Your Week Ahead: Jan. 28 to Feb. 3

music
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Top 40 hit-makers converge on Miami for Super Bowl weekend, Broadway’s biggest musical makes its West Palm Beach debut, and 165 artists fill Mizner Park. Plus, Jason Isbell, “Madama Butterfly,” a “Groundhog Day” musical and more in your week ahead.


TUESDAY

What: Opening night of “Hamilton”

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $67.50-$407.50

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Thanks to this cross-cultural phenomenon, young people across the country know more about a wonky 18th century statesman than they do most of the highest officeholders in the land. Such is the power of composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose extraordinary biography of Alexander Hamilton grafts contemporary musical vernaculars—from jazz to R&B, Broadway and especially rap—and color-blind casting to what, in another director’s hands, might have come off as mothballed history lesson. The Grammy-, Pulitzer-, and 11-time Tony-winning musical remains South Florida’s hottest ticket in years; its South Florida debut in Fort Lauderdale in 2018 was the hottest ticket of the year, and the presence of “Hamilton” prompted a sell-out of Kravis on Broadway’s 2019-2020 season subscriptions; hence the higher price ceiling for the remaining tickets compared to the venue’s other Broadway production. “Hamilton” runs through Feb. 16.

What: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Where: Dodge Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $55-$125

Contact: 954/392-9480, browardcenter.org

One of the leading lights of outlaw country for pretty much his entire adult life, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell’s career has only continued to spike since he made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 16. For six years, the native of Green Hill, Ala., established his industry bona fides as a member of the Drive-By Truckers, a celebrated and hard-driving country-rock band from Georgia. But his most beautiful, reflective, heartbreaking and, at times, politically charged work has emerged from his solo career and as the bandleader of his current outfit, the 400 Unit. Whether rocking out to a wrenching tale of working-class desperation in the coal mines (“Cumberland Gap”) or plaintively considering the mortality of his marriage (“If We Were Vampires”), Isbell’s songs strike the head and heart simultaneously.

WEDNESDAY

The players of “The Tell-Tale Heart”

What: “The Tell-Tale Heart”

Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $40

Contact: 561/655-7226, fourarts.org

Still literature’s finest exploration of the guilty conscience, Edgar Allen Poe’s gripping short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” has lost little of its ability to shock and spook in the nearly 180 years since it was published. Case in point: This intimate, operatic concert, part of the Four Arts’ Wednesday Society Salon series, channels all the terror and angst of Poe’s story about a warped narrator and the neighbor he slaughtered—all with a cello, piano and the human voice. Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano sings Poe’s words, imbuing each with madness and passion, and backed by Joshua Roman’s high-wire cello and composer Gregg Kallor’s moody piano. The trio will bring this ghost story to life in the second act of this program; the first act will feature eight works by composers including Strauss, Brahms, Hugo Wolf, John Jacob Niles and Kallor himself.

THURSDAY AND SATURDAY

What: Florida Grand Opera’s “Madama Butterfly”

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $21-$200

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

In one of Puccini’s many masterworks, an opportunistic American naval officer in 1890s Japan courts a 15-year-old girl from Nagasaki, takes her as his wife, and forces her to abandon her family and her religion, only to callously abandon her—and worse. With its 34 musical numbers and lavish sets, “Madama Butterfly” is a herculean accomplishment of Italian opera, and it has cast a long shadow across art from virtually every media—from the Broadway musical “Miss Saigon” to the Weezer album Pinkerton.

What: Super Bowl Music Fest

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $50-$125 Thursday, $75-$175 Saturday

Contact: 786/777-1000, superbowlmusicfest.com

Apparently, Miami needs to play host to America’s biggest television and sporting event of the year more often—if only because the ancillary entertainment orbiting the big game is, for those of who couldn’t identify a sack from a safety, a coup regardless who wins on Sunday. The lead-up for Super Bowl LIV brings at least three exciting concerts to Miami, including Super Saturday Night with Lady Gaga at the Meridian, and the Welcome 2 Miami festival with Rick Ross, Jeezy, Trina and Trick Daddy, also on Saturday, at the James L. Knight Center. But for sheer variety, we’re gravitating to the Super Bowl Music Fest, consuming three star-studded nights in a row at AA Arena. On Thursday, catch an exciting night of hip-hop with DJ Khaled and Friends, Meek Mill, DaBaby and Megan the Stallion; on Saturday, sleek hitmakers Maroon 5 hit the stage with openers Dan + Shay. (Friday’s performance, with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Snoop Dogg, is sold out.) If you attend any or all of these AA Arena concerts, we beseech you: Do not drive. Parking spaces are far, expensive and notoriously limited. This is why Brightline exists, people.

FRIDAY

What: Opening night of “Groundhog Day: The Musical”

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $49-$65

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

No, you haven’t seen this one before: Slow Burn Theatre, the resident professional company at the Broward Center, mounts the South Florida regional-theatre premiere of this musical adaptation of Harold Ramis’ influential time-loop rom-com, with a new triple-threat actor filling the enormous shoes of Bill Murray. Critically acclaimed when it opened in London and New York, the musical retains the plot contours of the movie, complemented by inspired songs from Tim Minchin, of “Matilda” fame. The show runs through Feb. 16.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

What: Annual Museum Art Festival

Where: Mizner Park, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org

It’s been a busy 2020 for art fairs: From West Palm Beach to Boca, art has been popping up in our vibrant downtowns like mushrooms after a rainstorm. But this venerable festival, now in its 34th year, is unique among its peers: It’s the only fair affiliated with the nearby Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the only fair permitted to occupy the entirety of Mizner Park. And it’s juried, which ups the quality ante. Approximately 165 vetted artists and artisans will display and sell their work in mediums including ceramics, wood, fiber, glass, drawing, painting, mixed media, jewelry, photography and sculpture. The festival typically draws 40,000 attendees, so for ease of parking, arrive early. While you’re there, leave yourself some time to explore the museum itself: Its latest exhibition, of Phyllis Galembo’s large-scale photographs of African masquerades, opens this Tuesday, and runs through May 31.