South Florida singers, especially theater actors, often seek a place to try out new material, a haunt where they can keep their chops honed, a venue to show off a range their colleagues might not suspect. Two cabaret veterans and a Florida-based producer are kicking off a series of such events in Delray Beach beginning Thursday and continuing four more dates through the spring.
Sitting at a table in Palm Beach Dramawork’s rehearsal hall, Rob Donohoe doesn’t look or sound a thing like Truman Capote. He’s taller, his hair is brown and full and his voice is a warm baritone. But he and director Lynette Barkley have been cataloguing the external public celebrity and the internal tortured soul in preparation for the one-man drama Tru opening Dec. 2.
78-year-old Delray Beach actor Alan Scharf is loving the featured role in the national tour of Dirty Dancing.
Slow Burn Theatre Company’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame staged on a relatively epic scale underscores another benchmark of growth for the once modest company that has solidly arrived as a major player in South Florida theater.
The Night of the Iguana is the “other” Tennessee Williams play, the one most theatergoers have heard of, maybe even seen the Richard Burton-John Huston film, but likely have never gotten around to seeing on stage. Palm Beach Dramaworks is providing an opportunity to fill that gap on their patrons’ cultural checklist when it opens its 17th season this month.
A different season advance: Quietly, oh so quietly, the 2016-2017 theater season in South Florida is shaping up to be as notable for tidal growth, contraction, ebb and flow as it is for the actual productions scheduled.
These are not at all necessarily what we predict will be the best shows this season (although they may be) or the best attended or the most popular or the most award-winning. We don’t care. These are the shows we most want to see for a variety of reasons. The list is woefully incomplete, likely with major but unintentional omissions.
Christian Thompson saw his first Broadway musical at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts when he was seven years old. A national touring company of Cats was what hooked him on the musical theater experience. Now, Thompson plays Benny Coffin III in the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour, which makes its stop at the Broward Center Oct. 7 through 9.
This year, Sept. 10 might just mark the unofficial kickoff to the season, at least for Miamians when the Arsht will present its second-annual ARTSLAUNCH2016, a festive daylong confab at all six of the venue’s spaces plus the parking lot and surrounding area.