Coming Up: ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ revs up Riverside

Patrick Dougherty

Just the show to launch yourself into 2020 on an upbeat note: a hilarious and high-spirited Jazz Age tale with lots of terrific hoofin.’ Six-Tony-winning Broadway hit “Thoroughly Modern Millie” hits the boards at Riverside Theatre, this Tuesday, Jan. 7. It’s the story of Millie Dillmount, fresh from Kansas, who lands in the Big Apple at the height of the exciting, dizzying Jazz Age, with its rich milieu of “frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess you’ll love to hate,” according to Riverside’s promo. This thoroughly enjoyable musical is based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore, so says Wikipedia. Curtain: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 16, also 2 p.m.); Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets: Adults: $50 to $85, students, $25 to $42.50. 772-231-6990 or

Bake the cake; alert the fire department; and let’s all sing “Happy 250th Birthday” to Ludwig: The Atlantic Classical Orchestra is celebrating Beethoven as it opens its 30th anniversary season this Monday. Jan. 7, at Community Church of Vero Beach, with “Variations,” the music of Dvorak, Rachmaninoff and the birthday boy himself, Beethoven, starting with his very first symphony. This work is described by the concert brochure as still “steeped in 18th century values,” but also “plenty naughty, with subversive modulations, playful formal hiccups and a masterful control of dramatic unfolding” – all tantalizing tastes of the composer’s magnificent later works. In addition to Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1,” you’ll hear Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on Theme of Paganini,” performed by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez; and Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Op. 46. Time: 7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk, 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $30 to $60. 772-460-0851.

Immerse yourself in your favorite, fabulous Broadway tunes, delivered with full orchestra and terrific vocals this Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts in Vero. It’s the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s always highly anticipated January “salute to the stage”: Yes, it’s “Stars Sing Broadway,” a splendid way to start what we all hope will be a great new decade, right? As always, the SCSO kicks off its season in grand style, with a stellar professional foursome: Broadway superstar Michelle Knight (“Disenchanted,” “Jersey Boys,” “Finding Nemo”), mezzo soprano Sarah Purser, tenor Kit Cleto and baritone Stephen Mumbert, who join the orchestra to bring you, lists the SCSO promo, faves from Richard Rodgers, Frederick Loewe, Meredith Wilsson, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken, Steven Schwartz, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Claude-Michel Schönberg and more. A truly ‘Wow’. Curtain: 3 p.m. Tickets: $25. 855-252-7672.

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