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Boca Bound: A New Musical

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 various times - English

“It’s Never Too Late To Make Dreams Come True”

Meet Nadine Glass, a New York copyright attorney, who has lived a life of unrealized dreams. Now retired and feeling very alone, Nadine reluctantly agrees to join her friend in Boca for the season. Journey with Nadine as she suddenly finds herself on a path that changes her life.

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Written by Boca Residents:

  • Music & Lyrics by Richard Peshkin
  • Book by  Bonnie Logan

Location

The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum
7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33487 (Map)

Contact Information

www.thewick.org

Driving Miss Daisy

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 various times - English

Jewish Cultural Arts (JCAT) directors Michael and Lillian Andron open their 13th and final season with the drama "Driving Miss Daisy".

Location

JCC Theatre
18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33180 (Map)

Contact Information

866-811-4111

www.jcctheatre.com

Matilda

Next date: Sep 22, 2019 - click here for time schedule - English

The Area Stage Company presents the South Florida premiere of "Matilda The Musical" as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.


Based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox), "Matilda The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. 

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The production will be directed by Giancarlo Rodaz.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony-Award®-winning MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

ABOUT DIRECTOR GIANCARLO RODAZ

Giancarlo Rodaz is the Associate Artistic Director for the Area Stage Company. He has been directing and designing productions at ASC for eleven years. Lighting design credits include: The Wizard of Oz RSC, The Little Mermaid, She Kills Monsters, Cabaret, Shrek the Musical, Ride, The Nether (Carbonell Nominated; Best Lighting Design). ASC directing credits include: The Wizard of Oz RSC, The Little Mermaid, She Kills Monsters, Shrek the Musical, and Ride. Conservatory directing credits include: The Wild Party, Heathers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Lion King JR, My Son Pinocchio JR, Annie JR, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid JR, The Wizard of Oz YPE. Playwright/directing credits: Catherine & The Accident, It’s A Small Play, and Don’t Fear the Rain at Microtheatre; Rise of the Titans, which premiered at the Arsht Center; Masque at UM; and Janis Matthews & The Dodo Scouts, Waves Against A Withering Shore, and The Lone Wolf of Honeysuckle Valley at the ASC.

Location

Area Stage Company
1560 South Dixie Highway, 103, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (Map)

Wiesenthal

Next date: Sep 22, 2019 - click here for time schedule - English

Filled with hope, humanity and humor – this is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble – his unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades is honored in this play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life.

Location

GableStage
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Map)

Contact Information

305-445-1119

www.gablestage.org

Scott Stapp of Creed

Friday, Sep 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM - English

Scott Stapp is known as a Grammy winning songwriter and frontman for Creed (over 50 million albums sold worldwide), and for his work as a solo artist who released the platinum-certified The Great Divide (2005) and Proof of Life (2013) which featured his first solo Billboard #1, “Slow Suicide.” His next solo venture reflects a new outlook after the biggest fight of his life  five years and counting. With new single “Purpose For Pain,” one of rock’s biggest names roars back to the scene with a driving, introspective new single. It is the first song from Scott Stapp’s upcoming album, THE SPACE BETWEEN THE SHADOWS, set for July 2019 release on Napalm Records. The album documents a five-year journey to find meaning and redemption in a world where shadows lurk and the space between is a gauntlet towards the light. Scott’s evolution, both personally and professionally, now reflects a powerful vocal style from an artist with a strong sense of purpose in sharing the silver lining of his survival. In 2017, the Florida Association of Broadcasters awarded Scott Stapp with the Florida Service Award and in 2018 he was inducted into the Florida Music Hall of Fame.

Location

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale,, FL 33312 (Map)

True West by Sam Shepard

Sep 27, 2019 to Oct 20, 2019 - various times - English

This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale.

Location

Main Street Playhouse
6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014 (Map)

Contact Information

305-558-3737

www.mainstreetplayers.com

Little Shop of Horrors - Sol Childrens Theatre

Next date: Oct 4, 2019 - click here for time schedule - English

Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it... BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Location

Sol Childrens Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (Map)

Contact Information

Sol Childrens Theatre

561-447-8829

www.solchildren.org

Daddy Issues

Next date: Oct 18, 2019 - click here for time schedule - English

David Goldyn Productions in Conjunction with Theatre at CSL presents Daddy Issues.

