Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Scene for January 23, 2015

It’s a busy week on the scene: the nominations for the 39th annual Carbonell Awards were announced on Wednesday.  The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on March 30, 2015.  And once again, the South Florida Theatre League will be hosting an after-party just down the street.
But the real news this week are all the plays opening across South Florida this weekend.  Five major regional productions open this week, in addition to four productions blowing through this weekend only, a dozen more productions both professional and amatuer -  and this is also the final weekend to catch Mad Cat’s take on Neil Simon’s The Star Spangled Girl.

Here's what's playing on South Florida stages this weekend:  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Wick: La Cage Aux Folles (reviews)

wickThe Wick Theatre Company opened its production of La Cage Aux Folles on January 8, 2015.
Before there was the popular movie The Birdcage, there was the smash hit Broadway musical, La Cage aux Folles. With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and an incredibly inspired book by Harvey Fierstein, it tells the story of a flamboyant gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night – with one of the men in drag – to dupe the conservative political family of their son’s fiancé. Broadway’s Lee Roy Reams stars as “Zaza” in this Tony Award-winning musical that features songs like La Cage aux Folles, I Am What I Am, Song on the Sand and The Best of Times.
Norb Joerder directed a cast that included Le Roy Ream, Walter Charles, Phil Young, Aaron Young, Troy Stanle, Angie Radosh, Christina Laschuk, Jodie Dixon Mears, Shane Tanner, Abby Perkins, Justin Schneyer, Wesley Slade, Alexander Zenoz, Casey Weems, Stephen Petrovich, Ramaad Morris, Cameron, Benda, Ashley Klinger, Jessica Ernest, Tony d’Alelio, Sam Rohloff and Jacob Paulson..

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Scene for January 16, 2015

Sorry we’re a bit late getting this week’s Scene posted – we’ve caught that nasty bug that’s going around, and have spent much of the last two days guzzling tea with honey and downing chicken soup like it’s a diet trend.
Shakespeare Miami is offering free performances of The Tempest, starting this weekend at Shell Lumber in Coral Gables.  Next week, they’re at the ArtsPark Ampitheatre in Hollywood, and their final week will be at The Barnacle State Park in Coconut Grove.
Here's what's playing on South Florida stages this weekend:  

Broward Center: Fully Committed (reviews)

edp_FullyCommitted_NS04715Fully Committed opened at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on January 8, 2015.
In this delicious comedy, desperate diners resort to threats, bribes, name-dropping, name-calling and downright begging for that all-important reservation at a posh new restaurant in Manhattan. "Fully Committed" (that's restaurant-speak for "no tables available" unless you're a supermodel, socialite or other VIP) is a one-man show starring John Manzelli who gives a tour-de-force performance as the high-strung maître d' plus 39 other characters!  Arrive 90 minutes before the performance and enjoy drinks and delicious dishes with table service.
John Manzelli directed himself in this one man show with the help of Hugh M. Murphy.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mad CatTheatre: The Star-Spangled Girl (3 reviews)

Mad CatThe Star-Spangled Girl.For On StageMad Cat Theatre Company opened its production of Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl at the Miami Theater Center’s Sandbox Studio on January 8, 2015.

Mad Cat Theatre Company unleashes its 15th season with the politically charged romantic comedy The Star-Spangled Girl by Neil Simon. An unlikely fit at first glance, this 1960's piece depicts a country polarized after the hangover of the hippie generation’s summer of love. Now, re-examined by Mad Cat, the play will be deconstructed to take place in 2066, with temperatures rising and political tensions mounting; the action underscored by narration and live music.

Paul Tei directed a cast that featured Jessic Farr, Theo Reyna, and Noah Levine.

Broward Center: The Lion King (reviews)

lionking_AB05215The national tour of Disney’s The Lion King opened at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on January 7, 2015.

Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Au-Rene Theatre stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you've ever heard. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist.

Julie Taymor directed a cast that features Patrick R. Brown, L. Steven Taylor, Jordan A. Hall. Tre Jones, Jami Remy, Tshedi Manye, Drew Hirshfeild, Ben Lipitz, Nick Cordileone, and Tony Freeman.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Scene for January 9, 2015

So Lion King is at the Broward Center, and it’s HUGE.  If you haven’t seen it yet, see it.  Make a day of it: catch a matinee, have dinner at their new bistro, then attend Fully Committed starring John Manzelli (Naked Stage, City Theatre) in the New River Room.
Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series will be staging Michael McKeever’s new play, Daniel’s Husband, this Monday at Lynn University.  Andy Rogow directs a cast that includes Alex Alvarez, Antonio Amadeo, Kristian Bikic, Barbara Bradshaw, and Larry Buzzeo.
Here's what's playing on South Florida stages this weekend: