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UNLEASH YOUR INNER SUPERSTAR: SING ALONG SUNDAYS FILM SERIES

Written By Gina Margillo
January 19, 2024 at 4:49 PM

Unleash your inner superstar with Sing Along Sundays.

If you’re shy about picking up the mic at your local karaoke bar, and reserve your solos for the shower, now’s your chance to come out of hiding. O Cinema and The Miami Theater Center are teaming up again for their Sing Along Sundays series of popular musicals that has audiences openly crooning their hearts out in public–in the dark. For each screening, lyrics will be prominently displayed so that everyone can join in. If the spirit moves you, come dressed in character and dance in the aisles.

First up, on Sunday, Jan. 28, is the 2005 remake of Mel Brooks, “The Producers,” directed by Susan Stroman and starring Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Will Farrell, and Mathew Broderick. This version, and the original film, made in 1967, and starring Gene Wilder, was based on the stage play of the same name. This black comedy follows the shenanigans of a theater producer and his accountant who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a stage musical purposely designed to fail. When their script about Adolf Hitler and the Nazis accidentally becomes a hit, chaos ensues. The initially controversial film went on to become a cult classic with Brooks winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Sing along to classics like “I Wanna Be a Producer,” “Springtime for Hitler,” and “Betrayed.”

ABBA fans will appreciate the cheeky musical, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!” on Sunday, Feb. 11. Amanda Seyfried plays Meryl Streep’s daughter, who delves into her mother’s past to identify her real father. Cher, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Andy Garcia, among others, sing favorites like “Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen,” and “Fernando.”

If you’ve forgotten what it sounds like when doves cry, then get yourself to the Miami Theater Center on Sunday, March 10 for “Purple Rain.” Released in 1984, when Prince was just 25 years old, the movie tells the story of a talented musician who is struggling to find his own voice and escape his father’s shadow. Filmed almost entirely in Minneapolis, this cult classic will have you singing along to “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and of course, the title track. Fans are encouraged to come dressed in their ’80s best.

The series ends on Sunday April 14 with the original masterpiece, “West Side Story,” released in 1961, and starring Natalie Wood. Adapted from Arthur Lauents’ 1957 stage play, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins, it reimagines a 1950s Romeo and Juliet. Tony and Maria, two young lovers in New York, find their love interrupted amidst the violence and hatred between two street gangs and the tensions between their two communities. Let yourself get carried away singing “Tonight,” “America,” “Somewhere,” and “I Feel Pretty.”

Bring someone along who may have only seen Steven Spielberg’s 2021 remake, written by Tony Kushner and Arthur Laurents.

WHAT: Sunday Sing Alongs

WHERE: Miami Theater Center 9806 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33138

WHEN: January 28, February 11, March 10, April 14, 2024

COST: Adults – $15
Older Adults (62+ years old w/ valid ID) – $13.50
Students & Teachers (w/ valid ID) – $13.50
Children (12 years old & under) – $13.50
Military (w/ valid ID) – $13.50
O Cinema Members – $12

INFORMATION: Tickets are available online at o-cinema.org and at the Miami Theater Center box office.

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