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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.
For arts fans looking for a bit of good news, the Kravis Center and the Broward Center are on track to be the first of the region’s large presenting houses to host a live event with an in-person audience inside one of its venues. They aren’t theater per se, but they mark a milestone in live presentations.
As a handful of local venues gingerly tried to reopen in recent weeks and others prepare detailed plans for the future, a regimen of detailed protocols ranging from parking to popcorn to Playbills is emerging in documents that define what performing arts events in South Florida may look like for customers, artists, staff and vendors when theaters can reopen fully.
Trivia contests, master classes, solo performances, new play development online, lectures, podcast-like schmoozing interviews, requests for video audition, 24-hour theater projects, even soliciting subscriptions for specific dates. The ghost light may be lit across the South Florida theater scene, but nearly every troupe is aggressively keeping the genre’s profile inescapable.
In-depth report: Sets still standing on stages are silent pledges that these productions and theater itself in South Florida will resume – albeit in what many believe will be a different world. But what that cultural world will look like for audiences and artists could not be more uncertain, say theater professionals who have had to rethink and rethink again their plans. It’s different from when other disasters have struck Florida like hurricanes; this one may be open-ended.
The Coronavirus is closing some shows in South Florida theater, and causing the indefinite postponement of others, including the eagerly awaited world premiere musical A Wonderful World at Miami New Drama and the Carbonell Awards gala.
Titles announced by more South Florida theaters in their 2020-21 seasons including Broadway in Fort Lauderdale: To Kill A Mockingbird starring Richard Thomas, and Hamilton returns; Actors’ Playhouse doing On Your Feet!, the Emilio and Gloria Estefan bio-musical; The Wick mounting Damn Yankees, and Lake Worth Playhouse with the American epic Ragtime.
Travelling in the national tour means moving to a different hotel in a different city nearly every week, not always sure what city that is, maintaining relationships with loved ones from afar, striving to keep the show fresh when you’ve done the material hundreds of times. And bats divebombing the performance. Just ask Hialeah native Nick Duckart travelling with Come From Away as it approaches the Kravis and Broward Center.
Oh, those mean girls. If you were unlucky to encounter them, they made your high school days unbearable, humiliated you so you felt inferior and tried to dictate who your friends were. They weren’t fun to be around—even if you were in their inner circle. But Mean Girls, the Broadway musical making its South Florida premiere at the Broward Center through March 15, sure is fun
The first things to know about Slow Burn Theater Company’s musical Groundhog Day is (a) do not go expecting to see the movie and (b) do not go expecting Bill Murray. The third thing is that it doesn’t matter. At all. This unapologetically uplifting, deeply poignant and very funny version is well worth seeing over and over on its own terms.