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HAPPENINGS DANCE, OPERA & THEATER January 25—February 1 NABUCCO Follow the plight of the Jews of Babylonia as they are assaulted, conquered and ultimately exiled from their homeland. Within this backdrop of exiles yearning for their homeland is a love story, but can love flourish in such a place and time? This opera captures the voice of the ancient Hebrews and their struggle as exiles. In fact, it speaks with the voice of all exiles. www.arshtcenter.org February 4 —9 ONCE Once, Broadway's 2012 Tony Award-winning Best Musical based on the Academy Award-winning film, tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. www.arshtcenter.org January 24—25 MIRIAM Renowned choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire creates her first character-driven work — a deeply personal dance-theatre performance that looks closely at the tensions women face between public expectations and private desires, between selflessness and ambition, and between the perfection and sacrifice of the feminine ideal. Inspired by South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba and featuring original music by Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. www.miamilightproject.com February 14—March 2 MIAMI CITY BALLET PRESENTS PROGRAM III: TRIPLE THREAT A love story, Broadway classic and ballet, this program doubles up on the premieres and adds two works to the company's repertoire — George Balanchine's boldly modern "Episodes," and the brilliantly theatrical "West Side Story Suite." Miami City Ballet's own Sharks and Jets rumble, fall in love, dance and sing in Jerome Robbins' own ballet based on his Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. A tour-de-force performed worldwide, Balanchine's thrilling "Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux" completes this program. www.miamicityballet.org FESTIVALS, COMMUNITY & CHARITY January 11 YOUNGARTS PERFORMANCE & GALA The YoungArts Performance and Gala brings together more than 800 notable guests to celebrate the artistic excellence of the 2014 YoungArts finalists. This year's event, held at the National YoungArts Campus, is co-chaired by Elizabeth and Facundo Bacardi and emceed by Tony Award-winning actor and singer Brian "Stokes" Mitchell. Tony Award-winning dancer and choreographer and YoungArts Artistic Advisor, Bill T. Jones, directs the performance by YoungArts alumni. To purchase tickets, contact gala@youngarts.org or 305.377.1140. www.youngarts.org/gala February 8 HALL OF DREAMS GALA BENEFITTING BAPTIST CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL Plan to attend this unique event for both adults and children at the Biltmore Hotel. A black-tie-optional reception and silent auction will be followed by a scrumptious dinner and dancing. This very special evening promises to be a memorable dream experience for children of all ages. Individual tickets or group reservations available. Events@BaptistHealth.net F L O R I D A P R E M I E R E OF T H E G R O U N D B R E A K I NG 2012 N E W Y O R K H I T ! END OF THE RAINBOW JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 9, 2014 It's December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her triumphant comeback...again. In a London hotel room preparing for a series of concerts, with both her new young fiance and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get "beyond the rainbow" with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity, and razor-sharp wit. This savagely funny drama offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. A play with music, End Of The Rainbow was a hit on Broadway and features an evening of explosive acting, classic songs, and fierce emotion. Call (305) 444-9293 or visit www.actorsplayhouse.org for tickets! Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables "Equal parts magic and heartbreak, the paradox of being both human and immortal" - LA Times ACTORS'PLAYHOUSE 26 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 SOUTHFLORIDALUXURYGUIDE.COM


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