Greater Miami loves a show. Broadway hits come to Coconut Grove Playhouse, while the big Broadway musicals open at the Miami Beach Theater of the Performing Arts. Less commercial off- Broadway fare is the province of the South of Broadway group, based downtown at the Knight Center.
The South Florida Theater Company brings Shakespeare to the gardens of Vizcaya for two months of open-air performances every winter. Teatro Avante, Teatro Bellas Artes and other Hispanic theatre groups stage both popular and experimental plays.
You’ll have a fascinating evening ahead of you, if your Spanish is up to it.
Concerts classical and popular take place at the Dade County Auditorium, Gusman Cultural Center and Theater of the Performing Arts on the Beach, as well as at local churches and temples. From October to May, internationally renowned performers and orchestras come to town for the Prestige, Great Artists and International Artists series.
Throughout the year, the Performing Arts for Community and Education authority (P.A.C.E.) organises excellent free events like the popular Big Orange Festival. There’s also a season of opera, presented in English (national series) and the original language (international series) by the Greater Miami Opera.
The leading American modern dance companies make regular appearances here.
You’ll also have the chance to see fine local groups like Dance Miami and Momentum Dance Company, which feature new work by Florida choreographers. In another vein, the Ballet Concerto Company perpetuates the traditions of the Cuban National Ballet.
Cinemas all over town show the popular Hollywood blockbusters, and art houses like the Arcadia, Beaumont and Cinematheque in the Gables and the Grove Cinema screen classic and avant-garde films from around the world in the original version.
Little Havana specialises in Spanish-language diversions. Consult the schedules in the free daily news-papers you can find at the historical News Cafè in the middle of Ocean Drive. We suggest to take a breakfast there also.
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