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What’s on Stage at the Broward Center this March

President Bill Clinton, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Broadway phenomenon Billy Elliot headline the all-star lineup at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts this March, which also includes performances by Denyce Graves, the Trey McIntyre Project and music superstars from the 1960s.

Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents Billy Elliot: The Musical from Thursday, March 1through Wednesday, March 11 in the Au-Rene Theater. Billy Elliot is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot is brought to life by a phenomenal cast of 45, music legend Elton John and the Tony Award®-winning creative team of director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall. Tickets range from $29.25 to $81.25. Showtimes vary.

Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center continues in the Abdo New River Room Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and selected Sundays throughout the season at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy free belly laughs with every delicious dinner as couples, friends, co-workers, families and groups can once again join together laughing at the absurdities of marriage, South Florida scandals, national politics, current events and everything in between as a cast of multi-talented performers presents hilarious satire with all original songs while you dine on award-winning fare. Admission is $65-$69 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread. Appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages are billed separately.

The Broward Center presents the Trey McIntyre Project on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. One of the most sought-after choreographers working today, McIntyre has created a canon of more than 80 works for companies such as American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. The Trey McIntyre Project has performed at The Vail International Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Wolf Trap National Park, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam in Spring 2012 serving as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador. Individual tickets are $49.

The Amaturo Theater hosts The Miami International Piano Festival’s Master Series with Jorge Luis Prats performing on Sunday, March 4 at 3 and 8 p.m.; Claudio Martinez Mehner on Monday, March 5 at 8 p.m.; and Steven Osborne on Tuesday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Prats’ matinee performance features a tribute to German composer Robert Shumann, and his evening performance explores the music’s romantic style. Mehner will perform a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach & György Ligeti and Osborne will conclude the series with pieces by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Rachmaninov. Tickets are $20, $30 and $45.

Sunday Brunch at the Broward Center and the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch take place Sunday, March 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Listen to the soulful sounds of jazz while enjoying an amazing spread that includes pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more. Enjoy it all in the beautiful Broward Center Peck Courtyard while listening to the best in free jazz along the Riverwalk. Brunch service is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Einstein Room and Peck Courtyard for $25 per person, including tax and your choice of a refreshing Bloody Mary or Mimosa. The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers free music on the Peck Courtyard stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Esplanade Stage, the Connie Hoffman Gazebo, and the Las Olas Riverfront. The monthly event welcomes music fans, picnic partiers and Sunday strollers to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.

Gold Coast Jazz Society presents Swinging with the Big Bands on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:45 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. University of Miami’s Frost Concert Jazz Band and award-winning jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins will perform classic jazz and big band hits. Tickets are $40.

Choreographed by Vladimir Issaev and with music by Josef Bayer, the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Fairy Doll on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. Costume designer Jorge Gallardo brings Issaev’s artistic vision to life by making all the dancers look like real dolls, in this ballet that was one of the most successful productions of its time. Tickets are $25.

Chrystal Hartigan presents Songwriter’s Showcase on Monday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room. Musicians from around the world perform in the showcase, while an open mic segment lets hopefuls try out material in front of a welcoming audience. Return to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bring your friends to Songwriter’s Showcase! Admission is $10 at the door and a cash bar is available.

South Florida Symphony Orchestra concludes its series with Masters of Their Universe on Monday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. The program includes pianist Jeffrey Chappell performing Johannes Brahms “Piano Concerto No. 2,” Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and Ellen Zwilich’s “Symphony No. 5.” Tickets are $35, $50, $65 and $75.

Gelb Promotions, Inc. presents Dudu Fisher on Wednesday, March 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. Best known for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway, Fisher will complement songs from his beloved repertoire with stories that celebrate their Israeli origins. Tickets are $29.50, $39.50, $59.50 and $79.50.

The Broward Center 2011-2012 Classical Series continues with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves who is joined by pianist Louis Salemno on Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. Her signature roles have brought her to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin, among others. Her programs include classical repertoire of German Lieder, French mélodie, and English art song, as well as the popular music of Broadway musicals, crossover, jazz and American spirituals. Tickets are $25, $35, $45, $55 and $65 and include admission to a pre-concert lecture with Lyn Farmer at 7 p.m. in the Waste Management Lobby.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the final return of world-famous Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance on Saturday, March 17 at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. One of the top-grossing theatrical tours in history, the mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance features a dramatic storyline based upon mythical Irish folklore told through precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting. Tickets are $49, $59 and $69.

Relive the hits of the sixties when MAJIC’s Super 60’s Spectacular takes the stage on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. The all-star lineup includes Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (“Dancing in the Streets”), The Association (“Cherish”), The Chiffons (“He’s So Fine”), The Persuasions (“Good Times”), The Vogues(“5 O’Clock World”), Lenny Welch (“Since I Fell For You”) and Tommy Mara of The Crests (“Sixteen Candles”). Tickets are $25, $35, $45, $55 and $65.

The Broward Center presents President Bill Clinton in “Embracing our Common Humanity” on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, he will explore the challenges of globalization, our growing independence and ways toward a common future based on shared goals and values.

Miami City Ballet concludes its season with Program IV: Coppélia on Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 24 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. The charm and humor of this classic romantic comedy, plus the sheer joy of its Delibes score, have kept Coppélia in the repertory ever since its Paris premiere in 1870. Tickets are $19, $29, $59, $85 and $169.

Performing under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, Symphony of the Americas presents Broadway Goes to the Movies on Tuesday, March 27 at 8:15 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. The orchestra will perform music from classic film and Broadway shows such as Chicago, Wicked, Evita, Star Wars, Grease, Harry Potter, Camelot and more as their scenes are shown on the big screen. Tickets are $50, $60 and $75.

Named “the best comedian of our time” by the Washington Post, Jerry Seinfeld will perform stand-up comedy on Saturday, March 31 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. Seinfeld has an uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Tickets are $50, $65.50 and $81.

Tickets to all performances are available through the Broward Center’s AutoNation box office at 954/462-0222 or online at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, TAM Airlines and Sun-Sentinel proud sponsors of the Broward Center. All dates, programs and artists are subject to change.
 The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is one of America’s premier performing arts venues. Presenting more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, the Center showcases a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events, and offers one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, serving more than 150,000 students annually. In 2007, the Broward Center was named the Cultural Embassy of Broward County in recognition of its success in linking cultural activity with the region’s economic development. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop, and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Performing Arts Center is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.