The Off Broadway hit Daddy Issues, written and directed by David Goldyn, is returning to South Florida after a short but successful stint at Boca Raton’s Willow Theatre last March. The production will run from October 18th through November 3rd at the Theatre at CSL (Center for Spiritual Living) in Oakland Park.

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How far will a gay guy go to please his parents? Daddy Issues centers on Donald Moscowitz, (Elijah Pearson) an openly gay actor living in New York City in 1982. His overbearing Jewish parents (Elli Murray and David Goldyn) know he’s gay but that doesn’t stop them from demanding a grandchild. When Donald learns that Grandma Moscowitz (Vicki Klein) will double his inheritance if he produces a grandchild, he enlists the help of the ten-year old kid from downstairs (Michael Salvanto) to play his son from an experimental tryst he had in college. His two best friends Henrietta (Kayla Fainer) and Levi (Jesus Reyna), a drag star from the village, fight over who will play the birth mother, Mary Ellen McQuire (Erin Pittleman). When Mom and Dad show up what could go wrong?

Daddy Issues was nominated for Best Off Broadway Play by Broadway World in 2017. In New York it was hailed as “hilarious and heartfelt” (Michael Musto) and the Huffington Post proclaimed it “a frothy whipped dessert of a show.” Seth Kubersky at The Orlando Weekly called the Florida premiere of Daddy Issues in 2018, “the rare snappy play that would go over equally well in a gay nightclub as well as a Miami retirement home.” The Weekly went on to say that “if it were a sit-com on NBC’s Thursday’s lineup, it might run for six seasons.” Prophetically, the play has already received sit-com interest in Los Angeles.

Tickets are on sale now, and are available by phone at call and online at website. Ticket prices range from $35 - $60.

Location

CSL (Center for Spiritual Living)
4849 N Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, FL 33334 (Map)

Randy Rainbow Live!

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM - English

Randy Rainbow (yes, real name) is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. His popular series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over a hundred million views. He's been called "the best thing about the 2016 GOP race" by Dan Savage and his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 (“BRAGGADOCIOUS!”) received 28 million views in its first two days. He was subsequently asked by the cast of TV’s Will & Grace to parodizea song which they performed during a political fundraiser for the 2016 election.

Randy has also written for comedian Kathy Griffin and hosted and performed in numerous theatrical events for the Broadway, cabaret and gay communities, as well as for the Tony Awards and some of New York City's most popular night spots including 54 Below, Birdland Jazz Club, XL Nightclub and Therapy NYC where his own weekly show ran for two years. He's been seen as a talking head on VH1 and has been heard regularly as both a guest and co-host on Sirius XM Radio. He is the creator and star of the long-running BroadwayWorld.com web series Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow and Last Minute with Randy Rainbow.

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Location

Fillmore Theater
1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Map)

The Wedding Singer

Next date: Oct 25, 2019 - click here for time schedule - English

Based on the popular movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. It's 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer who's the life of the party until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar.

The Wedding Singer it will take you back to the 1980s.

Location

Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts
17195 Sheridan St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331 (Map)

Contact Information

PPTOPA

954-437-4884

www.pptopa.com

Ring of Fire

Oct 30, 2019 to Dec 8, 2019 - various times - English

  • The Music of Johnny Cash
  • Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.
  • Conceived by William Meade

From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. Performed by five incredible actor/singer musicians who play 20 different instruments, this exciting musical features the songs “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” and more than two dozen classic hits. This portrait of The Man in Black is a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique musical legend, climaxing in a final concert that will both move and exhilarate.

Location

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Map)

Contact Information

305-444-9293 x1

305-444-4181

tickets.actorsplayhouse.org

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Nov 14, 2019 to Nov 23, 2019 - various times - English

Book, Music & Lyrics by Rupert Holmes

A hilarious musical whodunit by Rupert Holmes which won the Tony Award in 1986 for Best Musical. Loosely based on Charles Dickens’ famous unfinished novel, it takes audience participation to new heights by letting you directly effect the play’s outcome by voting for whomever you think murdered the unfortunate young Edwin Drood. Presented as a “first night” performance during the Christmas season by the The Music Hall Royale, a troupe of decidedly hammy Victorian actors, this witty, tuneful, and affectionate recreation of a bygone theatrical age is a perfect beginning to your holiday season.

