Get ready, South Florida … for nothing. With June almost upon us, this is the time of year when the snowbirds have flown and our cultural institutions (what few remain) hibernate for the summer. Prepare for a nearly empty slate of activities from the dawn of June to the dusk of September.
From this site, you can expect the possibility of shrinking Week Ahead columns, but other than that, it will still be all pistons go: I’ll provide profiles of artists at this summer’s All Florida Competition and Exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, as well as splashy multi-part features, such as my annual Summer Movie Preview.
I’ll also be breaking whatever arts news dribbles across the wire this summer. This includes the announcement of the 2012-2013 theater seasons, which, for the first time, will feature the Women’s Theatre Project moving its operations to the Willow Theatre in Boca Raton.
Of course, South Florida stages have taken a rough hit in the past year, with a number of them toppling, and Boca’s bankrupt Caldwell Theatre currently at the risk of extinction. But, provided some financial calamity doesn’t befall them, here’s a roundup of the companies that have already scheduled their next seasons, starting with the winningest theater at the recent Carbonell Awards ceremony.
Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 561/575-2223 or www.jupitertheatre.org
“Amadeus,” Oct. 30 to Nov. 11. Paul Shaffer’s riveting, fictionalized foray into the competition between composers Mozart and Salieri, filled with wonderful music.
“The Music Man,” Nov. 27 to Dec. 16. Maltz takes on this oft-performed Meredith Wilson classic about a con man peddling band instruments to a small town.
“Singin’ in the Rain,” Jan. 8 to 27. Another musical chestnut, this one started as an iconic 1952 movie. Exploring the romances of movie entertainers at the transition from silents to talkies, it was first adapted to the stage in 1983.
“Doubt,” Feb. 5 to 17. A nice change of pace for the Maltz, this austere drama, set in a 1964 Catholic school, concerns the limits of faith, tested when a priest is accused of sexual misconduct.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” March 5 to 24. Another film-to-stage transplant, this one a Tony winner from 2002 about a small-town girl whose world expands after she moves to New York City to marry for money.
Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561/347-3948 or www.willowtheatre.org
“Sylvia,” Sept. 28 to Oct. 14 (from Boca Raton Theatre Guild). Comic maestro A.R. Gurney penned this 1995 comedy about an upper-middle-class New York City couple that adopts an unusual dog.
“Delval Divas,” Nov. 2 to 14 (from The Women’s Theatre Project). This comedy by Barbara Pease Weber centers on the six cohabitants of a minimum-security women’s prison for white-color criminals.
“The Interview,” Jan. 4 to 20. The Women’s Theatre Project revives this Faye Sholiton tearjerker about the relationship between mothers, daughters and memory, set during a historian’s interview with a Holocaust survivor.
“Chicago,” March 2013, dates TBA. The Boca Raton Theatre Guild closes its season with Kander and Ebb’s sparkling Jazz Age musical, a reflection on crime, Prohibition, celebrities and the justice system.
Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305/444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org
“Godspell,” Oct. 10 to Nov. 4. Recently revived on Broadway, Stephen Schwartz’s iconic musical is based on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
“The Last Five Years,” Dec. 5 to 30. Jason Robert Brown’s inventive off-Broadway musical charts the relationship between a promising novelist and a struggling actress, with one story told in chronological order and the other in reverse chronology.
“Other Desert Cities,” Jan. 16 to Feb. 10. In a coup for Actor’s Playhouse, this drama about a memoirist whose new book will strain the relationship with her parents and siblings was recently nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Play.
“In the Heights,” March 6 to April 7. The acclaimed musical follows three days in the lives of the inhabitants of the titular Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City.
New Theatre, 1645 S.W. 107thAve., Miami; 305/443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org
“Happy,” Sept. 7 to 23. A man who is happy about everything in his life – even raising a special-needs daughter – sees his worldview upended by a dramatic dinner with a friend in this world premiere by Robert Caisley.
“Road Through Heaven,” Feb. 1 to 17. Another world premiere, this one by New Theatre Artistic Director Ricky J. Martinez. It’s about life, death, dreams and reality, told in a magic realist style and set in the Caribbean.
At least two other New Theatre productions will be announced at a later date.