Wednesday, February 15, 2012

News for the Week of Feb. 13, 2012

Broward Across America
Broward Across America has announced it 2012-2013 season that begins with Rock 'N Roll and ends with a deeply moving tale between a boy and his horse, with a bit of murder, flash and the macabre mixed in.

Million Dollar Quartet – Nov. 6-18This surprisingly effective and infectious musical is loosely based on an actual recording session at the legendary Sun Records when producer Sam Phillips brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Although there is a book of sorts and a bit of plot, this is still primarily a jukebox musical. But the combined songbook of these icons’ early years and the conceit of them jamming together proved unavoidably winning, especially with the cast that played the Arsht last year.

Sister Act – Dec. 18–30Featuring a rousing score by by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), this feel-good reworking of the 1992 movie traces a wannabe diva who goes into hiding in a convent after she witnesses a crime. The culture clash, of course, ends up changing both the nuns and the diva.

Agatha Christie’s Classic BBC Mystery Series – Jan. 15–Feb. 3, 2013This offering, being staged at the Parker Playhouse rather than Broward Center for the Performing Arts, is a collection of four classic mystery tales originally written by the Queen of Mystery Writers just before and after World War II:  Three Blind Mice, Yellow Iris, Butter in a Lordly Dish and Personal Call. The radio scripts were adapted for the stage in 2009 for Florida impresario Zev Buffman and his International Mystery Writers’ Festival in Kentucky.

Flashdance – Mar. 5– 7, 2013
This first national tour about a working-class girl in Pittsburgh with dreams of becoming a professional dancer (and which created a rage for leg warmers) is now a stage show featuring the music from the Jennifer Beals movie.

The Addams Family – Apr. 9–21, 2013Another shock: When this played on Broadway, only the heavy lifting by Nathan Lane as Gomez kept this mess from sinking into the mire. But the creative team took it back into the shop, overhauled it and came up with a surprisingly funny musical comedy that thoroughly entertained audiences as the Arsht last year.

War Horse – May 7–19, 2013Mark your calendars and don’t miss this. How well this will work on a proscenium stage is anybody’s guess since this highly theatrical work was staged on a thrust stage at Lincoln Center, putting the story right in the audiences’ lap. But don’t bet against it.

Not part of the subscription package:

Wicked – Jan. 30 – Feb. 17, 2013The blockbuster musical hit very loosely based on Gregory Maguire’s dark  alternative take on The Wizard of Oz, is a monster hit, especially for pre-teen and teenaged girls who identify with the misunderstood heroine, Elphaba, who will later be known as The Wicked Witch of the West.

One Act and One Minute Play Festivals

Save The Date!
Sunday, February 12, 2012

Alliance Theatre Lab proudly presents “Onesies,” an evening of stage readings composed of short plays written by David Michael Sirois and Mark Della Ventura on Monday, March 5, 2012.
“Our 2012 season is comprised of three world premieres: one by David Michael Sirois and two by Mark Della Ventura. We wanted to put together an evening of short plays written by these two amazing playwrights to show our audience a sample of the exciting things happening this season,” says Producing Artistic Director Adalberto J. Acevedo.

And if you are looking for smaller and more numerous, we have...

Minutemen – and Women.

You’ve heard of one-act play programs and ten-minute play, but now comes The First South Florida One-Minute Play Festival.
More than 40 playwrights with South Florida connections have written (or are still writing) these very brief exercises in dramaturgy for two benefit performances slated for 4:30 and 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave. in Miami.

Some of the playwrights are: Michael McKeever, Michael Yawney, Juan C. Sanchez, Gene Excaliber, David Sirois, Mark Della Ventura, Vanessa Garcia, Kimberly Patterson, Marj O’Neill-Butler, Andrew Rosendorf, Kenny Finkle, Sheri Wilner, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Andie Arthur, Carmen Pelaez, David Caudle, Stacy O’Neill, Neena Beber, Edith Freni and Jorge Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas. The plays will be directed by Steven Chambers, Elizabeth Price, Nicole Stoddard and Ricky J. Martinez

The project is being presented by the New York-based One-Minute Play Festival, Deering Estate and the South Florida Theatre League. The event is partly underwritten by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Tickets are $25 per show and can be purchased online at or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at (305) 235-1668 ext. 233.
The proceeds will benefit the Theatre Lab, a year-long series of playwright workshops presented by the South Florida Theatre League and the Deering Estate.

 Roxy Performing Arts Center

RTG’s Musical Production Features Law & Order Star

Actor, Danny Pino, Miami native and star of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, plays the Book Voice in The Roxy Theatre Group’s (RTG) musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, through an extraordinary voice over. RTG’s cast and orchestra of 70 students, ages 12-22, are honored to have the accomplished actor as a guest-artist within their ensemble.  RTG is a non-profit arts organization for children and youth.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Pino is a long-time supporter of RTG and has served on the program’s Advisory Board since inception. The Cuban-American actor has provided several workshops for the organization’s students. A Florida International University Alumnus, Pino’s television and film credits include Burn Notice, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, New York, Flicka and Andy Garcia’s The Lost City.

“Roxy is a place where an interest in theater, dance and music becomes a study and a study becomes a skill.  At a time when arts programs are being de-funded, Roxy is more rare and essential to the creative youth in our community. I had a fantastic time recording the voiceover for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, especially knowing I could collaborate with the talented and committed young artists in my hometown.  I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this production and hope that our community further realizes the importance of cultivating creativity and encouraging self expression in all forms. To the students at Roxy:  Dream big, prepare, and ‘Break a leg!,’ said Danny Pino, playing the Book Voice in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  Currently, playing Detective Nick Amaro on NBC’s hit series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, he is also well-known for his seven seasons as Detective Scotty Valens on CBS’s Cold Case.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, February 17, 2012-March 3, 2012.  Fridays & Saturdays, 8:00p.m.  Saturday, March 3rd, 3:00p.m. & 8:00p.m.  Sundays, 5:30p.m.  General Admission, $20.00. Gala Fundraiser & Reception, Saturday, February 18, 2012, 7:00p.m., $50.00.  Proceeds benefit RTG’s Student Scholarship Fund.  1645 SW 107 Ave. Miami, FL 33165.

For tickets or more information please call 305-226-0030, email or visit All media inquiries should please be directed to The Roxy Theatre Group (RTG) a non-profit organization, offers performing arts programs for ages, 3-17.

Caldwell Theatre

Legacy Bank files to foreclose on Caldwell Theater

Legacy Bank of Florida has filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the Caldwell Theatre Company, claiming the Boca Raton-based theater has failed to repay nearly $6 million in debt on its new playhouse.
In a lawsuit filed this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Legacy Bank alleges the theater is behind on two notes: One for $2.88 million and the other for about $3 million.

Reports of Caldwell's financial problems have swirled for some time. Clive Cholerton, artistic director, said the theater is weighing a debt reorganization, possibly through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Cholerton stressed that a Chapter 7 liquidation is not in the cards.

"We're exploring different options for reorganization; we are talking to the bank on a daily basis," Cholerton said. "This is just part of the process. We're very confident things are going to work out."

Read the rest of the article here: Sun-Sentinel: Legacy Bank Files To Foreclose


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