Out and About: Opening Night of Les Miserables at Dr. Phillips Center .. @LesMizUS @DrPhillipsCtr #OrlandoArts

Les Miserables at Dr. Phillips Center - Playbill

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo’s novel documenting the conditions of early 1800s France as it struggled with poverty and that relatively new idea of democracy, was adapted into a musical with legions of fans who return to the story of Jean Valjean, Cosette, Marius and the revolutionary students of Paris over and over again.

Whether this is your first time seeing the show or your 100th, the US Touring production has arrived at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, bringing with it new ideas of its own.

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Out and About: Jersey Boys Comes to Orlando…Is it Worth Seeing?

A review of Jersey Boys, part of the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through Nov. 4, 2018, by John Frost of The Disney Blog.

If you’re of a certain age, or have listened to an oldies radio station in the last 20 years, there’s a very good chance you know the songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

The “Jersey Boys” musical covers decades of time from the creation of the music group, their chart topping songs, concert tours, and eventual falling apart. A story that could write itself if it wasn’t also true.

A touring production of the musical just pulled into the Dr. Phillips Center and we were invited to opening night.

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Out and About: Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

While leading the kitchen at Walt Disney World’s Flying Fish Cafe, Chef Tim Keating elevated the Boardwalk Inn restaurant into a must-do experience. When the cafe closed for refurbishment, Keating took that opportunity to take over the kitchen at Urbain 40 in Dr Phillips’ Restaurant Row, and he is presently focused on giving it the same makeover.

We were invited to enjoy a tasting menu and judge for ourselves how far Chef Keating has come in his first six months in the role.

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Out and About: Sampling the New LakeHouse Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is just a stones throw from Walt Disney World, making it a popular destination for tourists, conventions, and golfers. It also has a new restaurant that might help it make a name for itself in culinary circles as well.

LakeHouse Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress - photo John Frost

The LakeHouse restaurant is a new dining concept that offers upscale breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, along with cocktails, in a beautiful setting that takes full advantage of all the beauty that Florida has to offer.

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Out and About: Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Legends – The Circus Comes to Town and Nostalgia Looms

In my younger days, the circus coming to town meant the promise of three rings of spectacular entertainment, buckets of popcorn, and dreams of running away from home to be a part of the show. The performers seemed larger than life, attempting feats of strength and bravery that few would even dare. When you needed a little relief, the clowns were there to cheer you up. I get all sniffly with nostalgia just thinking about it.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents Legends - photo by John Frost

Today the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus attempts to keep that nostagia alive with its show “Legends.” Combining a variety of acts from around the globe, Ringling Bros. has shrunk the show from 3 rings to 1 (well one and a half). There’s not as much to see, but what you do see is high quality.

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The Republic Ups the Game for Theatrical Audiences in Orlando Through July 25

An all-new interactive theatrical experience called The Republic has just opened in Orlando. This immersive show enrolls audience members into the story in a way completely unique to the theater world.

The Republic interactive theater in Orlando

The Republic ‘beta-tested’ at Orlando Fringe and drew acclaim for with a Best Show award and sold out performances. It has now moved into regular performances with 30 attendees a night participating in the show.

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