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.

April 22-May 30

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 7 – 7 pm

New Plays for New Year Series
FAU Department of Theater and Dance
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
(561) 297-6124
Suggested Price: $10, with a continuation of our “Pay What You Can” ticketing

FAU is presenting a reading of a new play every 21 days. As always, the readings will be followed by a talk-back with the audience and artists about the play and the process of new play development.

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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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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 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 11-27

Cowboy
M Ensemble
Performing at Sandrell Rivers Theater, Miami
Details to  come

The play by Layon Gray (Ensemble’s Kings of Harlem) had a short world premiere at the National Black Theater Festival in 2019. Ensemble leaders Patricia The story is a fictional drama based on a real African-American lawman/bounty hunter.

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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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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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July 23-Aug. 8

We Will Rock You
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and many more, “We Will Rock You” follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world.

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Oct. 7-Nov. 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. Previews Oct. 7-8.

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Oct. 8-24

Peter and the Starcatcher
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

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Oct. 15 opening

Almost, Maine

Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

Love – old and new, heart-stopping and weak-kneed, unexpected and unrequited, lost and found – is in the air in the fictional, remote town of Almost, Maine. This wildly popular play takes place on a Friday night in winter, and is made up of nine mostly joyful yet poignant vignettes connected by time and place, the beauty of the aurora borealis, a touch of magic, and a spirit of hope.

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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. 12-28

The Importance of Being Earnest
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Oscar Wilde’s enduring satire is a romp through Victorian society, filled with one-liners and double entendres that still pack a mighty comic punch today. Enjoy the mirth as Jack and Algernon avoid the petty obligations of late-Victorian society whilst pursuing the hands of Gwendolen and Cecily.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 19

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

Coming soon. Preview Nov. 26.

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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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Dec. 10 opening

The People Downstairs

Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

For two years and one month, Anne Frank and seven others hid in four small rooms concealed behind a bookcase in the building where her father worked. Her diary revealed their ordeal to the world. But what of the people who hid them, got them food, and kept them informed? This play explores the complex challenges faced by these brave individuals on their journey of rebellious morality during the horrors of the Holocaust. World Premiere.

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Dec. 28-Jan. 2, 2022

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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2022

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Jan. 6-Feb. 13

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

This tale is of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Previews Jan. 6-7.

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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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Jan. 14-30

9-5 The Musical
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot!

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Feb. 4 opening

Trying

Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

In 1967, feisty Sarah Schorr, a 25-year-old from rural Canada, goes to work as secretary for 81-year-old Francis Biddle, the patrician former US Attorney General. The brilliant Biddle is now frail, sometimes befuddled, always irascible, and facing his own mortality. Inspired by the playwright’s experiences as Biddle’s secretary, the piece is a tender yet unsentimental portrait of two disparate people navigating their vast differences to form a bond of mutual admiration, consideration, and respect.

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Feb. 15-20

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

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Winner of 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” is a musical about life and the way we live it.

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Feb. 18-March 6

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a stately countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst!

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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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Feb. 24-26

The Intersection of Lincoln and Parks

Kravis Center Rinker Playhouse
701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach
(561) 832-7469

Imagine what could have . . . what would have happened the night Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move her seat had the last living relative of Abraham Lincoln also been a passenger on the bus. An original play by Donna M. Carbone; directed by Avery Sommers.

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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 22-27

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

From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, 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.

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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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March 25-April 10

The Wizard of Oz
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Follow the yellow brick road in this stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. Watch as young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz.

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April 1 opening

Intimate Apparel

Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

In this heartfelt and heartbreaking work set at the turn of the 20th century, Esther is a 35-year-old African-American seamstress of exquisite intimate apparel who aches to love and be loved. An unlikely opportunity arises when she enters into a correspondence with a man she’s never met. The play is a lyrical exploration of loneliness and longing, sweet dreams and bitter truths, determination and resiliency.

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April 21-May 15

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. Previews April 21-22.

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May 27 opening

TBA

Palm Beach Dramaworks
Dan & Ann Brown Theater
201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
(561) 514-4042

World Premiere

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May 31-June 5

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 2–?

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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Dec. 6-11

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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2023

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