2011-2012 Season Calendars: Broward Center, Parker Playhouse, Rose and Alfred Miniaci Center, Aventura Arts Center and ‘Broward Center Presents’ at Miramar Center

Announcing the 2011-2012 Season Calendars for Broward Center for Performing Arts, Parker Playhouse, Rose and Alfred Miniaci Center, Aventura Arts Center and ‘Broward Center Presents’ at Miramar Center
VENUE ADDRESSES AND BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Au-Rene Theater · Amaturo Theater · Abdo New River Room · Peck Courtyard · Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District
Tickets and group discounts are available through the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at BrowardCenter.org.  Tickets can be purchased at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 N.E. 188th Street in Aventura
Tickets, group discounts and scheduling information are available at (954) 462-0222 or select a seat on-line at AventuraCenter.org.  Tickets can be purchased at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance.

Parker Playhouse
707 N.E. Eighth Street in Holiday Park, in Fort Lauderdale
Tickets and group discounts are available at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at ParkerPlayhouse.com.  Tickets can be purchased at the Parker Playhouse box office Tuesday – Saturday from noon – 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance.

Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
Nova Southeastern University Campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Boulevard in Davie
Tickets and group discounts are available at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at Miniacipac.org.
Tickets can be purchased at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center box office an hour and a half prior to each performance.

ON SALE DATES
Please note that not all shows scheduled for the 2011-12 season are currently on sale and additional events will be added throughout the year.

LINKS TO SEASON ARTWORK
Hi-res images of select performances from the upcoming season, representing all genres, may be downloaded at http://piersongrant.com/BrowardCenterSeasonArt/,http://piersongrant.com/AACC-SeasonArt/ and http://piersongrant.com/MiramarCCAP-SeasonArt/. For additional art including those for events not listed above, please contact  Savannah Whaley, (954) 776-1999 ext. 225, swhaley@piersongrant.com; or Rachel Shapiro, (954) 776-1999 ext. 230, rshapiro@piersongrant.com.

GROUP SALES
Group discounts are available for performances through the Broward Center Group Sales department. Benefits to purchasing tickets through Group Sales include discounted tickets, advance ticket purchase opportunities before the general public on sale, timed payment options, personalized service and low processing fees. To order tickets for your group or for more information call (954)462-0222.

SUBSCRIPTION SERIES

BANK OF AMERICA BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA-FORT LAUDERDALE
Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present the 2011-12 season featuring: RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles (Oct. 4-16), Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (Nov. 15-27), Jersey Boys (Jan. 11-29), Billy Elliot The Musical (Feb. 29-March11), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific (April 10-22) and La Cage Aux Folles (June 12-24). The series also features a special offer for tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Dec. 27-Jan. 1).  Season ticket holders receive exclusive benefits including the same seats for all season shows, additional ticket purchase privileges for all season shows and specials before the general public, toll-free VIP phone service including ticket exchanges and replacement ticket insurance for lost tickets. Season tickets for the six-show package range from $145 to $540 and may be renewed or purchased any time at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com or by calling (800) 764.0700 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

BROWARD CENTER 2011-12 CLASSICAL SERIES
The Broward Center 2011-12 Classical Series features violinist Hilary Hahn with pianist Valentina Lisitsa (Nov. 6, 2011); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman, principal guest conductor and violin soloist, underwritten by Micki and Bernie Peck (Jan. 3, 2012); Tchaikovsky St. Petersburg State Orchestra (Jan. 31, 2012); Denyce Graves with pianist Louis Salemno (March 16, 2012); and Chanticleer (April 18, 2012).  Ticket prices include pre-show lectures which are offered at all concerts.   Full series subscriptions are priced at $161.30 – $339.80 with a three-orchestra series available from $108 – $216.  All season ticket holders may add “From Villa-Lobos to Samba” for $20.  Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more, and students with a valid I.D. receive 50 percent off all price levels.  Tickets are available through the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at 954/462-0222 and BrowardCenter.org.  Single tickets will go on sale in the fall.  Classical South Florida is a proud supporter of the Broward Center 2011-2012 Classical Series.

BROWARD CENTER 2011-12 OFF-BROADWAY SERIES
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents the 2011-12 Off-Broadway Series featuring: Capitol Steps in Desperate Housemembers (Jan. 12-15); Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Jan. 17-22); Marc Salem’s Mind Games (Jan. 21); Improvised Shakespeare! (Feb. 11); Forbidden Hollywood (March 11) and Seth Rudetsky’s Big Fat 70s Show (April 1). Productions in the series will take place at the Broward Center and the Parker Playhouse, both in Fort Lauderdale.  Flexible subscriptions of any four of the six shows offer a savings of 20 percent on each ticket. Single tickets to individual productions will go on sale throughout the season.  Subscription packages and single tickets may be purchased through the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at (954) 462-0222 and BrowardCenter.org.

BROWARD CENTER 2011-12 PRIDE SERIES
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents the 2010-11 Pride Series featuring: Jon and Juan’s Wedding (Oct. 12-23), The Kinsey Sicks’ Oy Vey in a Manger (Dec. 3) and Leslie Jordan and Varla Jean Merman (April 7).  Productions in the series will take place at the Broward Center and the Parker Playhouse, both in Fort Lauderdale. Subscriptions range in price from $114.50 to $123 and, if purchased prior to Oct. 23, offer a savings of 15 percent on each ticket.  Subscribers to the full three-show series also may purchase single tickets prior to public sale to La Cage Aux Folles (June 12-24),  a presentation of the Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Single tickets to individual productions will go on sale throughout the season.  Subscription packages and single tickets may be purchased through the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at (954) 462-0222 and BrowardCenter.org.

MELODIES & MEMORIES SERIES
Mazel Musicals, Inc. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present the Melodies & Memories Series featuring gold standards of the American Songbook at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Conceived and directed by Barry Levitt, former Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s smash Lyrics and Lyricists Series, the spirited celebrations of America’s greatest songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood include How Lucky Can We Get? The Songs of Kander and Ebb (Dec. 14-18); The Song Is You: The Songs of Jerome Kern (Jan. 18-22); At Last: The Songs of Harry Warren (Feb. 8-12) and Thanks for the Memories: the Music of the Paramount Pictures Era (March 7-11). Four show subscriptions are available for $112 offering a $16 savings.  Subscription packages and single tickets may be purchased through the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office at (954) 462-0222 or AventuraCenter.org.

THE AVENTURA FOREIGN FILM SERIES
The City of Aventura presents The Aventura Foreign Film Series of four internationally acclaimed films at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center consisting of Kawasaki’s Rose on Tuesday, Jan, 31, The Piano in a Factory on Tuesday, Feb. 28, Revanche on Tuesday, March 27 and My Afternoons With Margueritte on Tuesday, May 1. The series is hosted by Shelly Isaacs who introduces the films and leads post-screening discussions.  Isaacs created the Boca Raton Classic Film Forum, Café Cinematheque International, Senses of Cinema, the International Film Series for the Boca Raton Museum of Art and Cinematheque at Sea.  Isaacs has taught at New York University, Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University and has extensive national and local film experience.  Subscriptions to the four-film series are $36 and represent a savings of 10 percent on individual tickets. Subscription packages and single tickets may be purchased through the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office at (954) 462-0222 or AventuraCenter.org.

THE AVENTURA COMEDY SERIES
Low Brow Entertainment Company presents the Aventura Comedy Series at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center consisting of Michele Balan on Saturday, Dec. 3, Cory Kahaney on Saturday, Jan. 7 and Sarge on Saturday Feb. 18.  Subscriptions to the three concert series are $96 and represent a savings of 10 percent on individual tickets. Subscription packages and single tickets may be purchased through the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office at (954) 462-0222 or AventuraCenter.org.

BROWARD CENTER PRESENTS THE 2011-12 FAMILY FUN SERIES
The Broward Center’s 2011-12 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida offers the ultimate theatergoing experience including pre- and post-show activities paired with performances based on classic children’s literature which introduces young audiences to the arts while strengthening reading skills. The weekend performances feature pre-show arts and crafts presented by Young At Art Museum, complimentary face painting and a post-show snack provided by Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream, proud sponsors of the Family Fun Series.  Individual tickets bought for performances are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance.  All venues offer $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.  Discounts of up to $6 a ticket are offered for the 17-, 10-, six- and four-show subscription series.  Subscription packages and single tickets may be purchased through the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at (954) 462-0222 and BrowardCenter.org.

SMART STAGE MATINEES
Smart Stage Matinees are affordably-priced professional school-day performances “where learning comes to life onstage,” for all students in grades Pre-K through 12.  Each performance covers themes which reinforce classroom learning and directly connect with core curriculum through literature-based shows, science and math-related productions, dramatizations of historical events, and immersion into the music, dance and traditions of different cultures.  Individual tickets range from $6 to $10, tickets for student groups of 10 or more range from $5.50 to $10 each and $3 lap tickets are available for infants 12 months and under.  Free study guides for teachers and educators, which reinforce the lessons and enhance the learning experience for many of the performances, are available at BrowardCenter.org/Education or by calling (954) 468-2689.

