Spring is almost here and Miami’s theater scene is filled with live performances that are sure to satisfy. This is the perfect opportunity to experience live theater because of the wide variety of shows available throughout the South Florida area. This upcoming season is filled with plays, musicals, stand-up comedy, music and more. Theater-goers can find a show that suits their tastes and delights the senses.

Disney’s The Lion King
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 949-6722

Price: $40 to $100 depending upon the day you choose and where you sit. Rates are available for groups of 15 or more
Dates: May 15 to June 10, 2012

The Adrienne Arsht Center is one of the largest performing arts centers in the U.S. Its spacious, modern décor will surprise and delight theater patrons. Situated in beautiful Downtown Miami, the Arsht Center offers Broadway musicals, dance theater, comedy and music year-round. The Center celebrates the diverse culture of South Florida by enlightening, entertaining and educating the community through the transformative power of the arts.

This spring, Tony Award-winning Broadway “Disney’s The Lion King” directed by Julie Taymor lights up the stage with elaborate costumes, unforgettable music and stunning performances. Watch as 40 cast members transport you to the African pride lands and lose yourself in the story of the lion cub that loses his father and his purpose, but eventually finds his way back to live out his destiny. The show is part of Adrienne Arsht Center’s Broadway in Miami series.

Come Fly Away
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 949-6722

comeflyaway Miami Spring Theater Preview

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Price: $25 to $72 depending upon the date you choose and where you sit.
Dates: March 20 to March 25, 2012

“Come Fly Away” is a brand new Broadway musical combining Frank Sinatra tunes with the choreographic genius of Twyla Tharp. Fifteen dancers tell the story of four couples who fall in and out of love. Experience Sinatra classics such as “Making Whoopee,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “New York, New York.”

I Need a Man

James L. Knight Center
400 SE Second Ave.
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 416-5970

Price: $50 to $53
Date: March 24 to March, 25, 2012

Named after James L. Knight, head of the second largest newspaper publishing company in the U.S., the Center is located in Downtown Miami overlooking the Miami River at  Brickell Avenue and hosts live entertainment, business and political events and graduation ceremonies.

Michael Matthews’ gospel stage play “I Need A Man” returns to theaters this spring. It is story about a middle-aged mother who longs to be young again. She turns her back on her family and her church upbringing in search of Mr. Right, only to discover that the “man” she needs is the Lord. The original all-star cast includes Alyson Williams (singer/actress) and Beverly Todd, (actress) along with Margaret Avery (Shug, “The Color Purple”), Jackee’ Harry, (sitcoms “Sister to Sister” and “227”) Reginald Ballard, (“Bro-Man,” sitcom “Martin”) gospel recording artists Jacky Clark (The Clark Sisters).

Property Line
New Theatre
c/o Roxy Performing Arts Center
645 SW 107 Avenue
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 443-5909

Price: $40. Student, senior and group discounts are available.
Dates: March 23 to April 8, 2012

Entering its 26th season, the New Theatre celebrates and showcases the work of early and mid-career playwrights. The theatre presents plays that focus on issues of social and religious issues and human-interest stories. The plays also explore discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, the plight of immigrants and the role of youth in the community.

“Property Line” is a comedy about two old friends and neighbors who are at war over a 15-foot piece of green grass on the waterfront.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 444-9293

josephdreamcoat Miami Spring Theater Preview

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Price: $54
Dates: March 7 to April 8, 2012

The Actors’ Playhouse has been recognized as one of eight of Florida’s major regional theaters and one of 22 major Miami-Dade County cultural institutions, Actors’ Playhouse is a producer of critically acclaimed dramatic and musical theater. It is a privately owned, non-profit organization that presents live theater for adults and children. They also offer educational programs and a variety of community services.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is an award-winning musical featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The story focuses on the Biblical tale of Joseph and his “coat of many colors” as it is recorded in the Book of Genesis. The score features familiar songs like “Close Every Door To Me,” “Any Dream Will Do,” and “Go Go Go Joseph.”

Little Shop of Horrors
The Stage Door Theatre

8036 W. Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL 33063
(954) 344-7765

littleshop Miami Spring Theater Preview

(credit: stagedoortheatre.org)

Dates: April 13 to May 20, 2012
Price: $38, Group rates are available.

Winner of the 2011 Carbonell Award for Best Musical, The Stage Door Theatre produces its own performances and is well known in the area for its affordable, high-quality shows. It offers a broad mixture of shows that appeal to all ages and tastes.

Watch the Off-Broadway hit that brings millions to the theater year after year. “Little Shop of Horrors” is the story of a down-on-his-luck floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant. It’s a musical filled with 60’s-style rock-n-roll, doo-wop and early Motown hits.

Donna Carter has a passion for life that compels her to write about life. She was raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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