The Biggest Show on Broadway
If you haven’t seen Disney’s The Lion King, either on Broadway or one of the Broadway Across America tours, here is your chance to see the legendary theatrical spectacle created by director Julie Taymor. Taymor’s imaginative use of costumes, puppets and lighting transform the hit cartoon with music by Elton John into a magical kingdom on the stage that has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than a decade. The production makes its first stop in Miami at the Arsht Center for an extended run through June 15. Tickets start at $36.50 at ArshtCenter.org.
Size Does Matter
For the first time, ArtServe presents, BIG, an extraordinary exhibit dedicated exclusively to large-scale works. You’ll need to step back to take it all in at this show, which is open at the Fort Lauderdale gallery through June 1. All the works were juried from submissions by local artists. Founded in 1989, ArtServe is one of six original arts incubators in the U.S., thanks to support from Broward County and the National Academy of the Arts. ArtServe is located at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information and exhibit hours, go to ArtServe.org.
The Big Screen in Miami Beach
Residents of Miami Beach have been enjoying the New World Center, the critically acclaimed performance space designed by Frank Gehry for the New World Symphony. Since opening just over a year ago, the versatile and imaginative facility has hosted concerts and recitals, but by far, the most popular feature is the SoundScape, the outdoor multimedia projection space on the east lawn of the building. The building’s stark white wall is the perfect surface for video and the state-of-the-art sound system is nearly as good as the real thing.
Three weeks remain in the free SoundScape Cinema Series, popular movies shown in the outdoor theater as part of the Miami Beach Arts in the Parks program. Catch George Lucas’ first hit, American Graffiti, tonight, May 16, followed by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Wednesday, May 23, and the quintessential sci-fi fantasy, E.T. on Wednesday, May 30. The SoundScape is located on the southwest corner of 17th St. and Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. For more information on Arts in the Parks, go to MBCulture.com or call 305-673-7577.