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Talk about cultural diversity!

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.

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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.

Trailer_park_musical_3  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.

For info on African Footprint, visit the Broward Center's web site; for Trailer Park, go to the Parker site.

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