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“Ledisi Sings Nina” – Grammy winner honors Nina Simone

January 3rd, 2022 No comments

 

 

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

 

 

LEDISI SINGS NINA

Grammy Award-winning vocalist honors Civil Rights activist and celebrated American artist Nina Simone

Friday, January 14, 2022 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $45, $55, $75, $125*

Knight Concert Hall

Part of the 2021-2022 Jazz Roots series

 

Miami, FL – January 3, 2022 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is proud to present 2021 Grammy Award winner LEDISI (@ledisi) in a special tribute to Nina Simone, the brilliant and celebrated American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and Civil Rights activist.

Tickets to JAZZ ROOTS: Ledisi Sings Nina are $45, $55, $75 and $125* and may be purchased now at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org.

Grammy Award Winner Ledisi – Photo courtesy artist management1

JAZZ ROOTS: Ledisi Sings Nina is a beautiful mixture of classical, jazz and R&B sounds with a riveting narrative of a musical bond between artists from different eras. LEDISI returns to her jazz roots while honoring one of her greatest inspirations, Nina Simone.

2021 Grammy winner LEDISI is a 14-time Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist with a career spanning almost two decades. Since arriving on the scene in the late 1990s, she’s garnered three Soul Train Music awards, an NAACP Theater Award and six NAACP Image Award nominations. Most recently, Ledisi received two L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominations, including one for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She has headlined two nationally sold-out tours, performed alongside Dave Matthews, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill and Maxwell as well as jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Patti Austin.

 

Alejandro Cruz plays a note for Candy Dulfer during the Jazz Roots QA session – photo credit Justin Namon

Arts Education Program

Jazz Roots: Sound Check, a part of the Jazz Roots series from its inception in 2008, welcomes high school students from Miami-Dade County Public Schools to the Knight Concert Hall for free sound checks, lectures and, on occasion, opportunities to perform with headline artists from the Center’s Jazz Roots concert series. Participants also receive free admission to that evening’s Jazz Roots concert, provided free of charge by the Arsht Center. Throughout the program’s history, students have participated with jazz legends such as Chris Botti, Chucho Valdés, Candy Dulfer, Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to name a few. Click here to watch a behind the scenes video of students experiencing a sound check with the Pete Escovedo Orchestra.

Jazz Roots: Sound Check is made possible in part by EFG; Baldwin Richardson Foods; Alan and Diane Lieberman; Green Family Foundation Trust; Quint Family Foundation; and Hazel Rosen.

JAZZ ROOTS is presented by the Arsht Center with generous support from presenting sponsor EFG. JAZZ ROOTS also receives generous support from Baldwin Richardson Foods, Quint Family Foundation, Alan and Diane Lieberman and Steinway & Sons, the official piano of the Adrienne Arsht Center. WDNA 88.9 FM is a media sponsor.

Arsht Center Commitment to Health and Safety

The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, masks and proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test are required. Guests may volunteer proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative test. Learn more here. This event will be seated at full capacity. We will also maintain enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Any policy changes will be sent directly to ticketholders and updated regularly at arshtcenter.org/covid-19.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit 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 Florida Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture 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.

AboutUs

Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is committed to welcoming and connecting ALL people to the arts, to the Arsht Center and to each other. Our stages are alive year-round with artists from around the world, innovative programming from our resident companies and local arts partners, free community events that reflect Miami’s unique identity and arts education experiences for thousands of Miami children each year.

Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has been recognized as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area, a leader in programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, a host venue for historic events and Miami’s hub for arts education.

Each year, we serve more than 60,000 young learners and offer more than 100 culturally diverse and inclusive education programs — many enhanced by the Arsht Center’s relationship with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, local teaching artists and Miami-based arts organizations.

The Arsht Center is also a home stage for three resident companies — Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony — and a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage. Our 300+ events each year include the Center’s Signature Series of classical, jazz, Broadway, local theater and much more. We present a robust series of touring Broadway musicals direct from New York, the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival and an award-winning Miami-based theater program. In addition, our Family Fest, Free Gospel Sundays, CommuniTEA LGBTQ+ celebration and Heritage Fest are among dozens of free events that bring together people from all corners of our community. For more information, visit arshtcenter.org.

About EFG International

EFG International’s global wealth management network operates in around 40+ locations through its subsidiaries worldwide. In the United States, security products and brokerage services are offered through EFG Capital International Corp., an SEC registered broker-dealer and member of the FINRA and SIPC, while asset management services are offered through EFG Asset Management (Americas) Corp., an SEC registered investment adviser. efgcapital.com.

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“GRINGOLANDIA” World Premiere at the Adrienee Arsht Center

December 24th, 2021 No comments

 

Zoetic Stage and the Adrienne Arsht Center

 

for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade

 

County present the World Premiere of

 

 

GRINGOLANDIA

 

A fascinating new play by Miami native Hannah Benitez which explores the collision of two worlds

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. – Preview

Friday, January 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. – Opening Night

Through Sunday, January 30, 2022

Tickets: $55, $60*

Carnival Studio Theater

 

Miami, FL– Zoetic Stage (@ZoeticStageMIA) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@ArshtCenter) are proud to present the world premiere of GRINGOLANDIA, written by Hannah Benitez (@hannahbenitezzz), commissioned by Zoetic Stage. GRINGOLANDIA tells the story of a Cuban family from Miami who embarks on a journey of closure, truth and cultural connection.

 Accompanied by his millennial children, a Cuban man returns to the country from which he escaped 50 years ago on a quest to recover a precious family heirloom. Through a series of misadventures with funny and fascinating locals, Carlos, Michi and Danny find themselves in a place frozen in time, but surprisingly familiar. GRINGOLANDIA promises to be a uniquely theatrical experience with live music and video. A mixed-media event that will transport audiences to the beautiful, yet heartbreaking, island that is so close, and so far away.

