A bunch of familiar Central Florida musical-theater people have signed on for cabaret shows this summer and fall at Winter Park Playhouse:
- Heather Alexander and Laura Hodos, Aug. 10 and 11 (corrected dates).
- Kevin Kelly and Kate O’Neal, Sept. 22 and 23.
- Natalie Cordone, Oct. 26 and 27.
- Brian and Melissa Minyard, Nov. 10 and 11.
Posted in Cabaret, Orlando theater, Regional theater, Uncategorized
Tagged Brian Minyard, Central Florida, Heather Alexander, Kate O'Neal, kevin kelly, laura hodos, Melissa Minyard, Musical theatre, Natalie Cordine, Winter Park Florida, winter park playhouse
Here’s a long note from Winter Park Playhouse for further auditions for its 2011-2012 season:
Here’s a general audition notice from Roy Alan at Winter Park Playhouse:
Lots going on in 2011-2012 for Winter Park Playhouse, including one show (Musical of Musicals, the Musical) that has been done extensively around Orlando and a bunch of other shows that are new (or almost new) to the area:
By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater
Candace Neal, Heather Alexander, Kate Zaloumes, Natalie Cordone and Sarah-Lee Dobbs in 'Shout! The Mod Musical'
You can call yourself a child of the ‘60s and mean that you care about social justice, that you thrilled to the words of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King and that you sang along with Woody, Bob and Joan.
Or you can call yourself a child of the ‘60s and mean something entirely different – that you remember Mary Quant and Twiggy, that you wore your share of miniskirts and shiny vinyl boots, that you know all the words to “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and that songs like “Wishin’ and Hopin’” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” were the anthems of your teenage years.
Posted in Orlando theater, Other arts, Regional theater, Reviews
Tagged Dusty Springfield, John F. Kennedy, Mary Hopkin, Mary Quant, Paul McCartney, Petula Clark, Shout! The Mod Musical, winter park playhouse
For a long, long time, I’ve been a closet fan of a little show called Pump Boys and Dinettes.
It’s not even a musical, really – just a little, mostly plotless musical revue set in a gas station and adjoining diner somewhere in a North Carolina/Tennessee/Georgia kind of place. (Try placing it on a map. You can’t.) But the humor is plentiful, and the country/bluegrassy music is so catchy that you find yourself wishing for a country/bluegrassy home you maybe never had.
… but you just can’t make yourself get dressed?
Try watching the Orlando Improv Festival tonight and Tuesday night right here. It’s streaming live from the Winter Park Playhouse.
The next cabaret performer for the Winter Park Playhouse’s Spotlight Series will be Orlando singer/actor T. Robert Pigott, who will perform in the Playhouse’s lovely little lobby bar Oct. 8 and 9. Chris Leavy, the theater’s musical director, will accompany him on the piano.
It doesn’t take long in Let’s Face the Music — A Tribute to Fred Astaire for audience members to start grinning.
That collective grin begins when Astaire, in the person of Winter Park Playhouse’s Roy Alan, begins to dance his first number, “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.”
Posted in Orlando theater, Regional theater, Reviews, Uncategorized
Tagged #arts, Adele Astaire, Cole Porter, Dance, Face the Music, fred astaire, Ginger Rogers, Irving Berlin, let's face the music -- a tribute to fred astaire, roy alan, winter park playhouse
With the Red Chair Affair almost upon us, the 2010-2011 arts season can’t be far behind.
But right now is time for you to get your tickets to Red Chair, a preview to some of the best that the Orlando arts season will have to offer. And it’s time to bid on a red chair for your very own self, to help raise money for the Arts & Cultural Alliance, will provides support for, you guessed it, local arts and culture.
Posted in Children's theater, Circuses, Comedy, Dance, Fundraisers, Improv, Orlando theater, Other arts, Regional theater
Tagged arts and cultural alliance of central florida, bach festival society, bay street players, cirque du soleil, CityArts Factory, emotions dance, la nouba, orlando ballet, orlando gay chorus, orlando philharmonic, orlando repertory theatre, orlando shakespeare theater, red chair affair, Sak Comedy Lab, tod caviness, varietease, winter park playhouse, yow dance
Back in town, and this is a slightly overdue edition of Opening This Week. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in Central Florida theater:
- The Heiress, Mad Cow Theatre
- Man Is the Only Animal Who Blushes … Or Needs To!, Winter Park Playhouse
- Manuscript, I.D.10-t Productions
- For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Raimbow is Enuf, Breakthrough Theatre
- Boogie Wonderland, Show Palace Dinner Theatre
- Footloose, Ocala Civic Theatre
- Rent, Theatre Winter Haven
- The Littles, Surfside Youth Players
- Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater
- Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr., Henegar Center for the Arts
And the full story:
Posted in Children's theater, Community theater, Dinner theater, New plays, Orlando theater, Regional theater, Uncategorized
Tagged Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Boogie Wonderland, breakthrough theatre, Footloose, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Raimbow is Enuf, henegar center for the arts, I.D.10-t Productions, Jr., mad cow theatre, Man Is the Only Animal Who Blushes … Or Needs To!, Manuscript, ocala civic theatre, Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, rent, schoolhouse rock live!, show palace dinner theatre, Surfside Youth Players, the heiress, The Littles, theatre winter haven, winter park playhouse
Here’s a look at what’s opening in Central Florida this week — a production of The Hobbit, performed by In the Limelight at Lowndes Shakespeare Center, and Andrea Canny’s new cabaret show, My Favs!, at Winter Park Playhouse.
Lots going on this week, including the Tony Awards on CBS Sunday night. Here’s a look at what’s happening closer to home:
Posted in Cabaret, Children's theater, College and university theater, Community theater, New plays, Orlando theater, Readings, Uncategorized
Tagged aradhana tawari, breakthrough theatre, butterflies are free, footlight theatre, janine klain: gay bar star, kevin kelly, kyona levine, on golden pond, parliament house, play the moment, project F, schoolhouse rock live! jr., son of a preacher man, sweet evalina, ucf summerstage, valencia character company, wanzie presents, winter park playhouse
While a lot of us are busy Fringeing, there’s other theater going on. Here’s some of it:
A good way to spend a Saturday night:
Natalie Cordone and Chris Leavy are repeating their cabaret show Everybody’s Girl one more time before they take it to New York next month.
Here’s an audition notice for Winter Park Playhouse:
Something to look forward to at Winter Park Playhouse, which is including a couple of my favorites among its 2010-2011 season.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to catching Pump Boys and Dinettes, a great little musical that I haven’t seen in many years. And I’m looking forward to seeing Roy Alan do his Fred Astaire show again, Let’s Face the Music — A Tribute to Fred Astaire.
Here’s what’s coming up for 2010-2011:
Theater review: ‘I Got Rhythm’
By Elizabeth Maupin
There’s a feeling of ease that comes at the theater when the actors and their material are a close-to-perfect match. That’s the feeling you get with I Got Rhythm, Winter Park Playhouse’s tribute to George and Ira Gershwin, where songs and singers seem to be made for each other – and where you might find yourself wondering if these songs are really the only songs you need.