During the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, composer Jule Styne created songs that audiences hum leaving the theater prompting Frank Sinatra to once remark, “Jule Styne is simply the best there is at what he does – his song list reads like the history of American popular music.”
Styne’s music is once again center stage as Mazel Musicals and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present Time After Time: The Songs of Jule Styne from Wed., Feb. 9th through Sun., Feb. 13th at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th Street). This presentation in the Melodies and Memories Series is sponsored by Vi Living at Aventura and was conceived and directed by Barry Levitt, former Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s smash Lyrics and Lyricists Series.
Guest star Deborah Tranelli and some of the area’s best entertainers perform a score filled with gold standards of the American Songbook including “Just In Time,” “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “Time After Time,” “I’ve Heard That Song Before” and “People.”
Best known for playing Bobby Ewing’s faithful secretary Phyllis on the TV show Dallas, Tranelli is also a Broadway performer and cabaret star. In reviewing her solo release “A Lot of Livin’,” JazzTimes called Tranelli “a first-rate singer who throughout her splendidly polished debut disc shimmers and sparkles.”
An Academy Award-winner for his song “Three Coins in the Fountain,” Styne specialized in songs created for stars including Carol Channing, Ethel Merman and Barbra Streisand. His accolades include his election to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 as well as becoming a Kennedy Center Honoree.
Showtimes are Wed., Feb. 9th through Fri., Feb. 11th at 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 12th at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sun., Feb. 13th at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $32. Tickets and group discounts are available by calling 954-462-0222 or select a seat online at aventuracenter.org.
Remaining performances in the Melodies and Memories series are A Grand Tour: The Songs of Jerry Herman (March 9 – 13); and The Night is Filled with Music: The Music of the RKO Pictures Era (April 13 – 17).