Fall is an exciting time in South Florida as dozens of local dance and theater companies, orchestras and galleries kick off their new seasons. Here is your guide to the many choices available to stretch your imagination and stimulate your senses.
Arts Ballet Theatre of South Florida
Oct. 7 - 8, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
Oct. 14 - 15, Broward Center
Artistic director Vladimir Isaaev’s Art
Ballet Theatre opens its 20th anniversary season in South Florida with a dazzling program of fiery dances set to the music of Latin composers.
Program I: Jewels
Miami City Ballet
Oct. 20 - 22, Arsht Center
Oct. 28 - 29, Broward Center
Nov. 17 - 19, Kravis Center
Miami City Ballet celebrates the 50th anniversary of George Ballanchine’s revered masterpiece, set to the music of Faure,
Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.
So You Think You Can Dance
Season 14 Tour
Nov. 2, Broward Center
Here’s your chance to see America’s top dancers from the Fox television show. Enjoy all your favorite routines again, performed by the 10 finalists.
Pointe of Passion
Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami
Nov. 18, South Miami
This innovative company, founded by former Miami City Ballet principal dancers Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra, opens its second season with a fiery program at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Dec. 15 - 24, Arsht Center
Dec. 28 - 30, Kravis Center
The choreography and music are timeless, but this season, Miami City Ballet unveils beautiful new costumes and sets created by Cuban-American designers and husband and wife, Isabel and Ruben Toledo.
State Ballet of Russia
Dec. 30, Parker Playhouse
Founded by the former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, the State Ballet of Russia features 50 of the country’s most talented dancers in this classic full-length ballet set to the romantic music of Piotr Tchaikovsky.
CONCERTS & COMEDY
Oct. 20, Seminole Coconut Creek Casino
Watch out because Honduran-born comic Carlos Mencia is bound to talk about all the subjects that are avoided in polite conversation. SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com
Oct. 15, BB&T Center
Oct. 18 American Airlines Arena
Bruno Mars is bringing a little “Uptown Funk” to downtown Miami on his 24K Magic World tour Ticketmaster.com
Oct. 28, Hard Rock Live
Multiple Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Carlos
Santana brings his Transmogrify tour to Hollywood. MyHRL.com
Nov. 1, Kravis Center
British comedian John Cleese answers all your questions before hosting a special screening of his classic film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Kravis.org
Nov. 4, Hard Rock Live
The longtime SNL funnyman returns to South Florida for a night of laughs at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. MyHRL.com
Nov. 6, The Fillmore Miami Beach
Niall Horan’s solo career has skyrocketed since he left One Direction. His Flicker Sessions tour comes to the Fillmore in Miami Beach one night only. TheFillmoreMB.com
Nov. 30, American Airlines Arena
The one, the only Lady Gaga is coming to South Florida on her Joanne tour and the call is out to all her monsters to get their tickets. Ticketmaster.com
Dec. 11, BB&T Center
She’s back! Yes, Janet Jackson is on a State of the World tour and she’s bringing her new show to the BB&T Center in Sunrise.
Dec. 20, American Airlines Arena
Katy Perry will be singing all the latest singles from her new album, W..itness, including Chained to the Rhythm and Bon Appetit. Ticketmaster.com
TV & FILM
Blade Runner 2049
Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 film gets a sequel by Denis Villeneuve set 30 years into the future and starring Ryan Gosling as a cop who must find Harrison Ford’s missing original character, Deckard.
Chris Hemsworth is back as the Nordic god. Honestly, we don’t care what the plot is as long as the hunky Aussie actor takes his shirt off during the movie.
Murder on the Orient Express
Director Kenneth Branagh has assembled an all-star cast for the Agatha Christie remake: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, Judi Densch and more.
While Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice left us scratching our heads, Wonder Woman was a bona fide summer hit. The team is reuinited in the biggest superhero flick of the holiday movie season.
Pixar, Disney’s digital animation studio, releases its first full-length musical, Coco, about a young boy who gets lost during Mexican Day of the Dead festivities.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The latest installment in the Star Wars saga is sure to offer poignant moments because Carrie Fisher (Leia) filmed her scenes before her sudden death late last year.
