South Florida 2018 Theater Calendar

Several companies stage previews while the production is fine-tuned. The range of dates listed below may begin with preview performances. Please ask theater staff when making reservations when opening night is scheduled.

While we will strive to keep this as current as possible, all information is provided by the theaters and is subject to change.

 

 

March 29-April 29

The Radicalization of Rolfe
Island City Stage
2038 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
(954) 519-2533

The world premiere of Andrew Bergh’s intriguing play – Remember Rolfe in “The Sound of Music” who’s seventeen, going on eighteen and dating Liesl Von Trapp? His boyfriend isn’t happy with that fact but Herr Zeller, the head of the local Nazi party, uses the relationship to infiltrate the Von Trapp household. Franz, the butler and Frau Schmidt the housekeeper become ensnared in spy games in which no one ends up the winner. German actor Michael Kehr will be joining a local cast directed by Artistic Director Andy Rogow.

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March 30-April 22

Edgar & Emily
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

In this comic fantasia, emerging poet Emily Dickinson is unexpectedly visited by a desperate Edgar Allen Poe.

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March 30-May 6

Time Step
Stage Door Theater, Theater 2
8036 W Sample Rd, Margate
(954) 344-7766

That recognizable rhythmic tap combination…the time step, a term that derives from the era of great tap dancers who used their distinctive footwork to set the pace of the music. A mix of European Jig, Reel Steps, Clog and African Rhythms all combined to create an exciting new dance style. This was, some say, the creation of Tap in America as a theatrical art form. World Premiere.

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April 5-22

Be Here Now
Mainstay Productions
Theater Lab
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
(561) 297-6124

When life just seems too difficult to face, how far are we willing to go for love and happiness and to create meaning in our lives? Two lost souls come together under most unusual circumstances in this new play by Deborah Zoe Laufer. Surrounded by painfully cheerful co-workers, Bari is deeply cynical and woefully underemployed working at a small-town fulfillment center. After an unexpected and unexplainable turn of events, Bari finds herself on an enlightening new path. Advisory: Be Here Now is appropriate for adults and older teenage audiences. Preview Performance: April 5.

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April 5-22

Clybourne Park
New City Players
Performing at The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 591-0818

This 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner is in two acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

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April 7-May 6

Gloria
Gable Stage
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
(305) 445-1119

A funny, trenchant and powerful new play that follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. When an ordinary workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever. The Pulitzer finalist was written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

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April 10-29

Mamma Mia!
Riverside Theater
3250 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach
(772) 231-5860

The tells the amusing tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads! On the eve of the daughter’s wedding on a Greek island paradise, her quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s songs propels this tale of love, laughter and friendship. Music by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, book by Catherine Johnson.

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April 11-22

Waitress
Au-Rene Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress tells the story of waitress and expert pie maker Jenna who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Presented by Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and sponsored by Bank of America.  The April 21 performance will be open-captioned.

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April 11-22

Squeeze My Cans
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
(844) 672-2849

Following her sold-out Chicago run, Ex-Scientologist Cathy Schenkleberg tells all in this no-holds-barred, tour-de-force performance about her journey through, and escape from, the world’s foremost intergalactic religion

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April 12-29

Oliver!
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
866-811-4111

The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dicken’s novel springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and songs to ever hit the stage.  Follow Oliver’s journey on the streets of Victorian England from poor house to pickpocket and finally the true love of family.

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April 12-May 6

Queen of Basel
Miami New Drama
The Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
(305) 674-1040

This multicultural contemporary adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie is set in the back kitchen of a Miami Beach hotel during a night of debauchery against the backdrop of Art Basel. Directed by our artistic director, Michel Hausmann and written by Hilary Bettis. World Premiere.

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April 12-May 6

God’s Trombones
The M Ensemble Company
Sandrell Rivers Theater
Audrey M. Edmonson Transit Village
6101 NW 7th Ave, Miami
(786) 733-3161

God’s Trombones is based on the sermon poems of James Weldon Johnson, an important civil rights leader and literary figure of the early 20th century.