Location

Ring Theatre
1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (Map)

Ordinary Americans by Joseph McDonough

Next date: Dec 6, 2019 - click here for time schedule - English

GableStage Producing Artistic Director Joseph Adler and Palm Beach Dramaworks Producing Artistic Director William Hayes are pleased to announce that their companies will be working together to co-produce the world premiere of Ordinary Americans, a play by Joseph McDonough based on actual events in the lives of Gertrude Berg and Philip Loeb, stars of television’s groundbreaking sitcom, The Goldbergs, which premiered on CBS in 1949.

  • As previously announced, Ordinary Americans will be staged at PBD from December 6 - 29, 2019.
  • It will then move on to GableStage from January 18 - February 16, 2020.

Hayes will direct, and South Florida favorite Elizabeth Dimon will star as Berg. The rest of the cast and artistic team will be announced at a later date.

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“We’re thrilled to be working together and excited about bringing this play to both our audiences,” said Hayes and Adler in a joint statement. “We have enormous respect for each other’s work; we share the same views when it comes to the kind of theatre we want to be associated with. The DNA between the two theatres is very similar. We both try to pick plays that you won’t forget about when the lights come up, plays that people will still be talking about the next day. That’s our goal. If we can rattle the cage and maybe change someone’s viewpoint, that’s exciting. We also think that partnering is the right message to send to the community. We believe that theatres are collaborative rather than competitive, and this is a way to lead by example. It’s important to come together and show there’s a new way to think as theatre companies. And with Ordinary Americans, we have a meaningful story to tell the world that is particularly powerful at this moment in history.” It is believed to be the first co-production between two South Florida theatres.

The play is set in the early 1950s and centers on the tribulations faced by Berg and Loeb as they struggle to save their show, their careers, and their friendship in the face of McCarthyism, anti-Semitism, and the political climate of the country. Berg (1899 – 1966) was a seminal figure in American popular culture in the first half of the twentieth century and one of the most significant artists in television history, yet she is largely forgotten today. She was known to millions around the country as Molly Goldberg, a character she created for her 1929 radio show, The Rise of the Goldbergs, which aired first on NBC and later on CBS until 1945 (with a break between 1934 and 1938). In addition to starring as the matriarch of a Jewish family living in the Bronx, Berg wrote almost every script for the radio show and then for the TV series, which ran through 1957 on different networks. She was also the show’s producer, and the first recipient of an Emmy Award for Lead Comedy Actress.

“She owned her own show,” said McDonough. “She was like Oprah before Oprah. In those days, for a woman, especially a Jewish woman, to do all that she did was incredible. And she never shied away from the fact that her characters were Jewish, which was also important. Yet the family’s appeal was that they were just ordinary Americans.”

“I have vivid memories of watching The Goldbergs on television,” said Adler. “I loved Gertrude Berg, and I realized early on that she was more than just the actress. She created the show, she was a writer, she was a brilliant woman. To my knowledge, she created the first television series that depicted Jewish family life in America. The critical thing about that show is it was loved by Jews and non-Jews because it was really about family. And it’s remarkable that it was being aired way back then, because at the time the country was riddled by anti-Semitism.”

Hayes admits that he knew very little about Berg until Dimon told him of her long-time desire to play the television pioneer. “Beth knew she was suited to playing the role and she’d been trying to get someone interested in writing a play about Gertrude Berg for years,” Hayes said. “I watched a documentary about Berg and read her biography, and as I learned more and more about her I couldn’t believe nobody had written a play about her. I couldn’t get her story out of my head; it became an obsession. So I commissioned the play out of The Dramaworkshop, our lab for developing new work. I asked Joe to write it because he became as fascinated by the subject as I was.”

Ordinary Americans was developed in The Dramaworkshop, and last January it received a reading at PBD as part of the first New Year/New Plays Festival. “I think the strength of the play – and several people who attended the reading said this – is that it’s the first time that McCarthyism is personalized, where we actually see it destroy a good person,” said Hayes, referring to Loeb. “It makes it a more powerful message because you get to know and like someone, and you see the destructive power of fear and paranoia. And as you watch this fear and paranoia and anti-Semitism, the parallels to today are unmistakable.”

Hayes approached Adler about co-producing the play, and Adler was immediately receptive. “I jumped at the chance,” he said. “It’s such an important story. On one level it’s pure Americana, which is to say it’s a play about a minority in this country, and an artist who was able to depict family life within that minority in such a way that it had a universality. At the same time, these people are persecuted for their religion and their politics. The blacklist is a blight on our history, and I don’t think most people today are aware of how many people’s careers were destroyed, or the number of people who killed themselves. It’s a story that needs to be told.”

