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NOVELIST JAMES GRIPPANDO’S ‘WATSON’ TO PREMIERE AT GABLESTAGE

NOVELIST JAMES GRIPPANDO’S ‘WATSON’ TO PREMIERE AT GABLESTAGE

Performing Arts

Published 11/21/19

When Thomas J. Watson Sr., the chairman and CEO of International Business Machines (IBM), traveled to Berlin in 1937 as president of the International Chamber of Commerce for the group’s biennial gathering, he gave a keynote speech advocating world peace through world trade.At the meeting, he was presented with Nazi Germany’s Order of the German Eagle, making Watson one of only a few Americans to receive the regime’s medal.And what was behind the dubious “honor”? IBM’s German subsidiary Deutsche Hollerith-Maschinen Gesellschaft (known as Dehomag) used the company’s punch card machines to tabulate census data that revealed the location and ethnicity of respondents – thus contributing to the deadly efficiency of the Holocaust.Watson, who opposed Germany’s brutal treatment of its Jewish citizens, returned the medal in mid-1940, before the country’s declaration of war against the United States. But that asterisk in his biography would always remain.The story of the …

ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE STARTS SEASON WITH THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE STARTS SEASON WITH THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

Performing Arts

Published 11/15/19

The late music legend – a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and Memphis Music Hall of Fame – is the subject of “Ring of Fire,” the biographical show that’s kicking off the 2019-2020 Actors’ Playhouse season.Conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby Jr., the show had a relatively short Broadway run in 2006 as a large-cast jukebox musical focused on the many songs written by and linked to Cash rather than on the man himself. But Maltby kept revising his show, and the piece that’s running through Dec. 8 in the Miracle Theatre’s upstairs Balcony Theatre is an engaging, joyous gem.Directed by Ben Hope, who played the starring male role in the Actors’ Playhouse production of “Once” in 2018, “Ring of Fire” is a showcase not just for Cash’s life story and many hits but for the prodigious talents of the five actor-singer-musicians who make up the …

MEET ANDIE ARTHUR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA THEATRE LEAGUE

MEET ANDIE ARTHUR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA THEATRE LEAGUE

Performing Arts

Published 11/15/19

Arthur is also the co-founding Artistic Director of Lost Girls Theatre, a contributing editor of the nationally recognized theatre blog 2amtheatre and adjunct faculty at New World School of the Arts. She has previously served as the Florida regional representative of the Dramatists’ Guild and as a board member of the Southeast Cluster of the Unitarian Universalist Association.In her 12 years working as Executive Director of the South Florida Theatre League, Andie has reinstated the League’s Unified Auditions, implemented audience development programs (such as Free Night of Theatre and Summer Theatre Fest), and created professional development workshops for both artists and administrators.Arthur has a BFA in Playwriting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Her plays have been produced by Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, Lost Girls Theatre, The Alliance Theatre Lab, Marquette University, and the Theatre School at DePaul University. She is currently working on a brand-new play …

GABLESTAGE’S RIVETING “WIESENTHAL” REMINDS US WHY WE MUST NEVER FORGET

GABLESTAGE’S RIVETING “WIESENTHAL” REMINDS US WHY WE MUST NEVER FORGET

Performing Arts

Published 10/3/19

He is also a captivating storyteller. But those stories? They will shatter your heart.“Wiesenthal,” Tom Dugan’s engrossing solo show about famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, has just opened at GableStage, ushering in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with a timely artistic representation of a man who dedicated his life to remembrance and justice.With intricately nuanced direction by Gail Garrisan, the GableStage production stars Carbonell Award-winning actor David Kwiat, who expertly navigates the blend of humor, empathy and horror woven throughout Dugan’s 90-minute play.The conceit of the play is that Wiesenthal, then 94, has gone into his office at the Vienna Jewish Documentation Center one final time. It’s 2003, and he is about to retire – much to the relief of his wife, Cyla Müller Wiesenthal, and their daughter Paulinka Kreisberg, who is visiting from Israel. Wiesenthal has promised Cyla that he’s done hosting groups at the center. But here we are, willing listeners, so …

THEATER SEASON PREVIEW: ‘AMERICAN SON,’ ‘THE CUBANS’ AND MORE ‘MIAMI MOTEL STORIES’

