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2019 Arts Preview

Miami City Ballet

Slaughter on 10th Avenue

Balanchine’s sassy and spirited Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and Richard Rodgers’ tantalizing Broadway score open the season with a bang in a 1930s speakeasy. It’s a hilarious parody of hijinks and high kicks, gangsters and cops, in this ballet about the tap dancer and the impossible stripper he falls in love with. But watch out – her jealous boyfriend is the brutal Big Boss, and he’s hiding in the theater waiting for the moment to pull the trigger on the hoofer… will the police nab him in time? October 18-20; arshtcenter.org

Florida Grand Opera

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

A love affair goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. Set in 1890’s Japan, Puccini’s heartbreaking story of betrayal portrays an American naval officer as he marries a young Japanese girl only to abandon and force her to make the ultimate sacrifice. A devastating saga of devotion, tradition, and sacrifice – and one of the most beloved operas of all time. Sung in Italian with English and Spanish projected titles.  January 18 – 26, 2020 at the Arsht Center; fgo.org

Broadway in Miami


The sensation that took over New York City arrives at the Arsht. Hamilton is the story of the Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. February 18– March 15, 2020; arshtcenter.org


George Segal

Thanks to a recent grant received through the Bank of America Art Conservation Project, George Segal’s Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael (1987) is on view for the first time since a complete restoration. Segal first began making plaster casts from live models in 1961 and was known for his figurative sculptures throughout his career. The hyperrealism of these works renders the figures familiar and emotionally resonant. November 22, 2019 – July 6, 2020; pamm.org

The Bass

Lara Favaretto: Blind Spot

Favaretto embraces the idea of constant change, creating works of art and situations that are in flux. Though often humorous and playful, her works address more serious matters such as decay, consumption and loss. Using elements like obsolete technologies to subtly refer to the passing of time, Favaretto incorporates found materials that are repurposed in her work. Highlights from Blind Spot will include Favaretto’s interactive installation Momentary Monument – The Library (2012-2019), a bookcase displaying 2,200 donated books containing folded images from the artist’s archive, printed onto a sheet of mould-made paper. December 1, 2019 – April 19, 2020; Thebass.org

Actors Playhouse

Mamma Mia!

Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. This sunny and funny tale follows the story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, told through the storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship into one of the most unforgettable musicals of all time. January 22 – February 23, 2020; actorsplayhouse.org.

SMDCAC Presents


A captivating new international musical talent, Nella is a Venezuelan native trained at the Berklee College of Music and a protégé of legendary flamenco artist/producer Javier Limon, who’s performed with Latin pop stars Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Vives and Susana Baca. She joins us on her first U.S. tour, bringing her luminous, soulful sound and a mix of original and Venezuelan and Andalusian folk songs from her debut solo album. November 23; smdcac.org

The Fillmore

Madonna: Madam X Tour

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences.  Since the announcement that her highly anticipated new studio album Madame X debuts globally on June 14th, Madonna has released 5 songs including the infectious pop gem “Crave” featuring Swae Lee, the empowering ballad “I Rise,” the critically-acclaimed “Medellín,” electronic reggae-flavored “Future” featuring Quavo as well as the sonically innovative “Dark Ballet.” December 14-19; fillmoremb.com

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