Fort Lauderdale audiences are being treated to five premieres at the Broward Center this season, including “Funny Girl,” “Hadestown,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Clue.” The season also includes the returns of “Annie” and “The Book of Mormon.”
Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. “Annie,” Oct. 10 – 22, has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner.
Featuring one of the greatest musical scores of all time, including classic songs “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People,” “Funny Girl,” Nov. 14 – 26, is a love letter to the theater. You’ll be able to imagine Barbra Streisand or even Lea Michelle as the indomitable Fanny Brice in this new touring production (no, they won’t be performing).
“The Book of Mormon,” Dec. 12 – 17, has toured to South Florida many, many times since it debuted on Broadway more than a decade ago. That doesn’t mean it still isn’t incredibly entertaining, and each cast seems to put a unique stamp on their characters, idealistic young Mormon missionaries sent to the darkest African jungles (and not Orlando).
Welcome to “Hadestown,” Jan. 9 – 21, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this update of a classic Greek tragedy from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”) is a love story for today.
Enter a world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying medleys of contemporary pop anthems. Welcome to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” March 5 – 15. Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza that snagged 10 Tony Awards.
Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is headed to Fort Lauderdale in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” April 9 – 21. Based on the beloved film and directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, “Mrs. Doubtfire” tells the hysterical and heartfelt story of an out-of-work actor who will do anything for his kids. Will the Florida drag police raid the theater? We’ll see.
Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble at Boddy Manor for a night they’ll never forget in “Clue,” June 11 – 16. Was it Mrs. Peacock in the study with the knife? Or Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? The classic board game and 1985 film get the stage treatment in this wacky whodunnit.
For tickets and more information, go to BrowardCenter.org.