Kravis Center Offers Sweet Selection Of Superior Entertainment This February 2012

(Bernadette Peters is Pictured)

Kravis Center Offers Sweet Selection of Superior Entertainment This February 2012 

+ Unique Comedy with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, The Improvised Shakespeare Company
and Capitol Steps

+ Hit Shows Like DAMN YANKEES, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
&
FOREVER TANGO

+ Classic Music from the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Haochen Zhang & Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

+ Legendary Artists Bernadette Peters, Patti LaBelle and Arlene Dahl

+ Tributes to Sinatra, the Blues Brothers and John Lennon

+ ArtSmart Lecture Series, Family Fare and more. 

FEBRUARY 2012:

February 1 – 8 p.m.  (Wednesday)

DAMN YANKEES

This seven Tony® Award-winning Best Musical tells the tale of Joe Boyd, a middle-aged baseball fanatic who sells his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite team, the hapless Washington Senators, in the pennant race against the New York Yankees – only to learn that there is more to life than home runs. Its highly acclaimed score includes such show-stoppers as “You Gotta Have Heart,” “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets” and “Those Were the Good Old Days.”

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
(Sponsored by Bill and Marilyn Lane)

Tickets start at $25 

February 2 – 8 p.m.  (Thursday)

LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO

The world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, affectionately known as The Trocks, don drag in order to perform the full range of classical and modern ballet – in faithful (sort of) renditions that poke fun at the conventions of “serious” dance. Come prepared to embrace the full beauty of ballet – and laugh yourself out of your seat.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $20

Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-performance discussion by Seven Caras at 6:45pm

February 3 – 8 p.m.  (Friday)

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN

The Sinatra Legacy, Part Two

Bask in Michael Feinstein’s smooth vocal stylings as he performs the beloved songbook of Frank Sinatra, a follow-up to his Grammy® Award nominated CD The Sinatra Project. Backed by a swingin’ 17 piece Big Band, Feinstein not only pays tribute to Frank Sinatra, but to many of his contemporaries who were also influenced by Ol’ Blues Eyes himself, including Ray Charles, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett and many more.

(Sponsored by Suzy Minkoff)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

February 4 – 10 a.m.  (Saturday)

TWINKLE TWONKLE

(Family Fare Series)

Created in association with the UK’s National Academy of Science, this delightful tale explores the mysteries of the universe. When Stella and her little brother extend their telescope all the way to the stars, they find themselves on a magical adventure. Could that be a cow jumping over the moon? Inspired by Mother Goose’s most cherished nursery rhymes and the Big Bang – storytelling, music, magic and the mystery of space will lift you up, up and away. “Irresistibly charming” - The Times.

(Family Fare Series Sponsored by SBA Communications Corporation)
Prior to the performance the South Florida Science Museum will lead a STARLAB Portable Planetarium activity at 9:15 am.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $10 General Admission 

February 4 – 8 p.m.  (Saturday)

PATTI LABELLE

When it comes to R&B divas, there is only one Patti LaBelle. Her unwavering appeal spans more than five decades, and has culminated in such hits as “On My Own,” “Somebody Loves You Baby” and “New Attitude.” Still playing to critical acclaim and standing ovations, there is no one quite like entertainment legend Patti LaBelle.

(Sponsored by Leonardo and Sunny Sessa)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

February 5 – 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  (Sunday)

MARILYN McCOO & BILLY DAVIS, JR.

(Adults at Leisure Series)

Both as a duo and lead vocalists of The 5th Dimension, one of the most popular singing groups in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. have performed to sold-out houses around the world. Among their Top 10 hits are “Up, Up And Away,” “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” and “One Less Bell To Answer.” Along the way they’ve earned seven Grammy® Awards and numerous gold and platinum records.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets $30 

February 5-6  (Sunday & Monday)

+ Sunday – 3 p.m.

+ Monday – 7:30 p.m.

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play right before your eyes.  Nothing is planned-out, rehearsed, or written.  All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created on the spot, and if ever you're wondering where the story is going ... so are they.  Come see the show TimeOut Chicago calls, "staggeringly brilliant" and “downright hilarious.” You’ve never seen the Bard like this before.

(Sponsored by Lee and John Wolf)

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $32  

February 8 – 8 p.m.  (Wednesday)

WROCLAW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Jacek Kaspszyk, Conductor

Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

Regional Arts Concert Series / MUSIC “At Eight”)

Widely acclaimed as one of his generation’s greatest pianists, Garrick Ohlsson remains a favorite of area audiences since his Regional Arts debut in 1983. He joins Poland’s renowned Wroclaw Philharmonic and music director, both highly respected for powerful interpretations of Romantic and contemporary masterpieces. 

