West Side Story Kicks Off Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s 28th Season

West Side Story Kicks Off Orlando Shakespeare Theater's 28th Season

Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with UCF, kicks off its 28th season with the internationally acclaimed American musical, West Side Story, from September 7 – October 9, 2016

West Side Story, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, tells the epic love story of idealistic young lovers Maria and Tony as they find themselves caught between rival street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

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Fun Home to Perform Benefit Concert at Dr. Phillips Center for Equality Florida

Fun Home to Perform Benefit Concert at Dr. Phillips Center for Equality Florida

Fun Home, the Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, will play a one-night-only benefit concert performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. You may also know her as one of the women credited with creating the Bechdel Test

This performance will be a concert version of the groundbreaking musical to raise money for Equality Florida and the LGBTQ community of Orlando.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Beauty and the Beast

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Beauty and the Beast

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF kicks off its 2016-2017 Children’s Series with the beloved fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, select dates June 16 – July 24, 2016.

Adapted by Brandon Roberts (2015’s The Frog and the Princess and 2014’s Rapunzel), the family-friendly production is based on the classic French fairy tale.

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Mad Cow Theater Presents Avenue Q Starting June 3

Mad Cow Theater presents the Tony-winning sensation, Avenue Q

Downtown Orlando’s Mad Cow Theater presents the Tony-winning sensation, Avenue Q, select dates from June 3 to July 3, 2016.

The musical is told through a group of naughty puppets who advise their new friend Princeton on everything from getting a job and finding an apartment to hangovers and internet porn. With unforgettable numbers such as “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “If You Were Gay,” and “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” the Q puppets will have you rolling in the aisles and coming back for more.

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Out and About: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Dr. Phillips Center

This week, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is at Dr. Phillips Center, and I had the opportunity to see the show opening night.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Dr. Phillips Center

The musical tells the story of singer-songwriter Carole King, starting with her teenage years in the 1950’s when she met her husband Gerry Goffin and the two began writing songs together.

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical Plays Dr Phillips Center May 3-8

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando presents Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts May 3-8, 2016.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, starting with her teenage years.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Elephant and Piggie Select Dates Through May 7

Orlando Shakespeare Theater will bring the celebrated children’s Elephant and Piggie books to life with Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” on select dates through May 7.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater - Elephant and Piggie's "We are in a Play!" cast - Photo by Tony Firriolo

Who are Elephant and Piggie? Only the best of friends! In this toe-tapping musical, best friends Elephant Gerald (Jacob Valleroy) and Piggie (Corynne Wagener) sing and dance their way through pachydermal peril and swiney suspense as they face fundamental questions.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike Through May 1

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents Chris Durang’s Broadway smash Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, select dates through May 1, 2016.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike tells the story of three hilariously dysfunctional siblings.

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Out and About: Dirty Dancing a Fun Stage Version of the Movie

I had the the Time of My Life last night, as the touring production of Dirty Dancing debuted at the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando.

Dirty Dancing

Based on the classic movie, the stage version turned out to be just as high-energy and full of great dancing. The production even worked in a bunch of songs that were cut for time from the movie.

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Mad Cow Theatre’s Second Annual Black & White Bash is set for April 24 at Kres Chophouse

Mad Cow Theatre has announced its second annual Black & White Bash is set for Sunday, April 24, at Kres Chophouse, Mad Cow’s neighbor on West Church Street in downtown Orlando.

Mad Cow Theatre's Second Annual Black & White Bash

This unique event supports Mad Cow Theatre, downtown Orlando’s only professional theatre company.

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Broadway in Orlando Presents Dirty Dancing at Dr Phillips Center Starting March 29

Dirty Dancing, the hit Broadway musical, is coming to Orlando for shows at the Dr. Phillips Center from March 29 through April 3, 2016.

Dirty Dancing

Based on the classic movie of the same name, this production tells the story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

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Mad Cow Theatre Presents the 2016 Science Play Festival March 24-26

Mad Cow Theatre has announced the 2016 Science Play Festival will run March 24-26, and will explore in three play readings, the many intersections between art and science.

2016 Science Play Festival by Mad Cow Theatre

This year’s three plays – each to be read by a cast of Mad Cow regulars – will be Nick Payne’s Constellations, Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, often called Stoppard’s greatest work.

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Dr Phillips Center Presents STOMP March 23-24, 2016

A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP comes to the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando, March 23-24.

STOMP

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats during this inventive stage show that has taken audiences by storm worldwide since it debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1991.

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Mad Cow Theatre presents ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Starting March 18

Mad Cow Theatre will present Eugene O’Neill’s dramatic masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, select nights March 18 through April 17, 2016.

Mad Cow Theatre presents Long Day's Journey Into Night

Widely considered the masterwork of one of America’s most respected playwrights, Long Day’s Journey Into Night blends dramatic autobiography with poetic designs to create one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century.

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FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Announces 2016/2017 Season at the Dr. Phillips Center

Last night the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Theatrical Association and Broadway Across America announced the roster of shows for the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando 2016/2017 season.

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando 2016/2017 season at Dr Phillips Center

In addition to the previously announced three-week engagement of the blockbuster Wicked, the line-up includes seven other acclaimed and award-winning productions and musicals.

Here is the complete roster of 2016/2017 shows coming to the Dr. Phillips Center:

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