Tickets are on sale for live shows from theater to oldies, cabaret to comedy on weekends from October through February at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center.
Two shows in August, one free, will give the venue a soft opening to welcome patrons back, said Kevin Barrett, CEO of Arts Center Management. “We’ve approached this upcoming season as a normal season. We’ll have shows and events every weekend from the beginning of October through next summer, which will help restart economic activity in the park and support all the restaurants and retail.”
Parking on the south end of Mizner Park where the cultural center sits next to Yard House restaurant will be available. “All shows will have valet. We start shows at 7:30 p.m., a half-hour earlier, so there’s usually parking in the garage,” Barrett said. Mizner Park has four free parking garages, one across from the arts center next to Starbucks.
The shows are in the center’s 265-seat theater and all seats will be sold. https://miznerparkculturalcenter.com/
“The season starts with Jackie,” comedian Jackie Martling. “That’s the traditional start of the season for performing arts,” Barrett said about a return engagement Oct. 2.
Actor David Payne’s one-man show as “Churchill” Oct. 3 is a premiere. Tovah Feldshuh returns as “Leona,” Helmsley, the late hotel magnet who was known as the ‘queen of mean.’ “That was supposed to be a return engagement and sold out last time,” Barrett said. “Weisenthal,” written and starring Obie Award winner Tom Dugan, is another sellout performance that had to be rescheduled.
Tribute bands will play oldies from Elvis to Neil Diamond, Frankie Valli, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Elton John, John Denver, ABBA and Garth Brooks. And in The Beatles’ case play the originals. Entertainers will channel Joan Rivers, and the music of Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Steve and Eydie.
Dick Capri performing for his 90th birthday, and Judy Gold are among the comedians coming in. Cabaret performers booked include Clint Holmes, and there’s a couple of plays and Broadway musical salutes.
The theater will sell wine, beer, beverages and snacks. “We’re looking forward to seeing everybody back and we hope they support the arts,” Barrett said.
By Marci Shatzman