ON-SITE HOSPITALITY OPTIONS

INTERMEZZO LOUNGE
Selected events at the Broward Center offer a stellar night on the town when the sophisticated Intermezzo Lounge opens before the show and at intermission.  Rated as offering one of the “Top 10 Happy Hours” in town by Go Riverwalk magazine, the Intermezzo Lounge treats theater-goers to hors d’oeuvres and an open bar for an additional admission price.  Schedule information is available by calling the Broward Center AutoNation box Office or online at BrowardCenter.org.

SERENADE PRE-SHOW DINING
or select Saturday performances, including Broadway shows, Florida Grand Opera and other feature presentations in the Au-Rene Theater, the Broward Center offers Serenade, a delicious pre-show dinner option in the beautiful Abdo New River Room prepared by its fabulous culinary staff. For only $39, including tax and gratuity, guests enjoy a choice of entrees including beef tenderloin, Chilean sea bass and other mouth-watering dishes, coupled with a signature house salad and chef’s choice dessert, all while being entertained by our talented servers. Appetizers and a full bar will also be available to complete the experience that is only steps from the evening’s performance. Tickets for Serenade pre-show dining are available through the Broward Center Auto Nation Box Office at (954) 462-0222 and at BrowardCenter.org.

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT THE BROWARD CENTER
On the first Sunday of each month, listen to the soulful sounds of the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  No reservations are necessary.

MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

ENTOURAGE
Entourage is the Priority Members Program of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation.  Tax-deductible membership levels begin at only $75 and include exclusive benefits at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Parker Playhouse and Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center. Benefits include access to tickets before the general public, premium seats, pre-show parties and backstage celebrity meet-and-greets as well as advance notice of shows, special savings and much more.   For more information call (954) 468-2681 or visit www.BrowardCenter.org/support.

CLASSICAL SOCIETY
Premium seats are guaranteed by joining the Classical Society, a group of individuals who are dedicated to preserving classical music programming at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Classical Society benefits include complimentary parking, invitations to special functions, entry into the members’ private lounge areas, and public recognition as a Broward Center supporter.  Tax-deductible memberships begin at $1,000. Classical South Florida is a proud supporter of the Broward Center 2011-2012 Classical Series and Classical Society.  For more information about the Classical Society call 954/468-2544 or visit BrowardCenter.org.

GHOST LIGHT SOCIETY
The Ghost Light Society is the group for young professionals between the ages of 21 and 45 who want to take an active role in supporting, promoting and celebrating the performing arts while socializing with others who share their passion.  Membership benefits include access to tickets before they go on sale to the general public, pre-show receptions, unique post-show events and educational workshops.  Tax-deductible memberships begin at $200 and support the diverse efforts of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts through the Broward Performing Arts Foundation.  For more information call (954) 468-2681.

CORPORATE CIRCLE
Organizations in the Broward Center’s Corporate Circle express their appreciation for the arts and their commitment to the community as they support spectacular performances and educational programming.  Benefits which may be used to reward employees, entertain clients and raise a company’s visibility include premium seats, invitations to meet the artists, access to the Intermezzo Lounge, concession and valet vouchers, employee discounts and recognition on the Broward Center’s web site and in printed materials, among others.  Membership levels begin at $5,000 and may be obtained by calling (954) 468-3331.

THE BROWARD PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION, INC., REGISTRATION NUMBER SC-00882, MEETS ALL REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED BY THE FLORIDA SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS ACT. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE 1-800-435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. 100% OF YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE FOUNDATION.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

Through a unique partnership between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the School Board of Broward County, more than 175,000 students enjoy free, professional-level performances each year through the Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS) program.  An exciting range of educational events, performances and workshops for students, educators and adult learners is also available.  Cultural Adventure Workshops and Teachers’ Lounge offer free professional development programs which help educators learn to use the arts more effectively to teach academic subjects.   Additional support for the innovative educational programs of the Broward Center comes from: A.D. Henderson Foundation, Atkins, BankAtlantic Foundation, School Board of Broward County – SEAS Trust Fund Grant, Carolina First Foundation/TD Bank, Comcast, Community Foundation of Broward, Florida Marlins Community Foundation, City of Fort Lauderdale, Charles F. and Esther M. Frye Foundation, Funding Arts Broward, Inc., The Hagen Family Foundation, Hudson Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, Morgan Stanley, Marie E. Morris, Publix, Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund-a fund of the McCormick Foundation,Target, VSA Arts of Florida, and by Joel & Beverly Altman Education Endowed Fund, Joseph C. Amaturo Family, Albert E. & Birdie W. Einstein Endowed Fund, Alfred and Rose Miniaci Education Endowed Fund, Jim and Jan Moran/JM Family Enterprises Fund, Anita Perlman Family Foundation Endowed Fund, Mr. and Mrs. J. Kenneth Tate and Family Endowed Fund, I. Lorraine Thomas Endowed Fund for Children, and by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. Educational presentations and programs at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.  For more information about educational programming visit BrowardCenter.org/Education or call (954) 468-2689.

SPONSORS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is one of America’s premier performing arts venues. Presenting more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, the Center showcases a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events, and offers one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, serving more than 175,000 students annually. In 2007, the Broward Center was named the Cultural Embassy of Broward County in recognition of its success in linking cultural activity with the region’s economic development.  

The Broward Center is a public/private partnership which receives support from Broward County, the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Downtown Development Authority and the School Board of Broward County with generous support contributed by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. Presentations at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, TAM Airlines and Sun-Sentinel are proud sponsors of the Broward Center.

The Sun-Sentinel is a proud sponsor of the Parker Playhouse.

Vi at Aventura is a proud sponsor of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.

The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Historic Stranahan House Museum.  It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

2011-12 SEASON CALENDAR LISTINGS

  • BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
  • PARKER PLAYHOUSE
  • ROSE AND ALFRED MINIACI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
  • AVENTURA ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER
  • “BROWARD CENTER PRESENTS” AT MIRAMAR CULTURAL CENTER/ARTSPARK