This fascinating new play by this gifted young Latina playwright explores the collision of two worlds, and the importance of accepting our past in order to move into the future.

Tickets to GRINGOLANDIA are $55 and $60*. Tickets may be purchased at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org.

The cast – all Miami natives – includes James Puig, Alicia Cruz, Stephanie Vazquez, Gabriell Salgado and Yarelis Gandul.

James Puig (Carlos) is delighted to make his Zoetic Stage debut in GRINGOLANDIA. Jim last appeared in Miami New Drama’s world premieres of The Cubans and Fake for which he received another Carbonell Award nomination. A product of South Florida theatre, Jim appeared in seven Broadway shows including, most recently, TDF’s The Prince of Broadway. Off-Broadway credits include:  New York City Center, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Actors Studio and ten productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival.  Regionally, Jim has performed at The Kennedy Center, Yale Rep, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Denver Center, Actors’ Playhouse and in 14 productions including Rum and Coke and The Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, where he made his professional debut in 1980. TV audiences have seen him in CheersTattinger’sMiami Vice and recurring roles in I Have Reservations and All My Children.

Alicia Cruz (Michelle) is a Miami native, born and raised by a Cuban father and American mother. Before graduating from Florida International University with a BFA in Acting, she spent two years hitchhiking around the United States. This is her first Zoetic Stage production.

Gabriell Salgado (Daniel) is thrilled to be back for his second show with Zoetic Stage after making his professional debut with them as ‘The Creature’ in Frankenstein this past October. After graduating with a B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts, he went on to do several commercials, short films, and local theater productions. He was last seen in Frankenstein, previously seen in Seven Deadly Sins produced by Miami New Drama and will be seen next in Zoetic’s production of A Little Night Music in March/April. He is also currently working on Zoetic Stage’s 2nd Annual Finstrom Festival of New Work as Festival Coordinator and one of the adjudicators on the panel.

Stephanie Vazquez (Mujer) is a Miami native and New World School of the Arts college alumna currently living in New York City, where she debuted her self-written one woman show Paola y la Luna at the Tank NYC. She is excited to be making her Zoetic Stage debut with GRINGOLANDIA. Other credits include: Florida Studio Theatre’s Reading Series, GringoLandia Reading at Teatro LATEA.

Yarelis Gandul Cabrera (Musician) studied percussion in Cuba and has performed nationally and internationally with several bands.  She joined the Alba Tropical Jazz Band, made up of a selection of some of Cuban jazz music’s most recognized young people. She has been a percussionist for world-renowned artists such as Nestor Torres, Ed Calle, Jose Negroni, Donato Poveda, Francisco Cespedes among others.

Hanna Benitez

Miami native Hannah Benitez is currently a finalist for American Shakespeare Center’s contest, Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries, with her farcical adaptation of Henry 6 entitled, The 6th, or, The Patriots.  Coming up, her existential romantic comedy, Adaptive Radiation, is running at American Academy of Dramatic Arts this February in New York City. The play is then getting its third production later this year at University of Tennessee. It premiered originally at Denizen Theater in New York in 2018. Other productions of her plays include: Ashe In Johannesburg (Burning Coal Theatre), Give My Regards (Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts) and Dike (Urbanite Theatre). Her play, Dike, was developed with The New York Theatre Workshop as Director Tatiana Pandiani’s 2050 Fellowship Project. She was featured in American Theatre Magazine 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know. She is currently working on a commissioned play with Miami New Drama for their upcoming season.

GRINGOLANDIA is directed by Zoetic Stage Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer. He is the recipient of numerous Carbonell Awards for Best Director. He is also a Carbonell Award winner for Best New Work for his play The Goldberg Variations. Altogether, he has been honored with eighteen Carbonell nominations. Fuácata! or a Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe, a one-woman show he co-wrote with Elena Maria Garcia just finished a successful run at Actors’ Playhouse.  His directing credits include American Son, The Wolves, Sweeney Todd, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Dracula, Fun Home, Dancing Lessons, Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts, Topdog/Underdog, The Caretaker, Sunday in the Park with George, After, Passion, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Stripped, Betrayal, Trust, Detroit, The Great God Pan, Assassins and Fear Up Harsh. He is the recipient of five Silver Palm Awards for his work as the Resident Director of Zoetic Stage.  He received his MFA in Directing from the Actors’ Studio in 2002.

“Zoetic Stage is thrilled to celebrate its 10th Anniversary with this important and relatable world premiere. Hannah Benitez has crafted a smart contemporary story that is reflective of our community, and we are excited to present the first of what we suspect will be many productions,” said Meltzer.

The play’s creative team features scenic design by Michael McKeever, properties design by Jodi Dellaventura, lighting design by Rebecca Montero, costume design by Marina Pareja, intimacy direction by Nicole Perry, sound design by Matt Corey, and dramaturgy by Kathleen Capdesuñer. For detailed cast and creative bios, click here.

PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor of the 2021-2022 THEATER UP CLOSE series. WLRN is the media sponsor. The Arsht Center’s THEATER UP CLOSE series gratefully acknowledges the founding support of Adrianne and Jerry L. Cohen.

Arsht Center Commitment to Safety

The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, masks and proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test are required. Guests may volunteer proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative test. Learn more here. This event will be seated at full capacity. We will also maintain enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Any policy changes will be sent directly to ticketholders and updated regularly at arshtcenter.org/covid-19.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.
**Postponed from the 2019-20 Theater Up Close season.

 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.

Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is committed to welcoming and connecting ALL people to the arts, to the Arsht Center and to each other. Our stages are alive year-round with artists from around the world, innovative programming from our resident companies and local arts partners, free community events that reflect Miami’s unique identity and arts education experiences for thousands of Miami children each year.

 Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has been recognized as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area, a leader in programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, a host venue for historic events and Miami’s hub for arts education.

Each year, we serve more than 60,000 young learners and offer more than 100 culturally diverse and inclusive education programs — many enhanced by the Arsht Center’s relationship with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, local teaching artists and Miami-based arts organizations.

The Arsht Center is also a home stage for three resident companies — Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony — and a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage. Our 300+ events each year include the Center’s Signature Series of classical, jazz, Broadway, local theater and much more. We present a robust series of touring Broadway musicals direct from New York, the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival and an award-winning Miami-based theater program. In addition, our Family Fest, Free Gospel Sundays, CommuniTEA LGBTQ+ celebration and Heritage Fest are among dozens of free events that bring together people from all corners of our community. For more information, visit arshtcenter.org.

About Zoetic Stage

Zoetic Stage was founded in 2010 to create fresh, bold interpretations of contemporary plays and musicals, and is dedicated to enhancing South Florida’s national artistic profile by producing regional premieres and developing new works to become part of the American stage repertoire.

In 2020, Zoetic Stage was named the Best Theater Company by the Miami New Times. The theater has been nominated for an impressive 120 Carbonell Awards (of which 15 were for Best Production of the Year) and won 42, including six for Best New Work and four for Best Production of a Play or Musical. Zoetic Stage productions have received over thirty Silver Palm Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

Zoetic Stage is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network and a member of the South Florida Theater League.

Visit www.zoeticstage.org for more information.

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Adrienne Arsht Center 10th Season Line-up

May 4th, 2021 No comments

 

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

THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

OF THEATER UP CLOSE

 

in collaboration with Zoetic Stage and City Theatre

2021-2022 season includes a world premiere, two South Florida premieres and work from local playwrights!

 

Co-presentations with Zoetic Stage, also in its 10th season, include:

FRANKENSTEIN – South Florida Premiere!

A fresh adaptation of one of the great horror stories of all time

gringolandia – World Premiere!

A new play by Latina writer Hannah Benitez which explores the collision of two worlds

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, explores the affairs surrounding actress

Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her 

our dear dead drug lord – South Florida Premiere!

A New York Times Critic’s Pick by Miami’s own Alexis Scheer.

Four teenage girls gather in a Miami tree house to summon the ghost of

Pablo Escobar in this pitch-black comedy

City Theatre returns to the 2021-22 Theater Up Close lineup with

JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL

A new twist on the classic tale, featuring a single actor relating the story of Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future

Five-show subscription packages are available now starting at the early bird rate of $169 until June 11

Miami, FL – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@ArshtCenter) is proud to announce its lineup for the 10th anniversary season of THEATER UP CLOSE created in collaboration with Zoetic Stage (@ZoeticStageMIA) and City Theatre (@CityTheatreFL). The Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close series returns with five extraordinary productions, including one world premiere and two South Florida premieres.

In just a decade, THEATER UP CLOSE has become a showcase for Miami actors and playwrights as well as an opportunity for the community to enjoy critically-acclaimed new work from around the country. The series has long reflected South Florida’s vibrant theater community by its ongoing collaborations with local theater companies Zoetic Stage and City Theatre, earning 42 Carbonell Awards and 112 nominations. The Center is proud to have presented a total of 52 productions with an almost entirely local cast and crew as part of the Theater Up Close series. The series has included 13 plays by local playwrights, 12 world premiere productions and 17 South Florida premiere productions since its inception.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative to showcase some of the incredible theater South Florida has to offer with the tenth anniversary of our award-winning THEATER UP CLOSE series,” said Liz Wallace, vice president of programming at the Arsht Center. “We are proud to have preserved most of the originally-scheduled THEATER UP CLOSE season shows, and we are so grateful to our artistic partners at Zoetic Stage and City Theatre for being able to safely bring back the irreplaceable experience of live theater for audiences to relish once again.”

The THEATER UP CLOSE series gratefully acknowledges the founding support of Adrianne and Jerry L. Cohen.

 TICKETS

Five-show subscription packages are available now starting at the early bird rate of $169* until June 11. Packages after June 11 start at $194. Subscriptions can be purchased now through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org. Tickets for individual performances will be announced at a later date.

Arsht Center Commitment to Health and Safety

Our focus continues to be on keeping our guests, artists and staff safe. We have implemented a series of new measures for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. All guests will be required to maintain their distance, wear a face covering and participate in a brief health screening. For more details about our new safety measures, visit here.

Programming for the 2021-2022 THEATER UP CLOSE SERIES includes the following:

Zoetic Stage and Adrienne Arsht Center present

FRANKENSTEIN – South Florida Premiere!

By Nick Dear

Directed by Stuart Meltzer

October 14 – 31, 2021

Includes nudity and violence

No intermission

One of the great horror stories of all time, Mary Shelly’s classic tale of gods and monsters  still fascinates two hundred years after its 1818 publication! First presented at the National Theatre in London, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Dear’s adaptation is highly theatrical and surprisingly relevant. Employing striking images and beautifully poetic language, the play explores the very nature of good and evil, brought to life with thrilling and heartbreaking results.

From the Creature’s first moments on stage, as he writhes naked out of an organic pod, the audience is swept into a breathtaking whirlwind of emotional storytelling through imagery and movement.

With daring and stylized staging, comes a humane, insightful retelling of the original story, focusing on the plight of the creature and his desperate journey to fit into a world that doesn’t want him. A theatrical event like none other.

