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It isn’t only sea and sand that meet in Greater Fort Lauderdale—the region also brings together cutting-edge performance spaces with world-class performers, making the destination unparalleled for the very best in music, dance, and theater.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, along the New River and adjacent to Esplanade Park, boasts multiple venues, including the impressive 2,658-seat Au-Rene Theater and its regular rotation of classical music and Broadway performances. Hosting the Disney in Concert series, visiting philharmonic orchestras, and Broadway Across America!, the Au-Rene Theater presentations rival the biggest cities and provide entertainment for every interest and age group. Whether it’s "Hamilton" or "Oklahoma!," the Broward Center’s state-of-the-art venues bring in the best in live theater entertainment to residents and visitors.
In addition to annual dance performances of the "Nutcracker" and "Swan Lake" by the in-house ballet company, this premier performing arts venue also serves more than 150,000 visiting students annually and houses performances by the Florida Grand Opera, presenting classic operas like "Tosca" and "The Barber of Seville" alongside new American operas that challenge the genre. For those interested in seeing behind the curtains of these impressive shows, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts provides family-friendly, free tours on the first Sunday of every month. No advance reservation is necessary, but be sure to show up promptly by 11:15 a.m. to guarantee a spot.
Between the appreciative crowds and endless amenities, there’s good reason for every musical touring act to make a stop in Greater Fort Lauderdale as well. The BB&T Center has hosted every musical star from Billy Joel to Barbara Streisand and offers outstanding acoustics. Ample parking and easy access make for an enjoyable night out to see the best musicians in the country.
Another stop for major touring acts is the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, which has hosted everyone from John Legend to Bruce Springsteen to Van Morrison. After a show, fans can always continue the party at the Hard Rock’s casino.
The incredible venues, top-notch amenities, and beautiful weather of Greater Fort Lauderdale are as attractive to musicians, dancers, and theater companies as they are to residents and visitors, guaranteeing that the very best performers will always make their way to the area. All fans have to do is sit back and watch.