OCTOBER 2011

  • Save the Twinz: Live PINK! presents Women Who Jam!, a benefit concert in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room as part of the Broward Center’s Arts Access Program.  Hosted by Danielle Knox, the host of The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, the event will feature groundbreaking female artists and musicians in jazz, R&B, gospel, hip-hop, neo soul, soft rock and spoken word from the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment’s Women Who Jam concert series.  Proceeds will benefit the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center at Broward General Medical Center and the Seventh Avenue Family Health Center. Tickets are $30.
  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place Sunday, October 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present direct from Broadway RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles from Tuesday, October 4 through Sunday, October 16 in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance in this multi-media concert, that’s as infectious as it is transporting.  From the early hits to later classics (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more) this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends!  Showtimes vary. (Note: the media contact for RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles is Charlie Cinnamon; (305) 672-1324; ccinnamon1@aol.com; www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com)
  • Orchestra Miami’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration presents an intimate evening of chamber music on Tuesday, October 4 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  The program begins with Ravel’s lush and sensuous “Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet,” followed by “Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 76 for Piano, Violin and Cello by Joaquin Turina and Schubert’s “Trout” quintet for piano, violin, viola cello and double bass.  The concert is part of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s Arts Access Program, which provides technical and marketing support to local community groups enabling them to develop and build their audiences.  Tickets are $20 and $30.
  • A hit with young audiences, families and educators, Stone Soup returns for the fifth year with a performance in the Parker Playhouse on Thursday, October 6 at 10 a.m. This modern musical adaptation of the Eastern European folk tale comes to life when three soldiers embark on a journey to find food and discover a town full of zany soldiers and villagers who refuse to share their food with anyone.  Stone Soup serves up memorable lessons about the power of sharing and the joy it brings to people’s lives.  Tickets for the Smart Stage Matinee are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
  • A musical play about social issues, bullying and lessons learned, Sticks and Stones is performed as a Smart Stage Matinee at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Monday, October 10 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. This one-woman musical uses music, poetry and video projection to teach children about the critical effects of bullying based on real life experiences of adolescents. Commissioned by the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and funded by the United States Department of Justice, Sticks and Stones focuses on siblings Scott and Lyn who both experience different problems with bullies, peer pressure and loss of friends.  Tickets are $10 for individual seats as well as for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats are available for infants 12 months and under.
  • The City of Aventura presents Cups, a play by Joni Sheram Wednesday, October 12 through Saturday, October 22 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. A comedy that traces the milestones in a woman’s life through the bras she has worn, Cups is the wonderful new tale by playwright Joni Sheram that reminds audiences of how this intimate apparel holds our memories too. Performance times are weeknights at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • From the multicultural menu of noodle kugel and salad alongside black beans and rice, ropa vieja and plantains to the wedding cake topped by two grooms, Jon and Juan’s Wedding makes interactive comedy hip again as the Broward Center 2011-12 Pride Series opener in the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday, October 12 through Sunday, October 23 with show times Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m. Audiences will take part in the ceremony and outrageous reception for Jon Silverman and Juan Rodriguez joining in the fun, mixing and mingling with the couple’s outspoken Jewish and Cuban families, distraught ex-boyfriend and spaced-out best man.  Tickets to the flamboyant, outrageous music, food and dance-filled extravaganza are $59.50 and include the wedding dinner and cake.  This production contains adult language and subject matter.
  • The comic genius behind The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? returns in a new show when Robert Dubac takes the stage in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Free Range Thinking from Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. In a show billed as “offensive to some with laughter for all,” Dubac searches for truth in a world that runs on spin and hype drawing on his decades of experience as a writer, actor and stand-up comic.  The Los Angeles area Ovation Awards nominated Free Range Thinking for Best New Work and Best Actor in 2010. Tickets are $35.  This production contains adult language and subject matter.
  • The Embrace Music Foundation presents Rhythms of Africa: Music Around the World on Saturday, October 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Parker Playhouse. This musical odyssey of discovery features 60 youths from Lauderdale Lakes Educational Complex’s Smart School Charter Middle and Eagle Charter Academy who find inspiration and confidence working alongside a dozen professional musicians under the direction of Willie Stewart, who played percussion for 23 years with the internationally renowned band Third World.  Stewart’s remarkable percussion sessions with children unite musicians, families and entire communities in the celebration of music. This free event is made possible by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Grant and generous support from private community donors. (Note: the media contact for Rhythms of Africa: Music Around the World is LeToya Stairs; (954) 649-6491; LeToya.Stairs@gmail.com.)
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida stages Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale based on the Caldecott Award-winning children’s illustrated book on Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark located at 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar.  Featuring African drumming, powerful choreography and the energy of the African land, this modern day Cinderella tale follows two sisters on a journey to be queen as they encounter mysterious situations that test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit.  Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.  Tickets and group discounts are available at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at miramarculturalcenter.org.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida stages Jigsaw Jones-The Case of the Class Clown at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday, October 23 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. In this musical mystery show based on the book by James Preller, Theodore “Jigsaw” Jones tries to solve the mystery of who slimed one of his classmates in his stickiest case yet.  Brimming with music, charm and humor, ArtsPower’s new production will make audiences laugh and think as they learn the secret codes that Jigsaw must decipher to solve the mystery. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • Fushu Daiko returns to the Parker Playhouse as a Smart Stage Matinee presentation on Wednesday, October 26 at 10 a.m. This dynamic performance by a company of Taiko drummers and Japanese dancers uses live narration interspersed with amazing high-energy percussion and dance to teach audiences about the roots of the 2,000 year-old art and its growth throughout the U.S. Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida brings classic nursery rhymes to life in Mother Goose: A Pocketful of Rhymes on Saturday, October 29 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center. This exciting musical features the First Lady of Rhyme and her friends Little Blue Boy, the Cat and the Fiddle, a high stepping hoe-down Yankee Doodle Dandy and more.  Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream. Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • In an annual fundraiser for Scholarship for South Florida, Inc., beautiful ladies take to the runway in the Miss Broward County Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Students from around the state will compete for the title of Miss Gold Coast and Miss Gold Coast Outstanding Teen as Broward residents vie for the title of Miss Broward County and Miss Broward County Outstanding Teen. The event, presented as part of the Broward Center’s Arts Access program, features personal interview, talent, evening gown and fitness lifestyle competitions.  Winners advance to the Miss Florida and potentially the Miss America pageants.
  • Cirque de la Symphonie takes the stage on Monday, October 31 at 10 a.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  The Smart Stage Matinee show features award-winning acrobats, dancers, jugglers and strongmen performing to baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music selections played by the Symphony of the Americas under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese.  Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.

Other October events and media contacts

  • HarlequinadeArts Ballet Theatre
    October 1 at 7 p.m. and October 2 at 3 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    October 9 at 5 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Ruby Issaev;(305) 935-3232; abtpress@bellsouth.net
    www.artsballettheatre.org
  • 21st Century Rat Pack
    Headliner Productions, LLC
    October 29 at 2 and 8 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Steven Roberts; (561) 859-9020
    headliners_productions@yahoo.com
  • In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
    Symphony of the Americas
    October 18 at 8:15 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Renee LaBonte; (954) 545-0088
    sympamer@aol.com
    www.symphonyoftheamericas.com
  • Trailer Park Boys
    Square Peg/Sherpa Concerts
    October 22 at 8 p.m.
    Parker Playhouse
    Media Contact: Josh Talley; (615) 301-8728
    www.sherpaconcerts.com
  • Miami City Ballet Program I: Square Dance, Afternoon of a Faun, Liturgy, In the Upper Room
    Miami City Ballet
    October 28 at 8 p.m., October 29 at 2 and 8 p.m. and October 30 at 2 p.m.
    Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Roberto Santiago; (305) 929-7000, ext.; rsantiago@miamicityballet.org
    www.miamicityballet.org

NOVEMBER 2011

  • The City of Aventura presents a free performance by The New World School of the Arts Dance Division on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.   An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, the NWSA Dance Division has attained national recognition for the exceptionally high technical and artistic level of its dance students, its distinguished professional faculty, the excellent dance curricula, the division’s productive relationship with many local ballet and modern dance companies and the multi-cultural nature of the faculty and student body.  The free tickets are limited to four tickets per person and must be secured in advance online or at the Aventura box office.
  • Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center returns for a third hit season beginning November 3 in the Abdo New River Room Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and selected Sundays throughout the season at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy free belly laughs with every delicious dinner as couples, friends, co-workers, families and groups can once again join together laughing at the absurdities of marriage, South Florida scandals, national politics, current events and everything in between as a cast of multi-talented performers presents hilarious satire with all original songs while you dine on award-winning fare.  Admission is $65-$69 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread.  Appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages are billed separately.
  • The Broward Center presents comedian Kathleen Madigan on Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Madigan has been performing for 22 years and hosts a radio program on the Blue Collar Comedy network on Satellite Radio while her Showtime special Gone Madigan is topping the Amazon and iTunes charts.  She has shared the stage with Robin Williams and Lewis Black and has appeared on Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman. Tickets are $27.50, $37.50 and $47.50.
  • The City of Aventura presents comic actress Ana Gasteyer in a delightful night of music and laughter on Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  During six years on Saturday Night Live, Gasteyer created some of the show’s most famous characters as well memorable impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Clinton.  A talented stage actress as well as a comedienne, she made her Broadway debut in The Rocky Horror Show and starred in productions of The Threepenny Opera and The Vagina Monologues.  Tickets are $56.50 and $66.50.
  • For all those who like to slow dance, disco dance or thrill to the music of the 1960s and 70s, The City of Aventura presents Stayin’ Alive: Reflections of the Bee Gees on Saturday, November 5 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Recreating the songs and costumes of the disco era, Stayin’ Alive has thrilled audiences worldwide with dance hits by the Bee Gees, KC & The Sunshine Band, Wild Cherry, Average White Band, The Commodores, Heatwave and more. Tickets are $34.50 and $39.50.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Classical Series presents the violinist Time magazine called “America’s best young classical musician,” when Hilary Hahn performs with pianist Valentina Lisitsa on Sunday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Celebrated for her probing interpretations, technical brilliance and spellbinding stage presence, Hahn has been honored with the 2008 Gramophone Magazine Artist of the Year, the ECHO Klassik Artist of the Year and the Cannes Classical Award.  She appears regularly with the world’s elite orchestras and in the most prestigious recital series in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North and South America.  Tickets are $15, $25, $35, $45 and $55 and include admission to the “A Taste of Music” pre-concert lecture with Lyn Farmer entitled Engaging The Senses: How our Senses Shape our Perception of the World at 6 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room.
  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, November 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida offers the musical Sylvester and the Magic Pebble on Sunday, November 6 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Sylvester uses magic to his benefit to make the rain stop and to escape a hungry lion; however, he learns magic also can work against him when he doesn’t know how to return home.  The Enchantment Theatre Company uses life-size puppets, masked actors and magical illusions to teach the importance of family and friends and that prove there is no place like home.  Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • E.B. White’s classic fairy tale Charlotte’s Web comes to life in the Smart Stage Matinee presentation on Wednesday, November 9 at 10 a.m. in the Parker Playhouse.  The Performance Project’s production brings to life the madcap and endearing characters of Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, Templeton the rat and the rest of the farm animals as they learn about bravery, selflessness and the true meaning of friendship. Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
  • Chrystal Hartigan presents Songwriter’s Showcase on Monday, November 14 at 8 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Musicians from around the world perform in the showcase, while an open mic segment lets hopefuls try out material in front of a welcoming audience.  Return to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bring your friends to Songwriter’s Showcase!  Admission is $10 at the door and a cash bar is available.
  • Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and NETworks present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from Tuesday, November 15 through Sunday November 27. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.  Showtimes vary. (Note: the media contact for Beauty and the Beast is Charlie Cinnamon; (305) 672-1324; ccinnamon1@aol.com; www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com)
  • Science comes to life with the Smart Stage Matinee performance of Let’s Go Science, sponsored by Atkins on Wednesday, November 16 at 10 a.m. in the Parker Playhouse.  Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall offer a wacky look at “how things work” using comedy, light and optical illusions to put scientific principles into action with lessons on matter, gravity, air resistance, pressure and propulsion, gyroscopes, levers and fulcrums, and static electricity.  Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
  • Viridian Productions offers a fresh approach to A Midsummer Night’s Dream to introduce young audiences to William Shakespeare’s comedy set at a time when kings reigned and woodland creatures ruled the earth and lovers cross paths with mischievous fairies.
    • Presented as a Smart Stage Matinees on Thursday, November 17 in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 to $10 for individual seats and $5.50 to $10 for groups of 10 or more with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
    • Presented as a Stage Matinee Matinee on Friday, November 18 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 to $10 for individual seats and $5.50 to $10 for groups of 10 or more with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
    • Presented as part of the Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida on Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets for the Family Fun Series performances are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s much-anticipated new production A Brown Bear, a Moon and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories By Eric Carle comes to the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark located at 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the show brings together old favorites and new friends with The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?; and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.  Tickets and group discounts are available at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at miramarculturalcenter.org. Check JC comments against rider
    • Presented as a Smart Stage Matinee on Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $6 for individual seats and $5.50 for groups of 10 or more with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
    • Presented as part of the Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida on Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets for the Family Fun Series performances are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with$3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
    • The City of Aventura presents direct from New York’s premier nightclub, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, Connie James – Raising The Bar: Love Songs From The Great American Songbook on Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Along with top musicians from around the country, James presents a magical evening featuring the music of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Rogers & Hammerstein and also introduces the new standards by Elton John, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Al Green and Carol King among others. Tickets are $29.50.

