Brian's Theatre Datebook for January 11, 2012

Broward County

*Step Afrika - Smart Stage Matinee

On Jan. 11 come to the Miramar Cultural Center/Artspark and enjoy this outstanding dance group. Step Afrika celebrates stepping -- an original art form born at African-American fraternities and based on African traditions. As the first professional company dedicated to stepping, their intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms mixed with spoken word pound the floor and fill the air. Visit Browardcenter.org

*Schoolhouse Rock - Smart Stage Matinee

School House Rock Is back and better than ever at the Broward Center on Jan. 13. The action begins when a young school teacher, nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV. Suddenly the Schoolhouse Rock bunch appears in his home and helps him to instruct his students on a variety of subjects including math, science, history, politics and grammar. Visit BrowardCenter.org

*Capitol Steps in Desperate Housemembers

If you love satire this is just the musical for you. On Jan 12-15 come to the Broward Center for a look a capital hill in musical form. Former Senate staffers Capital Steps satirize the people and places that employed them during this insightful, irreverent and highly amusing performance. Visit BrowardCenter.org

The Motherf**ker With The Hat

From Jan. 7 to Jan. 25 come to the Gable Stage at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and see The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Was there ever any doubt that GableStage would be the first to stage last season’s Broadway drama about a former drug-dealing addict trying to kick his habit despite the “help” of friends and a troubled sponsor? Visit Gablestage.org

Soul Doctor, The Shlomo Carlebach Musical

The Soul Dr. is at the Parker Play House Jan. 11-29. The show is about the journey of a Rockstar-Rabbi. Larry King raved "The crowd roars with laughter and song all night long, the most exuberant new musical, destined to become a hit on Broadway for many years to come!" Browardcenter.org/souldoctor_parker

Jersey Boys

The Jersey Boys are back at the Broward Center on Jan. 11-29. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Visit BrowardCenter.org

The Four Tops & The Temptations

When it comes to Motown legends, it doesn't get any bigger or any better than multi-platinum selling artists The Four Tops & The Temptations! On Feb. 1 enjoy this awesome concert at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Hitting the stage with their high energy pop and funk from the 70's and 80's, these musical greats perform classic Motown hits from their repertoire. Visit BrowardCenter.org

Willie Nelson & Family

On Tuesday Feb. 7 come see American country music icon Willie Nelson at The Broward Center at 8 p.m. For over 30 years, this "outlaw" singer-songwriter has recorded more than 200 albums and achieved both cult status and mainstream acclaimed. In his career, he blazed a trail through the music business. Visit BrowardCenter.org

Palm Beach County

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

This Pulitzer Prize winning play depicts a mentally unbalanced woman's far reaching effects on the lives of her two daughters, and a young girl's struggle to keep her focus and dreams alive. Showings will start Jan. 6-29. Visit Palmbeachdramaworks.org/season.php

Hair

Hair comes to the Kravis Center on Jan. 10-15. This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. Visit Kravis.org

The Two and Only

Jan. 13-15. This 2007 Tony Award Winner for Best Theatrical Event stars Jay Johnson (best known for the TV show Soap), and a wild cast of puppet characters in one of today's funniest and most original theatrical experiences. It’s an adult look at life, growing up, having a dream and everything in between. Visit Oldschool.org/performances.asp

Miami-Dade

*NE 2nd Avenue

From Jan. 19 to 21 at the Arsht Center of Miami! The emotional, often humorous one-man play depicts the lives of a Puerto Rican small time drug dealer, a deprived African-American young lady, a Haitian jitney driver, a Cuban-Jewish grandfather, Rasta Man, African American adolescent trying to find his footing in life, a Cuban rafter and a gay man, who each take the audience on a journey through the streets of Miami. Visit ArshtCenter.org

*An Evening in Vienna

On Jan. 21 come to the Arsht Center in Miami for MISO’s much anticipated Concert Series returns with a splendid selection of the lively and, at the same time, nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries. Be part of a tradition born in the Musikverein in Vienna, which has expanded throughout the world and available in Miami thanks to MISO. Visit ArshtCenter.org

Alexander, Who’s Not Going to Move!

In this hilarious sequel to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Alexander has bad news- his dad has taken a job in a new city a thousand miles away, which means that he & his family are going to have to move away from all his friends and the things he loves. Come to the Actors PlayHouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Visit Actorsplayhouse.org

Wally Cardona: Tool Is Loot

On Jan. 21 come to the Colony Theatre watch this play where each choreographer solicited weeklong encounters with non-dance experts, treating their artistic positions to the constant reassessment, opinions and desires of an "outsider", creating a new work with each expert. 8:30 p.m. Visit Tigertail.org

Florida Grand Opera Presents Rigoletto

Verdi’s Rigoletto, one of the world’s best loved operas will be at the Adrienne Arsth Center on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.This is the story of a court jester who enables the Duke’s philandering and mocks the husbands and fathers of the victims. When he finds his own daughter to be the Duke’s newest victim, he tries to repay evil with evil, a plan that goes awry. Visit Arshtcenter.org

Pilobolus

On Friday March 2 at 8 p.m. come to The Adrienne Arsht Center for Pilobolus. Celebrating 40 years of defying gravity, this incomparable dance company has delighted, dazzled and amazed audiences across the planet with their superhuman flexibility and fascinating forms that challenge the limits of the human body. Visit Arshtcenter.org

Key West

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

In a quiet cafe a cell phone rings. And rings. The stranger at the next table has had enough. She confronts the owner of the cell phone, but, well...he's dead. She begins to answer his calls and suddenly finds herself enmeshed in his life and family. Unfortunately, the dead guy has quite a number of shady loose ends. This plays opening night is Feb. 2 at The Waterfront Playhouse at 8pm. Visit Waterfrontplayhouse.org


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