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April 12-May 13

Fun Home
Zoetic Stage
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(877) 949-6722

Recent winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical, Fun Home is about a graphic novelist who dives deep into her past to tell the story of her father, a volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Through her work, she relives her unique upbringing in the family’s funeral home, her burgeoning sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father. Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanie Tesori (Caroline, Or Change), based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.

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April 13-22

The Merry Wives of Windsor
Florida Atlantic University
Studio One Theater
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
(800) 564-9539

This play features one of William Shakespeare’s best loved comic characters, Sir John Falstaff, the loud, foolish, blowhard with his love of liquor, ladies and money. When he sets his lecherous sights on two merry wives, Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, a hilarious battle of wits ensues in which the ladies have the last laugh and many a man gets his comeuppance. Directed by Lynn McNutt.

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April 13-22

Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical
Lightning Bolt Productions
West Boca Performing Arts Center
West Boca High School
12811 Glades Road, Boca Raton
(561) 886-8286

Mel Brooks’ comedy follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen!) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that’s Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster — but not without complications.

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April 13-May 6

This Random World
Main Street Players
6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes
(305) 558-3737

Mining the comedy of missed connections, this play by Steven Dietz asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. Does serendipity bring us together? From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

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April 18-May 13

A Class Act
Theatre South
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach
(954) 545-7800

Written by Norman Shabel, this play focuses on a trio of lawyers who accuse General Chemical Corporation of polluting water across the country through cancer-causing factory runoff. These attorneys are hoping for a big payoff from the deep pockets of the corporation, while the “suits” at the latter plan to use blackmail as leverage to pay as little as possible.  A Florida Premiere.

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April 19-28

Pirates of Penzance
University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences
Ring Theater
1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables
(305) 284-3355

Prepare to set sail off the coast of Cornwall with the swashbuckling Pirates of Penzance! Frederic has earned his dues as the pirates’ apprentice waiting to be promoted to full pirate-dom on his 21st birthday, but upon discovery that he is a leap year baby born on February 29th, it seems he may never get the chance.

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April 19-May 13

Jerry’s Girls
The Wick Theatre
7901 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 995-2333

As the only composer-lyricist with the distinction of having three musicals that ran more than 1500 consecutive performances on Broadway, Jerry’s Girls is an homage to Jerry Herman.  Created by Jerry Herman and Larry Alford, it showcases songs from Herman’s shows.

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April 20-21

The Mountaintop
L.A. Theatre Works
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
(800) 572-8471

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside that room the night before remains a mystery. Playwright Katori Hall surmises what may have transpired between the civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid in The Mountaintop, winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play. This play contains mature language.

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April 20-22

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Maplewood Playhouse
The Kelsey Theater
700 Park Ave, Lake Park
(561) 657-6400

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.

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April 20-29

Grease Jr.
Area Stage Company
Stg 2 (Ages 12 – 17)
1560 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 103, Coral Gables
(305) 666-2078

Multiple Tony Award Nominee for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, 1994 Best Revival of a Musical and 2004 Best Revival of a Musical, this evokes the look and sound of the 1950s,

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April 22-23

Are You My Mother?
Amaturo Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

At long last, Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother’s song. When she is not there, Baby Bird sets out to find her with the help of Dog, Cat and Hen in this musical adventure recommended for grades K–1. ArtsPower National Touring production is based on P.D. Eastman’s picture book. JM Family Enterprises Smart Stage Matinees offer literature-based shows that promote reading skills and S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) to make challenging concepts accessible to younger learners.

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April 26-May 6

Bent
Black Box Series
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
866-811-4111

This play by Martin Sherman revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives. The title of the play refers to the slang word “bent” used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. When the play was first performed, there was only a trickle of historical research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. This play highlights the reason why – a largely ignored German law, Paragraph 175, making homosexuality a criminal offense, which Hitler reactivated and strengthened during his rise to power.

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April 28-May 5

Florencia en el Amazonas
Florida Grand Opera
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

Daniel Catán’s lyrical masterpiece is the story of a soprano’s emotional journey as she searches for her missing husband, thanks to its libretto, influenced by the writings of Gabriel García Márquez, coupled with Catán’s lush, Puccini-esque score. Soprano Ana María Martínez shares the title role with Sandra López. Heading the supporting cast are baritone Steven LaBrie, soprano Cecilia Violetta López, and tenor Andrew Bidlack.

