In the early spring, flowers bloom, college applications are answered and South Florida theaters begin to announce its 2023-24 seasons.
Recently announced are some unusually high-profile titles for Broadway In Fort Lauderdale including Funny Girl and Moulin Rouge, and Lake Worth Playhouse once again will pursue a wide array of ambitious projects including the musicals Ragtime and Rent, but also classic plays like Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
Some have already announced http://www.floridatheateronstage.com/news/peter-cher-alexander-jean-and-vivian-headline-arsht-broadway-tours-next-season/ and http://www.floridatheateronstage.com/news/upcoming-season-from-death-of-a-salesman-to-spongebob/.
And more are imminent, in at least one case while the theater argues with the licensing companies.
But here’s a look at what’s coming to the Broward Center For The Performing Arts::
October 10 – 22
The musical about orphan with a dog who manages to kick a billionaire to adopt her.
Nov. 14 – 26
The current Broadway revival starring Lea Michele is set to close in September. Then a national tour will kick off (presumably minus Ms. Michele who won plaudits for the role that made a star of Barbra Streisand). It’s the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history.
January 9 – 21, 2024
The scorching surreal musical with music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell that tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice, a young girl looking for something to eat, goes to work in a hellish industrial version of the Greek underworld to escape poverty and the cold, and her poor singer-songwriter lover Orpheus comes to attempt to rescue her. In this version, their love story is intertwined with that of King Hades and his wife Persephone. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this show is from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)
March 5 – 17, 2024
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
A stunning lush and lavish musical drawn in part from the Baz Luhrman film but which adds many songs. Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award Winner. Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment.
April 9 – 21, 2024
A musical version of the film that starred Robin Williams as a man who masquerades as a Scottish female housekeeper to be close to his children after a divorce.
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Dec. 12 – 17, 2023
The Book Of Mormon
One of the funniest musicals in recent years in which young idealistic missionaries go to war-town, poverty-engulfed Africa.
June 11 – 16, 2024
The local premiere of the 20-year-old tongue-in-cheek musical version of the venerable board game, also based in part of the comic 1985 film. Clue is a farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up.
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Lake Worth Playhouse, one of the state’s oldest companies with 70 seasons behind them, announces its mainstage season
West Side Story
The classic 1950’s street revisiting of Romeo and Juliet: Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. The landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written.
October 6 – 22
Jonathan Larson’s moving tale set in the East Village is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages as it counsels ”to measure our life in love.”
Nov. 17 – Dec. 3
A Christmas Carol
Charles Ludlam’s spin on Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Ludlam finds the humor as well as the pathos in this Victorian melodrama.
Jan. 19 – Feb. 4, 2024
The classic musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein.
March 1 – 10, 2024
Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Written by Sandy Rustin
The same show as mentioned above.
April 5 – 21, 2024
The epic musical by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion, and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair… and what it means to live in America. Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book, and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.
IN THE PLAYHOUSE’S BLACK BOX
Sept. 8 – 17
The classic French play by Jean-Paul Sartre, explores a version of hell where torture comes in the form of being stuck in a room for all eternity with people you don’t really get along with. Three strangers find themselves trapped together in the afterlife: Cradeau, a cowardly reporter; Estelle, a frivolous wealthy woman; and Inez, a cynical secretary. While they try to understand their situation, they drive each other increasingly insane.
Oct. 27 – Nov. 5
Eleanor Burgess’s play about two extraordinary women squaring off in a high-stakes academic debate over race, reputation, and who gets the final word on how American history is written. When university professor Janine and her brilliant student Zoe don’t see eye to eye, their routine office hours discussion unexpectedly careens off course—and threatens to derail their careers, lives, and the status quo.
February 9 – 18, 2024
This spellbinding, romantic journey 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.
April 26 – May 5, 2024
Harold Pinter’s challenging play, through a series of contiguous scenes, moves backward in time, from the end of an affair to its beginning, throwing into relief the little lies and oblique remarks that, in this time-reverse, reveal more than direct statements, or overt actions, ever could. Winner in New York of the Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play and in London of the West End Award as best play of the season.
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