Subscriptions are still the primary currency of theater programs, with all sorts of "flex" options to hook patrons into returning.
But what if the shows you want most to see in 2007-'08 are spread all over the map? This handy guide, geared to the newest shows on tour, regional theater's most contemporary offerings, the classics and the premieres, can help you make the tough choices.
The Wedding Singer was a lot more fun on Broadway than the cast album suggests. This feel-good musical is on its first national tour, at the Broward Center through Oct. 14.
Blast is marketed as musical theater but is really an indoor concert version of brass-heavy marching bands. One-nighters are at the Kravis, Dec. 31, and the Coral Springs Center, Jan. 7.
Sweeney Todd is the scaled-down musical thriller where the performers are also the musicians. At the Carnival Center, Jan. 1-6, and the Kravis, May 13-18.
The Drowsy Chaperone is as old-fashioned a musical comedy as can be imagined, at the Broward Center, Jan. 1-13.
Twelve Angry Men, the classic courtroom drama re-created on Broadway in 2006, played the Carnival last spring and returns to the Broward Center with cast changes, April 22-May 4.
Avenue Q, Muppets for grown-ups, detoured to Las Vegas after winning the 2004 Tony Award. The delayed national tour is headed for the Carnival Center, May 13-18.
The Contemporary Series: Recent Broadway and off-Broadway notables, in regional productions.
Urinetown, the award-winning 2001-02 musical sci-fi political satire, makes a long-awaited local appearance at the Actors' Playhouse in Coral Gables, Oct. 10-Nov. 4.
Miami's M Ensemble Company continues August Wilson's 10-part theatrical chronicle of African-American life in the 20th century with Jitney, Nov. 8-Dec. 16.
Doubt, the 2005 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a priest suspected of molestation, opens the new Caldwell Theatre Company playhouse in Boca Raton, Dec. 2-Jan. 6.
The GableStage grabs last season's Tony-nominated comedy The Little Dog Laughed, about fame and deception in the movie industry, Dec. 29-Feb. 3.
Love, Janis: The Musical is a leading exponent of an off-Broadway genre that chronicles the lives and legacies of popular musical icons, in this case Janis Joplin, at the Broward Center, Feb. 29-March 2.
A Body of Water, Lee Blessing's award-winning drama, is just one part of an ambitious season of highly touted new plays at the Mosaic Theatre, May 8-June 1.
Classical Series: Vintage near and far.
Melvin Van Peebles' 1971 Tony-nominated musical Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death by the Classical Theatre of Harlem should put kick into the Carnival Center season, Oct. 17-20.
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre begins a series of collaborations with the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach with The Boy Friend, the 1927 musical whose revival began Broadway's "nostalgia craze" in the 1970s, Dec. 4-23.
The Acting Company brings Shakespeare's The Tempest to the Kravis Center as part of its annual residency, March 29-30.
I'm Not Rappaport is the wrap-up attraction for the New Vista's second season, with Bruce Adler in the role created by Judd Hirsch, May 1-18.
The Premiere Series: Works new and in development.
The New Theatre begins a season of new works with David Caudle's Likeness, about a painter and a demanding client in pre-revolutionary Boston, now through Oct. 28.
End Days opens the Florida Stage 21st season, the first of a series of shows with socio-political and religious trappings, Oct. 19-Nov. 25.
Suite Surrender is a show-business comedy, Palm Beach style, from South Florida's most successful playwright, Michael McKeever, at the Caldwell in Boca Raton, Jan. 13-Feb. 17.
Ward 57 at the Florida Stage is set at Walter Reed Hospital at a time when the government's treatment of the lives and rights of injured vets is under question, March 21-April 27.
The annual Summer Shorts short-play festival brings another buffet of anticipated grins and groans to the Carnival and Broward centers, June 7-July 15.