Cirque du Soleil takes to the ice, the Beatles are back on the big screen, and an Israeli mentalist will blow your mind. Plus, KC and the Sunshine Band, Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening night of Cirque du Soleil: “Crystal”
Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 800/745-3000, thebbtcenter.com
For its summer tour, Cirque du Soleil will present a program that’s chilling in more ways than one. For the first time ever, the elastic twirlers, contortionists and acrobats of the world’s biggest nouveau circus will perform on ice. For those that scoff at Cirque, throwing in an ice-skating concept into the mix won’t make them converts, but for the die-hards, this is daredevil escapism at its best, and occasionally at its most beautiful: The major production pieces in “Crystal” include a figure skater who joins her gravity-defying “double” in a poetic duet; a hockey game that transforms into an extreme-skating competition, complete with onstage ramps; and a one-of-a-kind pas de deux between a skater and an aerialist. It runs through July 29.
THURSDAY TO SUNDAY
What: “Antony and Cleopatra”
Where: Seabreeze Amphitheater at Carlin Park, 400 Florida A1A, Jupiter
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation)
Contact: 561/762-8552, pbshakespeare.org
This marks your final weekend to experience the free Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, one the Palm Beaches’ cultural gems every summer. Founder Kermit Christman and his imaginative staff often manage to modernize the Bard’s 17thcentury contexts, and this year’s take on “Antony and Cleopatra” is no different: It begins on a modern historical site, where contemporary archaeologists stumble upon Cleopatra’s tomb. The story of the doomed lovers during the Final War of the Roman Republic flashes back from there. The PB Shakespeare team has judiciously trimmed the tragedy’s epic running time down to a lean hour and a half with an intermission, steering the narrative toward a heightened focus on the complicated Cleopatra.
What: KC and the Sunshine Band
Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $45-$70 (each ticket includes one drink voucher)
Contact: 800/937-0010, myhrl.com
This past spring, KC and the Sunshine Band disappointed fans of booty-shakin’ disco when they canceled their scheduled appearance at SunFest. They’ll make up for their absence with a high-spirited gig in Hollywood, which is not far from the group’s longtime home base of Miami. Lead vocalist Harry Wayne Casey formed the band in 1973 while working part-time at Hialeah’s TK Records. He continues to lead newer Sunshine Band members through a durable dance discography that includes six Top 10 Billboardsingles, including such ubiquitous earworms as “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight” and “Boogie Shoes.” If you’re not moving in the aisles within seconds of showtime, you’re at the wrong concert. And do dress the part: Bell bottoms, flare pants and metallic jumpsuits are more than welcome.
What: Opening night of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”
Where: Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes
When: 8 p.m.
Before he became a dominant TV showrunner and movie director—with credits ranging from “American Beauty” to “Six Feet Under”—Alan Ball was a playwright, employed by the General Nonsense Theater Company in Sarasota. Though only one professionally produced play emerged from his early foray into live theatre, it’s an appealing one: 1993’s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” a comedy about bridesmaids that beat Paul Feig’s hit movie to the punch by 18 years. It’s set in the upstairs bedroom of the bride’s family home, as each of the bridesmaids has her reason for escaping the ostentatious wedding reception downstairs. The characters range from the bride’s rebellious, pothead sister to a devoutly religious cousin to an outspoken lesbian—all of whom, to their surprise, form stronger connections with themselves than with the bride. Main Street Players’ production of this rarely staged show runs through Aug. 12.
What: Opening night of “Yellow Submarine”
Where: O Cinema, 500 71st St., Miami Beach
When: 6:30 p.m.
The most whimsical of all the Beatles’ films, 1969’s “Yellow Submarine” looks today like a Pixar allegory filtered through an acid trip. Riffing on their success of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, animated versions of the Fab Four are the heroes, as they journey to restore an underwater paradise called Pepperland. This refuge of love, music and laughter has been overtaken by archvillain the Blue Meanie and his legions of storm bloopers, apple bonkers and snapping turtles—impediments that must be overcome with guile, song and a little help from the Beatles’ friends. The psychedelic imagery is aided by a dynamite soundtrack, from the title song to “Eleanor Rigby,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “All You Need is Love.” There’s no better opportunity to see, or hear, the film that at these 50th anniversary screenings in Miami, where the movie has been hand-restored in digital 4K and 5.1 stereo sound remixed at—where else?—Abbey Road Studios in London. It runs through July 26.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: Lior Suchard
Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
Lior Suchard travels light. Unlike traditional stage magicians, whose acts often rely on a truckful of elaborate props, Suchard is a mentalist, meaning he “reads” minds based in part on extraordinary body language we don’t even know we’re projecting. Essentially, we become the prop. A native of Haifa, Israel, Suchard learned his craft under his country’s foremost mystifier, Uri Geller, winning the 2005 edition of Geller’s TV series “The Successor.” His incredible talent, which he describes as “supernatural entertainment,” has translated well throughout tours in Europe and the U.S., dazzling celebrities from Larry King to Jerry Seinfeld to Harry Connick Jr., and leaving skeptics questioning their beliefs about mind-reading. Check out his gifts for yourself—and, if you’re lucky, join him onstage—at his latest interactive tour.