Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Performing Arts Season Promises Blockbusters, Local Favorites

Disney’s “Newsies,” based on the popular film about newspaper delivery boys during the Depression, is one of the new musical productions coming to South Florida during the 2014-15 season. Credit: Deen van Meer

Disney’s “Newsies,” based on the popular film about newspaper delivery boys during the Depression, is one of the new musical productions coming to South Florida during the 2014-15 season. Credit: Deen van Meer

The current performing arts season may be winding down, but excitement is already building as local companies and presenters announce their 2014-15 line-ups:

Miami City Ballet

Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez opens her second season of programming with Program I: “Romeo and Juliet.” The classic love story, a full-length ballet set to a colorful contemporary score by Prokofiev and choreography by John Cranko, played to sold out audiences just four years ago. (Arsht Center, Miami, Oct. 17 – 19; Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 24 – 26; Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, Nov. 21 – 23)

Three staples of the company’s repertory, Paul Taylor, Twila Tharp and George Balanchine, will be featured in Program II: “Hear the Dance.” The highlight will be Tharp’s popular “Nine Sinatra Songs,” danced in costumes by designer Oscar de la Renta. (Arsht Center, Miami, Jan. 9 – 11; Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, Jan. 23-25; Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale, Feb. 6 - 8)

Program III: “Passion and Grace” features two company premieres: Twila Tharp’s sophisticated “Sweet Fields,” and the U.S. debut of British choreographer Richard Alston’s sultry, flamenco-fueled “Carmen.” (Arsht Center, Miami, Feb. 13 – 15; Kravis

Center, West Palm Beach, Feb. 27 – March 1; Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale, March 20 – 22)

Program IV: “Points of Departure” also features premieres: the world premiere of a new work by Justin Peck (“Chutes & Ladders”) and the company premiere of Jerome Robbins’ “The Concert (Or, the Perils of Everybody), set to music by Chopin. The dance world will be watching, for sure. (Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, March 27 – 29; Arsht Center, Miami, April 10 – 12; Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale, April 17 – 19)

For tickets and more information, go to MiamiCityBallet.org.

Florida Grand Opera

Susan T. Danis, general director and CEO of the Florida Grand Opera, has an eclectic 74th season planned for South Florida audiences. The season opens with Puccini’s beloved classic, “Madame Butterfly,” a tale of tragic love set in Japan. (Arsht Center, Miami, Nov. 15, 16, 18, 21, 22; Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale, Dec. 4, 6)

The season continues with Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” (Arsht Center, Miami, Jan. 24, 25, 27, 30, 31; Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale, Feb. 12, 14) and Bizet’s French opera, “The Pearl Fishers.” (Arsht Center, Miami, Feb. 28, March 1, 3, 6, 7; Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale, March 12, 14) Contemporary composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s first full-length opera, “The Consul,” closes out the season. (Arsht Center, Miami, May 9, 10, 12, 15, 16)

For tickets and more information, go to FGO.org.

Broadway Across America/Kravis On Broadway

With three world-class performing arts centers located within 100 miles of each other, South Florida regularly attracts the hottest Broadway touring productions. Shows at Miami’s Arsht Center and Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center are booked by Broadway Across America, while the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach produces its own series, Kravis on Broadway. As usual, there is some overlap as shows make multiple stops while in the region, so if you can’t make one performance, chances are good tickets will be available at another venue.

Broadway Across America at Miami’s Arsht Center kicks off the season early with “I Love Lucy Live on Stage (Sept. 30 – Oct. 5) and a show that is certain to draw families, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Oct. 28 – Nov. 2). The centerpiece of the season is the return of the raucus hit from the creators of “South Park,” “The Book of Mormon” (Dec. 2 – 14), which gets an extended 12-day run. Disney’s “Newsies” (Feb. 3 - 8), based on the popular film, gets its South Florida premiere this year in Miami, which “Wicked” (March 11 – 29), still a box office smash after more than a decade, also gets an extended run. “Sister Act” (April 14 – 19), based on the Whoopi Goldberg film, puts the final notch in its belt, finally opening in Miami.

For tickets and more information, go to ArshtCenter.org.

The Broadway Across America season at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center, is with just a couple of exceptions, standard fare you’ve probably already seen. The season opens with “Annie” (Oct. 7 – 19) and continues with a “reimagined” production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” (Nov. 19 – 30) and yet another stop by that reliable cash cow “The Lion King” (Jan. 7 – Feb. 1). The highlights of the season are the Broadway smashes “Motown the Musical” (Feb. 24 – March 8) and Diane Paulus’ Tony-winning revival of “Pippin” (March 31 – April 12), a la cirque. The season concludes with another toe-tapper, “Anything Goes” (May 5 – 17).

For tickets and more information, go to BrowardCenter.org.

The Kravis Center opens its season with the Tony Award-winning costumes of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (Nov. 11 – 16) and continues with the smash hit “The Book of Mormon” (Dec. 16 – 21). “Flashdance the Musical” makes another stop in South Florida (Jan. 27 – Feb. 1) followed by the traditional song and dance show, “Anything Goes” (March 10 – 15). The season concludes with the rock ‘n roll/R&B hit “Memphis” (April 7 – 12) and last year’s Tony Award-winning revival, “Pippin” (April 28 – May 3).

For tickets and more information, go to Kravis.org.


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