The Adrienne Arsht Center presents The Donkey Show Opening 6/13/12

The Adrienne Arsht Center presents The Donkey Show Opening
The Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts Of Miami-Dade County Presents The Celebrated International Smash Hit The Donkey Show
Opens July 13, 2012
Wednesday – Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 pm.
Sundays: 5:00 p.m.
Ziff Ballet Opera House Stage
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

Patrons must be over 18 to enter; 21 to drink. Enjoy $10 off the first five preview performances (July 13-15)! Tickets Start at $45
www.arshtcenter.org
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The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from local, state and national foundations, as well as private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation through corporate and individual giving, Visionary Society membership and the Encore Circle major gifts programs.

Miami’s Hottest Pop-Up Disco –
A Wild Nightclub Experience Where Shakespearean Magic Meets Studio 54!

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly announces the arrival of the renowned smash hit – THE DONKEY SHOW – a spectacular phenomenon that blends a crazy circus of disco music hits, go-go dancers, roller skaters, feathered divas and a full active bar becoming the ultimate party extravaganza! The show, inspired by William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will open on July 13 for a limited engagement on the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House stage, which will be transformed into a mirror ball dance floor for guests to live their own fabulous disco fantasy.

Dance floor tickets are priced at $45 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; $60 on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets in the VIP seating area are priced at $60 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; $75 on Fridays and Saturdays. Patrons must be over the age of 18 to enter; 21 to drink. A $10 discount will be given to those who purchase tickets to the first five preview performances (July 13-15). Tickets to THE DONKEY SHOW go on sale to Arsht Center members on April 9 and to the general public on April 16. Tickets may be purchased through the Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.

Created by Tony Award-Winning Director Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner, THE DONKEY SHOW experience encourages the audience to become part of a glittering nirvana where inhibitions don’t exist and everyone dances and sings along to the greatest hits of the ‘70s such as “We Are Family,” “Last Dance,” “I Love the Nightlife,” and “Car Wash” – it’s an opportunity to relive the hedonistic days of the dazzling Studio 54 era. The two-hour spectacle begins the moment guests arrive at the velvet ropes of Miami’s hottest pop-up disco and find themselves interacting with several of the show’s wild characters. Once inside, the fun continues with unexpected theatrical twists and surprises, all culminating at an ever-fabulous post-show event. This self-curated show will allow patrons to become as emerged in the story and in the production as they wish. It’s the ultimate night fever—a crazy fun house enchanted by an ever-so-light sprinkling of Shakespearean magic.

“The Adrienne Arsht Center always strives to bring unique performances with world-wide appeal to the community,” said Executive Vice President, Scott Shiller. “Miami’s version of ‘The Donkey Show’ will mark the show’s largest production yet—complete with alluring aerial stunts and a cast of 20 of South Florida’s best actors and dancers.”

THE DONKEY SHOW has previously performed on a world tour in major cities including London and Seoul, maintained a successful six-year run in New York and is currently playing in Boston. Hailed by Variety magazine as “…an infectious, celebratory and titillating event that starts off with giddy good fun;” this Shakespeare classic turned pop-up nightclub is sure to take Miami audiences by storm!
Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director at the A.R.T. At the A.R.T. her recent work includes The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, a new production adapted by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and OBIE-winning composer Diedre Murray, Prometheus Bound, a new musical inspired by Aeschylus’s ancient Greek tragedy, written by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by Grammy Award-winning System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian; Death and The Powers: The Robots’ Opera a new opera by Tod Machover, in collaboration with MIT Media Lab and Chicago Opera Theater; The Donkey Show a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which ran for six years Off-Broadway and toured internationally; Best of Both Worlds, and Johnny Baseball. Her other recent theater credits include The Public Theater’s Tony-Award winning revival of HAIR on Broadway, and London’s West End. Other recent work includes Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera) and Lost Highway (ENO co-production with the Young Vic.) As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company), Il mondo della luna at the Hayden Planetarium in New York; Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Turn Of The Screw, Cosi fan tutte, and the Monteverdi trilogy Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo at the Chicago Opera Theater. Diane is a Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department and was recently named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston by Boston Magazine and is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Boston Conservatory.

Randy Weiner is the creator and co-director of The Donkey Show. Weiner, Diane Paulus’ husband, is a playwright, theater producer and nightclub/restaurant owner. He also serves as the president of the Weiner Entertainment Group, a leading New York-based production company whose most recent projects include the entertainment for the 2008 White House Press Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Weiner has also created and produced events for American Express, Tribeca Film Festival, CBS Radio and The Grammys. New York Magazine calls him “the master of the club spectacle.”

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