Wednesday, March 21 • 6:30pm
In the Lobby Lounge ETC!
JOIN US ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
for 'In the Lobby Lounge . . . ETC!'
When you've tried everything else, it's time for what's left – a little bit of burlesque, vaudeville, improv and whatever else comes into our minds. Join the Front Yard Theatre Collective in exploring the possibilities! Watch out – you might just become part of the show.
Doors will open at 6pm and the action starts at 6:30pm. Cocktails available at the cash bar. Drink specials. Attendees are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the historic Olympia Theater during intermission.
This is a FREE event, open to the public.
Thursday, March 22 • 7:30pm
Rising Stars 2018 • New World School of the Arts
Rising Stars, a Broadway-style, professionally staged, energy packed, one-of-a-kind performance, highlights the extraordinary talent of high school and college students from New World School of the Arts, Florida’s premier arts institution. NWSA's signature event, Rising Stars is not only an opportunity for the school to showcase student work at a professional venue, it also affords the school an opportunity to celebrate, recognize and share alumni contributions to the worlds of Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.
The showcase begins at the New World Gallery with a juried visual arts exhibition featuring impressive and diverse artworks in painting, drawing, design, sculpture, digital media and installations The Rising Stars Exhibition offers guests, supporters, and friends a chance to explore and enjoy a carefully curated show while engaging with young artists to learn about their vision for their work.
The evening continues at the historic Olympia Theater with a pre-performance VIP Reception to welcome guests to downtown Miami's artistic landmark, followed by the Rising Stars Performance at 7:30 PM. With a remarkable program directed by New World School of the Arts dean of theater, Patrice Bailey the evening showcases recognized work performed by the high school and the college students during the school year, including selected scenes from the award-winning musicals Guys and Dolls and Sweet Charity; dance excerpts from distinguished choreographers; and exhilarating music selections presented by the NWSA Symphony Orchestra, NWSA’s award-winning Jazz and Wind Ensembles, and the Concert Choir.
Friday, April 06 • 7:00pm
Pod Save America: POD TOURS AMERICA
Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan and special guests are bringing the pod to Olympia Theater for a live, no-bullshit conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
Friday, April 06 • 10:00pm
Lovett Or Leave It
Lovett or Leave It is a weekly podcast that marries the entertainment and humor of a variety show with the substance and information of a Sunday Show. It is helmed by Jon Lovett, Pod Save America co-host and a "straight shooter" who previously served as a speechwriter to President Obama and then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Each week, Lovett breaks down the week’s news with a rotating panel of comedians, journalists, activists, elected officials and other Friends of the Pod.
Lovett or Leave It is Crooked Media’s only podcast that is recorded in front of a live audience every week, which Lovett demanded to fulfill the applause quota in his contract. The show also provides an interactive experience where audience members participate in games and segments in real-time. The show concludes with a few spins of the "Rant Wheel" in order to find out which blood-boiling topic the panel will create a diatribe about on the fly. Lovett’s unique skill set and credibility in comedy and politics, combined with the rotating panel of sharp and funny guests, provides the audience with a space where they can laugh at the overwhelming absurdity of the news cycle
Tuesday, April 10 • 7:00pm
The MOTH – Miami StorySLAM
Join us on the second Tuesday of every month!
Tickets are $10 and available one week in advance. Doors open at 6pm – StorySLAM begins at 7pm. Cocktails available at the bar. Guided tour of the historic Olympia Theater during intermission.
Want to participate in a StorySLAM? Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen.
Wednesday, April 11 • 6:30pm
In the Lobby Lounge . . . JAZZ!
JOIN US ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH . . .
for 'In the Lobby Lounge . . . JAZZ!'
On February 14, join us in the Lobby Lounge for JAZZ! Come out to meet your Downtown neighbors, have a drink and experience the Olympia like never before.
Doors open at 6:00 pm and music starts at 6:30 pm. Cocktails available at the bar. Guided tour of the historic Olympia Theater during intermission.
This is a FREE event, open to the public.
Saturday April 14• 7:00pm + Sunday, April 15 • 2:00pm
Disney's High School Musical
The SUPER talented kids, from fine arts conservatory MoonAmie are back on-stage at the Olympia with Disney's High School Musical.
Disney's smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.
The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, and brainy Gabriella cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. Disney's High School Musical is fun for the whole family!
Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 8:00pm
NIGHTWISH: Decades North America 2018
As four guys looking like they’re fresh out of high-school and a girl in leather pants played at the legendary rock-venue Lepakko in Helsinki, Finland, no-one could’ve known that one day they would be performing gigantic tours and would become the most successful band to ever come from Finland with album sales in figures with more than six digits, well known by their name NIGHTWISH. From their first album, "Angels Fall First" onwards, Nightwish gradually grew, or rather evolved.
The Decades 2018 tour will showcase popular songs and never before performed cuts from the band’s deep catalog of music. Additionally, every ticket will include a special Decades Tour CD which will be distributed at the concert.
