It’s that time of year again, when the cultural venues in and near the Gables launch their season of the arts: live drama, comedy, musical performances, dance, movies, etc. We are blessed with a plethora of options, some of which we have highlighted for you here. Based on reader feedback, we have decided to unfurl the offerings by ven- ue, rather than by month or category. So, mark your calendars and book those performances that might be tougher to ticket as you get closer to the event. And enjoy.
Actors’ Playhouse at Miracle Theatre
Now celebrating its 34th season, the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre (on Miracle Mile, of course) is the premier big-stage theater in the Gables, with an additional smaller upstairs theater for the more intimate performances. Shows are world-class.
‘Now and Then’
Until september 11
One night in 1981, just as Jamie is closing the bar where he works, a last-minute customer offers him and his girlfriend $2,000 to have a drink with him. A heartfelt romantic comedy.
October 14 – November 13
South Florida’s award-winning professional children’s theater presents an adaptation of the book by E.B. White about Wilbur, the runt of the litter, and the loyal spider Charlotte.
‘Million Dollar Quartet Christmas’
November 16 – January 1
The boys are back to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the holidays.
‘A Christmas Carol’
In a magical interpretation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, this holi- day masterpiece will be put on by the children’s theater just in time for Christmas.
‘Junie B. Jones’
January 20 – February 26
Based on the bestselling book “Junie B. Jones” by Barbara Park, this performance by the children’s theater is sure to delight both children and adults.
‘Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville’
‘Escape to Margaritaville’ is a musical comedy featuring original songs and beloved Buffett classics including “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Margaritaville,” and “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere.”
March 29 – April 16
Inspired by a true story, Broadway’s ‘Bright Star’ is a sweeping tale of love and redemption set in the American South of the 1920s and ’40s. With beautiful melodies and powerful characters.
May 17 – June 4
David Auburn’s ‘Proof ’ is an elegant and engaging story of passion, genius, and family bonds. The story combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned storytelling.
‘Defending the Cavewoman’
July 19 – August 6
Whose cave is it anyway? This is a tongue-in-cheek, affectionate look at the quirks, foibles, and idiosyncrasies of both men and women from the modern female perspective.
The Arsht Center
While this venue is outside the city, it’s an effortless 20 minutes away in the evening, and the concert halls are first class. Just avoid the crowded parking lots to the west and south; park in the Omni parking lot a block away and take the 112 (at 36th Street) home, not 836.
Siempre Flamenco’s Festival De Cante Miami
The 16th annual Festival de Cante features Spanish singers Macarena de Jerez, Morenito de Illora, and Jose Campos; guitarist Paco Fernan- dez; and dancer Juan Jose “El Junco.”
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story’ Live in Concert
Legendary Cuban trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval performs the HBO film ‘For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story’ live with Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.
Floyd Nation: Experience Pink Floyd
Floyd Nation is a U.S.-based Pink Floyd tribute band that performs all the hits from the group’s vast collection of albums, an epic journey of sound, lights, and lasers.
From Lynn Nottage, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Sweat’ and ‘Ruined,’ ‘Mlima’s Tale’ is the captivating story of an ele- phant trapped by the international ivory market.
América Viva!’ 100 Voices
A Latin Grammy nominated spectacular celebrating the mestizaje of the Americas with dancers, musicians, and singers from New Land Dance Company and América Viva Band.
Andrés Cepeda: ‘la Ruta Purpura (‘the Purple Route’)
Originally from Bogotá, the Latin Grammy winning singer-songwriter brings his brand of Latin pop and rock mixed with a dose of bolero to Miami, sung all in Spanish.
Romeo and Juliet
The world’s most famous love story! Miami City Ballet brings to life this ultimate tale of romance and tragedy in an opulent production set to Sergei Prokofiev’s throbbing music.
Mtt + Rachmaninoff
Join New World Symphony Fellows for an evening of Rachmaninoff led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman plays Rachmaninoff ’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Grand Season Opening
John Adams’ ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine’ and two world premieres: Rodner Padilla’s ‘Concerto for Electric Bass and Orchestra’ and the beautiful ‘Piano Concerto’ by Karen LeFrak.
From Tudor queens to pop icons, the six wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into a euphoric celebration of 21st century girl power.
A Celebration of Brubeck
2020 marked the centennial birth of jazz giant Dave Brubeck. To celebrate his legacy, sons Chris and Dan Brubeck curated a multimedia show with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet.
The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami: French Impressions
Based on a Greek tale, Ravel’s ballet ‘Daphnis et Chloé’ explores love’s boundless nature, while Debussy’s intoxicating ‘Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra’ broadens the orchestral palette.
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) has been associated with some of the greatest names in classical music – like Zubin Mehta. Today, it is led by 33-year-old pianist Lahav Shani.
Disney Princess – the Concert
A quartet of Broadway, television, and animated film icons celebrate the music from every Disney princess. Larger-than-life animation and theatrical effects immerse the audience.
