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“The Jazz Ambassadors” on PBS Through May 10th

May 4th, 2018 No comments
Following up about the new documentary The Jazz Ambassadors, premiere Friday, May 4 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and continues through May 10. The film site has launched with two new embedded videos:
The United States Information Agency (USIA) uses Voice of America radio to combat Soviet propaganda in films and news media about America’s struggles with racial discrimination and segregation: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jazz-ambassadors/video/america-combats-soviet-propaganda-racism-segregation/
In 1955, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. convinced U.S. leaders that jazz was the best way to intervene in the Cold War cultural conflict, with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie becoming the first jazz ambassador to help counter Soviet stories about American racism:http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jazz-ambassadors/video/adam-clayton-powell-jr-teams-dizzy-gillespie/

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“Chicago” May 8-13 at Adrienne Arsht Center

May 1st, 2018 No comments











LIMITED RUN! MAY 8-13, 2018






Miami, Florida – The national touring company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical CHICAGO (@chicagomusical) will welcome Latin sensation & “Jane the Virgin” star Jaime Camil (@jaimecamil) as he makes his tour debut in the role of “Billy Flynn” beginning Tuesday, May 8, 2018. He will play a one-week limited engagement at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) until Sunday, May 13th.

Broadway History was made in 2016 when, for the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors led a Broadway musical! Together again – Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Jaime Camil and Bianca Marroquín (@biancapamelamarroquin) will appear on stage opposite each other reprising their Broadway roles as “Billy Flynn” and “Roxie Hart” in Miami’s limited engagement of only eight performances! Bianca Marroquín is a CHICAGO veteran having appeared in the Broadway cast off and on since 2002.

Broadway’s Longest Running American Musical
Ambassador Theatre, NYC
Pictured: Jaime Camil as Billy Flynn

Jaime Camil is one of the most well-known actors in the Spanish-speaking world and now the USA is welcoming him with open arms thanks to his performance as “Rogelio de la Vega” in the critically-acclaimed and multi-awarded TV show “Jane the Virgin.” He’s a Critic’s Choice and Teen Choice Award nominee and an Imagen Award winner for the role. He has starred in more than 20 award-winning films including Pulling Strings and 200 Cartas (alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda) and has won global and countless film and theater awards throughout his over 20-year career. Mr. Camil has led the most successful and highest-rated telenovelas of all time, including “La Fea Más Bella,” “Por Ella Soy Eva” and “Qué Pobres Tan Ricos.” He has recorded four platinum-selling albums and has led many musicals in his native Mexico City including West Side Story, Hook, Aladdin, El Diluvio que Viene and more. In 2005, he led the Broadway-bound musical The Mambo Kings, he previously appeared on Broadway in Latinologues and he also starred in a successful three-night only summer 2017 production of Mamma Mia! at the Hollywood Bowl playing the role of “Sam Carmichael” opposite Jennifer Nettles as “Donna.” Mr. Camil was also the voice of “Papá” in the Academy Award-winning animated feature, Coco, which is the top-grossing film of all time in Mexico. Mr. Camil is repped by Zero Gravity Management.

 CHICAGO also stars Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Hart, Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly, Paul Vogt as Amos Hart, Jennifer Fouché as Matron “Mama” Morton and D. Ratell as Mary Sunshine.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

The national tour is directed by David Hyslop and choreographed by David Bushman. Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse. CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer and casting by Stewart/Whitley. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.


Tickets to CHICAGO 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*.



Tuesday, May 8 at 8:00p.m.

Wednesday, May 9 at 8:00p.m.

Thursday, May 10 at 8:00p.m.

Friday, May 11 at 8:00p.m.

Saturday, May 12 at 2:00p.m.

Saturday, May 12 at 8:00p.m.

Sunday, May 13 at 1:00p.m.

Sunday, May 13 at 7:00p.m.

CHICAGO closes 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.

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

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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:

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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.


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