Since 1989, The Miami Symphony Orchestra has mimicked Miami’s cultural diversity with concerts and events that act as a melting pot of musical influences. Music director Eduardo Marturet, a Venezuelan composer and conductor, helms many of the concerts, encouraging the musicians to unleash their inner Beethovens or Bachs—former members of the ’80s hair-metal band Skid Row.
Such is the FGO's dedication to the details. Costume designers pore over every hem and bauble. The music director scours the globe to cultivate the right cast and musicians. Props masters assemble period-perfect tableaux and render painstaking
Founded in 1999, Just The Funny Theater hosts a rotating roster of improv and sketch teams, and also opens its stage to standup comedians. The theater’s comedic cast members have numerous credits from local theater productions. Just The Funny also offers classes in the improvisational arts and sketch writing, during which instructors dispense the comedic skills they’ve learned from their own training with such groups as The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Groundlings.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
When the Colony Theatre opened in 1935, as part of Paramount Pictures' movie-theater chain, it signaled a new era in Miami Beach entertainment. Its Art Deco style gave life and panache to the films that lit its silver screen and the performers who took its stage. Now, more than three quarters of a century later, the theater remains a mainstay of the area's cultural landscape, having recently completed a $6.5 million restoration to bring that original glory back. Apart from concerts, the venue hosts dance performances, standup comedy, film screenings, and ushering tournaments.