More than a few gay men of a certain generation grew up fantasizing about Bo and Luke Duke, the hot young Georgia boys whose escapades were broadcast every Friday night on “The Dukes of Hazzard.” After the series ended, actor Tom Wopat (Luke) headed to Broadway where his suave singing and dancing earned him critical accolades. Wopat comes to Palm Beach’s Colony Hotel for a repeat engagement this week at the swanky Royal Room. Enjoy a three-course dinner and show through Saturday, March 22. Reservations at TheColonyPalmBeach.com.
The Cleveland Orchestra closes out its 2014 residency at Miami’s Arsht Center with Gustav Holst’s classic, “The Planets.” This imaginative tone poem musically explores the mythological characteristics of the planets as high definition NASA images are projected above the orchestra. The program, led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero, also includes Jennifer Higdon’s dazzling Percussion Concerto, featuring Colin Currie, and Mozart’s Overture to “The Abduction from the Seraglio.” Thursday, March 20 and tonight at 8 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall. Tickets start at $88 at ArshtCenter.org.
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Gary Keating, presents “Totally Awesome,” a high energy tribute to the music of the 1980s. Turn back the clock with hits from Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club and Michael Jackson. Dress in your favorite 80s outfit and join in the fun before the concert on the red carpet at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 Las Olas Blvd. The program will also be presented on Friday, March 21. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 at TheFtLGMC.org.
Slow Burn Theatre has plenty of moxie, tackling the kinds of quirky shows that challenge actors and audiences. This weekend, they take on “Chess,” the ‘80s musical from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA. This story involves a romantic triangle between two top players, an American and a Russian, in a world championship, and a woman, all in the context of the Cold War. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. through April 5 at West Boca High School, 12811 W. Glades Rd. Tickets $40 at SlowBurnTheatre.org.
Mondays are dark in the region’s many theaters, but you can always catch a great show at The Cabaret South Beach, 233 12th St. in Miami Beach. Head down to the beach for happy hour beginning at 7 p.m. and enjoy the music of Doug Repetti and Leon Novembre on piano, along with the song stylings of your multi-talented servers and bartenders. Whether you prefer show tunes or acoustic and pop, you’re bound to hear just a little bit of everything at The Cabaret, courtesy proprietor Edison Farrow. For more information, go to TheCabaretSouthBeach.com.
The Broadway Across America season continues this week at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center with “American Idiot.” The musical, based on the band Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning album, tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to pursue their dreams or seek safety in suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post-9/11 world leads them on an amazing theatrical journey that earned two Tony Awards. Through April 6 in the Au Rene Theatre. Tickets start at $34.50 at BrowardCenter.org.