Miami City Ballet (MCB) concludes its 2021-22 season at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, May 21 – 22, with “The Source,” a newly commissioned work by Claudia Schreier, a cinematic journey of the human experience through dance and technology.
Schreier's second commissioned work for MCB features a diverse range of contemporary composers, including Riley Mulherkar, Frank Zappa, Alexina Louie and Julius Eastman.
The dynamic and eclectic program also features the return of George Balanchine's 1929 ballet “Prodigal Son,” completed just months before Sergei Diaghilev’s death and the final ballet created for the impresario's famed Ballet Russes; the lyrical “After The Rain” pas de deux; and Herman Schmerman’s “Duet.”
Tickets start at $30 at MiamiCityBallet.org.
FGO Updates Handel’s ‘Agrippina’
Agrippina, Roman empress turned Hollywood starlet turned scheming Regency-era mother makes her Florida Grand Opera (FGO) debut this weekend in Florida Grand Opera’s final mainstage offering of the 80th anniversary season.
Staged in 1930s Hollywood, the novel production recreates the hustle and bustle of a studio sound stage as the cast films a Regency-era version of the classic tale, “Agrippina.” Stage director Jeffrey Buchman found inspiration for the concept in the beautiful 1920s-era Miami Scottish Rite Temple where “Agrippina” will be performed.
George Frideric Handel’s opera is one of his earliest works, based on the true story of the Roman empress who successfully schemed to place Nero, her son by another marriage, on the Roman throne, and later was murdered by him. Despite the grim subject matter, the treatment is light-hearted as Agrippina reels from plot to foiled plot in her efforts to gain power.
The cast is led by soprano Christine Lyons in the title role, with Flora Hawk as Poppea, Kenneth Tarver as Nero, Neil Neilson as Claudius and Brennan Hall as Ottone.
Tickets start at $22 at FGO.org.
So You Think You’re Funny?
Island City Stage in Wilton Manors invites the community to listen, laugh and vote for South Florida’s funniest comedian during its “Stand-UP. STAND OUT!” comedy contest on May 23. The theatre company has lined up local comics to test their stand-up shtick in front of a live audience and secure a spot to open up for select performances of the company’s upcoming production of “The Mystery of Irma Vep.”
Competitors include Peter Bisuito, Brian Coronado, Michael Evans, Mai LG aka Mrs. Saigon and Seetharaman “Seetha” Radhakrishnan.
For tickets and more information, go to IslandCityStage.org.