 

City Theatre and Adrienne Arsht Center present

JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Tom Mula

Directed by Margaret M. Ledford

December 2 – 19, 2021

’Tis the season to celebrate with a “spirited” holiday classic! Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is, of course, spun off from Charles Dickens’ beloved ghostly tale. But in this marvelous theatrical retelling, the redemption story shifts from mean, old Ebenezer Scrooge to his former business partner, the long-dead, hilariously bitter, chains-rattling ghost, Jacob Marley.

Jacob Marley’s miserable afterlife has been stretching on forever when, on Christmas Eve, he earns a chance to change his fate — if he can change the unrepentant Ebenezer Scrooge! Like the desperate apparition he is, Marley drags a terrified Scrooge from his bed into his worst nightmare as the two old frenemies journey into the past, present and future.

Tom Mula adapted his own novella based on the familiar story to create his now popular play. Audiences will delight in the surprising twists and turns of the storytelling, and the inspired tour de force of one actor magically transforming into 18 roles. In a production that is intimate and spectacular, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is spooky fun and a festive treat that makes for “a splendid and invigorating evening” (The Chicago Tribune).

Zoetic Stage and Adrienne Arsht Center present

GRINGOLANDIA, A CUBAN JOURNEY** – World Premiere!

By Hannah Benitez

Directed by Stuart Meltzer

January 13 – 30, 2022

Includes nudity

No intermission

Accompanied by his millennial children, a Cuban man returns to the country from which he escaped 50 years ago on a quest to recover a precious family heirloom. Together, the family embarks on a journey of closure, truth, and cultural connection.

Through a series of misadventures with funny and fascinating locals, Carlos, Michi and Danny find themselves in a place frozen in time, but surprisingly familiar. “GringoLandia” promises to be a uniquely theatrical experience with live music and video. A mixed-media-event that will transport audiences to the beautiful, yet heartbreaking, island that is so close, and so far away.

Hannah Benitez is a fresh and vital voice emerging in the world of theater. Benitez was recently listed as one of the playwrights to watch from American Theatre Magazine.

This fascinating new play is by this gifted young Latina playwright explores the collision of two worlds, and the importance of accepting our past in order to move into the future. Once again, Zoetic Stage takes great pride in finding and presenting exciting new work by local writers.

 

Adrienne Arsht Center and Zoetic Stage present

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC**

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Hugh Wheeler

Directed by Stuart Meltzer

March 17 – April 10, 2022

One 12-minute intermission

This beloved Sondheim musical explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who desire her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the actress performs in Fredrik’s town, the estranged lovers’ passion rekindles, affecting everyone around them. As fresh today as when it first appeared on stage, this musical masterpiece explores class, fidelity and the human condition with humor, warmth and elegance.

Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it first appeared on Broadway in 1973, starring Glynis Johns and Len Cariou. It went on to win 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical, and has since played in theaters around the world.

Hailed by The New York Times as “Sophisticated and Enchanting,” this now classic includes some of Sondheim’s most lush and beautiful music including “The Miller’s Son,” “A Weekend in the Country” and the chart-topping “Send in the Clowns.”

Zoetic Stage continues its relationship with the work of Stephen Sondheim after mounting four critically acclaimed productions of his work. “Assassins,” “Passion,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Sweeney Todd” played to sold out audiences and collectively garnered 29 Carbonell Award nominations, winning a total of 7 awards, including Best Musical for “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Assassins.”

 

Zoetic Stage and Adrienne Arsht Center present

OUR DEAR DEAD DRUG LORD – South Florida Premiere!

By Alexis Scheer

Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo

May 5 – 22, 2022

Includes violence

A New York Times Critic’s Pick by South Florida’s own Alexis Scheer. In this fierce, pitch-black comedy, four teenage girls gather in a Miami tree house to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are they messing with the actual spirit of the infamous cartel kingpin? Or just each other? Whiplashing back and forth between laugh out loud humor and stop-you-in-your-tracks drama, this wicked new play explores the darkest corners of the human heart.

Last season, “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” enjoyed a highly successful, extended run Off-Broadway, a co-production of Second Stage and WP Theater. Theatre Scene called the play “the work of a born playwright and a unique new voice.” Scheer is a Miami native and New World School of the Arts alum. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.

Intimate in nature, yet universal in its ability to explore the need to connect, the play is an unflinching and powerful reminder of what it means to be human. As it races to its startling conclusion, audiences will be left catching their breath. A rollercoaster ride through the dark and dangerous mind of the modern American teenage girl by gifted Miami playwright.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.
**Postponed from the 2019-20 Theater Up Close season.

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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“American Son” at Zoetic Stage in Miami

December 21st, 2019 No comments

 

DIRECT FROM BROADWAY!

 

Zoetic Stage and the Arsht Center

 

present the Florida premiere of

 

AMERICAN SON

 

by Miami playwright Christopher Demos-Brown

 

A topical new drama set in Miami about an estranged

 

interracial couple searching for their missing teenage son

 

 A New York Times Critic’s Pick

 

 “It leaves the audience gasping for breath!” – Los Angeles Times

 

Thursday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Preview

 

Friday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Opening Night

 

through Sunday, January 26

 

Tickets: $50, $55*

 

Carnival Studio Theater

 

Continues the 2019-2020 season for Zoetic Stage

 

and the Arsht Center’s 2019-2020 Theater Up Close Series

 

 

Miami, FL – December 17, 2019 – Zoetic Stage (@ZoeticStageMIA) and the Arsht Center (@ArshtCenter) are proud to present the highly-anticipated Florida premiere of AMERICAN SON, a topical drama by multiple Carbonell award-winning playwright and Zoetic Stage co-founder Christopher Demos-Brown. Set in Miami and based on the 2018 Broadway play and the recent NETFLIX film, both of which starred Kerry Washington (Scandal), AMERICAN SON is about an estranged interracial couple that must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. Playing January 9 – 26, 2020 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House), AMERICAN SON continues Zoetic Stage’s 2019-2020 season and the Arsht Center’s 2019-2020 Theater Up Close Series.