El Matrimonio Secreto (‘the Secret Marriage’)
You couldn’t ask for an opera more ‘Miami’ than Domenico Cimaro- sa’s delightful comedy ‘El matrimonio secreto,’ set in the world of the hard-working Cuban diaspora in 1980s Miami.
What the Constitution Means to Me
Playwright Heidi Schreck’s play resurrects her teenage self to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.
Two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — invite you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back.
George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’
The sweetest of all holiday traditions is back. Little Marie’s dream comes alive in George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker,’ and you are invited on her enchanted journey!
Peter London Global Dance Company presents a one-of-a-kind, electrifying dance concert. Miami’s leading multiethnic choreographers display the rich multicultural heritage of the city.
Shen Yun 2023: China Before Communism
December 29 – January 1
Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance and see legends come to life.
A thrilling new production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.
Over the course of some 60 years — starting in 1969 and ending in 2032 — the Cabot family tries to keep up with the ever-changing land- scape of the American zeitgeist.
The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique
A two-week focus on Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces begins with his passionate, quintessentially romantic final symphony, the Pathétique. Opening the program is Schubert’s Symphony No. 8.
The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami: Tchaikovsky’s – Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto holds an outstanding place among all violin concertos. Here, he speaks to us from the heart, using the voice of the solo violin as his medium.
Anne-sophie Mutter & Mutter Virtuosi
At Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Arsht Center debut, she will appear with the Mutter Virtuosi, an ensemble of young soloists that will feature beloved classics like Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons.’
Cécile Mclorin Salvant: Ghost Song
Cécile McLorin Salvant, a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, three-time Grammy Award winner, and Miami native is a singer and composer of jazz standards and her own compositions.
Diversion of Angels
This program for lovers of modern and contemporary dance features two seminal works by masters of the genre and two commissions from notable choreographers working today.
Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes
Drawing inspiration from music worldwide – crossing genres of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale’s “little orchestra,” Pink Martini, tours with lead singer China Forbes.
Pulsing Symphonic Sounds
Explore the connection between music and humans with ‘Magnetic Pulses for Singing Bowls and Orchestra’ by Eduardo Marturet, plus the ancient melodies of Stravinsky’s ‘Petrushka.’
The Philadelphia Orchestra With Gil Shaham
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Arsht Center with principal guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Gil Shaham.
February 15 – March 5
The Broadway sensation looks at what happened in the Land of Oz long before Dorothy arrives, when there’s another young woman, born with emerald-green skin and an extraordinary talent.
Imagine your favorite popular tunes transformed into a classic string serenade in a space festooned with the glow of candlelight.
A Tribute to Queen & More at the Hotel Colonnade
The music of Queen and more at the Hotel Colonnade.
A Tribute to Adele at Coral Gables Congregational Church
The music of Adele at Coral Gables Congregational Church.
A Tribute to Taylor Swift at the Hotel Colonnade
September 15 & October 28
The music of Taylor Swift at the Hotel Colonnade.
A Tribute to Coldplay at Coral Gables Congregational Church
September 18 & October 12
The music of Coldplay at Coral Gables Congregational Church.
Classic Rock on Strings at the Hotel Colonnade
The music of rock classics at the Hotel Colonnade.
A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac at the Coral Gables Congregational Church
The music of Fleetwood Mac at Coral Gables Congregational Church.
A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics at the Hotel Colonnade
An eerie evening with musical Halloween Classics at the Hotel Colonnade.
The Frost School of Music
More than 60 music events will be produced by the Frost School of Music this fall, from full symphony orchestras to baroque quartets. Here we list the major events of their Signature Series. Go to Frost- MusicLive.com for all events; all held at Gusman Concert Hall except where noted.
The Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) presents powerful works by Hindemith, Higdon, Stolzel, and Sleeper that evolve and develop in musically spectacular ways.
VI International Guitar Festival
September 17 at Um Clarke Concert Hall
From the Altiplano to the streets of La Havana, the music of Argentina and Cuba, including works by Máximo Diego Pujol, Eduardo Martín, Ástor Piazzolla, and Leo Brouwer, among others.
VI International Guitar Festival
“Spanish Night” features Flamenco guitarist Grisha Goryachev and Spanish guitarist Andrea Gonzalez Caballero, hailed as “the female voice of the Spanish guitar.”
The Journey Home
The world-renowned Miró Quartet performs string masterpieces, in- cluding George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings,” Kevin Puts’s “Home,” and Beethoven’s Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.
The Frost Symphony Orchestra under the brilliant conductor Gerard Schwarz performs “Solace” by Charles Mason, Paul Schoenfeld’s “Klezmer Rondos” and Brahms’s C minor symphony.
Tribute to Friederich Gulda
Pairing classical music with jazz and improv, Polish pianist Adam Kośmieja celebrates Austrian composer Friedrich Gulda with a program that also features Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven.
October 21 at Corpus Christi Church
The home of serious drama (and occasional comedies), GableStage has been a theatrical force at the Biltmore Hotel for decades. Now it’s been reborn with new chops under the direction of Bari Newport, lured from New England to lead this intimate, award-winning theater.
