bodyguard”  www.jaymanuelbeauty.com

THE BODYGUARD is part of the 2017-2018 Broadway in Miami season presented by Florida Theatrical Association and the Adrienne Arsht Center along with presenting sponsor Bank of America and with support from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron, with Jaquez André Sims, Brendon Chan, Willie Dee and Benjamin Rivera in The Bodyguard

 DEBORAH COX (Rachel Marron) Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox made her Broadway debut in the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical, Aida.  She most recently starred on Broadway in 2013 as Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde, and starred as legendary Josephine Baker in Josephine at Asolo Repertory Theatre in the spring of 2016.  Cox began her recording career as a background singer with Celine Dion, before securing her first recording contract with Clive Davis at Arista Records. She has recorded six award-winning and critically-acclaimed albums, and has written and recorded on numerous celebrated soundtracks.  Her platinum selling debut album Deborah Cox earned her an American Music Award nomination. She won her first of 3 Juno Awards including a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination.  From her second CD One Wish, came the double platinum “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” which held the record for being the longest running #1 R&B Single for 14 consecutive weeks and earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination, a Soul Train Award, A Lady Of Soul Award, Best Female vocalist Juno nomination and a Billboard Music Award Nomination for R&B Single Of The Year. Cox has collaborated with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Josh Groban, The Isley Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Sarah McLachlan and numerous others. The Canadian born star has an impressive list of #1 Billboard hit records, including thirteen #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.  In 2000, Cox collaborated with Whitney Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Houston’s Greatest Hits CD.  Cox has been recognized for her longstanding commitment to various social issues in the LGBTQ community. In January 2015, she received the Out Music Pillar Award. In 2014, she received the California State Senate Award and in 2007, she received The Civil Rights Award from the New York Senate for her efforts in the fight for Human Rights and Equality.  She was recently honored by The Harvey Milk Foundation at the 2015 Diversity Honors for all of her efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the LGBTQ community.  On June 12, 2016, she was given the Liberty Bell and Proclamation in Philadelphia by Mayor James Kenney to proclaim June 12 as LGBTQ Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival Day.

www.deborahcox.com         @Deborah_Cox      www.facebook.com/DeborahCoxDRG

Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard 

 JUDSON MILLS (Frank Farmer) was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Northern Virginia in a little stone house in the woods built by George Washington before he was President.  Mills grew up hunting and fishing, and up through high school enjoyed a small town life.  After high school, Judson went on to major in Theatre at Barry University in Miami.  From there, it was off to NY where Mills attended the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  After school, he booked his first audition and spent 3 years on the soap opera “As The World Turns.”  Mills has since done over 35 guest starring roles on television including “Law and Order,” “The X Files,” “Dexter,” “The Mentalist,” ABC’s new “Notorious” and can be seen on HBO’s new hit series from JJ Abrams, “Westworld.”  Judson was also a series regular alongside Chuck Norris on the popular action show “Walker, Texas Ranger” from CBS. He went on to star with Mr. Norris in “The Presidents Man: A Line in the Sand” for CBS as well. Mills has also appeared in 20 feature films including Major League 3: Back to the Minors, Mighty Joe Young, Chill Factor and the Academy Award-nominated Gods and Monsters. Mills is thrilled to be back on stage and is honored to be working with Deborah Cox and the amazing cast of The Bodyguard. @JudsonMills


LAWRENCE KASDAN (Screenplay) has directed, written or produced twenty-one motion pictures, including Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon.  Among them, he has written or co-written four of the most successful films in motion picture history: Raiders of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Bodyguard, the first original screenplay Kasdan sold.  The Big Chill and The Accidental Tourist were nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture.  The Accidental Tourist was named Best Picture of 1988 by the New York Film Critics Circle.  Grand Canyon won the Golden Bear as Best Picture of the 1992 Berlin Film Festival.  Nominated for four Academy Awards and six Writers Guild Awards, Kasdan was honored by the Writers Guild of America with its Laurel Award for advancing the literature of motion pictures.  In 2013, Kasdan joined creative forces with JJ Abrams to co-write Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the new entry in the worldwide phenomenon that is the Star Wars saga.