Tickets to AMERICAN SON are $50, $55*. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org.

Directed by Zoetic Stage Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer, AMERICAN SON is a gripping tale of two people caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance. Set in a South Florida police station in the middle of the night, this riveting new drama centers around an estranged interracial couple searching for their missing teenage son, who happens to be African American.

 

 

Fresh from its highly successful Broadway run, Zoetic Stage will be one of the first regional theaters to present this important new work about race in America. Intimate in nature but universal in scope, AMERICAN SON continues Zoetic Stage’s mission to present socially relevant work by South Florida voices.

Says Meltzer of the play, “American Son is a modern American thriller that truly reflects our times. The play speaks to all communities about the inequality many people face daily and the hope, humor and heartache surrounding it. It brings great joy that Chris’ play comes home to South Florida for all audiences to see it live on stage with an exemplary cast and designers.”

ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVES

CLIVE CHOLERTON (Scott Connor) American Son marks Clive’s return to acting after a 14-year absence. He was last seen in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ (PBD) production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Other selected acting highlights include High Life (world premiere), Johnny Got His Gun (world premiere: author stage adaptation), Six Degrees of Separation (Canadian premiere) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (High Park – Toronto). For many years, Clive was an acclaimed film and television actor both in the U.S. and Canada, with notable projects including The Wall, This Ain’t Going Away, Net Worth, Family of Cops and many other guest appearances on various series. His primary focus since stepping away from acting has been as a director. Most memorable productions include: Sweeney Todd at PBD (Carbonell Award – Best Direction, Musical); 1776 at PBD (Carbonell nomination – Best Direction, Musical); Vices: A Love Story at Caldwell Theatre (Carbonell nomination – Best Direction, Musical); The Whipping Man; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity; and Clybourne Park. He introduced and reinvented the Broadway concert format for South Florida audiences with Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Follies, The Secret Garden, Man of La Mancha, The Most Happy Fella and 110 in the Shade.

 

RYAN DIDATO (Officer Paul Larkin) Selected regional theater credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Silver Palm Award); Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts (Carbonell nomination, Best Supporting Actor) at Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center; Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY); The Goldberg Variations at Island City Stage; 12 Angry Men at Florida Repertory Theatre (Fort Myers); Red (Carbonell nomination, Best Supporting Actor); Cock, Casa Valentina, White Guy on the Bus and Speech & Debate at GableStage; The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge and Becky’s New Car at Actors’ Playhouse; The Irish Curse (Carbonell Award, Best Ensemble) at Mosaic Theatre; Enchanted April at the Waterfront Playhouse (Key West). Didato received his BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

JAMES SAMUEL RANDOLPH (Lieutenant John Stokes) has appeared in over 100 plays, commercials, television shows and feature films. James is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He has performed in many professional theaters in the region. He won a Carbonell Award in the dual roles of Belize and Mr. Lies in Angels in America at New Theatre. He appeared in a short film titled Night and Day written by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, which was shown at the Cannes’ Film Festival’s Short Film Corner Showcase. James played Martin Dysart in Equus at New Theatre and was named Best Supporting Actor of the Year by Miami New Times. He has appeared in various productions of the works of William Shakespeare, including the title roles in Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. He was last seen as Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy at the Jewish Cultural Arts Theatre. He has directed over 100 plays and musicals. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Theater Division at New World School of The Arts. James has taught at the University of Miami, the University of Florida and Barry University, and has trained professional actors as a consultant for the South Florida Theatre League.

KAREN STEPHENS (Kendra Ellis-Connor) recently completed a run in The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Miami New Drama). Other recent projects include: Kings (Gablestage), Fences (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Having Our Say, (Primal Forces) and Michael McKeever’s Dracula (Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center). She received a Best Actress Carbonell Award for her performance in Fear Up Harsh (Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center), a Miami New Times Best Actress Award for Sarah Jones’ Bridge and Tunnel (The Women’s Theatre Project) and is a four-time Silver Palm Award recipient. Karen is a regular panelist for Becon TV’s Spotlight on the Arts, and has also appeared on Burn Notice, The Glades, Bloodline and The Oath.

STUART MELTZER (Director) is the artistic director and a founding member of Zoetic Stage. He is the proud recipient of Carbonell Awards for Best Director of a Musical for Passion and Best Director of a Play for Clark Gable Slept Here and Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts, all at Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center. He is also a Carbonell Award winner for Best New Work for his play The Goldberg Variations. Altogether, he has been honored with 16 Carbonell nominations. He is pleased to return to the Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center after directing Zoetic Stage’s highly successful productions of The Wolves; Sweeney Todd; Every Brilliant Thing; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Dracula; Fun Home; Dancing Lessons; Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts; Topdog/Underdog; The Caretaker; Fuacata! A Latina’s Guide To Surviving the Universe; Sunday in the Park With George; After; Passion; Rapture, Blister, Burn; Stripped; Betrayal; Trust; Detroit; The Great God Pan; Assassins; Fear Up Harsh; The Savannah Disputation; All New People; I Am My Own Wife; Moscow; The SantaLand Diaries; Captiva; and South Beach Babylon. Previously, Stuart served as the artistic director of City Theatre in Miami, where he oversaw and expanded the Summer Shorts Festival. New York and South Florida credits include Romulus Linney’s Gint, Harold Pinter’s One for the Road, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Painted Alice, Everything Will Be Different and Melt. He is the recipient of three Silver Palm Awards for his work as resident director of Zoetic Stage. He received his MFA in Directing from the Actors’ Studio in 2002 and BFA from New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he currently serves on the faculty.

