News Briefs: Carbonell Tickets, Dramaworks’ Summer Show, Kato Gets Promotion, Short Plays Reading, Free Shows

Time for Theater Prom!

Anyone who doubts the quality of South Florida should buy a ticket (as should everyone else who loves theater) to the 36th Annual Carbonell Awards set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 2 in the Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Local actors, directors, producers, designers, critics, patrons and theater lovers gather in their finery to recognize the finest in the previous year’s theater. This year’s overall excellence has led to some very tight races. There also will be scenes from some of the nominated best musicals.

Tickets in advance are $25 with $20 tickets available for groups of 10 or more, and $35 at the door. Tickets are available at the Broward Center’s box office or by emailing or visiting

Opportunities to sponsor an award category and appear on stage to announce the winner are still available beginning at $1,000. Email for more information.

The ceremony is designed to raise funds to offer scholarships to students in the tri-county area for study at accredited colleges and universities in the fields of visual and performing arts and in journalism. The 2012 scholarship winners, outstanding high school students committed to continuing their studies in the theater arts, will be announced at the April 2 award ceremony.

Also, Mary Becht, director of the Broward County Cultural Affairs Division, will receive the Howard Kleinberg award that recognizes contributions to the health and development of the arts in South Florida.

For additional information including a complete listing of this year’s nominations, visit the Carbonell Awards website at Inquiries may also be sent to

Late Additions to the Calendar – Free Shows

Barry University’s Department of Fine Arts is presenting free performances of the Tony Award-winning Urinetown, The Musical!  from March 22-25.  The cast is comprised of students by the direction and design is by professionals. Performances take place at the Shephard K Broad Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores. For information call: 305-899-3291 or Reservations are not required.

Also, The JQ Studio will present free performance of Ashes to Ashes by Harold Pinter, directed by Jesus Quintero, with actors Francesca Toledo and Randy Garcia, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 at 8245 SW 48th St. in Miami.
All the World’s A Stage(d Reading)

The winners of the 5th Annual International Jewish Short Play Competition will presented in staged readings by the West Boca Theatre Company in the Beifield Auditorium at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1  Tickets are $12, open seating; call the box office at (561) 852-3241.

I Want To Be A Producer

Andrew Kato, who has led the Maltz Jupiter theatre’s creative reinvention over the past seven years as artistic director has been given a new title and a promotion. The board of directors has named Kato producing artistic director which “more accurately represents his contribution to our theater,” Milton Maltz, founder and chairman of the Theatre’s board of directors, was quoted in a news release.

Summer Breeze

Palm Beach Dramaworks doesn’t do too many musicals, but it is slating a classic for this summer, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s record-setting The Fantasticks. The show plays in previews July 11-12 and has its regular run July 13-Aug. 5 at the theater in downtown West Palm Beach. The show will be headed by Resident Director J. Barry Lewis with Craig Ames as musical director, the pair who helmed Dramaworks’ award-winning production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. For information call (561) 514-4042 or visit

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