By PAM HARBAUGH
Titusville Playhouse opens its production of one of my very favorite musicals opens tonight — THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. I’ll be seeing it and filing a review this weekend, BTW. Another one of my faves, IN THE HEIGHTS, finishes its run this weekend at Cocoa Village Playhouse. So here’s your game plan: Make plans now for CVP then for TPI and you’ll be thoroughly riding the hot cultural wave.
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Opening/Closing this Weekend
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE opens tonight at Titusville Playhouse where it runs through June 5. This is a sweet, fun musical where a dismal apartment of a lonely man blossoms into a lavish setting filled with exciting characters. It won five Tony Awards…and won my heart. The main character, named “The Man in the Chair,” is one of my all time faves. Tickets are $20 to $26. It performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com, or click onto their ad.
IN THE HEIGHTS finishes its run Sunday at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Do not miss this show. It’s written by Broadway wunderkind Lin-Manual Miranda (“Hamilton”) and has a vivid, exciting production at CVP. Read the review by clicking here. Tickets are $16 to $24. The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.VENUS IN FUR, a re-staging of the Henegar’s production earlier this year, has two more performances at The Edge Theater Company in Orlando. It stars Zack Roundy and Shanise Jordan and is directed by Yours Truly. Curtain is 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Seating limited. $15, at Truthful Acting Studios, 5542 Hansel Ave Orlando, FL. For more information, call 407-309-0106 or click here.
BIG FISH continues its emotionally thrilling run through May 22 at the Henegar Center. I’m planning on seeing it again. Read my commentary by clicking here. Tickets are $16 to $26. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto their ad.
Special Performances this WeekendVERDI’S REQUIEM will be performed Saturday evening by the Brevard Community Chorus. Led by Dr. Robert E. Lamb, the performance features soprano Rebecca Holbrook-Loar, alto Eliza Dopira, tenor Kyle Jones, bass Kyle Knappenberger, select members from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the 100 members of the Brevard Community Chorus. It begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors and military and $5 students. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or BrevardCommunityChorus.org.
FEARLESS IMPROV BRIGADE performs 8 p.m. Saturday at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach (5th Street). Tickets $7.00 at the door, or FREE for 2015-2016 Season Pass Holders. Call 321-783-3127 or visit SurfsidePlayers.com.
ART GALLERY OF VIERA CELEBRATES SEVENTH anniversary with a reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Meet artist Nate Adams who has an exhibit of surf art on view. Win a piece of art. Enjoy light refreshments. Bring non-perishable food items to contribute to area food pantries. Read more by clicking here. The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Avenue, Suite 111, Viera, FL. Call 321-504-4343 or visit ArtGalleryOfViera.com. TOUCHING STRANGERS photo exhibition runs through Saturday at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Read more about it and see a video about the photographer Richard Renaldi by clicking here. The Foosaner is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission to the galleries. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click onto their ad.
LOST AND FOUND exhibition of assemblage art runs through May 29 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The opening reception runs 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening. The gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Fla. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.