Continuing our tour through the culture district of Fort Lauderdale, after visiting NSU Art Museum and the Museum of Discovery and Science, we went to a night out Broadway-style at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
For those who love the theater and performing arts, dancing, opera, music, visiting this space is an excellent opportunity, as it showcases some of the most well-known plays in the country, as well as plays from local companies. Besides that, Broward Center for the Performing Arts is one of the top ten theaters in yearly attendance in the United States.
Within the complex, you will find theater stages and auditoriums, educational areas where different performing arts are taught, the Huizenga Pavilion for events and several dining options.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is a part of the Riverwalk arts and entertainment district in the city, comprising of several museums in the area.
- Au-Rene Theatre: A 2658-seats auditorium with several levels and top-notch technology in terms of lights, sound and spectators comfort. We were lucky enough to enjoy Roald Dahl´s Matilda. A fast-paced play with world-class talent.
- Amaturo Theatre: A 590-seats space for small-to-medium productions.
- Marti´s New River Bistro: A lovely restaurant with a gorgeous view of the river. It opens two and a half hours before the plays and when there´s a matinee, it also offers brunch.
- Intermezzo Lounge: You could think of it as an airport lounge. You can get full access for 30$ on top of your ticket; and you get to visit this all you can eat buffet, one hour prior to the show, during the intermezzo and after the play. All food options are themed according to the play. In the case of Matilda, the food was “kids food”.
- Latam Airlines Club Level: An all-inclusive experience for those who want to make a full night out. It includes valet parking, access to the exclusive Latam-section seats, access to dining and drinks an hour before the show, during the show and up to 45-minutes after the show. Pricing varies according to the show.
Who should visit the Broward Center for the Performing Arts of Fort Lauderdale?
- Everybody. It is one of the must-see attractions of the area. Even for at least a walkthrough.
- Lovers of any performing art.
- People who enjoy plays or musical shows. I strongly recommend you take a look at the scheduled plays and artists for the time of your vacation.
- Even if English is not your first language, you can understand a musical with no problem; especially if you know the story before attending.
Some other noteworthy comments on the Broward Center for the Performing Arts of Fort Lauderdale
- Address: 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.
- Prices: Varying from show to show, but very competitive prices. Sleeping Beauty started at $20, Peppa Pig started at $30, Tony Bennet at $50 and Tarzan at $45 to name a few.
- Parking: There is the valet parking option, or you can leave your car across the street in the Arts & Science District Garage.
- Dress Code: Not enforced but people still dress for a night at the theatre.