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‘Book of Mormon,’ ‘Newsies’ headline Arsht Center’s 2014-2015 Broadway in Miami lineup

 

The Tony Award-winning blockbuster The Book of Mormon and the South Florida premiere of Disney’s Newsies will anchor the 2014-2015 Broadway in Miami season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

The five-show season begins Sept. 30-Oct. 5 with I Love Lucy Live On Stage, a show-with-music about the filming of two I Love Lucy episodes in 1952. Next is Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the 2013 Broadway version of the 1957 made-for-TV musical (Oct. 28-Nov. 2), followed by the smash The Book of Mormon by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, co-writer of the Oscar-winning song Let It Go from Frozen (Dec. 2-14).

Newsies, the movie-inspired musical about a newsboys’ strike, runs Feb. 3-8. Another stage version of a movie, Sister Act, closes out the season April 14-19, 2015. Tickets to two nonsubscription shows, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Dec. 30-Jan. 4) and the wildly popular Wicked (March 11-29, 2015), will be offered first to Broadway in Miami subscribers.

Subscription prices range from $150 to $564. Broadway productions are presented in the Arsht’s Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. For information, call the Arsht at 305-949-6722, the season ticket holder hotline at 800-939-8587 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.

Visual arts

•  Brittany Lopez Slater, formerly director of corporate development at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, has joined Phillips auction house, where she will oversee international exhibitions in New York, London and Paris. She and her husband, actor Christian Slater, will keep a Miami base.

• The Bakehouse Art Complex launches an installation by local artist and fashion designer Luis Velenzuela on Friday in the Swenson Gallery, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. Models will roam the halls wearing Velenzuela’s art-as-fashion designs during the 7 to 10 p.m. reception. The installation is on view through early April. Admission is $5 (free for members). Call 305-576-2828 or visit www.bacfl.org.

• Miami-based artist Christy Gast’s exhibition Inholdings is on view at Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Two new works are featured: a full-scale textile replica of a Nike Hercules missile, and a single-channel video entitled War Drums, referring to the Hole-in-the-Donut region of the Everglades. See it from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through April 12. Call 305-576-8570 or visit www.locustprojects.org.

• Italian architect Enrico Pinna discusses his book Talking Architectures: Works and Designs by Enrico Pinna and Mariri Viardo at the Wolfsonian-FIU Café, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The free presentation is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. Call 305-531-1001 or visit www.wolfsonian.fiu.edu.

• Life Is Art presents Art/Work Connections: Gallery Prep With Reed V. Horthas part of its monthly series of seminars to support local art professionals. Horth, a gallerist and art concierge, will give advice for pitching and getting into a gallery from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets cost $10 and include wine and nibbles. The event is at Yo Space, 294 NE 62nd St., Miami. Preregistration is required at www.awc.lifeisartfest.org.

Concerts set

• South Korean pianist Zheeyoung Moon, winner of the 2013 International Paderewski Competition, will perform two free Chopin for All concerts in South Florida, playing the music of Chopin, Paderewski, Shuman and Liszt. Her first performance is at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. She’ll also perform at 3 p.m. March 16 at the Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Dr., Coral Gables. Call 305-868-0624 or visit www.chopin.org.

• The Greater Miami Symphonic Band will perform a Celebration of Life concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in memory of its departed musicians. Arnald D. Gabriel, Robert Longfield and Tom Keck will share conducting duties, while Erin Gittelsohn (oboe) and Dale Underwood (alto sax) will be the soloists. Tickets cost $15 ($5 for students). Call 305-273-7687 or visit www.gmsb.org.

•  Roberto Berrocal, artistic director of the St. Hugh Steinway Concert Series, performs a piano recital at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Hugh Catholic Church, 3460 Royal Rd., Coconut Grove. Tickets cost $30 ($45 for VIP admission). Call 305-444-8363 or visit www.sthughconcerts.org.

Casting news

•  City Theatre’s popular Summer Shorts, which will run June 12-July 6 in the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, has chosen its actors and directors for the 19th edition of the short-play festival. Artistic director John Manzelli, Margaret M. Ledford and Ricky J. Martinez will stage the plays. Featured in the acting company are Todd Allen Durkin, Irene Adjan, Elizabeth Dimon, Niki Fridh, David Perez-Ribada and Mcley Lafrance. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets to the festival cost $40-$45, and those who purchase tickets to Wednesday-Friday shows by April 30 using the promotional code EARLY get a 20 percent discount. Call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.

•  Paradise Motel, a Juan C. Sanchez play set in a Biscayne Boulevard motel room, will get its world premiere March 28-April 12 as part of the SandBox Series at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Margaret M. Ledford is staging the play, which unfolds over seven decades. In the cast are Matt Stabile, Niki Fridh, Jeremiah Musgrove, Gladys R. Benton, Kitt Marsh, Vanya Allen, Andy Quiroga and Rayner Gabriel Garranchan. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and tickets cost $20. Call 305-751-9550 or visit www.mtcmiami.org. Get a free sneak peek at one scene at 8:40 p.m. Saturday in The Garden Building, 175 NE 40th St., Miami, as part of Dacra’s Site Specific Performance Series.

Christine Dolen and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com (theater), jlevin@MiamiHerald.com (dance, pop and Latin music), jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com (visual arts) or khamersly@MiamiHerald.com (jazz, classical music).

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