Broadway in Ft. Lauderdale at Broward Center for the Performing Arts will return to the stage this November. Specifically, the season will open on Nov. 3. That is when the musical hit Come From Away will land in Ft. Lauderdale for an 11-day run. The musical, about a Canadian town that opened its heart to stranded airplane passengers on Sept. 11, 2001, is one of three additions to the original schedule.
In addition to Come From Away, the jukebox musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, as well as Disney’s Frozen will join the lineup. Before COVID-19 shuttered theaters, Broadway in Ft. Lauderdale had included Tootsie, and Pretty Woman: The Musical. The hit Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was also originally part of the season. However, due to current events, the play’s producers have decided to postpone the initial engagements.
In addition to the aforementioned shows, Broadway in Ft. Lauderdale audiences will be able to choose one or both of the following shows to complete their subscription package: The Prom, scheduled for Dec. 14-19, 2021 and Cats, set for April 5-10, 2022.
“The best way to guarantee your seats is by subscribing to a six- or seven-show season package now,” reads an e-mail sent to subscribers, with the subject “Broadway is Coming Back.” You can subscribe at fortlauderdale.broadway.com.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts has a health and safety plan in place in connection with COVID-19. The center developed it in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic and in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines. Officials will update the plan as the environment changes. “We will share the updated plan well in advance of the first show in November,” the website notes. To read the health and safety plan, visit https://www.browardcenter.org/visit/health-safety-guidelines?utm_campaign=FTL%202021%20Programming%20Updates%20-%20Jan%202021%20-%20Club%20No%20Action&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&elqTrackId=4BF3605FACF3613321C7BC8CB11586F4&elq=ce7a95b7acc842a680401fd055f067af&elqaid=15238&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=
Below are descriptions of the shows.
- Nov. 3-14, 2021 Come From Away-At 9:26 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration shut down its airspace. As a result, more than 4,000 planes had to land at the nearest airport. FAA officials diverted inbound flights from Europe to Canada. Among these flights were 38 planes which had to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The musical’s creators based the characters on real Gander residents, as well as some of the 7,000 stranded travelers they housed and fed. Speaking of Come From Away, a crew will film the Broadway production for release in September.
- Jan. 11-23, 2022 Tootsie – This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the fictional story of Michael Dorsey. He is a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work. That is, until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. The musical’s basis is the 1982 comedy/romance film of the same name.
- Feb. 8-20 Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations– This new musical follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts. In fact, the group created 42 Top Ten Hits. Fourteen of them reached number one. The rest is history — how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest.
- March 9-20, 2022- Disney’s Frozen-When perpetual winter traps their kingdom, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. Their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman, harsh conditions, and magic at every turn. Nevertheless, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.
- May 4-15, 2022 Pretty Woman: The Musical-The stage adaptation’s basis is the 1990 film of the same name. It centers around a free spirited Hollywood prostitute whom a wealthy businessman hires to be his escort for several business and social functions. The couple develop a relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him.
- Dec. 14-19, 2021 The Prom–Four Broadway actors lament their days of fame as they travel to the conservative town of Edgewater, Ind. to help a lesbian student banned from bringing her girlfriend to high school prom.
- April 5-10, 2022 Cats-This sung-through musical, which Andrew Lloyd Webber composed, has as its basis the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. The musical includes the well-known song “Memory.” And Cats was the longest-running musical in London and New York for a number of years.