The Broadway in Miami series at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has just revealed its 2013-2014 lineup, and the season includes the South Florida debut of the romantic, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical hit Once.
The British musical We Will Rock You, a celebration of Queen’s greatest hits, kicks off the season at the Ziff Ballet Opera House Dec. 10-15. Next comes Elf (Dec. 31-Jan. 5), a holiday musical based on the hit Will Ferrell movie. Once, based on the indie movie hit about an Irish street musician and a Czech pianist, plays the Arsht Feb. 4-9, 2014. The dramatic National Theatre hit War Horse, which plays the Broward Center this season, comes to the Arsht March 4-9, 2014. After a to-be-announced show May 12-18, the next season will close out with the touring version of the recent Broadway revival of Evita May 27-June 1, 2014. And as a nonsubscription season extra, Mamma Mia! returns to the Arsht Oct. 11-13.
Six-show subscriptions range from $150 to $643, and the lineup goes on sale Monday. The Arsht is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. For information, call the season ticket holder hotline at 800-939-8587, the Arsht at 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
UM does ‘Lear’
The University of Miami is tackling one of William Shakespeare’s great tragedies, King Lear, with a terrific Shakespearean actor in the title role. Dennis Krausnick, co-founder of Shakespeare & Company in Lennox, Mass., plays the aged king in this contemporary production, while UM faculty member Bruce Miller plays Gloucester and students complete the cast.
Performances at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Dr., Coral Gables, begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and the show runs through March 2. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $20 Friday-Saturday (students pay $12), $18 weeknights and matinees (UM faculty, staff and alumni pay $16, students pay $8). For more information, call Ovationtix at 1-866-811-4111, the Ring box office at 305-284-3355 or visit www.miami/edu/ring.
Seraphic Fire, accompanied by the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, will perform Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas for a three-concert series from Friday to Feb. 24 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale, First United Methodist Church in Coral Gables and St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton. This is the first time in more than five years that the twice Grammy-nominated vocal group will perform opera. Tickets are $55 and free to guests younger than 30. Must be at least 8 years old to attend. Purchase at www.SeraphicFire.org or by phone at 305-285-9060. A limited number of “under 30” tickets will be available by phone and online using code “U30.”
Miami artist and activist Cesar Trasobares presents an illustrated overview of Carlos Alfonso’s growth as an artist at the de la Cruz Collection at 7 p.m. Thursday. The talk covers the context of Alfonzo’s body of work after he left Cuba in 1980 until his death in Miami in 1991. From 1985 to 1990, Trasobares served as executive director for Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places. He writes about Cuban American Art in the United States and separately about his own work in a forthcoming memoir, Among Friends, which recalls his friendship with other high profile artists. Dim sum and refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. at 23 NE 41st St., Miami; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is hosting a series of community roundtables across South Florida this week to help applicants learn how to win funding from the Knight Arts Challenge at 7 each night: Monday at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale; Tuesday at Opa-locka City Hall; Wednesday at Cannonball in downtown Miami, and Thursday, at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. The deadline to apply for the grant is March 4. See Knightfoundation.org, or call Andrew Sherry, vice president of communications at 305-908-2677.
Compiled by Miami Herald staff. Send news about theater to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com; dance, pop and Latin music to jlevin@MiamiHerald.com; visual arts to jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com and classical music and jazz to kmartin@MiamiHerald.com. Add events to our calendar at MiamiHerald.com/events.