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Charles Busch bringing female swag to Cabaret South Beach

Drag queen doesn’t begin to cover it.

Charles Busch is so much more: playwright, screenwriter, stage actor, movie star. Now, the entertainer has added cabaret artist to his credits list. On May 31, he will perform “A Divine Evening With Charles Busch” at the Cabaret South Beach.

Busch has been performing his intimate concert for the past three years, but has been a star on the stage since the late 1970s, when he started honing his drag act, always riffing on the steely dames one might have seen in a Douglas Sirk chick-flick melodrama. In the ’80s, he starred as the female lead in off-off-Broadway shows with provocative titles such as “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” “Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium” and “Pardon My Inquisition, or Kiss the Blood Off My Castanets.”

In the ‘90s, he took his cross-dressing act to the big screen, appearing in movies such as “Addams Family Values.” Busch turned his stage play “Psycho Beach Party” into a film in 2000 and followed it in 2003 with “Die, Mommie, Die!”...

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PHOTO GALLERY: Miami Lyric Opera

Only the hits.

The opera hits, that is.

The Miami Lyric Opera will perform great opera highlights of arias, duets and solos from Giuseppe verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Giocchino Rossini, Pietro Mascagni, Georges Bizet and more at its fundraising Opera Gala, May 30 at 8 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.

Tickets are $37 ($25 at the box office for students with I.D.). To order, call 305-674-1040 or go to MiamiLyricOpera.org or ColonyTheatreMiamiBeach.com.

 

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Delray Beach's Radio Theatre presents "The Thin Man"

Arts Garage Radio Theatre will stage "The Thin Man" Wednesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 28, at the Delray Beach performance space.

The play is a take on the glamorous husband-and-wife detectives Nick and Nora Charles -- famously played on the big screen in the 1930s by Myrna Loy and William Powell -- in which the two solve murder mysteries between drinking in posh nightclubs and cracking wise at each other.

Arts Garage Radio Theatre started in the summer of 2013. The series' scripts are adapted from classic movies during the heyday of radio and are staged live with performers utilizing specially designed sound-effect devices. The radio plays will be produced by John Watts, executive director of Boynton Beach-based ArtsRadioNetwork.com.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20-$165 (for tables of 6). To order, call 561-450-6357 or go to ArtsGarage.com.

 

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FASHION PORN: Diversity Honors

The first ever "Diversity Honors" raised more than $50,000 and brought 350 guests to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.

The event honored national and SoFlo leaders who have impacted the quality of life for the LGBT community with performances from cabaret artist Joey Arias and human circus Cirque Dreams.

The money raised will be split between The Pride Center at Equality Park and the Harvey Milk Foundation, the co-presenters of the gala.

Emceed by WSVN-TV’s Craig Stevens, the event paid tribute to Judy and Dennis Shepard, LGBT civil rights activists and co-founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The parent of the slain Matthew Shepard received the Harvey Milk Honors Medal award from Stuart Milk, nephew of the late civil rights icon, Harvey Milk.

Diversity Honors also recognized South Florida leaders whose activism has improved the quality of life for the LGBT community, including:

1. international recording artist Deborah Cox

2. president and founder of the Palm...

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Florida Grand Opera reveals 2015-2016 season

Florida Grand Opera announced a diverse spate of titles for its 2015-2016 season, including Gioachino Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)," Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma," Mieczyslaw Weinberg's "The Passenger" and Gaetano Donizetti's "Don Pasquale."

All four productions will be performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. "The Barber of Seville" and "Norma" will be performed at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. (FGO will provide bus service from the Broward Center to the Arsht Center for "The Passenger" and "Don Pasquale.")

"If there was ever a season to look forward to, this would be it," says Susan T. Danis, Florida Grand Opera's general director and CEO. "This season speaks to the diversity of our community while bringing some of the most spectacular productions to South Florida. In addition, we are absolutely thrilled to have so many wonderful artists making their FGO debut during this anniversary year. FGO...

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Sol Children Theatre announces summer, 2016 seasons

The second season of Evening Star Productions ended with the Boca Raton company's staging of "The Addams Family — A New Musical Comedy."

But that doesn't mean the professional arm of Sol Children Theatre is going dark for the rest of the summer. Evening Star will stage the musical "The Last Five Years" July 16-Aug. 2 and the drama "Bug" Aug. 12-29.

Sol Children Theatre, which is also housed at the Sol Theatre, will also be busy this summer with "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" June 12-28 and "Thumbelina" Aug. 27-Sept. 6.

Rosalie Grant, the founder and artistic director of both companies, has also announced the 2015-2016 seasons for Sol and Evening Star.

"I carefully took each company's mission statement into consideration," Grant says."Evening Star will open with '35MM a Musical Exhibition,' a regional premiere. We're only the fourth theater in the country to stage this difficult, contemporary musical.We'll follow that up with the still-relative theater classic David Mamet's 'Oleanna,'and...

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