Like holiday cutlery, It’s a Fabulous Life is the kind of show that’s brought out once a year, polished, and probably best enjoyed with spiked eggnog. A gay-themed redux of It’s a Wonderful Life, it premiered as a shoestring sketch from the 60-voice South Beach Gay Men’s Chorus back in 2001, graduated into a full-fledged musical production in 2003, and continues to undergo cosmetic improvements in its casting and pop-culture references. This being a gay-themed play, the story is set — where else? — in the musical theater business, where the writer of Randolph the Rainbow Reindeer begins to wish he had never been born… gay. He’s visited by an angel, who shows him how things would be different if he had been born straight. Expect to hear familiar and unfamiliar show tunes and to see beefcake, camp, and a drag diva. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35. Call 954-462-0222, or visit browardcenter.org.
Thu., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 1, 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 2, 1 & 6 p.m., 2012