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SPOTLIGHT ON STAGE


Eleanor

Hannan

ESunTimes@aol.com


THE CLASSIC LOVE STORY OF DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST ON STAGE AT THE ARSHT CENTER:
   The classic Disney story of a young woman named Bell and a Beast who is really a young prince trapped in a spell. The Prince lived in a shining castle and although he had everything his heart desired, the Prince was spoiled, selfish, and very unkind. Repulsed by her ragged appearance, he turned the woman away. Before leaving, she warned him not to be deceived by her appearance, as beauty is not only skin deep, but it is what one sees within. When he dismissed her again, the old woman’s entire looks melted away, revealing a beautiful enchantress. Although the Prince tried to apologize, it was too late. Seeing there was no love in his heart, she transformed him into a hideous Beast and placed a spell on the castle and everyone who lived there until he could learn to love others and earn their love in return. The rose she offered him would have broken the spell, however, he was now destined to remain a Beast forever.  
    Belle leaves the castle, finding herself in the woods, surrounded by wolves. They begin to attack when the Beast heroically arrives and fights them off. Badly injured, Belle decides to help her wounded hero back to the castle. After long discussions, they find they have much in common and appreciating his loving gesture, she breaks the spell. The story does not end there. Many things happen before they finally fall in love, dance in the ballroom and live happily ever after.
    Beauty and the Beast, has won the hearts of audiences worldwide. The classical love story is filled with lovable characters, lavish sets and costumes. The production presents many beloved songs including: “Be Our Guest” which opens at the Arsht Center in the Ziff Ballet Opera House on December 30th, 2014 through January 4th, 2015. Tickets start from $26 and up. Show times vary. For all information, call the box office at: (305) 949-6722. Located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Or visit on-line at: www.arshtcenter.org.
 
BROWARD CENTER PRESENTS ALL NEW 2015 SHEN YUN GLOBAL SENSATIONAL SHOW:
    Shen Yun is an extraordinary journey inspired by 5,000 years of Divine Culture that presents Chinese music and dance with a tremendous explosion of color and sound, all in a one night’s performance. Almost lost under communist rule in China, this beautiful, inspiring show has everything finally being revived and shared with the entire world. Timeless legends come to life as the performers in their magnificent costumes and thunderous battle drums that fill the stage with color and energy, while enchanting melodies and animated scenery appear to transport the audience to another world. This wonderful heritage and culture, now being revived, is shared with every country in the universe.
     Shen Yun has performed at the largest venues throughout Europe and North America with every show being a complete sell out, bringing with them exceptional beauty, purity, grace and believing righteousness will prevail.
   Combining the best of the East and the West, Shun Yun returns to the Broward Center with a live orchestra on Friday, December 26th, at 8 p.m., Saturday December 27th at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday December 28th, 2014 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $65 to $205 available at the Center’s box office in person. Located at 201 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. For further information, call: (954) 462-0222. Or visit on-line at: www.BrowardCenter.org.
 
    AVENTURA CENTER HOSTS PIANO DUO SUSAN AND SARAH WANG PLAYING JEWISH & CHRISTIAN CLASSICS:
   Internationally acclaimed piano artists Susan and Sarah Wang from the Dranoff Piano 2 Foundation, will perform “Joy Around the World.” Two piano classics of the Jewish and Christian Tradition on Sunday, December 21st, 2014 at 5 p.m. As a tribute to the culture and tradition of the winter holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas, the concert will include works by Schubert and Prokofiev.
  The most intriguing part of this performance is that Susan and Sarah Wang are 24 year old, twin sisters from Ridgewood, New Jersey. They have a history and experience with the Miami Piano competition, taking first prize in the Dranoff junior division several years ago. This unique performance takes place at the Aventura Center on December 21st, 2014 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $55 with special student tickets only $5. Available at the box office located at 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura in person. Or by calling: (954) 462-0222. Or: 1 (877) 311-7469 for reservations and more information.