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It’s a Marvelous Memorable March: At the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

February 23, 2024

March comes in like a lion and stays that way as the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center presents a roaring month of great entertainment. Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Program III, the highly anticipated production of Le Papillon (The Butterfly) on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. This enchanting production guarantees to mesmerize both new and returning audiences with the combination of powerful performances by its professional corps, elaborate sets and costumes, and the visionary choreography of the troupe’s Artistic Director, Vladimir Issaev.

A two-act fairy-themed ballet that originated from the esteemed Paris Opera Ballet, Le Papillon follows the kidnapped princess, Farfalla, the valiant prince, Djalma, and the mischievous fairy, Hamza. As the plot unfolds, Farfalla undergoes a magical transformation into a butterfly, leading to a series of enchanting and bewildering events. Le Papillon promises an extraordinary showcase of virtuosity by the company’s talented professional dancers.

The City of Aventura presents the finale to the Aventura Broadway Concert Series with Broadway, TV and film star Melissa Errico on Sunday, March 10 at 7 p.m. As a musical theater actress, she as appeared on Broadway in: My Fair Lady, for which her performance as Eliza Doolittle was called “beguiling” by The New York Times; Anna Karenina; High Society as Tracy Lord; Amour, for which she received a Tony-nomination; Dracula; White Christmas in the Rosemary Clooney role of Betty; and Les Misérables as Cosette. Errico has maintained a constant TV presence throughout her career, starring in Darren Star’s Central Park West and, most recently, playing recurring roles on Showtime’s Billions and Cinemax’s The Knick. She appeared in featured films such as Frequency with Dennis Quaid, Life or Something Like It as Angelina Jolie’s best friend, and Loverboy directed by Kevin Bacon.

Recognized as one of the most prolific Soul and R&B groups in musical history, The 5th Dimension comes to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. The iconic group has 22 Top 40 hits including "Up, Up and Away," "Wedding Bell Blues," "One Less Bell to Answer," "Last Night I Didn't Get to Sleep At All" and the iconic "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In." The City of Aventura presents the group that has secured its position in the Grammy Hall of Fame and has six Grammy Awards as well as 14 gold records and six platinum releases. In addition to performances on the world's most famous stages, including Radio City Music Hall (alongside Frank Sinatra) and the Hollywood Bowl, The 5th Dimension delivered unforgettable television performances through the years.

By popular demand, The City of Aventura brings back The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! on Saturday, March 16 at 2 and 7 p.m. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “absolutely incredible.” Blagg makes objects float in mid-air and vanish in the blink of an eye all with trademark off-the-cuff personality. With interactive magic and jaw-dropping illusions, Blagg will once again have audiences rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

The City of Aventura presents The Doo Wop Project featuring the Broadway stars of Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical and other blockbusters on Thursday, March 21 at 8 p.m. Bringing unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence, the cast recreates — and in some cases entirely reimagines — the greatest music in American pop and rock history. The Doo Wop Project traces the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. The set list includes the foundational tunes from the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through the vocal artistry of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and The Four Seasons all the way to “DooWopified” versions of modern hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 and Sam Smith.

Straight from Showtime and three blockbuster comedy specials, The City of Aventura presents Funny Women of a Certain Age in the Aventura Stand Up Comedy Series on Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m. The hilarious line-up features Carole Montgomery, a stand-up comic described by The Last Vegas Sun as "one of Vegas’ premier comics.” She is joined by Vanessa Hollingshead, a comic and natural storyteller with a unique repertoire of heartfelt, funny characterizations of all the people that cross her path. Trish Keating completes the comedy trio with her comedy that is one-part social satire, two-parts personal pain, and most parts attitude. These women are all brilliant, funny, and vibrant – and it just so happens, of a certain age. This event may contain adult language or content.

In a concert featuring all the songs from the Oscar-Winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody plus additional hits from the legendary rock group, South Florida Legends presents Absolute Queen on Saturday March 23 at 3 and 8 p.m. Projections of Queen, a lighting show with 20,000 lights and eight beam laser lights, and a band that has spent hours studying Queen's many layered harmony vocals and instrumentation, celebrate and recreate Queen’s dynamic stage performances.

The Miami International Piano Festival presents Croatian Pianist Kemal Gekic on Sunday, March 24 at 5 p.m. One of today's most formidable pianists, Gekic will perform a program of Mozart (Sonata A-major), Beethoven (Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57), Chopin (Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58) and Prokofiev (Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-major, Op. 83). The piano virtuoso has been described as flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive. Gekic’s daring approach to tone and form has marked him as a maverick in the musical world, a distinction he welcomes: the very strength of his artistry challenges, provokes and intrigues. Not suggested for children under 12 years of age.

Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at: www.aventuracenter.org - By phone at: (877) 311-7469. Or: (954) 462-0222 or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call: (954) 660-6307.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180. Join the conversation, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram @aventuracenter or #aventuracenter.

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