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“Old” Newest From M. Night Shyamalan

July 23rd, 2021 No comments

 

 

Review by Thomas Delia

“Old” is the newest feature film from famous suspense horror director M Night Shyamalan. The movie invites audiences onto the excursion from hell as select families are invited to a secluded beach where, unbeknownst to them, time runs much faster than normal. As usual for an M Night film, the director himself makes a cameo as the bus driver dropping off his own characters onto the dangerous beach. The audience is then invited to follow a diverse group of vacationers as their body’s age with incredible speed on a cove that looks straight out of a vacation catalogue. There is the classic “M Night twist” at the end that tries to give an explanation for what the audience is forced to sit through, but it is barely worth the wait. Read more…

JOE BELL, Based on a Startling True Story

July 21st, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Based on a true story, the heartfelt drama Joe Bell comes to the screen this weekend. The film takes you into the lives of one family that has to deal with the effects of their son being bullied due to his sexual choice. It’s a compelling film that should press a lot of buttons on the society we live in. Nicely acted, directed and filmed, the movie works well on both the big screen and the home TV. Read more…

“GANGS OF LONDON” Action Packed Thriller

July 18th, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Being released on Blu-ray and DVD, the gutsy TV Series Gangs of London pulls together a fine cast and direction crew. Action packed and very dramatic it’s a reminder of films like Gangs of New York and The Godfather. But, make no mistake, this hard hitting crime thriller is definitely worth a watch all on its own. Read more…

“SUMMERTIME” An Expression of Life

July 14th, 2021 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

Billed as the most inspirational movie of the year, the movie Summertime rocks with rhyme and reason. A bevy of artists insert their poetry, songs, art, dance, paintings and music for the dialogue and visuals to provide the feelings and diversity of the big city. The acting, direction and cinematography work in tandem to make the film their masterpiece. Read more…

“RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT”

June 14th, 2021 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

Telling her own story in part, Rita Moreno holds nothing back as we get a look at one of the most prolific actresses ever to grace the big screen, TV and stage. At the helm of this documentary is Mariem Pérez Riera, a fellow Puerto Rican, who delivers the icon with a richly filled selection of A list actors and filmmakers. But it’s the words from Moreno’s mouth that make the film compelling and important. Read more…

Adrienne Arsht Center Announces 2021-2022 Season

June 9th, 2021 No comments

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the

 

Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

 

announces the 2021-2022 season of

 

 

 

 

 

Four-concert series features:

JONAS KAUFMANN IN RECITAL

One of the world’s most acclaimed tenors makes his

Arsht Center debut

October 14, 2021

 

JOSHUA BELL AND ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

Two nights at the Arsht Center featuring Beethoven’s Eroica and a made-for-Miami world premiere performance of a ballet by the visionary choreographer Pontus Lidberg commissioned by the Miami Chamber Music Society for Miami City Ballet, bookending

a weeklong Miami residency and cultural exchange

 

 LANG LANG

Globally-beloved pianist returns to the Arsht Center

March 10, 2022

 Four-Concert Subscriptions start at $190 (early bird starts at $174)

Knight Concert Hall

 Miami, FL – June 7, 2021 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is proud to announce the return of its Knight Masterworks Classical Music series for 2021-2022. The world’s great musicians return to the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall with fresh repertoire and masterful interpretations that will thrill fans and transform newcomers into enthusiasts.

 “The 2021-2022 Knight Masterworks Classical Music series is a season of artists setting the musical mark for the 21st century,” said Liz Wallace, vice president of programming at the Arsht Center. “This season of magnificent music performed in the acoustic perfection of the Knight Concert Hall will delight classical music lovers.”

 The 2021-2022 KNIGHT MASTERWORKS CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES is funded with leadership support from the Knight Foundation, with additional support from Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami, Caring Friends Foundation, Funding Arts Network, WLRN, and Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee.

 The star-studded lineup for the 2021-2022 Knight Masterworks Classical Music series is as follows:

 

 JONAS KAUFMANN IN RECITAL

October 14, 2021

Knight Concert Hall

 JONAS KAUFMANN is among the world’s most acclaimed tenors. Born in Munich, Kaufmann has been an international star since a breakout appearance in 2006 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Singing in German, Italian, French and English, Kaufmann has performed lead roles in OtelloToscaAndrea ChénierCarmenWertherDie WalküreLohengrin and many other classic operas at venues such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Paris Opera and the Sydney Opera House.

 “He can bend a plaintive phrase with tender pianissimos and then stun you with the visceral power of his full-voiced top notes,” The New York Times raved of Kaufmann’s 2010 performance in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. “He has everything: intelligence, musicianship and resourceful technique.”

 For his Arsht Center debut, Kaufmann will appear in recital, a style of performance he once described as “the royal class of singing” for the technical and emotional demands it places on a vocalist.

 In addition to his masterful concert performances, which have been screened in cinemas worldwide, Kaufmann has also conquered the recording studio. His many solo albums and collaborative efforts are international bestsellers.

 

JOSHUA BELL AND ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

Two-night engagement: February 26 and March 4, 2022

Knight Concert Hall

 “…an ensemble of first-rate musicians, technically superb, generously expressive, and obviously enjoying themselves.” – Dallas Morning News

“…impressively seamless ensemble…” – Chicago Classical Review

 With standing ovations and multiple bravos from the audience at their most recent Arsht Center concert, GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist JOSHUA BELL, directing the beloved ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS return to the Knight Concert Hall in 2022 for a unique two-night engagement. The opening concert features the world-renowned orchestra led by Bell in a glorious evening of Dvořák and Beethoven while night two is a made-for-Miami night of music, movement and multimedia. Bell, the Academy, Pontus Lidberg and Miami City Ballet will also participate in a weeklong community residency created and produced by the Miami Chamber Music Society and co-presented by the Arsht Center.

