This Month in South Florida : April 2015

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THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG through Apr. 19 / Delray Beach Playhouse One of the funniest and most engaging Neil Simon musicals of the 1970’s. Tickets are $30 and $15 for students (18 and younger), and can be purchased by calling the box office 561-272-1281 Ext. 4. MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® April 1-19 / Kravis Center Wed, Thurs & Sat at 1:30pm & 7:30pm, Fri at 7:30pm / Sun at 1:30 pm. A groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Tickets are $43. OKLAHOMA! April 2 – April 26 / The Wick The first collaboration between the amazing duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Oklahoma! is set in the western Indian territory in the midst of a high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys and provides a colorful background against which Culry, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl play out their love story. TOMMY TUNE April 1-4 & 7-11 / Colony Hotel Broadway’s only 9-time winner of the prestigious Tony Award, Tommy Tune is widely recognized as one of the world’s most prolific director/choreographers, who has enchanted audiences over the past 50 years with his charisma, vision and innovation. Mr. Tune began his career as a dancer in Broadway shows. He soon stepped out of the chorus and into a principal role in the Broadway musical Seesaw, which won him his first Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. His first Broadway directing and choreography credits were for the original production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. THE TEMPTATIONS AND THE FOUR TOPS April 4 at 8pm / Kravis Center The Temptations enjoyed their first major success with 1964’s “The Way You Do The Things You Do.” During the late 1960s and early ’70s, their style and songs changed to reflect the social and political upheaval; among them, “Cloud Nine.” Today, the group is as relevant as ever, and Otis Williams, one of the five original members, still performs. The Four Tops were inducted in 1990 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25 DIANA KRALL April 6 at 8 pm / Kravis Center With her familiar breathy vocal and rhythmic lilt, pianist, singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Diana Krall wows critics and sells out concert halls everywhere. Her return concert to the Kravis Center will feature songs from her latest album, Glad Rag Doll. Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. “One of the most quietly expressive jazz singers of her generation,” hails The New York Times. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $35 KYLE EASTWOOD BAND April 7 & 8 / 7pm / JAZZIZ Nightlife In the 17 years since the release of From There To Here, Kyle Eastwood’s first album as a leader, the multi-talented double bassist, composer and producer has forged a dynamic musical path. Tickets: $25 General Admission; $45 Premium and $65 VIP. 201 Plaza Real (Mizner Park) www.jazziz.com or 561-300-0730. MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL April 7-12 / Kravis On Broadway Tues, Thurs & Fri 8 pm / Wed & Sat 2 pm and 8 pm / Sun 2 pm Turn Up That Dial. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25 RENT Apr. 9-26 / Thurs-Sat. 8pm / Sun. 2pm West Boca Performing Arts Theatre at West Boca High School-12811 Glades Rd Rent has become an iconic piece of theatre since its 1996 debut. Director Patrick Fitzwater is aware of the phenomenon and promises Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Rent will definitely be a contemporary version. $25- $40 http://slowburntheatre.org or by calling 866-811-4111. DELRAY AFFAIR Apr. 10-11-12 / Downtown Delray Friday & Saturday 10-6 / Sunday 10-5 The Delray Affair draws over 200,000 visitors each year from across the globe. Atlantic Ave from Swinton to the Intracoastal plus the grounds of Delray Beach Center for the Arts and Old School Square Park showcasing the works of 750 artists and crafters from across the nation. Add outstanding live music, beer and wine gardens, amazing food and The Art of the Automobile Showcase. TOM PAXTON & JANIS IAN TOGETHER AT LAST April 12 at 7 pm Sunday / Kravis Center Janis Ian and Tom Paxton make a great team. In her songs, Janis doesn’t hesitate to address controversial topics (her first hit, “Society’s Child,” generated hate mail and death threats). Tom doesn’t shrink from addressing injustice or real-life challenges, either – think “Bottle Of Wine.” The two first performed together in 1964 at New York City’s Village Gate (Janis was 13). Outdoor Gosman Amphitheatre. Tickets $20 BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA Keith Lockhart, Conductor Charlie Albright, Piano (Regional Arts Concert Series) April 13 at 8 pm (Monday) / Kravis Center Pianist Charlie Albright, 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, and ever-popular American conductor Keith Lockhart bring beloved British masterworks, famous French milestones, and a Shostakovich show-stopper. – Vaughan Williams / Overture: The Wasps – Butterworth / A Shropshire Lad: Rhapsody for Orchestra – Shostakovich / Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 – Dvořák / Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88 Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall Tickets start at $30 BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA Keith Lockhart, Conductor Charlie Albright, Piano (Regional Arts Concert Series) April 14 at 2 pm (Tues) / Kravis Center Pianist Charlie Albright, 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, and ever-popular American conductor Keith Lockhart bring beloved British masterworks and famous French milestones. – Ravel / Le Tombeau de Couperin – Ravel / Piano Concerto in G Major – Walton / March Crown Imperial – Vaughan Williams / Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 in E minor – Britten / Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (“Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”) Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall Tickets start at $30 BOZ SCAGGS April 15 at 8 pm (Wed) / Kravis Center In the ’50s, growing up in small towns, Boz Scaggs recalls, “I was swept away by music and radio.” His passions included blues, R&B, rock and jazz. After performing throughout Europe in the 1960s, Boz returned stateside and had several solo Top 20 hit singles during the ’70s, including the million-selling “Lowdown.” After a hiatus from singing and songwriting in the 1980s (“I just didn’t have any music in me”), Boz started the ’90s with what he calls his career’s “chapter two.” Since then, he has enjoyed a successful run, thanks to his trademark sound and his sincere respect for a wide variety of American roots music. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25 BILLY STRITCH & JIM CARUSO April 15 & 16 / Colony Hotel Widely celebrated as two of Manhattan’s most sophisticated musical goofballs, they sing, play and generally throw a party weekly at such NYC hotspots as Birdland and Bemelman’s Bar. An award-winning composer, arranger, vocalist, and jazz pianist of extraordinary range and sophistication, Billy Stritch breathes new life into the Great American Songbook, all the while bringing an easy sense of humor and showmanship to his performances. Jim Caruso made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the smash hit Liza’s At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. CHRIS BOTTI April 16 at 8 pm (Thurs) / Kravis Center Versatile trumpeter Chris Botti has recorded and performed alongside Barbra Streisand, Yo- Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli and Frank Sinatra. He has performed with the finest symphonies, and at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Chris’ success – including four numberone jazz albums and a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album – has even crossed over to audiences who usually prefer other genres of music. His expressive sounds and his soaring musical imagination are why Chris has sold more than 4 million albums and established himself as one of the most innovative figures in the contemporary music world. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25 THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY Apr 16–May 3 / Sol Theatre Thurs-Sat 7pm / Sat & Sun 2pm Evening Star Productions’ audiences are in for a fiendishly delightful treat. Sol Theatre will host Charles Addams’ wonderfully bizarre cast of characters. Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Tickets: $25 ($10 for students) 561-447-8829 / www.eveningstarproductions.org All performances at 3333 N. Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33431 UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN April 17 at 8 pm (Friday) / Kravis Center The world renowned all-singing, all-plucking superstars impress with their toe-tapping music, hilarious banter, and sheer superlative entertainment. Now with more songs, more tunes, and with yet more added bonus ukuleles. From Lady Gaga to “Ride of the Valkyries,” from “Housewives’ Choice” to “Voodoo Chile,” the Ukes’ genre-crashing antics continue. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $15 CELTIC WOMAN 10th Anniversary World Tour April 18 at 3 pm & 8 pm / Kravis Center The spectacular musical experience features Celtic Woman performing traditional Irish tunes, contemporary pop songs and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes. A true celebration of Ireland with an unforgettable signature style, the angelic voices of Celtic Woman will touch the hearts of fans of all ages. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25 SERGIO MENDES Apr 19 / 7:30pm / JAZZIZ Nightlife Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes’ influence on the music industry has spanned five decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums. Tickets: $45 General Admission; $75 Premium and $125 VIP. 201 Plaza Real (Mizner Park) www.jazziz.com or 561-300-0730. THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT (PEAK) April 19 at 8 pm (Sunday) / Kravis Center Producer, keyboardist and composer Idan Raichel has become a global music icon since the unveiling of The Idan Raichel Project, a multi-ethnic tour de force that changed the face of Israeli popular music. The Project enchants audiences with entrancing fusions sung in Hebrew, Arabic and the Ethiopian languages of Amharic and Tigrit. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $20 SHANNON PLUMB: WHAT A CHARACTER a video Installation Opens Apr. 21 / Boca Raton Museum of Art Shannon Plumb is a woman of many identities. The native New Yorker explores her many life roles with low-tech props and a perfect sense of comedic timing in her ongoing series of short vignettes. Towheads, 2013 will debut at a matinee on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. Free with price of admission to the Museum. The 85-minute film (NR) is the first feature length work by artist and experimental filmmaker Shannon Plumb. A comedy about a housewife whose creative ambitions are stifled by domestic responsibilities is playfully acted by Plumb in a variety of disguises and eccentric characters. An extensive list of programming and events is available online at www.bocamuseum.org. PETER WHITE Apr 21 & 22 / 7:30pm / JAZZIZ Nightlife In the era ruled by the electric guitar, British-born, LA-based Peter White reigns supreme as one the world’s greatest masters of the nylon-string acoustic guitar. Tickets $35 General Admission; $75 Premium and $75 VIP. 201 Plaza Real (Mizner Park) www.jazziz.com or 561-300-0730. MINDI ABAIR AND THE BONESHAKERS FEATURING SWEETPEA ATKINSON Apr. 23 & 24 / 7:30pm Powerhouse saxophonist Mindi Abair was joined onstage by The Boneshakers featuring Sweetpea Atkinson for the first time at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival in June 2014. The sparks from Jacobs’ fiery guitar, Atkinson’s bluesy R&B vocals and Mindi’s gritty and rockin’ sax created a special blending of musical styles that can now be seen and heard all over the country. Tickets: $35 General Admission; $45 Premium and $75 VIP. 201 Plaza Real (Mizner Park) www.jazziz.com or 561-300-0730. CHICAGO April 23 at 8 pm (Thurday) / Kravis Center Considered one of the longest running and most successful pop/rock ‘n’ roll groups in history, Chicago is the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time, coming in at #13. Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and more. Formed in 1967 in Chicago, the “legendary rock band with horns” released their first album “Chicago Transit Authority” in 1969. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $39 KATHY GRIFFIN, LIVE IN CONCERT April 24 at 8 pm (Friday) / Kravis Center Two-time Emmy winner, Grammy-winner and NY Times bestselling author, Kathy Griffin takes the stage for a night of take-noprisoners laughs. Kathy has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper and appeared on numerous talk shows including Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The View. (For Mature Audiences.) Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $20 MYTHBUSTERS – JAMIE & ADAM: UNLEASHED! April 25 at 8 pm (Sat) / Kravis Center Jamie Hyneman’s final performance on tour! The all-new, live stage show starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters, promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-thescenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science. This show is appropriate for all ages. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $35 ORLANDO TRANSIT AUTHORITY – Chicago Tribute Band Apr. 26 / 7:30pm / JAZZIZ Nightlife Chicago, one of the most famous Rock-n-Roll Horn Bands in the world, is paid tribute to by Orlando Transit Authority Florida’s premiere Chicago Tribute Band. OTA is not just another cover band, but a true Tribute to the original group with incredibly talented musicians in the exact positions of the original Chicago group. Tickets: $20. 201 Plaza Real (Mizner Park) www.jazziz.com or 561-300-0730. RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES April 26 at 7 pm (Sunday) / Kravis Center RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles is a live multimedia spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Going further than before, RAIN adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $20 ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY Apr. 28 & 29 / 7pm / JAZZIZ Nightlife Acoustic Alchemy has spent over a quarter century making music and in that time they have not only received critical acclaim for their albums (including three Grammy nominations), but also have built a reputation for being one of the most exciting live bands in the business. Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar’s potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond. Tickets: $25 General Admission; $40 Premium and $55 VIP. 201 Plaza Real (Mizner Park) www.jazziz.com or 561-300-0730. PIPPIN April 28 – May 3 / Kravis On Broadway Tues, Thurs & Fri 8 pm / Wed & Sat 2 pm & 8 pm / Sun 2 pm Join us… for this magical, unforgettable production. The New York Times declared, “Astonishing! A Pippin for the 21st Century.” The 2013 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival is back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess). Pippin features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts De La Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25 FREDA PAYNE Ap. 30 / 7:30pm / JAZZIZ Nighlife Freda Payne is a Detroit native who never realized her talents until the early age of twelve. Her piano teacher discovered her singing ability and from that point on Freda was singing for local affairs around Detroit and even entered talent contest on local TV as well as the national TV show, Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. Tickets: $35 General Admission; $55 Stage Left and $75 VIP. 201 Plaza Real (Mizner Park) www.jazziz.com or 561-300-0730.