USA – Florida offers Broadway plays, musicals, concerts, dance companies, symphonies and much more. Broadway Global names “Florida The Arts Fun in the Sun Vacation Destination.” The entire state of Florida is thriving in arts this winter, with opening of Florida Studio Theatre’s new venues, Broadway hit show Venus in Fur (GableStage) and Amedeus (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) openings and Women’s Theatre Project’s Delval Divas. Also see South Florida Arts from A to Z.
Broadway Global is taken notice that Florida is becoming the Broadway Global destination for warm sandy beaches and thriving arts events from the top of Sarasota’s Florida Studio Theatre to Coral Gables’ GableStage and beyond.
Florida has gone to The Birds, snow birds that is. The Mosaic Theatre the Theatre Chat top Broward theatre, is presenting the chilling psychological thriller The Birds running November 15, 2012 through December 9, 2012. The Birds stars Florida’s Carbonell Award winners Kim Cozart and Kenneth Kay with Vera Varlamov and Kevin Reilley. For tickets Call 954-577-8243 or visit www.mosaictheatre.com.
Florida is located in one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. There is not one section of the longest state in the nation, that isn’t offering live arts events. You don’t have to visit the mouse in Orlando to be thoroughly entertained. Visit the popular Florida Theatre Chat with 3,600 facebook fans sharing arts articles. Find more great events throughout sunny Florida. Your event could be spotlighted here on quadrust.com.
Florida Theatre Chat now has close to 4,000 facebook fans sharing live theatre, dance, music, concerts, musical theatre, plays and more that include all the global community. Broadway Global includes the GLBT community, Women’s theatre, theatres from the top of the state of Florida to the sunny beaches of Miami. What better place for the winter or a special vacation than the state of Florida for great food, great beaches and even better Broadway Global entertainment.
Slow Burn Theatre offers the perfect Rocky Horror Show for Halloween season. Slow burn Theatre Company reprises it’s smash hit of Richard O’Briens cult classic The Rocky Horror Show. Join the sweet transvestite and his motley crew as they slip you into a time warp, complete with audience participation and props. This high energy rock-n-roll sci-fi gothic musical is not to be missed. Slow Burn Theatre is located at 12811 West Glades Rd Boca Raton, Florida. For tickets call 866-811-4111 or visit www.slowburntheatre.com.
Naked Stage 24 hour Theatre Project 2012 November 12, 2012 at GableStage. Fifty of the region’s top theatre talenst have 24 hours to write and rehearse eight short plays to be perfromed for a private audience. For show information visit www.nakedstage.org. For tickets call 866-811-4111 or visit web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/918770.
GableStage presents Tony Award nominee and Broadway smash hit Venus in Fur by David Ives on November 10, 2012 playing through December 9.2012. A young actress is determined to land the lead in a new play based on a classic erotic novel about a 19th-century dominatrix. For tickets call 305-445-1119 or visit www.gablestage.org.
Outre Theatre Company presents Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party playing November 23, 2012 through December 9, 2012. This musical retelling of John Moncure March’s 1928 poem introduces us to vaudeville performers Burrs and Queenie, a couple with a tempestuous and often violent relationship. After a particular violent argument, Queenie decides to throw a party in order to humiliate Burrs, replete with bathtub gin and a colorful array of characters. As the night wears on, the party gets wilder, the air gets hotter, and the unexpected decides to make an appearance. Performances are at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center. For tickets call 954-300-2149 or visit www.outretheatrecompany.com.
Maltz Jupiter Theatre presents Amadeus is sponsored by Priscilla Heublein. Tickets are now on sale for the theatre’s entire 10th Anniversary season. For a complete schedule and tickets, call 561-575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.
Empire Stage host Michael Healey’s award-winning play, The Drawer Boy from November 1, 2012 through November 18, 2012. This is a comic, suspenseful, and touching drama about friendship, storytelling, and survival. Named one of TIME magazine’s 2001 “Top 10 New Classics,” this poignant play makes a persuasive case for the necessity and power of art. For tickets call 954-678-1496 or visit www.empirestage.com.
The iconic Colony Hotel (Hotel of the Year Award from the Hotel & Lodging Association of Palm Beach County (2012) and the center of Palm Beach Society for the last 65 years, will unveil two one-bedroom suites and six rooms newly designed by Carleton Varney, one of America’s best-known interior designers, at this season’s first Culture & Cocktails event on Monday, November 5, 2012. Mr. Varney will be conducting personal tours of the fifth floor rooms following his appearance. Interested in attending Culture & Cocktails RSVP by calling the Cultural Council at 561-472-3330. To make cabaret reservations, please call the hotel box-office at 561-659-8100. The Colony Hotel is located at 155 Hammon Avenue Palm Beach, Florida.
