THE COLOR PURPLE
3385 N.E. 188th Street, Aventura 954-660-6307/www.aventuracenter.org
TONY AWARD REVIVAL TOUR OF THE “COLOR PURPLE”
TO BE PRESENTED AT ARSHT CENTER
The revival of The Color Purple opened to great acclaim in 2013 followed by a Broadway opening in November 2015. The Color Purple went on to win two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and a Daytime Emmy. The Color Purple played 483 performances on Broadway closing January 2017.
Young Celie only fourteen years old, is pregnant with her second child, by her father Alphonso. While attending church with the other members of the Georgia community, Celie goes into labor and is dragged out of the church as the congregation quietly looks on. After Celie gives birth to a son, her father takes the child away and bluntly tells her he is going to get rid of the child as he did the last one. Celie quietly says goodbye to her newborn and asks God to explain what she has to go through.
Four years later, the local farmer and widower Albert Johnson approaches Alphonso and asks permission to marry one of his daughters. Alphonso agrees, offering him Celie, instead of his other daughter Nettie. Although the girls promise to never be separated, Celie goes with Albert to save Nettie’s dreams of becoming a teacher. The field hands introduce Celie to a life of hard work.
One day Nettie arrives, explaining she is tired of Alphonso’s attentions and asks to stay but is later attacked by Johnson as she is walking to school. She fights back, causing him to kick her out swearing to never let her see her sister again. She promises to write to Nettie, but when Celie goes to the mailbox, Johnson slams the mailbox shut, threatening to kill her if she does it again.
Ticket prices start at $29 and up for this intriguing musical eventually leading to a happy ending, opens February 27 through March 4, 2018, at the Center’s box office located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. For more information call 305-949- 6722, 877-949-6722 or visit online at www arshtcenter.org.
HARD ROCK LIVE PRESENTS JERRY SEINFELD
AMERICAN STAND-UP COMEDIAN, ACTOR & PRODUCER
Seinfeld is widely known for playing himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote. As a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld specializes in observational comedy. In 2005, Comedy Central named Seinfeld the 12th Greatest Stand-Up Comedian of All Time. He developed an interest in stand-up comedy after brief stints in college productions.
After graduation from Queens College, he tried out at an open-microphone night at New York City's Catch a Rising Star, which led to an appearance in a Rodney Dangerfield HBO special. Seinfeld appeared on open mic nights at Budd Friedman's Improv club.
He also had a small recurring role on the sitcom Benson, playing Frankie, a mail delivery boy who had comedy routines, no one wanted to hear. However, Seinfeld was abruptly fired from the show due to creative differences.
In 1981, Seinfeld made a successful appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, leading to frequent appearances on that show and others, including Late Night with David Letterman. In 2017, Seinfeld signed an exclusive comedy deal with Netflix.
Tickets range from $80 to $170 through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Hard Rock Live is located on State Road 7( U S 441) in Hollywood. Performances are at 8 p.m. *Parking is always free.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR THE MUSICAL COMING
TO PEMBROKE PINES THEATRE
FROM FEBRUARY 23 TO MARCH 18
Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The story is loosely based on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus's life,beginning with the preparation of for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and inter personal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible.
The work's depiction offers a free interpretation of the psychology of Jesus and the other characters. A large part of the plot focuses on he character of Judas, who is depicted as a tragic figure dissatisfied with the direction in which Jesus steers is disciples. Contemporary attitudes and sensibilities, as well as slang, pervade the lyrics, and ironic allusions to modern life are scatted throughout the depiction of political events. Stage and film productions accordingly contain many international anachronisms.
Recognizing that Jesus is irritated by the badgering and lack of understanding from his followers, Mary Magdalene tries to help Jesus relax. Judas is concerned that Jesus is associating
with a women of her profession, a prostitute. his followers. Jesus tells Judas that Mary is with him now, and unless Judas is without sin he should not judge he character of others.
Mary Magdalene tries to assure Jesus that everything is alright while anointing him with oil while Judas angrily insists that the money used to obtain the oil should have been used to help the poor instead.
Jesus sadly explains that he and his followers do not have the resources to alleviate poverty and that they should be glad for the privileges they have. He claims that once his followers no longer have him, they will lose their path.
Jesus Christ Superstar continues the story of biblical Jesus to the final days leading up to his crucifixion. It focuses on the personal conflicts between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel, and the leadership of Rome. Special attention is paid to the biblical retellings in that it focuses on both Judas' struggle making the decision to betray Jesus, and his human psychology, fear, and anger.
Tickets are $15 to $32 now on sale at the Pembroke Pines Theatre Of The Performing Arts box office located at 17195 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines. Performances are evenings at 8 p.m. and matinees 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit pptopa.com or call 954-437-4884 for all additional information.
DISASTER IS A 70's MOVIE MUSICAL PRESENTED
LIVE ON STAGE AT AVENTURA CENTER
Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the 70s take center stage in this homage to classic disaster films. In this musical, a group of New Yorkers attend the opening of a floating casino and discotheque that quickly succumbs to multiple disasters. These calamities correlate with plots of various disaster films of the 1970's.
Additionally, this play keeps up with a 1970's theme by using a jukebox musical, containing popular songs of the decade, as musical numbers. Created by Seth Rudetsky and written by Jack Plotnick, Dister is a Broadway production with an all star cast, with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. It opened in March, 2016.
Disaster takes place in 1979 Manhattan during the opening night at the Barracuda, the first floating casino and discotheque in New York. The characters gather to gamble and dance, unaware of impending natural disasters. The the building's lack of safety measures compounds these catastrophes. Notably, the casino's structure was built on a fault line, which causes earthquakes throughout the show. The plot follows several characters' dynamics and interactions throughout the opening night, as they deal with the 1970's disasters.
Tickets are $25 to $49 now available, from February 22 to 25, 2018, at the Aventura Center's box office located at 3385 N.E. 188th Street, Aventura. Performances are Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. , matinees 2 p.m. For more information call 954-660-6307 or visit online at aventuracenter.org.
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