ON STAGE Christ­mas shows, Nutcracker bal­lets abound

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Here in the sub­trop­ics, it can be a lit­tle tricky to get into the Christ­mas spirit. With the hu­mid­ity and flip-flop life­style, you may need an ex­tra nudge to feel the hol­i­day mood.

Here’s a list of Christ­mas-themed shows on stages from Mi­ami to West Palm Beach that will jin­gle your bells. Nov. 16 — War­ren Miller: Face of Win­ter

The show­ing of this movie that fol­lows top ath­letes ski­ing down moun­tains in re­mote lo­cales is nar­rated by Olympic gold medal­ist Jonny Mose­ley, who will at­tend the screen­ing. Show­time is 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $12. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCen­ter.org. Nov. 21 — Mannheim Steam­roller Christ­mas

The group’s mod­ern take on Christ­mas clas­sics has made Mannheim Steam­roller a hol­i­day brand. Show­time is 7 p.m. at the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 701 Okee­chobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tick­ets cost $25-$110. To or­der, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org. Nov. 23 — DRUM­Line Live! Hol­i­day Spec­tac­u­lar

The col­lege-march­ing­band ex­pe­ri­ence has been turned into a stage show that mixes hol­i­day clas­sics with a hip-hop beat. Show­time is 8 p.m. at Parker Play­house, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $45.50-$65.50.To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Park­erPlay­house.com. Nov. 23-25 — The Nutcracker by the Boca Bal­let The­atre

This ver­sion of the hol­i­day clas­sic will fea­ture spe­cial guests from the Amer­i­can Bal­let The­atre: Kather­ine Wil­liams as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Aran Bell as the Cav­a­lier. Chore­ographed by co-artis­tic di­rec­tor Dan Guin, this stag­ing has more than 100 dancers. Af­ter the mati­nee per­for­mances, there will be a “Gin­ger­bread Ball” where the fam­ily can meet the cast and en­joy sweets. Show­times are 7:30 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 23 and Satur­day, Nov. 24, with 2 p.m. mati­nees Satur­day, Nov. 24 and Sun­day, Nov. 25 at the Olympic Heights Per­form­ing Arts The­atre, 20101 Lyons Road, in Boca Ra­ton. Tick­ets cost $30-$40 for adults and $20-$30 for chil­dren and se­niors (the Gin­ger­bread Ball cost $8 per per­son). To or­der, call 561-995-0709 or go to Bo­caBal­let.org. Nov. 27 — Dave Koz and Friends Christ­mas Tour 2018

The sax su­per­star per­forms Yule­tide fa­vorites with singer-sax­o­phon­ist Mindi Abair, singer-gui­tarist Jonathan But­ler and key­boardist Keiko Mat­sui. Show­time is 8 p.m. at Parker Play­house, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $43-$83. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Park­erPlay­house.com.

Don’t be con­fused: There’s only one pi­ano guy on­stage, and his name is Jon Sch­midt. The other per­former, Steven Sharp Nel­son, plays the cello. So why the name? Well, that’s be­cause this duo got its start as a pro­mo­tion for a pi­ano store in Utah that was called — you guessed it — the Pi­ano Guys. An of­fer for a dig­i­tal down­load of the group’s hol­i­day al­bum will be emailed to ticket buy­ers seven days af­ter pur­chas­ing tick­ets. Show­time is 8 p.m. at the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 701 Okee­chobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tick­ets cost $35-$114. To or­der,

call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org.

This show, cel­e­brat­ing its 23rd sea­son, tells of the night be­fore Christ­mas at a house in the coun­try­side of Ire­land as neigh­bors get to­gether to share sto­ries, folk dances and songs. Show­time is 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Bienes Cen­ter for the Arts, 2801 SW12th St., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $31.99 for adults and $12 for stu­dents. To or­der, go to BCASTA.org.

