“Confessions of a Nightingale,” a new play about the life of gay playwright Tennessee Williams opens this weekend and runs through Nov. 11 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. Christopher Dreeson stars in this fascinating interactive drama constructed by Charlotte Chandler and Ray Strickland from Williams’ own words, writings and interviews. Tickets are $30 at EmpireStage.com.
The Master Chorale of South Florida celebrates the centennial of American composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth with concerts tonight at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and Sunday at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. The 120 singers and soloists will perform selections from “Chichester Psalms,” “West Side Story,” “Candide” and Bernstein’s Mass. Tickets are $35 at MasterChoraleOfSouthFlorida.org.
The talented cast of Opera Fusion offer a special Halloween performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s two-act operetta “The Medium,” tonight at 8 p.m. at Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 S.W. 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 500 Spencer Dr. in West Palm Beach. This haunting tale of Madame Flora, a fake fortune teller who becomes unhinged when she actually meets up with the supernatural, is sure to be the highlight of your Halloween weekend. Tickets are $30 at OperaFusion.org.
The official “RuPaul’s Drag Race” world tour returns with an all new show for 2018. Head down to the Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St. in Miami, for “Werq the World,” hosted by celebrity judge Michelle Visage, with performances by Season 10 finalists Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka and Kameron Michaels, and fan favorites Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi and Violet Chachki. Tickets start at $49 at Voss Events.
“Drink your juice, Shelby.” The ladies of Truvy’s Beauty Salon are back in “Steel Magnolias,” opening tonight and running through Nov. 11 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter. When the threat of tragedy begins to wilt their delicate Louisiana charms, the women reveal they are stronger than despair in this classic witty and heartfelt drama. Tickets start at $60 at JupiterTheatre.org.
Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth will cohost “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway,” tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC. The televised concert will feature songs from the hit musical and showcase many special guest stars, including Ariana Grande, Pentatonix and the current Broadway company, to celebrate the show’s anniversary. Check local listings for channels and show times.
Rupert Everett is back on the big screen portraying controversial gay playwright Oscar Wilde in “The Happy Prince,” opening Oct. 26 in theaters. Set in a cheap Parisian hotel room where Wilde lies on his death bed and the past floods back, “The Happy Prince” offers dark portrait of the genius who lived and died for love during the last days of the Victorian era. Check local listings for theaters and show times.