Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/835-8000, thebbtcenter.com
The rebirth of a cappella music, thanks to the “Pitch Perfect” franchise and television’s “The Sing-Off,” has opened up a profitable career path for progenitors of a genre formerly relegated to the fringes of university concerts and niche record labels. And Pentatonix, which has appeared in both—and won “The Sing-Off”—is the most aspirational a cappella group yet, comprised of a quintet of multicultural Texans whose members have mastered the spectrum of the pentatonic scale, from Kevin Olusola’s beatboxing and vocal percussion to Kristin Maldonado’s soprano lead. Together, they’ve conquered the Internet with more than 1 billion accumulative YouTube views worldwide for their imaginative music videos. Expect a fun light and stage show and a mix of Pentatonix originals and stunning covers by the likes of Ariana Grande and Imagine Dragons during their current world tour.
What: Opening night of “Murdered to Death”
Where: Evening Star Productions at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $20 adults, $10 students
Contact: 561/447-8829, eveningstarproductions.org
Back in October, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre opened its handsome production of “The Mousetrap,” the Agatha Christie play that defined the archetypal whodunit. Now, Evening Star Productions is presenting the ultimate spoof of Christie’s well-oiled formula. The first in Peter Gordon’s “Inspector Pratt” trilogy, the deadpan “Murdered to Death” is set (of course) in an English country manor house presided over by a widowed proprietor and her dowdy caretaker. The cast of characters is filled with the usual suspects from many a dime-store paperback and “Masterpiece Theatre” episode: the haughty art dealer and his moll, the retired colonel with a stiff upper lip, the local gossip turned amateur sleuth—and let’s not forget the butler—all of them spouting puns and malapropisms. Rosalie Grant will direct a 10-piece cast of professionals in a production that will run through May 1.
What: Opening night of “I Love a Piano”
Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/995-2333, thewick.org
Irving Berlin, who lived to a whopping 101, dominated the music industry for at least 40 of those prolific years, crafting literally thousands of pop ditties, 20 complete Broadway scores, and plenty of movie songs, generating standards from all of them. “I Love a Piano,” one of only two musical revues authorized to use the entire Berlin archive, features more than 60 of the songwriter-composer’s most iconic hits, along with its share of more obscure compositions. Berlin himself is not a character: The protagonist of this thinly plotted confection is an upright piano, whose life we follow from factories to concert halls, from 1910-1950, the period of Berlin’s ascendency and industry dominance. A cast of six triple-threat entertainers follows the piano through nine distinct periods, from “Tin Pan Alley” and “The Depression” to “Stage Door Canteen” and “Summer Stock.” It runs through May 15.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Tortuga Music Festival
Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach
When: 1 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Last year, this environmentally conscious country-music jamboree sold out its star-studded weekend, prompting organizers to add a third day and even more performers for its fourth-annual incarnation. Thousands of toes will line the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach for another unassailable lineup of country and roots music, headlined by “The Voice” prankster and tabloid bait Blake Shelton, three-time Grammy-winning actor-singer Tim McGraw and Arizona singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley (“Drunk on a Plane”). But the deeper you delve into the lineup, the more genre variation it contains: The indefatigable Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, the hip-hop/funk/reggae fusers Michael Franti & Spearhead, the sensational alt-rock siren Elle King (“Exes and Ohs”), and the Jacksonville blues-rock outfit JJ Grey & Mofro will join country singers like Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Chris Janson and at least 17 other artists. And when you buy tickets, know that you’re helping to save our oceans: Tortuga has donated more than $250,000 to the nonprofit partners in its “Conservation Village.”
What: “Goblin Market”
Where: Outre Theatre Company at the Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
Every year, Fort Lauderdale’s edgy Outre Theatre Company will present a stripped-down concert version of a daring musical—testing the waters of its adventurous audience with anticipation of a full production down the line. This year’s concert production is “Goblin Market,” co-written by Polly Pen, the actress-composer who adapted “Bed & Sofa” (also produced by Outre) from an obscure Russian novel. This time it’s a lush Victorian poem by Christina Rossetti that inspired Pen and co-writer Peggy Harmon, transforming her poem “Goblin Market” into a tactile and emotionally intense theatrical experience about two sisters who return to an adolescence of fantasies both dark and light, terrifying and beautiful. They encounter goblins and faeries, which may or not be projections of psychosexual neuroses; you’ll just have to see this challenging musical, starring Shelley Keelor and Kristen Long with music directed by Caryl Fantel, to find out. Sabrina Lynn Gore will direct the production, which runs for this one weekend only.
What: David Cross
Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, parkerplayhouse.org
If David Cross’ only accomplishments were his Emmy-winning writing of “The Ben Stiller Show” and his trailblazing HBO sketch series “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” he would still earn more than a footnote in the pop-culture history books, for helping hatch the genre we now identify as “alternative comedy.” But the actor-comedian, who also co-starred on “Arrested Development,” is most in his element on the stand-up stage, where he satirizes the form’s clichés, challenges his audience’s perceptions on religion and politics, and isn’t afraid to be deadly serious when the mood is right. That Cross is including South Florida on his 2016 tour route is rare enough, but a Cross date anywhere is a welcome surprise, given that he hasn’t toured in five years. In a press release, Cross promises to bring his “patented, fart-inducing laugh winces to a town near you”—a tease that undersells his gifts with trademark sarcasm. Few comedic voices remain so cerebral, original and scathing. Judging by the title of the tour—“Making America Great Again!”—he’ll once again hold nothing back.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
What: Hatsume Fair
Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $10-$15, free for museum members and children 3 and younger
Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org
Flights from West Palm Beach to Japan are not for the impatient among us: if you’re lucky, you’ll make it in 16 hours with only one layover, and it’ll run you upwards of $2,000. Luckily, the Morikami brings Japanese culture, fashion and food to Palm Beach County audiences all year long—and there’s never a better time to explore it than the museum’s annual Hatsume Fair. Celebrating the first bud of spring, the 37th annual festival is the Morikami’s grandest annual shindig. It offers two runway contests—one for costumes culled from the worlds of anime and Japanese folklore, and another for contemporary Japanese street fashion—plus a pair of our region’s best taiko drumming groups, martial arts demonstrations ranging from karate and jiujitsu to aikido and budokai, a plant sale, Asian and American food vendors, a beer garden and a sake station. Last year, there was even a karaoke DJ in the Morikami Theater, providing audiences the opportunity to channel their inner Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation.” The Far East never felt so close by.