Bal­let Palm Beach will per­form the hol­i­day fa­vorite first at the Kravis Cen­ter and then at the King’s Acad­emy (see the Dec. 13-16 en­try be­low). Show­times are 7:30 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day; 2 p.m. Satur­day at the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 701 Okee­chobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tick­ets cost $19-$89. To or­der, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org. Dec. 1 — The Christ­mas Choco­late Nutcracker

Pre­sented by Ashanti Cul­tural Arts, this adap­ta­tion of Ge­orge Balan­chine’s “The Nutcracker” bal­let mixes in dances from African, Na­tive Amer­i­can, Brazil­ian, Asian and Caribbean cul­tures, with a lit­tle Junkanoo and stilt walk­ers thrown in for good mea­sure. Show­times are 3 and 7 p.m. at the Pom­pano Beach Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter, 50 W. At­lantic Blvd. Tick­ets cost $10 for adults and $5 for chil­dren. To or­der, call 954-943-4903. For more in­for­ma­tion, email @ashan­ti­cul­tur­alarts.org. Dec. 2 — Robin Spiel­berg’s Hol­i­day Sing-along

This con­cert is a mix of Christ­mas car­ols, au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, sto­ry­telling and movie clips. Show­time is 2 p.m. at the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $17.50-$35. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCen­ter.org. Dec. 4 — Santa’s En­chanted Work­shop

In this mu­si­cal, two sib­lings run off to­ward the North Pole in or­der to learn more about Christ­mas, but end up trapped by a bliz­zard in a gas sta­tion run by an old guy named Nick. Show­time is 10 a.m. at the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $7.20 with $3 lap seats for in­fants 12 months and younger. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCen­ter.org. Dec. 6 — A Christ­mas Wish with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Grammy Award-win­ning trum­pet player Alpert teams up with Hall, for­mer

lead singer of Brasil ‘ 66 (The show is re­peated Dec. 7 at West Palm Beach; see en­try be­low). Show­time is 8 p.m. at Parker Play­house, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Laud­erdale (Hol­i­day Park). Tick­ets cost $38-$63. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Park­erPlay­house.com. Dec. 6-23 — Win­ter Shorts

The fast-paced per­for­mance of seven hol­i­daythemed short plays (90 min­utes with no in­ter­mis­sion) is be­ing staged by Mi­ami’s City The­atre. Pre­views be­gin Dec. 6, and open­ing night is Dec. 8. Show­time is 7:30 p.m. at the Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 1300 Bis­cayne Blvd., in Mi­ami. Tick­ets cost $39-$69. To or­der, call 305-949-6722 or go to Ar­shtCen­ter.org. Dec. 7 — A Christ­mas Wish with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Alpert and Hall take their show per­formed in Fort Laud­erdale the night be­fore up I-95 for a stag­ing in West Palm Beach. Show­time is 8 p.m. at the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 701 Okee­chobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tick­ets cost $25-$100. To or­der, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org. Dec. 7-9 The Nutcracker by Arts Bal­let The­atre of Florida

This stag­ing spot­lights chore­og­ra­phy by Art Bal­let The­atre’s bal­let mas­ter, Vladimir Is­saev (the bal­let moves to Fort Laud­erale’s Parker Play­house; See Dec. 14-16 en­try be­low). Show­times are 7 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day, with a 3 p.m. mati­nee at the Aven­tura Arts and Cul­tural Cen­ter, 3385 NE188 St. Tick­ets cost $45. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Aven­tu­raCen­ter.org. Dec. 8 — Sea­son’s Greet­ings From FTLGMC: A Hol­i­day Con­cert

The Fort Laud­erdale Gay Men’s Cho­rus (FTLGMC) will per­form a hol­i­day “Ru­dolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer: The Mu­si­cal” will ap­pear Dec. 23 at the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in West Palm Beach. show Dec. 8, but if you go to Face­book.com/TheFTLGMC, you can see that the group has sev­eral ap­pear­ances around Broward County lead­ing up to that con­cert. Show­time is 8 p.m. at All Saints Epis­co­pal Church, 333 Tar­pon Drive, in Fort Laud­erdale. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets cost $25, and VIP tick­ets cost $40. To or­der, call 954-832-0060 or go to TheFTLGMC.org. Dec. 9 — 16th an­nual Gin­ger­bread Hol­i­day Con­cert

