Scott Shiller, who transformed the Arsht Center into a catalyst developing local artists as well as widening the array of visiting attractions, is leaving at the end of April to head the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
The wide range of theater available in South Florida – from Matilda to Medea — was underscored Monday with the announcements of 2015-2016 seasons for two very different but ambitious groups: Outré Theatre Company which is moving to Broward County and Kravis on Broadway, the national touring series curated locally.
Palm Beach Dramaworks unveiled its 2015-2016 slate as well as its upcoming summer concert series, a meld of classic theater that few other companies undertake as well as acclaimed works from the past few decades, plus one recent New York hit, all sharing the idea of “theater to think about.”
The Florida Grand Opera will continue to perform in Broward County next season. The financially-challenged FGO did not quite raise the $600,000 that officials said they needed. Vut an anonymous philanthropist who volunteered last month to match individual donors’ funds has agreed also to make up the $15,620 shortfall.
Familiar titles and lesser known shows punctuate the 2015-2016 schedules released this week for The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton and Actors Playhouse on the Miracle Mile, ranging from West Side Story to Curtains.
Four of the six shows slated for the 2015-2016 Broadway Across Fort Lauderdale season earned Tony Awards in just the past few years, and two of them will be seen for the first time in South Florida in the series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Two of them are still running on the Great White Way.
What follows are a series of letters reflecting the controversy between Samuel French, the play licensing company, and Delray Square Performing Arts about the theater’s production of the musical Shenandoah presented this winter by Producing Artistic Director Gary Waldman and Producing Executive Director Jamison Troutman.
The snow up North notwithstanding, one early sign of winter’s ebb is that theaters in South Florida try to entice the current crop of snowbirds to sign up for their next season by releasing their 2015-2016 schedules including Slow Burn Theatre Company, Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Broward Stage Door.
The Women’s Theatre Project, the Carbonell-nominated company focused on works by and about women, is closing after 33 productions over 14 years. TWTP won strong support among theatergoers of both sexes, but developed a particular following among lesbians who rarely saw their lives reflected in the region’s theatrical offerings.
Florida Grand Opera has extended its deadline two weeks to raise enough money to continue performing next season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.