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April 28-May 19

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Actor’s Playhouse
Musical Theater for Young Audiences
Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
(305) 444-9293

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. “All Kids Included” Sensory-friendly performance on May 12.

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April 30

My Heart in a Suitcase
Presented by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
JM Family Enterprises Smart Stage Matinee
The Parker Playhouse
Holiday Park
707 N.E. Eighth Street, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Based on Anne Lehmann’s book, this relates what happened in Germany and in other occupied nations prior to and during World War II and how Anne survived thanks to her own courage and the generosity of others. Anne struggles to bring meaning out of the despair of the Holocaust, to cling to love and to continue to hope even in a world that seems to be filled with hatred and violence. Recommended for grades 5–8,

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May 1-6

Something Rotten
Kravis On Broadway
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
(800) 572-8471

Welcome to the ’90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard”. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Open Captioning occurs for all Saturday performances at 2 pm. Sign language interpreters are provided at all Sunday matinee performances.

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May 2

The Ugly Duckling
Amaturo Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale is a musical recommended for grades K–2. Born different from the other hatchlings, the Ugly Duckling is ridiculed by his brothers and sisters, rejected by the other ducks and eventually shunned by the entire barnyard. The little bird leaves home, embarking on a rollicking journey through hecklers, hunters and hilarious hijinks only to discover that the beauty he was seeking was inside him all along. JM Family Enterprises Smart Stage Matinees offer literature-based shows that promote reading skills and S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) to make challenging concepts accessible to younger learners.

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May 2-13

Golda’s Balcony
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
(844) 672-2849

The play chronicles the life of Golda Meir from impoverished Russian school girl to Prime Minister of Israel.  Much of the story focuses on the time period around the 1973 Yom Kippur War when Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria.  The play portrays Golda Meir, the indomitable and much beloved fourth Prime Minister of Israel, as she grapples with the decision to use nuclear weapons.

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May 2-27

An Accident by Lydia Stryk
Primal Forces
Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale
(866) 811-4111

The Southeastern premiere stars Elizabeth Price as Libby, a young woman who, after a near fatal car accident, is visited by the perpetrator.

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May 4-12

Short Cuts 8
The Playgroup, LLC
Performing at Willow Theatre
Sugar Sand Park Community Center
300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton
(561) 347-3948

Eight short plays, by South Florida playwrights, from drama to comedy, directed by Teresa Biber LoMonte and Brian Dever.

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May 4-June 7

Victor / Victoria
Stage Door Theater
8036 W Sample Rd, Margate
(954) 344-7766

Victoria, a penniless soprano, schemes with a struggling impresario to disguise herself as a man named Victor – who entertains as a female impersonator known as ‘Victoria’ – and as a result becomes the toast of Paris.  Complications arise when a Chicago mobster sees the act, and finds himself attracted to the star.  Based on the 1982 film, with book by Blake Edwards, music by Henry Mancini, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.

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May 5

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Rainbow Fish
Family Fare
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
(800) 572-8471

The Rainbow Fish learns to share his most prized possession in this one-hour show aimed at children pre-kindergarten through third grade.

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May 5-6

Mulan Jr.
Maltz Jupiter Theater
The Conservatory
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

Disney’s Mulan Jr. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility. Featuring students in grades 3 – 5.

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May 6

The Rainbow Fish
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 N.E. 188 Street, Aventura
(877) 311-7469

This adaptation is of the award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Part of the Family Fun Series presented by Hoffman’s Chocolates and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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May 8-13

Chicago
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

This musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. It’s a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz. The May 13 performance will be open-captioned.

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May 8-20

Jersey Boys
Au-Rene Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical, this is the true story about how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons. Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide all before they were 30. Presented by Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and sponsored by Bank of America. The May 19 performance will be open-captioned.

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May 9-27

Avenue Q, School Edition
JCAT
Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center
Sanford L. Ziff Campus
18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach
1-866-811-4111

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, this  musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. This is a Student Edition adaptation with editing it to make it more appropriate for younger audiences and performers. Joining the Lead Cast Members will be a full puppet ensemble. Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, book Jeff Whitty; directed by Michael Andron.