ALEXANDER DINELARIS (Book) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for the screenplay of Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He is the co-creator and executive producer of the series “The One Percent” for MRC, starring Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris. He is currently adapting the novel Entering Hades into a feature film with Michael Fassbender. His film The Year of the Monarchs is currently in development with Mandalay Entertainment. Alexander is also the book writer of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Broadway musical On Your Feet! Other recent work includes his plays Red Dog Howls (New York Theater Workshop), Still Life (Manhattan Class Company), The Chaos Theories (Shotgun Theater) and In This, Our Time (59e59). Mr. Dinelaris is a proud member of the Writer’s Guild and the Dramatists Guild.

THEA SHARROCK (Director) In 2000, Thea won the James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director of the Year Award, making her directorial debut with a production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, which transferred to the West End and toured the UK twice. Thea was then made Britain’s youngest Artistic Director when she took over the Southwark Playhouse for three years, before going on to be the Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill. As a freelance director, her credits include productions for the Almeida and the Donmar, the National Theatre and many in the west end including Equus with Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths (also Broadway), The Misanthrope with Keira Knightley, Heroes with John Hurt, Cause Célèbre with Anne-Maris Duff at the Old Vic. Her production of After The Dance for the National Theatre won 8 major awards. She has also directed Henry V starring Tom Hiddleston for Sam Mendes/Neal Street and the BBC, as well as the 2013 Christmas Special of Call The Midwife also for Neal Street and the BBC. She directed Richard Griffiths in his last stage performance, in The Sunshine Boys with Danny DeVito at the Savoy Theatre before directing her first musical, The Bodyguard at the Adelphi. She directed Miranda Hart in her arena tour for 2014, as well as Kevin Spacey in his first one-man show, Darrow for the Old Vic. Her debut feature film, Me Before You for MGM and Warner Brothers, was released summer 2016.

TIM HATLEY (Set & Costume Designer) Tim trained at Central St Martins School of Art & Design, London.  Awards won:  Tony Awards: Private Lives (Broadway) and Shrek the Musical (Broadway). Olivier Awards: Stanley (NT) and Private Lives (West End). Drama Desk Awards: Spamalot, Shrek the Musical & Private Lives (Broadway).  Theatre credits include:  Ghosts (BAM/Almeida), Little Eyolf (Almeida), Bodyguard the Musical (West End, Germany, Korea, UK Tour) Spamalot (Broadway, West End, Vegas, US Tour), Shrek the Musical (Broadway, US Tour, West End, UK Tour), Temple (Donmar Warehouse), Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead and West End), Betty Blue Eyes (West End), Quartermain’s Terms (West End), An Enemy of the People and The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre/ West End), Singin’ In The Rain and My Fair Lady (Chatelet, Paris), The Crucible (Broadway), Endgame & 3 Lives of Lucie Cabrol (Complicite), Mrs Klein (Almeida).  Carmen and Don Quixote (The Royal Ballet).  For the National Theatre, London – Great Britain, 3 Winters, A Small Family Business,  Timon of Athens, Welcome to Thebes, Rafta Rafta, Present Laughter, Henry V, The Talking Cure, Vincent in Brixton, Humble Boy, Stanley, Hamlet, Sleep with Me, Darker Face of the Earth, Flight, Caucasian Chalk Circle & Out of a house… (with Complicite).  Film credits: Stage Beauty (2003 dir Richard Eyre), Closer (2004 dir Mike Nichols), Notes on a Scandal (2006 dir Richard Eyre).  Exhibition: Vivienne Westwood – a London Fashion (Museum of London), Diaghilev & the Ballet Russes (V&A).  Upcoming includes: Dreamgirls (West End), Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory).

