Voltaire’s novella comes to life in the operetta by Leonard Bernstein. The Palm Beach Opera presents this comic piece that is known for the coloratura aria "Glitter and Be Gay" in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth. The operetta will be sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage.
For its 12th year, the festival will spotlight the likes of Bill Murray, Itzhak Perlman and T Bone Burnett. Things get started with opera soprano Kathleen Battle in a rare concert program this Friday, Feb. 23. For a detailed schedule, go to FestivalBoca.org.
When: Feb. 23-March 4; various times
Where: Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
John Water was once called “The Pope of Trash” by William Burroughs, due largely to films such as “Hairspray,” “Serial Mom,” “Polyester” and “Pink Flamingos.” So, as you might well imagine, the filmmaker’s monologue is a sermon against good taste.
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 24
Where: Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW Ninth Ave, Fort Lauderdale
Alice Walker’s story started as a 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel before becoming a1985 Steven Spielberg film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey, along with Quincy Jones, went on to produce the Tony Award-winning, stage-musical version on Broadway in 2005.The story, in all its iterations, centers on black women dealing with racism, sexism, poverty in the South during the height of Jim Crow.
Based on the 2006 Irish indie film of the same title, the stage musical “Once” tells the story of two street musicians whose unlikely friendship helps them heal and move on. The winner of eight Tony Awards in 2012, including for Best Musical, the show featured the Oscar-winning acoustic score of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the stars of the film. And the musical comedy is known for requiring a triple-threat cast who not only sing and dance but play their own instruments, as well, often simultaneously.