Actors’ Playhouse presents The Last Five Years is a contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up… or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. The story, told in the exuberant and heart-rending songs of award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, explores the story of a five-year marriage between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress, from intense love to a final, painful separation. However, there’s an intriguing twist: Jamie lives the five years from beginning to end, while Cathy lives the five years backward, from end to beginning. Based on the author’s personal story, this musical from the composer of Songs From A New World, will be an artistic treat for South Florida audiences. For tickets call 305-444-9293 or visit www.actorsplayhouse.org.
The Women’s Theatre Project present Barbara Pease Weber’s contemporary comedy, Delval Divas, in Boca Raton, Florida at the Willow Theatre from November 2, 2012 through November 18, 2012. Starring Sally Bondi, Lisa Braun, Lela Elam, Jacqueline Laggy, Jessica K. Peterson, and Karen Stephens. The timely comedy about six capable and intelligent women (who just happen to be in prison) and find themselves facing a series of challenges – including changes in lifestyle, corruption, and murder.
“I began to write Delval Divas in 2000 and, thinking back, it’s almost like I had a crystal ball into the future,” says playwright Barbara Pease Weber. “Since I was, at the time, an actor in my 40s, I decided that I wanted to try to write a comedy involving strong, educated and bright middle aged women. I asked myself, where would a group of well educated, successful and intelligent women find themselves together? A-ha! In the slammer for their various and sundry corporate misdeeds. Hence, Delval Divas was born in my head.” Weber’s timing couldn’t have been better: “Little did I know at the time I began to write my story that the Enron and Martha Stewart scandals were about to explode,” she says, “And that later in the decade, scandals involving Bernie Madoff, Country Wide Financial, Fannie Mae and Wall Street in general would keep Delval Divas a timely piece.” Delval Divas will run from November 2, 2012 through November 18, 2012. Tickets for Delval Divas are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box office: 561-347-3948. Tickets for all performances are $25.
Florida Studio Theatre celebrates the grand opening of the Gompertz Theatre on November 29, 2012 with The Next Act Gala. The theme of the event is “Reflecting on Theatre Past and Future” and celebrates FST’s 39 years of contemporary work. Carol M. Poteat-Buchanan and Patricia Courtois, two of FST’s longtime supporters, will serve as the co-chairs of the event. Attendees will have the chance to take tours of the newly renovated Gompertz Theatre and the two additional spaces: the John C. Court Cabaret and the Bowne Laboratory Theatre.
The Spelman Award recipient will be recognized, followed by a special one-night-only performance looking back on what has made FST so special and unique. Richard Hopkins, Artistic Director and CEO of FST says, “This year’s annual gala is special. It’s special because we are turning a corner and stepping into the future. FST is celebrating the opening of three new stages which will accommodate the further development of our subscribers – one of the largest subscription audiences in America. It’s special because FST produces great theatre. The public knows it; they vote with their buying power. And we are the biggest seller in the state of Florida.” Tickets to the event are $250 per person and will be a great way to support FST and its programming while having a spectacular evening. Sponsorship Opportunities are currently available.
FST will present the prestigious Spelman Award. Named in honor of Florida Studio Theatre’s founding Artistic Director, Jon Spelman, the Spelman Award has been presented to an individual or a corporate sponsor who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership by providing FST with spiritual, financial, and/or in-kind support. Last year FST was proud to present the Spelman Award to Ina Schnell for her dedication to the success of the Theatre in the Sarasota community. This year’s award recipients are Bob and Bonny Israeloff.
Bob Israeloff met Bonny Braverman on a blind date in 1957. Upon learning that Bonny’s father played the viola in the Philadelphia Orchestra, he made sure to enroll in “History of the Symphony.” Thus began the cultural journey of the couple, married in 1960, that has led to the being awarded the 2013 Spelman Award. Bob, a CPA, and Bonny, a medical technologist turned housewife and mother, have been active in professional, community and artistic activities all their lives. The couple discovered Longboat Key and Sarasota in 1973. After snow-birding for many years, they became residents in 2000. Almost immediately, they became supporters of the Sarasota arts community, with participation in the Arts Council, Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Sarasota Orchestra and especially Florida Studio Theatre.
