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

November 4th, 2017 No comments

 

Presents

 

THE LAST JIMMY

A Hip-Hop Musical

starring

“Dice Raw” of The Roots

 

Story by Phillip S. Brown

Music and Lyrics by “Dice Raw”

 

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

the experience of young black males

 

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

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

Tickets: $25*

Carnival Studio Theater – Ziff Ballet Opera House

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.

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Interview with author Robert Earl

November 3rd, 2017 No comments

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Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster Returns to Broward in 2018

October 23rd, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

BROWARD

CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 4, 2018

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AT 10 AM

 

 

BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND WINNIE HOLZMAN

 

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GREGORY MAGUIRE

 

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

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

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

WICKED

Performance Schedule

Wednesday, February 14 – 8:00pm

Thursday, February 15 – 2:00pm

Thursday, February 15 – 8:00pm

Friday, February 16 – 8:00pm

Saturday, February 17 – 2:00pm

Saturday, February 17 – 8:00pm

Sunday, February 18 – 1:00pm

Sunday, February 18 – 6:30pm

Tuesday, February 20 – 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 21 – 8:00pm

Thursday, February 22 – 8:00pm

Friday, February 23 – 8:00pm

Saturday, February 24 – 2:00pm

Saturday, February 24 – 8:00pm

Sunday, February 25 – 1:00pm

Sunday, February 25 – 6:30pm

Tuesday, February 27 – 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 28 – 8:00pm

Thursday, March 1– 8:00pm

Friday, March 2 – 8:00pm

Saturday, March 3 – 2:00pm

Saturday, March 3 – 8:00pm

Sunday, March 4 – 1:00pm

Sunday, March 4 – 6:30pm

 WICKED

February 14 – March 4, 2018

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.

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

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

 

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

* Tickets start at $44.25

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

October 22nd, 2017 No comments

 

 

NATIONAL TOUR CAST ANNOUNCED FOR

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S SMASH HIT

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

 December 12 – 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICKETS GO ON SALE OCTOBER 6TH

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312

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

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

 

 

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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

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

 About Broadway Across America

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

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

Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy

At Bank of America, our focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people’s financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocate groups, such as community and environmental organizations, in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about, and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News.

 

 

A Broadway Balances America Special “Meet the Women of WAITRESS!”

October 20th, 2017 No comments

 

 

“BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA” INVITES YOU

 

TO

 

MEET THE WOMEN OF WAITRESS!

 

 

AIRING EXCLUSIVELY ON “THE BALANCING ACT®”

 

ON LIFETIME TELEVISION ®

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23rd AT 7:30AM

 

 

Broadway Across America’s collaboration with the award-winning morning show “The Balancing Act®,” on the Lifetime® Channel continues Season Four of the five-part series “Broadway Balances America” with WAITRESS. This new episode debuts on Monday, October 23rd at 7:30 AM and will re-air on Monday, October 30th at 7:30 AM.

Tickets for WAITRESS will go on sale Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10AM. Tickets will be available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, browardcenter.org or call 954.462.0222. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 954.660.6307. Ticket prices start at $35.25*.

 WAITRESS, presented by Florida Theatrical Association comes to Fort Lauderdale as part of the 2017/2018 Broadway Series.  Performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts April 11 – 22, 2018.

 In episode four, viewers will see what baking can do in the hit Broadway musical WAITRESS. Amber Milt, our Balancing ActÒ correspondent, will meet with the women who made Broadway history as the first all-female creative team. Discover how Tony AwardÒ winning director Diane Paulus balanced Broadway’s sweetest story with music by 6-time GrammyÒ nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and choreography by Lorin Lotarro. Learn how this powerhouse team, inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, brought the indie film’s story to the stage. Along the way, viewers will get a sneak a peek at what’s inside and watch what the women of WAITRESS have in store for audiences across the country!

WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage with her husband Earl. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This new American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

 Broadway Balances America provides behind-the-scenes access and interviews highlighting shows featured on Broadway Across America’s 2017-2018 Broadway series nationwide. The Balancing Act’s® hosts get up close and personal with casts and crews of this seasons national production.

To learn more about the Broadway Balances America series, please visit: www.broadwaybalancesamerica.com

 The John Gore Organization is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of theater producer and owner John Gore, its family of companies includes Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com, and Group Sales Box Office. The company presents shows in 40 cities across North America as well as on Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, Japan, and China. It has won Tony Awards in every producing category as well as numerous other Drama League, Drama Desk and Olivier awards.

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

 About The Balancing Act

Now in its eighth year, The Balancing Act® continues to empower women in all aspects of their lives. The mission at The Balancing Act® is simple – the show strives to help today’s modern woman balance it all by bringing them exceptional solutions to everyday problems. Entertaining, educational and trusted by women, viewers can watch America’s premier morning show weekday mornings on Lifetime® Television at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT). For additional information or to view a segment visit www.thebalancingact.com.

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“Love Never Dies” Premire Engagement November 7 at Broward Center

October 20th, 2017 No comments

 

CAST REVEALED FOR

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s

 

LOVE NEVER DIES

 

FORT LAUDERDALE’S PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT COMES TO

 

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

 

 November 7 – 19, 2017

 

 

 

Music

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics

Glenn Slater

Book

Andrew Lloyd Webber & Ben Elton

Additional Lyrics

Charles Hart

Orchestrations

David Cullen & Andrew Lloyd Webber

 

 Casting has been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, for the premiere at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, November 7 – 19, 2017 as part of a North American Tour.

Tickets for Love Never Dies 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*.

Love Never Dies

Direct from the highly successful production of Love Never Dies in Hamburg, Germany, Gardar Thor Cortes will portray the man behind the mask, ‘The Phantom,’ with Meghan Picerno as ‘Christine Daaé,’ Karen Mason as ‘Madame Giry,’ Sean Thompson as ‘Raoul,’ Mary Michael Patterson as ‘Meg Giry,’ and Casey Lyons and Jake Heston Miller sharing the role of ‘Gustave.’ The trio of Phantom’s henchmen include Katrina Kemp as ‘Fleck,’ Richard Koons as ‘Squelch,’ Stephen Petrovich as ‘Gangle,’ Gardar Thor Cortes is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.  The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

Love Never Dies

The ensemble includes Chelsey Arce, Erin Chupinsky, Diana DiMarzio, Tyler Donahue, Yesy Garcia, Alyssa Giannetti, Michael Gillis, Tamar Greene, Natalia Lepore Hagan, Lauren Lukacek, Alyssa McAnany, Rachel Anne Moore, Bronson Norris Murphy, Dave Schoonover, Adam Soniak, John Swapshire IV, Kelly Swint, Lucas John Thompson, Correy West and Arthur Wise.

Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Audiences will 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.

Love Never Dies

The new touring production will reflect an extensive re-working of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian premiere in 2011. 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”.

Directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical) with new set and costume designs by Gabriela Tylesova, choreography by 2011 Astaire Awards winner Graeme Murphy, lighting design by Nick Schlieper and sound design by Mick Potter, the show is one of the few instances of a major West End musical being given a complete makeover for subsequent productions.

Love Never Dies
Utica, NY

Lloyd Webber said he knew about five minutes into seeing its first run-through that he and the new production team had achieved something special. “I have the great joy of being able to say that I think this production is probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.”

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.

Since its premiere in 2010, Love Never Dies has enjoyed productions worldwide in London, Australia, Denmark, Japan and Germany, as well as multiple recordings including a concept album and a London cast recording. A DVD release of the Australian production has delighted fans globally, and now the North American tour brings the musical to the US for the first time.

For more information, please visit www.loveneverdies.com.