THEATER SEASON PREVIEW: ‘AMERICAN SON,’ ‘THE CUBANS’ AND MORE ‘MIAMI MOTEL STORIES’

Performing Arts

Published 8/27/19

As these and other writers blossomed, South Florida theaters brought greater focus to premiering new works. Those companies and Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs launched developmental programs, giving playwrights the opportunity to hone their scripts and theater lovers the chance to be among the first to experience a play that might wind up on Broadway (as Cruz’s “Anna in the Tropics,” Demos-Brown’s “American Son” and McCraney’s “Choir Boy” did) or off-Broadway (as McKeever’s “Daniel’s Husband” and “After” did last season).Both the Arsht Center-based Zoetic Stage in Miami and Miami New Drama at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre have the nurturing of new work as a key part of their theatrical DNA. But the two companies won’t be alone in bringing fresh theater to Miami-Dade stages during the 2019-2020 season. Here’s a brief look at some of the key productions on the horizon, in order of their openings.Christopher Demos-Brown’s …

Broadway in Broward

Broadway in Broward

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

“I have been producing theatre year-round in Florida for over 26 years and am most notably known for Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on the west coast in Fort Myers,” Will Prather, Prather Productions owner and Executive Producer said recently. “While I have also produced national and international tours, it has been a goal of mine to have a consistent presence on the east coast of Florida. The opportunity to partner with LPAC couldn’t have come at a better time, and all of us at Prather Productions are extremely excited to bring together our creative team and the incredible local talent that the east coast of Florida has to offer.”LPAC's General Manager, Amanda Segur agrees: “I am thrilled to be a part of the team working to bring Broadway musicals back to the LPAC stage,” she says. “Working with Prather Productions is going to be an exciting, creative, artistic adventure, and the City of Lauderhill is extremely pleased to have forged this new relationship. We are …

 ‘MURDER FOR TWO’ AT ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE ISN’T KILLER, BUT IT GETS THE JOB DONE

‘MURDER FOR TWO’ AT ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE ISN’T KILLER, BUT IT GETS THE JOB DONE

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

The Joe Kinosian-Kellen Blair musical has a history. Created in 2011 in Chicago, where it won the Joseph Jefferson Award as best new musical, the show had an off-Broadway run in 2013, a national tour and multiple regional productions. Martin Landry, who plays the musical’s multiple suspects and serves as the production’s musical director, made his “Murder for Two” debut in the national tour and performed the show at eight theaters in seven states before hitting the stage in Coral Gables. Mark Schenfisch, who plays an aspiring detective, has also done multiple productions of the show.That the actors, who must also be excellent pianists, have done the show before is a blessing for a couple of reasons. Schenfisch replaced a previously announced performer just a week before the show opened, and it’s doubtful that someone new to the intricacies of themusical could have mastered it and achieved a chemistry with Landry in such a short time. Moreover, the frenetic, 100-minute …

‘SKELETON CREW’ WORKS ON MANY LEVELS AT GABLESTAGE

‘SKELETON CREW’ WORKS ON MANY LEVELS AT GABLESTAGE

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

The Detroit Project, three linked plays by MacArthur “genius” grant winner Morisseau, consists of “Detroit ’67” (a 2013 drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots), “Paradise Blue” (a 2015 play set in the city’s Black Bottom neighborhood in 1949) and 2016’s “Skeleton Crew,” a four-character drama set in the break room of an auto stamping plant as the 2008 economic downturn is starting to hit the city hard.GableStage is now bringing Morisseau’s words and insights to life in a new production of “Skeleton Crew,” a play that is both powerfully specific and more broadly resonant. The black, working-class folks toiling in this relatively small plant where metal is turned into car parts worry about so many things: putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their heads, pressured personal lives, building a better future, losing their jobs. Who can’t relate?This time, artistic director Joseph Adler has entrusted the production to Haitian-American actor, writer …

					 BROADWAY FANS CAN EXPERIENCE SIX HIT MUSICALS, INCLUDING HAMILTON, FOR LESS THAN $43* PER SHOW WITH NEW “VIEW FROM TOP” SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGE

BROADWAY FANS CAN EXPERIENCE SIX HIT MUSICALS, INCLUDING HAMILTON, FOR LESS THAN $43* PER SHOW WITH NEW “VIEW FROM TOP” SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGE

