Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
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Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this multi-generational experience visits Amway Center from September 2 – 4.

Disney On Ice Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting today, to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on June 14th.  Fans can still sign up to become a Disney On Ice Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code.

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
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Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.”  Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky.  Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals while singing along to beloved Disney tunes as they welcome Merida, Belle, Ariel, Mulan, and Tiana to the ice.

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
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Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

  • Friday, September 2 // 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 3 // 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 4 // 1 p.m., 5 p.m.  

Tickets: $25 – $110 (prices subject to change). All tickets are reserved. Buy tickets at the Amway Center box office or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s), and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling, and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit AmwayCenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
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Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in Orlando!

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Broadway in Orlando 2022/2023 Season Overview

The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts announced its Broadway in Orlando 2022/2023 Season last month, and to prepare for the upcoming subscription sales I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at the eight new (and two returning) shows coming to the Walt Disney Theater.

Broadway in Orlando 2022/2023 Season

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SIX 

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. 

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over. The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for! The Broadway season got supercharged!”  

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Hamilton 

Hamilton is the story of America the, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater–a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. 

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Tina – The Tina Turner Musical 

Her voice is undeniable. Her fire is unstoppable. Her triumph is unlike any other. 

An uplifting comeback story like no other, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. 

One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy® Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.  

Featuring her much loved songs, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.  

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Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show 

Riverdance, as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy® Award-winning thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of its music and dance–beloved by fans of all ages. Fall in love with the magic of Riverdance all over again. For over 25 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. 

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Wicked Talia Suskaer Allison Bailey Cleavant Derricks Curt Hansen Amanda Fallon Smith DJ Plunkett Sharon Sachs

Wicked  

Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz … but from a different angel. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin––smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships … until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

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Pretty Woman: The Musical 

Pretty Woman: The Musical, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde). 

Brought to the stage by lead producer Paula Wagner, Pretty Woman: The Musical features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ‘69,” “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News). 

Are you ready to fall in love all over again? 

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To Kill a Mockingbird 

All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick To Kill a Mockingbird is “the most successful American play in Broadway history.” (60 Minutes). New York Magazine calls it “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.” With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird – “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) – has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR). Emmy Award®-winning actor Richard Thomas will play the role of Atticus Finch in the National Tour. 

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Chicago 

After 25 years, Chicago is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder Chicago has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary – you’ve got to come see why the name on everyone’s lips is still…Chicago.  

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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady 

From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes a “sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (New York Times). “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1). 

Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?  

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Beetlejuice 

He earned his stripes on Broadway… now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Orlando. 

It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, Beetlejuice is “screamingly good fun!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love and making the most of every Day-O!  

Broadway in Orlando subscribers must renew by Friday, April 15. New subscriptions will go on sale later this Spring, anyone interested can join the waitlist at BroadwayInOrlando.com to be among the first in line for new subscriptions. 

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On the Go in MCO: Daytona 500 Speed Week

On the Go in MCO Daytona 500 Speed Week

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

If you are heading to see the Daytona 500 in person, there are fun ways to get caught up in the action outside of the races!

On the Go in MCO: Daytona 500 Speed Week

Daytona 500 Speed Week
UNOH Fanzone

If you are already heading in for the races and looking for a way to boost your race day experience, the UNOH Fanzone is THE destination for a one-of-a-kind experience! 

UNOH Fanzone highlights include:

  • Pre-Race Access for Driver Introductions
  • Driver Q&A’s and VIP Appearances 
  • Live Entertainment All Weekend
  • See the Grid up-close
  • Sign the Iconic Start/Finish Line
  • Access to the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show Featuring Luke Combs 
  • And so much more! 

Tickets start at $30 for attendees ages 13 and up while children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

DIRTcar Nationals
Daytona 500 Speed Week Dirt Nationals

The 2022 DIRTcar Nationals is the 51st Anniversary of Volusia Speedway Park’s showcase event, an extravaganza of DIRTcar racing featuring the nation’s four premier short-track racing divisions: The World of Outlaws Nos Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, the Super DIRTcar Series, and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, alongside the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars and the DIRTcar Late Models.

Each night is a doubleheader with a complete show of heat races, last chance showdowns, and features for two divisions.

