Monday, December 28, 2009

Mondays are Dark

A lot of people took off for the holidays, but we still managed to find some worthwhile reading.

Prince Reflects
Bill Hirschman talks with Hal Prince about Phantom of the Opera for the Sun-Sentinel.
"I love (The Broward Center). I think it's the most lovely setting for an arts complex," said Prince, who lives part-time in Miami Beach. "I love the way it sweeps down to that (river), the staircase, the little theater; all of it's wonderful."
Phantom is playing at the Broward Center through January 17.  On New Year's Eve you can take full advantage of the Center by grabbing a pre-show dinner in the Abdo New River Room.  You'll be feasting on the menu of Laffing Matterz, which will also be having a show that evening.

Reflections on 2009
The Miami Herald did their year in review last week.   Now the Sun-Sentinel recaps the last year in South Florida Theatre.  Some of Bill Hirschman's choices of things you probably missed: Ground Up and Rising's On An Average Day, Stage Door's A Little Night Music, and the final production of Sol Theater: Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll.  A show you didn't see and didn't miss: an awful production of Sounds of Simon by the terrible twosome of Gary Waldman and Jamison Troutman. 
Mary Damiano of has her year in review up; she goes month to month.
The Theatre Scene will be doing its own round up later this week, although it will be hard to find ground that hasn't been covered.

Going to the Dogs
The Miami Herald reports that 101 Dalmatians is coming to the Arsht Center
The news that DeYoung, the longtime Styx front man and composer of such huge hits as Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away and Mr. Roboto, created the show's eclectic score might come as a surprise to anyone who knows him just from his rock star days. But DeYoung, who calls musicals ``the most difficult form of entertainment in the world to create,'' has been involved in theater since he played Pontius Pilate in a 1993 tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
There's a "fetch" joke in there somewhere, but I'm too tired to track it down.

If you have a vague sense of deja vu,  BroadwayWorld'a story about the show was linked in last week's reading list.

Farragut North
BroadwayWorld and the Miami Theatre Examiner both report that GableStage opened Farragut North over the weekend.

An Outsider's Inside View
Over on 1st Draft, Christopher Demos-Brown gives us the inside story of being an outsider in side of theatre...or something to that effect.

Meanwhile, In Palm Beach...
...the Royal Poinciana Playhouse is still closed.

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