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January
2024
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Florida Keys Stages Come Alive With Theater Performances

The 2024 performing arts season in the Florida Keys & Key West is set to captivate audiences with lively musicals, comedies, dramas and other top-notch performances. Here are some upcoming highlights.

Since 1978 The Key Players group has provided live community theater in the Upper Keys. The next production, “Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville,” is slated to run April 18-22 and 25-28. This musical comedy is a jubilant tribute to Jimmy Buffett's timeless classics such as “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Margaritaville,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Fins,” “Volcano” and others. Crafted by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia and Emmy nominee Mike O’Malley, the show promises a hilarious and heartwarming experience. Performances are to be staged at the Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center at 102050 Overseas Highway in Key Largo. Visit thekeyplayers.org or call 305-942-4339.

Started as a small community group in 1944, the Marathon Community Theatre at 5101 Overseas Highway has grown to perform memorable and popular shows with a talented group of local residents. Productions include the theater’s annual “One Weekend Only Silent Auction and Variety Show” running Feb. 8-10. Tickets are $45 each and include a champagne toast and buffet dinner. Another show, "Disenchanted," is to run March 14-16, 21-24 and 28-30. The new musical comedy features original storybook heroines challenging their pop culture portrayals with humor and a fresh perspective. The production has garnered nominations for "Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical" and "Best New Off-Broadway Musical." Additionally, "Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap," a famed classic murder mystery with a surprise finish, is set for May 2-4, 9-11 and 16-19. Visit marathontheater.org  or call 305-743-0994.

Originally built in 1829 as a carriage house, the building that is home to Key West’s Red Barn Theatre at 319 Duval St., rear, has hosted modern-era performances since 1981. This season’s standouts include “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive.” To run Jan. 30 – Feb. 24, the outrageous farce chronicles how seven brilliant women scramble to keep the president out of trouble. "The Thanksgiving Play," set for March 5-30, satirizes "woke" teaching artists attempting to produce a holiday pageant that celebrates both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. "The Lifespan of a Fact," scheduled April 9 – May 4, explores the conflict between factual truth and literary deception. All curtain times are at 8 p.m. Visit redbarntheatre.com or call 305-296-9911.

Entertaining audiences for over 80 years at its 310 Wall St. location beside Key West’s renowned Mallory Square, the Waterfront Playhouse presents the world-renowned musical "Singin' in the Rain" Jan. 24 – Feb. 17. The production promises a downpour of unforgettable songs including “You are My Lucky Star,” “Fit as a Fiddle” and “Make ’Em Laugh.” Other springtime performances include "Murder on the Orient Express," a captivating adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic slated March 13 – April 6; "Ten Blocks on the Camino Real," celebrating Tennessee Williams' birth with a staged reading March 17; "Trunk Material," a musical evening March 31 with local and out-of-town talent; and Neil Simon’s 1942 Brooklyn tale “Lost in Yonkers,” to run April 24 – May 11. Visit  waterfrontplayhouse.org  or call 305-294-5015.

Dedicated to art-house theater that showcases intimate settings and Key West talent, Fringe Theater Key West is to stage most of its upcoming performances at the Armory, 600 White St. Fringe presents "Key West Characters True Stories" Feb. 22-23, featuring short plays, monologues and musical tributes celebrating the island city. The spring lineup includes "The Last Five Years" by Jason Robert Brown, a poignant exploration of love and loss over five years set for March 13-23; and "Death and the Maiden" by Ariel Dorfman, a gripping thriller about trust and deception scheduled April 17-27. Performances promise engaging stories and thought-provoking themes. Visit fringetheater.org or call the KeysTix box office at 305-295-7676.

Located on the Key West campus of the College of the Florida Keys at 5901 College Road, the Tennessee Williams Theatre is a nonprofit that presents Broadway national tours, performing artists and theatrical experiences. Highlights this season include "Little Women, the Broadway Musical" on March 5, "Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock n' Roll, Part IV" scheduled March 20, the family-friendly "Dinosaur World, Live!" on April 2 and April 25’s "Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.” The theater also supports the community through its Children Outreach Series that creates accessible opportunities for Florida Keys kids to experience live theater. Visit keystix.com or call 305-295-7676.

The Key West Theater, an all-around performing arts center at 512 Eaton St., presents national touring artists, comedy, concerts, local songwriter showcases and more. Upcoming comedic shows include performances by Tom Papa on Feb. 3-4 and "Kathy Gilmore and Friends” featuring Karen Morgan and Gwen Filosa slated for Feb. 26. Visit thekeywesttheater.com  or call 305-985-0433.

Comedy Key West, located at 218 Whitehead St., Unit 5, exclusively features local and visiting stand-up comedians including Comedy Central stars and nationally recognized performers. February’s scheduled performers include Kerryn Feehan (Feb. 1-3), Shane Mauss (Feb. 6-7), Chad Daniels (Feb. 8-10), Dan Bulger (Feb. 13), Colum Tyrrell (Feb. 14-17), Kevin Bozeman (Feb. 21-24), and Mary Mack (Feb. 29 – March 3). March shows are to feature Derrick Stroup (March 6-9) and Joe Matarese (March 24-27). Amos Gill is set to perform April 3-6. Visit comedykeywest.com or call 305-985-7370.

The Studios of Key West, located at 533 Eaton St., supports artists, inspires creativity and builds community. The Studios present performances, workshops, concerts and exhibitions, while also featuring local studios and an artist residency program. Upcoming highlights include the "First Look" staged reading series featuring “Upstate” by Drew Larimore Feb. 2-3, “The Papers, A Musical” by Rob Baumgartner Jr. and Nathan Dame scheduled April 5-7, and “King Tide” by Key West playwright Michael Marrero slated April 26-27. In addition, the Feb. 23 “Telling My Story” recreates stories by incarcerated women through dance and spoken word, and Moriah Joy presents "Tearing Out My Hair" March 15 — a series of monologues providing insights into the service industry. Visit tskw.org or call 305-296-0458.

Florida Keys cultural information: fla-keys.com/culture  

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