CHRISTOPHER DEMOS-BROWN (Playwright) and his wife, Stephanie, are co-founders of Zoetic Stage, where Chris’ previous plays Captiva, Fear Up Harsh, Stripped and Wrongful Death & Other Circus Acts premiered at the Arsht Center. Honors include the Laurents/Hatcher Award, a Steinberg Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association and multiple regional theater honors (including three Carbonell Awards and the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding New Work). Chris is currently writing a limited series for FX. Before going to Broadway, American Son was developed at Zoetic Stage and written with and for the cast you are about to see. For more information, visit DemosBrown.com.

The play’s creative team features scenic and properties design by Natalie Taveras and Jodi Dellaventura, lighting design by Rebecca Montero, costume design by Marina Pareja, sound design by Matt Corey, and technical direction and set construction by BJ Duncan. Amy Rauchwerger is Zoetic Stage’s resident stage manager, and Ariana Rodriguez is the assistant stage manager.

For detailed bios on the cast and creative team, please click here to download the Playbill.

The Arsht Center’s 2019-2020 THEATER UP CLOSE SERIES is generously supported by Adrianne and Jerry L. Cohen, and WLRN.

 

 

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Casting Announced for Disney’s “Aladdin”

December 21st, 2019 No comments

 

Casting Announced for

Disney’s Aladdin

The Hit Broadway Musical

 

Fort Lauderdale’s Limited Premiere Engagement Plays Wednesday,

January 8 through Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Broward Center

for the Performing Arts

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Tuesday, December 17, 2019 – Casting has been announced for the Fort Lauderdale engagement of Disney’s Aladdin.  The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 for a limited engagement of two weeks through Sunday, January 19, 2020.  The opening night is Thursday, January 9 at 8PM.

The production features Jonah Ho‘okano (Aladdin), Korie Lee Blossey (Genie), Kaena Kekoa

(Jasmine), Jonathan Weir (Jafar), Reggie De Leon (Iago), Jerald Vincent (Sultan), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Ben Chavez (Omar), Colt Prattes (Kassim), Jeremy Gaston (Standby Genie), Adam Stevenson (Standby Jafar & Sultan) and Frank Viveros (Standby Genie, Sultan & Babkak).

 Rounding out the cast are Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Cornelius Davis, Bobby Daye, Mathew deGuzman, Max B. Ehrlich, Carissa Fiorillo, Keisha Gilles, Wes Hart, Erik Hernandez, Orianna Hilliard, Cameron Hobbs, Cameron Mitchell Jackson, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason Scott Macdonald, Xavier McKinnon, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Allie Pizzo, Cassidy Stoner, Liv Symone, Alec Varcas, Annie Wallace, Michelle West and Zach Williams.

In Fort Lauderdale, Aladdin will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM and Sundays at 1PM and 6:30PM. There will also be a 2PM performance on Thursday, January 9, 2020. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

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 $35.50*.

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin: Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Michael James Scott (Genie), Isabelle McCalla (Jasmine), Jerald Vincent (Sultan) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

About Aladdin

Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records. Worldwide it has welcomed more than 10 million people, grossed over $1 billion and its global footprint includes productions in Tokyo, Germany, and on tour across North America.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and six-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).  

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin, starring Jonah Ho’ Okano (Aladdin), Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Colt Prattes (Kassim), Ben Chavez (Omar) and Korie Lee Blossey (Genie) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Aladdin, adapted from the animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical.  Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.  This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.

The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song.  The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin, starring Jonah Ho’ Okano (Aladdin), Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Colt Prattes (Kassim), Ben Chavez (Omar) and Korie Lee Blossey (Genie) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira.  The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

For more information, visit AladdinTheMusical.com/tour, Facebook.com/Aladdin and Twitter.com/Aladdin.

*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 Broward 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.

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 #broadwayinbroward

 BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 14-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 45 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include Ain’t Too Proud, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge! and To Kill A Mockingbird.

 The John Gore Organization is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of 14-time Tony-winning 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 45 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.

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 1,075 Broadway performances and distributed over $1.7 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

 

 

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“Mean Girls” Tickets on Sale Broward Center Ft. Lauderdale

November 15th, 2019 No comments

 

TICKETS FOR THE FORT LAUDERDALE

 

 

PREMIERE OF

 

 

MEAN GIRLS

 

WILL GO ON SALE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AT

 

10:00AM

 

THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING

 

ARTS ENGAGEMENT RUNS

 

MARCH 3 – 15, 2020

 

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL –MEAN GIRLS, the record-breaking new musical comedy produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures based on the hit film, is pleased to announce tickets for the Fort Lauderdale premiere at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10:00AM.

Tickets for MEAN GIRLS, 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 $40.50*.

MEAN GIRLS released production photos of the First National Tour, which can be found here. The MEAN GIRLS National Tour launched on September 21 in Buffalo, NY. Click here for the full tour route.

1 National Touring Company of Mean Girls photo by 2019 Joan Marcus

MEAN GIRLS features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.

The tour cast features Danielle Wade as Cady Heron, Mariah Rose Faith as Regina George, Megan Masako Haley as Gretchen Wieners, Jonalyn Saxer as Karen Smith, Mary Kate Morrissey as Janis Sarkisian, Eric Huffman as Damian Hubbard, Gaelen Gilliland as Mrs. Heron/Ms. Norbury/Mrs. George, Adante Carter as Aaron Samuels, Kabir Bery as Kevin Gnapoor and Lawrence E. Street as Mr. Duvall.

