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April 27, 2011, 7:58 pm
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In the spectacular tradition of past summer blockbusters such as Fuerza Bruta and Slava Snowshow comes a new theatrical wonder to the Adrienne Arsht Center designed to thrill and amaze Miami audiences. It’s called ID, and its pedigree is impeccable.

Created by the internationally popular French-Canadian Cirque Eloize, in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, and directed by one of the greatest cirque directors of our time, Jeannot Painchaud, ID is an awesome, mind-blowing fusion of new theatrical circus and urban dance. Opening July 26 in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, ID transports us into the vibrant streets at the heart of a city. The stage comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers, contortionists, and a fearless stunt biker who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping video projections drawn from science-fiction films, comic books and graffiti. The daring soundtrack mixes rock, hip-hop, and electronic. The Toronto Star raved, “You’re not going to find a more energetic, mind-blowing, roof-raising piece of entertainment!”

ID is the centerpiece of the Center’s sizzling summer lineup which also includes productions by two of Miami’s leading theater companies at the Carnival Studio Theater (in the Ziff Ballet Opera House).

City Theatre, now in its 16th season, presents three productions. Up first, June 2 – 26, is the ever-popular Summer Shorts, a chance to see seven of the country’s best short plays (which can last anywhere from 5 – 20 minutes) in one non-stop evening of comedy and drama. The 2011 edition features TV and stage star Jai Rodriquez, known not only for Bravo TV’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” but also for indelible performances in the iconic Broadway musicals Rent and The Producers. Jai will also be in town to share his Dirty Little Secrets, a hilarious and provocative show, suitable for mature audiences only, being given just four performances on June 10, 17, 19, and 24. Finally, last year’s family musical triumph, Camp Kappawanna, returns by popular demand June 15 – 26, with several new songs by Lisa Loeb and a joyful and insightful book by Marco Ramirez.

Now celebrating 26 years of Hispanic Culture, The International Hispanic Theater Festival spends July 7 – 24 in the company of distinguished theater groups from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, and the United States in a continent-spanning tribute to Chile.

Before any of the above, though, the Tony Award-winning production of Hair kicks off the summer on an exuberant high. Opening May 31, and featuring an extraordinary score of unforgettable songs including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” and “Easy to be Hard,” Hair is easily one of the most euphoric and moving works ever produced by the America musical theater. This production is so popular that New York City audiences have demanded it return to Broadway for the summer, following its national tour.

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