Tag Archives: Adrienne Arsht Center
If you’re suffering from the holiday blues, Elf isn’t going to pull you out of it. But if you can pry open your sugar-clogged aorta a smidge, this sweet peppy musical may generate a warm afterglow as Santa’s sleigh twinkles out of sight. But the tone is different than the 2003 film whose pre-sold title and basic premise the producers hope to cash in on.
Like the rest of the country, South Florida theater took tentative steps throughout 2013, banking on the promise of a recovering economy and a durable demand for art. Evidence was visible across the three counties: theaters mostly opening not closing, established companies moving into new venues, young companies finding audiences, runs extended, a continued commitment to riskier experiments .
This Broadway Across America edition of Les Miserables is not some cynical attempt to wring just one more quart of milk from the cash cow. Instead, this is a legitimate revival in the deepest sense of the word that is as vibrant, passionate and new-born as a world premiere.
Anyone who thinks South Florida theater is a staid traditional art form aimed solely at senior citizens will have their expectations exploded and their definitions rewritten next week with the cutting edge series of free youth-oriented programs in the fifth Miami Made Festival.
Once, the dark horse that won the best musical Tony Award last Spring, will make its South Florida bow a year from now as one of the notable national tours appearing in the 2013-14 Broadway Across America season at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Also notable in the lineup will be Warhorse, which will close the current season in Broward, as well as the recent revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita.
Darkness has often been an element of classic Christmas stories: A Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But leave it to the House Theatre of Chicago to come up with a quirky twist on The Nutcracker co-produced with the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Give the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts an A for effort for taking on a Herculean task of mounting an original show, and a rock musical for that matter, in times when theater audiences are more apt to settle for My Fair Lady or Fiddler on the Roof. Trouble is, Girls vs. Boys, which is being promoted as high-energy with a “throbbing” and “soul-bearing” score never reaches its potential.