(Mirror) South Florida boasts one of the most vibrant regional theater scenes in the country.
This winter and spring, audiences can enjoy classic American plays, edgy new dramas, hilarious comedies, hit musicals, LGBTQ-themed fare and much more—all without booking a ticket to Broadway. It would be impossible to list every worthy production, but here are a few of the shows we’re most excited about at the region’s best theater companies.
“GROUNDHOG DAY THE MUSICAL”
Jan. 31 – Feb. 16, Slow Burn Theatre at the Broward Center
Since its founding a decade ago, Slow Burn Theatre Co. has championed those shows that were great, but less than blockbusters at the box office. Inspired by the hilarious film starring Bill Murray, the Olivier Award-winning “Groundhog Day” features a book by original co-screenwriter Dan Rubin and music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Tim Minchin (“Matilda the Musical”). Tickets at BrowardCenter.org.
“BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS”
Feb. 23 – March 8, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Jupiter
Neil Simon’s comedy outlines the experiences 15-year-old Eugene Jerome as he navigates the challenges of adolescence. Set in 1937 Brooklyn, Simon’s award-winning play perfectly captures a classic coming-of-age story surrounded by identifiable family characters, as they all confront the pressures of the impending war. Tickets at JupiterTheatre.org.
“A CHORUS LINE”
March 12 – April 12, The Wick Theatre, Boca Raton
It’s been more than four decades since “A Chorus Line” debuted. The quintessential Broadway story, “A Chorus Line” takes audiences inside the true life tales of the Broadway dancers as they share the ordeal and joy of a live audition. Relationships, fear, love and loss are all explored through this moving story and songs by composer Marvin Hamlisch. Tickets at TheWick.org.
March 18 – April 12, Actors Playhouse, Coral Gables
The legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot leaps from the pages of T.H. White’s novel in Lerner and Loewe’s award-winning musical. Actors Playhouse revives the tuneful 1960 classic this season at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. Tickets at ActorsPlayhouse.org.
“A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC”
March 19 – April 12, Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center
Zoetic Stage and artistic director Stuart Meltzer have staked out a claim as the region’s foremost interpreters of the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. This time they tackle “A Little Night Music.” As relevant today as when it first appeared on stage, this musical explores class, fidelity and the human condition with humor, warmth and elegance. Someone “Send in the Clowns.” Tickets at ArshtCenter.org.
“SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER”
March 26 – April 26, Island City Stage at Wilton Theater Factory
For eight seasons, Island City Stage has been a champion of LGBT-themed works. This spring, they tackle gay playwright Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer.” Hypocrisy, greed, sexual repression, a secret journal, and cannibalism—they’re all packed into this pot boiler. Tickets at IslandCityStage.org.
“THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA”
April 3 – 26, Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach
In this shimmering musical featuring a score by Richard Rodgers’ grandson Adam Guettel, a trip to Italy leads to an unexpected romance for a beautiful, unique young woman. But, a protective mother must decide whether to permit her daughter to follow her heart. Winner of six Tony awards. Tickets at PalmBeachDramaworks.org.
May 15 – 31, MNM Theatre at the Kravis Center
In a Berlin nightclub in the late 1920s, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the cabaret. This Kander and Ebb musical explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Tickets at Kravis.org.
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