Slow Burn Theatre Co., Broward Center
The Slow Burn Theatre Co. makes its highly anticipated debut at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater with “Big Fish,” Andrew Lippa and John August’s Broadway adaptation of the celebrated novel and acclaimed film. See the magic this inventive, scrappy company consistently brings to quirky, underrated musicals that are often ahead of their time. Tickets $45 at BrowardCenter.org.
Roland Emmerich’s historical film based on the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village hits screens across the country on Sept. 25. Weeks before the premiere, the film has struck a nerve with drag and transgender communities who saw the trailer and fear the screenplay by Jon Robin Baitz downplays the roles of minorities and drag queens at the historic event. Check local listings for theaters and show times.
MiFo LGBT Film Festival
The Classic Gateway, Fort Lauderdale
The rebranded Miami/Fort Lauderdale (MiFo) Gay and Lesbian Film Festival returns to The Classic Gateway Theater, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale,
Oct. 9 – 18. The festival, under the direction of new director Victor M. Gimenez, will feature up to 60 LGBT-themed features, documentaries and shorts, as well as panels, discussions and parties. For a full schedule and tickets, go to FLGLFF.com.
Miami City Ballet, Arsht, Broward and Kravis Centers
Miami City Ballet opens its 30th anniversary season with the return of “Viscera,” the company’s 2012 commission from promising British choreographer Liam Scarlett. The ballet, set to music by Lowell Liebermann, is a fascinating study in motion and form. Oct. 23 – 25, Arsht Center, Miami; Nov. 7 -8, Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale; and Nov. 13 – 15, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach. Tickets at MiamiCityBallet.org.
American Airlines Arena, Miami
It’s been more than a decade since smoking hot Latin superstar Ricky Martin thrilled the world with “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” but he’s still thrilling fans. Martin brings his One World Tour 2015 to Miami’s American Airlines Arena, Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. Here’s your chance to see the sexiest set of hips since Elvis Presley had all the girls swooning—and Martin likes boys! Tickets are $36 – 126 at Ticketmaster.com.
The Fillmore Miami Beach
No, this isn’t the first time comedian Margaret Cho has made the rounds of South Florida with her sharp-tongued act, but she always has plenty to say about her friends in the LGBT community. She’ll have you in stitches when she makes her stop at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Auditorium, Friday, Oct. 30.
The Wick Theatre, Boca Raton
Nearly every card-carrying homo knows Barbra Streisand’s iconic portrayal of Dolly Levi in the 1969 film adaptation of “Hello, Dolly!” Broadway veteran Lee Roy Reams returns to The Wick, 7901 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton, with a gender-bending take on the character, Nov. 5 – Dec. 6. And Reams and Artistic Director Marilynn Wick have the blessing of composer Jerry Herman. Tickets $65-75 at TheWick.org.
Island City Stage, Wilton Manors
LGBT-centric theater company Island City Stage opens its season in its new home at the Abyss Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors, with the regional premiere of Topher Payne’s “Angry Fags,” Nov. 12 – Dec. 13. The play is “an uncompromising Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fantasia” about how good ideas go bad with forays into politics, bomb building and pistachios. Tickets at IslandCityStage.org.
Arsht Center, Miami
Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s outrageous Tony Award-winning musical about a troupe of drag queens who save a failing British shoe factory makes its first stop at the Arsht Center in Miami, Dec. 8 – 13. This tuneful show has plenty of attitude and heart. Fort Lauderdale fans will get their chance to catch the show later in the season at the Broward Center, March 1 – 13. Tickets at ArshtCenter.org.
Symphony No. 9, “Choral”
South Florida Symphony/Master Chorale of South Florida
Yes, this is technically a winter performance, but reserve your tickets now as two regional musical powerhouses team up to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony, featuring the iconic “Ode to Joy.” Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., Key West; Saturday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., Fort Lauderdale; and Sunday, Jan. 24, 4:00 p.m., Boca Raton. For tickets and more information, go to SouthFloridaSymphony.org.