Performing Arts

Neil Goldberg introduces the local cast of Broward centennial’s ‘WE’

Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg is putting together the Broadway-style ‘WE,’ the theatrical event of Broward County’s centennial celebration.
Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg is putting together the Broadway-style ‘WE,’ the theatrical event of Broward County’s centennial celebration.

Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg has been tapped to create WE, the theatrical spectacle that will be part of Duende, the culminating weekend of Broward County’s centennial celebration, which is formally titled Broward 100 — Celebrating the Art of Community.

On Friday, Goldberg introduced his diverse cast for the first time at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, where Mayor Tim Ryan presented the producer-director with a key to the county. The multimedia show will take audiences on a journey from the present back through time to showcase the county’s evolution.

More than 100 performers ranging in age from kids to senior citizens will be featured in WE, which will utilize actors, dancers, musicians, singers, poets, rappers and a gospel choir. Performers, including Nick Aquilino, Whitney Deal, Brandon Goldberg, Maisy Surman, Reif Howey, Diana and Andrea Pombo, Ella Noriega, Marnino Toussaint, Quency Gordon, Michael Angelo Gonzalez, Ben Bagby, Craig Strang, Amaleke Bradley, Ann Hallett, Tim Hawkins, Randy Corinthian, Yasa Poletaeva, Darren Matias, Nuria Martinez, Armando Orzuza, Susan Davis and Emmanuel Aderele, will have the opportunity to win an audience-chosen prize of $10,000.

Celebrity singers and actors will also be part of the two-hour show, which will take place at the Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater at 8 p.m. Oct. 3. Tickets run $25 to $85; a special VIP package, which includes a pre-show dinner in the center’s Mary N. Porter Ballroom, costs $160. The Broward Center is at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org. For more information on Duende, We and the Broward 100 celebration, visit www.broward100.org.

Christine Dolen

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