News release from Broward Center for the Performing Arts:
FORT LAUDERDALE – Theater icons Leslie Jordan and Varla Jean Merman, the special holiday return of dragapella beauty shop quartet The Kinsey Sicks and Jon and Juan’s Wedding, a uniquely South Florida interactive comedy of colliding cultures and lifestyles, ring in the inaugural season of the Broward Center 2011-12 Pride Series.
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 series opener. 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. Performances in the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts are Wednesday, October 12 through Sunday, October 23 with show times Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m.
It's time to don your gay apparel and celebrate the season when The Kinsey Sicks returns 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.” Tickets are $35.
The Broward Center 2011-12 Pride Series culminates 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, and 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.
All productions contain adult language and subject matter. 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’s box office at (954) 462-0222 and BrowardCenter.org.
The Broward Center is located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District. The Parker Playhouse is located at 707 N.E. Eighth Street in Holiday Park, Fort Lauderdale.
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.
All dates, times, programs and artists are subject to change.