ICON – Gladys Knight
Known as The Empress of Soul for a reason, this Hollywood Walk of Famer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has enjoyed massive hits in virtually every category including pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary. This seven-time Grammy award-winning singer has an amazing catalog of #1 hits includes “Midnight Train to Georgia,” which remains one of the most famous Motown records to date and was honored as one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Thurs, Janury 24; 8pm; The Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale); Tix: $34.50-$84.50; BrowardCenter.org.
THE NANNY – Fran Dresher
Logo TV founder Matt Farber’s Outlandish performance series continues with actress, activist and LGBT ally Fran Drescher performing a new show entitled “Schmoozing With Fran Drescher.” Drescher, who is most famous for her iconic role as Fran Fine in “The Nanny,” is a uterine cancer survivor and the author of the best-selling book, “Cancer Schmancer.”
Sat, January 26; 8pm; Sunshine Cathedral (1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale); Tix: start at $50; Outlandishfl.com.
LEGEND – Johnny Mathis
Best known for Grammy Hall of Fame classics Chances Are, It’s Not for Me to Say and Misty, the magical Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records’ longest-signed artist, recording more than 80 albums and scoring 50 hits on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart. Don’t miss this Wonderful! Wonderful! evening with a vocal legend.
Tues, January 29; 8pm; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach); Tix start at $50; Kravis.org.
VICE PRESIDENT – Joe Biden
Mr. Biden has always believed that when given a chance, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. As a scrappy kid from Scranton who rose to the Office of Vice President, he is no exception. During his 45 years of public service, one of Vice President Biden’s greatest strengths has been his ability to bring people together, even in crisis, even across difficult divides, all the while, respecting everybody at the table.
Mon, January 28; 7:30 pm; The Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale); Tix: start at $50; BrowardCenter.org.
COMEDIAN – Howie Mandell
The America’s Got Talent Judge, Deal or No Deal Host and iconic Stand Up returns to South Florida for one night only with John Mendoza serving as the opening act for the show.
Sat, January 26; 8pm; Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood); Tix: $35, $45, $65, and $85; Seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
AMERICAS GOT TALENT – iLuminate
State-of-the-art technology and electrifying entertainers unite to create the ultimate performing arts experience. With a mash-up of dazzling wizardry, spectacular dance moves, high-tech effects, and original music, iLuminate delivers this unique-in-the-dark event not to be missed!
Tue, January 29; 7pm; Parker Playhouse (707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale); Tix:$27.50 – $67.50; Parkerplayhouse.com.
R&B – Toni Braxton
Her self-titled debut studio album in 1993 reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, selling 10 million copies worldwide and seeing the international success of the singles “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again“. The album brought Braxton three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist. SWV, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, will be a special guest.
Tues, January 29; 8pm; Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood); Tix: $40, $50, $70, and $90; Seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
FLORIDA GRAND OPERA: The Marriage of Figaro
The servants turn the tables on the masters in Mozart’s biting and sexually charged comedy about the established social order being tossed on its head. Today, Figaro rocks with the same revolutionary spirit that made it such a popular success at its 1786 premiere. Experience an intoxicating take on one of the great ensemble comedies in all of opera, with its endless supply of unforgettable melodies.
Sat, January 26 –February 3 (performances aren’t every day); Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami); Tix: $19-$158: ArshtCenter.org.
STRIPPING – Broward Bares It!
Now in its 5th year, and voted Fort Lauderdale’s favorite event three years in a row is a one night only traipse through the world of Tantalizing Temptations, Titillating Temptresses and Torrid Testosterone, and features local professional performers and community members, performing a night of burlesque, hot steamy dance routines, and comedy to raise money for charity.
BROADWAY – Christine Ebersole
The multiple Obie and Tony award-winning Broadway diva presents her “After the Ball” cabaret show. She appeared on Broadway in the musical 42nd Street, winning a Tony Award, and appeared both Off-Broadway and on Broadway in the musical Grey Gardens, winning her second Tony Award. She also earned an Emmy Award nomination for her work on One Life to Live. She has a voice that is unique and stories you will love to hear.
Mon, January 28; 8pm; Eissey Campus Theatre (11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens); Tix: $30 & $40; palmbeachstate.edu.