Wednesday, March 13
Here’s another chance to see The Brothers Beckett by prolific local playwright David Michael Sirois. The play is a hilarious and irreverent riff on friendship, family and a couple of boys who just don’t want to grow up. The production, described as part Friends and part The Odd Couple, features Sirois and Gabe Hammond as the brothers, Brad and Kevin, as well as Ashley Price as Kevin’s girlfriend, Tuesday. Catch the show Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through March 24 at the Carnival Studio Theater in Miami’s Arsht Center. Tickets are $35 at ArshtCenter.org.
Thursday, March 14
Flamenco Festival Miami 2013 kicks off tonight in the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center. The four-day festival returns for a sixth season of world-class flamenco dance and music and will be headlined by Spain’s immensely popular Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia. Direct from the land where flamenco was created, this marks the first appearance by the company in Miami. The 18-dancer company, under the direction of Ruben Olmo, is sure to dazzle with a contemporary full-length work, Metáfora. For performance schedule and tickets ($25-90), go to ArshtCenter.org.
Friday, March 15
The Cleveland Orchestra closes out its winter residency at Miami’s Arsht Center this weekend with the music of Ludwig von Beethoven. Principal Guest Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero will lead the orchestra, joined by the Master Chorales of South Florida and Tampa Bay, in one of the most iconic symphonic works, Symphony No. 9 “Choral.” These musicians will thrill all with the uplifting closing movement, Ode to Joy. Also on the program are Lieberson’s Neruda Songs. The program will be repeated at 8 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall on Thursday, March 14 and Saturday, March 16. Tickets are $52-172 at ArshtCenter.org.
Saturday, March 16
Gilda’s Club, the cancer charity named for former Saturday Night Live comedian Gilda Radner who lost her fight with ovarian cancer in 1989, is hosting its 18th annual comedy night fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84 in David. “Live from South Florida….It’s Saturday Night” will feature two headliners, Brian Bradley and Tom Ryan, in a night of hilarious comedy cabaret. You may have seen them on Comedy Central or at a club, but you won’t forget this performance. The evening begins with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and the comedy show. Tickets are $125 at GildasClubSouthFlorida.org.
Sunday, March 17
Joseph Adler’s GableStage presents the Southeastern premiere of Amy Herzog’s touching play, 4000 Miles. After losing his best friend while on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo (Michael Focas) seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother (Harriet Oser) in her West Village apartment in a portrait of an old-style “lefty” and her relationship with her new-style “lefty” grandson. Catch the production Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. through April 14 at the theater, located in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables. Tickets are $37.50-$50 at GableStage.com.
Monday, March 18
Mondays aren’t always dark at Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton. Tonight, Jan McArt’s New Play Readings Series debuts Champagne and Bosom Buddies: A Musical Salute to Jerry Herman at 7:30 p.m. The third in a series of staged readings, this production was conceived by Jay Stuart and features some of Herman’s most beloved songs. Of course, the production features McArt, the first lady of the Florida stage, as well as Stuart, Deborah Silver and Bryan C. Wilson. Musical direction is by Paul Reekie with choreography by Shari Upbin. Wayne Rudisill directs. Tickets are $10 at Lynn.edu/tickets.
Tuesday, March 19
A triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, FELA! is the true story of Fela Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies) with incendiary lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and much of Africa. Produced by Jay-Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith with choreography by Bill T. Jones, this is a Broadway Across America presentation like no other. Playing through Sunday, March 24 at Miami’s Arsht Center. Tickets are $26-56 at ArshtCenter.org.