Looking to buy your sweetie something besides flowers and chocolate this Valentine’s Day? Tickets to a performance or show is an experience that will last beyond February 14. Luckily, there is no shortage of performing arts here on the Space Coast. Whether your interests include live theater productions or sounds of the symphony, plan a date night out this month at one of the spectacular shows taking place.


Through March 1
“Our Leading Lady”

Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays

This quirky comedy, set in Washington, D.C., in 1865, revolves around the British-born stage actress Laura Keene whose wacky company is performing at Ford’s Theatre the night Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth. Even though this sounds sad, the backstage mishaps take focus over the national tragedy, giving the old theatre maxim, “The show must go on!” a truly different dimension. Just picture the Civil War meets Waiting for Guffman! $23-$25. (321) 723-6935 or


Through February 15
“West Side Story”

Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” takes to the gang-ridden streets of 1950s Manhattan as two teens from rival gangs do the unthinkable and fall in love. $16-$24. (321) 636-5050 or


February 7
“The Great American Songbook” with Jeff Shadley

The Scott Center, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne
7 p.m.

Superstar entertainer, Jeff Shadley returns to the Space Coast to present “The Great American Songbook.” The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra join to celebrate “The Great American Songbook” with selections by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra. The concert promises to be a swinging one, with Shadley leading the party on a journey through a century of America’s greatest music. $20.


February 12
Jerry Seinfeld

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne
7 p.m.

Be prepared to laugh until it hurts! America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. $65-$125. (321) 242-2219 or


February 13 – 22
“Always a Bridesmaid” 

Titusville Playhouse at the Historic Emma Parrish Theatre, 301 Julia Street, Titusville
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays

“Always a Bridesmaid” is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?” $15. (321) 268-1125 or


February 20 – March 1
“God of Carnage”

Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Avenue, Melbourne
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. $16-$26. or (321) 723-8698.

This article appears in the February 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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