The ground-breaking record-breaking Tony-winning Pulitzer-winning musical Hamilton is expected to attract unprecedented numbers of fans and newcomers when the national tour arrives at the Broward Center this month. But that raises a dozen logistical challenges, starting with where will as many as 2,600 people attending each show at the main Au-Rene theater find places to park, and how will officials handle potential traffic jams?
The insightful examination in the play One Night in Miami from Miami New Drama depicts four different approaches used by African-American icons — Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and the champ then known as Cassius Clay — to awake America to racial injustice and to demand equity when they met in February 1964.
Confessions of a Nightingale spends time listening to Tennessee Williams escorts visitors through a rambling tour of his life. Actor Christopher Dreeson and director Jeffrey Bruce have worked very hard shaping this fascinating material, which is inherently rewarding, but two problems dog the production.
Worse than Spiderman Turn Off The Dark, the mega-epic The Big Bang may be the most bloated, overwrought, inept, politically incorrect, painfully lame, downright stupidest musical of all time. That Big Bang would be the imaginary extravaganza being hawked at a fictional backer’s audition, not the identically-named romp now at Actors Playhouse and just as delightfully daft and demented as it was there in 2003 and 2005.
MNM Theatre ’s Avenue Q, the musical comedy with foul-mouthed and copulating puppets, has never been as clearly about education as now. It’s the curriculum about coping with disappointment waiting in the real world.
The drolly hilarious Avenue Q, being given a “fine, fine” outing by MNM, is also imbued with a quiet sadness and accompanying sympathy for the loss of hopeful naiveté.
Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen – two of the most critically acclaimed and fantastically popular musicals of the past decade – headline the 2018-2019 Broadway Across America season slated for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
(The following is an updated review from 2012 plus a feature story written about this same production’s original visit to the Arsht four years ago. Most of the cast is the same, but several magical effects have been tweaked or …
The plates may be empty, but you leave having feasted on Riverside Theatre’s satisfying production of An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf.
For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth has been beloved, despised, served as a role model for some and a target for others, but always been the somewhat removed iconic image of unflappable composure and of serene grace. Playwright Peter Morgan explores what may or may not be the woman beneath the fur-lined robes and tiaras as the Maltz Jupiter Theatre kicks off its new season.
Silly, stupoid and surprisingly successful, the Broadway musical spin on School of Rock works fine without Jack Black — a good sign for the national tour.