Broadway Across America Presents Evita at the Bob Carr P.A.C. March 25-30, 2014

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning musical Evita returns to the Bob Carr P.A.C. for a short run March 25-30.

EvitaThis hit musical tells the story of how Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition, and fragile health made her one of the most tragic.

Evita also features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

Tickets for Evita are $38.50 to $75.50 and are available online or at the box office.

Orlando Philharmonic Holds Annual Holiday Concert November 30, 2013

On Saturday, November 30, the Orlando Philharmonic will perform its annual “Home for the Holidays” concerts at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.

Orlando Philharmonic HolidaysConducted by Albert George Schram, this year’s program will feature the entire Orlando Philharmonic with The Holiday Singers and the Florida Opera Theatre Youth Chorus. There will also be special appearances by dancers from Orlando Ballet, an aerialist, and bagpipers from the Rosie O’Grady Highlanders.

Home for the Holidays” will include seasonal favorites like “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “I Saw Three Ships,” along with classical selections such as Overture to “Die Fledermaus,” contemporary works like “Wassail, Wassail All Over the Tuba,” and a special performances of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with narrator.

Tickets are $18-$70, and are available online or at the Bob Carr box office. For more information, visit OrlandoPhil.org.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help restock the pantry at Second Harvest Food Bank.

Broadway Across America-Orlando presents Book of Mormon at Bob Carr P.A.C. in Orlando October 29 – November 10, 2013

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Tony Award-winning musical Book of Mormon arrives in Orlando this week to play the Bob Carr P.A.C. from October 29 through November 10.

Written by South Park‘s Matt Stone and Trey Parker, along with Robert Lopez, this is an irreverant fish-out-of-water/coming-of-age tale of a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get…Uganda.

Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Tickets for Book of Mormon are $45-$150, and can be purchased online or at the box office. Showtimes are 8pm Tuesdays through Fridays, 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays, and 1pm and 6:30pm on Sundays. Expect explicit language.

The Bob Carr P.A.C. is located at 401 W. Livingston St in downtown Orlando.

Orlando Philharmonic Presents Rossini’s The Barber of Seville October 25 and 27, 2013

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will produce Rossini’s comedic opera, The Barber of Seville, at the Bob Carr P.A.C. on October 25 and 27.

The Barber of SevilleThe Barber of Seville tells the story of how town barber and local nuisance, Figaro, helps the young Rosina escape an unwanted marriage to her elderly guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Meanwhile, Figaro helps the Count Almaviva evade Bartolo’s close watch and win Rosina’s heart through a series of disguises and tricks. Figaro’s aria, “Largo al factotum,” is one of the most recognized in all of opera.

The Philharmonic’s production will be fully staged with costumes, sets and projected backdrops. Unlike past Philharmonic productions which have featured the orchestra on stage, The Barber of Seville will see the orchestra perform in the pit, as in grand opera. The opera will be sung in Italian, with English translations projected above the stage.

Performances are at 8pm on Friday, October 25, and at 2pm on Sunday, October 27. Tickets are $20-$82, and are available at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org/opera. Select tickets are half price or $10 on the day of the show for students with a valid student ID.

2013-14 Orlando Broadway Season Announced; To Include ‘Book of Mormon,’ ‘War Horse”

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The 2013-14 Broadway season in Orlando was announced this week, and it includes several Tony award-winners.

Here is a rundown of the scheduled shows:

  • The Book of Mormon from October 29 through November 10, 2013. This nine-time Tony winning musical was written by “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and it tells the story of two naive Mormon missionaries who travel to AIDS-ravaged Uganda. They learn lessons about religion, humanity, and friendship in often comical ways.
  • Flashdance the Musical from December 3-8, 2013. This musical is based on the hit 1980s movie of the same name. It features 16 new songs.
  • Once from January 28 through February 2, 2014. This is based on the film of the same name, about a Dublin street musician who is about to give up his dreams when a quirky young woman takes interest in him and his music. This took home eight awards at the 2012 Tonys.
  • War Horse from February 25 – March 2, 2014. Based on the movie, the show is set in 1914 England, where a young boy’s beloved horse is sent to the troops fighting in World War I. This production features life-size horse puppets and won 5 awards at the 2011 Tonys.
  • Evita from March 25-30, 2014. This award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical follows the rise and fall of Argentina’s Eva Peron. It was recently revived on Broadway, and is now hitting the road again.
  • Ghost from May 13-18, 2014. Based on the 1990 movie starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, this musical version tells the story of a love that transcend’s death.