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May 9-June 24

Million Dollar Quartet
Actor’s Playhouse
Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
(305) 444-9293

Inspired by the famous photo and phenomenal true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time in their careers. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the most electrifying jam and storytelling sessions of all time. Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux; original concept and direction by Floyd Mutrux.

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May 10-13

Durang / Durang
New World School of the Arts
Louise O. Gerrits Theater
25 NE 2 Street, 8th Floor, Miami
(305) 237-3541

A series of six one-act plays written by Tony Award winner Chirstopher Durang.

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May 10-June 3

Next to Normal
Infinite Abyss Productions
The Abyss Theatre
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
(954) 489-8440

A powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness, Next to Normal tells the story of a mother, Diana Goodman who struggles with mental illness and the effect that her affliction has on her family. It addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life and shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact. Preview May 10.

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May 11-12

Suspicion
Presented by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts,
Arts Radio Network Theatre Project and WLRN
Abdo New River Room
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

In this suspense thriller, a lonely, prim, overprotected and very rich British wall-flower falls in love with a charming playboy. Following their marriage, with the groom’s business ventures failing and his business partner’s unexpected death, the bride fears her husband might kill her for her inheritance in this re-creation of the classic radio play.

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May 11-20

Time Stands Still
Actors Community Theater
Pine Island Multi-Purpose Center
3801 S. Pine Island Rd., Davie
(954) 473-0372

A drama by Donald Margulies.

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May 11-June 3

The Emperor of the Moon
Thinking Cap Theater
Performing at The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 610-7263

A farce by Aphra Behn. Talkback will be with Lead Panelist & TCT’S Artistic Director, Nicole Stodard, PhD, after the 5 pm performance on May 20.

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May 18-19

42nd Street
Maltz Jupiter Theater
The Conservatory
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

A musical comedy classic, this is an American Dream story. Featuring students in grades 6 -12.

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May 18-June 3

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Delray Beach Playhouse
950 N.W. 9th Street, Delray Beach
(561) 272-1281

Edward Albee made his explosive debut in 1962 when Virginia Woolf became the most talked about and controversial play on Broadway. Damned by some for its explicit use of language and sexual themes, it was hailed by others as the most brilliantly written examination of a marriage in the modern theatre.

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May 18-June 3

Equus
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

A psychiatrist attempts to treat a young man who has a troubling obsession with horses.

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May 25-July 1

From Door to Door
Stage Door Theater
8036 W Sample Rd, Margate
(954) 344-7766

When one woman reflects upon her past as a daughter, wife, and mother, who does she see?  By James Sherman, this is a bittersweet celebration of one family of women across generations.

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May 31-June 17

Mixtape III: You’re Gunna Get it!
Mad Cat Theater
MTC SandBox
9816 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores
(305) 751-9550

A collection of world-premiere, original, mixed-media theatrical pieces, incorporating film, music, and puppetry, this is the third iteration of Mad Cat’s Mixtape short form theatre festival.

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Summer 2018

James and the Giant Peach
Area Stage Company
Stg1 & Stg2 (Ages 5 to 14)
1560 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 103, Coral Gables
(305) 666-2078

An offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure: a boy and his insect friends take a journey across the ocean. This musical about is courage and self-discovery.

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Summer 2018

Hunchback of Notre Dame
Area Stage Company
Stg2 & Stg3 (Ages 12 to 25)
1560 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 103, Coral Gables
(305) 666-2078

A retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.

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June 9-July 8

I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard
Gable Stage
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
(305) 445-1119

Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father, David, proud. Over the course of a boozy evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her Off-Broadway debut… and things unravel from there. Halley Feiffer’s dark, probing and funny new play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship and sheds new light on the eternal struggles of parents and children to find common ground.

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June 14-July 1

Rock of Ages
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Amaturo Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Dreaming big, playing loud and partying, this is the love story of a small town girl who meets a big city rocker in the most famous club on the Sunset Strip. Set in 1987, their story is told through the hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. The show contains adult subject matter that may not be appropriate for children under 14.

