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Best bets for January entertainment



Alas, my husband is making a slow recovery from a badly broken leg, so my cultural activities have been curtailed for now. Were I able, below are some performances I’d want to attend.

Broadway Palm is running Show Boat through February 14. Classic American musical theater. Just hearing Ol’Man River would be worth the trip.

On January 5 at noon, actors from Florida Rep will be offering readings from Shakespeare at the Fort Myers Library at 2450 First Street. I have yet to go inside, but the building is certainly well-situated in the heart of the River District. Folks working downtown could pop in during their lunch break. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The Southwest Florida Symphony will bring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) to three run-out venues. On January 13, the concert is at BIG Arts, on January 14 at Shell Point, and on January 15 at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral. The orchestra will be conducted by Leif Bjaland.

Florida Rep’s artistic director Robert Cacioppo conceived, wrote, and directed Too Marvelous for Words, a musical revue saluting Johnny Mercer. It opens January 22 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre downtown. Nicknamed the Songbird of Savannah, Mercer wrote Moon River, One for My Baby, and That Old Black Magic, among other favorites.

Finally, Gulf Coast Symphony will cater to baby boomers on January 24 at B. B. Mann with Oh! What a Night featuring the four original cast members of Jersey Boys.

Sorry to miss all of these, but there will undoubtedly be lots to look forward to in February and March.




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