Friday, January 27, 2023

Arts Briefs: News From Old School Square, Kravis Center, Maltz

KT Tunstall to Inaugurate Renovated Crest Theater

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, most known for her mammoth Top 20 charter “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” will be the first artist to perform inside the newly renovated Crest Theater. The performing-arts jewel of Old School Square, dark since the beginning of the pandemic, is finalizing a $1.5 million facelift that will include a modernized box office system, advanced guest service technology, a re-designed lobby bar and additional pop-up bars throughout, along with an expansion of 25 seats. Eighty-one of the now 347 seats will be in the VIP section, including 25 front-row tables—an intimate setting to take in Tunstall tunes like “Suddenly I See” and “Under the Weather” when she performs on Sept. 22. Pick up tickets here.

Management Shakeups at the Kravis

Apparently, it wasn’t a great fit. Terrence W. Dwyer, who began his tenure as the second CEO in the history of the Kravis Center on Jan. 11, and who was featured in the April issue of Boca magazine, has been quietly removed from the Center’s website. Instead, inquires are directed to the “office of the CEO,” Linda Quattrone, while Jeffrey A. Stoops, chairman of the board, is now the de facto public face at the top of the Kravis pyramid. Nothing has been released publicly about Dwyer’s shocking apparent ouster, arriving just a few months after the CEO moved here from California for the job. More information will likely emerge as the board searches for its second CEO in as many years.

Speaking of managerial changes, the Kravis’ longtime senior director of programming, Lee Bell, will be retiring in August after a 24-year tenure. He will be succeeded by Georgiana Young, whose international experience includes the U.K., Spain, Italy, the Middle East, China and Central America, and who most recently served as vice president of marketing and sales for the Arsht Center. She said in a statement, “Lee Bell set the stage for an impressive and all-encompassing programming lineup,” said Young. “I look forward to continuing the successes Bell built over two decades and feel confident I can identify new and exciting opportunities for the community.”

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Changing Up its Comeback Season

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre will make its long-awaited return to live programming in October, but an insider tells me the season’s first show will not be “Murder on the Orient Express,” as its website currently states. The comeback play has not been announced yet, but when theatergoers do return to the venue, they will experience it as never before.

By postponing more than a year’s worth of programming, the Maltz has put its $32 million Believe Capital Campaign into overdrive, and is planning to complete the second and third “Acts” of its three-pronged reconstruction by year’s end. This will include a Broadway-scale stage, an expanded orchestra pit, a state-of-the-art production center, a second 199-seat theater, a new dining experience, and an enlarged version of the Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts. While the 2021/2022 theatre season is still being ironed out, you can help support the theater in its efforts by purchasing tickets to its one-night-only limited engagements here.

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John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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