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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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Summer Fusion: A Musical Celebration

Thursday, June 6, 2024; 7:30pm

Join us for an unforgettable evening with the Rick Howard Quartet as they present a Celebration of Music, blending genres from Jazz and Blues to Pop, Latin, and classics from the Great American Songbook. With the masterful Ken Levinsky on piano, the percussive talents of Tony Vigilante on drums, and the rhythmic foundation provided by Jay Heavilin on bass, prepare for an enchanting eclectic musical journey. And who knows? There may even be some surprises in store! Don't miss this exceptional showcase of musical diversity and virtuosity.

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Arts Bonita's Venturino Comedy Club

WHITE COLLAR COMEDY SHOW
featuring Mike Rivera, Vien "ComicDoc" Phommachanh, and Mark Christopher

Thursday, June 13, 2024; 7:30pm

A teacher, a doctor, and a lawyer walk into the Arts Bonita on June 13th, 2024! Join these three funny professionals for a hysterical night of stand-up comedy. Mike Rivera was named the Funniest Teacher in America. He's also a touring member of the Bored Teachers Tour. Vien “ComicDoc” Phommachanh is the #1 Ranked Laotian Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor/Comedian in Florida. He has a DryBar Comedy Special being released in 2024. Mark Christopher is an old-school comic with a modern sensibility and a lawyer. He has performed all over the country in the biggest clubs alongside some of the top comics in the country. The three of them are teaming up, for a wonderful night of comedy as part of Venturino’s Comedy Series! The show is hosted by Larry Venturino

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SPRING AWAKENING

Arts Bonita Actors Theatre Production

June 21, 2024; 7pm
June 22, 2024; 2pm & 7pm
June 23, 2024; 2pm

Spring Awakening is an electrifying journey through the trials and challenges of adolescence, with music by Duncan Sheik. Winner of eight Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, the coming-of-age story explores the thrill and heartbreak of young adulthood; and the generational conflict surrounding education and the dangers of withholding knowledge. With a score of contemporary rock music that transformed the way Broadway thinks about musicals, Spring Awakening is a poignant and thrilling ride that stings with resonance for today’s youth.

LYRICS: STEVEN SATER
BOOK: STEVEN SATER
MUSIC: DUNCAN SHEIK

CONTENT & TRIGGER WARNING: Spring Awakening contains Content and Trigger Warnings due to mentions of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, mental illness, abortion, death, suicide and sexual content.

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Zach Bartholomew: Jazz as World Music

Thursday, June 27, 2024; 7:30pm

Jazz, in the words of the iconic musician Jack DeJohnette, “has always been a world music.” That is the premise of this pathbreaking concert, in which Arts Bonita Resident Artist Dr. Zachary Bartholomew brings in the internationally renowned ethnomusicologist and percussionist Michael Bakan, joined by bassist Brandon Robertson and vocalist Nicole Bartholomew, for a diverse program of world-inspired jazz and jazz-inspired world music. Highlighting compositions by Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Alice Coltrane, Astor Piazzolla, Abbey Lincoln, and Tito Puente, Bakan and company will take you on a musical journey extending from India, Turkey, and Tunisia to Brazil, Cuba, and Argentina. Don’t miss this one!

The Band:
Zachary Bartholomew - piano
Michael Bakan - drums and percussion
Brandon Robertson - bass
Nicole Bartholomew - voice

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KING SOLOMON HICKS

Friday, July 12, 2024; 7:30pm

Solomon Hicks, the prodigious guitarist and vocalist known as King Solomon Hicks, emerges from the vibrant tapestry of New York City's music scene, his journey rooted in a childhood passion for the guitar ignited at age six. Rejecting the pursuit of speed in favor of depth and versatility, Solomon honed his craft amidst the diverse influences of Harlem, shaping his identity as a musician capable of effortlessly navigating an array of styles. Garnering acclaim with his debut album "Harlem," produced by Kirk Yano, Solomon's talent has earned him accolades such as the 2021 Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist. His performances on renowned stages alongside icons like Buddy Guy and Tony Bennett affirm his status as a rising star in blues music. Beyond his own success, Solomon is dedicated to nurturing young talent, serving as a judge for the International Blues Challenge and sharing his expertise with organizations like the Children's Aid Society. With each soulful note, Solomon Hicks embodies the timeless essence of the blues, leaving an indelible mark on the world of music while ensuring its legacy endures for generations to come.

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Arts Bonita's Venturino Comedy Club

Dennis Regan, Michael Murillo, and Larry Venturino

Thursday, July 18, 2024; 7:30pm

Dennis Regan is a stand up comedian with over 30 years of performing under his belt. From Miami, he has performed in every state except for Arkansas. He has been a regular on cruise ships and in the biggest comedy clubs in the country, including the Comedy Cellar, Catch A Rising Star, and The Comic Strip. Dennis has appeared multiple times on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as appearances on Showtime and Comedy Central. He was also a writer for the hit TV sitcom - King of Queens.

Feature Act: Michael Murillo
Hosted by: Larry Venturino

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

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.!

*Livestream ticket link: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/84763

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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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Arts Bonita's Venturino Comedy Club presents

LARRY VENTURINO & FRIENDS

Thursday, August 15, 2024; 7:30pm

Join Larry Venturino when he brings in some hilarious friends of his to the Arts Bonita on August 15th, 2024!

Larry Venturino is originally from Rhode Island but lives in Florida. He has performed in the top comedy clubs around the country. With over 15 million views of his comedy worldwide, his stand up show offers a little something different than you may have come to expect. Joining Larry is comedian, Sheena Reagan, who won Florida’s Funniest Female Competition; Nik Macik who is a nationally touring comedian also seen in Amazon Prime films and Tubi Tv series; and Angela Nacca, who was a Florida's Funniest Female finalist and a crowd favorite in clubs and theaters around Florida. This show has all the ingredients for a fun, maybe a little weird, all-around good time.

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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!

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