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'Miami Beach' sings

MBMusicalLOGOtype_blackbkgrd9i Months in the making, Miami Beach -- The Musicalcomes to life this weekend thanks to Arts at St. John's artistic director David Kingery and his story-gathering collaborators. 

Kingery, coauthor Dale Penn, lyricist Doug Cureton, composers Andrew Sargent and David Cohen, and choreographer Kevin Black will premiere a 16-song piece that explores more than a century of colorful Miami Beach history via drama, comedy, dance and music.  The team culled history books, newspaper stories and the memories of just plain folks -- memories solicited in a very 21st century way on Facebook.  The subjects, they say, include "dreamers, scoundrels, rum runners, bigots, saints, criminals, politicians, millionaires and ordinary people."

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at Arts at St. John's, 4760 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  For tickets and info, visit www.artsatstjohns.com or www.miamibeachthemusical.com.