Spooktacular Weekend of Shows, Celebrations Ahead

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The Phantom of the Opera will make many appearances this weekend in concerts and shows across South Florida, including “The Phantom...Unmasked!” at Miramar Cultural Center. Credit: Submitted photo.

Creepy clowns may be on the run across the country, but creative ghosts and ghouls—most not so scary—will be haunting South Florida during the long Halloween holiday weekend:

On Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, WLRN Radio Theater presents “Dracula” in the Abdo New River Room of the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. The radio-play version of this timeless Bram Stoker novel, made famous by Orson Welles, will take audiences from Transylvania to London and back, utilizing authentic sound effects and a cast of talented voices.

Also on Friday, Voices of Pride, the gay men’s chorus of the Palm Beaches, hosts Halloween Drag Bingo hosted by Mrs. D., beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 100 N. Palmway in Lake Worth. Don your favorite costumes because there will be prizes, as well as entertainment, food and cash bar. Tickets are $25 at VoicesOfPride.org.

On Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m., the Phantom of the Opera will perform on the organ of Christ Lutheran Church, 1955 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The short program, especially suited for children and families, will feature Bach’s famous Toccata in D minor, Gounod’s “Funeral March of the Marionette” and selections from the Broadway musical, “Phantom of the Opera.” Baritone Rob Johnston will also perform. Information at ChristLutheranFL.com.

Enter into a shadowy realm of mystery as three of the world’s greatest “Phantoms,” all veterans of the Broadway show, join a chorus to share their own stories behind the mask in “The Phantoms...Unmasked!” on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar. The program will also include some of the most popular show tunes in Broadway history. Tickets start at $50 at MiramarCulturalCenter.org.

Fans of the 1925 Lon Chaney silent movie “The Phantom of the Opera” can watch the film accompanied by organist Timothy Brumfield, former organist of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral, 464 NE 16th St. in Miami. Brumfield will improvise the musical accompaniment on the church’s 1926 Skinner organ. Tickets are $15 at TrinityMiami.org. A family package is also available.

The spooky weekend culminates on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31 with Wicked Manors, the annual street party that attracts more than 15,000 costumed revelers. The event is produced by the Pride Center and is presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Hunters.

The theme for the celebration is, appropriately, “Political Nightmare,” and will feature talent on the main stage at the intersection of Wilton Drive and NE 6th Ave. from 7 until 11 p.m. Misty Eyez will be the MC and Hits 97.3 on-air personalities Miss Bryan and Kimmy B. from the DJ Laz morning show will also appear. Costume contest awards will be presented throughout the evening. For more information, go to WickedManors.org.


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