vendredi 16 août 2013

Miami Performance and Theaters Across Miami

By Maria Cabrera

The Miami area promotes a diverse offering of theatres, both big and small, old and new. Those that are accustomed to the performing arts of towns like Chicago and New York City will feel comfortable in Miami. These are some of the more well-known theaters in Miami. With the prospering arts scene in Miami, there's something for everybody.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

More often commonly known as the Arsht Center, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is essentially a campus of several theaters in Miami. The Arsht Center is home to one of the biggest performing humanities theaters Miami has to offer, as well as amongst the biggest concert halls in Miami. Previously called the Carnival Center, the center was retitled in 2008 after local entrepreneur and charitable humanitarian Adrienne Arsht. He generously donated 30 million bucks to the theater, which authorized it to stay open. The 2 biggest theaters in the center are the Knight Concert Hall and the Ziff Ballet Opera House, both which can hold over 2000 patrons. The Arsht Center hosts performances from elaborate Broadway shows, opera, ballet, symphony orchestras, and countless performers and politicians.

Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theater

People who love musical theater will feel comfortable in the Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theater. The Actor's Playhouse hosts a bunch of past Broadway and off Broadway shows annually. Of special note is the Children's Program, which brings well-loved books to life on the stage for kids of every age group.

Gusman Performing Arts Center

The Olympic Theater at the Gusman Performing Arts Center is regarded as a landmark by many in the arts community. Few theaters in Miami have a longer history than Gusman. Originally a silent film theater in the 20's, the Gusman has just lately undergone a renovation and now hosts a range of performances, including flicks, concerts, ballet, and theater. Many patrons love the Gusman due to its Spanish-influenced design, and some feel a feeling of communion sitting in a space occupied by so many in the past.

Fillmore Miami Beach

The Fillmore is one of the newer concert halls in Miami. In the 60's, the Fillmore Miami Beach hosted well known shows like the Dick Clark Show and the Ed Sullivan show. Over the years the theater has undergone 1 or 2 reincarnations, but currently is generally a performance stage for musical acts. Both well known and up and coming artists perform at the Fillmore. The art deco style architecture makes this location quintessentially Miami Beach.


Edgy, modern theater has a home at GableStage. Formerly called the Florida Shakespeare Theater, GableStage today shows world premieres of original shows, off-Broadway shows, and Shakespeare performances. GableStage also produces a tutorial program every year, which includes Shakespeare performances as well as historically topical shows.

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