Other November events and media contacts

  • Cirque de la Symphonie – The Encore
    Symphony of the Americas
    November 1 at 8:15 p.m.
    Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Renee LaBonte; (954) 545-0088; sympamer@aol.com
    www.symphonyoftheamericas.com
  • Shelly Berg Trio with Houston Person present A Natural Groove…88 Keys and a Sax
    Gold Coast Jazz Society
    November 11at 7:45 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Pam Dearden; (954) 524-0805; gcjazz@bellsouth.net
    www.goldcoastjazz.org
  • An Evening with Lucie Arnaz
    City of Hope
    November 12 at 8 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Shari Meehan; (954) 771-1010; smeehan@coh.org

DECEMBER 2011

  • Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center continues in the Abdo New River Room Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and selected Sundays throughout the season at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy free belly laughs with every delicious dinner as couples, friends, co-workers, families and groups can once again join together laughing at the absurdities of marriage, South Florida scandals, national politics, current events and everything in between as a cast of multi-talented performers presents hilarious satire with all original songs while you dine on award-winning fare.  Admission is $65-$69 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread.  Appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages are billed separately.
  • The fun multiplies at the Smart Stage Matinee presentation of Math Rocks!, a brand new educational adventure which fuses mathematics, music and multi-media as the music group, The Primes, take an adventure to the Treasury in Washington, D.C. and soar on a head-bending magic carpet ride through the skies over Egypt. Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
    • Presented on Friday, December 2 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
    • Presented on Wednesday, December 7 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark located at 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar. Tickets and group discounts are available at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at miramarculturalcenter.org.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Pride Series presents America’s favorite dragapella beauty shop quartet The Kinsey Sicks in Oy Vey in a Manger on Saturday, December 3 at 6 and 9 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Combining a cappella singing, over-the-top drag and plenty of Jewish angst, the Kinsey Sicks turns its considerable talents to the global effort to stamp out holiday cheer.  A cross between Capitol Steps and Sex in the City, the performance will feature holiday parodies such as “Harried Little Christmas,” “Jews Better Watch Out,” “Macaroona,”  “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians,” “A Lay in a Manger,” “Papirossen” and the new Christmas cuisine standard, “Soylent Night.”   This production contains adult language and subject matter.  Tickets are $35.
  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, December 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Performance Project production of A Christmas Carol comes to the Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11. The antics of Scrooge as he rediscovers the joy of Christmas Day combined with music, dance and awe-inspiring effects accompanying the arrivals of ghosts have made stage adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classic the first theater-going experience for thousands of children and an annual family favorite.
    • Presented as Smart Stage Matinees on Friday, December 9 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for individual seats and $5.50 for groups of 10 or more with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
    • Presented as part of the Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida on Saturday, December 10 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets for the Family Fun Series performances are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
    • Additional performances take place Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 11 at 1 and 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $17.50 in advance and $20 when bought the day of the performance, $15 tickets for groups of 10 or more and $5 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • One of the most popular children’s TV shows comes to South Florida in the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Kia Motors presentation of Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! It’s Time to Dance on Saturday, December 10 at 2 and 5 p.m. and on Sunday, December 11 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  This high-energy production starring DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee features an energetic mix of music, animation, games, singing and dancing.  Tickets are $25, $35, $45, $65 with a Gabba Party Package ticket available for $151 which includes seating in the first 15 rows, admission to a “Get the Sillies Out” fun party and photo opportunity.  Lap seats are also available for $10 for infants 12 months and younger.
  • Chrystal Hartigan presents Songwriter’s Showcase on Monday, December 12 at 8 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Musicians from around the world perform in the showcase, while an open mic segment lets hopefuls try out material in front of a welcoming audience.  Return to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bring your friends to Songwriter’s Showcase!  Admission is $10 at the door and a cash bar is available.
  • Mazel Musicals, Inc. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present How Lucky Can We Get? The Songs of Kander and Ebb on Wednesday, December 14 through Sunday, December 18 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Honored in 1998 with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center Honors, composer John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote such Broadway blockbusters as Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Zorba, and the longest running revival in Broadway history, Chicago. This is a presentation in the Melodies & Memories Series, spirited celebrations of America’s greatest songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, conceived and directed by Barry Levitt, former Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s smash Lyrics and Lyricists Series.  Performances are Wednesday, December 14 through Friday, December 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 17 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 17 at 2 and 7 p.m.  Tickets are $32.
  • The Broward Center presents the Smart Stage Matinee presentation of Hispanico Ballet Flamenco, a colorful cross-section of traditional Latin American music and dance performed live by talented international artists on Thursday, December 15 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.The performances feature the Mexican jarabe-tapatio, the Colombian cumbia, the Argentine tango and malambo, Caribbean salsa and merengue, the rhythmic bombos and the spectacular magic of boleadores that demonstrate how these musical traditions have been influenced by history, politics and cultural psychology.  Tickets are $10 for individual seats as well as for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats are available for infants 12 months and under.
  • The charm of the holidays is back in the Smart Stage Matinee presentation of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s production of The Nutcracker on Friday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Parker Playhouse.  This production features more than 100 dancers on stage in the story of the holiday toy that comes to life to the spellbinding score by Tchaikovsky which includes “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”  Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
  • The holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street takes the Au-Rene Theater stage on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. In a story faithful to the film, Kris Kringle, aka Santa Claus, goes on trial, Macy’s becomes the friendly store to shop, two lost souls find each other and a little girl discovers her childhood through her belief in miracles.  Tickets are $19.50, $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 and $59.50.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida stages The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus on Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center.  Based on the book by L. Frank Baum, who also wrote The Wizard of Oz, this musical is packed with jokes, puppets and enchanting songs for all to sing along as it follows the early life of Santa Claus from his abandonment in a forest to his adoption by wood-nymphs to making and delivering the very first toys. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present Cirque Dreams Holidaze from Tuesday, December 27 through Sunday, January 1 in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Ornaments come to life as costumed characters perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season and showcase pageantry, ingenuity and breathtaking artistry. An international cast of acrobats, aerialists, singers, dancers and musicians fill this Cirque Dream on stage, in the air and while dangling from a 24-foot tall magical tree in a show that includes gingerbread men flipping through the air, toy soldiers skillfully marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen sculpting powerfully, penguins spinning, puppets caroling and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment.  Showtimes vary. (Note: the media contact for Cirque Dreams Holidaze is Charlie Cinnamon; (305) 672-1324; ccinnamon1@aol.com; www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com)
  • Students, ages 11 to 16, can enjoy the magic of the holidays up close and personal at Cirque Dreams Holidaze Winter Mini-Camp on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the Broward Center for the Performing  Arts from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. The day-long camp includes an exclusive behind- the-scenes costume workshop, one upper orchestra  matinee ticket per camper, lunch and more holiday surprises.  The package is $80 per camper.  For information visit BrowardCenter.org/Education or call (954) 468-2689.