  • GableStage is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Cultural Alliance, Dade Cultural Alliance, Americans for the Arts, and The Drama League, as well as Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
  • Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

Locations

Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St,
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

GableStage, Inc.
1200 Anastasia Avenue,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Contact Information

305-445-1119

561-514-4042

Mamma Mia!

Jan 22, 2020 to Feb 23, 2020 - various times - English

  • Music and Lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
  • Book by Catherine Johnson

Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. This sunny and funny tale follows the story of a young woman's search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, told through the story telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship into one of the most unforgettable musicals of all time.

Location

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Map)

Contact Information

305-444-9293 x1

305-444-4181

tickets.actorsplayhouse.org

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

Friday, Feb 7, 2020 at 8:00 PM - English

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the true story of Lynda Blackmon Lowery, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965, who was jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday. Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the right to vote.

$5 tickets for ages 13 to 22.

Location

Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 West Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135 (Map)

The Trojan Women

Feb 20, 2020 to Feb 29, 2020 - various times - English

By Euripides, Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin

A war to retrieve the beautiful Helen of Troy has ended. The city has been laid to waste; its men slaughtered. Its women have been forced to the beach where the Greeks will soon enslave them as the spoils of war. As they await their fate, Queen Hecuba, her daughter Cassandra and the other women confront the travesties and devastation of war. Ellen McLaughlin’s contemporary adaptation of Euripides’ centuries-old drama is a lucid and humbling perspective on the refugees of war.

Location

Ring Theatre
1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (Map)

Doctor Ouch! - Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Mar 7, 2020 & Mar 8, 2020 - click here for time schedule - English

Doctor Ouch ! is a story based on the poems of Kornei Chukovsky about a Doctor that cures animals . The ballet, with music of I. Morozov and choreography by Vladimir Issaev, tells the fun adventures lived by nice Doctor Ouch, when he is called to help the monkeys in Africa who have become very ill. During his journey, he encounters tropical animals and exotic birds while mischievous pirates, make Dr. Ouch’s mission a difficult but hilarious adventure.

Location

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188 Street, Aventura, FL 33180 (Map)

Doctor Ouch! - Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM - English

Doctor Ouch! is a story based on the poems of Kornei Chukovsky about a Doctor that cures animals . The ballet, with music of I. Morozov and choreography by Vladimir Issaev, tells the fun adventures lived by nice Doctor Ouch, when he is called to help the monkeys in Africa who have become very ill. During his journey, he encounters tropical animals and exotic birds while mischievous pirates make Dr. Ouch’s mission a difficult but hilarious adventure.

Location

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale,, FL 33312 (Map)

Camelot

Mar 18, 2020 to Apr 12, 2020 - various times - English

  • Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
  • Music by Frederick Loewe

The legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot leaps from the pages of T.H. White’s novel Lerner and Loewe’s award-winning musical. Its Original Broadway Cast Album topped the charts for 60 weeks, with a rich score boasting such gems as "If Ever I Would Leave You," “I Loved You Once in Silence,” "The Lusty Month of May," and of course, "Camelot." This unique, newly revised version focused directly on the leading characters and the classic Arthurian legend reinvents the famous duo’s fantastical masterpiece.

Location

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Map)

Contact Information

305-444-9293 x1

305-444-4181

tickets.actorsplayhouse.org

enra

Friday, Apr 3, 2020 at 8:00 PM - English

Named after the mythical-shape-shifting and smoke-like Japanese spirit enenra, supergroup enra combines martial arts, rhythmic gymnastics, juggling, classical ballet, street dance and vivid digital art projections to create a supernatural, futuristic theatrical magic, riffing on Japanese pop culture and appealing to audiences worldwide. 

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$5 tickets for ages 13 to 22.

Location

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 ST, Cutler Bay, FL 33189 (Map)

Contact Information

Christina Tassy-Beauvoir

305-375-1949

American Idiot

Apr 16, 2020 to Apr 25, 2020 - various times - English

Book & Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer, Music by Green Day

We end our season with a high-octane electric-rock musical with a strong social message. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, this energy-fueled rock opera features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics of Green Day’s albums to execute the story line of three disgruntled men as they flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life.

Location

Ring Theatre
1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (Map)

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