+ Lutoslawski / Little Suite

+ Chopin / Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

+ Brahms / Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (orch. Schoenberg)

(Regional Arts Concert Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join in for a free pre-concert discussion by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm and a free musical presentation by Palm Beach Academy of Music in the Dreyfoos Hall Lobby at 7:15 pm. 

February 9 – 2 p.m.  (Thursday)

WROCLAW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Jacek Kaspszyk, Conductor

Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

Regional Arts Concert Series / MUSIC “At Two”)

Widely acclaimed as one of his generation’s greatest pianists, Garrick Ohlsson remains a favorite of area audiences since his Kravis debut in 1983. He joins Poland’s renowned Wroclaw Philharmonic and music director, both highly respected for powerful interpretations of Romantic and contemporary masterpieces. 

+ Szymanowski / Konzert-Overture in E, Op. 12

+ Beethoven / Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58

+ Dvo?ák / Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

(Regional Arts Concert Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join in for a free pre-concert discussion by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm. 

February 9 – 8 p.m.  (Thursday)

Dan Aykroyd & Judy Belushi present

THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE

What started out as a Saturday Night Live skit flourished into two Hollywood films paying tribute to Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s faux brothers, Jake and Elwood. Sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and the Belushi Estate, expect the most fun-filled sing-a-long, dance-a-long, action packed event ever. Like Jake says: “This ain’t no lip-sync, baby … we’re totally live and totally cool!” Catch them before the law does! “Infectious and unbridled energy … it blows the roof off,” cheers The Chicago Sun-Times.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $15 

February 9, 16 & 23 – 1:30 p.m.  (Thursdays)

WHAT MAKES US LAUGH? AND WHY?

Lecturer: Lee Wolf

(ArtSmart / Lecture)

Discussing the world of comedy in general and three classic films in particular, Mel Brook's Blazing Saddles, Stanley Kubrick's Doctor Strangelove and Woody Allen's Annie Hall, Lee Wolf will explore the history of American comedy and its many sub-genres including parodies and spoofs, romantic comedy and dark comedy. One film will be the focal point of each session and scenes from the films will be shown to invite interactive discussions. The first session will include a film highlighting comedic gems from movies, television and stand-up that illustrate how comedy has tackled and poked fun at our political system, race relations, gender issues and taboos in everyday life over the past century. It is strongly suggested that participants view the films before attending the three classes.

The Weiner Banquet Center in the Cohen Pavilion

Tickets $25 each or $60 for all three sessions 

February 10 – 8 p.m.  (Friday)

BERNADETTE PETERS

Marvin Laird, Musical Director

Bernadette Peters, Broadway’s brightest star, in an evening of songs from the Broadway shows she’s received accolades for, as well as from her Grammy®-Award winning albums including standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim. A glamorous evening with a full orchestra as only Bernadette Peters can do.

(Sponsored by Ann and Robert Fromer)

(With support from WPBT Channel 2)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

February 12 – 8 p.m.   (Sunday)

FOREVER TANGO

Featuring Anna Trebunskaya

The Tony® nominated hit and recurring National PBS special, Luis Bravo's acclaimed dance spectacular features a cast of world-renowned dancers, an on-stage orchestra comprised of members of the Argentinean National Symphony, and a powerful vocalist.  Dancing with the Stars’ Trebunskaya has won many hearts through her seasons on the hit TV show, as well as multiple awards in the competitive dance world. Now she brings her special dancing magic to the fiery hit show, Forever Tango. Over the past decade Forever Tango has returned to Broadway twice and has wowed audiences throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Repeatedly breaking box-office records, see why the critics all agree: “A must see!” (The New York Times), “Forever Magical” (San Francisco Chronicle) & “Torrid, tremendous and terrific” (Toronto Sun).

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Sponsored by Ms. Mary L. Campbell

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join in for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm. 

February 14 – 1:30 p.m.  (Tuesday)

A SALUTE TO GREAT ARGENTINEAN MUSIC AND DANCE PERFORMANCES

Lecturer: Dr. Roni Stein

(ArtSmart / Lecture)

Learn about the history of Argentinean folklore music and the story of the tango with its different steps.  Take a nostalgic musical journey through footage of Buenos Aires’ greatest performing group, Sexto Mayor, playing The Milonga, Fuego Lento, Celos, El Internado and many more.  View the legendary tango dance group of Luis Bravo performing the Tango Fever, and the Abrazos Dance Competition of the tango in Buenos Aires.

The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion

Tickets $25 

February 14-19   (Tuesday-Sunday)

+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8 p.m.