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

The 14th season of showcasing Broadway’s greatest hits in the Ziff Ballet Opera House is power-packed with musical blockbusters. The 2019/2020 Broadway in Miami season is anchored by the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” which will play its premiere Miami engagement for a limited 4- week run (February 18 - March 15, 2020). Three additional premieres include “Fiddler on the Roof” (October 29 - November 3, 2019), Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (January 1 -5, 2020), and “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” (May 12 - 17, 2020). Plus an exciting new production of the classic “Miss Saigon” (April 7 - 12, 2020) and the iconic musical phenomenon, “Jesus Christ Superstar” (June 23 - 28, 2020).The View From The Top subscription package starts at $253 and offers a convenient payment plan with no fees which includes the option to break up the cost of the package into three easy payments. To become a View From The Top season ticket holder, visit …

John Leguizamo brings hilarity with much needed history lesson

John Leguizamo brings hilarity with much needed history lesson

Performing Arts

Published 7/7/19

Hear that school bell? It’s the start of class and professor John Leguizamo is about to educate South Florida on 3,000 years of American Latino history (from the Aztec empire to Pitbull!) And, the comedian/actor/producer/playwright is as outrageously funny, uncensored and on point as ever before.Written by and starring Leguizamo, “Latin History for Morons” enlightens, empowers and entertains beyond measure. This one-man solo play, directed by Tony Taccone, comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center stage on July 12-14. Other leading comedic talent who have graced the performance destination include Billy Crystal, Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Jay Leno, John Mulaney, Eddie Izzard, Louis CK, Gad Elmaleh, and Dame Edna Everage.Latinos are the second oldest ethnic group in America after Native Americans, yet remain invisible in many ways. “I grew up without seeing people who looked like me on screen, on stage, or in textbooks,” said Leguizamo. …

CORTEO IS COMING TO SUNRISE WITH ITS NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR

CORTEO IS COMING TO SUNRISE WITH ITS NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR

Performing Arts

Published 5/15/19

This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since then, the show has been a great success and has amazed 8 million people in 19 countries on four continents. The cast of Corteo includes 52 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to …

Latest News on Coconut Grove Playhouse Revival Project

Latest News on Coconut Grove Playhouse Revival Project

Performing Arts

Published 3/13/19

Miami’s historic preservation board recently voted against the demolition and reconstruction of the long-closed Coconut Grove Playhouse. An appeal, signed by cultural affairs director Michael Spring, was filed by the county and is scheduled to be considered by the City of Miami Commission on April 25, at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.This is is a deciding moment for the future of the Playhouse and the revitalization of downtown Coconut Grove. If the City Commission approves the County’s appeal, the County is ready to submit the Playhouse project’s architectural plans for a building permit. After years of work and exhaustive research, renovation and construction are ready to begin. The plans include thoughtful historic preservation to return this historic theater to its former glory. The theater abruptly closed in 2006 amid growing debt.For updates, visit: http://miamidadearts.org/coconut-grove-playhouse-updates.

Frida

Frida

Performing Arts

Published 2/26/19

By Peter Petrov"Frida sings as she lived - against the tide from the very first note," Rodríguez explains, and indeed, what better way to describe both, this larger-than-life woman and his opera tribute to her.Frida was the kind of woman that could reject a description of her art as flattering and poetic as “ribbon around a bomb,” even if it came from principal initiator of the surrealist movement André Breton, if she thought that description was false. “I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality,” Frida famously said in response.And certainly, over time, Frida has come to epitomize the truest kind of artist, the kind who lives the way she paints and paints the way she lives, making no compromises with either of those two interconnected facets.Frida never really had many friends growing up in Mexico City and was often taunted by other girls. After a near-death bus accident that kept her bedridden and caused her lifelong health problems, her isolation deepened, …

Actors’ Playhouse: 30 years of excellence and splendor

Actors’ Playhouse: 30 years of excellence and splendor

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar PetrovActors’ Playhouse is one of 14 major cultural organizations in Miami-Dade County and the largest self-producer of critically acclaimed dramatic and musical theatre for adults and children in South Florida. But even after 156 Mainstage productions, 140 Children’s Theatre productions, 85 Carbonell Awards (the South Florida equivalent of the Tony Award) for artistic excellence, and a South Florida’s Theatre Company of the Year Award, the theatre hasn’t deviated from its 30-year old agenda – “to enrich South Florida's cultural vitality with the highest caliber classic and contemporary live theatre productions and to provide comprehensive educational outreach programs to multi-cultural audiences and a supportive and creative work environment for Florida-based theatre professionals,” all while preserving “the identity of its home venue, the historic Miracle Theatre,” as Barbara S. Stein, Executive Producing Director puts it. The Miracle Theatre …

