In the brick-lined subterranean showroom of Wise Guys Comedy Club & 201 Bistro, nationally touring rib ticklers ply their craft. The intimate comedy den comfortably seats up to 110 revelers and allows for prime viewing of top-notch comedians from every angle. Tableside cocktail service allows guests to stay seated throughout the shows, and Wise Guys doesn’t require standard drink minimums. The bar beckons with sterling woodwork and bar-side tarot-card readings. Before or after the side-splitting comedy shows, 201 Bistro satisfies guests with a hearty menu of steak, pasta, and seafood entrees.
An old-fashioned marquee illuminates the entrance to the Palace Theater, its scarlet and gold light beaming just as brightly as when the venue first opened in 1922. Back then, it was a 1,300-seat neighborhood movie theater with a second-floor dine and dance ballroom. That was owner Alfred Dibella's vision, and when he passed away in 1959, he made sure the theater landed safely in the hands of his daughter, Frances.
Today, the Palace remains a family heirloom. Much like a dubstep remix of the Gettysburg Address, the current space is a mixture of modern technology and vintage appeal, retaining its architectural integrity despite updates over the years. Perhaps the biggest change has been Palace's transformation from a single-screen movie house into a multi-use event space, capable of hosting everything from rehearsal dinners to graduation ceremonies.
Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.
At Guzmán's, owners Michael Guzmán and Jennifer Greene and their talented staff of experienced hoofers lead students of all ages through torso-twisting routines in weekly beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. Hip-hop dance classes mine pulsating beats that spur bodies to pop, lock, and break, and beginning instruction in salsa teaches students the basic steps and vocabulary of the sultry dance. High-energy Latin sounds reverberate through frames in cardio-focused Zumba classes, which help tone cores and limbs with easy-to-copy moves. Test out musical-theater choreography and practice the motions dictated to you by the tiny dancer living in your cerebellum while gliding across the Stagestep dance floor in one of three separate studios.
Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band salutes the King of Pop with spirited reverence in an extravagant showcase spanning four decades of Michael Jackson’s record-breaking career. The seven-piece collective has charmed the globe with its meticulous mimicry, keeping the eternal flame of Michael Jackson burning while giving old and new fans room to dance. With glitzy jackets, the signature glove filled with peanut butter, and synchronized choreography, Who’s Bad delivers a set stacked high with hits ranging from MJ’s wunderkind days in The Jackson 5 to his hyperbaric epilogue, earning exhilarated gasps and swaying sing-alongs. With muscular horns, tectonic grooves, and ghost-tickling execution, Who’s Bad gets audiences as close as they can get to the legendary juggernaut without having to hang out with Macaulay Culkin.
Hard-rock juggernauts Five Finger Death Punch give audiences four for flinching on their Share The Welt tour, a high-octane evening of nail-driving metal and chugging aural concrete. Since bursting onto the scene in 2007 with its gold-selling debut, The Way of the Fist, Five Finger Death Punch has scaled the charts and the musical food chain, gulping its competition like a possessed Takeru Kobayashi. For the tour in support of its latest effort, American Capitalist, the gang enlists an entire posse of heavy hitters. Massachusetts metal mavens All That Remains, fresh from melting soles on the Vans Warped Tour, bludgeon audiences with an arsenal of hits, and hardcore shredders Hatebreed share unkind words as they haze the speed of sound. Adding power-chord crunch to the show, Fort Wayne’s Rains sprinkles audiences with raw and emotional sonic sleet.