shows and plays – About Orlando https://aboutorlando.com Insider Tips for Orlando Florida Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:15:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Annie Russell Theatre https://aboutorlando.com/annie-russell-theatre/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:40:02 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=3817 Theater at Rollins College in Winter Park, the Annie Russell Theatre has been entertaining Orlando area theatre lovers for over 80 years.

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Annie Russell Theatre
1000 Holt Avenue – 2735
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-646-2145
HISTORY:

Entertaining Central Florida audiences for over 80 years, the Annie Russell Theatre is the area’s longest-running theater. Located on the Rollins Collage campus, the beautifully appointed, 370 seat theater features a wide selection of plays from classic musicals to popular dramas.

Three levels of seating are available; Orchestra, Box and Balcony.

GOOD TO KNOW:
  • Affordable tickets for shows featuring student performers. Season tickets are under $100.
  • Individual and season tickets are available.
  • Discounted tickets are available for students and seniors.
  • Annie Russell Theatre was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

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The Abbey Orlando https://aboutorlando.com/the-abbey-orlando/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:25:55 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=3806 Enjoy music, entertainment and shows one of Orlando's favorite performing arts venues located in Downtown Orlando on S. Eola Drive.

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Downtown Orlando - The Abbey Performing arts center more about rofessional Theatre in Orlando and Winter Park.
The Abbey
100 S Eola Dr #100Orlando, FL 32801
407-704-6103
THE VENUE:

The addition of the picturesque marquee with the lighted logos and Gothic wrought iron give the Abbey credibility as one of Orlando’s favorite performance venues. Flexible, open space with a bar at one end and a raised stage at the other allows for a variety of entertainment, musical and dance shows. Depending on the performance, the seats can be rearranged to accommodate theatrical shows as well as grouped together with tables for a jazz club ambiance. Closer to the bar you’ll find a selection of leather sofas, perfect for creating a more casual setting for those that prefer the music or performance as the background to their evening out. The fake fireplace and changing colored glass ceiling fixture cast a dimmed, vampy glow throughout the small space.

A multitude of nightly live performance options at this downtown hot spot include theatrical performances, comedians, cabaret performances, aspiring musicians and much more. The Abbey will also play host to local arts organizations including Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic, and The Central Florida Jazz Society. Looking for a space to host your next birthday, anniversary party or wedding? With approximately 7,000 square feet of multi-functional, flexible space The Abbey can accommodate just about any event you might want to host.

GOOD TO KNOW:
  • The Abbey features a full liquor bar.
  • The bar and theater area share the same space, so drinks can be purchased during a performance.
  • An outdoor seating area is available for smoking.
  • Valet parking is usually available in front of the venue or on S. Eola Drive.
  • Thornton Park Central Garage on N. Eola Drive is the closest parking garage.

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Orlando Broadway Series History https://aboutorlando.com/orlando-broadway-series-history/ Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:06:00 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=2631 Orlando Broadway Series: In 2013, The Florida Theatrical Association celebrated 25 years of Broadway with the Broadway Across America – Orlando Series. The first 26 seasons were performed at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Livingston Street in Downtown Orlando. Beginning with the 27th season, the Broadway Series will be presented at the Dr. ...

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Historic photos of the Orlando Municipal Audutorium.  Shows and plays of the Orlando Broadway Series

Orlando Broadway Series:

In 2013, The Florida Theatrical Association celebrated 25 years of Broadway with the Broadway Across America – Orlando Series. The first 26 seasons were performed at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Livingston Street in Downtown Orlando. Beginning with the 27th season, the Broadway Series will be presented at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.


Broadway in Orlando 1988 - 1989 Season at the Bob Carr from  AboutOrlando.com

1988 – 1989 Season

The Zev Buffman Broadway Series.

Broadway in Orlando 1989 - 1990 Season at the Bob Carr from  AboutOrlando.com

1989 – 1990 Season

Pace Theatrical acquired the series from producer Zev Bufman and renamed it the Orlando Broadway Series. Special performances by Mitzi Gaynor in Anything Goes and Peter Marshall in Rumors. The cost for the 5 series subscription was $93 – $189.

Broadway in Orlando 1990 - 1991 Season at the Bob Carr from AboutOrlando.com

1990 – 1991 Season

Season highlights included the 1989 Tony Award-winning musical Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Former gymnast Cathy Rigby played the leading role in Peter Pan and Sarah Brightman stared in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Season tickets for the 5 shows cost $104.20 – $199.50.

Broadway in Orlando 1991 - 1992 Season at the Bob Carr from AboutOrlando.com

1991 – 1992 Season

The Florida Theatrical Association season included a new production of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie, which starred Tommy Tune. The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber was again included in the series, this time featuring Michael Crawford. Additions to the series were the long-running Broadway hit of Les Miserables and Cats – this is the third time both of these shows have come to the Bob Carr. The 5 show series cost was $110.90 – $252.

