In the early days of television, composers created shows exclusively for broadcast, including Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas operetta, Amahl and the Night Visitors. Tonight, NBC does a little reverse engineering with The Sound of Music Live!, a staged version of the beloved musical and film, starring Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald and Christian Borle. This imaginative production follows Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway version and includes several songs omitted from the Julie Andrews film. Check local listings for show times and stations.
Vixen has accused Santa of sexual harassment and all of the reindeer give their personal accounts of what they think happened. Yes, this is the premise of Jeff Goode’s outrageous holiday play, The Eight Reindeer Monologues. Make no mistake, we’re not talking Rudolph and Heat Mizer here, this production, courtesy of Kutumba Theatre Project and Director Kim Ehly, is for adults only. Tonight and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Galleria Studio Theatre in the Galleria Mall, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $25 at BrownPaperTickets.com.
Head down to Huizenga Plaza on Fort Lauderdale’s downtown waterfront for the first annual Lauderdale Live music festival, Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8. Three days of music will include performances by Huey Lewis & The News, Lyle Lovett, Indigo Girls, Lee DeWyze, The Wild Feathers and more. Single day passes start at $59 take in the entire weekend for $89. You can even purchase a pass to the Yacht Discovery Experience and enjoy the music, exclusive food and wines on board luxury yachts. For more information and tickets, go to LauderdaleLiveMusic.com.
Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, 900 N. Birch Rd. in Fort Lauderdale, will be blooming this weekend during the 7th annual Orchid, Garden and Gourmet Food Festival, Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the unique collection of exotic orchids and plants sold by over 40 local vendors, the festival will feature gourmet food trucks, libations, orchid care lectures, cooking and gardening demonstrations, live music and a farmer’s market. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for non-members at BonnetHouse.org. Parking is free.
Filmmaker Mark Mori’s Bettie Page Reveals All, which opened this weekend, is an intimate look at the scandalous ‘50s pin-up model, one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols, all told in her own words for the first time. In Mori’s alluring documentary, the real Bettie Page emerges from the veil of myth and rumor via audio interviews taped a decade prior to her death in 2008. Ranked as one of the top 10 posthumous celebrity earners, Page’s legacy continues to flourish. Check local listings for theaters and show times.
Thank Heaven for Lerner and Lowe is the title of Plaza Theatre’s newest winter cabaret production tonight at 2 p.m. The hummable tunes composed by this iconic songwriting duo for Gigi, Camelot, My Fair Lady and Paint Your Wagon will be performed at the Manalapan theater by Clay Cartland and Melissa Jacobson. You’ll be singing along to these classic songs of the musical theater. The program will be repeated on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 at ThePlazaTheatre.org.