Author Archives: Bill Hirschman
This list of openings and closings is based on information provided primarily by the theaters and venues. It is accurate as of the time of posting, but patrons planning to attend shows that are marked as opening should double check as situations may have changed.
The Coronavirus is closing some shows in South Florida theater, and causing the indefinite postponement of others, including the eagerly awaited world premiere musical A Wonderful World at Miami New Drama and the Carbonell Awards gala.
Titles announced by more South Florida theaters in their 2020-21 seasons including Broadway in Fort Lauderdale: To Kill A Mockingbird starring Richard Thomas, and Hamilton returns; Actors’ Playhouse doing On Your Feet!, the Emilio and Gloria Estefan bio-musical; The Wick mounting Damn Yankees, and Lake Worth Playhouse with the American epic Ragtime.
Travelling in the national tour means moving to a different hotel in a different city nearly every week, not always sure what city that is, maintaining relationships with loved ones from afar, striving to keep the show fresh when you’ve done the material hundreds of times. And bats divebombing the performance. Just ask Hialeah native Nick Duckart travelling with Come From Away as it approaches the Kravis and Broward Center.
The Helen in Helen on Wheels is Helen Wheeler, a spirited, allegedly 70-something widow who speaks her mind and challenges anyone who crosses her as she continues to mourn her husband. But Helen on Wheels, from Pigs Do Fly Productions is more than an amusing story about a feisty widow. It also looks at the devastation of losing a loved one, of moving on with your life and keeping your independence.
Oh, those mean girls. If you were unlucky to encounter them, they made your high school days unbearable, humiliated you so you felt inferior and tried to dictate who your friends were. They weren’t fun to be around—even if you were in their inner circle. But Mean Girls, the Broadway musical making its South Florida premiere at the Broward Center through March 15, sure is fun
Gay men, characterized as deviants in 1920s New York City, populate prolific playwright Ronnie Larsen’s new musical, Come Out! Come Out! at the Wilton Theatre Factory. Come Out! Come Out! is experiencing its world premiere in a vivacious production with promise, but needs more development.
Energy suffuses rehearsals for Miami New Drama’s world premiere musical about Louis Armstrong A Wonderful World – not a revue but a highly-theatrical biography in which Armstrong’s famous numbers are infused as part of the plot or as character-revealing reveries.
Home is the place where they have to take you in, to paraphrase Robert Frost. It’s also the place where every family dynamic plays out — love, resentment, growing pains, conflict, chaos, worry and secrets — as shown in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s superb production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, smoothly directed with a first-class cast, the Maltz production hits all the high notes
With the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s upcoming Brighton Beach Memoirs, director J. Barry Lewis says people need to “come forward with a new perspective on what a Neil Simon play is, not just what you think.”