2017-08-10 / Top News


Single tickets go on sale at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Deborah Bigeleisen’s “Serpentine” (above) and “Ebbtide” (below) are part of a show at New Fusion Art & Fashion Gallery in downtown West Palm Beach. 
COURTESY PHOTO Deborah Bigeleisen’s “Serpentine” (above) and “Ebbtide” (below) are part of a show at New Fusion Art & Fashion Gallery in downtown West Palm Beach. COURTESY PHOTO One of my favorite regional theaters, (and I’ve worked for several of them, including the long-gone Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach) the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, is working hard on a spectacular 2017/18 season!

Single tickets for the theater’s season will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Single show ticket prices start at $58, with flexible performance schedule options.

The upcoming season will begin with “Born Yesterday” (Oct. 29-Nov. 12), an American screwball comedy about a corrupt tycoon who schemes to transform his girlfriend from flashy to classy — only to realize she has more smarts than he expected. The theater continues with the South Florida regional premiere of “Disney Newsies The Musical” (Nov. 28-Dec. 17), an explosion of dance and the epic tale of newsboys who band together to take on the biggest names in New York media.

Next up is “Hairspray” (Jan. 9-28), the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit that follows unlikely television star Tracy Turnblad in 1962 as she sets out to integrate a popular network.

“An Inspector Calls” (Feb. 4-18) is a psychological thriller that examines a family’s secrets as they unravel.

The season ends with the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “South Pacific” (March 6-25).

RADVANOVSKY RADVANOVSKY To date, the multiple Carbonell Award-winning theater has reached a record-breaking 7,876 subscribers for its 2017/18 season. The theater is offering two plans for its 2017/18 season tickets: the five-play and the opt-out of one (four-play package). Patrons may buy subscriptions for club level premium seats in the Green Room Club Level Lounge and enjoy its amenities throughout the season.

Season tickets are currently on sale and begin at $210. Season ticket holders save 10 percent to 15 percent on single ticket prices, and also get one fee-free ticket exchange per ticket per show and advance notice and ability to buy tickets to limited engagements and other special events. Groups of 20 or more receive an additional discount.

“Born Yesterday” is sponsored by Suzanne Niedland in memory of Art and Meg Niedland; “Disney Newsies The Musical” is sponsored by the Admirals Cove Foundation and John McDonald Company; “Hairspray” is sponsored by John Osher, Jana and Ken Kahn and Kathy and Joe Savarese, Homecare America; “An Inspector Calls” is sponsored by Jodie and Dan Hunt and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and Priscilla Heublein; and “South Pacific” is sponsored by Cornelia T. Bailey, Gil Walsh Interiors, LLC and Patty and Bob Hendrickson.

To remind you again, single play and musical tickets go on sale Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. Current season ticket holders may purchase single tickets a week in advance, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, through Friday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m.

For more information about the upcoming shows and subscription options, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at 561-575-2223. For more information on bringing your group to the theater or to book The Green Room for your next business function, contact group concierge Cheryl McDermott at 561-972-6117.

New Fusion Art & Fashion Gallery announces first exhibition

Lilyana, producer and chief operating officer of FUSION Fashion & Art Productions Inc., the producers of the annual “Fashion Week” in West Palm Beach, will open the new Fusion Art & Fashion Gallery on Thursday, Aug. 10, in West Palm Beach.

The first exhibition at the new gallery on Fern Street will be “Sublime Chaos: a journey from realism to abstraction,” with 25 paintings by internationally promoted artist Deborah Bigeleisen, who lives in West Palm Beach.

As the former owner (for 15 years) of Tequesta Galleries myself, it is always wonderful to learn about a new gallery in Palm Beach County. Nice to know too that the public is invited to the opening reception for the new exhibition today, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. “Sublime Chaos” is expected to run at the new gallery though Oct. 10.

For more information, visit www.deborahbigeleisen.com.

Note: A portion of the proceeds from all sales from this exhibition will be donated to Soroptimist International of the Palm Beaches.

A most operatic cause

With the thermometer pushing triple digits, thankfully we know the summer days are scooting by when we start getting notices about the upcoming performance activities coming up next season. One of the most regal and eagerly awaited schedules for many Palm Beach County residents is the one coming from the Palm Beach Opera.

Palm Beach Opera is thrilling many opera buffs with its announcement of the 2018 main stage season — Puccini’s “Tosca” in January, Bernstein’s “Candide” in February and capped off with Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” in March — all audience-pleasing productions to appear at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Start buying your subscription early for the best selections.

I worked for one season doing publicity for a highly regarded local opera company early in my career, and was overwhelmed by the pageantry, beauty and magnificence of each performance. It also required an amazing amount of knowledge and research to promote this awesome art form properly.

¦ Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” Jan. 26-28 — A tragic tale of a romance complicated by dirty politics and betrayal.

¦ Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” Feb. 23-25 — Palm Beach Opera celebrates the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with his comic operetta “Candide,” in the first-ever fully staged Bernstein work presented by the company.

¦ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” March 23-25 — A new co-production between Palm Beach Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Philadelphia, and San Diego Opera.

The annual Children’s Performance, a one-hour abridged version of “The Marriage of Figaro” will take place on Saturday afternoon, March 24, starring members of the Benenson Young Artist Program and the Apprentice Artist Program, conducted by Associate Conductor and Chorus Master Greg Ritchey.

It’s not an opera without a gala.

Palm Beach Opera’s 2018 gala, scheduled for Feb. 15 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, will include a concert by soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, who will open the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017- 2018 season in the title role of “Norma.” Festivities include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, champagne dessert buffet and evening entertainment.

Additional events scheduled are the annual Liederabend performance, the Palm Beach Opera Guild Annual Dinner, opening night dinners and the Lunch & Learn series. Details for these as well as other community engagement programs will be released at a later date, and will be available on the Palm Beach Opera website at www.pbopera.org.

Subscriptions start at $60 and are available at 561-833-7888 or www.pbopera.org. Individual tickets will be available for purchase this fall. ¦

— Please send your announcements and photos to Carol’s Corner at csaunders@floridaweekly.com.

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