Stop me, theater people, if you’ve heard this one before: As they audition for a renowned director of a prominent Broadway musical, a group of aspiring triple-threat talents shows off its skills; reveals dreams, fears, and desires; and otherwise unravels while trying to land the part of a lifetime. This is the plot of Performing Arts Politics, or P.A.P., a little-seen 2008 musical from local choreographer Pablo Malco that is receiving its encore this weekend at the Broward Center. But it sounds an awful lot like A Chorus Line, the Marvin Hamlisch classic. Malco acknowledges the similarities; he calls the Hamlisch musical his “biggest inspiration” and hopes to honor its legacy by producing, in P.A.P., an “urban Chorus Line.” The dancers in P.A.P. include a spicy Latina from Miami, an elderly Brazilian woman trying to preserve her performing-arts mojo, and a couple of macho young guys who, as Malco says, “think the world revolves around them.” Overall, expect a broad cross section of underserved cultures represented onstage, with minority actors delivering heartfelt monologues and performing musical numbers that run a gamut from hip-hop and jazz to traditional Broadway choreography.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater, located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20 to $55, and proceeds will benefit Malco’s nonprofit performing-arts organization, Developing Dreams. Call 954-462-0222, or visit browardcenter.org. See more in Stage, page XX.