The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble and Island City Stage are teaming up for “Tales from Broadway,” a special one-night-only concert at the Broward Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Sirius/XM host Seth Rudetsky, the ultimate Broadway insider, will be the host for an evening of show tunes and showbiz stories. 

Performers from Island City Stage will perform selections from some of Broadway’s greatest hits, including “Chicago,” “West Side Story,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats” and “Wicked,” all accompanied by the instrumentalists of South Florida’s critically acclaimed LGBT band. 

Tickets are $35 at BrowardCenter.org. The concert will be streamed live at SouthFloridaPride.streamally.live and a $25 donation is requested. More info at PrideWindEnsemble.org.

Chorus Celebrates 35 Years

Tickets are still available for “Why We Sing,” the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (FTLGMC) 35th-anniversary concert and retrospective exhibit, Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at United Church of Christ, 2501 N.E. 30th St. in Fort Lauderdale. The program will showcase favorite songs from the vocal group’s past and present repertoire, along with a historical display of banners, art, posters and other ephemera, costumes and photographs. 

FTLGMC was founded during the height of the AIDS epidemic in South Florida to sing at the funerals of gay men who succumbed to the disease and had no family or friends to honor them. The chorus continues to represent the LGBT community at public events and performs 3-4 concerts each year.

Dr. Gary Keating will conduct the eclectic program, including “Walk Hand in Hand,” "Somewhere Only We Know," “Where the Boys Are” and "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel. Former members will be invited to the stage for a special surprise finale. 

Tickets are $35 at FortLauderdaleGayMensChorus.org.

Thinking Cap Theater Makes a Move

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicole Stodard’s critically acclaimed Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT) is reopening in residence at MAD Arts in Dania Beach. Formerly the Gallery of Amazing Things, MAD Arts, a 56,000 square foot, state-of-the-art venue, is an incubator, studio and gallery space. 

TCT’s first production at MAD Arts will be “Fefu and Her Friends” by Maria Irene Fornés. An eight-time Obie Award winner, Fornés (1930-2018) was a prolific author of nearly three dozen plays, a pioneer of the 1960’s Off-Off-Broadway movement and an originator of site-specific and immersive theater. 

The production opens June 4 and runs through June 19. Tickets are $40 – 50 at ThinkingCapTheatre.org.