Go from the beach to Broadway in Fort Myers, Florida. From musicals to comedies to dramas, from national touring shows to cutting edge productions, Fort Myers sets the stage for great entertainment.
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers
Conveniently located off Summerlin Road, the main access to the beach, Mann Hall has been offering the best of Broadway, opera and classical music to residents and visitors alike since 1985. “My Fair Lady”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Hairspray” and “Mamma Mia” played the Mann this season. The Southwest Florida Symphony regales music buffs with the airs of Verdi and other classical composers. The Gulf Coast Symphony scores with the Broadway tunes of Richard Rodgers. Tickets range from $47 for balcony level seating to $67 for orchestra/mezzanine level seating. A seating chart, directions and maps are available online at www.bbmannpah.com. Order tickets online or call the box office at 1-800-440-7469.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers
Great entertainment and great value are the hallmarks of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Broadway musicals “Oklahoma!”, “Godspell” and “The Sound of Music” are fun for all ages and a buffet meal, including drinks and salad bar, makes for a complete evening. Buffet and show are $48 on Saturdays and $45 Sundays through Fridays. Matinees are $41. Show only is $25. Tickets for children 12 and under are $21. A children’s theatre presents classic and contemporary favorites for the youngsters plus a kid-pleasing menu with hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and macaroni and cheese. At just $15 for lunch and the show, it’s affordable fun for the whole family. Musical revues and comedies are presented in the 90-seat Off-Broadway Palm Theatre inside the main lobby. Dinner and show are $35, matinees (lunch) are $33 and show only is $20. To see the menu and order tickets online, visit www.broadwaypalm.com or call (239) 278-4422.
The Arcade Theatre, 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers
Enjoy the Victorian-era ambiance of the completely restored Arcade Theatre. Built in 1908 and renovated to include the finest of theatrical furnishings, the Arcade’s resident company, Florida Repertory Theatre, attracts audiences year-round with Tony-award winning comedies and dramas such as Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound”. A new series presents the latest works of America’s playwrights, such as “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom based on the best-selling book. Numerous fine dining establishments within walking distance of the theatre ensure a memorable night out in the historic district of Fort Myers. Ticket prices vary. Order online at www.floridarep.org or call toll free 1-877-787-8053.
Foulds Theatre, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
A diverse array of theatre is on the bill at the Foulds Theatre, where resident company Theatre Conspiracy performs world premieres, play readings and quality children’s theatre. The annual New Play Competition receives hundreds of entries from the United States and around the world and has premiered 15 never-before-seen plays. The award winning “Leap” by John Yearly and the romantic comedy “See Rock City” by Arlene Hutton are typical of this unique theatre’s intriguing productions. Adult tickets are $16 each, $14 for Alliance of the Arts members and $7 for students with I.D. Visit http://pages.prodigy.net/theatreconspiracy/index.htm or call 239-936-3239.