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Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan presented an honorary Key to the County to Broadway Director and Cirque Dreams creator Neil Goldberg in celebration of “WE”…The Passion & Rhythm of the People. “WE” is the highly anticipated stage performance that will be the pinnacle of the yearlong Broward 100 Centennial Celebration. A diverse group of local talent have been cast in the Broadway style show that includes South Florida musicians, dancers, poets, choirs, athletes and a variety of acts featuring people ages nine to seventy.
“I want to thank Neil Goldberg for bringing his time and talent to what will be an extraordinary performance in celebration of Broward’s Centennial,” said Mayor Ryan.
The two hour show will feature celebrity recording artists and television and Broadway actors in a theatrical journey through decades of Broward County’s growth and diversity.
“It is exciting and humbling to produce, collaborate and enrich so many extraordinary talents in our community and bring them together in ‘WE'” said Goldberg, who has created and produced unique performances that have appeared in more than 350 U.S. cities, 20 countries and attended by more than fifty million people.
Goldberg announced that the audience will vote for their favorite local performer who will win a $10,000 cash prize with each of the five runners up receiving $1,000 in cash prizes sponsored by the Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation.
The performance of “WE” will be hold Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Au-Rene Theatre. “WE” is presented by Broward 100 as part of the grand finale, Duende. Tickets are available online at browardcenter.org, in person at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office or by calling (954) 462-0222
Broward County, FL — More than 100 talentedartists from our community have earned coveted roles in “The Show of the Century”… After months of auditioning thousands of aspiring individuals, Broadway Director and Cirque Dreams Creator, Neil Goldberg presented the multi-talented and diverse cast of “WE.” His highly anticipated Broadway-style show will be the pinnacle of Broward’s yearlong centennial celebration, Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community.
At a news conference on Friday, June 26 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the curtain rose and revealed members of the cast for the first time to the media, community leaders, elected officials and sponsors.
The cast of “WE,” consists of brilliantly-talented South Florida musicians, dancers, poets, choirs, athletes and variety acts ranging in age from 9-70+ including:
Brandon Goldberg, 9 Year Old Pianist, N. Miami
Reif Howey, 9-Year Old Hip Hop Dancer, Plantation
Diana & Andrea Pombo, 9 & 11 Year Old Sisters, Contemporary Dancers, Miami
Maisy Surman, 12 Year Old Singer, Actress, Davie
Ella Noriega, 13 Year Old Pop Singer, Davie
Nick Aquilino, 17 Year Old Pop/R&B Singer, Boca Raton
Marnino Toussaint, 19 Year Old Poet, Rapper, Miramar
Quency Gordon 21 Year Old Actor, Hip-Hop Dancer, Coral Springs
Michael Angelo Gonzalez, Singer/Actor, Miami
Whitney Deal, Actress, Fort Lauderdale
Ben Bagby Tap, Voice, Music Producer, Plantation
Craig Strang Singer, Plantation
Emmanuel Aderele African Percussionist, Pompano Beach
Amaleke Bradley Hip Hop Dancer, Miami
Susan Davis Poet, Professor at NSU, Pembroke Pines
Ann Hallett Singer, Actress, Fort Lauderdale
Tim Hawkins Singer, Guitarist, Plantation
Randy Corinthian Saxophonist, Fort Lauderdale
Yasa Poletaeva & Darren Matias Concert Violinist & Piano Duo, Boca Raton
Fushu Daiko 16 Taiko Drummers, Coral Springs
Kelly Academy of Irish Dance 14 Irish Step Dancers, Pompano Beach
Nuria Martinez & Armando Orzuza Tango Dance Couple, Plantation
Gateway Community Church 40 Member Gospel Choir, Fort Lauderdale
Sean Defreitas, 12 Designs by Sean, Carnivale Costumes, Fort Lauderdale
The two hour show will also feature celebrity recording artists and stars of Broadway and television in an immersive, multi-media and theatrical journey through decades of Broward County’s growth, diversity and the community “WE” call home.
The performance of “WE” will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Au-Rene Theatre.
As a thank-you for producing this monumental show as a gift to the community, Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan presented Goldberg with the “Key to the County” at the news conference.
“Neil is a stellar example of the talent, passion and generosity we have right here in our community,” said Ryan. “We are so fortunate to have a treasure of his magnitude living in Broward County,” Ryan added.
Jan Goodheart, Vice President External Affairs, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Sheri S. Brown, Vice President Grants & Initiatives, The Community Foundation of Broward , praised Goldberg for his contributions. Both proudly acknowledged that “WE” will showcase the many talents Broward County has to offer and further enhance Broward County’s reputation as a cultural destination.
Goldberg, also, announced that on the night of the show, the audience will vote for their favorite local performer who will win a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by the Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation. Additionally, the Foundation will award each of the five runners up with $1000 cash prizes.
“It is exciting and humbling to produce, collaborate and enrich so many extraordinary talents in our community and bring them together in “WE” -The Passion & Rhythm of the People” said Goldberg.
Ticket prices range from $25 – $85, not including service or handling charges, and are available through Ticketmaster, online at BrowardCenter.org, in person at Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office or by calling 954 462-0222.
VIP Dinner & Ticket packages are $160 and include front orchestra seating and pre-show dinner in the Mary N. Porter Ballroom from 7-7:45 PM.
“WE” is presented by Broward 100 as part of the grand finale, Duende. In the spirit of celebrating creativity, Duende will bring together Broward County’s diverse talent and people in a countywide finale. Thousands of people will celebrate Duende with Broward County’s 100th birthday through a mosaic of art, culture, and entertainment.