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Amadeus Live Coming to Knight Center Music Hall

October 20th, 2017 No comments

 

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

 

and Attila Glatz Concert Productions

 

Present

 

AMADEUS LIVE

 

A thrilling movie concert experience!

 

The Academy Award® winning film will play on a vast HD screen while

Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live and in-sync by a full orchestra and choir

 

March 15, 2018 at 8 p.m.

 

Tickets: $45, $65, $85, $99 & $120*

John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

 

Part of the 2017-2018 Live at Knight Series

Supported by South Florida BMW Centers and Café Bustelo

 

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) and Attila Glatz Concert Productions are proud to present AMADEUS LIVE as part of its 2017-2018 Live at Knight Series. On March 15, cinephiles and classical music lovers alike will experience the legendary 1984 film in high definition along with a live orchestra and choir. Dubbed“as close to perfection as movies get” by USA Today, the movie concert will take place at 8 p.m. at the Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

 

Tickets to AMADEUS LIVE are $45, $65, $85, $99 & $120*. Tickets are available to Arsht Center Culturist members beginning October 23 and to the general public on October 27. All tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Amadeus weaves a beautiful, tragic fable, enchanting to children and adults alike. It has gore, a pact with God, celebrity, a masked stranger, murder and some of the best music ever written.” (The Guardian)

 

Amadeus is a sumptuous period epic, celebrating the music of the greatest musical genius the world has ever known, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Winner of eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Amadeus tells the story of Vienna court composer Antonio Salieri and his all-consuming jealousy over the bawdy, vulgar, but divinely talented young Mozart. Despite his raging envy as he plots to destroy Mozart, he cannot tear himself away from the sublime genius of Mozart’s music.

 

The late Amadeus conductor, Sir Neville Marriner, praised the film because it “was shot around the music – not the other way around as is usually the case.” The soundtrack became the first classical album to make the pop charts in six countries, and the score features some of Mozart’s greatest works, including excerpts from Symphony No. 25 in G minor, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, and Marriage of Figaro.

 

Much of the plot centers around Mozart composing his requiem while on his deathbed. It presents his internal creative process, in which he wrote complete musical thoughts which never needed revision. The film is a beautiful opportunity to eavesdrop on genius at work. For more information, please visit glatzconcerts.com.

*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.

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“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” Coming to Broward Center for the Performing Arts

October 3rd, 2017 No comments

BROADWAY’S TONY AWARD®-WINNING BEST MUSICAL

“A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER”

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

in Fort Lauderdale JANUARY 9 – 21, 2018

 

TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 13, 2017

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL – September 29, 2017 ― The Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, will play the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, January 9 – 21, 2018 in its First National Tour.

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Miami Film Festival GEMS opens October 12th

September 22nd, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival GEMS 2017 Shows Solidarity to the Victims of Hurricane Irma by Donating All Proceeds to 
Newly Added Film Shot in Key West “The Leisure Seeker” 
Starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland

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Miami, FL — Miami Dade College’sacclaimed Miami Film Festival GEMS  2017 is supporting the victims of Hurricane Irma with the recent addition of The Leisure Seeker to their GEMS lineup. The film, directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Virzi, was shot in Key West and stars Academy Award-winner® Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner® Donald Sutherland, as they recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. All ticket sale proceeds will be donated 100% to the United Way of the Florida Keys for the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.

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“Building the Wall” Opens Saturday September 23 at Adrienne Arsht Center

September 20th, 2017 No comments


“BUILDING THE WALL”

by Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright

 

SEPTEMBER 23 THRU OCTOBER  8th

 

Top Theater Critic’s Pick! – Season of the Arts, The Miami Herald

Tickets: $34, $39, $44 & 54*

Carnival Studio Theater

in the Ziff Ballet Opera House

 

MIAMI, FL – Limited run! City Theatre (@citytheatremia) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) have announced a new opening date for the South Florida premiere of BUILDING THE WALL, a National New Play Network rolling world premiere written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky CycleAll the WayHacksaw Ridge). Due to Hurricane Irma, the first performance of BUILDING THE WALL has been rescheduled from its original date of Thursday, September 21 to Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. Guests who had tickets for performances taking place before September 23 should contact the Arsht Center Box Office at (305) 949-6722 to exchange their tickets for a new date.

