20 Christ­mas shows in South Florida

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - ON STAGE - By Rod Stafford Hag­wood

It’s kind of hard to get in the Christ­mas spirit here in the sub­trop­ics. Snow is man-made. Ice is used pri­mar­ily to chill rum-based cock­tails. If Santa knows what’s good for him, he’ll rock some Ber­muda shorts and a sleeve­less top.

But maybe we can help. Here are some per­for­mances that might help you get in the hol­i­day mood whether it’s hot or hu­mid — or both.

A Christ­mas Carol The Mu­si­cal

Charles Dick­ens’ clas­sic story about Ebenezer Scrooge is set to mu­sic and dance in this show.

When: Through Dec. 2; 10 and 11:30 a.m. to­day; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Satur­day

Where: Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Laud­erdale

Cost: Tick­ets for the mati­nee per­for­mances to­day cost $7.20, and lap seats for in­fants 12 months and younger cost $3. Tick­ets for the per­for­mances on Dec. 2 cost $18 and $20, with $3 lap seats.

Con­tact: 954-462-0222 or BrowardCen­ter.org

Min­gle Un­der The Mistle­toe

Re­mem­ber those hol­i­day shows Judy Gar­land and Dean Martin used to do back in the day? Those are the mid­cen­tury in­flu­ences for this Christ­mas con­cert. When: 8 p.m. Dec. 1-3 Where: The Van­guard Sanc­tu­ary for the Arts, 1501 S An­drews Ave., Fort Laud­erdale Cost: $40 Con­tact: 954-610-7263 or Van­guardArts.org

Bal­let Palm Beach’s The Nutcracker

For the first time, Bal­let Palm Beach will present their an­nual stag­ing of “The Nutcracker” at the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts. The per­for­mance will fea­ture 20 lo­cal pro­fes­sional dancers and 60 Bal­let Palm Beach Academy stu­dents.

When: Dec. 1-3; 7:30 Fri­day and Satur­day; 2 p.m. mati­nee Satur­day and Sun­day

Where: Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 701 Okee­chobee Blvd., West Palm Beach Cost: $19-$89 Con­tact: 561-832-7469 or Kravis.org

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky gets a hype remix, and rap icon Kur­tis Blow is the MC in this reimag­ined ver­sion of the time­less story fea­tur­ing hiphop dancers.

When: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 1300 Bis­cayne Blvd. Mi­ami Cost: $25, $35, $55, $75 Con­tact: 877-949-6722 or Ar­shtCen­ter.org

Han­del’s Mes­siah

The Mas­ter Cho­rale of South Florida, com­posed of se­lect singers from the tri­county area per­form Han­del’s mag­num opus. When: 8 p.m. Dec. 8 Where: Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Laud­erdale Cost: $35-$125 Con­tact: 954-462-0222 or BrowardCen­ter.org

Mouse King

“Sesame Street” vet­eran Noel MacNeal and South Florida com­poser Jim Ca­ma­cho bring their new take on “The Nutcracker,” but told from the mice’s point of view, back to South Florida for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year.

When: Dec. 8-10; 7 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day; 1 p.m. mati­nee Satur­day and Sun­day

Where: Man­del­stam Theater, 8530 SW57th Ave., South Mi­ami Cost: $25-$40 Con­tact: 800-838-3006 or MouseKingTick­ets.com

Arts Bal­let Theatre of Florida’s The Nutcracker

Chore­ographed and di­rected by Vladimir Is­saev, the Arts Bal­let Theatre of Florida’s ver­sion pre­serves the Rus­sian tra­di­tion of the story by Ernest Hoff­man, with shows in Aven­tura and Fort Laud­erdale. There will be a Nutcracker Gala with cock­tails, hors d’oeu­vres and a silent auc­tion on Dec. 15 be­fore that night’s per­for­mance at Parker Play­house in Fort Laud­erdale.

