South Florida Theater Calendar 2020-2021

Theater in South Florida is back. Coming back. Sort of. Productions are being announced, dates are being put on a calendar, well, written in the digital equivalent of pencil. Things could change, likely will change on a weekly basis. Some work will be live, some pre-recorded, some will occur on an actual stage, some on the screen of your tablet. But it will be local companies with performers you know from past seasons. There’s enough movement for audiences to begin making plans, so we are re-opening our calendar.

Note that many have postponed their traditional on stage season an entire year but fully intend to resume. Many are willing to refund paid subscriptions, but they hope that people will accept leaving the expense as either an investment in the company’s future or at least as a credit against next season’s tickets.

We will try to keep this calendar up to date, but it always will be a good idea to phone or email the company in advance. We advise that you read entries carefully for exactly when and where and how a production is available.

For live performances, know that each county has imposed a series of stringent health safety requirements and some venues have gone way beyond that.

Nov. 27-Jan. 31

7 Deadly Sins
Miami New Drama
Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
(305) 674-1040
Limited Availability

A diverse group of playwrights will premiere seven newly commissioned short plays, each focused on one deadly sin: Lust, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony and Pride. In rotation over 90 minutes, small groups of theatergoers will maintain social distance, listening through headphones, while actors perform behind the windows of seven transformed Lincoln Road storefronts.

2021

Jan. 7-Feb. 14

Mamma Mia
The Wick Theatre
7901 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 995-2333

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

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Jan. 7-24


Always . . . Patsy Cline
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.

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Jan. 21-31

Endgame
Lake Worth Playhouse
A Black Box Series
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

A pinnacle of Beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism, Endgame is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death.

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January 22  – Feb. 6

Shrek the Musical
Area Stage Company
Outdoor Theatre in Sunset Place
5701 Sunset Drive, South Miami
areastage.org
305-666-2078

A revival with new cast members of director/designer Giancarlo Rodaz’ winning 2018 vision of the musical based on the family film.

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Jan. 22, February 12, March 5, March 26, April 16, May 7.

New Play Festival for A New Year
Theatre Lab
Live online
www.fauevents.com
(561) 297-6124

Once again, the troupe has scheduled an extensive set of play readings every 21 days through May, held this season online. The first offerings on Jan. 22 include at 5 p.,m. an afternoon of short plays selected from submissions by participants in October’s Playwright’s MasterClass Series. Then at 7 p.m.  Last Night In Inwood by Alix Sobler, the playwright of last season’s The Glass Piano.  The plot is described as “A major disaster in Manhattan has everyone on the island looking for high ground. For Danny’s family and friends, that higher ground happens to be her one-bedroom apartment in Inwood. As the world outside goes to pieces, Danny tries to keep the peace among the assorted characters gathered in her space. They might make it through this crisis, if they can manage to survive each other.” The work will be directed by Theatre Lab Producing Artistic Director Matt Stabile and performed by Meredith Bartmon, Avi Hoffman, Patti Gardner, Jovon Jacobs, Nate Promkul and Marlo Rodriguez.

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Feb. 5-14

Compensation
Island City Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
(954) 519-2533

A world premiere. Tara, a young, lonely woman, drops out of college unbeknownst to her mother and becomes a surrogate for Gabriel and Elliott, a well-established gay couple. Suddenly, Tara finds herself carrying not only their future child, but a terrible secret as well. Video tickets Feb. 12-22.

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Feb. 11-21

Long Distance Affair
Juggerknot Theatre Company/PopUP Theatrics
Available online
https://tinyurl.com/yxgknn99

Similar to the effort last May, this offers two sets of three ten-minute monologues originating live from six cities around the world: Mumbai, India; Portland; Mexico City; Lagos, Nigeria; Beirut and Los Angeles.

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Feb. 18-March 7

Deathtrap
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college-a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway smash. Sidney’s plan, devised with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student for co-credit. Or is it?

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March 11-21

Sweat

Lake Worth Playhouse
A Black Box Series
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

This play takes a look at the de-industrial revolution through the lens of a history play, but also delves into the issues of today: the economy, immigration, race-relations in America, and politics. By Lynn Nottage, 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner

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March 25-April 11

Next to Normal
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, this play explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

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April 2-18

The Niceties
Island City Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
(954) 519-2533

The office of a white, liberal, lesbian history professor at an elite ivy league university explodes with conflict when a black student arrives to discuss the thesis of her essay: “A successful American Revolution was only possible because of the existence of slavery”. Video tickets April 9-19.

