Broadway Comes to Civil War–Era Fort in Key West
The world premiere of an innovative professional dance production is set for 13-15 April in Key West, amidst the grounds of a Civil War-era fort in the Florida Keys island city.
‘Key West Reverie’ was conceived, directed and choreographed by New York City’s Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater and produced by The Studios of Key West. Described as an impressionistic portrait of the city, the site-specific performance will be staged at the West Martello Tower.
Featuring a cast of world-renowned and Broadway-starring dancers, musicians and vocalists together with talented Key West professional and volunteer performers, the production is designed as a series of vignettes staged in multiple locations within the grounds of the picturesque oceanfront fort. Rather than being seated in one location to watch the show, audiences stroll through the grounds, encountering performances while discovering the site’s weathered brick arches, towering trees, abundant flowers and plants and tranquil peace garden maintained by the Key West Garden Club.
“The production encapsulates the Key West experience from history and environment to Duval Street,” said Taucher, an award-winning American director and choreographer. “The event has artistic and popular elements, stars from Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera, and a mix of musical and movement styles.”
The production’s stars include the Tony Award-nominated dancer and actress Karine Plantadit and widely acclaimed Metropolitan Opera singer Stefan Szkafarowsky.
Watch: Performances are scheduled at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, 13 April, and Friday, 14 April, and for 7 p.m. Saturday, 15 April.
Get Tickets: Tickets for the Thursday and Friday shows are $35 per adult (around £29), rising to $55 per adult (around £45) for Saturday’s closing performance when the ticket will include admission to a post-show reception with Taucher and the cast. Tickets are available to purchase online through The Studios of Key West at tskw.org or can be purchased directly at the site, 30 minutes before performance times.
Travel to the Florida Keys: Hayes & Jarvis has seven nights in the Florida Keys from £2,299 per person. Departing on 12 April 2017, the price includes four nights in Key West (to coincide with the performances), three nights in Marathon, car hire for the duration and return British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Miami. The price is based on two adults travelling, sharing room-only accommodation. To book, call 01293 762 456.
Performance information: www.tskw.org
For more information on the Florida Keys: www.fla-keys.co.uk