Category Archives: Tours

Theater review: ‘Chicago’

Strip Chicago of its razzle-dazzle, and what have you got?

Maybe that’s an unfair question. Chicago is all razzle-dazzle, nothing more, and the hit musical rises and falls on how razzling and dazzling its razzle-dazzle can be.

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Talk to cast members of ‘Chicago’

Chicago is back in town this week (at Bob Carr through Sunday), and the usual cast meet-and-greet is Thursday afternoon at Barnes & Noble on East Colonial Drive:

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Cheap(ish) tickets available for ‘Chicago’

Here’s a deal on tickets for next week’s performances of Chicago, the national tour that will be in Orlando June 15-20:

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Meet the cast of ‘Spring Awakening’

If you’re a big Spring Awakening fan — and if you’re not going to the opening blowout of the Fringe, which is at exactly the same time — you can meet some of the SA cast members from 5 to 6 p.m. today.

The place? Barnes & Noble, 2418 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando.

They’ll talk at you and answer questions. Details: 407-841-4675 or

Theater review: ‘Spring Awakening’

Every generation has one – that big Broadway musical that tells the story of who you are. For my generation, those of us who grew up in the 1960s, it was Hair (although even in high school I wished for a show that wasn’t quite so dopey). For those who came up in the ‘90s, that musical was Rent. And for those who are hitting their stride now, it’s Spring Awakening, a remarkable show that understands exactly what it is to be young and alienated and yearning for something more.

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Get your ‘Spring Awakening’ ticket deal

Here’s a very good deal on tickets for the tour of Spring Awakening, due in Orlando next week:

Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning musical, cut ticket prices by 50% today for all shows during its limited May 18-23 run in Orlando.

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Tickets on sale Friday for return of ‘Chicago’

The musical Chicago comes back to Orlando again in June, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday:

Chicago is back in Orlando and it’s pure entertainment!
Tickets On Sale Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m.

Now celebrating 13 glorious years of girls, glitz and glamor on the Great White Way, the record-breaking smash hit musical Chicago is now the sixth longest-running musical production in Broadway history … and shows no sign of ever slowing down!

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Theater review: ‘Xanadu’

Theater review: ‘Xanadu’

By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater

Xanadu, the Broadway musical, is nothing if not self-aware.

The people behind Xanadu know that it’s based on one of the kitschiest movies of all time, the 1980 movie-musical turkey that starred Olivia Newton-John and an aging Gene Kelly and tried to ride a craze – roller disco – that had already peaked and tanked.

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Meet cast members of ‘Xanadu’

It’s “Discover Broadway” day at Barnes & Noble this week, when some of the cast members of the Xanadu tour will be hanging out to answer your questions and show you their spiky haircuts.

The time is 5-6 p.m. Thursday at the Barnes & Noble at 2418 E. Colonial Drive. Xanadu is at Bob Carr through Sunday night.

Theater review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Here’s my review of the touring version of Beauty and the Beast, in Daytona Beach through tonight:

By Elizabeth Maupin
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Clearly the good folks at Disney didn’t have a lot of latitude when they were naming Beauty and the Beast, the international megahit that has come to Daytona Beach in a bus-and-truck production this week. But I wonder if they had any idea how appropriate their title was going to be.

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The Sentinel talks to Keith Kirkwood

Here’s a link to a little interview the Sentinel’s Matt Palm did with Orlando actor Keith Kirkwood, who’s touring with Beauty and the Beast. It comes to Daytona early next week.

‘Spring Awakening’ tickets on sale Friday

If you’re a big Spring Awakening fan — or if you’re thinking you might become a big Spring Awakening fan — now’s the time to know that tickets for the national tour’s stop in Orlando go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Here’s the official song and dance:

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Tickets on sale today for ‘Xanadu’ tour

It’s cult-musical time coming up at Bob Carr, where Xanadu hits the stage April 27. Tickets go on sale today for Douglas Carter Beane’s take on the notoriously awful 198o post-disco roller-skating movie, which starred Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John. The stage version may be considerably more fun:

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Theater review: ‘In the Heights’

Theater review: ‘In the Heights’
By Elizabeth Maupin

Maybe you don’t speak Spanish.

Maybe you’ve never ventured north of 96th Street in New York City, and the George Washington Bridge is just an Erector-Set toy out your hotel window and way, way uptown.

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Openings this week

Here’s a new feature — a list of local theater openings every week.

Here you go:

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Aunt Dottie comes to Breakthrough

Michele Greenwood Bettinger, who worked at Disney in the early ’90s and then moved back to her native Seattle, returns to the Orlando area this weekend with Aunt Dottie’s Sing-Along Cabaret, at the Breakthrough Theatre today through Sunday.

Bettinger performs with pianist Aaron Buckner. Here’s the official word and Aunt Dottie’s own blog:

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‘100 Years of Broadway’ on sale

A note from Michael Barbieri about an interesting-sounding show coming up next month at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona:

It’s called 100 Years of Broadway, and it features five Broadway performers — Ron Bohmer, Carter Calvert, Rob Evan, Rita Harvey and Brad Little — performing Broadway songs.  I’ve seen a couple of these actors, and from their credits I suspect this may be a terrific show. Tickets are on sale now — and there’s also a contest involved, in which the winner can get up onstage and sing with these folks. Sounds like it could be fun. For the details and tickets, look here.