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June 14-July 1

Art
New City Players
Performing at The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 591-0818

Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play ‘Art’ asks you how much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc’s best friends has just bought a very expensive painting, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but another friend is eager to please and says he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas.

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June 14-July 15

Mr. Parker
Island City Stage
2038 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
(954) 519-2533

Michael McKeever brings the world premiere of his new play: At 52 years old, Alex Parker finds himself at a crossroads in his life.  Suddenly single and unable to adjust to the new era of social media and APP dating, he wakes up one morning in the bed of a 27 year old man he met the night before.  Over the next two hours the two debate life, death and how the world has evolved in the 25 years between them. What starts out as a one-night stand becomes a journey of self-discovery for a man trying to cope with the pressures of being middle-aged, gay and overwhelmed in the ever-changing landscape of today’s America. Michael Leeds helms this production.

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June 15-July 8

Pink Unicorn
Primal Forces
Andrews Living Arts
Empire Stage
23 NW 5th Street, Fort Lauderdale
(866) 811-4111

How on God’s green earth can you be both a boy and a girl? Laura Turnbull stars as a widowed Texan housewife whose relationship with her small community is tested after her daughter makes a startling confession. By Elise Forier Edie.

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June 22-23

Sister Act
Maltz Jupiter Theater
The Conservatory
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a moving story, featuring students in grades 6 -12.

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July

XXXIII International Hispanic Theatre Festival
Teatro Avante
Miami Dade County Auditorium
Blackbox On.Stage
2901 W. Flagler Street. Miami
(786) 327-4539

For the sixth year in a row Teatro Avante brings its critically acclaimed theatre festival to MDCA’s On.Stage Black Box

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July 6-28

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Actor’s Playhouse
Musical Theater for Young Audiences
Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
(305) 444-9293

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. “All Kids Included” Sensory-friendly performance on July 21.

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July 6-Aug. 12

Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Stage Door Theater
8036 W Sample Rd, Margate
(954) 344-7766

Set in a Catskills resort in 1960, this sweetly comic story of two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance one wild Labor Day weekend.  Book by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters; music by Neil Sedaka; lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, and Philip Cody.

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July 12-Aug. 5

Woody Guthrie’s American Song
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

Woody Guthrie was a wandering minstrel and poet of the downtrodden, the voiceless, the powerless, and the forgotten. He was a humanist who railed against injustice, particularly during the Great Depression, but also extoled the splendors of this country, especially in his most famous song, “This Land is Your Land.” That is among the more than two dozen numbers sung during the course of the evening. There will be a preview on Thursday, July 12.

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July 13-Aug. 5

Summer of 2018 TBA
Pembroke Pines Theatre Of Performing Arts
17195 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines
(954) 437-4884

TBA

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July 20-Aug. 12

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Main Street Players
6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes
(305) 558-3737

This comedy was written in 1993 by Alan Ball and is set at the home of the bride in Knoxville, Tennessee during the newly married couple’s ostentatious wedding reception. The five bridesmaids have found refuge in the room of Meredith, the sister of the bride. The women come to realize that despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than any of them do with the bride.

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July 25-Sept. 2

The Big Bang
Actor’s Playhouse
Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
(305) 444-9293

In this whirlwind musical, two comedy writers try to raise enough “dough” for the most historically expansive show ever conceived. In a record 90 minutes, and using all of the furniture and decorations on stage, both actors are put to the test as they try to convince their potential theatrical backers (the audience) that this insane frivolity is somehow worthy of the author’s unrealistic hopes and aspirations. Music by Jed Feuer; book and lyrics by Boyd Graham.

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July 27-28

The Wizard of Oz, Young People’s Edition
Maltz Jupiter Theater
The Conservatory
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

Dorothy dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away to another world. Featuring students in grades 3 – 5.

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Aug. 2-12

Neva
Arca Images
Miami Dade County Auditorium
Blackbox On.Stage
2901 W. Flagler Street, Miami
(786) 327-4539

Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón tells the story of Anton Chekhov’s widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives in a dimly lit rehearsal room in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905. As Olga and two other actors await the rest of the cast, they huddle together, act out scenes from their lives and muse on their art form and love – while, unseen, striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime. Directed by Nilo Cruz.

