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January 12, 2010, 7:29 pm
Filed under: Performing Arts News

The Adrienne Arsht Center has had some “hall of fame” taste for programming recently. On March 15th , two music legends—Jimmy Cliff and ABBA, both with strong ties to shows at the Center—will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Last summer, via London’s West End, the Center presented 3 weeks of the hit musical The Harder They Come in its only U.S. appearance. More than 9,000 Miamians attended the show at the Knight Concert Hall..The stage musical is based on the now cult classic 70s movie of the same name, which featured the music of Jimmy Cliff throughout the soundtrack, as well as Mr. Cliff in the movie’s lead role. The film has widely been credited with creating large-scale international awareness and popularity for reggae music for the first time.

Opening on March 30 at the Center, as part of the BROADWAY IN MIAMI series, Mamma Mia! isthe 12th longest running show in Broadway history (and on track to become number 11 this year). The show is a jukebox musical featuring dozens of f ABBA’s greatest hits, and has been seen by millions around the globe. Since their first album in 1973 (Ring Ring), and although their last studio album was released in 1981 (The Visitors), the group’s popularity seems to be as strong as ever with more than 370 million albums sold, 14 simultaneously running productions of Mamma Mia! worldwide, and a 2008 major motion picture by the same name.

The 25th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be on March 15th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.


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