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March 18, 2011

'Theater prom' tickets on sale

CARBONELL (35th) POSTER South Florida's theater community has taken to calling the annual Carbonell Awards "theater prom."  Oh, they recognize that the region's top theater honors, which inevitably seem to be both exciting and controversial, are plenty meaningful to both nominees and winners.  But when the 35th annual Carbonells get rolling at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in the Broward Center's Amaturo Theatre, the crowd of actors, directors, designers, critics and theater fans will be dressed to kill and ready to party.

This year's ticket price is $25 for individuals, $20 each for groups of 10 or more.  They're available by calling the Broward Center's box office at 954-462-0222 or visiting the web site.  The Broward Center is at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

After the ceremony, which is being hosted by actor-playwright (and double Carbonell nominee) Michael McKeever and directed by Zoetic Stage artistic director Stuart Meltzer, there's more theater prom fun courtesy of the South Florida Theatre League.  The League is hosting the Carbonell after-party from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Green Room, 109 SW Second Ave., just a few blocks from the Broward Center.  Admission is free with a Carbonell ticket stub, and with that comes a free welcome drink, a ticket for a second drink, a buffet and a cash bar.  And who knows what kind of post-prom drama?

March 09, 2011

Revues celebrate Herman, Gershwins

The sounds of great Broadway composers -- Jerry Herman and the Gershwin brothers, George and Ira -- will fill the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse through Sunday.

III3UT0_Jerry_Herman_jpg_06-14-2009_2 First up is A Grand Tour: The Songs of Jerry Herman opening tonight at 8 in Aventura.  Part of the center's Melodies and Memories series, the show features Broadway performer Sal Viviano, guest starring alongside South Florida singer-actors.  The University of Miami grad and namesake of the school's Jerry Herman Ring Theatre is the only composer-lyricist to have had three musicals that ran more than 1,500 consecutive performances.  From his smash hits, which include Mame, La Cage aux Folles and Hello, Dolly, the cast will sing everything from the rousing Before the Parade Passes By and The Best of Times Is Now to the pensive If He Walked Into My Life and Time Heals Everything.

Performances of A Grand Tour are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.  Tickets are $32, and the center is located at 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura.  Call 954-462-0222 (the Broward Center's box office handles phone sales) or visit the center's web site.

SWonderful 2- credit Carol Rosegg Beginning Thursday, the national tour of S'Wonderful brings the music of George and Ira Gershwin to the stage of the Parker Playhouse.  Through five "mini-musicals," the revue takes theatergoers from New York in 1916 to Paris in the '30s, Hollywood in the '40s, New Orleans in the '50s to the present day.  Songs in the show include Someone To Watch Over Me, Rhapsody in Blue, Shall We Dance and Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Parker, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale.  Tickets are $29-$49.  Call 954-462-0222 or visit the theater's web site.

(S'Wonderful photo by Carol Rosegg)

March 02, 2011

Actors' Playhouse, Caldwell pick new seasons

0207111625Multitasking Actors' Playhouse artistic director David Arisco, deep into rehearsals for Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County (which opens next week), has found time to finalize most of the Coral Gables company's 2011-2012 season. And he'll be a big part of it -- sans his trademark beard, we presume.

The big-deal musical that will kick off next season is Hairspray, the Broadway smash inspired by John Waters' quirky 1988 movie.  And Arisco, who was last onstage at his theater in 2004 starring as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, will play zaftig mama Edna Turnblad in the musical about bullying, prejudice and dance-crazy teens in 1962 Baltimore.  Hairspray will run Oct. 12-Nov. 13.

Also in the lineup for next season are Ken Clement starring in Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec. 7-Jan. 1, a reprise of the theater's 2001 Carbonell Award-winning Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat March 7-April 8, 2012, and the Steven Dietz play Becky's New Car May 9-June 3, 2012.  The shows that will run Jan. 18-Feb. 12 and July 11-Aug. 12, 2012, are still in negotiation.

Subscriptions for the new season range from $185 for preview performances to $435 for the gala opening nights.  Actors' Playhouse is in the Miracle Theatre at 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.  For info, call 305-444-9293 or visit the theater's web site.

Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre Company has also just announced three-fourths of its next season.  The lineup begins with Amy Herzog's After the Revolution, a play about three generations of a radical leftist family, Oct. 16-Nov. 20. After a to-be-announced show Jan. 8-Feb. 12, the theater is producing the Tony Award-winnning Cy Coleman musical City of Angels Feb. 26-April 1.  The season ends with the world premiere of Our Lady of Allapatta by Miami playwright Christopher Demos-Brown April 15-May 20, 2012.

Subscriptions to the new season are $70 to $260.  The Caldwell, where Geoffrey Nauffts' Next Fall is currently onstage, is at 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton.  Call 1-877-245-7432 or visit the theater's web site for information.