Theatre Chat shares the breaking theatre seasons announcements from South Florida's top theatres. These are the theatre's hiring local union talents, not those so called "Broadway around America" shows that are produced with non-union talents. If you want to support local artists we suggest you choose a local small arts venue, not the large performing arts centers that bring in so called Broadway shows, which many times offer only non-union and non-local talents. Theatre Chat is not telling you to stop supporting the large performing arts centers, but to find a happy balance by purchasing season subscriptions from a local arts venues that keep local artists employed. Some VIP South Florida Theatres are not mentioned in this article but their links can be found on Theatre Chat #1 VIP list from A to Z.
Theatre Chat focused this article on award winning theatre's, or those with highest pay scale for production teams. Please share your favorite theatre in comments when sharing this article link on social media, this way everyone wins. These are our top theatres in South Florida, who produce shows hiring Equity (Actor's Union Talent) and non- union local talents. The musical and plays are some of the best we have seen in South Florida, some from current Broadway shows and some just classics no matter how you look at them.
Let's start with one of the bravest theatre seasons, because most are fairly large shows and all musicals. Many theatre's offer a balance of small plays with one large musical because of cost. "Your purchase of theatre tickets don't pay for the cost to produce these shows. Most theatres require donations to pull off these elaborate musicals. Make a donation this tax season, there is no better reward then supporting the arts! Broadway Global.
The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum has the bravest and biggest new 2014/2015 theatre season, when looking at the choice of all musicals. The Wick Theatre second season features beloved Broadway musicals including La Cage aux Folles, Man of La Mancha, Swing!, Mame, Dames at Sea, and Oklahoma! Coming on the heels of the rousing success of their 2013 debut which included three Carbonell nominations for The Sound of Music and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the Wick Theatre continues their high-level of excellence with an exciting 2014-2015 season. In keeping with the theatre’s mission to bring classic American musical theatre to the stage, the theatre carefully selected shows that are fun, family-friendly and representative of some of the greatest musicals of our time.
“I must express my sincerest gratitude for the incredible support and critical acclaim The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum has received in its inaugural season,” said Executive Producer, Marilynn A. Wick. “This has been a dream come true for my family and me. Our goal was to bring a magnificent new entertainment venue to the people of South Florida, and we have been overwhelmed by the incredible support we received by this community. With your input, we have planned another exciting season, and we look forward to seeing you all for many years to come!”
The 2014/2015 Season at the Wick Theatre Swing! October 23-November 16, 2014. “Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.” That’s how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance known as Swing! A joyful celebration in both music and dance, Swing! is full of incredible hits from the greatest era like "It Don’t Mean a Thing", "Jumpin’ at the Woodside", "Hit Me With a Hot Note", "Harlem Nocturne", "G.I. Jive" and "Stompin’ at the Savoy". As this enthralling song-and-dance show makes abundantly clear, swing was never a time and place, it was always a state of mind! “
Mame December 4-December 28, 2014. Book by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee with Music by Jerry Herman. This classic musical based on the novel "Auntie Mame" by Patrick Dennis tells the ageless story of Mame Dennis' eccentric, bohemian lifestyle suddenly interrupted when her late brother's son is entrusted to her care. But rather than adopt to any societal standards about child rearing, money-making and romance - Mame does everything with her own dramatic flair. Many of Jerry Herman’s most memoriable melodies grace this production including "Mame", "It's Today", "Open a New Window", "If He Walked into My Life", "We Need a Little Christmas", "Bosom Buddies" and "That's How Young I Feel". Winner of 3 Tony Awards for Best Actress, Best Featured Actress and Actor and 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards for exceptional performances.
La Cage aux Folles plays January 8-February 15, 2015. With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and an incredibly inspired book by Harvey Fierstein, La Cage aux Folles is 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 fiancee. This treasure-trove includes a host of great Herman songs like "I Am What I Am", "A Little More Mascara", "Song on the Sand", "The Best of Times" and the title song "La Cage aux Folles". Winner of 6 Tony Awards in 1984.
Man of La Mancha plays February 26 through March 22, 2015. Set in the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition, Miguel de Cervantes gives a dramatic defense by reenacting the story of Don Quixote of La Mancha: the passionate and poignant tale of a noble knight who lives in a world of madness and cannot see that chivalry has died. His holy quest is a mission of salvation to find compassion not for himself but for others. The incredible show features music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion and some of its songs have become Broadway standards such as "The Impossible Dream", "It's All the Same", "Dulcinea", "I'm Only Thinking of Him", "I Really Like Him" and "Little Bird" remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show.
Oklahoma! plays April 2-April 26, 2015. The first collaboration between the amazing duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Oklahoma! is set in the western Indian territory in the midst of a high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys and provides a colorful back ground against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl play out their love story. Some of the most memorable hits of the musical theatre are in this show including "Surrey With the Fringe on Top", "The Farmer and the Cowman", "Out of My Dreams", "People Will Say We’re in Love" and the beloved title song "Oklahoma!". The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943. It was a box-office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning film adaptation in 1955.