 

February 26, 2022

Dvořák Violin Concerto in A minor, Opus 53

BEETHOVEN Eroica

 Bell and the Academy, a critically-acclaimed winning combination, welcome Miami audiences back with what promises to be another “performance of greater momentum than many larger orchestras with a conductor on the podium” (South Florida Classical Review). The evening features Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor, a virtuoso work incorporating the spirit of the Czech composer’s homeland that has charmed violinists and audiences around the world. The program concludes with Beethoven’s dramatic and emotional Eroica (meaning heroic) – a work that is credited with elevating the symphony into a work of art in its own right.

 

 March 4, 2022           

Miami City Ballet, original choreography by Pontus Lidberg

Larisa Martinez, soprano

 For their second 2022 performance at the Arsht Center, Bell and the Academy – both celebrated for their inspired interpretations of classical repertoire — collaborate with MIAMI CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY to co-create an imaginative multi-genre performance adding stunning elements of original choreography, literature and visual storytelling to the mix. Created exclusively for this Miami engagement, the performance is co-presented by the Arsht Center and will feature the acclaimed soprano LARISA MARTINEZ and original choreography created by visionary PONTUS LIDBERG for MIAMI CITY BALLET.

 Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through unrivalled live performances and a vast recording output, the Academy quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. Today, the Academy is led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. With a career spanning over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner.

LANG LANG, pianist

March 10, 2022 at 8 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

BACH “Goldberg” Variations

 “The hottest artist on the classical music planet!” – The New York Times

 Few artists can claim to have the same profound impact on the world of music as LANG LANG. As a pianist, educator and philanthropist, as well as an influential ambassador for the arts, he has fully embraced new technology and innovation, leading the way in bringing classical music into the 21st century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing, or for a few hundred children in public schools, he is a master of communicating through music. LANG LANG will devote his 2022 program at the Arsht Center to Bach’s monumental “Goldberg” Variations, an enigmatic score originally composed by Bach for the harpsichord in 1743 that has challenged pianists for centuries ever since. Built on a single, simple tune, it is a set of 30 kaleidoscopic variations that are now considered one of the most ambitious and fascinating scores that a great pianist can bring to life. 

 CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS

To complete the musical experience, Miami-based classical music experts lead free, informal and informative conversations before each concert. Classical Conversations are open to all (concert tickets and pre-registration not required) and take place in the Arsht Center’s Peacock Foundation Education Center (inside the Knight Concert Hall) prior to every concert in the series. For information, visit here.

 TICKETS

Season ticket prices for the four-concert KNIGHT MASTERWORKS CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES range from $174-$570 for early bird subscriptions now through June 30. Starting July 1, regular subscriptions range from $190-$630.* Subscriptions can be renewed starting May 26 and new subscriptions can be purchased by phone at (305) 949-6722, online at arshtcenter.org or in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office. Priority group seating for 15 or more guests may be arranged by calling the Adrienne Arsht Center at (786) 468-2326.

COMMITMENT TO HEALTH AND SAFETY

While the protocols are evolving, the Adrienne Arsht Center is working in collaboration with federal, state, city and county health authorities and medical advisors from FIU Academic Health System to further guide our plans and welcome you back for the Knight Masterworks Classical Music season with safety and health as a priority. The Arsht Center has already made updates – such as digital ticketing, touchless fixtures, enhanced air filtration and an increased number of hand-sanitizing stations – and will share further enhanced safety protocols with plenty of time prior to your first arrival at the Center. All updates will also be shared at arshtcenter.org/covid-19. We’ve been working hard to ensure that when you return to the Arsht Center, your experience is better than ever!

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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“SPIRIT UNTAMED” Excellent Family Fun

June 3rd, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Perfect for families, especially young girls and boys 7 to teens, the animated movie Spirit Untamed opens in theaters on June 4. The adventure runs high, the entertainment exciting and the family values very visible. The voice talent is perfect and the animation perfect. See it on the big screen! Read more…

Adrienne Arsht Center Presents COMMUNITEA DANCE

May 19th, 2021 No comments

The Center invites the community to close out National Pride Month with an intimate evening celebrating local LGBTQ+ music and dance

Saturday, June 26, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15*

Lynn Wolfson Stage inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House

Miami, FL – May 17, 2021 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is pleased to announce the return of CommuniTea Dance, its annual LGBTQ+ Pride Month celebration, on Saturday, June 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For its fourth installment, CommuniTea Dance will be presented as a reimagined in-person event directly on the Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House stage. Read more…

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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!

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

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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“FOUR GOOD DAYS” Riveting

May 3rd, 2021 No comments

 

 

Review By John Delia

Opening in theaters this weekend, the movie Four Good Days keeps you captivated from the opening scene to the heartfelt finale. It’s an amazing story inspired by the persons who lived it, Amanda Wendler and Libby Alexander. Gut wrenching at times, the film takes you into the life of a heroin addict as she tries to make one final stab at recovery. There have been many films that delve into the addict’s darkness, but this one shows some hope for those stricken with the compulsion. Read more…