Slow Burn Theatre Co., the multiple Carbonell Award-winning regional company in residence at the Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center, announced its 2020-21 season, full of Broadway hits and regional premieres, this week.
“This current season is our first as an official member of the League of Regional Theaters with the Actors Equity Association, which has provided our actors with new opportunities and our audiences with the thrill of first-class casting,” said Slow Burn Theatre artistic director Patrick Fitzwater, who will direct and choreograph the productions, in a statement.
“So how do we top that? We decided to take the leap and make every show a blockbuster, with five that are the true definition of a big, splashy Broadway musical but which all have the heart and emotional pull that Slow Burn Theatre fans have come to expect and deserve.”
Head Over Heels,” the 2018 jukebox musical from 80s girl group The Go-Gos, opens the season, Oct. 16 – Nov. 1. While the show wasn’t a commercial success (many great shows aren’t), the “once upon a time” musical fairy tale made history on Broadway with the casting of a transgender performer and was a big hit with LGBT fans.
Just in time for the holidays, Dec. 18 – Jan. 3, Slow Burn will present the regional premiere of Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” a Broadway hit that has made the rounds of South Florida with a touring company. It’s a darker, more adult interpretation of the classic film starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke, and more faithful to P.L. Travers’ book. This is the fourth Disney musical Slow Burn has been granted rights for South Florida, including “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Tarzan” and “Freaky Friday.”
The 2014 Tony winner for best musical, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” also gets its regional premiere at the Broward Center, Jan. 29 – Feb. 14. This lovable nod to a bygone era of theater is filled with nonstop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in most creative ways.
The Full Monty,” March 19 – April 4, the raucous pop-rock musical from the powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), delivers a touching story, engaging melodies and arguably the most highly-anticipated closing number of any show.
The final production of the season, scheduled for June 11 – 17, “Summer Surprise” is not some sleeper show you have never heard of or missed on Broadway.
“It is a place holder for a Tony Award, Grammy Award, International hit that we can't announce until (after) February 10 due to a contractual stipulation,” explained Fitzwater in a Facebook post.
Fans have come to expect a “shoe-in” for a goodtime each summer and they won’t be disappointed in this Tony-Award winning Broadway blockbuster with lots of heart and “sole,” the press release promised. Past summer musicals have included “Rock of Ages,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” and the upcoming “Footloose the Musical.”
New subscriptions will be available beginning March 20 and single tickets go on sale June 5. For more information, go to BrowardCenter.org.