'Jazz Under the Stars,’ Levi Kreis, & ‘The Prom’ - A Weekly Roundup

Karina Iglesias. Photo via karinaiglesias.com.

On Friday, April 19, ArtsUnited and the City of Wilton Manors present a free BYOLC (bring your own lawn chair) concert, “Jazz Under the Stars” with Karina Iglesias at Mickel Park. In 2013, Karina was a contestant on “The Voice,” where she made it to the Top 16.

Never one to let a space sit empty, Ronnie Larsen is always filling the seats at The Foundry. From March 16 through April 2, he’s running “The Dyke and the Porn Star,” that tried-and-true story about a San Francisco lesbian-about-town who gets to meet her favorite porn star. No sooner will they have the seats in the theater steam-cleaned, then they’ll be packing them in again for “Sauna Boy,” just another story about a simple boy with a dream to work at a bathhouse and all the interesting situations he finds himself in. Well, at least the costume budget on this one will be low.

Spend “An Evening with Levi Kreis” on Saturday, March 16, at the Sunshine Center for the Performing Arts. Openly gay singer-songwriter Levi Kreis won a Tony Award for his role as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” Known for breathtaking vocals and talent on the piano, Kreis takes classic songs from musicals and adds his interpretations that include jazz, gospel, country, and rock influences. He balances his music with storytelling and comedy. This is an evening not to be missed!

“Funny Women of a Certain Age” take the stage at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Friday, March 22. The line-up features Carole Montgomery, who has had numerous Showtime specials. She is joined by Vanessa Hollingshead, a comic storyteller with a repertoire of funny characterizations. Trish Keating completes the comedy trio with her comedy that is one-part social satire, two-parts personal pain, and most parts attitude.

What happens when one of Fort Lauderdale’s top theater companies tackles one of Broadway’s gayest plays? We’re about to find out when Slow Burn Theatre opens “The Prom” on March 23. Judging by their past achievements with such fare as “Kinky Boots,” “Kiss of the Spiderwoman,” “Xanadu,” and “Rent” I’m expecting something wonderful. Certainly, something better than the horrible movie adaptation.

Miami City Ballet announced the five programs comprising the company’s 2024/2025 home season. The season opens with two works by Balanchine, continuing the company’s commitment to being the world’s foremost interpreter of the Balanchine repertoire. It kicks things off with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This revitalized version of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece transports the mystical woodland lovers to the spellbinding underwater world of the Florida coast. The company follows up with “The Nutcracker,” a beloved holiday tradition. The new year brings “Winter Mix,” a medley of works. In “Spring Mix” the company premieres Jerome Robbins’ “Glass Pieces” among other works.  Closing the company’s 2024/2025 season is a world premiere evening-length work from one of the world’s most in-demand choreographers, Colombian-Belgian dance maker Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. She draws from every facet of her heritage and training for the debut of her latest evening-length work, “Carmen.”


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