With three world-class performing arts centers within a 70-mile stretch, South Florida audiences always get to enjoy the best in Broadway touring productions and the Fall season is no exception. Kick off the performing arts season with the 20th anniversary tour of Rent, the magic of The Illusionists and timeless musicals.



Broadway in Fort Lauderdale

Oct. 7 – 9

Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale

This 1996 original rock musical from a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent, based on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences with the story of young artists who struggle to follow their dreams without selling out. BrowardCenter.org


The Illusionists

Broadway in Miami

Oct. 11 – 16

Arsht Center, Miami

This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on the planet. Straight from Broadway, The Illusionists is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic tricks, leading critics to dub the company “Magic’s Cirque du Soleil.” ArshtCenter.org


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Kravis on Broadway

Nov. 15 – 20

Kravis Center, West Palm Beach

Fifteen-year-old Christopher is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, leading to an earth-shattering discovery. Kravis.org


Dirty Dancing

Broadway in Miami

Nov. 29 – Dec. 4

Arsht Center, Miami

Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” this stage adaptation of the hit 1987 film has been thrilling audiences across the country. The show makes another stop in South Florida at the Arsht and then returns to West Palm Beach in January. ArshtCenter.org


An American in Paris

Kravis on Broadway

Dec. 6 – 11

Kravis Center, West Palm Beach

Acclaimed director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season. This production moves to Miami’s Arsht Center, Dec. 27 – Jan 1. Kravis.org



Broadway in Fort Lauderdale

Dec. 13 – 25

Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale

You already know the story. Catch this production just to see the amazing Tony Award-winning costumes by William Ivey Long. Talk about magic on stage. Oh, and the music is very nice, too. Rediscover the gems, “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. BrowardCenter.org


On Exhibit

Brush Up On Your History

The Stonewall National Museum and Archives Wilton Manors Gallery features a number of permanent and traveling exhibits. The Fall 2016 schedule includes three exhibits chronicling diverse aspects of the LGBT experience in America:


I Am Here: The Lesbian Portraits

Sept. 22 – Nov. 6

Since the untimely death of his lesbian sister, photographer Robert Kalman has sought a way to create a tribute to her memory and her personal struggle. In this series of photographs, Kalman made formal street portraits of lesbian community members using a large, 8x10 view camera while asking them the very same question: “What’s life like for you right now?” Their handwritten responses which are paired with their portraits.


First Comes Love: Photography by B. Proud

Nov. 10 – Dec. 11

The goal of “First Comes Love” is to provide a glimpse into the “everyday” lives of LGBTQ couples who have been in their relationships for 10, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years. Proud’s photographs show diverse, LGBTQ couples and create an expressive portrait to represent in each relationship the depth, the seriousness, and the love between two people who have made a commitment to one another.


Retreat – Gay Destinations of the Northeast

Where We’ve Found Solace

Dec. 15 – Jan. 22, 2017

This fascinating historical exhibit chronicles the rich culture and history of Fire Island/Cherry Grove, N.Y., and Provincetown, Mass., long popular vacation destinations for the LGBT community. Guests to the gallery will experience a multisensory atmosphere featuring photography, personal archives, video, and sound art.


The Stonewall National Museum & Archives Wilton

Manors Gallery is located at 2157 N. Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. For more information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org.