Stage Door: Highlighting the Arts - December 14, 2011

Oh, to be a Fly on that Wall….

What if some auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together on one night in 1956 for what would be a legendary rock ‘n roll jam session? That’s the premise of Million Dollar Quartet, the latest Broadway Across America production making a stop at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center, Dec. 27 – Jan. 1. All four singers were under the guidance of Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock and Roll,” and through high energy music and dance, the show supposes the conversations and camaraderie that resulted. Tickets start at $25 and are still available at ArshtCenter.org.

Meanwhile, Broadway Across America spreads the holiday festivities in Fort Lauderdale with Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Broward Center, Dec. 27 – Jan. 1. Pompano-based Cirque Dreams is the creation of Neil Goldberg and this holiday production transforms the stage into a wonderland with a living Christmas tree manned by more than 30 international performers. Don’t miss gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on suspended wires, spinning penguins, dancing puppets and soaring reindeer. Tickets are $29.25-69.26 at BrowardCenter.org.

Sounds of the Season

Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton celebrates Chanukah with a performance by Klezmer East, under the direction of Paul Green. FAU brings together the klezmer ensemble with the Boca Symphonia for a concert of Purim-inspired music. The concert will be held in University Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at FAUEvents.com. for more information, go to FAU.edu/music.

Second Presbyterian Church, “The Sanctuary,” presents Tapestry of Light: A Celtic Christmas Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Composed by Joseph Martin, the cantata combines familiar Celtic tunes with traditional Christmas texts, accompanied by a Celtic consort of flute, piano, violin, bass and percussion. The Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of J.W. Arnold, will sing and the service will also include congregational carols and the lighting of the Advent wreath. The church is located at 1400 N. Federal Hwy. in Fort Lauderdale.

It’s a Hit!

The critics are raving about the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With a cast of hundreds—literally—the show is packing the house in Jupiter for the tuneful story of the biblical hero who interpreted the dreams of Pharoah. This is your last chance to catch the show before it closes Dec. 18. Tickets start at $51 are still available at JupiterTheatre.org.


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