Category Archives: Tours

Dance auditions: National middle-school tour

Here’s an audition notice from John Peros Casting for dancers for a national tour going to middle schools:

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Orlando invites public to ground-breaking festivities for arts center

Well, we never thought we’d see it, but next week the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is finally breaking ground.

And you’re invited. Here’s info from the Dr. Phillips Center office about what’s going on. My buddy Davis Gaines will be there — will you?

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‘Shrek’ cast members to hold talkback

Brian d'Arcy James in the Broadway production of 'Shrek the Musical'

If you’re a big fan of Shrek the Musical, which opens in Orlando this week, there’s a chance to talk with members of the cast. Some of them will be at the Barnes & Noble on East Colonial Drive at 5 p.m. Thursday for a meet ‘n’ greet. Here’s more:

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Theater auditions: Children’s chorus for ‘Joseph’ in Melbourne

Here’s an audition notice from the King Center for the Performing Arts:

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Upright Citizens Brigade coming to Sak

Here’s welcome news — an appearance of the big-deal comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade at Sak Comedy Lab in April. More from Dave Russell of Sak:

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‘Wicked’ cabaret will help Broadway Cares and Orange arts-ed center

Cast members from the national tour of Wicked, in Orlando for the next month or so, will perform in a cabaret show to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Orange County Arts Education Center.

The place? The new Mezz, the events space owned by Florida Theatrical Association at the corner of Pine Street and Eola Drive in Thornton Park.

Details here:

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A deal on tickets for ‘Wicked’

Here’s a deal — $46! — on tickets for Wicked (which isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but I know some of you disagree with me).

‘Wicked’ offers $25 lottery seats

For all those of you who are excited that Wicked is coming back to town, here’s a deal.

For every performances of Wicked in Orlando, from Feb. 23 to March 27 (and that’s a lot of performances), there will be a lottery for $25 seats. If you’re interested, here’s what you do:

‘Billy Elliot,’ ‘La Cage’ to be part of next Orlando Bway series

Faith Prince and Giuseppe Bausilio in the national tour of 'Billy Elliot the Musical' (photo by Joan Marcus)

Billy Elliot the Musical, the Tony Award-winning best musical of 2009, will be only one of several popular favorites included in the 2011-2012 Broadway Across America series at Orlando’s Carr Performing Arts Centre.

Also coming to Orlando next season: The 2010 Tony winner for best revival of a musical, La Cage aux Folles; the 2008 Tony winner in the same category, South Pacific; the multiple-Tony-winning mega-hits The Lion King and Les Misérables; and last season’s hit The Addams Family.

Billy Elliot will be here for a 12-day run and The Lion King for a month.

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Theater review: ‘West Side Story’ at Bob Carr

By Elizabeth Maupin
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Too much feeling.

They seethe with it, the teenage boys of West Side Story – with anger, with frustration, with pain. And their girls throb with it too, a feeling that burns inside them and threatens to enkindle their entire city in a mammoth explosion of flame.

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‘West Side Story’ to hold chat-backs in English and Spanish

The national tour of West Side Story, opening tonight in Orlando and running through Sunday, will hold talkbacks in English and in Spanish Thursday at Barnes & Noble on Colonial Drive.

This production, directed by librettist Arthur Laurents, was noted for translating some of the dialogue and the lyrics to a couple of songs to Spanish. (In the Heights’ Lin-Manuel Miranda did the translations.) The Broadway production returned some of that language to English several months later. It will be interesting to see tonight how much of the Spanish remains on the tour.

In any case, here’s an opportunity for Spanish speakers, as well as English speakers, to mix with the West Side Story cast. Here’s the official word:

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Return to the ’80s with folks from ‘Rock of Ages’

Here’s your chance to meet some of the head-bangers from Rock of Ages, the 1980s “hair band” show that opens at Bob Carr tonight:

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Theater review: ‘Young Frankenstein’

By Elizabeth Maupin

Every so often, in the Mel Brooks-Thomas Meehan musical version of Young Frankenstein, a bunch of Transylvanian villagers run across the stage in search of the monster.

One of them carries a big, scary-looking pitchfork – and it’s that pitchfork that haunts me long after Young Frankenstein is through.

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Tickets to ‘Rock of Ages’ tour go on sale Friday

For you hair-band fans, tickets to the Broadway Across America — Orlando presentation of Rock of Ages, the Broadway big-hair musical, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Here’s more:

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‘Young Frankenstein’ tix on sale today


Young Frankenstein (musical)

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The 2010-2011 Orlando Broadway series doesn;’t get under way until late November. But tickets for that first show, Young Frankenstein, go on sale this morning. Here’s the publicity info:

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Orlando to get its own Abbey Theatre

I had a walk-through yesterday with Ron Legler, president of Florida Theatrical Association, to see the spaces near Lake Eola where FTA is moving its offices and box office and building a new small theater.

All I can say is I hope Ron’s plans work out for the community as well as for FTA because what’s going on there at Pine Street and Eola Drive is pretty swell.

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Bob Carr Broadway series to sell 3-ticket packages

This is promising news for those of you who are dying to see a handful of the shows coming to Bob Carr this season but aren’t interested at all in the rest. It’s a three-ticket package for the Broadway Across America Orlando series, and it goes on sale this Friday.

So you could see Rock of Ages, West Side Story and Hair for $138 and up. (How did they know those three are the ones I want to see?)

Or you could see Wicked, Shrek and Young Frankenstein for $139.50 and up.

The packages go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday Sept. 24. Here’s the official word:

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Faith Prince officially in ‘Billy Elliot’ tour

As we heard over the weekend, Faith Prince is out of the Orlando Philharmonic/Mad Cow Guys and Dolls because she’s joining the national tour of Billy Elliot as the dance teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson. The official word came today.

Florida Theatrical on way to new home downtown

Florida Theatrical Association, the nonprofit that operates the touring Orlando Broadway Series, is on its way to a new home for its offices and a new theater near Lake Eola. It has hired a general contractor, JHT Construction, to transform empty space in the Sanctuary high-rise condo building into offices, a performance venue and a banquet hall/meeting room.

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Tickets on sale for kids’ show

Tickets are now on sale for Storytime Live!, a Nickelodeon stage show featuring Dora the Explorer, the Backyardigans and other popular TV figures. The show will be at Bob Carr Aug. 4 and 5. Here’s more:

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