KAREN BRUCE (Choreographer) is an Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director.  As Director: The Last Tango, Dance ’Til Dawn and Midnight Tango (all UK tour and West End); Strictly Come Dancing – the Professionals (UK tour); Love Me Tender (UK tour); Saturday Night Fever (UK and International tour); Footloose (West End, UK tour, South Africa) and The Wedding Singer (UK tour).  As Choreographer: The Bodyguard (UK tour); Starlight Express (Joburg Theatre, South Africa); The Last Horseman (Madrid); Chess (Margitsziget Open Air Theatre, Budapest); Never Forget (West End, UK tour); Doctor Doolittle (UK tour); Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse, London); The Producers (Spain); Far Pavilions (West End) and A Chorus Line and Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible, England).  For Television: “Strictly Come Dancing” (BBC – 7 seasons); “So You Think You Can Dance” (BBC – 2 seasons); “Toast” (BBC Film); “Children in Need” (BBC) and “The Voice” (BBC).  Awards and nominations: Olivier Award for Best Choreography for Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse); TMA Best Musical Award for Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible) and WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice nomination for Best Choreographer for Never Forget.

 MICHAEL HARRISON (Producer) produced the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton at the Savoy Theatre and The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre. Gypsy became the recipient of four 2016 Olivier Awards including Best Musical Revival.  This year he produced the brand new musical Mrs Henderson Presents, which transfers to Toronto after a critically acclaimed season at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. The Bodyguard is now a worldwide hit with productions currently in Holland and Germany and further productions to open in Australia, France, Italy, South Korea and, of course, the US. Its first UK tour played to sell out business at every theatre it visited and it returned to London’s West End at the Dominion Theatre.  With Cameron Mackintosh he produced the UK tour of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Barnum and was also behind the production of Annie directed by Nikolai Foster. He will next present the forthcoming UK tour of Funny Girl.  His other musicals include Aspects of Love, The Witches of Eastwick, I Dreamed a Dream, Jolson and Co, Chess and Titanic.  He is Managing Director of Qdos Entertainment and has created over 100 pantomimes for the company. In 2016 he will create Cinderella, the first pantomime at the London Palladium in nearly thirty years.  In 2012 he was awarded a companionship to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts by Sir Paul McCartney.

DAVID IAN (Producer) has produced theatre shows all over the world. He is the recipient of five Olivier awards and two Tony nominations. His credits include: Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, The Producers, Defending the Caveman, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls It Off, The Sound of Music, La Cage aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Flashdance, Gypsy, The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas), My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, The Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Chicago, Dr Dolittle, Starlight Express, Seminar, Steel Magnolias, Ghost the Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Bodyguard, Jersey Boys, Annie, Xanadu and Show Boat.

NEDERLANDER PRESENTATIONS, INC. (Producer) is a producing company under the leadership of James L. Nederlander. The company operates a chain of legitimate theatres including the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Palace, and Richard Rodgers on Broadway, and many landmark venues around the world from Los Angeles to London. Recent credits include:  the all new Broadway production of CATS, An American in Paris and On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.

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.


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.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – Broadway in Fort Lauderdale is proud to announce the Broadway Musicals, HAMILTON and DEAR EVAN HANSEN, will play their South Florida premiere engagements and anchor the 2018/19 season.

The 2018/19 Bank of America Broadway in Fort Lauderdale season showcases Broadway’s finest hits with a six or seven show subscription package power-packed with South Florida premieres of Broadway’s newest blockbusters and revivals.

Hamilton will play for a limited five week run December 18, 2018 – January 20, 2019.

Called “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” by The Washington Post, winner of six 2017 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and 2018 Grammy nominee Dear Evan Hansen visits Mar 26 – Apr 7, 2019.

Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Feb 20 – Mar 3, 2019) will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to life, love and laughter. The romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia (Apr 23 – May 5, 2019), inspired by the beloved films, is on a journey to FORT LAUDERDALE at last! Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser A Bronx Tale (Jun 11 – 23, 2019) brings a street-wise story and original doo-wop tunes to the Broward Center stage.

Two worlds collide in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I (Nov 20–Dec 2, 2018), the “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. Back by popular demand, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Oct 10 – 21, 2018) is an optional seventh subscription show.