+ Wednesday, Saturday – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

+ Sunday – 2 p.m.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Starring George Hamilton

(Kravis On Broadway)

Winner of three Tony Awards® including the award for Best Musical Revival, this hilarious new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season, LA CAGE tells the story of Georges (George Hamilton), the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges' son brings his fiancée's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! With a glorious score and a dynamite cast featuring the "notorious and dangerous Cagelles," LA CAGE is an indisputable musical comedy classic.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
(Kravis On Broadway sponsored by Denise and Bill Meyer)

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join in for a free pre-performance discussion by Garry Lewis on February 14 at 6:45 pm. 

February 20 – 11:30 a.m.  (Monday)

Lunch & Learn

ARLENE DAHL

Interviewer: Lee Wolf

(A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event)

Acting, beauty, and fashion have highlighted the versatile career of Arlene Dahl. Often called the most beautiful woman in films, she has starred in 30 motion pictures, 19 stage plays (including the Tony® award winning Applause), authored 16 best-selling books on beauty, health, astrology, and for 20 years wrote an international syndicated beauty column for The Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate. In addition, she designed a successful sleepwear line (including the patented "Dahl cap" extolled in a LIFE Magazine cover story and was one of the first Stars to be honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Currently, Miss Dahl is busy working with the City of New York to honor the Stars and Legends who made Broadway what it is today as the Founder/President of the Broadway Walk of Stars Foundation.

The Weiner Banquet Center in the Cohen Pavilion

Tickets $75

(Sponsored by Ms. Beverly Sommer)

(NOTE: Admission includes lunch prepared by Special Impressions at the Kravis Center, Catering by The Breakers)  

February 21-22 – 7:30 p.m.  (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Ronald K. Brown

Evidence Dance Company

ON EARTH TOGETHER

Music by Stevie Wonder

Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence is the most important African-American based dance company to emerge since Alvin Ailey. As a choreographer, Brown’s work combines Cuban, Caribbean, West African and modern American dance forms to create a powerful view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs. The program will feature his latest work, “On Earth Together,” set to the songs of Stevie Wonder.

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $35

Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras on February 21 at 6:15 pm. 

February 23 – 7:30 p.m.  (Thursday)

HAOCHEN ZHANG, PIANO

Van Cliburn Piano Competition Winner

(Young Artists Series)

In 2009, the 19-year-old Haochen Zhang became the youngest participant and the first Chinese Gold Medalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Zhang moved to the U.S. in 2005 to attend the Curtis Institute of Music. The next year, he made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. In 2010, he played his New York City recital debut in Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $38 

February 24-25 – 7:30 p.m.   (Friday & Saturday)

SOLD OUT!

HE LOVES … AND SHE LOVES

A Love Affair in Lyrics

With Steve Ross, Anna Bergman, Billy Stritch, Sally Mayes

Devised and Narrated by Barry Day

Painted through their music and lyrics, He Loves … and She Loves is an exciting portrait of America’s most brilliant composers, including: Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Hoagy Carmichael, The Gershwins, Jerome Kern, Kander & Ebb, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart, to name but a few. An intimate and insightful salute to the creators of some of the greatest love songs ever written.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $40 

February 25 – 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.  (Saturday)

IMAGINED: Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon: The Beatles & Solo Years

Performed by The Nu-Utopians

Created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare, this unique and compelling 7-piece band honors the genius and artistry of John Lennon in a thoughtful tribute that often inspires a whole new appreciation of the man and his music. Included are exquisite renditions of Lennon’s Beatles songs, plus selections from his solo years.

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $38 

February 28 – 8 p.m.  (Tuesday)

KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO

Michael Tree, Viola

With Harold Robinson, Doublebass

Regional Arts Concert Series / MUSIC “At Eight”)

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to delight audiences worldwide. With two special longtime collaborators, this superb trio introduces a new string quintet by South Florida native and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, a work co-commissioned by the Kravis Center.

+ Beethoven / Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in B flat, Op.11     

   (“Gassenhauer”)

+ Ellen Taaffe Zwilich / Quintet for Contrabass, Cello, Viola, Violin, and                                                  Piano

+ Schubert / Quintet in A for Piano and Strings, D. 667 (“The Trout”)

(Regional Arts Concert Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $20

Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-concert discussion by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm. 

February 28 – March 11

+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 7:30 p.m.

+ Wednesday, Saturday – 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

+ Sunday – 1:30 p.m.

No show Monday, March 5

CAPITOL STEPS

America’s most hilarious political satirists inject a much-needed dose of humor and musical madness into the serious business of politics. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 31 albums. They have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

(Sponsored by Donald and Linda Silpe)

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $40

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