memphis.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — It’s a plan: Step out with Step Afrika at the Parker Playhouse, and make a Broadway season of it with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ packages.

“If we can dance together, then we can work together” is the motto of Step Afrika, the first professional company dedicated to stepping. Celebrate the original art form born in African-American fraternities and based on African traditions, Jan 17 and 18 at the Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Want more? Try Darlene Love on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Visit or call 954-462-0222.

Before that there’s the blockbuster Broadway in Fort Lauderdale series with $177 packages on sale for six shows at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

Call the box office at 954-462-0222 or 1-877-311-7469 (SHOW) for:

Chicago, Oct. 9 – 2: Long before reality TV made being famous for being famous a thing, a talent triumvirate of Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb came up with this glitzy-yet-grimy tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz.
The Book of Mormon, Nov. 26 – Dec. 22: Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the four-time Emmy winning creators of South Park, stormed Broadway with this irreverent musical about two naive missionaries in Uganda facing a warlord bent on female circumcision. Doesn’t sound funny? Well, you don’t know Stone and Parker. The show not only won glowing critical acclaim, but nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and a Grammy.

The Wizard of Oz, Jan. 7 – 19: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of the MGM movie musical classic keeps the Yip Harburg/Harold Arlen score and adds a few tunes from Tim Rice and Webber.

Memphis, Feb. 25 – March 9: With a Tony-winning score from Bon Jovi’s David Bryan and inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white DJ who breaks the color line of 1950s-era radio by playing R&B-infused rock ’n roll.

American Idiot, March 25 – April 6: Based on Green Day’s multi-platinum album, this musical marries thrashing punk rock with Broadway visuals. The story is of three friends in a post-9/11 world trying to find their way as a neo-Lost Generation. The hits include 21 Guns, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Holiday, Wake Me Up When September Ends and the title track.

Ghost, Aril 29 – May 11: It’s a story you already know since the 1990 movie was a huge hit with Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. But you probably don’t know the stage musical with a score by Dave Stewart (the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (collaborated with everyone from Michael Jackson and Alanis Morisstte to Van Halen and Katy Perry).

There’s much more this season at the Broward Center, such as the award-winning Brazilian Voices vocal group. Visit