Broadway in Orlando 1992 - 1993 Season at the Bob Carr from AboutOrlando.com

1992 – 1993 Season

Four musicals were included in this series: Will Rogers Follies, Aspects of Love, Camelot and My Fair Lady. The fifth show is the musical revue; And The World Goes ‘Round showcasing the Songs of Kander and Ebb. The non-subscription offering for the season is the musical A Chorus Line. Pricing for this season is not available.

Broadway in Orlando 1993 - 1994 Season at the Bob Carr from AboutOrlando.com

1993 – 1994 Season

Historic information and pricing for this season is not available.

Broadway in Orlando 1994 - 1995 Season at the Bob Carr from AboutOrlando.com

1994 – 1995 Season

Andrew Lloyd Webber dominates the stage this season with The Phantom of the Opera (a five-week run), Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Carol Channing stars in Hello Dolly. The Who’s Tommy was originally on the schedule but was switched out with Grease starring Rex Smith, Mickey Dolenz and Sally Sruthers. The cost for the 5 series subscription was $146.55 to $324.50

Broadway in Orlando 1995 - 1996 Season at the Bob Carr from AboutOrlando.com

1995 – 1996 Season

Six shows were included as part of the season subscription along with Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar. Big name stars came to Orlando: Jerry Lewis in Damn Yankeess and The Pointer Sisters in Ain’t Misbehavin’. The cost for the 6 series subscription was $164.85 to $346.25

Broadway in Orlando 1996 - 1997 Season at the Bob Carr from AboutOrlando.com

1996 – 1997 Season

Due to the Carr Centre’s renovations, the long awaited Miss Saigon with its big set and need for special effects was able to land in Orlando this season for a month-long run. Other highlights to note include Elliot Gould & Mariette Hartley staring in Deathtrap, Man of La Mancha with Robert Goulet and How to Succeed in Business with Ralph Macchio. The 6 series season subscription was $176 to $366.

Broadway in Orlando 1997 - 1998 Season at the Bob Carr from AboutOrlando.com

1997 – 1998 Season

Three headliners gave wonderful performances for this six season series. Faye Dunaway played opera singer Maria Callas in Master Class. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals; The King and I and State Fair starred Hayley Mills and John Davidson, respectively. The cost for the six-show season subscription was between $100-$349.



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Garden Theatre – Winter Garden https://aboutorlando.com/garden-theatre/ Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:38:43 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=2333 A hidden gem in historic Downtown Winter Garden, the Garden Theatre offers plays, shows, concerts and movies in the renovated 1935 structure.

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Garden Theatre
160 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
407-877-GRDN (4736)
HISTORY:

Housed in a structure that was originally designed as a single-screen cinema in 1935, the Garden Theatre has experienced first-hand the evolution of cinema since the introduction of the “talkies.” The Mediterranean Revival style interior, was designed with “Romeo & Juliet” balconies that are still part of the theatrical space. In 1963 the sloped theater floor was filled with cement to accommodate a farm supply store. Fortunately for Orlando theater goers, the space was once again renovated and reopened in 2008 to become a facility that features over 200 events each season. This not-for-profit organization provides a variety of live plays, concerts and movies throughout the year.

ANNUAL EVENTS:

For the best movie deal in town check out the Garden Theatre’s Summer Movie Series. Purchase a summer movie pass to watch 3 classic movies a week on the big screen.

GOOD TO KNOW:
  • There is a public lot behind the theater on Tremaine Street with free parking.
  • Senior ticket rate is for those 60 and older.
  • The concession area features a wine beer, soft drinks and snacks that can be taken into the theatre.
  • The theatre can be rented for special events, private movie screenings and corporate meetings.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available.
WHAT’S NEARBY:

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The Winter Park Playhouse https://aboutorlando.com/winter-park-playhouse/ Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:06:30 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=2328 Central Florida's professional musical theater, The Winter Park Playhouse features up-beat musicals with nostalgic themes. Enjoy the monthly Cabaret - only in Winter Park.

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Winter Park Playhouse - Professional Theatre in Orlando and Winter Park.
The Winter Park Playhouse
711 Orange Ave. Suite C
Winter Park, FL 3278932803
407-645-0145
HISTORY:

Filling a niche for for nostalgic musicals, The Winter Park Playhouse is a comfortable, friendly place with a steady stream of regulars. The 501(c)(3) non-profit professional musical theatre was started in 2002 by husband and wife team, Roy Alan and Heather Alexander. With only 123 seats, popular shows featuring stories and music of Ginger Rogers, the Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra often sell out quickly. The Main-stage Series features seven musical comedies. Each month The Spotlight Cabaret Series features professional singers in the lobby bar with a limited seating capacity of 54.

