Slow Burn Theatre Co., the resident regional company at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center, announced its 2022-23 season recently and Disney’s dance-heavy musical “Newsies” is one of the big Broadway musicals on the schedule.

The season kicks off with “Little Shop of Horrors,” Oct. 14 – 30, followed by “Footloose,” Dec. 16 – Jan. 1, 2023; “Honeymoon in Vegas – The Musical,” Feb. 3 – 19; Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” March 24 – April 9; and concluding with “Newsies,” June 9 – 25. 

Tickets will go on sale to current subscribers on April 3 and new subscribers on May 12. For more information, go to SlowBurnTheatre.org.

Rock Me, Amadeus! 

On March 24 – 25, the Florida Grand Opera studio artists will address the infamous rivalry between the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his contemporary, Antonio Salieri, popularized in the 1984 film “Amadeus.”  

Designed for the music lover who enjoys a side of fun facts along with their arias, the Songfest Series concert "Mozart vs. Salieri" features dueling excerpts from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Don Giovanni,” “The Magic Flute” and “Così fan tutti” and Salieri's “La grotto di Tronfonio,” “La scuola de' gelosi,” “Armida” and more. During the hour-long concert, Matt Cooksey will provide historical context about the very real clash of the composers. 

The concerts will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on March 24 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Miami and on March 25 at the Center for Spiritual Living in Fort Lauderdale. 

Tickets are $10 at FGO.org.

Theaters, Arts Venues Loosen Covid Policies

With the rapid decline of the omicron variant in South Florida, many local arts presenters and venues have reevaluated their COVID policies. 

Island City Stage in Wilton Manors recently announced that it was dropping its mask requirement for audiences, in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. The Arsht Center in Miami and the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale now only recommend masks, although they are still required for some touring Broadway productions and concerts by the South Florida Symphony at the Broward Center’s affiliate, the Parker.

As of press time, the Kravis Center’s stricter protocols remain in place, including mandatory masks and documentation of recent negative COVID tests or vaccination for all patrons over the age of 12.

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