6 National Touring Company of Mean Girls photo by 2019 Joan Marcus

The cast also includes English Bernhardt, DeShawn Bowens, Will Branner, Morgan Bryant, Sarah Crane, Ixchel Cuellar, Mary Beth Donahoe, Niani Feelings, Sky Flaherty, Samuel Gerber, Fernell Hogan II, Asia Marie Kreitz, Olivia Renteria, Grace Romanello, Sydney Mei Ruf-Wong, Marcus Shane, Kaitlyn Louise Smith, David Wright Jr. and Blake Zelesnikar.

New York Magazine calls MEAN GIRLS “HILARIOUS! A smart, splashy new musical that delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” Chicago Tribune said “Tina Fey writes FUNNIER, SMARTER, SHARPER satire than anyone else in the business.” People Magazine calls the show “FRESH, FUN AND INFECTIOUS – Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin’s songs keep the laughs coming!” The New York Daily News said MEAN GIRLS “TICKLES THE EARS, EYES AND FUNNY BONE – the direction by Casey Nicholaw packs style, invention and red bull-force energy.” And, Entertainment Weekly calls it “A MARVEL: DAZZLING & HILARIOUS!”

4 National Touring Company of Mean Girls photo by 2019 Joan Marcus

MEAN GIRLS opened on Broadway in April 2018 to rave reviews at the August Wilson Theatre, where it continues playing to packed houses. The show had its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., in the fall of 2017.

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order – by taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

9 National Touring Company of Mean Girls photo by 2019 Joan Marcus

The creative team includes Scott Pask (Set Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Finn Ross & Adam Young (Video Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Milagros Medina-Cerdeira (Make-Up Design), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Music Director), John Clancy (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Dance and Incidental Music Arrangements), Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Jeff Richmond, and Natalie Tenenbaum (Vocal Arrangements), Howard Joines (Music Coordinator), and Telsey + Co / Bethany Knox, CSA (Casting).

MEAN GIRLS (Original Broadway Cast Recording), produced by Atlantic Records, is now available.

www.MeanGirlsOnBroadway.com

Follow @MeanGirlsBway on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

 

 *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 Broward 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.

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 #broadwayinbroward

 BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 14-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 45 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include Ain’t Too Proud, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge! and To Kill A Mockingbird.

 The John Gore Organization is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of 14-time Tony-winning 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 45 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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“Disney’s ALADDIN” Tickets on Sale September 20th

September 14th, 2019 No comments

 

Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin On Sale

at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale

on Friday, September 20 at 10AM

 

Performances Begin on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 and Play for two

Weeks

Through Sunday, January 19, 2020 at The Au-Rene Theater

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL  – Disney Theatrical Productions and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts announced today that tickets for the long-awaited engagement of Disney’s Aladdin will go on sale to the public on Friday, September 20 at 10AM.  The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Fort Lauderdale at the Au-Rene Theater on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 for a limited engagement of two weeks through Sunday, January 19, 2020.  The opening night is Thursday, January 9 at 8PM.

In Fort Lauderdale, Aladdin will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM and Sundays at 1PM and 6:30PM. There will also be a 2PM performance on Thursday, January 9, 2020. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

Beginning Friday, September 20 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 $35.50*.

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin, starring Jonah Ho’ Okano (Aladdin), Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Colt Prattes (Kassim), Ben Chavez (Omar) and Korie Lee Blossey (Genie) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Ticket buyers are reminded that the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office  / browardcenter.org is the only official retail ticket outlet for all performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that the Broward Center for the Performing Arts is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.

About Aladdin

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin: Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Michael James Scott (Genie), Isabelle McCalla (Jasmine), Jerald Vincent (Sultan) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records; worldwide it has welcomed more than 10 million people and grossed over $1 billion. Its global footprint includes productions in Tokyo, Germany and on tour across North America.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and six-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).  

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin, starring Jonah Ho’ Okano (Aladdin), Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Colt Prattes (Kassim), Ben Chavez (Omar) and Korie Lee Blossey (Genie) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Aladdin, adapted from the animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical.  Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.  This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.

The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song.  The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin, starring Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Colt Prattes (Kassim), Ben Chavez (Omar) and Major Attaway (Genie) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira.  The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

For more information, visit AladdinTheMusical.com/tour, Facebook.com/Aladdin and Twitter.com/Aladdin.

*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 Broward 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.

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 #broadwayinbroward

 BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 14-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 45 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include Ain’t Too Proud, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge! and To Kill A Mockingbird.

 The John Gore Organization is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of 14-time Tony-winning 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 45 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.

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 1,075 Broadway performances and distributed over $1.7 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

 

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“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” Tickets Now on Sale

September 14th, 2019 No comments

 

ISRAELI THEATER, FILM & TELEVISION STAR, YEHEZKEL

LAZAROV,

TO CONTINUE HIS ACCLAIMED RUN AS TEVYE IN YEAR 2 OF THE

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

 

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 AT NOON

AT THE ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

 

Cast member and University of Miami alum, Kelly Gabrielle Murphy

 returns to the Arsht Center stage

 

October 29 – November 3, 2019

Tickets begin at $35*

Dorothea Green Theater – Ziff Ballet Opera House

MIAMI, FL  – Casting has been announced for Year 2 of the North American tour of the Tony Award ®-nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof (@fiddlerbroadway) coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) from October 29 to November 3, 2019. Tickets to Fiddler on the Roof will go on sale Friday, September 13 at noon.

Tickets to Fiddler on the Roof will be available online at arshtcenter.org, by calling 305.949.6722 or through the Arsht Center Box Office in person at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132. Ticket prices start at $35*.

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.”

Following a critically acclaimed first year on tour, Israeli theater, film and TV star, Yehezkel Lazarov, will continue his celebrated performance as Tevye in Year 2 of the Fiddler on the Roof North American tour. Additional casting and upcoming tour dates have also been announced.

