The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale has been nominated for the “Theatre of the Decade Award” by Pollstar, a live entertainment industry data and content company similar to Nielsen.
The 32nd Annual Pollstar Awards will recognize artists, venues, and individuals who rose to the occasion during the pandemic shutdown through streaming of live events, alternative delivery of live performances, philanthropy and innovation.
Because venues were particularly hit hard, the “Theatre of the Decade Award” celebrates the theater that showcased superior talent booking, effective promotion, quality production values and staff, an exemplary experience for fans and artists and consistent box office success over the last decade.
The only venue in Florida to be nominated, the Broward Center is pitted against the hefty competition: Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Chicago Theatre, Durham Performing Arts Center, and the Auditorio Nacional and Auditorio Telmex in Mexico.
Voting is open to the general public now through May 14 at SurveyMonkey.com/r/WY658FB.
Epiphany Theatre Answers Your Prayers
The latest local theater company to reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic is Ed Sparan’s Epiphany Theatre at Elliot Hall on the Fort Lauderdale United Church of Christ campus, 2501 NE 30th St.
“Nunsense A-men!” is a hilarious spoof of the long-running Off-Broadway comedy about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia Child of God. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, mistress of the novices Sister Hubert and Mother Superior – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.
Here’s the tasty twist: “Nunsense A-men!” is performed by a cast of men and dishes up a plate of irreverent comedy to accompany the bread and wine at any Mass. Sparan directs with musical direction by Ryan Crout and choreography by Michael Gillespie.
The production runs May 6 – 27. Tickets are $20 at NunsenseAmen.Eventbrite.com.
Last Weekend for OUTshine Miami
It’s not too late to enjoy many of the outstanding LGBT-themed features, documentaries and shorts being featured by the OUTshine LGBT Film Festival Miami edition, running through May 2. The festival is once again virtual, with just a few live socially distanced screenings, and the films are available for viewing from the comfort of your own home throughout the state of Florida.
Tickets for most individual films are $12 each with discounted packages available. For tickets and more information, go to OUTshineFilm.com.