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Your Week Ahead: Dec. 14 to 20, 2021

The biggest Broadway tour of the season arrives at Kravis, Slow Burn Theatre gets “Kinky,” and the Man of 1,000 Voices brings a few to Boca. Plus, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Circle Jerks and more in your week ahead.

WEDNESDAY

What: Opening night of “Dear Evan Hansen”

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $51-$111

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Arguably the most important American musical since “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen” can be more accurately compared to “Next to Normal,” another contemporary story of a modern family dealing with the psychic fallout of a tragic death. Teenage suicide and mental illness are central to the story about the title character, a high schooler who suffers from an unnamed anxiety disorder; the quasi-bully whose life is cut short; and the bully’s sister, for whom Evan pines. When a letter—written by Evan to himself, as part of his therapy—winds up in the wrong hands, it sets in motion a series of fictions and misunderstandings that will leave a lasting impact on the characters, and certainly the audience of this musical. “Dear Evan Hansen” won six Tony Awards in 2017, as praised for its jubilant music as it is the maturity of its themes. Even if you’ve already seen the movie adaptation, there’s nothing like experiencing it on a stage. It runs through Sunday.

THURSDAY

What: Michael Winslow

Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $45-$50

Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com

When Michael Winslow covers a song—say, Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” which he performed on an Icelandic TV show—he doesn’t just sing it. Using only his vocal cords, he also “drums,” and plays the screaming feedback-drenched guitar as well: He is Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham all in one. Known as the “Man of 10,000 Voices,” Winslow honed his craft as a bored and largely friendless child in Spokane, Washington, in which he would imitate sounds of the natural world to pass the time. He took his talent to comedy clubs and eventually the movies, where his role in the seven “Police Academy” comedies would cement his celebrity status. He’s touring behind what might be seen as a late-career revival: His unsurpassed skill as a one-man foley artist took him to the semifinals of this past season of “America’s Got Talent.”

FRIDAY

What: Opening night of “Kinky Boots”

Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $49-$65

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

Pop and musical-theater royalty Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Mitchell collaborated on this six-time Tony-winning, effortlessly tuneful Broadway hit, in which the scion of a struggling shoe factory receives some unlikely help in the form of a drag queen in need of new stilettos. A transgressive friendship follows, in a show that celebrates tolerance and gender fluidity with humor and gusto. The genesis of “Kinky Boots” lies in the 2005 British dramedy film of the same name, but by this point, the stage version has surpassed the movie in the public consciousness. Slow Burn Theatre’s production at the Broward Center runs through Jan. 2.

What: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Where: FLA Live Arena, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35.25-$85.25

Contact: 954/835-7000, flalivearena.com

Rock music—the epic, thunderous, grandiose rock music that only makes sense in pyrotechnic-friendly arenas—is a tradition that would seem at odds with holiday music, with its bouncy earworms and choral harmonies. But Trans-Siberian Orchestra has staked its career on merging the two forms on high-concept, elaborately conceived Christmas albums. For this tour, the group will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its three-times platinum 1996 debut Christmas Eve and Other Stories, performing the muscular, symphonic release straight through, followed by other seasonal favorites, supplemented as always by a light show and elaborate backdrops.

Black Christmas

What: “Shock-a-Rama” double feature

Where: Movies of Lake Worth, 7380 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth Beach

When: 9 p.m.

Cost: $16

Contact: 561/968-4545, moviesoflakeworth.com

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” this ain’t. Those seeking uplifting Christmas movies should avoid this horror double feature like a hatchet to the neck, because it consists of delirious schlock bedecked in tinsel. First up at 9 is “Black Christmas,” renegade director Bob Clark’s 1974 slasher about a serial killer picking off sorority sisters. It’s followed at 11 p.m. by 1984’s “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” about a psycho killer dressed in a Santa costume, which was pulled from theaters a week after its release and was condemned by the critical intelligentsia, all but guaranteeing its cult status for a viewing contingency that’s seen enough mistletoe and schmaltz this time of year.

SUNDAY

What: Circle Jerks

Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $34.50

Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net

The reputation of this seminal California hardcore punk band has long eclipsed the group’s prolific first decade in music, in which it recorded five of its six albums to date. It all began with 1980’s Group Sex, which set the loud, fast and offensive parameters for the band’s niche: 14 songs in 15 minutes, including such Lite FM favorites as “World Up My Ass” and “I Just Want Some Skank.” Circle Jerks have cultivated various breakups and reunions over the past 30 years; the current lineup includes founding vocalist Keith Morris, once of Black Flag, and Greg Hetson, who also played for Bad Religion and Redd Kross. Expect to hear everything from Group Sex and much more, in set lists that typically exceed 30 songs.

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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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