Friday, April 27, 2018 • 7:00pm
Lonnie Smith + Kurt Elling:
Miami Downtown Jazz Festival
Presented by WDNA 88.9FM Public Radio, the 2018 Miami Downtown Jazz Festival features NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith and GRAMMY© Award winning vocalist Kurt Elling.
Dr. Lonnie Smith is a master Hammond B-3 jazz organist and composer who, in a career spanning more than 50 years, has been featured on more than 70 jazz, blues, and rhythm-and-blues recordings. He is considered one of the premier purveyors of funk/soul jazz.
GRAMMY® winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. His rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.
The evening includes the winner of the Festival’s Jazz Piano Competition open to Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Palm Beach County musicians ages 11-25.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 • 8:00pm
Layali al-Andalus - National Arab Orchestra
An enchanting evening of Arab Classical music with the National Arab Orchestra and special guests.
Layali al-Andalus, or “Andalusian Nights” is our season-launch celebration. In a nod to al-Andalus and Moorish Spain, the National Arab Orchestra will be joined by esteemed Flamenco guitarist Jose Luis de la Paz and guest singers Marian Layousse, Usama Baalbaki, Alfonso Cid and Susana Behar. Dedicated to performing and preserving the classical and contemporary traditions of Arab music, this 24-member ensemble features violins and cellos alongside traditional instruments such as oud, qanun (zither), nay (reed flute) and a percussion section including riqq (Arab tambourine).
This concert is presented by MDC Live Arts
Saturday, May 26 • 7:00pm
Don Quixote: National Ballet of Ukraine
Celebrating its 150th Anniversary on a tour of the U.S., National Ballet of Ukraine proudly presents a dynamic peformance of Don Quixote.
The National Ballet of Ukraine presents the famously jovial “Don Quixote” starring a special guest - Teatro alla Scala soloist Leonid Sarafanov on stage at the Olympia Theater. An outstanding classical ballet piece is known for dazzling choreography, unsurpassed sets, and vivid costumes. One of the most loved productions produced by Ntional Ballet of Ukraine in the 20th Century, combines classical Russian ballet techniques and contemporary interpretation so that the perfromers appear to soar over the stage.
Composed by Ludwig Minkus and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, this ballet recreates a charming vision of seventeenth century Spain as imagined in the original novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Choreographer Viktor Lytvynov who had chosen the Bolshoi’s original staging as a benchmark, has elaborated this current version of the famous piece, presented by the National Ballet.
Sunday, May 27 • 7:00pm
Sleeping Beauty: National Ballet of Ukraine
Celebrating its 150th Anniversary on tour in the U.S., National Ballet of Ukraine proudly announces one of its majestic spectacles -"Sleeping Beauty".
The singular piece is a renowned world classic adapted by the Ukrainian troupe in a unique style combining classic techniques with original dancing methods including the signature lightness and grace of movement leaving he impression dancers floating the floor "en pointe". The production of "Sleeping Beauty" features elaborate choreography to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, and is complemented with vivid costumes, elaborate scenery, and a cast of fabulous characters.
Staged in 1938 for the first time at The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre the current version was updated in 1990 by choreographer Viktor Lytvynov. It is one of the most elegant productions presented by The National Ballet of Ukraine, featuring 42 artists on stage.
Saturday, June 02 • 8:00pm
NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. He is celebrating his 80th birthday by performing a select series of concerts with his Latin Jazz Septet, including this one at The Olympia Theater.
Palmieri’s piano playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Born in Spanish Harlem to Puerto Rican parents and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales.
He played piano with popular New York bands during the 1950s before forming his own band La Perfecta in 1960. Since then he has recorded landmark albums, toured the world and been awarded countless honors – ten Grammys, Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the coveted Jazz Master award by the National Endowment or the Arts.
This concert is presented by The Rhythm Foundation and The Olympia Theater.
Saturday, September 15 • 7:30pm
Deva Premal & Miten with Manose:
SOUL OF MANTRA - LIVE!
Deva Premal & Miten with Manose invite you to experience the power of mantra when they bring their SOUL OF MANTRA-LIVE! Tour to the Olympia Theater.
The trio has traveled the world for 12 years, uplifting thousands with Deva’s soulful renditions of ancient Sanskrit chants, Miten’s inspirational songs and Manose’s sacred flute. Their concerts have a reputation for being life-transformative. The voices, the music, and the communal chanting invoke a shamanic meeting of body, mind and spirit.
The SOUL OF MANTRA - LIVE! tour is augmented by Canadian Joby Baker on bass, vocals and keyboards and Danish percussionist, Rishi. Together, this gifted ensemble serves as a musical bridge between the noisy world and meditation. With a large, faithful and constantly expanding audience – from New York to Moscow, from Paris and London to Buenos Aires and L.A, Deva Premal & Miten show us, year after year, that in the communal spirit of music, song and mantras, humanity is truly able to unite.
This Concert is presented by Stop, Breathe and Smile