 

Tickets to BUILDING THE WALL are $34, $39, $44 & $54*. Tickets are available now and may be purchased through the Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org. Select performances will offer American Sign Language interpreters and devices that translate the play into Spanish and Creole.

 

Following certain performances, City Theatre and the Arsht Center will host a series of post-show talks with experts, grassroots leaders, universities and other institutions to explore aspects of the play and provide opportunities for community education and engagement. A schedule of topics, speakers and moderators to be announced soon.

 

Written by Robert Schenkkan immediately prior to the recent presidential election and inspired by candidate Donald Trump and his anti-immigration campaign rhetoric, BUILDING THE WALL reveals a scenario of how campaign promises made law might lead to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion.

 

The drama is set in the very near future, after the election, as a Trump administration carries out its promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants, following a terrorist attack in Times Square. With martial law declared and increased arrests by Homeland Security and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), rapid expansions in the private detention system are quickly overwhelmed with detainees awaiting deportation to home countries refusing to accept them. Rick (Gregg Weiner), a detention center supervisor abandoned by his supervisors as the situation deteriorates into chaos and death, is interviewed by Gloria (Karen Stephens), a historian curious to understand his side of the story, while he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting, harrowing and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how the inconceivable becomes inevitable when personal accountability is denied.

 

Gregg Weiner was last seen locally in Ground Up & Rising’s The Good ThiefTerror at Miami New Drama, and prior to that at Gablestage in The Royale. He was part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Doublewide at Florida Repertory Theatre in Ft. Myers. Additional theater credits include: RedDumbshowScott & HemLong Days Journey into NightDial M for MurderSpeed the PlowThat Championship SeasonPitmen Painters and 50 Words. He is the proud recipient of numerous regional acting awards in South Florida and Tampa/St. Petersburg. TV/Film credits include: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “War Dogs,” “Magic City,” “Burn Notice,” “Transporter 2” and he recently shot a pilot called “Catapult Joe.”  He is an on-air radio personality on 102.7 FM The Beach, a member of The Dramaworkshop at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach, an New World School of Arts alumni and a member of Actors Equity Association. For more information, please visit www.greggweiner.net.

 

Karen Stephens was a part of City Theatre’s 2017 cast of Summer Shorts at the Arsht Center and recently appeared in the world premiere of Michael Leeds’ new play, Impressions, with Pigs Do Fly Productions. Karen is a Carbonell, Silver Palm, Miami New Times, Curtains Up, and Randolph A. Frank Award recipient. For more information, please visit karenstephensonline.com.

 

Mr. Schenkkan and the Rolling World Premiere partner theaters producing BUILDING THE WALL have received international attention in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on the BBC Newshour for their rapid artistic response to the current administration and the political climate it foments.

 

“City Theatre chooses new works for its productions of short plays that are timely, exciting and resonant,” said City Theatre Co-Founder and Literary Director Susan J. Westfall. “However, this opportunity as associate members of National New Play Network, and its Rolling World Premiere of BUILDING THE WALL, allows us to develop an important original script in our first main stage full-length production in many years, and work with Robert Schenkkan, one of this country’s foremost playwrights, to bring this powerful and compelling immigration story to South Florida audiences.”

 

BUILDING THE WALL is the National New Play Network’s (NNPN) 68th Rolling World Premiere. In a NNPN Rolling World Premiere, the Network provides production support to the playwright and the partnering theaters, including assistance with the creation and the contracting of the premiere agreement, collaborative interactions between the theaters, and travel and housing funds for the playwright to further develop the play in each city. BUILDING THE WALL is co-presented in Miami with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.  Sponsors include the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA, and Citizens Interested in the Arts.  Visit www.citytheatre.com or call (305) 755-9401 for up-to-date information on details and schedules.