Until September 18
A witty dramatic comedy about class, integrity, and culture starring a Hispanic novelist uncertain whether she can make a place for herself in the cutthroat world of Hollywood.
October 28 – November 20
‘Heisenberg’ brings to blazing theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match of human connections. A sharply original pro- duction by visionary playwright Simon Stephens.
A Taste of the Season
An evening of delicious local restaurant fare and a look at the five pro- ductions that will grace the GableStage in the 2022-2023 season.
We Will Not Be Silent
A provocative and timely new work examining the role of German college student Sophie Scholl when she courageously led an act of civil disobedience against Hitler and his fascist regime.
Doll’s House, Part 2
February 25 – March 19
Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece unfolds 15 years after a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of society.
April 14 – May 19
As Hurricane Andrew threatens Miami, a mother and daughter ready themselves, but Abuela takes shelter in memory, music, and magic. A powerful tale of family and forgiveness.
June 9 – July 1
A sparkling comedy of good intentions and bad manners, cultures and gardens clash over a long-standing fence line dispute, turning well-in- tentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 joins forces with Frost Chorale to present an unforgettable evening of a cappella music.
The Frost Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gerard Schwarz per- forms the East Coast premiere of Higdon’s Double Percussion Concerto and Mahler’s “Titan” symphony in D major.
Disney 100-year Celebration!
Bring your family to celebrate 100 years of Disney with your favorite songs performed by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, followed by Homecoming fireworks.
Song and Dance
After her recent second Grammy win, soprano Hila Plitmann joins the Frost Wind Ensemble to perform her new work “In This Circle” and Michael Daugherty’s “Songs from a Silent Land.”
The Frost Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gerard Schwarz per- forms “7 O’Clock Shout” by Valerie Coleman, Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” and Beethoven’s C minor concerto.
December 4 at Jw Marriott Miami
A magical musical experience by candlelight to benefit the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program, impacting the lives of more than 1,500 under-resourced children in our community.
Green Eggs and Hamadeus
Join the “Pied Piper of classical music” Rob Kapilow and the Frost Live Entertainment Management students in a musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham.
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
Long before Greater Miami became a center for the arts, the Miami-Dade County Auditorium was the place for high culture – it’s first event in 1951 was a production of the opera “Carmen.” It’s still just 10 minutes from downtown Coral Gables with Hispanic programming.
Amanda Miguel & Ana Victoria Verdaguer “siempre Te Amare” Tour
Amanda Miguel and Ana Victoria come together for the first time ever for their “Siempre Te Amare” tour, a tribute to Argentine singer-song- writer Diego Verdaguer, who died this year.
Hernaldo Zúñiga: “Detrás de Una Canción”
“Detrás de Una Canción”is a concert by Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Hernaldo Zúñiga, whose musical career spans more than 35 years. He returns to the stage with his greatest hits.
Zunzún Children’s Fest
Enjoy this commemoration of culture and heritage from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the world’s Latin musical legacies – all of which celebrate childhood and family.
Benise “Spanish Nights”
Benise, “The Prince of Spanish Guitar,” takes the audience on a musical (and dance!) journey through Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa, Brazilian Samba, Parisian Waltz, and more!
Spanish Extravaganza by Florida Chamber Orchestra With Marlene Urbay
Directly from Spain, this unique concert features more than 100 artists on stage. The program is a selection of the most famous Spanish and Cuban Zarzuelas of all time.
“Delirium” by Neher Jaqueline Briceño
Patients lose control as they bring to life the mythical characters of French comedian Jean-Baptiste Poquelin “Moliere” in honor of the 400th birthday of one of the fathers of comedy.
Daniel Del Pino Piano Recital by Centro Cultural Español Miami
A special recital featuring Spanish pianist Daniel del Pino in a solo per- formance of music from Spain, in honor of Maestro Joaquín Achúcarro’s 90th birthday celebration.
Ocho Voces Para Cuatro Pianos Con Meme Solis
In this night of Cuban music, four top pianists (and interpreters) will cover the voices of eight singers who delve into the best of universal music as soloists, duets, trios, and quartets.
Prisma Pink Floyd Experience
Want to live the Pink Floyd Experience? That moment has come with PRISMA Pink Floyd Experience, the Latin American band that faithfully reproduces the essence of Pink Floyd.
The Ring Theatre
Located adjacent to Gusman Hall on the UM campus, the Jerry Her- man Ring Theatre is home to various student productions. But don’t get the idea that this is amateur night out. Surprisingly good acting by these young thespians.
A New Brain
September 29 – October 8
Music and lyrics by William Finn, based his and James Lapine’s book about the harrowing experience of having a brain disorder and the healing power of art.
This is Our Youth
October 26 – 29
Kenneth Lonergan’s debut play explores the travails of youth and male friendship between three young characters in the 1980s. Originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1996. In the Chapel Studio Theatre.
The Three Musketeers
November 10 – 19
By Ken Ludwig, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. This adaptation of the classic tale of heroism, treachery, and honor focuses on d’Artagnan and his sister Sabine.