Pitch Perfect 3
The Bellas (Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson) are back and this time the college a cappella group is heading out on a USO tour, comforting the troops with their dulcet sounds and spirited “choralography.”
Anything is possible in the world of television. Remember that entire season of Dallas that turned out to be just one of Pamela Ewing’s bad dreams? Well, you can also forget the last episode of NBC’s Will & Grace, because the network is giving the popular series a reboot this fall on Thursdays. How will these reboots and spin-offs fare this season?
Wednesday, Oct. 11, The CW
TNT’s Dallas hit the skids in its second after Larry Hagman (J.R.) died suddenly. The CW reimagines this rival ‘80s drama about the oil-producing Carrington and Colby families in Denver. Handsome Grant Show (Melrose Place) stars as Blake.
With three world-class performing arts centers within a 70-mile drive, South Florida attracts the best Broadway touring productions. The season kicks off in a big way with the debut of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s On Your Feet at the Arsht Center.
On Your Feet
Oct. 5 - 15, Arsht Center
The national tour of the hit Broadway musical, On Your Feet, debuts right here in Miami, the city that inspired the lives and music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
The Sound of Music
Oct. 10 - 22, Broward Center
The hills are alive with the sounds of music, the timeless songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Relive the magic of this classic story of Von Trapp Family Singers.
The King and I
Nov. 7 - 12, Kravis Center
Lincoln Center’s Tony-winning revival of this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic kicks off the Kravis on Broadway series at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
Love Never Dies
Nov. 7 - 19, Broward Center
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera answers the question whether that tortured soul would ever find love with his muse, Christine.
The Book of Mormon
Nov. 28 - Dec. 3, Arsht Center
The irreverent, but ever relevent hit musical from the creators of South Park returns to South Florida for another inspiring—and expletive-laden—run in Miami.
School of Rock
Dec. 12 - 24, Broward Center
Remember the film, School of Rock, starring Jack Black? Andrew Lloyd Webber has adapted the comedy into a hit Broadway musical set on New York’s Coney Island.
Dec. 26 - 31, Arsht Center
The story of Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie is told with tuneful ballads, towering sets and lots of special effects in this touring production of the popular Broadway show.ArshtCenter.org
CLASSICAL & JAZZ
Anniversaries abound this season. The South Florida Symphony is celebrating its 20 years with new offices in Wilton Manors and an exciting program of premieres. The Symphony of the Americas marks its 30th anniversary with special guest artists and crowd-pleasing programs.
Hispanic Heritage Month Tribute:
Symphony of the Americas
Oct. 10, Broward Center
The Symphony of the Americas, celebrating its 30th anniversary season, honors Hispanic Heritage Month with a concert featuring the music of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.
Master Chorale of South Florida
Nov. 4 - 5, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton
The Master Chorale of South Florida, under the direction of Brett Karlin, performs French organist Maurice Durufle’s melodious requiem mass, one of the great works of the choral repertoire.
South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble
Nov. 11, Broward Center
South Florida’s LGBT and allies wind ensemble opens its 32nd season in the Amaturo Theater with a program of classics under the direction of Dan Bassett.
The Great American Songbook
South Florida Symphony
Nov. 14 - 18, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Key West
The South Florida Symphony opens their 20th anniversary season with beloved songs by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and more.
Symphony of the Americas
Dec. 3 - 5, Broward Center
The Florida Singing Sons and Girl Choir of South Florida join Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese for this festive holiday concert featuring a program of familiar and favorite songs and carols.
Ann Hampton Callaway
Gold Coast Jazz Society
Dec. 6, Broward Center
Ann Hampton Callaway may be best known for singing the theme to The Nanny on TV, but she is a champion of the Great American Songbook and will offer a tribute to the singers who have helped create the soundtrack of a generation.
Honoring Gerard Schwarz
Boca Raton Philharmonia
Dec. 10, Boca Raton
The Symphonia honors Emmy Award-winning conductor Gerard Schwarz, who conducts a program of Torelli, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Schwarz’s son, cellist Julian will perform a world premiere composed by his father.
Mozart Meets Hemingway and Flamenco
South Florida Symphony
Dec. 16 - 19, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Key West
Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso conducts works by Mozart and Falla, along with the Florida premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway, featuring Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey.