Disney’s The Lion King Roars into Orlando at the Dr Phillips Center February 14 – March 11, 2018

Disney's The Lion King Roars into Orlando at the Dr Phillips Center

Broadway smash Disney’s The Lion King returns to Orlando for an extended run at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts from February 14 through March 11, 2018.

Based on the hit Disney movie, this musical brings to life the entire Serengeti as never before with uniquely theatrical storytelling and stage choreography.

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UCF School of Performing Arts Releases List of Jan-April 2018 Events #artsatUCF

UCF School of Performing Arts

The UCF School of Performing Arts has released its schedule of events for the current semester January through April 2018, and it’s filled with theatrical and musical productions.

The biggest event is the annual UCF Celebrates the Arts, a free week of performances held at Dr. Phillips Center in downtown Orlando. This year’s event will take place April 6-14, 2018

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School of Rock The Musical Comes to Dr Phillips Center Dec 26-31

School of Rock The Musical Comes to Dr Phillips Center Dec 26-31

Class is in session as School of Rock The Musical comes to Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts the week of December 26-31, 2017.

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

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Book of Mormon Returns to Dr Phillips Center Dec 12-17, 2017

Book of Mormon Returns to Dr Phillips Center

The outrageous musical comedy Book of Mormon returns for another adventure at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Dec 12-17, 2017.

The hit production follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. It is the winner of 9 Tony Awards® including Best Musical.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Hosts An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith Dec 10, 2017

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Hosts An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith

Orlando Shakespeare Theater will host an evening with actress Anna Deavere Smith, best known for roles on the TV series The West Wing and Nurse Jackie, on Dec 10, 2017.

Through a short performance and interview, audiences will hear about the process of combining a passion for social causes with documentary style theater making.

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The Phantom Returns in Love Never Dies at Dr Phillips Center Nov 21-26, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, makes its Orlando debut at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts November 21-26, 2017.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, makes its Orlando debut at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts November 21-26, 2017.

Love Never Dies picks up 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House. He has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island.

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Out and About: On Your Feet! a Dazzling Musical Telling of Gloria and Emilio Estafan’s Rise to Fame

Mauricio Martinez as Emilio Estefan and Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan and Company, ON YOUR FEET! © Matthew Murphy

As a fan of Gloria Estefan’s music, I was excited to catch opening night of On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Musical at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The musical tells the story of her and husband Emilio’s rise to fame. While I was somewhat familiar with their lives, I had no idea how many struggles the duo has faced along the way.

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The King & I Dances Into Dr Phillips Center Sept 12-17, 2017

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, the Broadway revival of The King & I comes to the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando September 12-17, 2017.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, the Broadway revival of The King & I comes to the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando September 12-17, 2017.

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

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Finding Neverland Flies Into the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando June 6-11, 2017

Finding Neverland Flies Into the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando June 6-11, 2017
Learn the true story behind Peter Pan when the hit Broadway musical Finding Neverland comes to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts June 6-11, 2017.

Based on the Academy Award winning film of the same name, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind how Playwright J.M. Barrie created one of the world’s most beloved characters.

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Orlando Fringe Festival Returns To Amaze And Entertain May 16-29, 2017

The 26th Annual Orlando Fringe Festival returns May 16th-29th in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village and Loch Haven Park, with a wealth of artistic endeavors, music, and more.

The 26th Annual Orlando Fringe Festival returns May 16th-29th in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village and Loch Haven Park, with a wealth of artistic endeavors, music, and more.

What is the Fringe? It is a 14-day arts festival that is founded on the concept of being 100% unjuried, uncensored, and accessible. Fringe Festivals began in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and made its way to Orlando where it was started 24 years ago, in 1991.

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Out and About: Disney Princesses Dish it Out During Disenchanted! at Plaza Live! Orlando

Disenchanted! Looks to Cast Its Spell at Plaza Live Orlando April 11-20, 2017

Disney is well known for taking traditional fairy tales and making them more kid-friendly, and at the core is the roster of beloved Disney Princesses. But according to the musical Disenchanted, these princesses have bones to pick with the way they’ve been portrayed in the films.

CitySurfing Orlando caught one of the first shows in its current run at Plaza Live! Orlando last night, and we were laughing from the first song.

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Disenchanted! Looks to Cast Its Spell at Plaza Live Orlando April 11-20, 2017

Disenchanted! Looks to Cast Its Spell at Plaza Live Orlando April 11-20, 2017

Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical is returning to Orlando for shows at the Plaza Live! Orlando from April 11-20, 2017.

The original production offers an irreverent look at everyone’s favorite Princesses and storybook heroines…one that is definitely not for kids.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts Returns to Dr. Phillips Center April 7-14, 2017

UCF Celebrates the Arts Returns to Dr. Phillips Center April 7-14, 2017

The University of Central Florida returns to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with it’s week-long UCF Celebrates the Arts event April 7-14, 2017. Best of all…it’s FREE!

UCF Celebrates the Arts encompasses theater, music, art, and more, with several different productions each day, as well as exhibitions in the Dr. Phillips Center lobby.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Love’s Labour’s Lost Starting Feb 22, 2017

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Love's Labour's Lost

Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with UCF, presents William Shakespeare’s comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, from February 22 – March 24, 2017.

Love’s Labour’s Lost follows the misadventures of the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to forswear all pleasures in favor of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents The Great Gatsby Starting Feb 8, 2017

Orlando Shakes - The Great Gatsby cast

Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with UCF, presents F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, from February 8 – March 26, 2017

When Nick Carraway is befriended by his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby, he is drawn into a glitzy world of lavish parties and secret speakeasies. But as Gatsby’s elusive past is uncovered and his intentions revealed, Nick finds himself a pawn in a love triangle so scandalous, it threatens to destroy all those around him.

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