Other December events and media contacts

  • Luisa Fernanda
    Florida Grand Opera
    December1 at 7:30pm and December 3 at 8 p.m.
    Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Alex Serna; (305)854-1643, ext.1320;
    aserna@fgo.org. www.fgo.org
  • Michele Balan
    Low Brow Entertainment Company
    December 3
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Randy Singer; (954) 987-4664; rsinger61@gmail.com
  • South Florida Symphony
    December 6 at 8 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Jacqueline Lorber; 954-522-8445; www.southfloridasymphony.org
  • Vladimir Issaev’s The Nutcracker
    Arts Ballet Theatre
    December 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and December 11 at 3 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    December 17 at 7 p.m. and December 18 at 3 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Ruby Issaev;(305) 935-3232; abtpress@bellsouth.net
    www.artsballettheatre.org
  • Sounds of the Season – A Holiday Extravaganza
    Symphony of the Americas
    December12 at 8:15 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Renee LaBonte; (954) 545-0088; sympamer@aol.com
    www.symphonyoftheamericas.com
  • Mad Romance presents Singing the Great American Songbook
    Gold Coast Jazz Society
    December14 at 7:45 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Pam Dearden; (954) 524-0805; gcjazz@bellsouth.net
    www.goldcoastjazz.org
  • George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM
    Miami City Ballet
    December 21 at 7:30 p.m., December 22 and 23 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and December 24 at 1 p.m.
    Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Roberto Santiago; (305) 929-7000, ext.; rsantiago@miamicityballet.org www.miamicityballet.org

JANUARY 2012

Continued from December

  • Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Tuesday, December 27 through Sunday, January 1 in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Ornaments come to life as costumed characters perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season and showcase pageantry, ingenuity and breathtaking artistry. An international cast of acrobats, aerialists, singers, dancers and musicians fill this Cirque Dream on stage, in the air and while dangling from a 24 foot tall magical tree in a show that includes gingerbread men flipping through the air, toy soldiers skillfully marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen sculpting powerfully, penguins spinning, puppets caroling and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment.  Showtimes vary. (Note: the media contact for Cirque Dreams Holidaze is Charlie Cinnamon; (305) 672-1324; ccinnamon1@aol.com; www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com)
  • Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center continues in the Abdo New River Room Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and selected Sundays throughout the season at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy free belly laughs with every delicious dinner as couples, friends, co-workers, families and groups can once again join together laughing at the absurdities of marriage, South Florida scandals, national politics, current events and everything in between as a cast of multi-talented performers presents hilarious satire with all original songs while you dine on award-winning fare.  Admission is $65-$69 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread.  Appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages are billed separately.
  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, January 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Classical Series presents one of the United Kingdom’s most prodigious and musically inventive orchestras when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs with principal guest conductor and violin soloist Pinchas Zukerman on Tuesday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in a concert generously underwritten by Micki and Bernie Peck.  Zukerman’s extensive discography contains more than 100 titles which have earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two awards.  In 1983, President Reagan awarded him the Medal of Arts for his leadership in the musical world.  The program features Mozart’s Overture from Die Zauberflöte, Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26″ and Brahms’s “Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 98.”  Tickets are $45, $55, $65, $75 and $85 and include the “Taste of Music” pre-concert lecture with Lyn Farmer entitled Matters of Taste: How Wine Enhances our Enjoyment and Understanding of Music at 6:30 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room.
  • Chrystal Hartigan presents Songwriter’s Showcase on Monday, January 9 at 8 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Musicians from around the world perform in the showcase, while an open mic segment lets hopefuls try out material in front of a welcoming audience.  Return to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bring your friends to Songwriter’s Showcase!  Admission is $10 at the door and a cash bar is available.
  • Step Afrika, the first professional company dedicated to stepping, appears in a Smart Stage Matinee on Wednesday, January 11 at 10:30 a.m. and on Sunday, January 15 with a free workshop at 3 p.m. and a performance at 7 p.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark located at 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar.  An original art form born at African-American fraternities and based on African traditions, stepping combines intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms with spoken word.  Tickets for the Smart Stage Matinee are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.  Tickets for the evening performance on January 15 are $25 and $35 with $5 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.  Student tickets and group discounts are available at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at miramarculturalcenter.org.  For more information or to register for the free workshop call (954) 468-2689.
  • Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present the return of Jersey Boys from Wednesday, January 11 to Sunday, January 29 in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning best musical about rock and roll hall of famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi tells the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30.  Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Showtimes vary. (Note: the media contact for Jersey Boys is Charlie Cinnamon; (305) 672-1324; ccinnamon1@aol.com; www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com)
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Off-Broadway Series presents Capitol Steps in Desperate Housemembers on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, January 14 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, January 15 at 1 and 5 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Known for hilarious musical skits of Capitol Hill personalities and current events, the Capitol Steps’ 27 albums and sold out shows keep audiences on both sides of the aisles laughing out loud as they put the mock in democracy.  This production may contain adult language and subject matter.  Tickets are $35.
  • Parents can relive their childhood and introduce their children to a fun way of learning at the Smart Stage Matinee performances of School House Rock on Friday, January 13 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  This multi-media musical is based on the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through unforgettable jingles such as “Unpack Your Adjectives,” “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction.”  Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
  • Eckerd Theater Company’s production of Aesop’s Fables uses lively storytelling, physical comedy and the help of the audience to bring The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare and The Fox and the Grapes to life as children learn valuable life lessons and are introduced to some of the world’s most cherished stories.
    • Presented as part of the Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida on Sunday, January 15 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
    • Presented as a Smart Stage Matinee on Tuesday, January 17 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 for individual seats as well as for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats are available for infants 12 months and under.
  • Return to the entertainment heyday of the New York mountain resorts with Freddie Roman’s Monticello Memories from Wednesday, January 25 through Sunday, January 29 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. It’s a celebration of comedy, song and dance with Freddie Roman, Vic Arnell and the sensational tap team Two on Tap.
  • Mazel Musicals, Inc. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present The Song Is You: The Songs of Jerome Kern on Wednesday, January 18 through Sunday, January 22 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  With more than three dozen celebrated collaborators including Oscar Hammerstein, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and Yip Harburg, Kern composed many Broadway and film standards including “Old Man River,” “All the Things You Are,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “I Won’t Dance” and “The Song Is You.”  This is a presentation in the Melodies & Memories Series, spirited celebrations of America’s greatest songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, conceived and directed by Barry Levitt, former Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s smash Lyrics and Lyricists Series.  Performances are Wednesday, January 18 through January 20 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, January 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, January 22 at 2 and 7 p.m.  Tickets are $32.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Off-Broadway Series brings Daryl Roth’s presentation of Love, Loss, and What I Wore starring Loretta Swit to Parker Playhouse from Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 20 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, January 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, January 22 at 1 and 5 p.m. Written by Nora and Delia Ephron and based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, the show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that are relatable to all women.  Tickets are $37, $47 & $57.
  • An all-star cast of four renowned Canadian comedians take the stage in Women Fully Clothed on Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Robin Duke from Saturday Night Live and SCTV, Jayne Eastwood from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Chicago and Billable Hours, Kathryn Greenwood from Whose Line Is It Anyway and Teresa Pavlinek from History Bites and The Jane Show star in this sketch comedy show about today’s challenges of careers and family dynamics.  Tickets are $29 and $39.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Off-Broadway Series presents the return of Marc Salem’s Mind Games on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  This riveting Broadway stage show features hilarious, astounding and mystifying mental exercises that combine psychological techniques, quick wit, sharp observation and an understanding of human nature. Tickets are $35.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida stages Ramona Quimby based on the beloved books by Beverly Cleary on Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark located at 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar.  Funny and relatable, Ramona’s life is a mess! Her older sister Beezus is a pain, her Aunt Bea may marry a dork, her Dad just lost his job and she thinks her teacher hates her.  Growing up is not easy, but with the help of her loving and patient family and friends, Ramona faces these challenges. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.  Tickets and group discounts are available at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at miramarculturalcenter.org.
  • Back by popular demand, folk rock pioneer Tom Rush performs on Saturday, January 28 at 8:30 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Credited by Rolling Stone magazine for kick-starting the singer-songwriter era, Rush will perform his classic hits “No Regrets,” “Circle Game,” “Remember Song,” “Urge for Going” and “Merrimack County,” as well as music from his recently released album What I Know. Tickets are $35.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida offers a special presentation of ArcAttack on Sunday, January 29 at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark located at 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar.  This high energy concert mixes science and the arts to create an electrifying performance. As seen on the popular TV show America’s Got Talent, ArcAttack’s six members use high tech wizardry, Tesla coils and robotic drums to produce rock, electronica, indie and punk music. Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.  Tickets and group discounts are available at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at miramarculturalcenter.org.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Classical Series presents the Tchaikovsky St. Petersburg State Orchestra led by musical director and conductor Roman Leontiev with guest artist pianist Alexander Pirozhenko on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  The program features Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major Op. 19″ and Mahler’s “Symphony No 5 in C-sharp minor.”  This concert is a presentation of the Broward Center 2011-2012 Classical Series.  Tickets are $30, $40, $50, $60 and $70 and include the “A Taste of Music” pre-concert lecture with Lyn Farmer entitled The Harmony of all Things: How music opens our eyes as well as our ears at 6:30 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room.
  • The Aventura Foreign Film Series presents Kawasaki’s Rose on Tuesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. The family of a renowned psychiatrist, teacher and dissident who is about to receive the highest national honor is forced to come to terms with new facts that have arisen concerning his past in this film presented in Czech with English subtitles. The film is hosted by Shelly Isaacs who introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $10.

