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Here are our picks for the best stage shows — theater, dance and comedy — this winter and spring.
Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 at Arts Garage, 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets are $35 and $40 at 561-450-6357 or ArtsGarage.org.
Female impersonators are a faux femme force of fabulousness, as anyone who has attended these popular drag queen shows at Arts Garage can attest. Returning emcee Ariel Rimm will share the stage with Adelaide, Citris and Angie Ovahness Pryce. Word to the wise: Get your tickets now because this drag-a-licious series always sells out.
‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg: The Life and Times of the Temptations’
Feb. 8-20 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $32.50-$90.50 at 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org.
This is the second Broadway hit to mine gold from the storied Motown record company. The legendary Detroit label was in the stage musical spotlight with “Motown the Musical.” And some might say that “Dreamgirls” was the first clone, siphoning off the story of the Supremes the way it did. Which is a perfect segue to a bit of trivia: The Supremes were originally called the Primettes, and were a girl group in support of the Temptations, who were then the bigger act known as the Primes. This musical retelling of that history will include some of the Temptations’ biggest hits including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”
‘Dancing with the Stars — Live Tour 2022′
Feb. 20 at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets are $65-$130 at MyHRL.com.
The tops in terpsichorean talent will bring that glitz and glam from the ABC ballroom dance competition to the entertainment venue at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Dancers expected include Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart.
‘Ben Platt’s The Reverie Tour’
Feb. 25 at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets are $45-$125 at MyHRL.com.
The star of both the Broadway and movie versions of “Dear Evan Hansen” — snagging a Tony Award, a Grammy and a Daytime Emmy (for performing on NBC’s “Today Show”) — will perform in support of his second solo album, “Reverie,” which dropped Aug. 13. Platt also starred in the original Great White Way production of “The Book of Mormon” as well as movies such as “Pitch Perfect” and this year’s “The People We Hate at the Wedding.”
‘Steve Martin and Martin Short’
March 4 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets are $55-$139 at 561-832-7469 or Kravis.org.
This show’s subtitle, “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today,” says it all. The humor here from two comedic superstars takes swipes at their own celebrity and teases Tinseltown. Joining the dynamic duo onstage will be keyboardist Jeff Babko (”Jimmy Kimmel Live” house band) and The Steep Canton Rangers (Grammy-winning bluegrass band).
March 6 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Tickets are $25-$150 at FestivalBoca.org.
This ballet performance is part of the larger Festival of the Arts Boca, which has a slate of performances and talks from March 4-13. “A Night at the Ballet” will feature dancers from both the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet as well as others. One work we can’t wait to see is from choreographer Melanie Hamrick, a former ballerina with American Ballet Theatre. Hamrick also was in a relationship with Mick Jagger, with whom she has one child, Deveroux, born in 2016. Two of the contemporary works by Hamrick in this performance are set to Rolling Stones music.
March 9-20 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $30.50-$90.50 at 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org.
Based on the 2013 mega-hit movie of the same name, this stage musical follows the film’s narrative of Elsa and Anna, two sisters (spoiler alert: one has magical powers that inform the title). They are also princesses who learn about sacrifice and love through their adventures. In addition to a dozen new songs, the Broadway show includes tunes from the movie such as “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” “Love Is an Open Door,” “For the First Time in Forever,” “Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People,” “Fixer Upper,” “In Summer,” “Monster” and, of course, that bring-down-the-house favorite, “Let It Go.”
March 26-April 10 at Theatre Lab at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton (the Heckscher Stage theater space in Parliament Hall on the campus of Florida Atlantic University). Tickets are $32 and $40 at 561-297-6124 or FAU.edu/theatrelab.
This world-premiere of Miami-based playwright Gina Montet’s dark-comedic thriller grew out of Theatre Lab’s 2020 New Play Festival. Christine and Mark are expecting their first child but exhaustion, pregnancy jitters and surging hormones begin to play with Christine’s mind. The mom-to-be soon gets lost in her vivid fantasy world, sparked by all the binge-watching of movies she’s been streaming.
March 25-April 10 at Boca Stage Theatre, 3333 N Federal Highway in Boca Raton (The Sol Theatre). Tickets are $45 and $50 at 866-811-4111 or BocaStage.net.
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This Civil War comic-drama by Boca Stage Theatre (formerly Primal Forces) follows the absurdities that General Benjamin Butler must face with military bureaucracy at his Virginia fort when an escaped slave demands asylum.
‘Flamenco Festival XIII: Stars of Flamenco’
April 21 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets are $25-$125 at 305-949-6722 or ArshtCenter.org.
Three of flamenco’s luminaries will appear at this annual event: Mercedes Ruíz, María Moreno and Eduardo Guerrero. Under the auspices of artistic director Manuel Liñan, they will be joined onstage by musicians and singer Maria Terremoto.