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SPOTLIGHT ON STAGE


Eleanor

Hannan

ESunTimes@aol.com


EXPERIENCE THIS UNUSUAL ADVENTURE BACK “INTO THE WOODS” PRESENTED BY ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER
 
   “Into the Woods” is an award winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The plot includes several of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to expose the consequences of the characters and their wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and Cinderella,” in addition to a few others. The musical revolves around a childless baker and his wife and their great desire to begin a family. Their interaction with a Witch who has placed a curse on them, and their involvement with other storybook characters, during their journey, will make you more conscious of what you wish for and what you really want.
    With the words “Once Upon a Time,” four characters are introduced who each have a wish. The Baker’s neighbor, an ugly old Witch, places a curse on the Baker’s father and family after catching him stealing magic beans from her garden. She explains the curse will be lifted if they can find four ingredients that the witch needs for a certain potion, before the chime of midnight within three days. There is a separate story for each one of the fairy tales and at the end, how the survivors resolve to band together, rebuild their lives and live Happily Ever After. The play includes dazzling songs like “Children Will Listen,” and “No One is Alone.” This clever, extraordinary musical is about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. “Into the Woods” will be on stage at the Arsht Center from January 22, to February 15, evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnival Studio Theater. This funny and laugh out loud show will be enjoyed by all ages. Tickets are $50 at the box office located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. ShowtImes vary. For all info, call (305) 949-6722.
 
FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS ARRIVE AT HARD ROCK LIVE  FOR ONE SENSATIONAL SHOW
 
   Already a musical and pop culture icon, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Frankie Valli, is currently enjoying a surge in Nationwide popularity. Jersey Boys, the Broadway musical, has sent The Four Seasons’ rise to fame, when they took home the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award and Frankie himself, has since been recruited as a guest on every talk show. But his real success is still in his music. Valli’s trademark, his falsetto voice, along with the Four Seasons has made them the most enduring group of the rock and roll era. In 1975, Frankie released “Swearin’ to God,” followed by “My Eyes Adored You,” which reached number six on Hot 100. Others that kept the 50s and 60s, the best music around are “Can’t Take my Eyes Off of You,” “Sherry,” “Rag Doll,’ “Don’t Think Twice,” “It’s All Right,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and many more. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Vocal Hall of Fame in 1999.
    This well-loved musical group will return to the Hard Rock Live on January 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $90 at the box office, in person, located on State Road 7 (US-441) Hollywood. Call (954) 327-ROCK, or Ticketmaster. Parking is always free.
 
CAPITOL STEPS THE MUSICAL COMEDY TROUPE THAT PUTS THE MOCK IN DEMOCRACY AT AVENTURA CENTER
 
    With Its side splitting review “How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying,” Capitol Steps will perform nightly from January 28 through January 31, at 8 p.m. and on February 1, at 2 p.m. Capitol Steps satires all things political during their highly amusing shows. Known for their hilarious musical skits of all personalities and current events, audiences won’t be able to keep from laughing out loud. Their satire and musical political comedy is sacred and nobody is safe including guest appearances of Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin, Marco Rubio, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Pope Francis, Chris Christie and others. It’s the one thing in Washington sure to earn bipartisan support. Audiences will see President Obama belt out a tune, Nancy Pelosi sing a rock song and New Jersey Governor Christie do classical ballet. The wacky review changes constantly, and has generated hits as “Puttin On the Blitz,” “ The Big Benghazi Theory,” and “Everyone Must Get Droned.” Tickets are $35 at the box office located at 3385 NE188th St., Aventura, and on line at aventuracenter.org. For more info, call (954) 462-0222.

“See You at the Theatre”
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