Here’s what’s happening this week in the performing arts in South Florida.
Miss Richfield 1981 is the drag-a-licious creation of Russ King, an actor, singer and musician. Named after a fictional beauty-pageant contestant, the theatrical character is a big star on the gay cabaret circuit and will close the LGBT-themed “Outlandish” performance series staged at Sunshine Cathedral. The subject this time, for what can only be called structured improvisation, is religion.
When: 8 p.m. March 17
Where: Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW Ninth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
This show is a mash-up of a jam session and a musical comedy with tunes from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. In the show, the date is Dec. 4, 1956, and the place is Sun Studio in Memphis. The event really happened, more or less, and it's due to Sam Phillips, the impresario of the legendary record label and the only man who could bring the superstars together. Blown up to Broadway scale, "Million Dollar Quartet" is a Tony-winning musical based on that evening. The show features chart toppers such as “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Sixteen Tons,” “That’s All Right” and “See You Later Alligator.”
When: March 17-18; 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
Cost: $75 and $85
Contact: 561-243-7922 or OldSchoolSquare.org
ORFEO ED EURIDICE
Florida Grand Opera’s latest production recounts the legend of Orpheus’ descending into the Underworld to rescue his recently deceased wife, Euridice, and bring her back to the land of the living. At the time of the opera’s premiere in 1762, the role of Orfeo was sung by castrati, that is to say castrated male singers. Over time, the role became populated with female mezzo-sopranos and contraltos. FGO will split the role between countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and mezzo-soprano Lindsay Amman.
When: March 17-31; various days and times
Where: March 17, 18, 20, 23 and 24 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts,1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; March 29 and 31 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 800-741-1010 or FGO.org
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Styled like a cabaret rock show, this musical follows the life of a genderqueer rock singer from a lonely childhood in East Berlin to a botched gender-reassignment surgery.
When: March 22-April 8; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinee Sundays
Where: Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Cost: $39 for adults; $19 for students and industry
Contact: 954- 545-7800 or CCPompano.org
THE LADIES FOURSOME
Through 18 holes of golf, this comedy follows three women on the links the day after a funeral. “These four women have played golf together every week for 14 years, and they believe this is the perfect way to honor their friend,” director Genie Croft explains in a press release. “Each one of the foursome has her secrets — some have been taken to the grave, and others are revealed in moments of anger, jealously, drunkenness and guilt. As they play the links, confessions about men, sex, love, children and careers come to the fore as they challenge each other's views.”
When: March 22-April 8; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays (and Wednesday, March 28), 5 p.m. Sundays
Where: Empire Stage, 1104 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 866-811-4111 or PigsDoFlyProductions.com