The Lynn Phil­har­mo­nia from Boca Ra­ton’s Lynn Univer­sity will per­form fundraiser for schol­ar­ships to the univer­sity’s Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic. Show­time is 3 p.m. (pic­tures with Santa at 2 p.m.) at the Boca Ra­ton Re­sort and Club, 501 E. Camino Real. Tick­ets cost $35. To or­der, call 561-237-9000 or go to Events.Lynn.edu. Dec. 12 — A Trea­sury of Jewish Christ­mas Songs

This con­cert fea­tures hol­i­day songs by Jewish com­posers in a trib­ute by Jake Ehren­re­ich and the Roger Kell­away Trio (the show will move to Aven­tura; see the Dec 16 en­try be­low). Show­time is 7:30 at the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 701 Okee­chobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tick­ets cost $35. To or­der, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org. Dec. 13 — Dis­ney in Con­cert: Tim Bur­ton’s The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas

You can watch the an­i­mated Tim Bur­ton movie while the South Florida Sym­phony Orches­tra per­forms com­poser Danny Elf­man’s Golden Globe­win­ning score. Show­time is 8 p.m. at the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $35-$155. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCen­ter.org. Dec. 13-16 — The Nutcracker by Bal­let Palm Beach

Bal­let Palm Beach will per­form the hol­i­day fa­vorite first at West Palm Beach’s the King’s Acad­emy/Page Fam­ily Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts. Show­times are 7 p.m. Thurs­daySatur­day, with a 1 p.m. mati­nee Satur­day and a 4 p.m. mati­nee Sun­day at 8401 Belvedere Road. Tick­ets cost $30-$40. To or­der, call 1-888-718-4253 or go to TKAFineArts.net. Dec. 14 — Trans-Siberian Orches­tra

Trans-Siberian Orches­tra re­turns to South Florida on a 20th an­niver­sary tour ti­tled “The Ghosts of Christ­mas Eve.” The story this time tells of a run­away girl who takes shel­ter in an aban­doned the­ater that holds plenty of se­crets. Show­time is at 8 p.m. at the BB&T Cen­ter, 1 Pan­ther Park­way, in Sun­rise. Tick­ets cost $34-$75. To or­der, call 954-835-8000 or go to TheBBTCen­ter.com. Dec. 14 — The Nutcracker by Arts Bal­let The­atre

In ad­di­tion to two evening per­for­mances over the week­end and a Sun­day mati­nee, this stag­ing of the Yule­tide clas­sic will also have a morn­ing mati­nee for chil­dren Fri­day, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and a sen­so­ryfriendly mati­nee Satur­day, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Show­times for the evening per­for­mances are 7 p.m., with a 3 p.m. mati­nee at the Parker Play­house, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $12-$55. Tick­ets for the morn­ing chil­dren’s mati­nee Dec. 14 cost $7.20 with $3 lap seats for in­fants 12 months and younger. Tick­ets for the sen­sory-friendly mati­nee Dec. 15 cost $10. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Park­erPlay­house.com. Dec. 15 — FAU Madri­gal Din­ner

This is the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year that the Depart­ment of Mu­sic at Florida At­lantic Univer­sity has thrown this event with Re­nais­sance en­ter­tain­ment (court jester, min­strels, etc.). Guests are en­cour­aged to dress the part. Show­time is 6:30 p.m. at St. Gre­gory’s Epis­co­pal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., in Boca Ra­ton. Tick­ets cost $100. To or­der, call 561-297-2337 or go to FAUF.FAU.edu/Madri­gal.

