Slow Burn Theatre Will Bring Short-Lived Musicals To South Florida With Landmark Partnership

News   Slow Burn Theatre Will Bring Short-Lived Musicals To South Florida With Landmark Partnership Slow Burn Theatre Company (Boca Raton, FL) will continue its sixth season of producing short-lived Broadway and Off-Broadway shows for South Florida audiences – including the currently-running cult-classic Carrie – with a newly forged connection with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Shelley Keelor and Anne Chamberlain
Shelley Keelor and Anne Chamberlain Photo by Rick Pena

Slow Burn and the Broward Center look to producing, according to press notes, "at least one production...expected to be mounted as dinner theater in the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room and two mainstage productions at the Amaturo Theatre" at the Broward Center.

Slow Burn’s regular season is performed at the West Boca Performing Arts Theatre and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, and the productions at the Broward center will be geared to a slightly more mainstream audience base, especially for a company known for producing more challenging musical theatre programming.

This landmark partnership will make Slow Burn the only major company in the region to produce work in all three counties during the same season.

The full Slow Burn season at the three venues is still being finalized, but promises a wide-range of musical theatre programming for their South Florida community.

Below is a listing of Slow Burn's season at the West Boca Performing Arts Theatre: *

Carrie
Oct. 16 - Nov. 2

"The 1988 Broadway musical based on Stephen King’s novel about a high school misfit with telekinetic powers was legendary – as in one of the most stunning critical and box office flops in musical theater history. A book about theater disasters was entitled 'Not Since Carrie.' And then something occurred almost unprecedented in the genre: Bootleg copies of the score circulated and found fans who banded together in their love for the music. A cult reputation grew exponentially. Finally, the authors reworked the piece for a limited run in New York in 2012 that was far better received. Now the work is being picked up around the country. Set in the present day, the new version features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the film version), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore ("Fame," "Terms of Endearment"), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford."

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Bonnie & Clyde
Jan. 22 - Feb. 8, 2015

"This musical about the Depression Era bank robbers comes from the prolific Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde) and Don Black (Phantom of the Opera). The work was developed at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009 and the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota in 2010 before moving to Broadway in 2011 starring up-and-comers Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan. It got middling reviews but developed enthusiastic support among audiences and received two Tony nominations."

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Rent
April 9 - 26

"Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical."

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Little Shop of Horrors
June 5 - 28

"The hilarious satirical musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken is based on the cult film in which a schlub hero gains fame and romance while feeding blood and body parts to a plant from outer space."

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For more information and to purchase tickets visit slowburntheatre.org.

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