The Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale reopened in September with a new name, following a $30 million renovation and expansion of the historic landmark.
“The Parker,” taken from the affectionate shorthand patrons have long-used, is now offering new guest experiences and a line-up of top artists that build on its more than half-century tradition as a stage for great entertainment.
“When the Broward Center began managing the Parker in 2005, it was immediately clear that the performers and audiences loved the hall but that it was in need of upgrades after so many years,” said Broward Center President and CEO Kelley Shanley.
“As a reflection of the important role the Parker has had in the cultural development of Fort Lauderdale, the [city] provided the initial funding to jumpstart the campaign for the Parker. Thanks to the … early support and that of many generous donors, we are now ready for Parker’s revival as a vibrant, contemporary home for outstanding cultural and educational programming that honors its history as it forges its own place in the cultural landscape of South Florida for generations to come,” he explained.
From the iconic exterior now incorporated into a soaring new entry and lobby to the continental seating and wide rows inside Lillian S. Wells Hall, the Parker pays homage to the venue’s convenience, while enhanced lounges offer new opportunities for audiences to enjoy culture, cocktails and conversation throughout the theater. Audiences will be able to create the perfect night in the town without ever leaving the Parker as they enjoy a season of extraordinary entertainment.
Among the headliners coming to the Parker this season are musicians Lindsey Buckingham, Chris Botti, Keb’ Mo’, The Manhattan Transfer, Bruce Hornsby, a double bill of Los Lobos and Taj Mahal, and a triple bill of Janis Ian with Tom Chapin and Livingston Taylor; comedians Bianca Del Rio, Paula Poundstone, Lewis Black and Patton Oswalt; tributes to Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Journey and Led Zeppelin; Broadway stars Alan Cumming and Todrick Hall; and Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Concert Series featuring Stephanie J. Block, Santino Fontana and Laura Benanti.
For a full schedule of performances and tickets, go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.