Though plans have long been brewing and became public in October, Broward Stage Door Theatre execs learned Wednesday that yes, they'll definitely be expanding their producing universe. Miami Beach commissioners approved a lease with Stage Door to become the resident theater company at the Byron Carlyle Theatre, 500 71st St. Founders and co-producers David Torres and Derelle Wilson-Bunn (pictured with former artistic director Dan Kelley at right) plan to start with a smaller-sized show or two this summer, then launch a full-fledged season of the big musicals that are their specialty at their two-theater complex on West Sample Road in Coral Springs. One of those shows, Jerry Herman's Mack & Mabel, just won the Carbonell Award as best musical of 2010.
Still running at Stage Door is Plaza Suite (through April 24), with The Music Man set for April 29-June 19, Crossing Delancey July 8-Aug. 14 and Song Man/Dance Man July 1-July 24. Announced for the 2011-2012 season at the Coral Springs location are A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Sept. 2-Oct. 9), Lend Me a Tenor (Oct. 14-Nov. 13), Guys and Dolls (Oct. 28-Dec. 4), Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano (Dec. 2-Jan. 8), Annie (Dec. 23-Jan. 29), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Jan. 27-March 4), My Fair Lady (Feb. 17-March 25), The All Night Strut (March 23-April 29) and Little Shop of Horrors (April 13-May 20, 2012). Expect much of the Miami Beach programming to come from that list.
For info on Stage Door, phone the theater at 954-344-7765 or visit the theater's web site.
(Photo by Candace West)