Other January events and media contacts

  • Cory Kahaney
    Low Brow Entertainment Company
    January 7 at 8:30 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Randy Singer; (954) 987-4664; rsinger61@gmail.com
  • Duke Ellington Legacy Band presents The Music of Duke Ellington
    Gold Coast Jazz Society
    January 11 at 7:45 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Pam Dearden; (954) 524-0805; gcjazz@bellsouth.net
    www.goldcoastjazz.org
  • An Orchestra, a Cello and a Piano
    Symphony of the Americas
    January 24 at 8:15 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Renee LaBonte; (954) 545-0088; sympamer@aol.com
    www.symphonyoftheamericas.com

FEBRUARY 2012

  • Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center continues in the Abdo New River Room Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and selected Sundays throughout the season at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy free belly laughs with every delicious dinner as couples, friends, co-workers, families and groups can once again join together laughing at the absurdities of marriage, South Florida scandals, national politics, current events and everything in between as a cast of multi-talented performers presents hilarious satire with all original songs while you dine on award-winning fare.  Admission is $65-$69 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread.  Appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages are billed separately.
  • Journey back to Motown with the return of The Temptations and The Four Tops on Wednesday, February 1 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  These two groups that created the soundtrack for a generation share the stage and bring the hits that put them in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.  The Temptations bring back memories with their most popular songs including “It’s Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” “My Girl” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” while The Four Tops will perform their hits such as “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “Standing In the Shadows of Love,” “Bernadette” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).”  Tickets are $29.50, $42.50, $67.50 and $79.50.
  • America’s famed comedy troupe is back with topical, insightful, satirical sketches when the City of Aventura presents The Second City in the Laugh Out Loud Tour on Thursday, February 2 at 8 p.m. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray comes the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest presenting an evening of hilarious sketch comedy and Second City’s trademark improvisation. Tickets are $39.
  • Direct from the legendary Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip comes Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. in the Parker Playhouse.  Celebrating 50 years of The Rat Pack, this critically-acclaimed theatrical production features recorded voiceovers by the legendary comedian Buddy Hackett and performances by Sandy Hackett as Joey Bishop, David DeCosta as Frank Sinatra, Doug Starks as Sammy Davis, Jr. and Tony Basile as Dean Martin led by maestro Christopher Hardin and conductor/pianist Joey Singer.  Tickets are $36, $46 and $56.
  • The City of Aventura presents The Bronx Wanderers on Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  With superlative vocals and musicianship, dynamic enthusiasm and a genuine love of the music they perform, The Bronx Wanderers recreate the music of the 50s and early 60s performing doo-wop and rock and roll in an evening of toe-tapping, hand clapping and dancing in the aisles.  Tickets are $36.50.
  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, February 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • Improvised Shakespeare! returns to the Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Based on an audience suggestion, the Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style which might be filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise and all that we’ve come to expect from the pen of the great Bard.
    • Presented as a Smart Stage Matinee on Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
    • Presented as part of the Broward Series 2011-2012 Off-Broadway Series on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35.
    • A free workshop is offered in the Abdo New River Room on Saturday, February 11 at 5 p.m.  For more information or to register for the workshop call (954) 254-9172.
  • Smart Stage Matinees presents Hispanico Ballet Flamenco, a colorful cross-section of traditional Latin American music and dance performed live by talented international artists on Friday, February 17 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a,m. in the Parker Playhouse.  The performances feature the Mexican jarabe-tapatio, the Colombian cumbia, the Argentine tango and malambo, Caribbean salsa and merengue, the rhythmic bombos and the spectacular magic of boleadores that demonstrate how these musical traditions have been influenced by history, politics and cultural psychology.  Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
  • Mazel Musicals, Inc. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present At Last: The Songs of Harry Warren on Wednesday, February 8 through Sunday, February 12 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated for nine more, Warren had more songs in the Top Ten of Your Hit Parade between 1932 and 1957 than any other songwriter with standards such as “Jeepers Creepers,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “You’ll Never Know,” “Forty Second Street” and “At Last.”  This is a presentation in the Melodies & Memories Series, spirited celebrations of America’s greatest songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, conceived and directed by Barry Levitt, former Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s smash Lyrics and Lyricists Series.  Performances are Wednesday, February 8 through February 10 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 11 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 12 at 2 and 7 p.m.  Tickets are $32.
  • Direct from South Africa, the 52-member Soweto Gospel Choir performs an inspirational program of tribal, traditional and popular African gospel on Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m. in the Parker Playhouse. This awe-inspiring vocal ensemble performs in eight languages and is drawn from the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto.  Earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, a cappella and charismatic performances combine to uplift the soul and express South Africa’s great hopes for the future. The concert also features traditional dancers and drummers and a dynamic four-piece band.  Tickets are $37.50 and $47.50.  A free full company “dress rehearsal” is offered at 5-6 p.m. in the Parker Playhouse; however, you must RSVP to (954) 468-2689.
  • Chrystal Hartigan presents Songwriter’s Showcase on Monday, February 13 at 8 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Musicians from around the world perform in the showcase, while an open mic segment lets hopefuls try out material in front of a welcoming audience.  Return to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bring your friends to Songwriter’s Showcase!  Admission is $10 at the door and a cash bar is available.
  • In celebration of Black History Month, the Smart Stage Matinee production of I Have a Dream on Wednesday, February 15 at 10 a.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he becomes a dominant leader and advocates his philosophy of non-violent protest in the ‘60s.  This compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of America’s most influential and charismatic leaders is a must-see show for those who love American history or are interested in the foundation of modern society. Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
  • Delivering the “light and shade” that is the embodiment of “The Mighty Zep,” Get The Led Out brings the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin to the concert stage on Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse. Playing the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems with passion and fury along with offering intimate, sit-down acoustics, Get The Led Out re-creates the songs that Zeppelin never performed live in all their depth and glory complete with studio overdubs. Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50.
  • With a fan base that spans rock, country, folk and blues, Arlo Guthrie returns to the Parker Playhouse on Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m. with his show Boys Night Out. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician — playing the piano, six- and 12-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments — Guthrie is a natural-born storyteller whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances.  Tickets are $37.50 and $47.50.
  • Reinvigorating smooth jazz with her silky, retro style, Jane Monheit returns to the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 24 at 8:30 p.m. With a lush voice that evokes an early Streisand, jazzy Bebel Gilberto and cool Cassandra Wilson, Monheit defies categorization and dazzles audiences wherever she goes. An international artist, she performed at most of the major concert halls, cabarets and jazz venues around the globe and has released seven albums and two DVDs.  Tickets are $35 and $45.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida stages Jack and the Beanstalk on Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center.  The classic fairy tale is turned upside down with twists and turns in this musical adaptation of the adventures of a boy who, guided by his imagination, strives to become the famous character from the book he is reading and leads him to enter a world of magic beans, giants and treasures.  Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • For one night only, An Evening with George Winston returns Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Drawing on diverse influences from folk, R&B, jazz and blues to classical and pop music, Winston is a consummate contemporary instrumental performer who has achieved commercial and critical success. Winston will perform songs from his latest release “Love Will Come – The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2” which features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including pieces from the Peanuts® TV specials.  Tickets are $50.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida stages the heartwarming tale Are You My Mother? on Sunday, February 26 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  This enchanting original musical offers a magical adventure as Baby Bird searches for her mother on a journey filled with courage, determination and a bit of calculated silliness.  Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • The Aventura Foreign Film Series presents The Piano in a Factory on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. When his only chance to win custody of his daughter is to provide a home with a piano, a father persuades a bunch of misfits to help him forge the instrument in a derelict factory from a heap of scrap steel in this offbeat ballad of friendship and devotion that is presented in Mandarin with English subtitles. The film is hosted by Shelly Isaacs who introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $10.
  • Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present Billy Elliot: The Musical from Wednesday, February 29 through Sunday, March 11 in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Billy Elliot is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community.  Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot is brought to life by a phenomenal cast of 45, music legend Elton John and the Tony Award®-winning creative team of director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall.  Showtimes vary.  (Note: the media contact for Billy Elliot: The Musical is Charlie Cinnamon; (305) 672-1324; ccinnamon1@aol.com; www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com)

