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Upcoming Theater Shows

There are several great shows coming to Central Florida. Already playing is the Broadway show Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. This new musical has won 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards! This show will be at Orlando’s Bob Carr Performing Arts Center thru March 27th.

Coming March 18th to Daytona’s Peabody Auditorium is the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. The Acting Company from New York performs this famous story. Tip: enter the word “Romeo” at ticketmaster.com for a special buy one ticket, get one free offer.

Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s production of the Puccini opera, Madame Butterfly will be at the Daytona Beach Peabody Auditorium on March 19th.

One of my favorite musicals, Grease, will be coming March 30th at the Daytona Beach Peabody Auditorium. This play stars Eddie Mekka as greaser Danny.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater/UCF production of the Kathleen Cahill comedy, Charm will be at Orlando’s Lowndes Shakespeare Center with dates throughout March and April.

The new musical comedy Suddenly Seniors, the Musical, will open March 24th at the Plaza Live Theatre. This fresh look at aging will have you laughing, singing, and cheering along. Orlando Tourist Tip: for $10 discount of your 2nd ticket, use the code “Twilight Twosome” when you call the Plaza Box Office at 407-228-1220 or purchase online.

“Wicked” comes to Orlando!

The Broadway show Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, is here at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center thru March 27th. This new musical has won 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards!

This story is “pre Dorothy”, the story of 2 young girl friends who later grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. However, since this takes place in the Land of Oz, there’s much more to this story. There’s a dragon breathing smoke, a curtain that glitters, bubbles, and streamers shooting into the audience, and that’s just in the first five minutes!

This Orlando show features the superior voices and solid acting of Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda and Jackie Burns, as the future Wicked Witch of the West. The New York Times calls it “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and “the defining musical of the decade” . Check out the remarkable stage visuals and elaborate score for yourself. And, you can enjoy dinner before or after the show at one of the many great Orlando restaurants.

  • Location: Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando
  • When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays; through March 27
  • Tickets: $37-$150; some $25 tickets are available by lottery on the day of the show. Arrive at the Carr box office 2 1/2 hours before showtime to enter the lottery.
  • Call: 407-849-2577
  • Online: OrlandoBroadway.com

Orlando Tourist Tip: Check Travelzoo Local Deals for up to 40% off six performances; enter the code WICKED after “buy now”.

2011 Orlando Fringe Festival Update

Although the 2011 Orlando Fringe Theatre Festival doesn’t come to Orlando until May 13th to 30th (the 12 days leading up to Memorial Day), the lottery that decides which acts get a spot was held this week.  There are 62 slots to fill and 86 acts that have applied.  This is truly a lottery, and doesn’t take into consideration which shows won awards or acclaim in the past.  (Personally, I’d like to see the top 5-10 acts from last year be automatically entered for the next year, and the rest could be picked via lottery.)

If you are not familiar, you may be wondering, “what is the Fringe Festival?”  A 12-day-festival that is founded on the concept of offering 100% uncensored, 100% accessible theatre, music, dance, art and madness to all types and ages.   The Orlando Fringe is the longest running Fringe festival in the U.S. (this year will mark the 20th year), and 100% of the ticket sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe.

So far, the list of acts for 2011 includes favorites the Oops Guys, BabyBluestar and Tod Kimbro, Dewey Chaffee, and Chase Padgett, as well as Michael Wanzie and Kenny Howard.

However, some of the favorite acts from the 2010 Festival will not be performing in 2011.  This includes Canadian storyteller T.J. Dawe, Playwrights’ Round Table, TheatreWorks Florida, as well as one of the most popular acts, The Cody Rivers Show.

Several groups still on the waitlist, so you still may have a chance to see your some of the acts you like, even if they aren’t on the current list.  This list will change as acts drop out, accept other venues, or additional time slots are created.  For a full listing of performers, check out the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival website.

Keep checking our blog for updates as the event draws closer; we are looking forward to a great 20th anniversary of the Fringe!

Side note:  Congratulations to Beth Marshall, producing artistic director of the Orlando Fringe Festival, for winning the 1st John Goring Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award (being presented this Sunday).