MIA Goes Broadway: The Arsht Center Brings the Great White Way to the Magic City
Rock of Ages: A headbangers' ball at the Arsht.
The Adrienne Arsht Center's Broadway in Miami 2012-13 season raises the curtain on a lively lineup of entertainment that brings new dazzle and classics to audiences eager to step out with a song.
It's time to whip out those mullets and air guitars October 9 through 14, when jukebox musical Rock of Ages delivers a raucous ode to '80s big hair and even bigger romance. The sonic joyride features a mix of 28 rockin' anthems: "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Can't Fight This Feeling," and "I Want To Know What Love Is." Set in 1987, it weaves the tale of a small-town girl who falls for a big-city rocker on the Sunset Strip inside L.A.'s most famous club. The five-time 2009 Tony Award nominee will rattle your ear drums with face-melting hits by the likes of Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake, and many others.
Usher in 2013 with a spoonful of sugar as Mary Poppins descends under a giant umbrella. Presented by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh January 1 through 6, this magical Technicolor production hits the ceiling with a high-flying extravaganza featuring a rooftop bash led by leaping chimney sweeps. There's a reason why this classic has astonished more than 7 million people worldwide on the stage and why the story of everyone's favorite nanny remains one of the most popular Disney films of all time.
Get ready to dream the dream and don't forget to bring the hankies February 26 through March 3, when Les Misérables arrives in a thunderous rebirth that would make Victor Hugo beam with pride. Set in 19th-century France, Hugo's powerful tale follows the stories of student revolutionaries, prostitutes, factory workers, a jailbird, and star-crossed lovers as they struggle for redemption and revolution. Presented by Cameron Mackintosh, this brand-new 25th-anniversary production of Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical includes new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Hugo himself. It's an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit that also includes some of theater history's most unforgettable songs.
This April 2 through 7, take the road trip of a lifetime when a trio of outrageous transvestites embarks on a wild and woolly adventure while searching for friendship and love. Presented by camp diva Bette Midler, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert tells the soul-stirring story of Mitzi, Mitosis, Bernadette, and Felicia as they travel in a battered old bus across the Australian outback. Buoyed by a hit parade of dance-floor favorites that will get your toes tapping, and boasting 500-plus fabulous Tony Award-winning costumes, the production includes the tunes "It's Raining Men," "Finally," and "I Will Survive."
May 7 through 12, the smoking-hot new musical Memphis will crank up the dial with its sultry story about crossing the color lines in 1950s Tennessee. Inspired by actual events, Memphis showcases explosive dance numbers and an irresistible score revolving around the quest for fame and forbidden love. A white radio DJ who aspires to change the world meets a black club singer who inspires his love while dreaming of her big showbiz break. Set in Tennessee's underground clubs, the production, which snagged four 2010 Tony Awards, is full of soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.
And if that quintet of musicals isn't enough to leave South Florida theater lovers crowing over an embarrassment of riches, Broadway in Miami is adding two unexpected bonuses to our cultural trove this year. December 4 through 9, Stomp will bring a percussive symphony played entirely on unconventional instruments. And March 19 through 24, Fela! -- the inspiring and critically acclaimed musical based on the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti -- will deliver his soulful Afrobeat rhythms that ignited a generation.
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