Audiences in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties have their choice of hundreds of wonderful theater, dance and musical performances during the busy winter and spring seasons. Here are our picks for the top 10 tickets:
“Bonnie & Clyde” – Slow Burn Theatre
This musical from Frank Wildhorn didn’t fare better on Broadway than the real Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, but Slow Burn Theatre loves these kind of edgy shows. Expect a top-notch effort at West Boca High School, Jan. 22 – Feb. 8, and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Feb. 12 – 15. Tickets $25 – 40 at SlowBurnTheatre.com.
“Pippin” – Broadway Across America
Steven Schwartz’s musical story of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne’s son got a fresh, Tony Award-winning, cirque-ish treatment from Diane Paulus and is definitely one of the highlights of the 2015 Broadway Across America season at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center, March 31 – April 12. Tickets start at $34.75 at BrowardCenter.org.
“Newsies” – Broadway Across America
The other new Broadway musical to arrive in South Florida at Miami’s Arsht Center, Feb. 3 – 8, is Disney’s high-energy adaptation of the movie, “Newsies.” This show is a dance fan’s delight with wonderful, award-winning choreography that will thrill audiences of all ages, even jaded theater queens. Tickets start at $35 at ArshtCenter.org.
“Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Concert Series” – Parker Playhouse
If you enjoy Seth Rudetsky on SiriusXM, you’re going to love him at the Parker Playhouse as he shares the stage for some songs and a little chat with two of Broadway’s biggest talents, Cheyenne Jackson (“Glee,” “20Rock”), Feb. 14, and Sutton Foster (“Violet,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), March 20. Tickets start at $51.50 at ParkerPlayhouse.com.
“Casa Valentina” – GableStage
We don’t know how GableStage producing artistic director Joseph Adler manages to snag the newest shows right off Broadway. The company will offer the regional premiere of Harvey Fierstein’s latest comedy, “Casa Valentina,” May 30 – June 28, about a Catskills resort that caters to male heterosexual crossdressers. Tickets $40 – 55 at GableStage.com
Bette Midler – Hard Rock Live
Yes, the divine Miss M is kicking off her 22-city concert tour right here in South Florida at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood with two performances, May 8 & 9. Enjoy all the signature songs from her iconic career, along with new material from her album, “It’s the Girls!” Tickets are $154 – 454, but how many times will you get to see Bette Midler live? Tickets at MyHRL.com.
gay men’s chorus of south florida – Broward Center
There’s no sound more lush than a chorus of 200 men’s voices, but it gets better when they’re backed up by a full symphony orchestra. The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida teams up again with the Symphony of the Americas for two performances at the Broward Center, Tuesday, April 7 at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets at BrowardCenter.org.
“The Consul” – Florida Grand Opera
Lately, Florida Grand Opera has tackled standard fare, but later this season audiences get a rare treat—gay American composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul”—May 9, 10, 12, 15, 16 at the Arsht Center in Miami. Sung in English, this contemporary tale of love, hope and redemption ran for eight months on Broadway in 1950. Tickets start at $12 at FGO.org.
“Ballroom with a Twist” – Arsht Center
You can admit it, you love all those television talent competition programs. “Ballroom with a Twist,” featuring the pros of TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” all on one stage, comes to the Knight Concert Hall at Miami’s Arsht Center, Saturday, Jan. 31, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-300 at ArshtCenter.org.
“Octopus” – Island City Stage
Island City Stage has offered its LGBT and allied audiences an impressive season of three world and regional premieres. “Octopus,” by Steve Yockey, chronicles the consequences after a young couple engages in their first “four way” with another, more experienced pair. Catch the production Jan. 29 – March 1 at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $30 at IslandCityStage.org.