February Brings an Array of Performances to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

February is the perfect month to fall in love with outstanding musical and theatrical performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Once on This Island in the Amaturo Theater delivers a timeless testament to theater’s limitless possibilities from Friday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 20. This 2018 Tony Award-Winner for Best Revival of a Musical is a Caribbean-infused tribute to the resilience of the human heart and to life’s extraordinary power to tear down walls and transform lives. The mighty island gods of the French Antilles guide a fearless peasant girl on a quest to find her place in the world and reunite with a boy who has captured her heart. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriting team behind Anastasia and Ragtime, have created this musical fable that follows the couple’s pursuit of love as it changes the lives of their island and their families forever. Slow Burn Theatre’s 2021/22 Season is presented by American National Bank, South Florida’s premier community bank. Performance times vary. Tickets are $49-$65.

In an intimate performance, two-time Grammy® Award-nominated songwriter and best-selling pianist Jim Brickman will Share the Love on Sunday, February 6 in two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room. Brickman has earned 21 No. 1 albums, 32 Top 20 radio hits, sold eight million albums worldwide, has written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials and is in the 22nd season of hosting the popular syndicated radio show, “The Jim Brickman Show.” His engaging stage presence seamlessly blends mood and music, letting your imagination take you wherever you want it to go. Brickman strikes the perfect chord of musical intimacy, compelling storytelling and audience interaction. Tickets are $55-$75.

Two extraordinary artists pair Beethoven with one of contemporary music’s most influential composers, Philip Class, when pianist Simone Dinnerstein and cellist Matt Haimovitz collaborate for a dynamic performance in the Amaturo Theater on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. The program includes a Beethoven Cello Sonata alongside a Glass Partita, and solo piano and cello repertoire by both composers. Renowned as a musical pioneer, Haimovitz has been hailed by the New Yorker as a “remarkable virtuoso” who “never turns in a predictable performance” while Dinnerstein’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations soared to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart and named to many “Best of” lists including those of the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and New Yorker. The Broward Center Dance and Classical Series is presented by PNC Wealth Management and Hawthorn. Tickets are $57.50 – $67.50.

The Bank of America: Broadway in Fort Lauderdale season, presented by Broadway Across America, Florida Theatrical Association and the Broward Center, continues in the Au-Rene Theater with the musical Broadway hit Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations from Tuesday, February 8 through Sunday, February 20. This electrifying smash-hit Broadway musical follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. As the winner of the 2019 Tony® Award for Best Choreography, it’s a thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal during a decade of civil unrest in America. Set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” Ain’t Too Proud tells the unforgettable story of the legendary quintet that Billboard Magazine named the greatest R&B group of all time. Performances are Tuesday–Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. on February 13 and a 1 p.m. matinee only on February 20; and a Wednesday matinee on February 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets begin at $35.

The Oshima Brothers bring a magnetic sound and contagious joy that creates a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop to the Abdo New River Room in an intimate performance on Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. On stage, siblings Sean and Jamie perform a host of hook-laden melodies with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops and percussion. Their roots-based pop sound is infectious and wistful with thought provoking lyrics and their performances are a cross between a deep breath, a dance party and sonic embrace. The brothers style has been described as alternative folk melding with a contemporary rhythmic strut and their song “Ellie” can be heard on NPR’s “Heavy Rotation” playlist. Tickets are $20-$30.

A singer, a songwriter, a musician and activist, Arielle is a believer, a seer, an engineer and an innovator. This natural-born talent will deliver her proficiency for mind-bending musicianship, on par with the world’s finest, to the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 18 in a concert presented by the Broward Center and AEG Presents. Whether it’s a sustained single note or an extended instrumental passage, whether it’s drenched in blues, ascending the mountaintops of rock or exploring the great wide open, Arielle’s music makes the audience feel something. With soul-baring lyrics and melodies, Arielle effortlessly emotes refrains with a four-octave range. Tickets are $27.50-$35.

A performer that needs no introduction, quintessential singer, songwriter, performer and entertainer Paul Anka will honor one of the greatest artists, Frank Sinatra, during Paul Anka: Anka Sings Sinatra at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22. Sinatra has influenced Anka more than any other artist. Anka promises the night will be filled with “his songs, my songs, my way!” Tickets to this performance in the Au-Rene Theater are $39.50-$150 with $155 Spirit Club Level seats.

For the past 50 years, Pilobolus has performed around the globe in events ranging from the Oscars to the Olympics and collaborated with some of the world’s greatest influencers and creators. The electrifying dance company returns to the Amaturo Theater in Big Five OH! on Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. This golden jubilee celebration of dance royalty includes the vintage classic Untitled, the high-voltage Megawatt, signature shadow works and a few new concepts. Pilobolus is as fresh and vibrant as ever in this remixed retrospective celebrating a half century of radical creativity and boundary-pushing. The performance is part of the Broward Center Dance and Classical Series is presented by PNC Wealth Management and Hawthorn and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are $55-$65.

The ELO Experience featuring Evil Woman, the “American ELO,” lights up the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. With a sensational string section to further enhance the experience, this incredible show accurately reproduces the songs of Electric Light Orchestra with smash hits that include “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Telephone Line” and “Evil Woman” in an unforgettable tribute to the ELO concerts. Tickets are $39.75-$59.75.

Also in February at the Broward Center are: Florida Grand Opera presents A Streetcar Named Desire (February 3-5); Gold Coast Jazz presents Chuchito Valdez Quartet (February 9); Symphony of the Americas presents Symphony Serenades (February 13) and Between Rio & Pampa

South America’s Cultural Crossroads (February 22); and Miami City Ballet presents Alexei Ratmansky’s Swan Lake (February 26-27).

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The Broward Center is following health & safety guidelines developed in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic and that have been informed by guidance of public health officials including the Centers for Disease Control. These health & safety guidelines are available at BrowardCenter.org and will continue to evolve as the environment changes.

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The Broward Center 2021/2022 season is generously underwritten by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. AutoNation, Bank of America, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, MasterCard and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center are proud sponsors of the Broward Center. Programs are also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Complete February Schedule

February 3-5  Florida Grand Opera: A Streetcar Named Desire

February 4-20  Slow Burn Theatre Co – Once On This Island

February 6       Jim Brickman: Share the Love

February 8       Simone Dinnerstein & Matt Haimovitz

February 8-20  Broadway in Fort Lauderdale – Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

February 9       Gold Coast Jazz: Chuchito Valdez Quartet

February 10     Oshima Brothers

February 13     Symphony of the Americas – Symphony Serenades

February 18     Arielle

February 22     Paul Anka: Anka Sings Sinatra

February 22     Symphony of the Americas: Between Rio & Pampa South America’s Cultural Crossroads

February 24-25    Pilobolus Big Five-Oh!

February 26     ELO Experience

February 26-27    Miami City Ballet: Alexei Ratmansky’s Swan Lake