FM pop sta­tion Y-100’s an­nual con­cert will in­clude Shawn Men­des, Calvin Har­ris, Khalid, Marsh­mello, Bebe Rexha, Alessia Cara, Bazzi and Sab­rina Car­pen­ter. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Ryan Seacrest Foun­da­tion. Show­time is 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Cen­ter, 1 Pan­ther Park­way, in Sun­rise. Tick­ets cost $46-$251. To or­der, call 954-835-8000 or go to TheBBTcen­ter.com. Dec. 16 — A Trea­sury of Jewish Christ­mas Songs

Fa­mous hol­i­day songs by Jewish com­posers make up this con­cert. Show­times are 3 and 7 pm. at the Aven­tura Arts and Cul­tural Cen­ter, 3385 NE188 St. Tick­ets cost $45-$55. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Aven­tu­raCen­ter.org. Dec. 16 — Matthew Mor­ri­son and the Gay Men’s Cho­rus of South Florida

Matthew Mor­ri­son, star of TV’s “Glee” and Broad­way’s “Find­ing Nev­er­land,” “Hair­spray,” “The Light in the Pi­azza” and “South Pa­cific,” will join the Gay Men’s Cho­rus of South Florida in a show ti­tled “Hol­i­days at the Rock.” Show­time is 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock Event Cen­ter, 1 Semi­nole Way, in Hol­ly­wood. Tick­ets cost $40-$70. To or­der, call 800-745-3000 or go to MyHRL.com. Dec. 22 — Rock­apella Christ­mas

A five-man har­mony group gives their sig­na­ture a cap­pella spin on Yule­tide fa­vorites. Show­time is 8 p.m. at the Parker Play­house, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $37-$47. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Park­erPlay­house.com. Dec 22 — Sarge’s Chanukah Chutz­pah Tour … Kiss My Mezuzah

The co­me­dian, mu­si­cian and im­pres­sion­ist salutes Hanukkah us­ing the voices of Ste­vie Won­der, Lionel Richie, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Con­nick Jr., Marv Al­bert, Mike Tyson, Gilbert Got­tfried and Ker­mit the Frog. Show­time is at 8 p.m. at the Aven­tura Arts and Cul­tural Cen­ter, 3385 NE 188 St. Tick­ets cost $41.50-$46.50. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Aven­tu­raCen­ter.org. Dec. 23 — Ru­dolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer: The Mu­si­cal

The an­nual tele­vi­sion spe­cial is now a live the­ater pro­duc­tion rec­om­mended for ages 4 to 10. Show­times are 1 and 4 p.m. at the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 701 Okee­chobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tick­ets cost $20-$85. To or­der, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org. Dec. 29 — A Drag Queen Christ­mas: The Naughty Tour

Stars from “Ru­Paul’s Drag Race” re­turn to South Florida in their Christ­mas­themed show. This time around, the cast in­cludes Miz Cracker, Aja, Monét X Change, Thorgy Thor, Shea Couleé, Raja and South Florida fe­male im­per­son­ator La­trice Royale. Show­time is 8 p.m. at Parker Play­house, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets cost $23.70-$56.77. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Park­erPlay­house.com. Dec. 29-30 — My Mother’s Ital­ian, My Fa­ther’s Jewish, and I’m Home for the Hol­i­days

Steve Solomon brings his one-man show, part of a very suc­cess­ful fran­chise, back to South Florida. Show­times are 8 p.m. Satur­day and 7 p.m. Sun­day, with a 2 p.m. mati­nee Sun­day at the Aven­tura Arts and Cul­tural Cen­ter, 3385 NE188 St. Tick­ets cost $45-$49. To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Aven­tu­raCen­ter.org. rhag­wood@southflorida .com

KRAVIS CEN­TER

The Pi­ano Guys per­form Nov. 28 at the Kravis Cen­ter in West Palm Beach. Nov. 28 — The Pi­ano Guys: Christ­mas To­gether

Nov. 29 — A Celtic Christ­mas Nov. 30-Dec. 1 — The Nutcracker by Bal­let Palm Beach

KRAVIS CEN­TER

Dec. 16 — Y-100 Jin­gle Ball

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