Brian's Theatre Datebook: July 25, 2012

What's happening in the tri-county area.

Broward County

*LOVE!

Rock Solid Entertainment Group presents one of the most dynamic stage plays to hit South Florida in years: "Love!" It will make you laugh, cry, and slap your neighbor! More importantly, it will make you believe. At the Miniaci Performing Arts Center in Davie on July 28 at 7 p.m. Parking on 2nd floor or higher, is included in the ticket price. Visit BrowardCenter.org.

*Sister Rolls the Dice

Late Nite Catechism: Sister Rolls the Dice is the latest class in the sinfully funny Catechism series. The convent needs a new roof, so the order has decided that Sister (with her extensive gambling experience running the Church Bingo for the last 25 years) will organize a Las Vegas night! Sister will tackle topics ranging from Magicians and Show Girls to live animal acts and the dangers of drive-through marriage chapels. At the Broward Center on August 4 & 5. Shows times vary. Visit BrowardCenter.org

Baby Girl

Baby GirL centers on Ashley, described as a spirited daydreamer, who is alienated by her adoptive family when she comes out as a lesbian.  Ashley then embarks on a journey to find love and a place to call home. Baby GirL runs through August 5, at Empire Stage, 1140 North Flagler Dr. Fort Lauderdale. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Call 954-678-1496. For tickets, visit: www.smarttix.com or www.empirestage.com

Palm Beach County

*Big Band Hits of the Swing Era!

Hits of the Swing Era at FAU. The FAU all-Florida college jazz band will present an evening of hits from the 30's 40's and 50's. Authentic music of Big Band sensations like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman will fill the air. The greatest music of the Greatest Generation lives on for this special night in the University Theatre on July 28 at 7 p.m. Visit FAUevents.com

*Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

When CB's dog dies from rabies, he questions the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen this dark comedy toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful. At FAU’s Theatre Studio One theatre on August 2 to 4 at 7 p.m. Visit FAUevents.com

Hairspray

Hairspray sweeps you away to 1960’s Baltimore where the 50’s are out and change is in the air. Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy, has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot on the local TV dance program. Overnight she finds herself transformed from an outsider to teen celebrity. Through July 29. Tickets are $23 to $35. Visit LakeWorthPlayhouse.org

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

This 1979 Tony award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler will awe you with its stunning music, dazzling images, and wickedly intriguing script. July 26-29 at FAU’s Studio One Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets $20.  Visit www.fausweeney.com or phone 800-564-9539

Peter Pan Starring Cathy Rigby

Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all-new production of Peter Pan.  Discover the Magic all over again of this two-time EmmyAward-winning and two-time TonyAward-nominated production of Peter Pan starting August 1 at 7 p.m. at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Visit Kravis.org

The Exorcist

The most chilling test of faith comes to life on stage at the Gil Cates Theater through August 12. The Exorcist transforms the unsettling battles of good versus evil, faith versus fact and ego versus ethos into a uniquely theatrical experience as sophisticated as it is suspenseful. For more Information visit Geffenplayhouse.com/index.php

Proof

This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama Proof will be at the Palm Beach Dramaworks located at 201 Clematis Street. This play is about a daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Visit Palmbeachdramaworks.org/index.php

The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks is the world’s longest running musical and is about captivating love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall, the narrator, El Gallo, creates a world of moonlight and magic, then pain and disillusionment, until the boy and girl find their way back to each other. The score, which includes "Try to Remember," is as timeless as the story itself! through August 5. Visit Palmbeachdramaworks.org/index.php

Miami-Dade

*I Am My Own Wife

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife is the astonishing story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a Berlin transvestite, who survived first the Nazis and then the Communists - as a woman. With Carbonell Award-winning actor Tom Wahl portraying the elegant Charlotte and more than 30 other characters, I Am My Own Wife is a remarkable one-man tour de force - strikingly political and beautifully humane. Visit ArshtCenter.org

The Donkey Show

In the spirit of Studio 54, that epic shrine to disco, the celebrated smash hit The Donkey Show now takes Miami by storm as the city's dreamiest pop-up club! Disco is back and better than ever with this play. The Donkey Show will be at the Ziff Ballet Opera House through Aug. 12. It's the ultimate night fever - a crazy fun house of disco mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens, enchanted by an ever-so-light sprinkling of Shakespearean magic. Visit Arshtcenter.org

Broadway in Miami 2012-13

This season Ziff Ballet Opera House on Oct. 9 to May 12 will hold the Broadway In Miami spectacle.  Experience the return of the world's greatest musical spectacle - Les Misérables - in its lavish new 25th anniversary production, along with the Miami premieres of Broadway's biggest fun-filled hits - including the high-stepping Mary Poppins, the outlandishly colorful Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the awesomely cool Rock of Ages, and - the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical - Memphis, a triumph of explosive dancing and powerhouse songs. Visit  Arshtcenter.org


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