By PAM HARBAUGH
Brevard has a ton of live theater from stem to stern. Most of the shows have already opened; but, opening tonight, there’s one that people have been anticipating — “Cats.” And on Sunday, another one “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” finishes its run.
OPENING AND CLOSING WEEKENDS
“CATS” the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opens tonight at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse and runs through Feb. 14. At least, that’s the plan. Since “Cats” is the fourth longest running Broadway show, no one around here would be surprised if CVP extended the run. Tickets run $16 to $24 (handling fees might be charged as well). Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
“SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE” finishes its run Sunday at the Henegar Center, so act right now so you won’t miss this great musical revue. Read Brevard Culture’s commentary by clicking here. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $16 to $26. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
“HAIRSPRAY” runs through Feb. 7 at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St., Titusville. To read Brevard Culture’s review of this top notch production, click here. Tickets are $22 to $26 with $2 discounts available to students and seniors 60 years and older. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com, or just click onto the ad on the right side of this page.“THE UNDERPANTS” may have just opened last weekend at Melbourne Civic Theatre, but already the show’s nearly sold out. Read Brevard Culture’s review by clicking here. It runs through Feb. 28 at Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $25 general and $23 seniors, military and students. There is a $3 service fee for tickets paid by credit card. Student stand-by tickets are $12.50 and available five minutes prior to curtain (if there are any tickets left, that is). Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or simply click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
“GUYS AND DOLLS” — you do not want to miss Arlan Ropp’s performance as the grandfather, Arvide Abernathy, in this show. It runs through Feb. 7 at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $22 general, $20 senior and military and $17 student. Call 321-783-3127 or visit SurfsidePlayers.com.
“REIMAGINED: INNOVATIONS IN FIBER ART BY ALEX TRIMINO AND CARRIE SIEH” runs through May 7 at Florida Tech’s RUTH FUNK CENTER FOR TEXTILE ARTS. The artists experiment with unusual fibers to create unexpected works. Keep you eye out next week for more on this in Brevard Culture. The Ruth Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. It is next to the university’s Evans Library and the Botanical Garden. Regular hours for the center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8313 or click here.
“CAMINOS TRANSITADOS/PATHS TAKEN: A Retrospective of Francisco “Gordillo” Arredondo Baba Oñi” is on view through March 13 at the Florida Tech’s FOOSANER ART MUSEUM. The exhibition comprises about 50 paintings by the artist known simply as “Gordillo.” His work is informed by Santeria, African mythology and mysticism. It was curated by Carla Funk when she visited Cuba last year. The Foosaner is at 1463 Highland Avenue, in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. It remains open late, until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is current free due to facility upgrades and collection care projects. Call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.CELEBRATING THE ART OF JOAN WALLACE runs through this weekend at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, which is across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum. The memorial exhibit features paintings by Brevard’s late and beloved artist, Joan Wallace. Work on view is available for purchase. Admission is free. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.