Sunday, May 19, 2024

Lauderhill Opens Performing Arts Center

The city of Lauderhill has hosted events at its glitzy new performing center since February, but don’t feel out of the loop if you didn’t know about it yet.

The 1,200-seat proscenium venue, which cost $14.9 million to construct, has suffered its share of setbacks—from a leaky roof to visual impediments to the auditorium’s sight lines—that have delayed its opening from mid-2014 to this year. With the kinks sufficiently ironed out, the venue has opened 2016 with major productions from the touring musical “Saturday Night Fever” to the dance extravaganza “Stomp,” providing underserved West Broward patrons with an arts-and-culture mecca next to Central Broward Regional Park. With Boyz II Men and En Vogue slated to perform April 23 at the venue’s official Grand Opening celebration, you can expect to hear plenty more about the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in the near future.

And in the meantime, the Center is continuing to fill its calendar amid its soft opening. The family-friendly “Berenstain Bears Live!” musical tour swings by April 10, and the very un-family-friendly comedian Bob Saget brings his expletive-laden show to the venue April 15. “The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular” will feature aerialists, acrobats, contortionists and jugglers showcasing their death-defying blend of artistry and athleticism on April 24. On May 7, expect a Caribbean-style Mother’s Day concert featuring the music of Jack Radics, Christopher Williams, Black Diamond Band and Sons of Mystro.

This eclectic lineup shows that the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center is attempting to reach all demographics, from the city’s African-American population to families, from niche comedy to mass-audience musicals and circus spectacles. And it looks like the LEED Gold-certified space is large enough to accommodate just about anything it wants: In addition to the main theater, the Lauderhill PAC features a black box space, an art gallery, a 10,000-square-foot community library, rehearsal spaces and front-of-the-house food and drink amenities. When we’re able to visit, we’ll bring back a full report. It is located at 3800 N.W. 11th Place in Lauderhill, and the box office can be reached at 954/777-2055 or

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