By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
Whatever you do, do not venture outside.
Powerful radiation is bombarding human beings with burning heat, searing their skin, blinding their eyes and liquefying them into molten springs of perspiration. In other words, it’s summer in South Florida.
Good news, though: There’s an array of air-conditioned ways to get out of the house, be entertained and still beat the heat and humidity. That’s because the performing arts offseason is no longer the dog days of summer it once was when companies and venues pretty much saved their all for fall. Things still pick up big-time with the start of The Season, but as you can see from this handy selection of chronological highlights, there’s no dry season for South Florida entertainment.
Summer Shorts 2018: Through July 1, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami.
Like speed-dating for the stage, the fun-filled theatrical showcase fast-forwards 10-minute plays and musicals in
Harry Styles: June 9, BB&T Center, Sunrise. The ex-One Direction heartthrob matures before our ears as he transcends his boy-band image.
Audra McDonald: June 13, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale. Gliding gracefully from Broadway to opera and dramatic stages in between, the celebrated soprano and her trio perform show tunes, classic film songs and selections written by leading composers just for her.
Rock of Ages: Slow Burn Theatre Co., June 14-July 1, Broward Center. Hair-band era hits pump up the arena-rock love story.
Art: New City Players, June 14-July 1, The Vanguard, Fort Lauderdale. Sure, you love The White Album, but 1998’s Best Play Tony-winner asks: How much would you pay for a white painting?
Keb’ Mo’: June 15, Broward Center. The singer-songwriter-guitarist expands the Taj Mahal tradition, fortuitously joining forces with the elder bluesman for this year’s Contemporary Blues Album Grammy-winner, TajMo.
Nicole Henry: June 16, Bailey Hall, Davie. The acclaimed jazz chanteuse returns to her SoFla stomping grounds.
Maroon 5: June 17, BB&T Center. The finely tuned pop juggernaut led by the ubiquitous Adam Levine stomps in support of its sixth album, Red Pill Blues.
South Florida Symphony: El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician), June 23, Arsht Center. Artistic Director Siudy Garrido’s new take on composer Manuel de Falla’s masterpiece integrates flamenco music and dance.
Daryl Hall and John Oates and Train: June 24, BB&T Center. Daryl leaves his House and reunites (on a first-name basis) with his old Philly hit-mate for shows capped by a joint set with the veteran San Francisco rock band.
Sam Smith: July 14, American Airlines Arena, Miami. The Brit won’t back down, building on his breakout success with The Thrill Of It All Tour.
Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton: July 21, Hard Rock Event Center, Hollywood. There was a time when people turned on the radio, and when they did, they would almost always hear one of these classic rock heavyweights.
New World Symphony: NYO2, July 21, New World Center, Miami Beach. Carnegie Hall’s training-program orchestra is accompanied by violinist Gil Shaham and Symphony Fellows and alumni for its only public performance before its Carnegie finale July 24.
Ain’t Misbehavin’: July 21-22, Miramar Cultural Center. Fats Waller’s feel-good favs get their mojos worked in this saucy tribute to the jazz legend.
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper: July 24, Hard Rock Event Center. The British blues bad boy turned leopard-skin hitman turned sandy-voiced standards-bearer still wears it well, touring time-after-time with the pop pixie after last year’s successful nostalgia-fest.
Britney Spears: July 27-29, Hard Rock. The one-time pop Lolita does it again … again … and again in a three-night mini-residency of her Piece of Me show, high on the heels of its four-year Vegas splash.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change: MNM Theatre Company, July 27-Aug. 12, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach. Over two decades after it opened, off-Broadway’s second-longest-running musical is still an engaging mating-game revue.
Janet Jackson: Aug. 5, AAA, Miami. Dancing up a maelstrom, her State of the World Tour takes up where 2015’s Unbreakable left off (due to a pregnancy postponement) and throws in anthems and activism from her debut outing, 1990’s Rhythm Nation 1814.
Hippiefest 2018: Aug. 5, Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale. Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels — these are the acts you’ll want to see if, for some reason, you can’t remember if you’ve seen them before.
Shakira: Aug. 15, BB&T Center; Aug 17-18, AAA. The shake-it-up baby recovers her voice and makes good for two counties on her long-awaited El Dorado World Tour, postponed last year due to
a ruptured vocal cord.
La Cage Aux Folles: Stage Door Theater, Aug. 31-Sept. 23, Lauderhill Performing Arts Center. The longtime Margate company’s gender-bending musical christens a new residency at the 1-year-old Lauderhill venue.
Paul Simon: Sept. 8, BB&T Center. Where have you gone, Mr. Simon? Rhymin’ Simon’s left and gone away. Hey hey hey.