COMEDY AND MUSIC HEADLINE THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS THIS JULY.
FORT LAUDERDALE – This July, comedy and music acts will headline at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts when Broadway sensation Mamma Mia! And City Theatre returns.
The Broward Center and City Theatre present Summer Shorts with Jai Rodriguez on Thursday, June 30; Friday, July 1; and Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 3 at 5 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. The evening features a must-see series of short comedies and dramas starring Jai Rodriguez, star of Bravo TV’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Broadway’s Rent. Tickets are $45.
The Broward Center and City Theatre present the Lisa Loeb musical Camp Kappawanna on Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. This runaway hit musical celebrates timeless camp experiences through the story of Jenny Jenkins, a 12 year-old awkward and adorable kid who hasn’t really found herself yet. The performance features hip, cool music penned by Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. Tickets are $25.
The Broward Center and City Theatre present Jai Rodriguez in Dirty Little Secrets on Saturday, July 2 at 10 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. Rodriguez, star of TV’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Broadway’s Rent, dishes the dirt in this hilarious, provocative and irreverent late night revue. Nothing is off limits in this sexy night of music and stories as Rodriguez tells all of his Dirty Little Secrets. This show contains adult subject matter and language. Tickets are $35.
Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, July 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Add a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa for an additional $5, and enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk. Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $19.95 plus tax per person. The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Esplanade Stage, Connie Hoffman Gazebo and Las Olas Riverfront. The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
Claudia Diez and her orchestra TONO 40 join the National Ballet of Colombia and the Amadeus Orchestra, featuring talent musicians ages 10 to 16 from Medellin, Colombia, in The Tropical Symphony Concert on Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. The concert celebrates Colombia’s rich cultural identity, combining classical and popular music with Colombian folk dancing. Tickets range from $27 to $100 and student tickets are available for $20.
Featuring teen and young adult actors from the Young Professionals Summer Camp, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Performance Project bring to the stage a production of Disney’s Camp Rock, a musical based on the hit Disney Channel original movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, on Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8 at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and on Saturday, July 9 at 2 and 5 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. This high energy mash-up features electrifying dance routines and fires up the stage with anthems including “This is Me,” “Can’t Back Down” and “We Rock.” Admission is $10 with $3 lap seats available for infants 12 months and under. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for a discounted price of $9.
The internationally acclaimed University Singers perform From Mozart to Marley in their South Florida debut on Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 5 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. The Caribbean choral group performs classical, American Negro Spirituals, Jazz, Folk, Gospel, Reggae and other varied musical genres. Tickets are $35 and $50. VIP tickets including a pre-show reception are available for $75 for Saturday, July 16 only.
Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present Mamma Mia! from Tuesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 24 in the Au-Rene Theater. Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. This smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, such as “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Showtimes vary. Ticket prices range from $ 27.25 to $73.25.
The Symphony of the Americas and American Airlines present Summerfest 2011, the longest running music festival to take place in Florida on Wednesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Summerfest 2011 features the internationally-acclaimed Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra from Miskolc, Hungary joined by members of the Symphony of the Americas in a cultural exchange. Works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Vitali, Massenet and other popular classical composers will be featured, along with solo performances by Hungarian-born violin virtuoso Laszlo Pap. Tickets are $20 and $35. VIP tickets are $55 and include a post-show reception with the artists.
Next Step Dance Theater returns for its eighth consecutive year with its presentation of Evolution on Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater as part of the Arts Access Program. The company, described by critics as “powerful,” “lively” and “breathtaking,” will present some of their finest contemporary dance works. Tickets are $26.50.
Tickets to all performances are available through the Broward Center’s box office at 954/462-0222 or online at www.BrowardCenter.org. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, TAM Airlines and Sun-Sentinel are proud sponsors of the Broward Center. All dates, programs and artists are subject to change.
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