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Top Spring 2014 Theater Productions In South Florida

March 10, 2014 9:00 AM

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Many might think that going to theater productions is for the well-to-do and the concern of the rich, but they would be wrong. Theater productions engage the viewer by emitting emotions from them through the storytelling. The five theaters listed here are fielding productions that will scare, bring laughter, move to tears and evoke memories of the past. No one has to be rich or ultra-cultured to understand these stories and the feeling of actually seeing a live performance will be a great contrast from watching a two-dimensional screen at a movie theater.

Ghost – The Musical

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. 5th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 522-5334
www.browardcenter.org/ghost

Date: April 29 – May 11, 2014

The movie came out in 1990 and was a smash hit. It is a love story that interests couples young and old alike because of the love Sam and Molly feel for one another. Younger generations can get to know the theater production adapted from the screenplay for the movie and then rent the movie to begin talking about comparisons. The production has a pop music score and provides special effects for the moments when the astral plain and the plain of reality come in contact.

Il Divo Songs of Broadway

The Fillmore
1700 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-7300
www.fillmoremb.com

Date: May 8, 2014

If one is a novice at the theater and wants to get a “crash course” of great theater productions in one sitting, then this performance by top-selling operatic pop group Il Divo will do. The group will be performing a compilation of famous broadway theater productions such as “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Memory” (Cats), “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (The Lion King) and others. The group has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide and will be sure to bring down the house.

Sleeping Beauty

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre
Florida International University, Modesto A. Maidique Campus
10910 S.W. 17th St.
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-0496
www.theatre.fiu.edu

Nov. 8 – 9, 13 – 16 at 8 p.m.. Nov. 10, 17 at 2 p.m.

FIU Theatre puts a classic fairytale on its head with Rufus Norris’s “Sleeping Beauty,” an irreverent look at the princess who falls asleep with the prick of a finger and the flatulent fairy who tries to save her. These students are ready to show you “This isn’t Disney, Princess.” An interesting bonus, on Nov. 13, this production will have a special behind-the-scenes look led by members of the cast and crew.

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The Great God Pan

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 468-2000
www.arshtcenter.org

Date: May 22 – June 8, 2014

From the novella by Arthur Machen comes a chilling and stirring play that takes viewers to the depths of human frailty, fear and greed. No doubt that sitting in the theater with the lights drawn low, one will feel that they are on the operating table like the character Mary, and the creepy Dr. Raymond is preparing for brain surgery.

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Menopause: The Musical

Parker Playhouse
707 NE 8th St
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 462-0222
www.parkerplayhouse.com

Date: March 14 – 16, 2014

The play is a claim for women everywhere that they are not alone in the change-of-life event that is menopause. Even men will be adopted into the sisterhood with sympathetic symptoms after seeing this play of four women that meet at a lingerie sale in a department store. The women, who don’t know each other, quickly find that they have a lot in common, talking about their hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. The creator of the play, Jeanie Linders, has also founded her own fund that raises awareness for ovarian cancer.

Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah

Actors’ Playhouse at Miracle Theater
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 444-9293
www.actorsplayhouse.org

Date: May 14 – June 8, 2014

The play, written by Mark St. Germain, places writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway at the famous and notorious Garden of Allah apartments in Los Angeles, California in 1938. The two famous writers deal with life in the hotel, their creative sparks and the life of being writers. Aspiring writers and struggling writers alike can watch the play and escape for a while into the minds of the characters. Hemingway never was a tenant at the Garden apartments (Fitzgerald was), spending most of his time in places like Key West, Wyoming, Toronto and Paris, so the comparisons and contrasts between the two writers’ temperaments should be interesting to note.

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Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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