It’s that time of year. Get out those calendars and save the dates because major performing arts presenters and organizations are announcing their upcoming seasons.
Undoubtedly, the hottest ticket in South Florida will be The Book of Mormon, the irreverent Tony Award-winning musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The show anchors the upcoming season at the Broward Center’s Broadway Across America series.
A mix of familiar favorites and new productions will roll into Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center: Chicago (Oct. 9-20); The Book of Mormon (Nov. 26-Dec. 22); The Wizard of Oz (Jan. 7-19); Memphis (Feb. 25-March 9); Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning musical, American Idiot (March 25-April 6); and the film adaptation, Ghost the Musical (April 29-May 11).
Broadway Across America’s Broadway in Miami series offers a mix of South Florida premieres in its 2013-14 season at the Arsht Center: Mamma Mia (Oct. 11-13), the perennial favorite featuring music by ABBA; We Will Rock You (Dec. 10-15), a Queen jukebox musical; holiday hit Elf (Dec. 31-Jan. 5); 2012 Tony winner Once (Feb. 4-9); 2011 Tony winner War Horse (March 4-9); Evita (May 27-June1); and Las Vegas attraction Blue Man Group (May 13-18).
John Richard, president of the Arsht Center, noted, “As we launch our eight consecutive season of our Broadway in Miami series, the Arsht Center is proud to announce we have reached an all-time record level of subscribers....”
In its sixth season, the Kravis on Broadway series at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center will present six shows: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Starring the Rockettes (Nov. 29 – Dec. 8); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Jan. 7-12); War Horse (Feb. 12-16); Sister Act (March 4-9); Evita (April 8-13); and Million Dollar Quartet (April 29 – May 4).
According to Lee Bell, Kravis’s senior director of programming, five of the productions will be making their debuts at the West Palm Beach center: “Only Evita is a returning audience favorite,” she said.
Two productions, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Evita most recently battled it out last year on Broadway for Best Revival of a Musical with Porgy and Bess taking the Tony award.
Dance fans will also have much to celebrate as Miami City Ballet announced the first season planned by new artistic director Lourdes Lopez. The season remains true to the legacy of George Balanchine — like founder Edward Villella, Lopez danced for Balanchine in New York — but also offers exciting new premieres.
Program I: First Ventures (Oct. 18-20 and 25-27, Nov. 15-17) – Ballo della Regina (Balanchine/Verdi), Serenade (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky) and the company premiere of Polyphonia (Wheeldon/Ligeti). Program II: See the Music (Jan. 10-12 and 24-26, Jan. 31-Feb. 2) – Concerto Barocco (Balanchine/Bach), Symphonic Dances (Ratmansky/Rachmaninoff) and the company premiere of Jardi Tancat (Duato/del Mar Bonet). Program III: Triple Threat (Feb. 14-16 and 21-23, Feb. 28-March 2) – Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky), West Side Story Suite (Robbins, Genarro/Bernstein, Sondheim) and the company premiere of Episodes (Balanchine/Webern). Program IV: Don Quixiote (April 11-13, 21-23 and 28-30).
“From (choreographers) Nacho Duato to George Balanchine, Lourdes’s debut season offers a mix of contemporary and classic works that reflect the spirit of Miami and the pulse of the dance world,” said Miami City Ballet’s Executive Director Dan Hagerty. “It’s an exciting season that offers so much to devoted ballet lovers and to new audiences alike.”
And, of course, the company presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition, at the Arsht Center, Dec. 19-24; Kravis Center, Dec. 27-29; and Broward Center, Jan. 3-5.
Florida Grand Opera, like Miami City Ballet, offers a mix of new works and operatic stalwarts: Mourning Becomes Electra (Nov. 7, 9, 15, 17, 19, 23), composed by Fort Lauderdale resident Marvin David Levy; Verdi’s Nabucco (Jan. 25, 26, 28, 29, 31 and Feb. 6 & 8); Puccini’s favorite, Tosca (Mar. 29 & 30, April 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 12); and Wagner’s classic love story, Tristan & Isolde (May 3, 4, 6, 10, 15, 17).
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