Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
(954) 462-0222
This touring production, based on the 1968 movie, is “still finding its artistic wings,” said The Miami Herald. Performances are spotty, and there are some technical glitches, but the story of the wonderful sputtering flying car remains “magical” fun for kids.

Los Angeles
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
(213) 972-8001

The Los Angeles Opera’s production of Bizet’s classic is lukewarm when it should be steaming, said the Los Angeles Times. Still, “A Carmen without heat can still be Carmen,” and Hungarian mezzo-soprano Viktoria Vizin proves herself a rare vocal presence.

New York
Garden of Earthly Delights
Minetta Lane Theater
(212) 307-4100

Martha Clarke’s theatrical take on Hieronymus Bosch’s 1503 painted masterpiece is “one of the most eerily hypnotic spectacles of flesh and motion ever,” said The New York Times. This revival of the 1984 play is full of “strange, startling beauty.”