The sunniest and funniest street celebration returns to Orlando when “Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!” visits the CFE Arena from Nov. 4-5 for three performances. [Read more…]
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has announced that the musical parody “Musical Thrones,” a hilarious musical performance poking fun at the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” is coming to Orlando in January 2018. [Read more…]
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will be getting a new place for live entertainment when a venue inspired by Kansas City’s Willis Wood Theater opens off of Main Street USA. [Read more…]
Adapted from the movie of the same name, and based upon the play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” “Finding Neverland” tells the story of playwright J.M. Barrie as he struggles to write a new play. [Read more…]
Orlando’s Holy Land Experience, the faith-based attraction where the stories of the Bible come to life, has announced two brand new original theatrical productions for summer 2017. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
A great production for the whole family, “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical” is a tale about a special little girl named Matilda whose parents would prefer her to be anything but. [Read more…]
American Harry Potter fans are about to get something they’ve been wishing for, as Colin Callender, Sonia Friedman and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions have announced that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will make its Broadway debut in spring 2018 at the Lyric Theatre in New York. [Read more…]
By Matt Roseboom
In “Disenchanted”, you’ll find out how the original princesses, made popular by Disney, really feel about how they’ve been portrayed. Spoiler alert! They’re none too happy. As they get a few things off their chest, you’ll be laughing along. [Read more…]
The “tale as old as time” about a funny girl and a beast learning to find the love within, is coming to life aboard Disney Cruise Line; this time as a new musical stage production inspired by the new live-action movie of the classic animated film. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a witty musical comedy about a series of killings, leading one man up the social ladder. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
“An American in Paris” is a graceful musical filled with art, ballet and romance. The story is a bit cliché, but it’s otherwise a beautiful production. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
As soon as I walked into the theater I knew “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” was going to be an interesting play. The first thing I noticed was a dog lying in the middle of the stage, presumably dead with a pitchfork sticking out of it. [Read more…]
By Andy Haynes
The Red Fish Theatre company with their partners at AntiGravity Orlando have created a production of the Rocky Horror Show that defies expectations.
Before I go any further, I need to emphasize that this show is definitely “adults only.” The language and themes of the Rocky Horror Show are not appropriate for children, but that shouldn’t stop those of appropriate ages from enjoying this wonderful production.
Presented at the AntiGravity Orlando theater on Highway 192, the production ramps up the classic musical through the integration of Cirque Du Soleil style acrobatics. “The cast is a blend of AntiGravity aerialists, local theme park performers and local theater professionals,” said Red Fish Theatre’s artistic director Adam Graham. “Together we’re taking a traditional classic and letting our audience view it from new, different angle. Sometimes quite literally.” And he certainly isn’t wrong.
During any given number, performers might be spinning on wheels, leaping off trampolines or flying through the air above you. The stunt work in the show was breathtaking and apparently performed by professionals who teach the same acrobatics during the day at the facility. I was worried that the stunts would feel “tacked-on” but, in the crazy world of Doctor Frank-N-Furter, they fit right in and added to the show. The rest of the cast were equally talented in their singing and acting abilities.
Working in theme parks means artists don’t typically get to show their full range, so when an opportunity comes to see them really open up, it’s worth taking. Unfortunately, the production I saw was marred by some technical issues with some of the microphones going in and out, which was especially disappointing considering that when we did hear the performers they were amazing across the board. These issues can be chalked up to the growing pains of a venue putting on a production like this for the first time.
This show appears to be a sign of things to come for AntiGravity as they look to begin incorporating more theatrical style productions into their future. With a prime location in the tourist district of Kissimmee, the AntiGravity theater could be just the thing to bridge the gap between tourist attraction and classic theater. By combining the spectacle of stunt work and aerial performers with traditional stage productions, they might have found a winning formula. With more productions in talks for the future, hopefully this new theatrical outlet is here to stay.
The Rocky Horror Show has a final performance Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit redfishtheatreantigravity.ticketleap.com.
ABC’s hit dance competition is going back on the road, and Dancing with the Stars: Live! – We Came to Dance is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando this winter. [Read more…]
Fans of the long-running daytime game show will want to “come on down” to Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts starting Friday, September 30, and secure tickets to next spring’s performance of The Price is Right Live. [Read more…]
Tickets went on sale this morning for the debut Orlando engagement of Shanghai Acrobats’ “Shanghai Nights” at The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, December 1, 2016. [Read more…]
After a multi-city tour and Broadway run, The Illusionists – Live from Broadway are bringing their magic to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from October 4 – 9, 2016, and tickets are now on sale to the general public. [Read more…]
By Jackie Roseboom
Carole King composed and wrote so many songs we love and know. “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” is full of those songs and more. You’ll hear tunes like “So far away”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, Locomotion”, “One Fine Day”, “You’ve got a Friend” and of course “Beautiful”, as well as so many more!
This musical depicts Carole’s life. It starts in her teen years and shows the start of her music career. She has had a lot of ups and down in her life, all of which catapult her into her next creative adventure. She made some life-long friends through the years and has also had the privilege of making music with other music legends along the way.
You’ll see how certain points in her life inspired the songs you know. It makes you nostalgic for that era, whether you lived them or not!
The sets and period costumes bring you right back to the ’50s and ’60s. They touch on the fact that almost everyone smoked back then (inside too). All of the cast members have beautiful voices and the well-written script will make you laugh out loud, cry, shake your head in disbelief and clap your hands.
“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” is being performed at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando now through Sunday, May 8, 2016. Tickets start at $38.75. Click here for more information and tickets. It’s a great Mother’s Day present!
The worlds of theme parks and theater will collide next month when Jeff Jones’s new comedy The Animatronicans debuts on May 18 at the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
This past Tuesday I had a pretty good ‘time of my life’ seeing “Dirty Dancing” for the first time at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the strongest performance I’ve seen at the center. [Read more…]