From London’s West End, the worldwide smash-hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton, We Will Rock You, comes to Miami’s Arsht Center for a limited engagement. This award-winning and record-breaking show boasts a fantastic score of killer Queen tunes including Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and, of course, We Will Rock You. It's the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other. Playing through Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets start at $26 at ArshtCenter.org.
From Orson Welles and the thrilling Mercury Theatre broadcasts of the 1930’s to Guy Noir and the hilarity of A Prairie Home Companion, the radio play has been one of America’s signature art forms. Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St. in Delray Beach, presents It’s a Wonderful Life, one of the most beloved holiday stories of all time today at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The classic film script will be performed live, with performers utilizing specially designed sound effect devices, providing a nostalgic trip to the past with a modern twist. Tickets are $15-20 at ArtsGarage.org.
From Lily Langtree to Cyndi Lauper and Betty Boop to Tina Turner, or from Rosie the Riveter to Britney Spears, female entertainers and their music provide a vivid reflection of how much has changed for women since the beginning of the 20th century. Respect: A Musical Journey for Women, the latest production from the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, showcases these empowering tunes at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton through Jan. 5. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Wednesday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $38 at BRTG.org.
Don’t miss The Santaland Diaries, writer and comedian David Sedaris’ hilarious one-man send up of his brief, misguided career as a Macy’s department store elf. The show skewers our sentimental love of all things Christmas – the happy children, the spritely elves, the gifts, the good cheer. You’ll never feel the same way about our American Christmas traditions again! Jamie Morris (Mommie Queerest, Silence of the Clams) stars as Crumpet the Elf at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale, through Dec. 22. Tickets are $30 at EmpireStage.com.
New York City may have the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but South Florida kicks off the holiday season with the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Instead of giant balloons, boats of all shapes and sizes are decorated for a festive nighttime parade up the Intracoastal Waterway. This year’s theme is Passport to Paradise and features racecar driver Ryan Hunter Reay and 90210 actress Tory Spelling as grand marshals, along with Santa Claus, of course. The parade leaves the New River at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to WinterfestParade.com
Comedy and charity will take center stage tonight at 7 p.m. as Broward House, Broward County’s largest HIV/AIDS service organizations, presents Cheech & Chong in a special benefit performance at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. The iconic comedy duo of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred comedy routines, winning a 1973 Grammy award and starring in Up in Smoke, the 1978 box office smash film. Tickets are $49-104 at MyHRL.com or Ticketmaster.com. JW Arnold