Brian's Theatre Datebook: June 6, 2012

Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, and Key West theatre events

Broward County

*Standing on Ceremony - The Gay Marriage Plays

Enjoy an entertaining and provocative evening featuring eight short plays on the subject of marriage equality written by some of today's most brilliant playwrights and performed by a dynamic celebrity cast at the Broward Center on June 21-24. Offering their unique takes on the moments before, during, and after saying "I do," these prominent writers have created theater that is as insightful and stirring as it is funny and heartwarming. Visit Standingonceremony.net

*South Florida Ballet Theater presents-The Great Pas de Deux Series IV

This one day only performance of The South Florida Ballet Theater's Gala, "The Great Pas de Deux Series IV" and "The Sleeping Beauty Act III", will be presented on June 10 at 6 p.m. at the Broward Center. All of the performance series include professional dancers brought in from across the nation whom have toured both nationally and internationally. Visit Southfloridaballettheater.com

*16th Annual Festival Yachad Israeli Dance Festival

Festival Yachad will feature more than 500 dancers on stage with local groups and invited companies from Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Panama and Israel, performing to Israeli folk dance music, with colorful costumes, amazing scenery and spectacular lighting effects. This year our Festival Yachad reaches 16 years and the Gala Performance theme is "Shir", which in Hebrew means "Music.” This breathtaking festival will take place at the Broward Center on June 10. Visit Bamachol.com

South Florida JAZZ presents The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus -- pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King -- have broken down the walls of jazz convention and created an uncompromising body of work. The Bad Plus will be at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center on June 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. The Bad Plus is both thrilling and provocative, which makes it one of the most acclaimed bands on the jazz scene. Visit southfloridajazz.org

Palm Beach County

*Mona Golabek in the Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Pianist of Willesden Lane is performer Mona Golabek's true family story, chronicling hope, survival and how through our darkest times, music has the power to help us survive. Visit Geffenplayhouse.com/index.php

*The Exorcist

The most chilling test of faith comes to life on stage at the Gil Cates Theater from July 3- 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

KeyHole

If you like action and adrenaline Keyhole is for you. Keyhole has it all: from gangsters to police to a great love between a husband and wife. Keyhole will be at Mos Art Theatre on May 31. Visit Mosarttheatre.com

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! Visit Palmbeachdramaworks.org/index.php

Miami-Dade

*Summer Shorts

Summer Shorts is one fast and furiously fun program of the nation's hottest "short" plays! Strung together in a whirlwind of bite-size nuggets, these mini-plays will one minute have you laughing hysterically and the next shocked beyond belief. Hang on for the ride of your life in this wonderful evening of theater from June 1-17 at the Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Visit Arshtcenter.org

*The Brand New Kid

This delightful kids' musical based on the children's book by television journalist Katie Couric is about being different and overcoming teasing through the power of acceptance and friendship. This killer musical will be at the Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House on June 9 -17. Visit Arshtcenter.org

The Lion King

Experience the phenomenon of Disney's The Lion King. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle at the Ziff Ballet Opera House through June 10. Times vary. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pride Lands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."  Visit Arshtcenter.org

Key West

Red Barn: Match

This Broadway hit stars like the hysterical Tom Luna as Tobi Powell, an eccentric and endearing dancer, choreographer and teacher. A married couple arrives at Powell's apartment to interview him about his life, but it is soon evident that their agenda is as multi-layered as Tobi's life story. Call 305-296-9911 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key West Pops: Kiss Me Kate

The annual musical-in-concert features Cole Porter's production starring Susan Powell and Richard White. This classic from the Golden Age of Broadway musicals is pure entertainment gold with hits songs and great dance sequences. The guest artist roster is to reflect the Pops' usual practice of bringing together out-of-town artists and Key West favorites. Starts at 7:30 p.m. and is at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. Call 305-296-6059 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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