Microtheater Miami: A Highlight Reel of Intimate and Punchy Theater Shows

Microtheater Miami: A Highlight Reel of Intimate and Punchy Theater Shows

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar PetrovOn so many different levels, Microtheater Miami offers professionals creative freedom while providing the public with what a traditional theater experience never could – a diversity of shows within a single, inimitably cozy night. Every Thursday to Sunday from 8 pm to 12 am, all year round, just like the pumpkin in Cinderella, 7 shipping containers are transformed into little theatrical gems; their walls witnessing a gushing stream of 15-minute plays in both English and Spanish, inspired by a specific theme. Plays are performed 8 times per night, cost only $6 each, and together constitute a continuous, annual cycle, charged with the same rapid-fire dynamics of a single evening – unlike traditional theater seasons, Microtheater Miami starts a new season every 5 weeks, for a total of 10 theater seasons annually. A specific theme is selected every season, and open calls for original plays inspired by it result in 7 to 8 original plays per season. On …

Culture Shock Miami Fosters the Next Generation of Arts Patrons with the Launch of its 14th Season of Affordable Programming Directed to Younger Audiences

Culture Shock Miami Fosters the Next Generation of Arts Patrons with the Launch of its 14th Season of Affordable Programming Directed to Younger Audiences

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar Petrov$5 tickets to live theater performances, events and museums for ages 13 to 22. Culture Shock Miami, the young audience development program of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs, has been working with all kinds of cultural institutions since its launch in 2004 to bring eclectic compositions of cultural destinations and shows to teens and young adults between the age of 13 and 22 for an affordable price. Not only do all events cost only $5, but the program also allows participants to purchase a second ticket for $5 for a person of any age. Culture Shock Miami keeps going strong, entering its 2018-2019 season. As a result, certain art forms and events no longer seem out of young people’s financial reach. Culture Shock Miami strives to level the playing field, so the youth can develop a taste for culture according to their inner voice rather than their pocket. But Culture Shock Miami owes its continuous success to the constant search for …

Theater Etiquette

Theater Etiquette

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Annie Sparks1. Dress for the occasion. Wear something a little more elegant than usual. Be comfortable, but polished. It’s part of the experience. 2. Avoid wearing too much perfume or aftershave. Imagine sitting next to someone wearing a scent that you simply cannot stand. Avoid doing that to others and go easy on the shpritz!If you’re on time, you’re late3. “If you’re on time, you’re late” is a crucial rule of thumb. Arriving 15-30 minutes before the show allows time for everyone to get comfortably seated. In many instances, when you’re late, a venue will not allow you to enter until the end of the first number. Some may have a monitor so you could watch while in exile, but if you want to see the live performance for which you’ve paid, come early. Don’t be the person who makes everyone get up so you could reach your seat after the show has started! 4. If you’re one to enjoy a candy or need a cough drop to refrain from coughing during the …

MDC Live Arts Presents Radical 2018-19  Season - A Focus on Women, Immigrants & Innovators

MDC Live Arts Presents Radical 2018-19 Season - A Focus on Women, Immigrants & Innovators

Performing Arts

Published 9/28/18

The lineup includes performances that re-tell mythical/historical womensí narratives with new perspective. This month, La Medea (cover) reimagines Euripedes’ Greek tragedy as an interactive Latin-disco variety show. The genre-bending musical/simulcast/feature film is performed, shot and edited in real time— promising a provocative and unpredictable ride for cast, crew and audiences alike. Hailed as “a spectacle that upends any attempt to pin it down” by Broadway World, La Medea portrays not a dangerous foreigner, but an infinite woman rejecting the gaze imposed upon her. This spring, in The Fourth Light, Persian electroacoustic duo Niyaz team up with interactive design artist Jerome Delapierre for an immersive tribute to the under-recognized first female Sufi mystic and poet. Live music, sacred dance and advance technologies help merge the real and the virtual for a multi-sensory spiritual experience. Last month, the season opened—gothically—with The Black …

