‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Hamilton’ among Broadway hits coming to Miami’s Arsht next season – Sun Sentinel
Fans of the Great White Way will want to know what musicals are coming to the Magic City next season. The Broadway offerings at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will include two South Florida premieres: “The Cher Show” and a reimagined staging of “Peter Pan.”
Also coming to the stage in downtown Miami will be South Florida perennial favorites “Hamilton” and “Les Misérables,” with “Pretty Woman: The Musical” rounding out the five-show subscription package.
Here’s a breakdown of the stage musicals in the Broadway in Miami season that stretches from Dec. 5, 2023, to June 23, 2024.
You remember the 1990 movie with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, right? Well, imagine that with an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams (yes, THAT Bryan Adams) and Jim Vallance as well as a book by iconic director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. The plot is the same: A hooker with a heart of gold is hired to accompany a bigtime tycoon through a flurry of weekend events. This Cinderella tale hit the Great White Way in 2018 and bowed out a year later.
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Since three women play the star at different stages of her glittery life, this is a Cher and Cher-alike show (see what we did there?). The pop music goddess and Oscar-winning actor is always in the spotlight of this jukebox musical that features 35 tunes from her songbook. “The Cher Show” opened on Broadway in December 2018 and closed in August 2019, the same year the Tonys awarded costumer Bob Mackie and lead Stephanie J. Block.
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“Hamilton” is a genuine cultural phenomenon, which is even more impressive when you think about how unlikely it was that the show not only normalized color-blind casting, but also used a lot of hip hop rhythms to tell the story about founding father Alexander Hamilton. Yup, Alexander … Hamilton. Seriously, let that percolate a bit. The musical has been making headlines since it debuted off-Broadway in February 2015 before going on to break box-office records when it moved to Broadway that summer. Aside from 11 Tony Awards, “Hamilton” also earned its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award.
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This is a new adaption of the musical we all remember about the boy who refuses to grow up. For this staging, American Indian playwright Larissa FastHorse has sprinkled her own brand of pixie dust on the show’s book, especially with the depiction of indigenous people. But the classic songs remain, tunes such as “I’m Flying,” “I Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.”
Set in 19th-century France, “Les Mis” takes its narrative from Victor Hugo’s novel and focuses on themes of redemption for ex-convict Jean Valjean against the backdrop of the 1832 Paris Uprising. The lush score includes winners such as “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home” and “One Day More.” The musical first bowed in London’s West End in 1985 and New York City’s Broadway in 1987 (winning eight Tonys). In 2012, a movie version hit screens with Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter and Amanda Seyfried.
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WHAT: Broadway in Miami
WHERE: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
COST: Season ticket packages range in price from $205 to $785.
INFORMATION: To become a subscriber or renew your subscription, visit arshtcenter.org, or call either 305-949-6722 or 800-939-8587.