- “Carrie: The Musical”
Slow Burn Theatre, West Boca Raton High School, Oct. 16 – Nov. 2
You’ve got to hand it to the boys at Slow Burn Theatre for accepting a challenge. The 1988 musical adaptation of Stephen King’s chilling tale of a bullied high school misfit who finally exacts revenge on her tormentors went down in history as one of the biggest flops on Broadway. A 2012 revival didn’t fare much better, but if anybody can successfully resurrect this show, it’s Patrick Fitzwater, Matthew Korinko and their enthusiastic, incredibly talented cast. Tickets are $40 at SlowBurnTheatre.org.
- “Romeo & Juliet”
Miami City Ballet, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Oct. 17 – Nov. 13
William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of young, starcrossed lovers gets a classical treatment by Lourdes Lopez and Miami City Ballet. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s soaring melodies and bombastic brass and accentuated by brilliant sets and dazzling costumes, John Cranko’s evocative choreography allows every dancer an opportunity to shine. Catch this production at Miami’s Arsht Center, Oct. 17 – 19; Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center, Oct. 24 – 26; and West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center, Nov. 21 – 23. Tickets start at $20 at MiamiCityBallet.org.
- Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The Classic Gateway Cinema and Cinema Paradiso, Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 10 – 12 and 17-19
After several years as the poor neglected stepchild to the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, organizers have expanded Fort Lauderdale’s annual celebration of LGBT cinema to two weekends, nearly doubling the numbers of features, shorts and documentaries. Organizers have an exceptional number of filmmakers, actors and writers scheduled to attend screenings and panel discussions throughout the festival. Oh, and don’t forget the parties, too. Festival passes and individual tickets are available at FLGLFF.com.
- “The Book of Mormon”
Arsht Center, Miami, Dec. 2 - 14 and Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, Dec. 16 – 21
Last year’s biggest ticket was definitely “The Book of Mormon,” the almost heretical musical from the creators of “South Park,” that packed audiences in the Broward Center for a month. This season, the hilarious production about two wayward missionaries in Uganda returns to South Florida with extended runs at both the Arsht Center and Kravis Center. If you’re not already a subscriber to the Broadway in Miami or Kravis on Broadway seasons, reserve your tickets as soon as possible because this is one show that is sure to sell out quickly. For tickets, go to ArshtCenter.org or Kravis.org.
- “Mothers and Sons”
GableStage, Coral Gables, Sept. 20 – Oct. 19
GableStage Producing Artistic Director Joseph Adler wasted no time snapping up the South Florida rights to Terrence McNally’s Tony-nominated Broadway play, “Mothers and Sons.” Gay audiences—and their families—will certainly connect with this story of a mother who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Values clash as they struggle to reconcile their vastly different worlds. Tickets $45 – 55 at GableStage.org.
- “Madama Butterfly”
Florida Grand Opera, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Nov. 15-22 and Dec. 4-6
Puccini’s melodious tale of tradition, romance, sacrifice and yearning is one of the gems of the operatic repertoire. Emotions soar as a Japanese geisha catches the fancy of a caddish young American naval officer. But then she crosses cultural boundaries to become his bride and grapples with a serious dilemma, all while faithfully awaiting his long delayed return. This is the perfect show to take in a little “culture” on date night. Tickets start at $12 at FGO.org.
Cirque du Soleil, Sun Life Stadium, Dec. 11 – Jan. 4
Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus is the creator of Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production, “Amaluna,” opening in December under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top at Sun Life Stadium. Set on an island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon, this new show is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women. And, like all Cirque du Soleil productions, “Amaluna” features a troupe of incredibly talented international performers. Tickets start at $ at CirqueDuSoleil.com.
- “So You Think You Can Dance” Live on Tour
Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, Nov. 26 and Arsht Center, Miami, Nov. 28
If you’ve been watching the popular Fox competition “So You Think You Can Dance” this summer, here’s your chance to see the talented Top 10 finalists live, performing the biggest hits of the season. Whether you enjoy hip-hop, Latin, Broadway or ballroom, the production promises a memorable evening of grace and athleticism from these upcoming professionals. For tickets, go to Kravis.org or ArshtCenter.org.
- Art Basel Miami Beach / Art Week Miami
Miami Beach Convention Center and Greater Miami, Dec. 2 – 7
A decade ago, nobody would have guessed that Art Basel Miami Beach would evolve into one of the major world art events, drawing the rich and famous from around the globe. The title show, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is the showpiece of what has quickly grown to become Art Week Miami, with dozens of satellite pop-up art fairs in Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District and glitzy events at galleries from Bal Harbour to Coral Gables. While tickets to Art Basel Miami Beach can be pricy, admission to the many satellite events can be as low as $10 (or free). For more information, go to ArtBasel.com and MiamiAndTheBeaches.com.
Island City Stage at Empire Stage, Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 23 – Nov. 23
Island City Stage, the plucky LGBT-centric company that practically swept last year’s Carbonell Awards, kicks off its season with the world premiere of the topical comedy, “Poz,” by Michael Anan. Set in 2003, the play explores the budding love affair between a young man dying of Leukemia and the older HIV plus man he needs to infect him so he can get medical coverage for his chemo. This play promises to be one of the most provocative productions of the season in South Florida. Tickets are $30 at IslandCityStage.org.