Six Reasons Miami Deserves Its Own Theatre District
|Miami's good enough to have a theatre district, too.|
There's no question that Miami has established itself as more than just a vacation town with beautiful people -- it's a beautiful city that captures the hearts of art lovers, ex-pats, natives, celebrities, and hey, even not-easily-impressed New Yorkers. Miami's rapid transformation and ever-evolving urban landscape puts a little extra magic into the Magic City.
However, a deeper look at Miami reveals that it's fallen behind in one particular cultural offering: theatre.
Sure, we have a number of unique and engaging theatres peppered throughout Miami-Dade County. These theaters have demonstrated successful runs supported by a solid, if relatively small, community base. A designated theatre district, however, would help ensure the continued success of a form of entertainment that's underrepresented in South Florida, and earn Miami higher regard compared to other cultural cities. A theater district also brings with it the ability to market and promote shows collectively, rather than every venue fending for itself -- not to mention the twinkling lights of marquees, pizzazz, and (pardon the pun) all that jazz.
As the theatres like GableStage and the Arsht launch the first shows of the 2012-2013 season, I'm giving you six reasons Miami should be home to a theatre district.
1. Complementing Miami Culture
Miami is already recognized for having a vibrant culture for the visual arts (think Art Basel), world-class architecture (think Art Deco), and for the last eight years, it's even been recognized as a notable fashion town (think Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim). A theatre district would compliment Miami's growing arts scene and enrich the array of cultural choices within the city. Theatregoers would not only have more large-scale productions to choose from, but Broadway favorites such as The Lion King, Wicked, Mama Mia, and Chicago could settle down for longer runs, making a semi-permanent home in the subtropics. A theatre district would be a healthy contribution to the city's cultural fold.
2. National Culture Cred
Most big cities across the country have theatre districts to call their own. New York City, Los Angeles, Boston -- hell, even Cleveland has a flourishing performing arts district. (But hey, at least we snagged LeBron). Miami needs to get with the program. We have theaters spread throughout the county in Downtown, Miracle Mile, Miami Beach, and Coconut Grove -- and local, neighborhood theatres have their charms. But imagine if you could visit a thriving performing arts and theatre district where you'd have your choice of shows to see. A place like that would further the cause of establishing Miami as one of the nation's cultural capitals.