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A Broadway Escape For The Entire Family: April Showers Bring May Flowers, But June Brings Musical Theater

May 31, 2023

This June, as summer vacations begin, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents escapes for the entire family with Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical, Beetlejuice and Madagascar The Musical as well as a night of music with Tink & Friends. Inspiring everyone to fight for what's right and seize the day, Slow Burn Theatre Company’s 2022/2023 Season in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts culminates with the Tony Award-Winning Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical from Saturday, June 10th, 2023 through Sunday, June 25th, 2023.

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, the musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right. Packed with non-stop thrills perfect for the whole family, the musical features such hits as "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day" and "Santa Fe."

Based on the 1992 Motion Picture written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White and inspired by a true story, Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical features a Tony Award-Winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award Winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots).

Samuel Cadieux portrays Jack Kelly, the charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies. His fellow newsies are portrayed by Joel Hunt as Crutchie, Mickey White as Davey and Nate Colton as Les along with Matthew Brightbill, Jaime Brustein, Timothy Canali, Austin Carroll, John Cavaseno, Samuel Colina, Jonathan Eisele, Stephen Eisenwasser, Kevin Hincapie, Imran Hylton, Christopher Mitchell, Matthew Quintero, Larry Toyter and Trevor Wayne.

Lea Marinelli Bowen portrays ambitious young reporter Katherine Plumber in a cast that also features Chris Alvarez, Eli Flynn, Matthew Korinko, Geoffrey Mergele and Nate Promkul in featured roles.

Composing the talented ensemble that brings the hustle and bustle of the city to life are Jerel Brown, Michael Cartwright, Ryan Crout, Jennifer Fraser, Lauren Horgan, Kareema Khouri and Michael Materdomini.

Slow Burn Theatre Artistic Director and Co-Founder Patrick Fitzwater directs the production. He is joined on the creative and production teams by choreographer Trent Soyster, music director Michael Ursua, fight director Timothy Canali, set designer Kelly Tighe, costume designer Rick Peña, lighting designer Clifford Spulock, Technical director Timothy Dickey, Production Stage Manager Erin Joy Swank and Projection Designer and Assistant Stage Manager André Russell.

Performance times vary. An open captioned performance in which a text display located to the side of the stage scrolls words in synchronization with the performance is on Sunday, June 18th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. The open captioned performance is generously underwritten by the Amaturo Family Foundation. Tickets are $49-$65.

He earned his stripes on Broadway... Now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Fort Lauderdale when Beetlejuice comes to the Au-Rene Theater until Saturday, June 25th, 2023. It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, Beetlejuice is “SCREAMINGLY GOOD FUN!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love and making the most of every Day-O!

Performance times are Tuesday - Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 pm. Tickets begin at $30.

Audiences will “Move It, Move It!” to get tickets for Madagascar The Musical in the Au-Rene Theater on Tuesday, June 27th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This brand new musical from Dreamworks (Shrek The Musical) features everyone’s favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. This family friendly event is part of The Islands of The Bahamas Imagination Series. Tickets are $29.50-$55.00 with $10 Lap Tickets for children 12 months of age and younger and $110 VIP Tickets that include a Meet and Greet with the cast.

Tink & Friends in the “Thanks 4 Everything Tour Part 2” brings Tink, Jacquees and Sonta Big Mali to the Au-Rene Theater on Friday, June 30th, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. On tour following the release of her latest album entitled Thanks 4 Nothing which features "Toxic" and "Fake Love,” the multi-talented R&B musician and lyricist showcases a diverse range of themes and emotions related to relationships, love and heartbreak. Tink delivers an unforgettable musical experience as she sings straight from the heart without filter or apology. With an incredible vocal range and unique perspective, she breaks boundaries to drop off bars with uncontainable charisma and belts out hooks with show-stopping range. Jacquees is a singer, songwriter and rapper who crossed over from R&B to hip-hop with smooth, sensuous songs that stay true to his formative influences. Tickets are $44.75-$129.50 with $159.50 Club Level Seats. A $239 VIP Package may be added to any ticket which includes an exclusive pre-show Meet and Greet and photos with Tink.

Also in June, Dance Dimensions presents its 40th Anniversary Show on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 and Sunday, June 4th, 2023 and Loud and Live Concerts presents Brazilian Samba Singer Zeca Pagodinho on Sunday, June 11th, 2023.

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The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316..

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