Dames at Sea plays May 7-May 24, 2015. A long-running hit off-Broadway that brought stardom to Bernadette Peters, this campy song and dance show is based on the nostalgia of Hollywood musicals of the 30's. It's big time New York, into which sweet little Ruby from Centerville, Utah has come to make it big on Broadway. Not surprisingly and in true Broadway fashion, Ruby begins the day in the chorus, and ends it as a star on the deck of a battleship which just happens to be passing by. Full of fun music including "Choo, Choo Honeymoon", "Raining in My Heart", "The Beguine" (Do You Remember Pensacola), "Good Times Are Here to Stay" and the 11-hour, save-the-day number, "Star Tar", Dames at Sea was selected as "Best Musical of the Year" by Time, Newsweek, and Outer Critics Circle.
The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum gets Theatre Chat's top vote for biggest and best new 2014/2015 theatre season for musicals! Museum tour /lunch/show packages are available at www.thewick.org or by calling the box office at 561-995-2333. "The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum is located in Boca Raton, Florida and offers a one of a kind theatrical experience." Broadway Global. Now Theatre Chat moved on to the largest regional theatre in our nations South/East area.
Maltz Jupiter Theatre 2014/2015 Season is a top theatre choice for plays and musicals, because they have the most Carbonell Award nominations for the 2013 season. The Foreigner, Fiddler on the Roof, Glengarry Glen Ross, Les Misérables, and The Wiz. "Theatre Chat will call this out now.. as we attended the season announcement for Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and given some information on production teams.. The Wiz is inspired by the black community. There are already very few shows that give opportunity to black artists. Please hire a black artist on the production team. Black artists have a very special gift of soul and passion, that cannot be achieved with all white leaders. It's like producing "Ain't Misbehavin'" with an all white cast, or production team. It's just wrong, so don't choose that show if you choose to do the white version. A mostly white production of "The Wiz" is not good for our community. Some may find this honesty to harsh, but everyone knows we have named Maltz Jupiter Theatre one of the top ten best Regional theatres in our nation, due to Artistic Director Andrew Kato. We can survive without being miss congeniality!" Theatre Chat.
The Foreigner October 26 – November 9 "In this uproariously funny adventure set at a rural Georgia fishing lodge, a pathologically shy man adopts a persona as a non-English-speaking foreigner in an attempt to avoid conversation. Before long, hilarity ensues as an outrageous group of characters reveals all and he finds himself privy to their secrets and scandals. This comedy has become an American classic filled with twists and turns and heart-warming revelations."
Fiddler on the Roof December 2 – 21 "Welcome to the village of Anatevka, where tradition is everything and change is sweeping the land in Tsarist, Russia, in 1905. This Tony Award®-winning classic musical follows dairyman Tevye as he fights to maintain his family and heritage. Featuring timeless dancing and songs such as “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “If I Were a Rich Man,” this beloved musical will capture your heart for the holiday season. Sponsored by Priscilla Heublein, Joe and Kathy Savarese and Homecare America (Remember when Theatre Chat said your theatre tickets don't pay to produce the cost of a show).
The Wiz January 13 - February 1 "Ease on down the road with the spirited rock gospel and soul musical based on the beloved classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and her lovable friends embark on an adventure to Oz looking for her way home, but discover so much more in this imaginative production. This Tony Award winning family friendly musical features the hits “Home” and “A Brand New Day.” If you like The Wizard of Oz and Wicked, you’ll love this family hit of the New Year. Sponsored by the John McDonald Company.
Glengarry Glen Ross February 8 - 22 "In David Mamet’s cutthroat world of real estate, all that matters is the sale. In the middle of a high stakes sales competition, a group of tough-talking Chicago agents will do anything to close a deal and stay in the game — blackmail, bribery, intimidation and even burglary. This high-octane Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece will keep you in suspense as the businessmen fight to stay on top. But at the end of the day, will it all be worth it? Sponsored by California Closets. (Please note! Contains extreme profanity throughout).
Les Misérables March 10 – April 5 "Discover a nation in the grip of the French revolution, where escaped convict Jean Valjean spends decades on the run from relentless policeman Javert. Survival of the human spirit prevails in this epic tale of compassion and destruction. This Tony Award winning musical features unforgettable songs, including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More” and “On My Own.” Undisputedly one of greatest musicals of all time, this inspiring production is not to be missed. Sponsored by Roe Green and The Roe Green Foundation".
Now we will look at Actors' Playhouse who produced an award winning Les Misérables just a few seasons ago. Actors’ Playhouse has secured all six productions for the 2014 - 2015 Mainstage Season. Their large musical will be the Tony Award-winning Ragtime choreographed by the many rave reviews of Ron Hutchins' Spamalot at Actors and his "42nd Street" at The Wick Theatre.
Ragtime will play January 28 – February 22, 2015, and featuring a cast of over 30. New musicals and plays including Murder Ballad (October 8-November 2, 2014), Miracle on South Division Street (December 3-28, 2014), First Date a musical from the movie that opened on Broadway this season plays (March 18-April 12, 2015), The Book Club Play (May 13-June 7, 2015) and Unnecessary Farce (July 15-August 9, 2015) will round out Actors' Playhouse season. "Of all the theatres listed above Actors' Playhouse production of Ragtime is at the top of our list!" Theatre Chat.
A Theatre Chat recap of all the #1 best shows for the new 2014/2015 South Florida theatre season are: The Wick Theatre's La Cage aux Folles, Actors' Playhouse Ragtime, and Maltz Jupiter Theatre's Les Misérables and the play Glengarry Glen. Now, don't forget to include vote for a local regional producer for The 2014 Broadway Global Producer of the Year, they could be included with paste winners 2012 Jordan Scott Gilbert (Ghost) and 2013 Dale Badway (Pippin) winners.
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