The Broadway in Fort Lauderdale 2018/19 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

Season tickets for the 2018/2019 Bank of America Broadway in Fort Lauderdale six-show package are currently available and range from *$261 – $1002. A seven-show package which includes THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is also available and range from *$296 – $1147. 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.

“South Florida audiences are in for a fantastic Broadway season that will be filled with memorable moments from start to finish,” said Kelley Shanley, President & CEO of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. “We are thrilled that HAMILTON makes its South Florida debut on the Broward Center stage, and know that long-time Broadway fans and newcomers will be delighted by each and every show that is coming our way. This is truly a blockbuster season that will tap into nostalgia with some fantastic revivals, and take us on new journeys with some of today’s hottest hits.”

“We are incredibly proud to host an amazing season of Tony Award®-winning and fan-favorite hit musicals. Our 27th Broadway in Fort Lauderdale season promises to be a landmark season!” exclaimed Susie Krajsa, Executive Vice President for Broadway Across America.





October 10 – 21, 2018

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – Quentin Oliver Lee and Eva Tavares – photo Matthew Murphy

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will make a triumphant return to Fort Lauderdale as part of its North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor.

The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

November 20 – December 2, 2018

The King of Siam and Anna Leonowens in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s King and I. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

 “I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime.” – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine). http://kingandimusical.com/



December 18 – January 20, 2019

Company – HAMILTON National Tour (c) Joan Marcus

HAMILTON is  the  story  of  America’s  Founding  Father  Alexander  Hamilton,  an  immigrant  from the  West  Indies  who  became  George  Washington’s  right-hand  man  during  the  Revolutionary War  and  was  the  new  nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy   Blankenbuehler and   musical supervision and   orchestrations   by Alex   Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.


Fiddler On The Roof

February 20 – March 3, 2019

“An entirely fresh, funny, and gorgeous new production. A reason for celebration!” – New York Magazine

Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!


Dear Evan Hansen

March 26 – April 7, 2019


 A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

“One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” says The Washington Post. Rolling Stone calls

DEAR EVAN HANSEN, “a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart” and NBC News raves “An inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award, Golden Globe and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).



April 23 –May 5, 2019

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to FORT LAUDERDALE at last!

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.


A Bronx Tale

June 11 – 23, 2019

“Wonderful and refreshing! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” – The New York Times

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

“A combination of Jersey Boys and West Side Story.”- amNewYork


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 atwww.BrowardCenter.org/dining. While reservations are encouraged, walk-ups are welcome.

By purchasing JETBLUE Flight Deck on the 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 JETBLUE Flight Deck on the 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 JETBLUE Flight Deck on the 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.

*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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“WAITRESS” Broward Center for the Performing Arts April 11-22

February 2nd, 2018 No comments





APRIL 11 – 22, 2018



Broadway in Fort Lauderdale is thrilled to announce WAITRESS will play The Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a limited two week engagement April 11 – 22, 2018.

Desi Oakley, Charity Angel Dawson and Lenne Klingaman in the National Tour of WAITRESS Credit Joan Marcus

Tickets are now on sale.  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 $40.25*.

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), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting For Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).


Nick Bailey and Desi Oakley in the National Tour of WAITRESS Credit Joan Marcus

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna a waitress and expert pie maker, who 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. Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.


Charity Angel Dawson, Desi Oakley and Lenne Klingaman in the National Tour of WAITRESS Credit Joan Marcus

“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.  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.


For more tour information, please visit http://waitressthemusical.com

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“Jersey Boys” coming to the Broward Center May 8 – 20, 2018

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Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour coming To The Broward Center

January 3rd, 2018 No comments


The 20 th Anniversary World Tour, back by popular demand, will play a strictly limited engagement at The Broward
Center for the Performing Arts from January 5 – 7, 2018.

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 $35.25*.

This is your chance to see this wonderful show.

“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. 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. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.
For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London the reaction was unprecedented. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where 8 sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall heralded the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America. Since its inception Riverdance has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.

For more information, please visit:
Website: www.riverdance.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Riverdance
Twitter: @Riverdance
Instagram: @Riverdance_Official
Snapchat: riverdance-real

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. #browardcenter #biftl

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