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Aug. 9-26

Constellations
New City Players
Performing at The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 591-0818

This play by Nick Payne begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know—delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.
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Aug. 11-Sept. 9

White Guy on the Bus
Gable Stage
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
(305) 445-1119

A fearless new play by Bruce Graham that unravels a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial bias. A wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, their relationship sparks a candid and surprising look at racial and economic divides.

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Aug. 24-Sept. 9

James and the Giant Peach
Sol Children Theater
Sol Theater
3333 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 447-8829

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family.  Featuring a score and book by Timothy Allen McDonald. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Directed by Rosalie Grant

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Sept. 13-30

Mary, Mary
Thinking Cap Theater
Performing at The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 610-7263

A new play by Nicole Stodard about many famous ‘Marys’. Talkback will be with Guest Panelist Carolyn Eichner, PhD.

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Sept. 20

Bailando de Rodillas
Arca Images
Miami Dade County Auditorium
Blackbox On.Stage
2901 W. Flagler Street, Miami
(786) 327-4539

This play takes place in Miami Beach on All Soul’s Day. It follows the travails of a lonely transvestite who tries to summon the spirit of his dead lover, instead he is confronted with two restless ballroom dancers who had been his idols, a German umbrella mender, and two “body guardian” angels.  It offers a fable of loss, fear and disorientation during the AIDS epidemic. Written and directed by Nilo Cruz.

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Sept. 28-Oct. 21

Superior Donuts
Main Street Players
6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes
(305) 558-3737

The play by Tracy Letts focuses on the relationship between despondent Arthur Przybyszewski, a former 1960s radical who owns a rundown donut shop in Uptown, Chicago, and Franco, his energetic but troubled young African American assistant who wants to update the establishment with lively music and healthy menu options. Dialogue scenes are separated by soliloquies in which Arthur discusses his past and reminisces about the city as it was in his younger years. The TV series Superior Donuts is based on this play.

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Oct. 11-28

Dracula
Theater Up Close
Adrienne Arsht Center with Zoetic Stage
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

It’s 1897, and Jonathan Harker and his fiancée Mina Murray are welcoming Count Dracula from Transylvania. From that point on, nothing is what you’d expect it to be. Using Bram Stoker’s novel as starting point, Michael McKeever has reinvented the Gothic horror tale and – taking a feminist point of view – created female characters that not only stand up to the title character, but eventually overcome him. A world premiere.

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Oct. 13-Nov. 1

TBA
Gable Stage
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
(305) 445-1119

Last show of the season.

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Oct. 18-Nov. 4

Freaky Friday
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Amaturo Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

This classic story tells of a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours. Based on the novel by Mary Rodgers and the Disney films, the story has been given a contemporary spin with a hilarious new book and pop score by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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Oct. 19-Nov. 11

Indecent
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

For 16 years, Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance was a success all over the world – and then a firestorm erupted shortly after its 1923 Broadway premiere. This drama with music by Paula Vogel is a spellbinding exploration of the play’s journey, and a heartfelt tribute to the people that brought it to life.

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Oct. 27-Nov. 18

King Lear
Thinking Cap Theater
Performing at The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 610-7263

A drama by William Shakespeare. Talkback will be with Guest Panelist Sara Deats, PhD at 5 pm, following the Nov. 11 performance.

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Oct. 28-Nov. 11

Steel Magnolias
Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

The women of Truvy’s beauty salon are quick with a quip and hilarious repartee, unafraid to show their eccentric personalities. But when the threat of tragedy begins to wilt their delicate Louisiana charm, the women reveal they are stronger than despair. By Robert Harling.

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Nov. 8-25

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Abdo New River Room
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

This musical is told through of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage: Hanschel, a “slip of a girly-boy” from communist East Berlin, becomes the “internationally ignored song stylist” known as Hedwig after a botched sex change operation. With a little help from her band and her back-up singer Yitzhak, Hedwig examines her quest for her other half, for love and, ultimately, for her identity. This musical is intended for mature audiences.

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Nov. 27-Dec. 16

Disney Beauty and the Beast
Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

This classic story of a tenacious beauty who meets a selfish prince-turned-beast is a tale as old as time. Disney Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale filled with magic, romance, and a young woman’s determination to find her own way.