 

BUILDING THE WALL is co-presented in Miami with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Sponsors include the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA, WLRN, and Citizens Interested in the Arts.

 

About Robert Schenkkan

In 2014, All The Way, Part One of his “LBJ Plays,” won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama League, Kennedy Prize, and the ATCA/Steinberg Awards for Best Play and broke two Broadway box office records. Robert has since adapted All The Way as a feature film for HBO, produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Bryan Cranston. Robert’s previous Broadway experience was the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, The Kentucky Cycle, which also won the LA Drama Critics Award, and was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk, and the Outer Critics’ Circle Awards. Other plays include Hanussen (2017 Denver Summit Theater Festival), ShadowplayLewis and Clark Reach the EuphratesBy the Rivers of BabylonHandlerThe Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King NeptuneHeaven on EarthTachinokiFinal PassagesThe Devil and Daniel WebsterThe Dream ThiefA Single Shard, and The Great Society, Part Two of the LBJ Plays, anticipated in New York in 2018. His musical, The Twelve, had its world premiere in Denver in 2015 and won the Henry Award for Best New Play/Musical. Films: Hacksaw Ridge (2016. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards); The Quiet American. Television: Robert was nominated for two Emmys and won a WGA Award for his work on the HBO/Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg miniseries, The Pacific. Other television work includes: The Andromeda StrainCrazy Horse, and Spartacuswww.robertschenkkan.com

*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.

 

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About City Theatre

City Theatre is an award-winning professional theater company founded in Miami, FL in 1996, that is dedicated to the development and production of new works and programming that entertains, informs and resonates with its diverse audiences. It is the only theatre in the nation producing ten minute plays and musicals year round and for all ages, including its signature SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVALS featuring work by well-known and exciting new writers culled from its City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contests, SHORTS GONE WILD featuring original LGBTQ plays by regional and national playwrights, the CITY SHORTS “Best of the Fest” winter regional tour into local community venues, the SHORT CUTS in-school tour bringing original commissioned work to 25,000 students annually and returning in 2017, WINTER SHORTS. City Theatre is unique in South Florida for its long standing commitment towards playwrights and their educational and professional development, including its reading series designed to inform and invest audiences in the process of new play development; the NextGen Project; a student mentoring initiative to identify and support the Next Generations of South Florida playwrights; and CityWrights, a year-round series of workshops, readings, panels and a Weekend Convening bringing together regional and national dramatists and theatre industry leaders for artistic collaboration and professional opportunities. City Theatre selects opportunities to produce full-length plays it feels are timely, exciting and impactful to its community and audiences. In 2016, City Theatre was honored by the Carbonell Committee with the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award, which recognizes significant contributions to South Florida theater development by an individual or group, for the company’s dedication to the short form play and fostering new play development. www.citytheatre.com

 

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 30,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.

 

About NNPN

National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of non-profit professional theaters dedicated to the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported more than 200 productions nationwide through its innovative National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program, which provides playwright and production support for new works at its Member theaters. Additional programs – its annual National Conference, National Showcase of New Plays, and MFA Playwrights Workshop; the NNPN Annual and Smith Prize commissions; its residencies for playwrights, producers and directors; and the organization’s member accessed Collaboration, Festival, and Travel banks and online information sessions – have helped cement the Network’s position as a vital force in the new play landscape. NNPN also strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. Its most recent project, the New Play Exchange, is changing the way playwrights share their work and others discover it by providing immediate access to information on more than 9,500 new plays by living writers. NNPN’s 30 Core and more than 75 Associate Members – along with the more than 150 affiliated artists who are its alumni, the thousands of artists and artisans employed annually by its member theaters, and the hundreds of thousands of audience members who see its supported works each year – are creating the new American theater. www.nnpn.org | www.newplayexchange.org

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