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‘Motown’ headlines Broward Broadway series


A half dozen Broadway musicals will be on the bill when the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents its 2014-2015 Broadway Across America Fort Lauderdale series. Most of the shows are vintage — only Motown: The Musical, which opened on Broadway in 2013 is new — but two others are fresh interpretations of classic shows.

The season begins with 1977’s Annie, directed by original lyricist Martin Charnin, Oct. 7-19. Next (Nov. 19-30) comes the show that opened the Broward Center, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, a 1986 blockbuster given a new production by producer Cameron Mackintosh. Disney’s 1997 smash The Lion King returns to the Broward Center Jan. 7-Feb. 1.

Motown: The Musical, which features vintage Motown music and a book by company founder Berry Gordy, runs Feb. 24-March 8. Diane Paulus’ acclaimed circus-style revival of 1972’s Pippin plays the center March 31-April 12. And the season wraps up with hit 2011 revival of the 1934 musical Anything Goes, running May 5-17.

Subscription prices range from $185 to $593. The Broward Center is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 800-764-0700,

Cuban Abstraction

The Silent Shout: Voices in Cuban Abstraction 1950-2013 is on view through March at Art Space/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables. Curated by art historians Janet Batet, Rafael DiazCasas and Jose Angel Vincench, it is billed as the first show outside the island of multigenerational Cuban artists — among them Sandu Darie, Pedro de Oraa and Lolo Soldevilla — working in abstraction. Many pieces are borrowed from private collections and are not for sale; 305-444-4493,

Free concerts

Pianist, violinist and vocalist Lindsay Garritson presents a free program entitled “Chopin and the Music of Spain” next weekend as part of the Chopin Society’s Chopin for All series. Garritson will perform music by Granados, Albeniz and Chopin at 3 p.m. Saturday at Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, and Sunday at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Dr., Coral Gables; 305-868-0624,

Visual arts

• The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, unveils the winning table design in its Six Components and a Handful of Screws challenge at a free 7-9 p.m. reception on Friday. Nick Gelpi created an oversized table that will hold 24 historic chairs from the museum’s collection. RSVPs are required to

• Modern Beauty?: The Aesthetics of Perceptual Simultaneity, a Wolfsonian-FIU exhibition on sight, sound and movement in European works from the early 20th century, is on view through April 6 at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami-Dade; 305-348-2890,

• Wonderism, a new series of photographs by Robert Zuckerman, is at MAC Fine Art, 833 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-990-5420,

Staged readings

•  Desperation, a new comedy about online dating by Marj O’Neill-Butler, gets a staged reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Genie Croft directs a cast featuring Peter Galman, Elena Maria Garcia, Patti Gardner, Margot Moreland, Karen Stephens and Laura Turnbull. Tickets are $10; 561-237-9000,

•  Thinking Cap Theatre presents a staged reading of its first production, Joshua Conkel’s MilkMilkLemonade, at 8 p.m. Monday. The adults-only play features Scott Douglas Wilson, Christina Groom, Clay Cartland, Mike Westrich and Jessica Marion Welch, with Nicole Stodard directing. The reading takes place at the Muse Center for the Arts, 99 SW 14th St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $10; 954-678-1496,

Theater workshops

Miami Theater Center resident artist Fernando Calzadilla will lead six workshop sessions on the theory and practice of Richard Schechner’s rasaboxes, a technique to help performers embody emotional-energetic states. The sessions are from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Feb. 10-12 on the center’s main stage at 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; cost is $240. Resident Artist Octavio Campos will lead a four-session Performance Lab at the center from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 17-20, at a cost of $120; 305-751-9550,


•  Colin McPhillamy, currently appearing in the Actors’ Playhouse production of End of the Rainbow, will give a free reading from his book, An Actor Walks into China, at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the upstairs Balcony Theatre at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293,

• HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, hosts the 21st annual Miami International Map Fair, featuring early and rare maps of Florida, Cuba and colonial America, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 9. Tickets are $15, $5 members and children ages 6 to 12; 305-375-1618,

Christine Dolen, Kathy Martin and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater), (dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).

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