The fall arts season is here! As the temperature drops, South Florida’s stage lights grow bright, with a full slate of touring shows, exciting productions, and unique performances. With so many metropolitan areas to choose from, South Florida audiences are fortunate to have a fantastic range of choices available.
Take a look at some of the highlights for theaters in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach areas:
Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole (“Where Have All The Cowboys Gone,” “I Don’t Want To Wait”) will perform on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater, Broward Center.
“The Laramie Project—Ten Years Later” (An Epilogue), in its South Florida premiere, shows the long term effect of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the town of Laramie. The play includes new interviews with Matthew’s mother Judy Shepard and Mathew’s murderer Aaron McKinney. This production is by the original writers of “The Laramie Project,” and is being staged in over 100 theaters across the country on this evening. Oct. 12. Florida Stage, Manalapan.
“Fiddler on the Roof,” starring Topol in a reprisal of his award-winning role, at Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center. Oct. 6 – 18.
Patti Labelle, R&B/soul singer, live in concert at Hard Rock Live, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Oct. 8.
“Flora the Red Menace: a funny, optimistic musical set in the 1930s by John Kander and Fred Ebb, who wrote Chicago and Cabaret. Oct. 16-Nov. 22.
“Tanguera—The Tango Musical,” brings a cast of over 30 dancers and actors to tell the tragic love story of Giselle, a young French girl and Lorenzo, an Argentine dreamer willing to face any adversity in order to conquer her love. Au Rene Theater, Broward Center. Oct. 21-25.
So You Think You Can Dance Tour, performances by the cast of the reality-TV competition, dance their way across American Airlines Arena, Oct. 22.
Pam Ann Live—Pam Ann is more than a stewardess, she is air hostess to the stars. Her “flights” are part cabaret, part lewd comedy, all centered around the foibles of air travel. Pam Ann is a gay cult sensation in Australia and England, and her glamorous U.S. tour stops in Miami Beach at the Colony Theater Oct. 23-24.
“The Color Purple,” presented by Oprah Winfrey, a musical based on the film and novel about a woman named Celie, who must overcome tremendous odds in the early 1900’s, fighting abuse, racism and poverty. Ziff Ballet Opera House, Arsht Center. Oct. 27-Nov.1.
“Tap Dogs,” a sexy testosterone-fueled tap show featuring hot workmen dancing on a construction site. Kravis Center. Nov. 5.
Miami City Ballet Program I, Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Nov. 6-8
Taste Of Out in the Tropics, GLBT performing arts showcase, at Sleepless Night Miami Featuring women-led pop-rock group BETTY,; Adora, South Florida’s infamous gender illusionist; Juan Carlos Zaldivar will appear in his Martí and I, a mixed-media piece that blends video and live performance; female-to-male drag kings Drag It Out, and a rousing finale by Miami Gay Men’s Chorus. Colony Theatre. Starts at 10 p.m., and runs past midnight. Nov. 7.
“A Sordid Affair,” starring Rue McClanahan, Jason Dottley and Del Shores. A revue of Shores’ Sordid Lives play and TV series, including stories and skits. And Jason Dottley will sing! Parker Playhouse. Nov. 7.
“Legally Blonde—The Musical,” Elle Woods proves she is tough enough to survive Harvard Law School, with the help of her vegetarian Chihuahua named Bruiser. Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center. Nov. 10 – 22
“Grease,” starring American Idol’s Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel, at Kravis Center. Nov. 10-15.
Florida Grand Opera presents Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo (a depressed clown kills his spouse!) and Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini, (a woman has an illegitimate child and her family banishes her to a convent!), at the Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center.
Andrea Bocelli, contemporary opera tenor, performs at BankAtlantic Center Nov. 28.
Dave Koz & Friends—openly gay saxophonist Dave Kos is one of the hottest jazz musicians in contemporary music, with platinum albums and awards galore. Kravis Center. Nov. 29.
Florida Grand Opera presents Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo (a depressed clown kills his spouse!) and Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini, (a woman has an illegitimate child and her family banishes her to a convent!), at the Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center. Dec. 3 and 5. www.fgo.org.
Rent: The Broadway Tour, starring original cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp. The famous rock-opera tells the story of bohemians living through the AIDS epidemic in downtown New York. Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Dec. 8-13. www.siteforrent.com.
Gotta Get A Gimmick—Burlesque to Broadway, starring Quinn Lemley and featuring a full cast of Vegas-style dancers, in a musical revue of Broadway hits from shows like Sweet Charity and Gypsy. Dec. 15. www.kravis.org.
Kelly Clarkson, live in concert, at Hard Rock Live, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Dec. 13.
CHICAGO-The Musical, the story of Roxy Hart, the sexiest and most famous criminal in Chicago. Kravis Center, Dec. 21-23. www.kravis.org.
The Phantom of the Opera, Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 23 – Jan. 17 www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
Tommy Tune, with the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, perform “Steps in Time,” a warm and funny retrospective of the Tune’s legendary career on Broadway. Dec. 29. www.kravis.org.