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On South Florida stages: 'Million Dollar Quartet' and Summer Shorts return

Here’s what is happening in South Florida’s theater scene this week and next.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

It’s a bit of a jam session and a bit of a musical comedy with tunes by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Whatever the definition, this show was such a big hit for Actors’ Playhouse in 2016 that the Coral Gables-based troupe is staging the production again. 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 and padded with hits from the early-rock era, "Million Dollar Quartet" is a Tony-winning musical based on that evening. The jukebox of hits includes “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: Through June 24; 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. matinee Sundays

Where: Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Cost: $57 for weeknights and matinees; $64 for Fridays and Saturdays; $51.30 for seniors; $15 student rush tickets (15 minutes before curtain, with ID)

Contact: 305-444-9293 or ActorsPlayhouse.org

SUMMER SHORTS

City Theatre is presenting the 23rd edition of Summer Shorts, the Miami-based theater company’s annual short-play festival. The collection of nine 10-minute plays and musicals includes four world premieres, four Southeastern premieres and one Florida premiere.

When: May 31-July 1; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays; 2 p.m. matinee Saturdays

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Cost: $39-$54

Contact: 305-949-6722 or ArshtCenter.org

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