By PAM HARBAUGH
The art and culture community is blooming with the new. Check out fresh works at area theaters and a new art show at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. There are musicals from pop music to rock ‘n roll and straight plays from classic to original.
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THE RAINMAKER opens this weekend at Surfside Playhouse. This classic American drama is set during a drought, which is both literal and figurative for it also concerns a plain daughter with no prospects of love…when in walks a “rainmaker” loaded with promises. Surfside’s production is directed by Bryan Bergeron and stars Sarah Roberts as the girl an Matthew Hall as the rainmaker, plus Scott Sutherland, Dusty Ray and David Bondy. Tickets are $22 to $25. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click onto their ad.
ROCK OF AGES opens this weekend at Titusville Playhouse. The musical packed ’em in for more than five years on Broadway. It tells the rock ‘n roll fairy tale of a 1980s hard rock singer who tries to be “the next big thing” at a time of change. The musical features songs by hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more. Tickets are $22 to $28. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
CHICAGO is wowing audiences at Riverside Theatre. This is a brilliant production and, as I stated in the review, immensely satisfying. To read that review, click here. One would expect the dancing to be faboo, and Riverside certainly delivers. This professional production runs through Jan. 22 at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Tickets start at $35.Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
BLACKBERRY WINTER is a stunning new work on stage now at Orlando Shakes. Read the review by clicking here. The play runs through Feb. 5 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL. Tickets are $40 to $50. It performs at various times and is a professional production. Call 407-447-1700 or visit OrlandoShakes.org.
WICKED just opened in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center. Read both the review and how you can get $25 orchestra seats by clicking here. The show runs through Jan. 29. Tickets start at $42.75 and may be purchased online at DrPhillipsCenter.org, by calling 844-513-2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.
LIVINGSTON TAYLOR performs 7:30 Saturday in the King Center’s Studio Theater. He has a repertoire of country, folk, bluegrass and blues. Hits include “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running.” Tickets start at $58.50. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
THE FIVE IRISH TENORS perform 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the King Center. This show has it all, from humor and charm to operatic drama and lyricism. Tickets start at $41. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
PINK FLOYD LASER SPECTACULAR performs 8 p.m. Saturday in the King Center’s mainstage. This is the world’s longest touring laser show an features music by The Pink Floyd. Tickets start at $35. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
THE GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS perform 7 p.m. Tuesday at the King Center. To read more about this, click here. Tickets start at $22 with $11 for children. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
REDISCOVERING KLIMT, a member exhibition, runs through Jan. 29 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. Revealed are Klimt’s inspiration — his use of gold and golf leaf — upon the Fifth Avenue artists. Beginning at 2 p.m. today, artist Jini James will talk and demonstrate her approach. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.