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APRIL 07, 2015

Miami Theater Center Celebrates 10 Years

MIAMIARTZINE.COM

Broadway Actress Tonya Pinkins Performs.

Miami Theater Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Gallery with a performance by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Tonya Pinkins on Thursday, April 9.

MTC’s MainStage will be transformed into an intimate dining, dancing, and performance space to create a unique cabaret-style setting to celebrate the Center’s  important milestone. The evening begins at 7 p.m. at the theater in Miami Shores, 9806 N.E. 2nd Avenue.

The multi-talented Pinkins, who will perform Broadway selections, is best known for her celebrated role inCaroline, or Change and her Tony Award-winning portrayal of “Sweet Anita,” the spitfire chanteuse in Broadway’s Jelly’s Last Jam.

She will co-star with Oscar winner Dianne Wiest in the upcoming New York premiere of Joel Drake Johnson’s drama, Rasheeda Speaking, directed by The Real Thing’s Cynthia Nixon. The multi-talented Pinkins has also appeared in several films in supporting roles, including Fading Gigolo, opposite Woody Allen, and Disney’s Enchanted.

She also boasts a prolific television career, including her role in the 1980s as Heather Dalton on As the World Turnsfollowed in the 1990s by her role as Livia Frye Cudahy in All My Children as well as recurring roles on TV hits such as The Cosby Show, Law & Order, Army Wives, 24, and Criminal Minds.

The evening will culminate with a Carnival-style samba show by the Miami-based drum/dance ensemble Mano Santa. Led by MTC Resident Composer Luciano Stazzone, the group has been seen and heard by millions worldwide, performing with Jennifer Lopez during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and on Shakira’s single “Did It Again.” After Hours gala tickets, which include the performance, dancing, and dessert, are available for $75 per person.

The black-tie affair will celebrate the passion and dedication of MTC’s Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin as well as her creative collaborators MTC Resident Artists Fernando Calzadilla and Luciano Stazzone who have played an integral role in the theater’s development. Since MTC was founded by Ansin in 2004 as The PlayGround Theatre (which was renamed Miami Theater Center in 2012), the theater has become recognized in the community and beyond for its vital role in producing original work and newly-imagined adaptations of classics as well as award-winning educational programs.