Written by Christine Dolen
Originally published on artburstmiami.com.
Playwright, director and actor Layon Gray has a talent for getting inside so many different facets of Black life and history – and for taking engaged audiences on that journey with him.
Miami’s M Ensemble, the state’s oldest Black theater company, has just begun its 53rd season with a production of Gray’s The Girls of Summer.
Miami, FL – South Florida is gearing up for the much-anticipated Fifth Annual Forward Motion Dance Festival and Conference of Physically Integrated Dance (FM5). This unique event on March 23 and 24, 2024 is a celebration of physically integrated dance, featuring a dynamic mix of performances, workshops, and community engagement. Produced by Karen Peterson Dancers (KPD) annually, Forward Motion is one of the first festivals and conferences anywhere in the world showcasing physically integrated dance companies and choreography.
As has been the case with past Area Stage productions of the family musicals Annie, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, once again Area Stage Artistic Director Giancarlo Rodaz has immersed the audience into the stage in the company’s unique presentation of Oliver!, running now through February 25 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
Among its annual programming, Miami City Ballet is currently showing “Winter Mix,” a medley of four ballets, ranging from contemporary works to a famous Balanchine-choreographed piece, premiering first at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, then the Arsht Center in Miami, with the finale happening this weekend at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale. With its wide range, “Winter Mix” has a little something for every type of viewer. South Florida Theater Magazine caught the performance at the Kravis Center, and it was a delightful showcase of the form.
Get All Shook Up with the Ultimate Elvis Fan Club Experience! Ever dreamt of being part of Elvis Presley’s inner circle?
Juggerknot Theatre Company is making those dreams come alive with Conjuring The King – an immersive theatrical extravaganza event “that’s all about celebrating the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in style and substance, said Juggerknot Theatre Company founder Tanya Bravo. “The immersive experience is ready to rock your world in true Elvis fashion.” This club is exclusive to 15 lucky fans at a time.
Actress/singer Judy Kuhn, known for her emotional phrasing of a song, will be singing 15 plus songs from Broadway musicals and films in concert on Sunday,, February 18 at 7 p.m. at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in Aventura. The concert is part of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center 2024 Broadway Concert Series that continues on March 10 with Broadway singer Melissa Errico.
The middle child is often considered the quiet one, and nothing special in the family. Slow Burn Theatre Company’s mid-season blockbuster hit SISTER ACT – which comes on the heels of earning a Carbonell for programming and a record-breaking season – has turned “middle malaise” upside down by managing, once again, to make their exhilarated audiences feel this is their “best show ever!” Till they see the next one, of course.
The Cancellation of Lauren Fein by Christopher Demos-Brown. A world premiere that on the surface, the title alone tells you what the play will be about – for those up to date on cancel culture and everything around it. There is no doubt that this topic is something that should be explored, a complicated subject that deserves to be talked about, dissected, and analyzed because it is a difficult one to understand and come to terms with. Christopher Demos-Brown has started an important conversation with this play… but maybe this wasn’t the way to go about it.
At 71, comedienne Rita Rudner could easily settle into retirement, especially because she has been headlining over 2,000 shows in Las Vegas at The Venetian for a record twelve plus years to over one million fans. However, Rudner decided that, despite all the fame and wealth she has accumulated by performing in Vegas, there was a need to come to Boca Raton and try her hand on new jokes and stories at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts, where she performs in one shows on Friday, February 9 and two more on Saturday, February 10.