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Nov. 29-Dec. 2

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 N.E. 188 Street, Aventura
(877) 311-7469

This musical is told through of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage: Hanschel, a “slip of a girly-boy” from communist East Berlin, becomes the “internationally ignored song stylist” known as Hedwig after a botched sex change operation. With a little help from her band and her back-up singer Yitzhak, Hedwig examines her quest for her other half, for love and, ultimately, for her identity. This musical is intended for mature audiences.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 23

Breadcrumbs
Primal Forces
The Sol Theater
3333 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(866) 811-4111

Theories of identity are put under the microscope in this time-bending drama by Jennifer Haley. An aging writer, who despises technology, accompanied by a mysterious stranger, travels back in time to the dark woods of the past, unearthing a tragedy that shatters their notions of language, loneliness and essential self.

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Dec. 7-30

House on Fire
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

In this World Premiere parable by Lyle Kessler of love, resentment, family, and redemption, an old man and his two sons battle for dominance. Miracles abound when two strangers appear and lives are changed forever.

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Dec. 13-30

Legally Blond
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Amaturo Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Determined to get her ex-boyfriend back, Elle Woods charms her way into Harvard Law School and, along the way, tackles stereotypes and scandal as she pursues her dreams in this action-packed musical that explodes with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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2019

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Jan. 11-Feb. 3

Having Our Say
Primal Forces
The Sol Theater
3333 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(866) 811-4111

The Delany sisters’ true story of our nation’s heritage recalls Paul Robeson, Harlem’s Golden Age and Jim Crow. As graduates of Columbia University, Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist while Sadie integrates the New York City school system. By Emily Mann, from the book by Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.

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Jan. 15-Feb. 10

A Hit Musical
Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

Public reveal on April 1.

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Jan. 17-Feb. 3

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Theater Up Close
Adrienne Arsht Center with Zoetic Stage
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

Simon Stephens’ Tony Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel: fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but not well equipped to deal with everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery that will change his life. A South Florida premiere.

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Jan. 25-27

La Traviata
Palm Beach Opera
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach
(561) 833-7888

In the salon of Violetta’s Parisian apartment, any cause to celebrate inspires a lavish party. But when Violetta unexpectedly meets her first real love, Alfredo, will moral obligations of society and a life-threatening illness keep her from the promise of true love? By Giuseppe Verdi.

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Jan. 31-Feb. 17

Jekyll and Hyde
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Amaturo Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

A devoted man of science, the kind and passionate Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a breakthrough that can solve some of humankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. Testing his experimental treatments on himself, he accidentally unleashes his inner demons and transforms into the degenerate Mr. Hyde. By Broadway writer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse and composer Frank Wildhorn. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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Feb. 1-24

The Spitfire Grill
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

A young parolee hopes to find balm in Gilead, Wisconsin, where she gets a job at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. As she starts her life anew, the moribund town begins to awaken with her in this folk musical.

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Feb. 15-March 10

Blonde Poison
Primal Forces
The Sol Theater
3333 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(866) 811-4111

The true story by Gail Louw of Stella Kubler who, in present day London, reflects on her days as a young Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. As she recounts her past, will we still see Stella as a victim? Or were her misdeeds as monstrous as those who imprisoned her?

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Feb. 14-March 3

Every Brilliant Thing
Theater Up Close
Adrienne Arsht Center with Zoetic Stage
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

In this one-person tour de force by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, a man attempts to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The list grows as he progresses from childhood (“Ice Cream”) and adolescence (“Star Trek”), to college (“Surprises”) and marriage (“Falling in Love”). But when life deals a bitter blow, the list proves to be helpful to the son in ways that it could never be for the mother. A South Florida premiere.

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Feb. 22-24

Don Giovanni
Palm Beach Opera
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach
(561) 833-7888

Don Giovanni is a young, arrogant, and charismatic aristocrat, who will stop at nothing to challenge unrequited lust – even if it means violence. But after one seductive conquest ends in murder, Don Giovanni finds himself at odds with the vengeful women from his past, and a simmering force beneath the surface. By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Feb. 24-March 10

A Doll’s House, Part 2
Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

When Henrik Ibsen’s Nora slammed the door shut on her marriage in A Doll’s House, it was said to be the slam heard around the world. Fifteen years since closing the door and 138 years since Henrik penned the story, Nora returns to her beloved husband and children in A Doll’s House, Part 2. In this comedy, Nora wonders what she will find when she opens the door.

