Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Current Productions for the week of April 2, 2012

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn / Book by Rachel Sheinkin
At Waterfront Playhouse Until April 7

H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S! This jubilant musical is about a group of quirky prepubescent overachievers who are pitted against each other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. They are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Ultimately, the nerdy and the wordy learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. Infectious songs and a laugh-out-loud script (Tony winner for Best Book) make Spelling Bee a winner!

Joseph And The Amaxing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber / Lyrics by Tim Rice
at Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Until April 8

The international musical sensation created by the team that brought you Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, is a fun, hip, colorful and tuneful adaptation of the well-known Biblical tale of Joseph. The melodious contemporary score features familiar songs like Close Every Door To Me, Any Dream Will Do, and Go Go Go Joseph.

Off Center of Nowhere by David Sirois
At The Alliance Theatre Lab Until April 8

Jackie, 17 year old Brooklyn high school student, has a secret to tell her parents. But, in confessing her one secret, it unleashes a string of confessions that can destroy her whole family. As the story unfolds, the characters are faced with moral conundrums that deal with abortion, racism and religion.

Property Line by Juan C. Sanchez
at New Theatre Until April 8
Two long-time friends and neighbors, a “White American” couple and a Cuban housewife, are about it go to war over who has claim to 50 feet of green grass on their waterfront property.

Match by Stephen Belber
At The Red Barn Theatre Until April 14

Married couple Mike and Lisa Davis arrive at the apartment of Tobi Powell in Inwood, on the northern tip of Manhattan, to interview him about his life as a dancer and choreographer. But it is soon evident that their agenda is as multi-layered as Tobi’s life story. What happens next will either ruin or inspire them—and definitely change their lives forever.

Moscow by Michael McKeever
Presented by Zoetic Stage
at the Adrienne Arsht Center Until April 15

Miami, 1962. The members of a once prominent South Florida family find their world challenged by the life-changing events of the era. The Kennedy assassination, the Cold War and the sudden influx of Cubans to Miami set the stage for an all out showdown as past, present, east and west all collide in this comic look at how we got to where we are today.

The All Night Strut! by Fran Charnas
At Broward Stage Door Theatre Until April 29

Get ready for an evening filled with jazz, blues, bebop and standards that thrill the heart, tickle the funny bone and raise the rafters. Legendary songwriters as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins take you from the funky jive of Harlem to the sophisticated elegance of El Morocco and the romance of the Stage Door Canteen.

"Master Harold"...And The Boys by Athol Fugard
At The Palm Beach Dramaworks Until April 29
When a South African white boy and two black workers he has known all his life connect on one rainy day, their wide-ranging discussions illustrate all that unites us and the gulf that still divides us.

Gypsy by Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents & Jule Styne
At The Tamarac Theatre of Performing Arts Until April 29
Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, a famous burlesque stripper, GYPSY tells the story of Rose, an overbearing stage mother, determined to break into the big time by pushing her daughters into vaudeville careers.  After her youngest, June, elopes with a dancer, Rose turns all of her attention on her older and less talented daughter Louise.  Who eventually transforms into a famous burlesque stripper known as Gypsy Rose Lee.

AVENUE Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty
At The Andrews Living Arts Studio Until May 6

AVENUE Q is an "Autobiographical and Biographical" coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by PBS's Sesame Street, that they were "special" and "could do anything"; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more "special" than anyone else.
Warning: This Show Contains Puppet Nudity


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