Other February events and media contacts

  • Miami City Ballet Program II: New Ballet by Liam Scarlett –
    World Premiere, In the Night, Ballet Imperial
    Miami City Ballet
    February 3 at 8 p.m., February 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and February 5 at 2 p.m.
    Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Roberto Santiago; (305) 929-7000, ext.; rsantiago@miamicityballet.org www.miamicityballet.org
  • Sophie Milman, Jazz Vocalist in Taking Love Easy
    Gold Coast Jazz Society
    February 8 at 7:45 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Pam Dearden; (954) 524-0805; gcjazz@bellsouth.net
    www.goldcoastjazz.org
  • Rigoletto
    Florida Grand Opera
    February 16 at 7:30pm and February 18 at 8 p.m.
    Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Alex Serna; (305)854-1643, ext.1320; aserna@fgo.org
    www.fgo.org
  • Sarge
    Low Brow Entertainment Company
    February 18 at 8:30 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Randy Singer; (954) 987-4664; rsinger61@gmail.com
  • Miami City Ballet Program III: Giselle
    Miami City Ballet
    February 24 at 8 p.m., February 25 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and February 26 at 2 p.m.
    Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Roberto Santiago; (305) 929-7000, ext.; rsantiago@miamicityballet.org www.miamicityballet.org
  • From Austria with Love
    Symphony of the Americas
    February 28 at 8:15 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Renee LaBonte; (954) 545-0088; sympamer@aol.com
    www.symphonyoftheamericas.com

MARCH 2012

Continued from February

  • Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present Billy Elliot: The Musical from Wednesday, February 29 through Wednesday, March 11 in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Billy Elliot is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community.  Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot is brought to life by a phenomenal cast of 45, music legend Elton John and the Tony Award®-winning creative team of director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall.  Showtimes vary. (Note: the media contact for Billy Elliot: The Musical is Charlie Cinnamon; (305) 672-1324; ccinnamon1@aol.com; www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com)
  • Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center continues in the Abdo New River Room Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and selected Sundays throughout the season at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy free belly laughs with every delicious dinner as couples, friends, co-workers, families and groups can once again join together laughing at the absurdities of marriage, South Florida scandals, national politics, current events and everything in between as a cast of multi-talented performers presents hilarious satire with all original songs while you dine on award-winning fare.  Admission is $65-$69 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread.  Appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages are billed separately.
  • The City of Aventura presents The Long and Winding Road starring Jim Witter on Thursday, March 1 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  This concert is an audio and visual “Magical Mystery Tour” into the minds of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, the legendary creators behind The Beatles’ biggest hits including “Yesterday,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Hey Jude,” “Let it Be” and countless others.  The show explores their tumultuous relationship and shares the stories behind their hit songs.  Tickets are $41.50 and $46.50.
  • The Broward Center presents the Trey McIntyre Project in the Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. One of the most sought-after choreographers working today, McIntyre has created a canon of more than 80 works for companies such as American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. The Trey McIntyre Project has performed at The Vail International Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and will tour China, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam in Spring 2012 serving as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador. Tickets are $49 for the general public and $24.50 for students with an ID.
  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, March 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • Mazel Musicals, Inc. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Thanks for the Memories: the Music of the Paramount Pictures Era on Wednesday, March 7 through Sunday, March 11 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Having just celebrated its centennial, America’s oldest and longest running movie studio has made Hollywood musical history from Shirley Temple to Saturday Night Fever and songs include “Thanks For The Memory,” “Swinging On A Star,” “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” “Moonlight Becomes You,” “Silver Bells,” “Staying Alive” and “Flashdance.”  This is a presentation in the Melodies & Memories Series, spirited celebrations of America’s greatest songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, conceived and directed by Barry Levitt, former Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s smash Lyrics and Lyricists Series.  Performances are Wednesday, March 7 through March 9 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 10 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 11 at 2 and 7 p.m.  Tickets are $32.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida stages The Wizard of Oz on Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m. and 1p.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark located at 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar.  American Family Theater’s award winning production features spectacle, song and special effects as it recreates the famous literary story about a land of munchkins, magic and mayhem when Dorothy follows the yellow brick road over the rainbow and meets the Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, and, of course, the Wizard himself. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.  Tickets and group discounts are available at (954) 462-0222 or select your seat on-line at miramarculturalcenter.org.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Off-Broadway Series presents Forbidden Hollywood, the smash hit musical comedy of the movies from creator Gerard Alessandrini, on Sunday, March 11 at 2 and 5 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse.  With pacing as furious as its predecessor Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood cuts through tinseltown’s bombast and star power with surgical precision, spoofing modern classics like Titanic, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Shrek and Austin Powers, as well as Disney’s cartoon world and theme park megalomania.  Actors who are satirized include Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise and classic stars such as Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Marlon Brando and Audrey Hepburn.  Tickets are $35.
  • Chrystal Hartigan presents Songwriter’s Showcase on Monday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Musicians from around the world perform in the showcase, while an open mic segment lets hopefuls try out material in front of a welcoming audience.  Return to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bring your friends to Songwriter’s Showcase!  Admission is $10 at the door and a cash bar is available.
  • The life, laughter and love of George Burns and Gracie Allen are showcased in the hit Broadway play Say Goodnight Gracie from Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, April 1 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Say Goodnight Gracie is a tender, funny, life-affirming story following entertainer George Burns as he starts his career in vaudeville, finds fame in radio, television and the movies and meets the love of his life.  Broadway’s third longest running solo performance show, the heart-warming comedy was nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Play and won the National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Classical Series presents mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves who is joined by pianist Louis Salemno on Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Noted for her expressive rich vocalism, elegant stage presence and exciting theatrical performances, Graves has been described by The Washington Post as “almost too good to be true – a vital artist, a beautiful woman, a regal presence.” Her signature roles have brought her to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin, among others.  Her programs include classical repertoire of German Lieder, French mélodie, and English art song, as well as the popular music of Broadway musicals, crossover, jazz and American spirituals.  Tickets are $25, $35, $45, $55 and $65 and include admission to a pre-concert lecture with Lyn Farmer at 7 p.m. in the Waste Management Lobby.
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the final return of world-famous Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance on Saturday, March 17 at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. One of the top-grossing theatrical tours in history, the mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance features a dramatic storyline based upon mythical Irish folklore told through precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting. Tickets are $49, $59 and $69.
  • Two of the highest profile keyboardists in contemporary jazz join together for a completely unique pairing in Piano 2 Piano: Brian Culbertson and David Benoit on Friday, March 23 at Parker Playhouse.  With more than three dozen recordings between them, R&B and jazz multi-instrumentalist Culbertson and contemporary jazz pianist Benoit perform some of their best known compositions along with original music they’ve collaborated on specifically for this project.  Tickets are $39.50.
  • The Aventura Foreign Film Series presents Revanche on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Ex-con Alex plans to flee with his girl Tamara but their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife in this 2009 Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign Film which is presented in German and Russian with English subtitles. The film is hosted by Shelly Isaacs who introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $10.

