2017-09-07 / Arts & Entertainment News


Charles Busch show launches new series at Dramaworks

Palm Beach Dramaworks launches its Out- Stage@PBD with “An Evening with Charles Busch.” 
COURTESY PHOTO Palm Beach Dramaworks launches its Out- Stage@PBD with “An Evening with Charles Busch.” COURTESY PHOTO Drum roll, please.

Palm Beach Dramaworks works hard to bring the best entertainers and shows to its stage, and its new series, Out- Stage@PBD, is no exception. OutStage is designed to offer the best special performances and events tailored to the LGBTQ community.

Its first production — “An Evening with Charles Busch” — was to take the stage at the Don and Ann Brown Theatre on Sept. 16. That show has been postponed and a new date will be announced.

Mr. Busch, a respected playwright, actor and director, as well as a cabaret artist and drag performer, is an icon in the gay community. His work includes the plays “The Divine Sister” and the notable piece “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. Mr. Busch wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays “Psycho Beach Party” and “Die Mommie Die,” for which he won the Special Jury Prize for Performance at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. In 2016, his cabaret show, “The Lady at the Mic,” premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.

Gary Cadwallader, director of education and community engagement for Dramaworks, told the press, “Out- Stage@PBD is part of our vigorous effort to reach new audiences in ways that not only entertain them, but engage and inspire and connect with them.”

For this show, Mr. Busch will perform a concert that’s a lively mix of songs and stories. He’ll be accompanied by his musical director Tom Judson. The program will be followed by a reception with the artists in the lobby. Tickets, which are $75, are on sale now. (Read Bill Hirschman’s interview with Mr. Busch in next week’s paper.)

The second OutStage@PBD event will be held Dec. 15 and will feature a performance of Terry Teachout’s world premiere play, “Billy and Me,” about the fraught relationship between playwrights William Inge and Tennessee Williams. The evening will feature a pre-show dinner and a post-performance talk-back with Mr. Teachout and the theater’s producing artistic director, William Hayes, followed by a reception. Tickets for the “Billy and Me” event are $125.

Call the box office at 561-514-4042, Ext. 2, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.

Who was Ann Norton?

Find out at the new exhibition opening at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.

“Ann Weaver Norton: Gateways to Modernism,” which opens Sept. 14, presents an array of Ann Weaver Norton’s drawings, pastels, maquettes and finished sculptures which tell the story of this courageous woman’s life.

Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982) left Selma, Ala., for New York City as a teenager to enter the male-dominated world of art and never looked back. She received Carnegie Traveling Fellowships in 1935 and 1940, and moved to West Palm Beach in 1942 to teach at the Norton Gallery and School of Art. She married its founder, Ralph Norton, in 1948 and moved to the house on Flagler Drive around the same time. In 1977 she established the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Inc. to preserve and conserve the historically significant art studio and gardens.

Norton died in 1982 and the gardens are her lasting legacy, her monolithic sculptures set carefully amid rare palms and native plants. Her studio seems to echo with the sounds of this sprite working on gargantuan pieces of granite. Visitors will see the evolution of her work from drawing to small scale reproductions to the final work. The exhibit is on display through Nov. 26.

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is at 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free for members, $15 for nonmember adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and older, $7 for students, and free for younger than age 5. For more information, www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.

Opera single tickets on sale now

Opera lovers, get out your debit cards! Tickets for the 2018 mainstage season to on sale today!

The fully professional Palm Beach Opera, founded in 1961, will stage three productions at the Kravis Center for the 2018 season. This season’s productions include Puccini’s “Tosca,” Bernstein’s “Candide” and Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Palm Beach Opera Box Office at 1800 S. Australian Ave., Suite 301, West Palm Beach, online at www.pbopera.org, or by phone at 561-833-7888.

Hungry? Think Flavor

Through Sept. 30, check out Flavor Palm Beach — formerly Restaurant Month of the Palm Beaches — where you’ll find special dining deals at more than 50 local restaurants. For the whole month, local food lovers get a chance to experience the diversity of the dining options in Palm Beach County with specially-priced meals. Whether it’s classic French, modern American, Asian-inspired, seafood or a steak or both, there are more than 50 restaurants participating. Reservations are recommended. For a list of restaurants, visit www.flavorpb.com. ¦

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