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April 15-May 9

Nunsense
The Wick Theatre
7901 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 995-2333

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are taking over The Wick in this musical comedy, with songs including “So You Want to Be a Nun,” “We’ve Got to Clean Out the Freezer,” and “Tackle that Temptation.”

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April 22

A Chorus Line
The Wick Theatre
7901 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 995-2333

Here are the true-life tales of the Broadway dancers – as they share the ordeal and joy of a live audition. Tony Award for Best Musical in 1976 and a Special Tony Award in 1984 for Longest Running Musical.

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April 29-May 16

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

The time is 1959, a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death.

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May 13-23

Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play

Lake Worth Playhouse
A Black Box Series
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of “The Simpsons” episode “Cape Feare” entirely from memory.

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May 18-23

Anastasia
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

This show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.

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June 3-20

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.

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June 3-July 3

Summer Shorts
City Theater
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

America’s Short Play Festival returns in 2021 celebrating City Theatre’s 25th year of “shorts” with TWO different programs of ten-minute plays and musicals.
Program A: All New Anniversary Shorts
Program B: Best of the Fest Anniversary

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June 4-13

Bright Colors and Bold Patterns
Island City Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
(954) 519-2533

Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. The night before their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that the invitation says “Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns.” Video tickets June 11-21.

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June 16-July 3

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds
Carnival Studio Theater
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

This musical featuring the music and lyrics of Bob Marley. Mama says ‘breathe easy’ but Ziggy’s afraid to leave the house. With the help of Dr. Bird and his feathered friends, Ziggy’s reminded that “every little thing, gonna be all right!”

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June 22-27

Jesus Christ Superstar
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

50th Anniversary National Tour. This production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.

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July 23-24

In the Heights
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

This musical tells of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This performance, originally scheduled for May 8-9, 2020 and postponed to September 18-19, 2020, has been rescheduled to July 23-24, 2021. Orders placed for the previously scheduled dates will be honored.

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August 3-8

Hairspray
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

You Can’t Stop the Beat! This is the Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon that inspired a blockbuster film and live television event. Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

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Sept. 28-Oct. 3

Hadestown
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this new show is a love story for today… and always.

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Oct. 14-Nov. 14

Breaking Up is Hard to Do
The Wick Theatre
7901 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 995-2333

Take a trip back to 1960 and a Catskills resort with a trove of hit songs by Neil Sedaka.  Breaking Up is Hard to Do features Didi Conn and Barry Pearl, stars of the original production of Grease.

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Oct. 31-Nov. 14

Murder on the Orient Express

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

Just after midnight, an avalanche stops the Orient Express in its tracks. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. With a luxury train full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery and a gripping whodunnit, adapted from Agatha Christie’s critically acclaimed mystery novel.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 19

Sweet Charity

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

Dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine is a hopeless romantic with dreams of finding the right guy, but she just can’t seem to make a match. This high-energy, dance-filled, Tony Award®-nominated musical features unforgettable classics like, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Big Spender” and captures all the humor and heartbreak of life in the Big Apple.

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2022

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Jan. 11-Feb. 6

Big Hit Broadway Musical

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

This much-anticipated musical features a touching story, emotional scenes, and a score spanning two decades of hits! Chronicling the struggles and triumphs of making it big, this is a Tony® and Grammy Award®-winning musical!

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Feb. 20-March 6

I Hate Hamlet

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

In this offbeat comedy, the ghost of a legendary actor returns to his old apartment in New York to convince television star Andrew Rally to take an offer to play Hamlet. Does Andrew take on the dream role to play Hamlet or does he pursue the life of a celebrity with all of its fame and glory?

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March 3-April 3

Damn Yankees
The Wick Theatre
7901 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 995-2333

Based on Douglas Wallop’s novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, the musical comedy is jammed packed with classic songs.

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March 22-April 10

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

The arrival of American Soap Queen Christine Colgate in the French Riviera has attracted the attention of conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. The two scoundrels agree to a competition: the first to swindle $50,000 gets the right to exclusively deceive and cheat in this Tony Award®-nominated comedic musical.

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