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Arts Bonita Actors Theatre Production

July 19, 2024; 7pm
July 20, 2024; 2pm & 7pm
July 21, 2024; 2pm
*Livestream performance: July 21, 2024; 2pm

Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice as she navigates the curious world of Wonderland on her journey of self-discovery. Along her adventure, Alice encounters the ever-tardy White Rabbit, the grinning Cheshire Cat, a cool Caterpillar, the wacky Mad Hatter, a temperamental Queen, and many more beloved Wonderland characters in this charming updated retelling of the classic Lewis Carroll stories. Adapted especially for young performers, the musical includes favorite songs from the Disney canon such as “I’m Late,” “The Unbirthday Song,” and “Painting the Roses Red,” in addition to music from the 2010 Tim Burton live-action film. Whether this is your first experience with Alice or your hundredth, you’ll lose your head (and your heart) for Alice in Wonderland JR.!

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Compton & Bennett in A Cracker at the Ritz

Tuesday, May 14 & 28, 2024; 7pm
Tuesday, June 11 & 25, 2024; 7pm
Tuesday, July 9 & 23, 2024; 7pm
Tuesday, August 6 & 20, 2024; 7pm

Satirists Compton & Bennett present their newest musical, A Cracker at the Ritz. Enjoy a 85-minute satirical roasting of all things Florida in song and sketch comedy. You'll hear Snowbird Come and He Won't Go Home, Swampland Scam, Migrant Worker Man and many more! Includes a 15-minute intermission.

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Zachary Bartholomew: “Balancing Act” Album Release Concert

Thursday, July 25, 2024; 7:30pm

This concert features an all-star group with musicians from all over the country led by Miami-based award-winning pianist/composer and Resident Artist Dr. Zachary Bartholomew. Zach's virtuosity, musical creativity, and fun energy has made him a fan favorite of audiences throughout all parts of the Sunshine State and his diverse musical repertoire make every concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This will be not just a show, but a party celebrating the release of Zach’s brand new album: Balancing Act! Hear the stories behind the compositions directly from the composer and enjoy a night of world-class music and fun! This show features world-renowned trumpeter Benny Benack III from NYC, Grammy & Latin Grammy award winning saxophonist David Fernandez, University of Miami’s professor of Contemporary Bass Marty Quinn, and Costa Rican master drummer and Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Fullerton Rodolfo Zuniga!

The Band:
Zachary Bartholomew - piano
Benny Benack III - trumpet
David Fernandez - saxophone
Marty Quinn - bass
Rodolfo Zuniga - drums

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Mark Sanders: Celebrating Broadway

Saturday, July 27, 2024; 7:30pm

The music of Broadway comes alive in this exciting new concert series by stage veteran and South Florida favorite Mark Sanders. Mark will take you on a new journey each month, celebrating Broadway artists, composers, and musicals from stage to screen with special guests along the way.

This intimate and unforgettable inaugural concert features the world-renowned pianist, Phil Hinton, performing a smorgasbord of favorites from the ‘Great White Way’ that will give you a taste of what Celebrating Broadway is all about. Explore young love with “All the Things You Are”, the haunting melodies of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Music of the Night,” the heartbreaking prayer “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables and so much more.

Mark’s soaring tenor voice, dynamic stage presence, and emotional connection will make you fall in love with Broadway's iconic songs all over again!

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Broadway Today

A New Musical Revue
August 14, 2024; 7:00pm

Join us for a dazzling evening of cutting-edge musical theatre at BROADWAY TODAY, a fully-produced cabaret packed with the biggest hits from Broadway’s latest and greatest shows.

Directed and created by Kody C. Jones, this unforgettable night of song and dance will not only delight audiences, but also serve as a vital fundraiser. Your support will help fund essential upgrades for the Arts Bonita Young Actors Theatre program, including new lighting, microphones, and dressing room improvements. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy Broadway's finest while contributing to the future of Southwest Florida’s best and brightest young performers!

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Zach Bartholomew Trio: My Favorite Things

Thursday, August 29, 2024; 7:30pm

End the hot summer with the coolest jazz in all of Florida! Resident Artist Dr. Zachary Bartholomew presents My Favorite Things, an eclectic concert highlighting all-time favorites from the Great American Songbook and jazz catalog. As always, Zach is joined by an amazing band that will be putting their personal twist on these recognizable jazz classics. Join us for a night of world-class music that you won’t find anywhere else!

The Band:
Zachary Bartholomew - piano
Mikailo Kasha - bass
Brandon Lee Lewis - drums

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Friday, August 30, 2024; 7:30pm

Carl "Buffalo" Nichols is a trailblazer in blues music, seamlessly merging historical roots with contemporary innovation. His distinctive sound, characterized by haunting vocals and a stripped-back guitar style, serves as a poignant homage to the blues traditions while offering a profound reflection on the lived experiences of modern-day Black Americans. With each note, Nichols weaves a captivating narrative that resonates with authenticity and emotional depth, showcasing a deep respect for the genre's origins and pioneers.

In his latest album, "The Fatalist," Nichols ventures into uncharted sonic territory, embracing elements of electronic music to create a mesmerizing fusion of past and present. Through 808 programming, sampled echoes of blues legends like Charley Patton, and intricate layers of synth, Nichols crafts a rich and textured soundscape that pushes the boundaries of traditional blues while retaining its core essence. Far from a mere experiment, "The Fatalist" is a testament to Nichols' artistry and vision, offering listeners a compelling journey through the landscapes of sound and emotion, where the timeless spirit of the blues meets the pulse of the 21st century.

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Zach Bartholomew: Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (Featuring Trumpeter James Suggs)

Thursday, September 12, 2024; 7:30pm

The second season of Zachary Bartholomew's Resident Artist Concert series is kicking off with a banger: The music from "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis. This is arguably the most famous and influential jazz album of all time and this concert will present all of the compositions from the record in a brand new light. Featuring trumpet virtuoso James Suggs and an all-star band, come hear the music of Miles Davis as you've never heard it before! As a bonus, audiences will get to hear brand new original music inspired by Miles Davis written specifically for this show!

The Band:
Dr. Zachary Bartholomew - piano
James Suggs - trumpet
TBD - saxophone
TBD - bass
TBD - drums

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Marlow Rosado – RETRO

Saturday, September 21, 2024; 7:30pm

Get ready for a night of high-energy, eclectic, and amped-up music with Marlow Rosado's Retro at Arts Bonita! This two-time Grammy-winning Latin artist, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist brings over two decades of experience in the music industry to the stage. With 16 Grammy nominations and numerous other accolades, Rosado is a powerhouse in Latin music and a leading figure in the salsa scene.

Born in Puerto Rico, Marlow Rosado moved to Miami to attend Florida Atlantic University on a full scholarship, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Following graduation, he dedicated a decade to teaching music at Miami Dade County schools, earning a 2014 proclamation from the superintendent and the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus award from FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.

Rosado's second album, Retro, is a testament to his talent and passion, earning him the American Grammy for Best Tropical Album and solidifying his place in music history. Don't miss this chance to experience the electrifying performance of Marlow Rosado live at Arts Bonita!

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Everglades blues - Stories from the swamp

Saturday, September 28, 2024; 7:30pm

Everglades blues - Stories from the swamp, ventures into the Florida Everglades for forgotten stories and songs, as told by first hand accounts of pioneer families and travelers who call it home.
It also celebrates, and supports, every effort to protect and preserve the Florida everglades and its magnificent wildlife habitat.

Musically, the swamp blues genre can be found particularly in the South East but Florida has its distinctive signature. Strong percussive rhythms, legendary chorus, soulful singing, and a no-frills-just-blues approach everybody loves.

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