Cast member and University of Miami alum, Kelly Gabrielle Murphy (Tzeitel), return to the Arsht Center. Murphy was last seen at the Center in Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, which was co-presented by Zoetic Stage and the Arsht Center in 2017.

Fiddler on the Roof

A beloved theatrical classic from Tony Award winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, this Tony Award-nominated production is directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (To Kill a Mockingbird, South Pacific, The King and I) and choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter.

The cast will feature return performances from Maite Uzal as Golde, Jonathan von Mering as Lazar Wolf, Carol Beaugard as Yente, Ruthy Froch as Hodel and Danny Arnold as Tevye in select cities. Additional casting includes Kelly Gabrielle Murphy as Tzeitel, Noa Luz Barenblat as Chava, Emma Taylor Schwartz as Shprintze, Carly Post as Bielke, Nick Siccone as Motel, Nic Casaula as Perchik, Jack O’Brien as Fyedka and Andrew Hendrick as Constable. The ensemble includes Jessica Altchiler, Mateus Barbosa da Silva, Nicholas Berke, Andrea Marie Bush, Cam Cote, David Scott Curtis, David Ferguson, Kelly Glyptis, Michael Greenberg, Yochai Greenfeld, Sam McLellan, Randa Meierhenry, Carlye Messman, Ali Arian Molaei, Alynn Rinah Parola, Gray Randolph, Cassandra Surianello, Brooke Wetterhahn and Scott Willits.

 For detailed cast bios, please visit: http://fiddlermusical.com/bios/

Year 2 performances started August 20 in Fort Worth, TX. The tour will visit more than 40 cities in its second year including Miami, Boston, Houston and New Orleans.

Fiddler on the Roof

The original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, which opened in 1964 and featured choreography by Jerome Robbins, was the first musical in history to surpass 3,000 performances. The show won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tony Awards that year. This acclaimed revival proudly introduces a new generation to the iconic musical adored across the globe.

Fiddler on the Roof has musical supervision by Ted Sperling, scenic design by Michael Yeargan (Tony Award nominee, The King and I), costume design by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award winner, The King and I, My Fair Lady), lighting design by Donald Holder (Tony Award nominee, The King and I), sound design by Scott Lehrer and Alex Neumann  (Tony Award winner, South Pacific), and hair and wig design by Tom Watson. Casting is by Jason Styres, CSA.

This tour of Fiddler on the Roof is presented by NETworks Presentations.

For more information, please visit:

The 2019-20 Broadway in Miami subscription season is 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. 

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.

 About Broadway Across America

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 13-time Tony-winning theater 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. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include The Band’s Visit, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Hairspray, Mean Girls, The Producers and Waitress.

 The John Gore Organization is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of 13-time Tony-winning 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 44 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

 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.

 About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 46 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,600 retail financial centers, approximately 15,900 ATMs, and award-winning online banking with approximately 34 million active accounts and nearly 22 million mobile active users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

 Bank of America Environmental, Social and Governance

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.

 

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“Les Miserables” Now on Sale at The Broward Center

August 17th, 2019 No comments

 

TICKETS FOR

 

CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S ACCLAIMED

 

PRODUCTION OF

 

BOUBLIL AND SCHÖNBERG’S

 

 

NOW ON SALE FOR THE

FORT LAUDERDALE ENGAGEMENT AT

THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING

ARTS

OCTOBER 8 – 20, 2019

 

“Thrilling, spectacular and unforgettable.”

The New York Times

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, will go on sale Friday, August 16, 2019 at 10AM for its much anticipated Fort Lauderdale engagement at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts direct from a celebrated two-and-a-half year Broadway engagement.

Tickets for LES MISÉRABLES, 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 $40.50*.\

 

Nick Cartell as Jean Valjean Photo Matthew Murphy

With glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking production of LES MISÉRABLES, which broke box office records during its pre-Broadway tour, has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).

Cameron Mackintosh said, “I’m delighted that after a four-year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”

 

Master of the House Photo Matthew Murphy

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 35th year.

 

One Day More – Photo Matthew Murphy

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The original LES MISÉRABLES orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.  The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. Music Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and James Moore, with casting by Kaitlin Shaw for Tara Rubin Casting.

 Produced on stage by Cameron Mackintosh, LES MISÉRABLES is the world’s longest running musical now in its 35th year in London.  Produced on screen also by Mackintosh (along with Working Title and Universal), LES MISÉRABLES is now the most successful movie of an original stage musical.

The original production of LES MISÉRABLES opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985 and moved to the Queen’s Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it played to packed houses.The new production of LES MISÉRABLES, the only version of the show produced by Cameron Mackintosh that has been seen around the world in the last ten years, will begin performances at the Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Queen’s Theatre) in the West End on December 18, 2019.

From August 10-November 30, 2019 a spectacular staging of LES MISÉRABLES in concert with a company of over 65 will run at the intimate Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End.

The original Broadway production of LES MISÉRABLES opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987 and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances.  The original US National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006.  Broadway audiences welcomed LES MIZ back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008.

The new production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, with record-breaking productions in the U.K., Australia, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Dubai, Manila, Singapore, Brazil and Mexico. The North American Tour traveled across the U.S. for two years then played a five-month engagement in Toronto before returning to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in March 2014 for over 1,000 performances. The new production is currently playing to sold out houses across North America and on tour in the U.K.

To date, LES MISÉRABLES remains the 5th longest-running Broadway production of all time.

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 Broward 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.

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 #broadwayinbroward

 BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 14-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 45 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include Ain’t Too Proud, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge! and To Kill A Mockingbird.

The John Gore Organization is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of 14-time Tony-winning 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 45 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.

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.

 

 

 

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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.