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Review: Arsht Center's 'Hamilton' Lives Up To Its Reputation, In Every Way

Feb 21, 2020
Joan Marcus

Last season, undisputed honors for the hottest theater ticket in town went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Hamilton” in its regional debut at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

This season, the “Hamilton” love continues unabated, albeit with a different touring company of the same show. Fresh from three weeks at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the “Angelica” cast has begun a four-week run at Miami’s Arsht Center.

Chopin Competition: The 'Super Bowl Of Piano' Comes To Miami Beginning Saturday

Feb 20, 2020
Courtesy of Chopin Foundation of the United States

The repertoire of Frédéric Chopin is widely considered among the most challenging for pianists to tackle. And for nine days, beginning Feb. 22, young hopefuls from across the country will do just that, taking on the works of the great Polish composer for the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition.

The 26 contestants will perform at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium — half on Saturday and the other half on Sunday — for the preliminary sessions. They must be U.S. citizens between 16 and 30 years old.

Puerto Rican Singer iLe Brings Almadura’s Seductive, Revolutionary Rhythms To North Beach

Feb 19, 2020
Cesar Berrios

Fresh off of sold-out shows in New York and Boston, Puerto Rican singer and activist iLe (Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar) will bring her signature sound to the North Beach Bandshell this Friday.

Her 2016 debut album, “iLevitable,” won a Grammy Award for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.” NPR called her second album, “Almadura,” “an ode to Puerto Rico, an homage to its history and a plea for political action.”

Jon Secada To Pay Tribute To Beny Moré At The Arsht

Feb 19, 2020
Tato Gomez

While growing up in Hialeah in the early ’70s, Jon Secada’s home pulsed to the iconic tropical sounds of Cuban singer, songwriter and bandleader Beny Moré.

“My parents would listen to that stuff all the time,” recalls Secada, now 58. “And as a kid, when you hear your parents listen to music, you never know what’s gonna stick with you.”

Review: 'Miami Motel Stories: North Beach' Tries Something Different

Feb 13, 2020
Pedro Portal

“Miami Motel Stories,” Juggerknot Theatre Co.’s immersive gift to a theatrically diverse South Florida, is back for another round. This time, resident playwright Juan C. Sanchez has interwoven historically inspired short plays with an overarching concept, pushing boundaries yet remaining true to the immersive style that has won Juggerknot so many loyal fans.

Titled “Miami Motel Stories: North Beach,” the show begins in the inviting lobby of The Broadmoor Hotel on Miami Beach’s Ocean Terrace.

Art Wynwood: One Last Miami Art Fair Of The Season — And Never-Before-Seen Warhols

Feb 12, 2020
Michelle VanTine Photography

Think of it as the closing of the winter Miami art fair season.

Art Wynwood, a sister show to Miami Art Week's Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami, arrives for its ninth edition on Presidents’ Day (and Valentine’s Day) weekend, from Feb. 13 to 17.

There’s a good reason Art Wynwood isn't lumped into December’s Basel bash, says Julian Navarro, the fair’s director.

Review: M Ensemble's 'Ain't Misbehavin'' Doesn't Fully Hit Its Stride

Feb 11, 2020
DEBORAH GRAY MITCHELL

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller was a prodigious composer, a great entertainer and a plus-sized pianist whose life ended way too early when he died of pneumonia on a cross-country train trip in 1943. He was just 39.

Thanks in part to the 1978 Tony Award-winning revue, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Waller’s musical legacy lives on. His wit (and that of his frequent lyricist, Andy Razaf), joy and famous stride piano style have been enjoyed by generations born long after Waller’s Harlem Renaissance heyday.

Courtesy of Joe Bataan

Once upon a time, Joe Bataan reigned as the King of Latin Soul.

Spanish Harlem — also known as “El Barrio” — was his kingdom. It’s where he learned to sing doo-wop harmonies on street corners and play clave, the syncopated beat that forms the base of Afro-Cuban music.

It’s also where the young Bataan got into trouble with the law. By the age of 15, he had joined a gang and spent time in a reformatory. Barely an adult, he was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a car.

But music was his saving grace. 

Jon Boogz And Lil Buck Bring 'Love Heals All Wounds' To The Arsht

Feb 6, 2020
Courtesy of artist management

South Florida-raised dancer/choreographer Jon Boogz has always wanted to use dance to tell stories that matter.

Growing up, the only things he loved as much as dancing were issue-driven films such as “Schindler’s List” and “The Color Purple.” As a street dancer in the style called popping, however, Boogz was in a world where success typically means getting on TV shows, touring with pop stars, winning competitions, and constantly upping your virtuosity. Not breaking hearts, opening minds, or changing worlds. He wanted more.

'Miami Motel Stories' Looks Dramatically At A Diverse North Beach

Feb 4, 2020
PEDRO PORTAL

Beginning with “Miami Motel Stories: Little Havana” in 2017, Juggerknot Theatre Co. has continued to create immersive theater in an idiosyncratic, widely embraced way.

Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony Unite For 'A Monumental Collaboration'

Jan 29, 2020
Courtesy of Alexander Iziliaev

If only one titan, Atlas, could support the Earth on his shoulders, for two together would even the sky be the limit?

The 20th century experienced just that when choreographer George Balanchine and composer and pianist Igor Stravinsky collaborated in Paris and Washington, D.C., in 1928 on their ground-shifting ballet, “Apollo.” Their artistic partnership shifted the tectonics of both classical dance and music.

Review: 'The Cubans' Marks Debut Of Playwright With A Voice Worth Experiencing

Jan 28, 2020
JUSTIN NAMON

An observant, funny, moving slice of Miami life is occupying the stage of Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre just now, thanks to Miami New Drama’s world premiere of Michael Leon’s “The Cubans.”

A New York-based actor who grew up in Miami and graduated from Florida International University, Leon has said he wrote “The Cubans” in part because he didn’t see his community and culture represented in the complex family plays that spoke to him so powerfully.

Review: 'Mamma Mia!' At Actors' Playhouse Is Escapist Theater Of The Best Kind

Jan 28, 2020
ALBERTO ROMEU

Feeling joyous is not so easy these days, given the country’s toxic politics, global climate change, potential pandemics — well, pick your anxiety-producing crisis.

But at least temporarily, joy can be experienced for the price of a theater ticket.

Theater Review: 'Feos' Uses Puppetry To Explore Deeply Human Emotions

Jan 24, 2020
courtesy of Elio Frugone Piña / via ArtburstMiami.com

The Greeks knew a thing or two about theater. In their works - meditations on the deepest of human emotions, plays that became nothing less than the cornerstones of Western culture - the actors wore masks. The Greeks understood that somehow the masked actors, rather than alienating an audience, mysteriously brought the audience closer to them.

Theater Review: 'Ordinary Americans' Is An Impactful, Relevant Cautionary Tale

Jan 22, 2020
SAMANTHA MIGHDOLL

“Ordinary Americans” is a cautionary tale rooted in the past and resonant in the present.

Commissioned by Palm Beach Dramaworks, Joseph McDonough’s play about pioneering television titan Gertrude Berg had a highly successful five-week run at the West Palm Beach theater before making the move to GableStage, where it runs through Feb. 16. 

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