A TUNA CHRISTMAS
201 S.W. 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 954-462-0222/www.browardcenter.org
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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
THE BOOK OF MORMON
10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise 954-747-4646/www.sunrisefl.gov
THE BOOK OF MORMON BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND RETURNS TO ARSHT CENTER
“THE BOOK OF MORMON,” had a successful two-week run in Miami in 2014 and returns to Miami for a limited engagement, November 28 to December 3, 2017. The Book of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Featured Actress, Best Orchestration and much more, in addition to having the highest -charting cast album on the billboard charts in four decades, as well as a New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding Musical.
In Utah, a devout handsome, missionary to be, leads his classmates in a door-to-door attempt to convert the people to Mormonism believing if he prays enough, he will be sent to Orlando, Florida for his two year mission, but is shocked when he and his partner are sent to Uganda as a pair.
The musical, a religious satire, tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Naive and optimistic, the two missionaries try to share one of the scriptures in the Book of Mormon, which only one of them knows very well. They have lots of trouble connecting with the natives who are more worried about the war.
What happens in Uganda is hysterically funny. This block- buster show features several big songs and dance numbers while playfully pokes fun at religion, sexuality, poverty and race. Tickets are $30 and up, available at the Center’s box office located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. For all other information call 305-949-6722, or Ticketmaster. Visit online at www.arshtcenter.org.
THE TWO-MAN COMEDY “A TUNA CHRISTMAS” NOW ON STAGE AT THE OFF BROADWAY PALM THEATRE
This hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna is so funny. It’s the holiday season in Tuna, Texas the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State, and just two actors bring more than twenty zany characters to life in this heartwarming play.
The annual Christmas Yard Display Contest sets the lunacy in motion and a mysterious phantom known for vandalizing the displays threatens to ruin the contest. All of this takes place while one resident is trying to produce A Christmas Carol despite numerous obstacles and headaches!
If you’re looking for Texas -size laughs, join the Off-Broadway Palm Theatre, located in the main lobby, of Broadway Palm, for A Tuna Christmas now playing on stage through December 25, 2017. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Tickets are from $39 to $59 with group discounts available for parties of 20 or more. Reservations may be made at the box office by calling 239-278-4422, located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers or by visiting www.broadwaypalm.com.
THE EVERY WOMAN COMEDY TOUR
COMES TO BROWARD CENTER’S AMATURO THEATRE
The Every Woman Comedy Tour presents Aida Rodriguez, April Macie and Chaunte Wayans in a rip roaring comedy in the Amaturo Theatre. Rodriguez was one of ten to make the finals on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has also been featured on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Fox’s Laughs, Nickelodeon’s Mom’s Night Out and Shag’s All Star Comedy Jam.
Also a finalist on Last Comic Standing, Macie has been a regular guest on The Howard Stern show where she was voted “The Funniest and Hottest Comedienne in America. With her irreverent brand of overly sexual humor, Macie attempts to break down troubling double-standards and lend her voice to women everywhere. Wayans has toured nationally. Her comedic talent led her to become a featured cast member on MTV’s hit sketch comedy series Nick Cannon Presents Wild N’ Out and she can also be seen on Katt Williams' comedy special Kattpacalypse.
All will be on stage December 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $35 through Ticketmaster.com or by calling the Broward Center’s box office at 954-462-0222, located at 201 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Know who you are buying from when you purchase tickets. *The comedy tour features adult content. Not suitable for children.
SCHOOL OF ROCK BRINGS IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH HIGH ENERGY AND LOTS OF FUN
AT BROWARD CENTER’S AU-RENE THEATRE
School Of Rock is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater. Based on the 2003 film of the same name, the musical follows Dewey Finn, an out-of-work rock singer and guitarist who pretends to be a student teacher at a prestigious prep school. After identifying the musical talent in his students, Dewey forms a band of fifth- graders, in an attempt to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands contest. They decide to call the band School of Rock.
In Autumn 2015, an official announcement was made of the musical, with a world premiere on Broadway. This would be the first time since 1971 and Jesus Christ Superstar, that a Lloyd Webber musical would premiere on Broadway rather than in the West End. It would also mark a return for the composer to the Winter Garden Theatre, where his "Cats" ran for 18 years.
Show tickets are $30 to $160, now on sale for performances December 12-24-2017, at the Center’s box office located at 201 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Evenings at 8 p.m., matinees 2 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. For all other information call 954-462-0222 or visit online at www.browardcenter.org
SUNRISE CIVIC CENTER THEATRE PRESENTS
“THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME”
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical based on the 1831 novel of the same name written by Victor Hugo, with songs from the 1996 Walt Disney film. The musical premiered in 1999 in Berlin, Germany by Disney’s theatrical company. It ran for three years becoming one of Berlin’s longest running musicals.
The English version debuted at La Joila Playhouse in San Diego, California. The musical is a darker, more gothic adaptation of the film. The comedy in the musical is greatly toned down.
The story begins as a group of gypsies sneak illegally into Paris, but are ambushed by the Minister of Justice and his soldiers. A gypsy woman in the group attempts to flee with her deformed son, but the Minister chases and kills her. He tries to kill the baby as well, but the Archdeacon of the cathedral intervenes and accuses him of murdering an innocent woman.
To atone for his sin, he agrees to raise the deformed child as his son naming him Quasimodo. Find out what happens 20 years later by purchasing tickets for the performances scheduled December 1 and 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Theatre’s box office located at 10610 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise. Ticket information is also available by calling 954-747-4646, and may be purchased directly at the door.