I’ve been going to the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale since 1979. It is the perfect theatre as far as I am concerned with excellent sight-lines and great acoustics. I’ve seen stars like Liz Taylor and Kathleen Turner and plays like “Bent” and “Steel Magnolias”. On Wednesday I will be going there to see “Agatha Christie’s BBC Murders” looking forward to the show and the theatre.
The Playhouse was established by Dr. Louis Parker. The curtain rose for the first time on February 6, 1967 as E.G. Marshall and Dennis O’Keefe starred in Neil Simon ’s The Odd Couple . Parker teamed with Broadway impresario Zev Buffman , who was also producing shows in Miami at the Coconut Grove Playhouse , to offer productions featuring many of the top theater artists of the day. Parker Playhouse has produced continuously for nearly 40 years with community arts organizations joining Broadway headliners in shows that made South Florida theater history.
Today, (2006) the Parker Playhouse is controlled by the Performing Arts Center Authority (“PACA”) – the governing body that oversees the Broward Center for the Performing Arts which manages the theater and provides the programming on its stage.
Although much has changed since it first opened its doors, Parker Playhouse is poised to once again take center stage and play an important role in the community.