PRESENTED BY THE FLORIDA GRAND OPERA & BROWARD CENTER - ROSSINI’S COMIC OPERA “THE BARBER OF SEVILLE”:
The Barber of Seville is considered one of the greatest comic operas ever composed. This clever production sets the action on a movie backlot in Seville, in a large warehouse that contains all the props and costumes of a movie studio. The year is 1940, Spanish movie star, Rosina who is kept captive by Bartolo, her agent, guardian, uncle and owner of the studio. He is out for the inheritance she received from her parents and attempts to get both the beautiful girl and her wealth by getting her to marry him. Count Almaviva, a nobleman and aristocrat in Spain, conceals the fact he is really wealthy and has been in love with her on screen and off. He constantly serenades her and now follows her to the studio. Add to this mix a talented barber hired for the day’s shooting, throw in a chorus of movie extras, and you’re in for some backstage antics fueled by love and passion. Figaro, the studio stylist who helps Rosina dress, encourages her to choose Almaviva who finally reveals his true identity and proclaims his love for her. Happiness is celebrated by all at the end of the day. Many operas are tragic dramas but “The Barber of Seville” will have the audience bursting with laughter. Sung in Italian with English titles.
Enjoy this delicious unfolding comic opera at it’s best and brilliantly performed including Rossini’s famous music in the Au-Rene Theatre, December 3rd and December 5th, 2015, evenings at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $21 to $200. For all information, call the box office at: (954) 462-0222. Located at 201 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.
TCHAIKOVSKY’S CLASSIC SCORE RE-IMAGINED IN THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER AT THE ARSHT CENTER:
Through explosive hip-hop choreography by Brooklyn-based Decadancetheatre, will be enjoyed by the entire family and will delight audiences with its high energy and modern day image of a beloved ballet. The ballet is a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. The Nutcracker is a unique holiday event that attracts hip-hop fans, families, music and dance audiences. The Nutcracker’s dance crew, along with rap legend Kurtis Blow, will simply electrify the entire building.
The Hip-Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria Clara and her prince, Myron, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in Brooklyn during the 1980's. The dances celebrate love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve in the Carnival Studio Theatre at the Arsht Center, December 5th at 8 p.m. and December 6th at 2 p.m. 2015. Tickets are $45 at the Center’s box office located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. For further information, call: (305) 949-6722. Or: 1 (877) 949-6722.
AVENTURA CENTER LAUNCHES A NEW MUSICAL “DOGFIGHT”:
Based on the 1991 cult classic movie, a young marine begins an unlikely, yet passionate romance with a shy, awkward waitress the night before he ships off to Vietnam. Emotional combat comes to life as morales, values, humility and humanity are explored in the musical. The original production took home the prestigious 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding Musical. The show is considered to be something very special, filled with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuinely charming intimate heart-breaker.
Dogfight features a cast of talented local performers including Alexa Baray, Hannah Benitez, Sabrina Gore, Cameron Jordan, Kaitlyn O’Neill, Rick Pena, Ben Sandomir, Christian Vandepas, Brian Varela, Mike Westrich and Alex Zenoz, directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Patrick Fitzwater and musical director Manny Schvartzman. Performances run December 3rd, December 4th and December 5th evenings at 8 p.m. December 6th, matinée at 2 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $45 available at the Center’s box office located at 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura. For information, call: (954) 462-0222. Or: 1 (877) 311-7469.