2013-14 series tickets range from $196 to $668, depending on performance time, day of week and seating location selected, and feature all six of the above shows. To order, call 800-448-6322 or go to OrlandoBroadway.com. Individual show tickets will be available at a later date.

There will also be two additional musical shows that are not included in the series ticket package. Mamma Mia!, based on the music of Abba, will run October 3-9, 2013. Jersey Boys, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will run April 15-27, 2014.

All shows will be performed at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, and are presented by the Florida Theatrical Association.

Wicked Returns to Orlando at the Bob Carr P.A.C. February 20 through March 10, 2013

wickedThe award-winning musical Wicked is bringing the Land of Oz back to Orlando for a run at the Bob Carr P.A.C., February 20 through March 10, 2013.

Set before the events in The Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the story of two girls who meet in Oz, and eventually become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Shows are daily, except on Mondays, during the run. There are also matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as the first Thursday.

Ticket prices range from $45 to $155, depending on the show date and time. Purchase tickets online or at the Amway Center or Bob Carr P.A.C. box office.

This show is family-friendly.

Here is a clip of “Defying Gravity” from Wicked:

Orlando Philharmonic Features Michael Andrew and Swingerhead in My Funny Valentine Concert February 9

orphil-swngrhdFebruary is the month associated with love, so it’s only fitting that the Orlando Philharmonic is partnering with Michael Andrew and Swingerhead for a concert of romantic swing hits.

My Funny Valentine will be guest-conducted by Albert-George Schram, and feature songs like “Night and Day,” “My Funny Valentine,” “L-O-V-E,” and “Almost Like Being in Love.” There will also be selections from the Broadway-bound musical, “The Nutty Professor,” in which Andrew recently played the title role in the world premiere.

There will be two shows on February 9, at 2pm and 8pm, at the Bob Carr P.A.C. Ticket prices run $29 to $70, with select tickets available with a student discount.

Prior to the 8pm performance, the Orlando Philharmonic’s young patrons group, Overture, will host a Valentine-themed martini social at 6:30pm. Passes are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and it includes hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary drinks. RSVP to 407-896-6700 x236..

The Book of Mormon Will Be Part of 2013-14 Broadway Series in Orlando at Bob Carr P.A.C.

bookofmormonThe Florida Theatrical Association has announced that the Broadway hit musical, “The Book of Mormon,” will headline their 25th anniversary season in Orlando.

“The Book of Mormon” is a musical comedy that follows two Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, as they attempt to convert Africans in a war-torn village to their religion.

The show opened on broadway in 2011, and quickly became sold out for months on end. It was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame, along with Robert Lopez, who co-wrote another hit Broadway musical, Avenue Q.

It won several Tonys, as well as other theater awards, and even a Grammy for the soundtrack.

Exact dates have not been mentioned, but I’m told all will be revealed February 11, when the Florida Theatrical Association announces the complete 2013-14 line-up that will play at the Bob Carr P.A.C.

Season ticketholders will get first chance at “The Book of Mormon” tickets starting February 12. Single tickets will be available later.

Orlando Concert Highlights for December 2012

A lot of great music coming to Orlando in December. Here are our picks for the ones you should check out:

December 01 – Everclear with Eve 6 – The Social
Both Everclear and Eve 6 hit the charts in the late 90s and early 2000s. The former with songs like “Santa Monica” and “I Will Buy You a New Life.” The latter with songs like “Inside Out” and “Here’s to the Night.”
Tickets: $20 – $35

December 01 – Fuel with Filter and Lit – House of Blues
Fans of late 90s alt-rock will enjoy these three bands, all which had hits on the charts during that decade. Fuel hit the charts several times, most notably with “Hemorrhage (In My Hands).” Filter rocked the charts with “Hey Man, Nice Shot,” and Lit also had several hits including “My Own Worst Enemy.”
Tickets: $23

Metalocalypse: Dethklok

December 02 – Richard Marx – Plaza Live
In the late 80s and early 90s, Richard Marx was king of the pop power ballad. He has had 13 of his songs hit #1 on the charts and he’s sure to play all of them and more during this show.
Tickets: $39.50

December 04 – Metalocalypse: Dethklok – House of Blues
Another of the WJRR “Blizzard of Rock Series,” this show features the fictional band from the Cartoon Network animated series. Think of this as Spinal Tap for the death metal crowd.
Tickets: $38.50

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