Head north to West Palm Beach and you’ll discover the Kravis Center is offering an extended Kravis on Broadway season with eight shows.
After 25 years, “Chicago” is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show stopping Kander and Ebb song after another and astonishing Bob Fosse choreography. The long-running revival opens the season at the Kravis, Nov. 7 – 12.
Another hit film-to-stage adaptation, “Mean Girls,” follows, Dec. 5 – 10. The hilarious hit musical boasts an impressive creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”) and director Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”). Our own high school days seem so quaint after seeing this show!
Fort Lauderdale audience got the first look at the wickedly-funny “Beetlejuice” last season and now the show is returning to West Palm Beach, Dec. 19 – 24. Tim Burton’s story gets an irreverent update, thanks to a sexually-fluid demon, eye-popping special effects and lots of improvised jokes about Florida’s scarier governor.
There aren’t any songs or big chorus numbers in “Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’,” ringing in the new year Jan. 2 – 7 with a powerful drama, courtesy of writer Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”) and Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher. Critics have lauded “the greatest novel of all time” that has become “one of the greatest plays in history.”
The music of Alanis Morissette provides the inspiration for “Jagged Little Pill,” Feb. 20 – 25. Directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (“Waitress,” “Pippin,” “1776”) with a Tony-winning book by Diablo Cody (“Juno”) and Grammy-winning score, this electrifying production explores the love, joy, heartache and strength of a perfectly imperfect American family.
An uplifting comeback story like no other, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical,” March 12 – 17, is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. Set to the pulse-pounding soundtrack of her most beloved hits, this electrifying sensation has been setting box office records across the country.
West Palm Beach audiences will finally have the opportunity to rock along with the queens of “Six,” March 26 – 31. More a concert than musical theater, the “Six” wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into a euphoric celebration of 21st-century girl power This original musical won 23 awards in the 2021-22 Broadway season, including the Tony for Best Original Score and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.
The Kravis on Broadway season concludes April 10 – 21 with “Hamilton.” If you haven’t seen the show by now, you can park for free in the Kravis Center garage (a crazy thought at the Arsht or Broward Centers), or better yet, catch a ride on the Brightline or Tri-Rail and make it a day in West Palm Beach. Plan brunch or dinner at one of the restaurants at nearby City Place and then take in the show.
For tickets and more information, go to Kravis.org.