A Christmas Tradition
For many, catching of performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, is a cherished holiday tradition. South Florida audiences will have many opportunities to enjoy this fantastic tale of mice and toy soldiers, sugar plum fairies and, of course, the nutcracker prince.
Vladimir Issaev’s Arts Ballet Theater dances this timeless classic at Aventuras new Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Dec. 9 -11, and in Fort Lauderdale at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Dec. 17 and 18. In the 1980s, Issaev was the youngest ballet master in the then-Soviet Union, before relocating to Venezuela and later South Florida, and his ballets have been performed around the world. Tickets are $15-35 at ArtsBalletTheatre.org.
In South Miami Dade, the Artistic Ballet Theater dances the inaugural performance of the ballet at the sparkling new Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. Tickets are $20-40 at SMDCAC.org.
Miami City Ballet presents the legendary choreography of George Balanchine in Miami at the Arsht Center, Dec. 15-18, and Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Center, Dec. 21-24. With a cast of more than 100 professional dancers and students of the company’s ballet school, this is the largest production in South Florida. Tickets are $20-68 at MiamiCityBallet.org.
In West Palm Beach, the Moscow Classical Ballet presents a Russian interpretation at the Kravis Center, Dec. 21-24, for four performances only on its North American tour. Tickets start at $25 and are available at Kravis.com.
Sounds of the Season
Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s professional chamber choral ensemble, presents its holiday concert, “O Holy Night,” Dec. 7 – 20 at locations across the region. Under the direction of Patrick Dupre Quigley, the internationally-acclaimed ensemble sings holiday favorites including the title work, along with lush choral arrangements of “The First Nowell,” “Silent Night,” and Tomas Luis de Victoria’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” For performance dates, venues and tickets, go to SeraphicFire.org.
Holidays Gone Bad
Zoetic Theatre continues its first full season at the Carnival Studio Theatre at Miami’s Arsht Center with David Sedaris’ comic play, “The Santaland Diaries,” a side-splitting tale of the author’s stint portraying “Crumpet, an elf in Macy’s Santaland display. Starring Michael McKeever, this cult classic celebrates the insanity of the Christmas shopping season and ineffable “cheer” of the holiday season. Tickets are $35 at ArshtCenter.org.
A Christmas Carol
Feel the Christmas spirit at the Broward Center for Performing Arts with the play A Christmas Carol from Dec. 9-11. The show depicts the antics of Scrooge as he rediscovers the joy of Christmas Day combined with music, dance and special effects accompanying the arrivals of ghosts. Visit Browardcenter.org
*Singing the Great American Songbook
Come see this one night only play at the Broward Center for Performing Arts on Dec 14. Greg Diaz, Rick Harris, Lisanne Lyons and Wendy Pedersen comprise this Miami-based group, which performs an eclectic assortment of songs from the Great American Songbook in a surprising variety of styles that incorporate classic jazz, mambo, soul, a cappella and madcap swing. Browardcenter.org
Miracle on 34th Street
On Dec. 17 The Broward Center for Performing Arts will be playing Miracle on 34th Street. In a story faithful to the film, Kris Kringle, aka Santa Claus, goes on trial. Macy’s becomes the friendly store to shop while two lost souls find each other and a little girl discovers her childhood through her belief in miracles. Visit Browardcenter.org
*The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
Come to the Nova Southeastern University on Dec. 17 to see this play based on the book by L. Frank Baum, who also wrote The Wizard of Oz, this musical has with jokes, puppets and enchanting songs sing along with as it follows the early life of Santa Claus from his abandonment in a forest to his adoption by wood-nymphs to making and delivering the very first toys. Visit Miniacipac.org
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
From Dec. 27-Jan. 1 come to the Broward Center for Performing Arts for Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Created by local resident Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Visit Browardcenter.org
*The Motherf**ker With The Hat
From Jan. 7-25 come to the Gable Stage at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and see The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Was there ever any doubt that GableStage would be the first to stage last season’s Broadway drama about a former drug-dealing addict trying to kick his habit despite the “help” of friends and a troubled sponsor? Visit Gablestage.org
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
This morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth telling, examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. This play is showing at The Palm Beach DramaWorks Clematis Theater Nov. 12 through Dec. 18. Visit PalmBeachDramaWorks.org
*The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
The Palm Beach Dramaworks will showing The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. A rarely-revived cult play from 1970, Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama depicts a mentally unbalanced woman’s effect on her two teenage daughters, and one girl’s struggle to keep her dreams alive. Will star Laura Turnbull and her real-life daughter, Ariel Hoffman. Visit Palmbeachdramaworks.org
*Happy Birthday Elvis Tribute Show
On Jan. 7 come to the Crest Theatre and enjoy a memorable night of fun and entertainment! Special appearance by R.J. Franzese with the sounds of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and more. Be thrilled as Scott, R.J. and the band perform the greatest songs of all time! Visit Oldschool.org/performances.asp
*The Two and Only
January 13-14-15. This 2007 Tony Award Winner for Best Theatrical Event stars Jay Johnson (best known for the TV show Soap), and a wild cast of puppet characters in one of today's funniest and most original theatrical experiences. It’s an adult look at life, growing up, having a dream and everything in between. “A SURPRISING AND EXTREMELY FUNNY SHOW!” Visit Oldschool.org/performances.asp
*The Santaland Diaries
From Dec. 8-23 come to the Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts for Santaland Diaries. A blisteringly funny evocation of Christmas Hell. One man’s hysterical and often insightful look at the humilities, frustrations and joys of working as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. This holiday classic is satirist David Sedaris at his biting best. Visitzoeticstage.com
*Million Dollar Quartet
If your into Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash come to the Adrienne Arsht Center on Dec. 27-Jan 1. A fictionalized account of an actual jam session in 1956 at Sun Records studio with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash performing their greatest hits (to date at that date). Visit arshtcenter.org
*Macbeth and the Monster
Come to the Mad Cat Theatre in Miami on Dec. 28-Jan 9 for a family-friendly modern re-imagining of the Shakesperean tale intended to be entertaining for all ages. Written by Los Angeles playwright Angela Berliner and directed by Paul Tei. Visit madcattheatre.org
Get ready for a holiday treat Dec. 7 through Jan. 1 at the Actors Playhouse. Move over Scrooge, it’s time for Jacob Marley to tell his story! Join Marley and his heroic behind-the-scenes effort to save old Scrooge’s soul - and in the process save his own, in this delightful gem of a show. Visit Actorsplayhouse.org
Shrek the Musical
From Dec. 6-11 come to the Adrienne Arsht Center and see the hilarious play Shrek the Musical. Based on the first of three animated films, the show had a respectable run on Broadway with its satiric fairy tale about the titular monster, a gorgeous princess and a smart-aleck donkey all learning that you shouldn’t judge a boogeyman by the chartreuse color of his skin. ArshtCenter.org
Wally Cardona: Tool Is Loot
On Jan. 21 come to the Colony Theatre watch this play where each choreographer solicited weeklong encounters with non-dance experts, treating their artistic positions to the constant reassessment, opinions and desires of an "outsider", creating a new work with each expert. 8:30 p.m. Visit Tigertail.org
*Miami Gay Men's Chorus' Tales from Toyland
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus Presents Tales from Toyland! A musical journey complete with a cast of characters sure you leave you joy-filled. The show is guaranteed to fill you with holiday spirit. Performances will be held on Friday, Dec.16 & Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Colony Theater 1040 Lincoln Rd. Miamigaychorus.org
August: Osage County
In Key West at the Waterfront Playhouse on Dec. 20, it’s August in Oklahoma. A father is missing, a mother is in the grip of addiction, a marriage is unraveling and lies are being exposed. This raucous dark comedy transforms one family gathering into an evening filled with sex, secrets, and really inappropriate behavior. This is a hilarious and stinging look at the American family. Visit WaterfrontPlayhouse.org
Dead Man’s Cell Phone
In a quiet cafe a cell phone rings. And rings. The stranger at the next table has had enough. She confronts the owner of the cell phone, but, well...he's dead. She begins to answer his calls and suddenly finds herself enmeshed in his life and family. Unfortunately, the dead guy has quite a number of shady loose ends. This plays opening night is Feb. 2 at The Waterfront Playhouse at 8pm. Visit Waterfrontplayhouse.org