Dr. Phillips Center Announces 2017-2018 Broadway in Orlando Season Line-Up

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has announced the upcoming line-up of shows for the 2017-2018 Broadway in Orlando season

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has announced the upcoming line-up of shows for the 2017-2018 Broadway in Orlando season, as well as giving us a peek at one of the titles coming during the 2018-2019 season.

The 2017-2018 season launches with the acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, followed by the celebrated revival of On Your Feet!, the true story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

Next, the ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. The Book of Mormon is back by popular demand following two previous sold out and record-breaking engagements, followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hilarious, high-energy hit School of Rock, featuring the first-ever kids’ rock band.

Finishing the season is a four-week return engagement of the renowned Disney musical, The Lion King; the Sara Bareilles-scored new musical Waitress; the completely original comedy smash Something Rotten!; and the Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning RENT 20th Anniversary Tour.

Here is the list of shows to add to your theater calendar:

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
September 12 – 17, 2017
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I is set in 1860’s Bangkok, and the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the King brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

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On Your Feet!
October 17 – 22, 2017
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple.

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Love Never Dies (The Phantom Returns)
November 21 – 26, 2017
In 1907, 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York. He has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé. Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house. This Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is the continuation of the story told in Phantom of the Opera.

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The Book of Mormon
December 12 – 17, 2017
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. It is a nine-time Tony Award-winning musical, and definitely for mature audiences.

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School of Rock
December 26 – 31, 2017
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher, who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band, playing their instruments live on stage.

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Disney’s The Lion King
February 14 – March 11, 2018
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s The Lion King, making its triumphant return to Orlando.

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Waitress
March 20 – 25, 2018
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker. Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. This musical features original songs by Sara Bareilles.

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Something Rotten!
April 24 – 29, 2018
From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon, and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! Something Rotten! Is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun, and an irresistible ode to musicals.

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RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
June 5 – 10, 2018
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dream without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters – love.

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And that sneak peek I mentioned earlier?

Hamilton
Coming to the Dr. Phillips Center during the 2018-2019 season.

TICKETS

Prices for a seven-show subscription start at $245. Prices vary based on seating location. Current subscribers can renew their seats now through March 2, 2017 for the upcoming season. New subscription packages are also available.

To renew or purchase a subscription, please visit OrlandoBroadway.com, or call the season subscriber hotline at 800.448.6322 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). Subscriptions are also available in person at the Florida Theatrical Association Box Office, located at 100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 101 in downtown Orlando (Monday – Friday 10am-5pm).

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season subscribers will have first access to tickets to The Book of Mormon and The Lion King. These return engagements are Season Options and will not be included in the standard FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando 17/18 subscription package.

The best way to guarantee tickets to Hamilton in the 2018-2019 Season is to purchase a season subscription for the 2017-2018 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season. Subscribers who renew their subscription for the 2018-2019 Season will be able to guarantee their tickets before tickets become available to the general public.

Tickets for individual shows in the 2017-2018 season will be made available at a later date.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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