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - A BEACON OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - A BEACON OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

Performing Arts

Published 9/28/18

The high school students, who also receive their training at MDC Wolfson Campus, earn dual enrollment credits from Miami Dade College as NWSA students. Fully accredited by The National Associations of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design, New World School of the Arts provides a comprehensive educational program of artistic training and academic and creative development, while preparing students for professional careers in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.Providing access is one of New World School of the Arts most important missions. Blind to academic standing at the onset, New World School of the Arts’ acceptance policy is based solely on artistic talent. This allows students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status to compete for their spot in the school’s coveted arts programs based on their individual talent. Once accepted, students are expected to achieve both academically and artistically. Earning respected national merit and leadership-based …

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis return to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in the high voltage rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis return to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in the high voltage rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet

Performing Arts

Published 5/7/18

Actors’ Playhouse brings back the much-anticipated return of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. One of the company’s most acclaimed (and longest running) productions in its 30-year history, Million Dollar Quartet will once again rock the Balcony Theatre from May 9 – June 24, 2018.This high voltage rock ‘n’ roll show, with book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, is inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together music icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Featuring over 20 timeless hits such as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Fever," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more, this thrilling musical brings audiences inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together to create a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night.Directed …

Shorts  On Ships - Professional Theatre at Sea

Shorts On Ships - Professional Theatre at Sea

Performing Arts

Published 4/2/18

The theatre is the heart of the onboard cultural entertainment. Now, the theatres of three of Azamara Club Cruises’ ships – Journey, Quest and Pursuit, will welcome City Theatre and one of their most innovative projects to date. Shorts on Ships is basically the theatre version of cruising – a series of short and charged performances which end on a pitch-perfect high note to deliver a lot while demanding very little. City Theatre is entering its 23rd season as the only professional theatre in the U.S. that is dedicated to producing short plays and musicals. Its imaginative new venture Shorts On Ships is the latest of a long-standing legacy of challenging the status quo. With the following their past works like Summer Shorts Festivals, Winter Shorts, City Shorts, Short Cuts and Shorts Gone Wild have garnered, the artistic troupe seems to have found the perfect platform to reinvent their vision on another, more fluid scale. City Theatre has hand-picked some of its …

Showcasing Rising Stars

Showcasing Rising Stars

Performing Arts

Published 3/1/18

With an exciting program that includes a vibrant and diverse art exhibition at the New World Gallery, followed by performance excerpts of renowned works in dance, music and theater at the Olympia Theater, the showcase will capture the artistic heart and soul of its guests. With excerpts from the performing arts divisions, the evening will highlight the work of world-renowned choreographers including Echad Mi Yodea by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. This iconic dance is set to the music of Israeli rock group Nikmat Hatractor and will be performed by select college dance students. Overture by NWSA alumnus Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance will also grace the stage.Led by Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, the NWSA Orchestra will come alive with the famous Overture to Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Opera (popularly known as the William Tell Overture), premiered in 1829 and the last of Rossini’s 39 operas. NWSA Wind Ensemble will present a movement from …

Florida Grand Opera Unveils Its First Production of Richard Strauss’s Potent, Sexually Charged Shocker Salome in Fifteen Years

Florida Grand Opera Unveils Its First Production of Richard Strauss’s Potent, Sexually Charged Shocker Salome in Fifteen Years

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Operas are known for their passion, tugging at your emotions with heart-wrenching arias of tragic or unrequited love. Of course, sometimes love can be a just a tad extreme. One of our favorite Operas, Richard Strauss’s 1905 Salome, definitely takes the expression “falling head over heels” over someone to a dark place that’s guaranteed to thrill, shock, and entertain.When Salome first premiered, this steamy brew of eroticism and religion so unnerved audiences that it was banned in Vienna and London. The opera’s troubles didn’t end there. In 1907, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, it was yanked from the company’s repertoire just days after its premiere.So why is this story so romantic, yet controversial? And why has it become one of the most successful and popular of all twentieth-century operas? Perhaps it’s the thematic mix of religious fervor, sexual fury, and necrophilia that audiences just can’t get enough of!In a nutshell, the plot of Salome boils down …

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