Out and About: Wicked Casts Its Magic Over the Dr Phillips Center

Out and About: Wicked Casts Its Magic Over the Dr Phillips Center

Everybody knows the story of The Wizard of Oz as told from Dorothy’s point of view. But the hit musical Wicked tells the story from the witches Glinda and Elphaba (aka “The Wicked Witch of the West”) point of view.

This show has been a bucket-list item for years, and last night, I finally got to experience it at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It was everything I thought it would be and more.

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Wicked Returns to Dr Phillips Center Jan 11-29

Wicked Returns to Dr Phillips Center Jan 11-29

Broadway’s biggest blockbuster returns to Orlando when Wicked takes the stage at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 11-29, 2017.

The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, Wicked tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy dropped in.

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Out and About: An American in Paris at Dr Phillips Center is ‘S Wonderful

Out and About: An American in Paris at Dr Phillips Center in Orlando - Jerry and Lise

The hit Broadway show An American in Paris opened last night at the Dr. Phillips Center, and it truly brought a vintage view of the City of Light to life.

Based on the 1951 film of the same name, the show is a musical telling of life in Paris just after WWII for a trio of men in love, and the women who bewitch them. American soldier Jerry Mulligan (played by Garen Scribner channeling Gene Kelly) opts to stay in Paris after the war as an artist, and it’s love at first sight when he meets a mysterious woman in passing named Lise Dassin (Sara Esty). He meets her again later, discovering she is a ballerina.

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Catch An American in Paris at Dr Phillips Center Dec 13-18

Catch An American in Paris at Dr Phillips Center Dec 13-18

An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards, comes to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts December 13 -18, 2016.

Inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier and a mysterious French girl, in the European City of Love, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

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Central Florida Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for 2016

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals

If you’ve been thinking of gifting an annual pass to a local theme park or attraction to a loved one (or yourself), here are some great local Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals you should be aware of.

Some deals run the entire weekend, some for one day only. They are marked when they are valid. Black Friday is November 25; Small Business Saturday is November 26, and Cyber Monday is November 28, 2016.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit with Festival of the Trees at Orlando Museum of Art

Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, returns to the Orlando Museum of Art from November 12-20, 2016.

Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, returns to the Orlando Museum of Art from November 12-20, 2016.

During this annual event, the museum is transformed into a glittering wonderland filled with sparkling trees, vignettes and stunning holiday décor, suitable for visitors of all ages.

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Out and About: The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time at Dr Phillips Center

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time at Dr Phillips Center

On Tuesday, November 1, I was invited to check out opening night of The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time at Dr Phillips Center.

I didn’t know much about it other than it was a Tony award winning play adapted from the book of the same name, so I was intrigued when I saw the stage set up.

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Don’t Miss the Final Neanderthal Ball at Orlando Science Center Nov 5

Final Neanderthal Ball at Orlando Science Center Nov 5, 2016

On November 5, 2016, the Orlando Science Center will host its 10th and final Neanderthal Ball, the venue’s annual fundraiser.

This year’s theme is “Celebrate Our Evolution,” and guests are invited to celebrate 10 years of Neanderthal Ball and what it has helped achieve for Orlando Science Center.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents PlayFest: After Pulse Nov 3-6, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents PlayFest: After Pulse Nov 3-6, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF invites audiences to take a risk on new plays at PlayFest presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust from November 3 – 6, 2016.

This year’s event, titled PlayFest: After Pulse, will feature six new plays that explore issues surrounding the Pulse tragedy.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Plays Dr. Phillips Center in November

 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Plays Dr. Phillips Center in November

The critically acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time will play the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando November 1-6, 2016.

The Tony Award-winning play by Simon Stephens is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel of the same name. Released in 2003, the book won more than 17 literary awards, and has been translated into 44 languages.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Stuart Little Oct 25-Nov 16

Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of Stuart Little. Photo by Olivia Winslow.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Stuart Little, select dates from October 25 to November 16.

Based on the celebrated children’s book by E.B. White, Stuart Little is an extraordinary mouse born into an ordinary New York City human family.

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Orlando Philharmonic Presents Opera Candide at The Plaza Live Oct 13-16

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present Leonard Bernstein’s Candide on October 13, 14, and 16, 2016, at The Plaza Live.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, the first operetta in the Opera Series, on October 13, 14, and 16, 2016, at The Plaza Live.

From the team that brought you last season’s hit production of The Magic Flute, join Maestro Eric Jacobsen and a stellar cast for Bernstein’s operetta, a fully-costumed production sung in English with supertitles.

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Out and About: The Illusionists Thrill on Opening Night at Dr Phillips Center

The Illusionists Thrill on Opening Night at Dr Phillips Center

Last night, The Illusionists – Live From Broadway kicked off the 2016-2017 Broadway in Orlando season at the Dr. Phillips Center, and CitySurfing Orlando was invited to check this enjoyable show.

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ARTlando 2016 Returns to Orlando for Free Show Oct 1

ARTlando - free Orlando Arts festival

ARTlando, an annual free one-day art festival, returns to take over Loch Haven Park on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

The day, which starts at 11am, features an art walk and competition, and interactive exhibits, with the Orlando Museum of Art as a base.

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