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Feb. 28-March 10

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Abdo New River Room
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, here bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse and the “blockhead” Charlie Brown is in the middle of it all.

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March 14-17

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 N.E. 188 Street, Aventura
(877) 311-7469

Based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, here bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse and the “blockhead” Charlie Brown is in the middle of it all.

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March 14-April 7

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Theater Up Close
Adrienne Arsht Center with Zoetic Stage
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

This modern musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler tells the story of the obsessively vengeful barber Benjamin Barker and his twisted partnership with the outrageous Mrs. Lovett who together devise a plot to add a special ingredient to a recipe that has all of London dying for their pies.

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March 22-24

Die Fledermaus
Palm Beach Opera
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach
(561) 833-7888

It’s New Year’s Eve at Prince Orlofsky’s lavish masquerade ball, where Viennese guests waltz, drink, and revel in opulence, blissfully oblivious to an elaborate revenge plan taking place. Not even the Prince knows who will be appearing during the party, but after a delightful evening of waltzes, misunderstandings, rendezvous gone wrong, and a final unmasking of lies, only champagne is to blame in Johann Strauss’ intoxicating and high-spirited comedy about revenge, deception, and disguise.

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March 22-April 14

The Gingerbread Lady
Primal Forces
The Sol Theater
3333 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(866) 811-4111

One of Neil Simon’s mature comedies. It’s 1971 in New York City and Evie is a cabaret singer compromised by her excessive lifestyle. As she tries to rebuild her life with her insecure friends Toby and Jimmy, can she also establish a closer relationship with her daughter?

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March 24

Die Fledermaus
Children’s Performance
Palm Beach Opera
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach
(561) 833-7888

The company’s annual Children’s Performance will be a one-hour abridged version for children and families, starring members of the Benenson Young Artist and Apprentice Artist programs.

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March 26-April 14

West Side Story
Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

Tony and Maria – two young, idealistic lovers – find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. They fight to find a place for themselves in a violent world, only to discover that love doesn’t always have a happy ending.

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March 28-April 14

9 to 5
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Amaturo Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture with music by Dolly Parton and book and lyrics by Patricia Resnick. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying boss Mr. Hart. Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy giving their workplace a dream makeover and taking control of the company that had always kept them down. This musical contains adult subject matter and language. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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March 29-April 21

Fences
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

An embittered sanitation worker, a former Negro League star denied a shot at the major leagues because of the color of his skin, takes his resentment out on his wife and son, fracturing relationships and thwarting dreams in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by August Wilson.

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April 10-21

Hundred Days
Theater Up Close
Adrienne Arsht Center with Zoetic Stage
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

A true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. With folk-punk music, creators and stars Abigail and Shaun Bengson explore a fundamental question: how do we make the most of the time that we have? Book by the Bengsons and Sarah Gancher; music & lyrics by the Bengsons. A South Florida premiere.

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May 4-19

United Flight 232
Theater Up Close
Adrienne Arsht Center with Zoetic Stage
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for Chicago with 296 aboard was paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport; 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by author Laurence Gonzales for his book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, this play is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges. A South Florida premiere.

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May 17-June 2

The House of Blue Leaves
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

The Pope is in New York City for the day, and an untalented songwriter hopes a blessing from the Pontiff will help him achieve his Hollywood dream, with his celebrity-obsessed girlfriend at his side. First, though, he’d have to institutionalize his schizophrenic wife, in this surrealistic, heartbreaking and hilarious Obie Award-winning play by John Guare.

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June 13-30

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Slow Burn Theatre Company
Amaturo Theater
The Broward Center for The Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Based on the smash-hit movie, this tells of a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio that agrees to take its show to the middle of the Australian outback on a battered old bus nicknamed Priscilla. Searching for love and friendship, the three men end up finding more than they ever dreamed in this funny musical that features outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites The production is presented though special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

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