Taking its name from the affectionate shorthand fans have long-used, the beautifully renovated Parker Playhouse will reopen in September as The Parker with new guest experiences and a line-up of top artists that builds on its more than half-century tradition as a stage for great entertainment.
“When the Broward Center began managing The Parker in 2005, it was immediately clear that the performers and audiences loved the hall but that it was in need of upgrades after so many years,” said Broward Center President and CEO Kelley Shanley. “As a reflection of the important role The Parker has had in the cultural development of Fort Lauderdale, the City of Fort Lauderdale provided the initial funding to jumpstart the campaign for The Parker. Thanks to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s early support and that of many generous donors we are now ready for The Parker’s revival as a vibrant, contemporary home for outstanding cultural and educational programming that honors its history as it forges its own place in the cultural landscape of South Florida for generations to come.”
From the iconic exterior that has been incorporated into the soaring grand entrance of the S. Donald Sussman Lobby to the beloved continental seating and wide rows inside the warm elegance of Lillian S. Wells Hall, The Parker pays homage to the venue’s cherished aspects while enhanced hospitality spaces offer new opportunities for audiences to enjoy culture, cocktails and conversation throughout the theater.
The Linda B. Haller Club debuts an all-new premium lounge with a stylish retro design, spacious bar and ample seating. For one inclusive price of $35 added on to any admission ticket, The Haller Club offers exclusive use, starting one hour prior to show time and during intermission, with complimentary soft drinks, premium beer and wine, coffee and tea plus a seasonal selection of delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and desserts. (Mixed drinks and spirits available at preferred pricing lower than lobby concession prices).
Audiences will be able to create the perfect night on the town without ever leaving The Parker as they enjoy a season of extraordinary entertainment. Among the headliners coming to The Parker this season are: legendary musicians Lindsey Buckingham, Chris Botti, Keb’ Mo’, The Manhattan Transfer, Bruce Hornsby, a double bill of Los Lobos and Taj Mahal, and a triple bill of Janis Ian with Tom Chapin and Livingston Taylor; hilarious comics Bianca Del Rio, Paula Poundstone, Lewis Black and Patton Oswalt; tributes to music icons Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Journey and Led Zeppelin; Broadway stars Alan Cumming and Todrick Hall; and Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Concert Series featuring Stephanie J. Block, Santino Fontana and Laura Benanti.
The Broward Performing Arts Foundation led the $30 million Campaign for The Parker and will formally rededicate the venue in mid-September. For more than 30 years, the Broward Performing Arts Foundation has been instrumental in providing support for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Foundation was established in 1985 to deliver the required private funding to build the Center and create an endowment to sustain its operations. Over the years, the Foundation has successfully raised funds to support the Broward Center’s innovative and diverse programming, arts-in-education initiatives, community engagement activities and capital projects. Prior to the Campaign for the Parker, the Foundation raised more than $60 million to complete the Encore! capital campaign to renovate, renew and revitalize the Broward Center.
For more information about the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, call 954-468-3284 or email Foundation@BrowardCenter.org.
The Parker is located in Holiday Park at 707 N.E. Eighth Street in Fort Lauderdale. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of The Parker. Buy tickets online at ParkerPlayhouse.com and Ticketmaster.com.
The Parker 2021/2022 Season
Below is a listing of performances scheduled as of today’s date at The Parker. Additional performances will continue to be scheduled throughout the season.
Firefall, Orleans & Pure Prairie League: September 22, 2021
Rick Springfield: September 26, 2021
Leonid & Friends: September 29, 2021
Lindsey Buckingham: September 30, 2021
Under the Streetlamp: October 9, 2021
Pablo Cruise: October 10, 2021
The Monkees Farewell Tour with Michael Nesmith & Micky Dolenz: October 12, 2021
Bianca Del Rio: Unsanitized: October 18, 2021
Frontiers: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band: October 22, 2021
Taylor Tomlinson: October 23, 2021
A Solo Evening with Keb’ Mo with Special Guest The Brother Brothers: November 2, 2021
Jackie Evancho: November 7, 2021
Bruce Hornsby: November 14, 2021
Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll: November 19, 2021
The Outlaws with special Guest Pat Travers: December 3, 2021
Friends! The Musical Parody: December 4, 2021
Whose Live Anyway? with Ryan Stiles, Jeff B. Davis, Greg Proops, Joel Murray: December 5, 2021
Paula Poundstone: December 9, 2021
Lewis Black: December 10, 2021
Village People 40th Anniversary Tour Featuring Original Lead Singer Victor Willis: December 11, 2021
Bee Gees Christmas: A Holiday Tribute: December 22, 2021
Patton Oswalt: December 27, 2021
State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine: Cinderella: December 29, 2021
Stephanie J. Block with Seth Rudetsky: January 7, 2022
The Righteous Brothers: January 15, 2022
Proud Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner: January 16, 2022
In the Light of Led Zeppelin: A Tribute: January 22, 2022
Tango Fire: January 30, 2022
A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul Featuring Damien Sneed: February 3, 2022
Santino Fontana with Seth Rudetsky: February 5, 2022
The Life & Music of George Michael: February 6, 2022
Los Lobos and Taj Mahal: February 9, 2022
The Simon & Garfunkel Story: February 11, 2022
Gino Vannelli: February 27, 2022
Little River Band: March 5, 2022
Les Violons Du Roy with Jeremy Denk: March 8, 2022
Chris Botti: March 11 – 12, 2022
Laura Benanti with Seth Rudetsky: March 26. 2022
The Manhattan Transfer: March 27, 2022
Abba The Concert: A Tribute to Abba: March 31, 2022
Alan Cumming: April 1, 2022
Janis Ian with Tom Chapin & Livingston Taylor: April 2, 2022
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: April 8, 2022
Todrick Hall: The Femuline Tour: April 13, 2022
Steve Hackett, Genesis Revisited 2022: April 23, 2022
One Night of Queen performed by Garry Mullen and The Works: May 12, 2022
The 2021/2022 Dance & Classical Series is presented by PNC Wealth Management and Hawthorn. Les Violons du Roy featuring Jeremy Denk is supported by Funding Arts Broward. Chris Botti is underwritten by Marie Morris and The Howland Group. One Night of Queen is underwritten by Mary and Dean Middleton and The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation.
The performance season at The Parker is underwritten by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. All dates, times, programs, artists and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
About The Parker
Introducing The Parker. Parker Playhouse, reimagined for a new era. The stage is set for entertainment at its best at The Parker where concerts, comedy, theater, dance, family fare and more all shine in the spotlight at Fort Lauderdale’s iconic heritage venue. Beautifully renovated and set to reopen in September 2021, The Parker offers the ultimate theater experience from the soaring grand entrance of the S. Donald Sussman Lobby to the warm elegance of Lillian S. Wells Hall with its wide rows, continental seating, and remarkable acoustics and sightlines. Enhanced hospitality spaces offer ample opportunities for audiences to enjoy culture, cocktails and conversation throughout the theater. For more information, visit ParkerPlayhouse.com.
About the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
One of America’s premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events. Guest experiences at the Broward Center include the all-inclusive Club Level, special events in the Huizenga Pavilion, waterfront dining at Marti’s New River Bistro and innovative classes and workshops for all ages at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center serves more than 130,000 students annually. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit BrowardCenter.org.