Bob and Bonny are a Broadway Global true life story. They have been FST season underwriters for many years and are major supporters of FST capital campaigns. Their dedication to affordable regional theatre makes them worthy recipients of the Spelman Award. Of the Israeloffs, Richard Hopkins says, “Since 1995, Bob and Bonny have been significant supporters of Florida Studio Theatre. They began underwriting shows in the 2005-2006 season with Brooklyn Boy – not a stretch for a couple from New York City who moved to the area and loved the arts. They have become known as FST ‘lobbyists’ for their support of ongoing capital projects, including the New Gompertz Theatre. For that reason we want to honor Bob and Bonny and thank them so much from the bottom of our hearts for all that they’ve done for FST for these many years.”
The New Gompertz Theatre was designed by Potvin Architects in collaboration with C. Alan Architect PA and NDC Construction. Schuler Shook of Chicago served as Theatre Consultants in the months leading up to construction and Siebein Associates, Inc are serving as Acoustical Consultants. The completed $6.8 million construction campaign includes: $4.2 million for renovation of The New Gompertz Theatre, $1 million to pay for the property, $1 million for endowment, $633,000 for capital reserves.
The construction project includes the following in the new 24,000 sq. foot facility: The Israeloff Lobby – expanded interior lobby space, Georgia’s Johns – new, large restrooms, The Green Room – a full service cafe and bar, The Gerri Aaron Veranda featuring covered seating and street-level seating, Fully renovated Gompertz theatre auditorium featuring an increase in seating capacity to 237, increased accessible seating for handicapped patrons, larger stage space and wing space, The John C. Court Cabaret Theatre, seating 130 people on two levels, The Bowne Lab Theatre, seating 100 people on two levels, The Baisley Actors’ Loft featuring new dressing rooms, restrooms, green room, and additional facilities, plus a Rooftop Garden for actors and running crews.
FST’s construction project had the following timeline: August 10, 2012: Performances began in the renovated Gompertz Theatre for Perfect Wedding, the second show of the 2012 Summer Season November 29, 2012: Grand opening of the New Gompertz Theatre, cafe, and lobby space December 7, 2012: Opening of Mainstage show The Best of Enemies in the Gompertz Theatre January 4, 2013: Grand opening of the John C. Court Cabaret with Urban Cowboys, January 2014: Grand opening of the Bowne Lab Theatre (2013/2014 Season). Visit Florida Studio Theatre.
Miramar Cultural Cente/ArtsPark features multi-Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Shirley Caesar and the timeless ballet The Nutcracker. Known as the “first lady of gospel,” Shirley Caesar has won 11 Grammy Awards and released more than 40 albums. Her hits include “Rejoice,” “Sailin’ on the Sea of Your Love,” “He’s Working it Out for You,” “You Can Make it” and more. Tickets are $35, $40 and $45. Ballet Etudes of South Florida presents its 38th anniversary performance of The Nutcracker on December 15, 2012 with international guest stars and a cast of more than 100 dancers, the magical production features lavish sets and scenery, colorful costuming, exquisite lighting, superb choreography, and delightful theatrical effects. Ticket prices for all performances are $42 and $52. Each performance will be followed by a meet and greet with the stars. For show tickets and information, call 954-602-4500 or select your seat online at www.miramarculturalcenter.org.
Arsht Center. Tickets to An Evening with Diana Krall range from $55 to $125* “It is an honor for the Arsht Center to host ’s first U.S. tour date,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “South Florida fans will be the first to experience this iconic jazz artist’s exhilarating new take on beloved classics in the Knight Concert Hall. We’re certain that our city’s passion for live music will be the perfect springboard for her much-anticipated national tour.” Tickets go on sale to Arsht Center members beginning October 29, 2012 and the general public beginning November 5, 2012. Don’t miss esteemed violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn* on February 14, 2013 as a new Valentine’s Day addition. Tickets range from $50 to $130 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling 305-949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
Kravis Center’s Regional Arts Concert Series is sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis. The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba’s first-ever U.S. tour is momentous. The acclaimed Havana orchestra presents Music “At Eight” takes place November 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Music “At Two” takes place November 11, 2012 at 2 p.m. featuring Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Herrera’s Tribute to Lecuona, López-Gavilán’s Guaguancó, Marín’s Danzón “El Médico de Pianos,” and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat, D. 485. Tickets start at $25 and may be purchased now at the Kravis Center Box Office, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, Florida. Don’t miss a full season with A Chorus Line, Catch Me if You Can, Drumline, Forbidden Broadway and Jersey Boys. For tickets on line visit www.kravis.org/regionalarts or call 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471.
Philharmonic Center for the Arts presents Forbidden Broadway in Naples, Florida January 2013 and a full season of Broadway musicals and much more. visit www.thephil.org.
David A Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents Idina Menzel in Concert
November 30, 2012. Visit www.strazcenter.org for a full season of Broadway.
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