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By Oline H. Cogdill Theater is timeless, ever evolving, ever expanding. Themes that playwrights explored a thousand years ago are—with a bit of updating—still relevant. There’s a reason why audiences never tire of Shakespeare as producers find fresh …
Is it possible to call the musical Mean Girls sweet, despite the tropes of teenage anxieties, insecurities, cliques and general high school malaise, not to mention the meanest of mean girls whose name has entered the lexicon of villains? Yet, sweet certainly captures the entertaining touring production of Mean Girls, now at the Broward Center through May 7.
A newly revised version of the classic musical Peter Pan, plus a bio-musical about Cher, plus a couple shows you’ve might have heard about Hamilton and Les Misérables are among the offerings next season at the Arsht Center’s hosting of Broadway in Miami tours.
Has the mega-hit musical Hamilton lost its sheen since it opened in 2015 before embarking on tours? It has not. Now playing at the Broward Center, this rendition actually is a stronger production, full of energy with a fresh veneer.
The energetic, sexy Six definitely delivers the royal treatment—a lively score, strong singing and a can’t miss story. And the opening night audience at the Broward Center were more than ready—cheering and clapping the minute the curtain was raised as if Six was a rock concert. And in a way it is.
Some of the hottest ticket titles on Broadway right now will be within driving distance next season as the Broadway Across America tours stop off in Miami and Fort Lauderdale: Six, Hamilton, Wicked, Beetlejuice, Tina, To Kill a Mockingbird, My Fair Lady, Aladdin, Riverdance, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Mean Girls and Chicago.
Yet another stirring that theater will return to… well, maybe normal isn’t the word… was reaffirmed this week as the Arsht Center announced that the Miami presenting house will resume its Broadway national tours in late September including Hadestown, and is hosting an on-site theater production outdoors this month from Zoetic Stage.
In a carefully calculated but hopeful sign of the recovering world of theater, Broadway Across America has scheduled the resumption this fall of its tours in 47 cities with full auditoriums and no social distancing, but with every other preventative measure. The announcement came with the new list of shows slated for the Broward Center beginning Nov. 3.
Another round of 2020-2021 season announcements has arrived with some promising titles — this time from Primal Forces and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre – plus a headline-making offering from Broadway Across America at the Arsht Center: Hadestown.
The Disneyization of Broadway has brought a whole new world of theater to a new generation of audiences who, hopefully, will be theatergoers for a lifetime. Put the highly entertaining Aladdin, now at the Broward Center in that category.