On 9.11, the world stopped. On 9.12, their stories moved us all.
This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Broadway’s Come From Away is a Best Musical–winner all across North America, written by Tony Award® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director Christopher Ashley.
Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is coming to Orlando. From the Tony Award®–winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports you from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.
Anastasia features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award®–winner Darko Tresnjak.
Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical—and the 2018 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album.
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.
It features a book by Tony Award®–winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy-, Tony- and Academy Award®–winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony-nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).
Children’s Theater: Will you dare to reach new heights? When a boy is down on his luck, a magic bean is all it takes to spark a great adventure! Amongst giants, mystery, and magic, join Jack on a thrilling escapade to a land above the clouds!
Shows: Saturdays only
By William Shakespeare. I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. Convinced of his divine right to rule, King Richard II never expected to be undone by his own maladroit mortal wrongs. By brashly putting his own vanity before the needs of his kingdom, he creates the perfect opening for Henry Bolingbroke to seize the throne. Shakespeare’s deeply moving and insightful retelling reveals how one man’s bumbling mistakes can shape a nation’s political landscape and change the course of history.
Shows: Wednesdays through Sundays
Experience a premiere pairing where tragedy, comedy, and dance combine, courtesy of Ruggero Leoncavallo and Igor Stravinsky. The resplendent soprano Suzanne Kantorski is Nedda, and both works are conducted by Clinton Smith and directed by Octavio Cardenas. Pulcinella is a work inspired by Italy’s Commedia Dell’arte tradition with music adapted from early-18th-century master Giovanni Pergolesi. Pagliacci features not only some of opera’s greatest melodies but also a gripping story in the Italian verismo tradition of the early 20th century. Here, life on stage intersects all too closely with life offstage, culminating in a tragic lover’s revenge.
Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!)”, Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter.
Tony Award®–winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony-winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize–winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.
Based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins and featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
Serving as a prequel to Hamlet, Gertrude and Claudius brings a new point of view to the classic tale of guilt and revenge. The infamous couple serve as the villains in Shakespeare’s work, but are offered a new exposition in this tale of good intentions and family dysfunction. With ominous hints at the familiar story to come, Gertrude and Claudius is a play that shakes up what you thought you knew about Elsinore. Funding for the commission of Gertrude and Claudius generously provided by Rita and John Lowndes. By Mark St. Germain | An adaptation of John Updike’s novel.
Shows: Select dates – Feb 20-24; Feb 28; Mar 1; Mar 6; Mar 9-10; Mar 13; Mar 15-16; Mar 22-23
By William Shakespeare. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. While mourning his father’s sudden death, Prince Hamlet returns home to discover his mother hastily remarried and his despised uncle assuming the throne. When an apparition of the late king accuses the uncle of murder, Hamlet, pushed to the brink of madness, is driven to avenge a crime that could be the product of his own imagining. Torn between thought and action, the manic prince is left questioning what is real and what he alone has dreamed up. The cornerstone of Shakespeare’s genius, Hamlet walks the line between spiraling insanity and the truth.
Shows: Select dates – Feb 6-10; Feb 14-15; Feb 27; Mar 2-3; Mar 7-8; Mar 14; Mar 16-17; Mar 20-21; Mar 23-24
Hamilton is the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first treasury secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
With the book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.
It features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA. The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.
The Hamilton recording received a Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album in 2016.
In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event—when Nora slams the door on everything in her life—instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?
Shows: Wednesdays through Sundays
Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. It’s full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written—including “Happy Holiday”, “Sisters”, “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing”, “Snow” and the unforgettable title song.
Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy-tale fantasy is an opera for everyone that, on Christmas Day in 1931, became the first complete Metropolitan Opera radio-broadcast performance. Its beautiful score and charming characters have made this opera a holiday tradition. The cast includes mezzo-soprano Sarah Purser as Hansel, soprano Jillian Marini as Gretel, soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel as the mother, baritone Craig Irvin as the father, and tenor Jess Muñoz as the witch. Robin Jensen conducts, and Grant Preisser directs. Come and get lost in the woods.
Back by popular demand, celebrate the holidays with Dickens’ classic ghost tale! The miserly and miserable Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Nine actors tell the heartwarming story of one sleepless night, in which the spirits reveal cruel realities and a chance to change for the better. By Jim Helsinger | Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Shows: Wednesdays through Sundays
Jacques Offenbach’s magnum opus parlays his melodic genius into the telling of four interconnected stories, an operatic journey like no other. The piece is a tour de force of vocal expression and features soprano Laura Leon as the “four femmes fatales” and Dennis Jesse as the “four villains.” Opera Orlando’s original production highlights the magic and fantasy of the story while it plumbs the inner depths of author E. T. A. Hoffmann’s dark and tortured soul.
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