Make Way for Broadway: Nostalgia, Laughs, and Glamour Pack the Arsht's New Season

This year, our fall Arts & Eats Guide lists all that's timeless and fresh in Miami, from visual art to delicious food. Theater, dance, music, and drinks all make a much-needed appearance throughout the season as well. Pick up one of our printed guides Thursday, October 2, where you'll find profiles, interviews, and detailed event calendars to guide you through the upcoming cultural season.

More than six decades after it premiered, I Love Lucy remains the most popular program in television history.

Lucy, the scatter-brained redhead with stage ambitions; her Cuban bandleader husband, Ricky Ricardo; and squabbling landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz kept America in stitches during the Eisenhower era and are still watched in syndication in more than a dozen languages across the globe.

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Now South Florida fans of America's favorite funnywoman can travel back in time to catch Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel live onstage and in color when the Adrienne Arsht Center's Broadway in Miami 2014-15 season delivers a lineup of smashing musicals beginning with I Love Lucy Live on Stage, running through October 5.

The new production is set in 1952, where you'll find yourself a member of the audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious episodes of I Love Lucy at the Desilu Playhouse soundstage. Soon a charming host appears to fill you in on the new technology called television.

Then it's time to be thrilled by the escapades of the kooky redhead in the Ricardos' New York apartment before swaying to the Cuban tunes of the Ricky Ricardo Orchestra at the Tropicana nightclub. Adding to the nostalgia are the Crystaltone Singers, who deliver live advertising jingles of show sponsors like Brylcreem in catchy, finger-snapping harmonies.

Prepare for starry-eyed enchantment this Halloween when Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella brings romance to the Magic City October 28 through November 2. The Tony Award-winning musical promises to cast a spell on audiences with its contemporary version of the classic fairy tale featuring an amazing orchestra performing some of the celebrated writing duo's most beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," and "Ten Minutes Ago." So, ladies, slip on those glass slippers, release your inner princess, and get ready for the masked ball!

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