Saturday, October 1, 2022

Your Week Ahead: Aug. 9 to 15, 2022

A “beastly” Broadway favorite is reimagined in Miami, and a documentary offers an exhilarating portrait of deception. Plus, Battle of the Bands, the French Horn Collective and more in your week ahead.

TUESDAY

What: Opening night of “Beauty and the Beast”

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Cost: $32-$63

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

Chances are, you don’t need a plot description for Area Stage’s latest production at the Arsht Center; in fact, many of you have seen “Beauty and the Beast” enough times to recite it by rote. It is, after all, a tale as old as time. But Area Stage is an industrious company known for its spanking-new treatments of sometimes familiar material, and its “Beauty and the Beast” is no exception. The company is promising an immersive production of the beloved musical, complete with unorthodox seating arrangements, dazzling strobe effects, and a version of the Beast’s enchanted castle designed by a Tony-winning Broadway set designer. Expect those household furnishings to come alive as never before on a regional-theater stage. “Beauty and the Beast” runs through Aug. 28.

FRIDAY

What: Opening day of “My Old School”

When: Show times pending

Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

Cost: $9-$12

Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com

This critically acclaimed documentary is about Brandon Lee—not the late actor from “The Crow,” but a 16-year-old who enrolled at a secondary school in a wealthy Glasgow suburb. Aside from appearing a bit pale and gaunt, Lee proved to be a charmer and a model student … until it is revealed, subtly but methodically, that he isn’t who he says he is. A remarkable study in multilayered deception, “My Old School” stars Alan Cumming as the voice and the cheeky personality of Brandon Lee in a movie directed by Jono McLeod, a former classmate of Lee’s at the same academy—hence the film’s title.

What: Second-annual Battle of the Bands

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/393-7890, mizneramp.com

For obvious reasons, it’s been three years since the city of Boca Raton hosted its inaugural Battle of the Bands competition, in 2019. More than making up for lost time, the city is presenting a night full of genre-traversing entertainment from eight local bands, their performers ranging in age from 13 to 64, with competitors vying for a $2,500 cash prize. Each of the eight bands will play a 15-minute set to impress the judges and attendees. In the 20-year-old-and-under category, Maximum Friction, Harmonious Rage and School of Rock Boca Raton Houseband will take the stage, while the over-20 artists include the Honey Project, Audio Crisis, Crush Company and Stumble Steady. A Teen Marketplace featuring local artists, crafters and nonprofits completes the experience; the event also marks the conclusion of the Amphitheater’s Summer in the City free concert series.

What: The French Horn Collective

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach

Cost: $40-$45

Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org

A Miami resident by way of his native France, French Horn Collective bandleader Vincent Raffard combines influences from his myriad travels and cultures in a throwback musical goulash. Hot ‘20s jazz from Paris and New Orleans, along with a bit of modern, worldly Miami flair ensures that the age of the flappers is balanced with a tropical sensibility. Raffard leads from his trumpet and guitar, performing French vocals alongside occasional chanteuse Shira Lee, who will perform with the Collective at this weekend’s Arts Garage date in what marks the group’s 10th anniversary year.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

What: T.J. Miller

When: 7 and 9:45 p.m.

Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach

Cost: $30

Contact: 561/833-1812, palmbeachimprov.com

With his beard and leonine locks, T.J, Miller looks like he could have walked off a hippie commune in 1968, and can step straight out of central casting to play any number of countercultural freethinkers, slackers and ne’er-do-wells. He also has been gifted with a distinctive voice, which works as well in stoner comedy as it does in animated cinema: His vocal cords have helped the “How to Train Your Dragon” series and “The Emoji Movie,” and the rest of him has appeared on films from “Ready Player One” to “Deadpool” to “Get Him to the Greek;” he also spent three memorable years on HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” But as he says, standup remains his first love, and probably his most essential skill. Like the late, great Norm Macdonald, he can establish an absurd premise and riff on it for 15 minutes, layering and spiking the material with inspired extensions and diversions. He also shares Macdonald’s capacity for pregnant beats, allowing silence to work its own magic—and providing audiences the time to glom onto his wavelength.


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John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, 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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