Other March events and media contacts

  • Fairy Doll
    Arts Ballet Theatre
    March 3 at 7 p.m. and March 4 at 3 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    March 10 at 7 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Ruby Issaev;(305) 935-3232; abtpress@bellsouth.net
    www.artsballettheatre.org
  • UM Frost Concert Jazz Band & Kathy Kosins in Swinging with the Big Bands
    Gold Coast Jazz Society
    March 7 at 7:45 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Pam Dearden; (954) 524-0805; gcjazz@bellsouth.net
    www.goldcoastjazz.org
  • Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back starring Michael Matone
    West Coast Performing Arts
    March 18 at 2 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Mark W. Curran; newmediadigital@hotmail.com
  • Miami City Ballet Program IV:
    Coppélia
    Miami City Ballet
    March 23 at 8 p.m., March 24 at 2 and 8 p.m., and March 25 at 8 p.m.
    Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Roberto Santiago; (305) 929-7000, ext.; rsantiago@miamicityballet.org www.miamicityballet.org
  • Broadway Goes to the Movies
    Symphony of the Americas
    March 27 at 8:15 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Renee LaBonte; (954) 545-0088; sympamer@aol.com
    www.symphonyoftheamericas.com

APRIL 2012

  • Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center continues in the Abdo New River Room Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and selected Sundays throughout the season at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy free belly laughs with every delicious dinner as couples, friends, co-workers, families and groups can once again join together laughing at the absurdities of marriage, South Florida scandals, national politics, current events and everything in between as a cast of multi-talented performers presents hilarious satire with all original songs while you dine on award-winning fare.  Admission is $65-$69 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread.  Appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages are billed separately.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Off-Broadway Series presents Seth Rudetsky’s Big Fat 70s Show on Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater.  Rudetsky takes audiences down memory lane in an evening of outrageous comedy featuring rare clips from a collection of 1970s variety and award shows.  Clips include The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, Liza Minnelli singing “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” without blinking for 47 straight seconds and a woman who received her own variety show at age 72.  Tickets for the performance are $35.  Rudetsky also presents a unique masterclass at 2 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room as he shares tips and techniques to ace any audition including how to pick the right song, how to end a song and how to perform it to fit the exact audition. Every person gets individual attention and tickets are $25.
  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • The Broward Center 2011-12 Pride Series culminates in an evening with Leslie Jordan and Varla Jean Merman on Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse.   Jordan has charmed and entertained audiences with his signature style of southern humor and LGBT material in his Off-Broadway hit My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, in indelible performances such as his Emmy Award-winning role as Beverly Leslie on Will and Grace and his signature role as Brother Boy in the film and television versions of Sordid Lives. Varla Jean Merman’s alter ego Jeffery Roberson has played the role of Mary Sunshine in Chicago on Broadway, opened for Jennifer Holiday.  His shows featuring Merman have filled concert halls and cabarets across the world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, New York Public Theater and London’s Soho Theatre. Tickets are $40 and $50.  This production contains adult language and subject matter.
  • Chrystal Hartigan presents Songwriter’s Showcase on Monday, April 9 at 8 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Musicians from around the world perform in the showcase, while an open mic segment lets hopefuls try out material in front of a welcoming audience.  Return to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bring your friends to Songwriter’s Showcase!  Admission is $10 at the door and a cash bar is available.
  • Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific from Tuesday, April 10 to Sunday, April 22 in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This breathtaking new production is based on the 2008 Tony Award® winning Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Bartlett Sher.  Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”  Showtimes vary. (Note: the media contact for South Pacific is Charlie Cinnamon; (305) 672-1324; ccinnamon1@aol.com; www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com)
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida stages the hilarious musical adventure Skippyjon Jones, based on the book by Judy Schachner, on Sunday, April 15 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Skippyjon Jones is a small kitten with big ears and an active imagination, often pretending he is other animals.  His latest alter-ego is the chihuahua hero Skippito Friskito, the greatest canine sword fighter in old Mexico, who must protect the local pack of chihuahuas from being terrorized by the gigantic bee Alfredo Buzzito El Blimpo Bublebeeto Bandito. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Classical Series presents Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer on Wednesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in the Parker Playhouse. The “orchestra of voices,” composed of 12 singers hailing from across the U.S., thrills audiences with a repertoire that spans 10 centuries from Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony and Romantic art song to contemporary music, jazz, spirituals and world music.  The ensemble is one of Billboard magazine’s Top 10 best-selling classical artists and its honors include being named 2008 Musical America Ensemble of the Year and inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.  Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50 and include admission to a pre-concert lecture with Lyn Farmer at 7 p.m.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida stages Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Ugly Duckling on Sunday, April 22 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Ridiculed and rejected as different by the other ducks, a young bird leaves home and embarks on a rollicking journey through hecklers, hunters and hilarious hi-jinks only to discover that the beauty he was seeking was inside him all along. Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.

Other April events and media contacts

  • Harry Allen Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli, Guitar
    Gold Coast Jazz Society
    April 13 at 7:45 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Pam Dearden; (954) 524-0805; gcjazz@bellsouth.net
    www.goldcoastjazz.org
  • Simply Streisand: Back to Broadway starring Carla DelVillaggio
    April 14 at 2 and 8 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contacts: Carla DelVillaggio; songbird5619@aol.com;
    and Paul Brown;smplystreisand@aol.com; (407) 330-3868
  • Miami International Piano Festival presents Kemal Gekic & Misha Dacic
    April 29 at 4 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Barbara Muze; (305) 345-7032; bmuze@bellsouth.net
    www.miamipianofest.com

MAY 2011

  • Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center continues in the Abdo New River Room through May 19 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and on the second Sunday of each month at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy free belly laughs with every delicious dinner as couples, friends, co-workers, families and groups can once again join together laughing at the absurdities of marriage, South Florida scandals, national politics, current events and everything in between as a cast of multi-talented performers presents hilarious satire with all original songs while you dine on award-winning fare.  Admission is $65-$69 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread.  Appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages are billed separately.
  • The Aventura Foreign Film Series presents My Afternoons with Margueritte on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Gérard Depardieu and Gisèle Casadesus star in this warm-hearted film that follows a chance meeting on a park bench between a portly handyman and a sprightly pensioner that blossoms into a touching friendship.  The film is presented in French with English subtitles.  The film is hosted by Shelly Isaacs who introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $10.
  • Rockin’ eco hero Steve Trash performs comedy and world-class green illusions to rock music on Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in the Parker Playhouse.  Presented as a Smart Stage Matinee, this award-winning show has toured internationally in Japan, Australia, Canada, Spain and Portugal.  Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida offers TheatreworksUSA’s musical adaptation of Cynthia Rylant’s best-selling books Henry and Mudge on Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Henry is new to town and he finds companionship in teaching his dog Mudge tricks.  When his cousin comes for a visit and wins Mudge’s affection, Henry runs away leaving Mudge to trace his scent into the forest.  Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • The Broward Center 2011-2012 Family Fun Series presented by Coventry Health Care of Florida offers childhood favorite Clifford the Big Red Dog Live which takes the Parker Playhouse stage on Sunday, May 6 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. In this musical, Clifford and his friends embark on adventure on Birdwell Island and learn the importance of sharing, playing fair, respect, working together, responsibility, truthfulness, kindness and helping others.  Children will enjoy pre-show arts and crafts with Young At Art Museum and complimentary face painting.  After the show, the entire family can enjoy complimentary snacks from Whole Foods Market and Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $16 when bought the day of the performance with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under.
  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, May 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • Chrystal Hartigan presents Songwriter’s Showcase on Monday, May 14 at 8 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Musicians from around the world perform in the showcase, while an open mic segment lets hopefuls try out material in front of a welcoming audience.  Return to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bring your friends to Songwriter’s Showcase!  Admission is $10 at the door and a cash bar is available.

Other May events and media contacts

  • Arts Ballet Theatre Spring Gala
    Arts Ballet Theatre
    May 5 at 7 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    May 6 at 5 p.m.
    Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Media contact: Ruby Issaev;(305) 935-3232; abtpress@bellsouth.net
    www.artsballettheatre.org
  • Christian Tamburr and the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band
    Gold Coast Jazz Society
    May 9 at 7:45 p.m.
    Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Pam Dearden; (954) 524-0805; gcjazz@bellsouth.net
    www.goldcoastjazz.org
  • Roméo et Juliette
    Florida Grand Opera
    May 10 at 7:30pm and May 12 at 8 p.m.
    Au-Rene Theater,Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Media contact: Alex Serna; (305)854-1643, ext.1320; aserna@fgo.org
    www.fgo.org

JUNE 2012

  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, June 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents La Cage Aux Folles from Tuesday, June 12 to Sunday, June 24 in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Winner of three Tony Awards® including the award for Best Musical Revival, this hilarious new production was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season.  La Cage tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly.  La Cage is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves.  Showtimes vary. (Note: the media contact for La Cage Aux Folles is Charlie Cinnamon; (305) 672-1324; ccinnamon1@aol.com; www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com)
  • The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The Performance Project present Summer Theatre Camp 2012.  Tailored for ages 6-18, the four-week sessions in June, July and August introduce participants to all facets of the performing arts and culminate with live Broadway-style performances in a professional theater setting.  Dates and pricing will be announced later this year.

Other June events and media contacts

JULY 2012

  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, July 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The Performance Project present Summer Theatre Camp 2012.  Tailored for ages 6-18, the four-week sessions in June, July and August introduce participants to all facets of the performing arts and culminate with live Broadway-style performances in a professional theater setting.  Dates and pricing will be announced later this year.

AUGUST 2012

  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, August 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
  • The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The Performance Project present Summer Theatre Camp 2012.  Tailored for ages 6-18, the four-week sessions in June, July and August introduce participants to all facets of the performing arts and culminate with live Broadway-style performances in a professional theater setting.  Dates and pricing will be announced later this year.

SEPTEMBER 2012

  • Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, September 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk.  Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront.  The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.