GOOD TO KNOW:
  • Before many of the shows, there will be piano music in the lobby.
  • Individual and season tickets are available.
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for sale in the lobby and can be taken into the theater.
  • The cast is always on-hand after the show for a meet and greet.
WHAT’S NEARBY:

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater https://aboutorlando.com/orlando-shakespeare-theater/ Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:23:56 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=2324 Classic to contemporary productions at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater for both the Signature and Children's Series. Located in Loch Haven Park in Orlando.

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Some of the best theatrical performances in Orlando can be seen at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 E Rollins St.
Orlando, FL 32803
407-447-1700
HISTORY:

Shakespeare has been part of Orlando’s cultural scene since the mid 1970’s when Professor Stuart Omans of the University of Central Florida began bringing students to local schools to perform scenes from classic novels. Over the years this concept has morphed from an annual outdoor festival into one of the Orlando area’s most impressive theaters. In 2013 the Shakespeare Theater staged the 2 part 6 hour production of The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, an epic undertaking that has only been produced six times before in the United States.

ANNUAL EVENTS:

In November, be sure to visit PlayFest! for a fast paced three-day weekend of new plays, distinctive panels and lively parties.

GOOD TO KNOW:
  • Free parking is available in the shared lot with the Orlando Museum of Art. Additional parking is available at the Orlando Science Center parking garage.
  • There is a small gift shop in the lobby of the building that has a nice selection of theater related gifts.
  • Individual and season tickets are available for the Signature Series and Children’s Series.
  • Visit Harriet’s Bar for wine, beer and soft drinks. Beverages can be taken into the theater.
  • Educational programs are available for children and adults.
  • There are several ways to offer your time as a volunteer.
  • The theater and grounds are available to be rented for special events.

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Mad Cow Theatre https://aboutorlando.com/mad-cow-theatre/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:09:45 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=2311 Downtown Orlando's only full-time professional theater, the Mad Cow Theatre with two performance spaces offers plays, shows and the annual Cabaret Festival.

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Mad Cow Theatre
54 West Church Street – Second Floor
Orlando, FL 32801
407-297-8788
HISTORY:

Since it began in 1997, the Mad Cow Theatre has called several Orlando locations home. What started out as a simple 2 show project has continued to grow over the years adding a large range of compelling works to Orlando’s cultural calendar. Classic and contemporary plays that attract a wide-range of audiences has won the Mad Cow Theatre numerous awards, including Arts Innovator of the Year and collaborator of the Year by United Arts of Central Florida.

ANNUAL EVENTS:

Each spring (April and May) the Mad Cow Theatre presents it’s signature event, the Orlando Cabaret Festival. This three week festival features talented acts from near and far featuring the best of Jazz, Pop and Broadway with lunch-time and evening performances.

GOOD TO KNOW:
  • The Sun Trust Center Parking Garage is the closest parking area for the Mad Cow Theatre. The entrance is at 25 W. South Street. Call 407-423-4927 for more information and rates.
  • Gift certificates are available for purchase.
  • The 8,854 square foot location includes two theaters: The Harriett seats 167 and the Black Box Theatre seats around 60. These small, intimate theaters almost guarantee that there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
  • Rows 1-4 are considered premium seating.  Rows 5-7 are discounted – that’s right only 7 rows, no need to bring theater binoculars here!
  • The concession area features a wine and cocktail bar featuring seasonal drink specials, beer and a limited selection of wines.
  • The theater has a variety of ways to purchase discounted tickets including: Group discounts, Preview tickets and Pride nite discounts.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available.
WHAT’S NEARBY:

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Orlando At Play https://aboutorlando.com/red-chair-project/ Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:14:44 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=1130 Comprehensive calendar of events, organization and venue listings of Orlando's cultural venues. Orlando At Play, formerly the Red Chair Affair - discounts to upcoming shows and museums exhibits.

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Orlando Opera Performance, Orlando at Play, formerly the Red Chair Project AboutOrlando.com
Orlando Opera © VisitFlorida.com
ABOUT ORLANDO AT PLAY:

Orlando At Play (formerly The Red Chair Project) is Orlando’s resource for everything cultural in the Central Florida area. A partnership is in place between the Arts & Cultural Alliance, Orlando/Orange County Conventions & Visitors Bureau, and United Arts of Central Florida with the goal of promoting the arts and educating the public about the tremendous arts and cultural opportunities available.

Not just limiting themselves to the handfull of venues located in Downtown Orlando, the nonprofit project also includes organizations from Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties.

The Orlando At Play website contains a directory of over 350 arts and cultural organizations with a comprehensive cultural calendar that breaks the events down by subject: Dance, Festivals, Film, Heritage/Ethnic, Kid-Friendly, Litterateur/Poetry, Museums, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Classes/Workshops.

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