When: Dec. 8-10 in Aven­tura. 7 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day; 3 p.m. mati­nee Sun­day; Dec. 15-17 in Fort Laud­erdale. 7:30 p.m. Fri­day (gala starts at 6:30 p.m.); 7 p.m. Satur­day; 3 p.m. mati­nee Sun­day

Where: Aven­tura Arts and Cul­tural Cen­ter, 3385 NE 188th St.; Parker Play- house, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Laud­erdale (in Hol­i­day Park) Cost: $16-$105 Con­tact: 877-311-7469 or Aven­tu­raCen­ter. org or Park­erPlay­house.com

Beatrix Pot­ter’s Christ­mas: The Tai­lor Of Glouces­ter

The Vir­ginia Rep’s Chil­dren’s Theatre brings to South Florida their own ver­sion of the 1903 chil­dren’s book about a tai­lor who has a shot to make a for­tune sewing a coat for the mayor’s Christ­mas wed­ding, if only he can find the silk ma­te­rial a naughty cat hid. When: 10 a.m. Dec. 9 Where: Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 701 Okee­chobee Blvd., West Palm Beach Cost: $12 Con­tact: 561-832-7469 or Krav­isCen­ter.org

City Theatre’s Win­ter Shorts

Mi­ami’s City Theatre rolls out a hol­i­day-themed ver­sion of their short-play pro­gram, fea­tur­ing eight playlets and mu­si­cals that run eight to 10 min­utes in length. When: Dec. 7-23 Where: Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 1300 Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami Cost: $39-$54 Con­tact: 877-949-6722 or Ar­shtCen­ter.org

Vo­cal and string quar­tet Well- Strung is a hunky group of mu­si­cians who put their pop-clas­si­cal-mix on all kinds of mu­sic. This time around, they’re per­form­ing tra­di­tional hol­i­day songs. When: 8 p.m. Dec. 9 Where: Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lau- derdale

Cost: $35-$45 ($75 VIP tick­ets in­clude a post-show meet and greet)

Con­tact: 954-462-0222 or BrowardCen­ter.org

98 De­grees at Christ­mas

Boy ban­ders Justin Jef­fre, Jeff Tim­mons and bros Nick and Drew Lachey per­form a hol­i­day con­cert fea­tur­ing their sig­na­ture har­monies. When: 8 p.m. Dec. 10 Where: Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 701 Okee­chobee Blvd., West Palm Beach Cost: $29-$100 Con­tact: 561-832-7469 or Krav­isCen­ter.org

FAU Depart­ment of Mu­sic presents Hol­i­day Con­certs

First is a per­for­mance of Han­del’s “Mes­siah” with past and cur­rent Florida At­lantic Univer­sity cho­ral stu­dents and fac­ulty on Dec. 10. Then, the Florida Wind Sym­phony Jazz Or­ches­tra will per­form “An Elling­ton Nutcracker,” a piece ar­ranged by jazz legends Duke Elling­ton and Billy Stray­horn, on Dec. 16. Also on Dec 16, FAU’s cho­ral groups will present their an­nual Madri­gal din­ner.

When: Han­del’s “Mes­siah” is 7 p.m. Dec. 10. “An Elling­ton Nutcracker” is 7 p.m. Dec. 16. The Madri­gal din­ner is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

Where: Univer­sity Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Ra­ton. The Madri­gal din­ner will be at St. Gregory’s Epis­co­pal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., in Boca Ra­ton.

Cost: $20 for each show on FAU’s cam­pus. Madri­gal din­ner cost $100.

Con­tact: 800-564-9539 or FAUevents.com. For Madri­gal din­ner tick­ets, call 561-297-2337 or go to FAUF.FAU.edu/Madri­gal.

IAN IBBETSON/COUR­TESY

A scene from “A Christ­mas Carol the Mu­si­cal” at the Broward Cen­ter in Fort Laud­erdale.

JANINE HAR­RIS/COUR­TESY

Bal­let Palm Beach’s “The Nutcracker” will play the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts.

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