Brian's Theatre Datebook November 23, 2011

Broward County


This is the story of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi and his wife Marie. The play takes place mostly in November of 1965, when a young journalist from New York City, Michael McCormick, comes to live with the Lombardi family in order to write a story.  Takes place at Mosaic Theatre at the American Heritage Center for the Arts on Nov 10-Dec 4. Visit

Beauty and the Beast

The most beautiful love story ever told comes to life at the Broward Center on Nov 15-27. Based on the Academy Award winning animation feature film, this eye popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 25 million people worldwide. Visit

The Secret Garden

The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts will be showing The Secret Garden on Oct. 28-Nov. 27. This is a moving musical with a soaring based on the classic children’s book. For more information visit

Comedian Margaret Cho

On December 1, 2011, the fiercely blunt and provocative Margaret Cho will showcase her non-conformist brand of humor at the Broward Center’s Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Broward House is presenting the comedy Diva as part of their World AIDS Day commemoration. Tickets start at only $30 and are available at

Judy Gold

The Coral Springs Center for the Arts is proud to welcome back comedienne Judy Gold, for one night only, December 3rd at 8:00pm.

Judy Gold gets around. It’s pretty hard to miss Judy these days. She’s the saucy, gregarious host of HBO’s “At the Multiplex with Judy Gold” and is a regular fixture on Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and “Hollywood Squares.”

Guys and Dolls

In a dead heat with Gypsy for the title of best musical ever written, this classic is based on Damon Runyon’s short stories about Broadway gamblers, nightclub singers and Salvation Army babes funneled through a brilliant score by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows. Takes place Oct. 28-Dec 4 at Broward Stage Door Theatre. Visit

*A Christmas Carol

On Dec. 9 to 11 feel the Christmas spirit at the Broward Center for Performing Arts with the play A Christmas Carol. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Performance Project production depicts the antics of Scrooge as he rediscovers the joy of Christmas Day combined with music, dance and special effects accompanying the arrivals of ghosts. Visit

*Miracle on 34th Street

On Dec. 17 The Broward Center for Performing Arts will be playing Miracle on 34th Street. In a story faithful to the film, Kris Kringle, aka Santa Claus, goes on trial, Macy’s becomes the friendly store to shop, two lost souls find each other and a little girl discovers her childhood through her belief in miracles. Visit

*Cirque Dreams Holidaze

From Dec. 27 to Jan. 1 come to the Broward Center for Performing Arts for Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Created and directed by local resident Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Visit

*The Motherf**ker With The Hat

From Jan. 7-25 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


Palm Beach

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

This morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth telling, examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. This play is showing at The Palm Beach DramaWorks Clematis Theater Nov. 12 through Dec. 11. Visit

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

The Palm Beach Dramaworks will showing The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. A rarely revived cult play from 1970, Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama depicts a mentally unbalanced woman’s effect on her two teenage daughters, and one girl’s struggle to keep her dreams alive. Will star Laura Turnbull and her real-life daughter, Ariel Hoffman. Visit




Come to the Gable Stage at the Biltmore Hotel on Nov 5- Dec 4 and see this stunning two-man play, which won the 2010 Best Play Tony, examines the nature of art and creativity, illustrated by the ramblings of abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko as he works with a young apprentice. Rothko is working feverishly in his studio on the Bowery to complete the biggest commission in the history of modern art. Visit

Lobby Hero

From Nov. 10-27 come to the Alliance Theatre Lab at Main Street Playhouse and watch this critically acclaimed play that tells the story of Jeff, a luckless young security guard trying to get his life together after being thrown out of the navy. Visit

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Get ready for a holiday treat Dec. 7 through Jan. 1 at the Actors Playhouse. Move over Scrooge, it’s time for Jacob Marley to tell his story! Join Marley and his heroic behind-the-scenes effort to save old Scrooge’s soul - and in the process save his own, in this delightful gem of a show. Visit

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

*Shrek the Musical

Between Dec .6-11 come to the Adrienne Arsht Center and see the hilarious play Shrek the Musical. Based on the first of three animated films, the show had a respectable run on Broadway with its satiric fairy tale about the titular monster, a gorgeous princess and a smart-aleck donkey all learning that you shouldn’t judge a boogeyman by the chartreuse color of his skin.


Key West

August: Osage County

In Key West at the Waterfront Playhouse on Dec 20, it’s August in Oklahoma. A father is missing, a mother is in the grip of addiction, a marriage is unraveling and lies are being exposed. This raucous dark comedy transforms one family gathering into an evening filled with sex, secrets, and really inappropriate behavior. One of the most lauded plays of the decade, August: Osage County is a can’t-miss hilarious and stinging look at the American family. Visit

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

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