Slow Burn Theatre Co. opens its season tonight at the Broward Center with Disney’s “Freaky Friday the Musical.” Based on the popular Disney movies, this story of a mom and her teenaged daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours gets a driving rock and pop musical treatment by Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Tickets start at $47 at BrowardCenter.org.
The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton, opens its 2018-19 season with the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, “The Pirates of Penzance.” Featuring bumbling constables, swashbuckling pirates and beautiful maidens, this comic operetta gets a fun update at the Wick. Clay Cartland, Krista Buccellato, Sean McDermott and Michael Walters star in this new production. Tickets start at $75 at TheWick.com.
“Swing” into the 2018-19 Season
Miami City Ballet opens its season at the Arsht Center in Miami with Paul Taylor’s “Company B,” featuring the catchy harmonies of the famed ‘40s trio, The Andrews Sisters, with their biggest hit, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” The program also includes the mesmerizing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with choreography by George Balanchine. Also at the Broward Center, Oct. 27-28, and Kravis Center, Nov. 16-18. Tickets at MiamiCityBallet.org.
Meet Lauren Baer at Rooster’s
Lauren Baer, a lesbian who is running to unseat Brian Mast in Florida’s 18th congressional district, will be at Rooster’s in West Palm Beach on October 20 for a meet and greet. The event will take place 6:30 to 8:30 and is being hosted by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council and Indivisible. If Baer wins her race she would be the first openly LGBT member elected to Congress
Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s Grammy-nominated professional choral ensemble, opens its season this weekend with “Spanish Pilgrimage,” featuring the American Brass Quintet in masterworks by Victoria, Morales and Guerrero. Performances Thursday in Boca Raton, Friday in Coral Gables, tonight in Fort Lauderdale and Sunday afternoon in Cutler Bay. Tickets and more information at SeraphicFire.org.
It’s a big weekend for season premieres. Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD), 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach, opens Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” a drama about a particularly nasty episode in LGBT history set in the late 1920s, when the cast of a play featuring a lesbian kiss were charged with indecency. Vogel’s writing is captivating and PBD productions never disappoint. Tickets at PalmBeachDramaworks.org.
The plays and musicals that make it to the stage are often the culmination of a very long process—sometimes taking years! Along the way, playwrights and directors conduct workshops and staged readings. Experience a “work in progress,” Tony Finstrom’s “The Diamond Girl,” starring Jan McArt, at the Lynn University New Play Reading Series tonight at 7 p.m. in Boca Raton. Tickets are $10 at Lynn.edu/events/.
Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” is back with a new animated show, “Disenchantment,” this time on Netflix. A fantasy counterpart to the sci-fi “Futurama,” following a trio of misfits on their adventures throughout a magical realm, “Disenchantment” promises lots of laughs for queer sci-fi and fantasy fans. There are definitely some cosplay opportunities! Watch at Netflix.com.