The Broward Center is presenting them both, but it's difficult to imagine two more different musicals than the ones hitting two Fort Lauderdale stages next week.
First up is African Footprint, a dance- and music-driven show that draws on the performing traditions of South Africa, including gumboot dancing, Kwela-jive and hip-hop pantsula. The show, in the no-language-barrier genre that made Stomp, Riverdance and Tap Dogs so popular, followed its seven-year run in South Africa with tours of Europe, Australia, China, Israel and India. It plays the Broward Center's big Au-Rene Theater at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Next Thursday, The Great American Trailer Park Musical begins at four-day run at the Parker Playhouse. Set in Florida's fictional Armadillo Acres mobile home park, the show features a score (by David Nehls) that travels from country ballads to pop and R&B. The soapy plot involves a troubled marriage, a stripper on the run and an approaching hurricane. Sounds like another typical day in paradise.