Arsht's 2016-17 season is 'Beautiful,' royal and 'Wonderful'

At this time around next year, something beautiful will appear at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami as part of the 2016-2017 Broadway in Miami series.

Two shows after "Beautiful--The Carole King Musical" plays the Arsht, "Something Wonderful" will take over the stage; a touring production of the latest, lauded revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" will try to move audiences with its touching, often riveting tale with lush, hummable songs such as "Something Wonderful."

The season will begin with magic on Oct. 11, the scheduled date for the opening performance of "The Illusionists." According to the Arsht's website, this "world's best-selling magic show" will arrive in Miami "Direct from Broadway."

The show displays the "jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on Earth. The Illusionists--Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages."

"The Illusionists," which runs through Oct. 16, offers a "powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions."

Get ready for some "Dirty Dancing" from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, the next show featured in the line-up. It has been seen by millions across the world and features such hit songs as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me" and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."

The songs are set against the backdrop of the summer of 1963 in New York's Catskill Mountains, where 17-year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman happens upon an all-night dance party and becomes enthralled.

Following "Dirty Dancing," "An American in Paris" will take the stage. The musical centers on an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and "an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war," according to Arsht's website. This new Tony Award-winning musical is slated for Dec. 27-Jan. 1.

"Beautiful--The Carole King Musical" is up next. Before she became Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, Carol Klein was a Brooklyn girl with passion and nerve. The jukebox musical tells the true story of King's ascent, from making up part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends  Cynthia Weil and Berry Mann, to "becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history."

King "wrote the soundtrack to a generation" proclaims Arsht's website.

The musical, which will play from  Feb. 14-Feb. 19, 2017, is on-stage at Broadway' Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Frankie Valli and Co. next occupy the Arsht from Tuesday, April 4 - Sunday, April 9, 2017.

The true story about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons premiered in Miami in 2011.

"More than 34,000 theatergoers cheered" during the Miami run, according to the Arsht's website.

"Jersey Boys" won the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award and charts the true tale of "how four blue-collar kids became ne of the greatest successes in pop music history."

While the Four Seasons ruled pop music, another kind of royalty will follow them from May 9-14, 2017 with a touring production of Lincoln Center Theatre's revival of "The King and I."

Tony Award winning director Bartlett Sher captured four 2015 Tony Awards, including "Best Revival of a Musical" for his work in mounting the production.

The famed, beloved musical features a battle of wills between the stubborn, set-in-his-ways, severe but curious and sensitive King of Siam and an English teacher who arrives at his palace to school the ruler's many wives and children in the 1860s.

The king's relationship with the open-minded, kind-hearted educator develops slowly, with many tense moments bordering on explosive along the way.

With his direction of "The King and I," Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from "South Pacific" and "The Light in the Piazza."

The "Season Option" is "Annie," which runs March 3-5, 2017.

Those who subscribe now can secure tickets for all six shows for as low as $187.

Call (305) 949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.