Plus, the DIRTcar Nationals midway offers an enhanced experience with an incredible variety of food and merchandise vendors from across the nation.

Live Music Around Town
Daytona 500 Speed Week Live Music

If you are looking for a way to chill before or after the Daytona 500 there are several places to catch a great band, a cold beer, and a great meal.

One of my favorite spots is the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach with live music on the Sessions and Wave Terraces.

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Teatro Martini Valentine’s Day Show

Teatro Martini

Spice up date night with some Vegas-inspired entertainment at Teatro Martini for Valentine’s Day!

From February 10-12 and on February 14, Teatro Martini will be offering a couple’s discount package for its Valentine’s Day-themed show. For only $99, couples will receive two tickets to the dinner show, a gorgeous rose, and free entry into Jewel Speakeasy.

Teatro Martini

Teatro Martini features some of the world’s top performers in an exciting and interactive dinner show. The show features pole dancers, hula hoop artists, comedians, magicians, and even jugglers. Guests will be able to view award-winning performers all while enjoying a three-course meal.

“Teatro Martini and Jewel provide the perfect ambience for a romantic night out,” said Skyler Rankin, director of sales and marketing for the attraction. “Between the great food, stellar entertainment and a rose for their sweetheart, each guest is going to feel like love is in the air.”

With the Valentine’s Day package, guests can keep date night going with free entry to Jewel, a 1920s-inspired speakeasy featuring dueling pianos and charity gaming.

Teatro Martini

The speakeasy offers signature cocktails, classy bites, great music, and endless entertainment. Jewel is open from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Shows start at 8:30 p.m. Guests must be 21+ to enter

For more information or to book your tickets, click here.

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Country Thunder Florida Returns in 2022

Country Thunder Florida 2022

Country Thunder Florida will return to Kissimmee with all-new fall dates in 2022.
 
Country music’s hottest new superstar joins one of the biggest-selling artists in country music history for a one-two festival punch like no other. Jason Aldean joins previously announced showstopper, Morgan Wallen, along with hit machine Chris Young for the Sunshine State’s hottest fall party of ‘22!

“Country Thunder Florida has become the biggest country music event in Central Florida and we have these fans to thank,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer. “We had an amazing festival last fall with Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and Old Dominion. We knew we had to up the ante and deliver the biggest and best artist roster possible.
 
“This is the line-up those fans have asked for, and we’re thrilled to give it to them.”
 


Let’s start with the biggest musical entity in the world right now, shall we?

Country Thunder Florida Morgan Wallen

Every once in a while an artist comes along who transcends the country music genre and, in fact, changes the entire game. Morgan Wallen is that artist right now, for the immediate future, and well beyond.
 
The numbers and the fan hysteria speak for itself.        
 
With over seven billion (yes, you read that number correctly) on-demand streams, numerous multi-market, multi-platinum certifications and four consecutive chart-toppers, Wallen’s widely-praised sophomore effort, Dangerous: The Double Album, reigned #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a whopping 10 consecutive weeks upon its release.
 
The blockbuster remained in the top 10 for 33 weeks, plus earned the biggest streaming week for a Country album in music history. It includes another record-breaking achievement with one of Time magazine’s Top 10 Songs of 2020, “7 Summers,” and “Wasted On You” – both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and inside the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, not to mention the 4x platinum Diplo collaboration, “Heartless,” and another platinum chart-topper, “More Than My Hometown.”
 
His limited Fall headlining gigs in the U.S. sold between 30 and 50,000 tickets per venue in minutes, causing pandemonium in each market. Wallen’s headline performance at Country Thunder Bristol has been called the “Country Music Event Of The Year” in America for 2021.   
 
CT Nation in Florida is in for a treat!
 
And the long-awaited return of Jason Aldean to OHP will be a welcome one.

Country Thunder Florida Jason Aldean


One of the most sought-after headliners in country music today, Aldean has amassed a staggering resume since releasing his self-titled debut in 2005.
 
Nine best-selling albums (including four No. 1s), 35 top-10 singles, including a staggering 20 No. 1s, every industry award imaginable (and, frankly, too many to list here), to go along with a brand-new two-part album set,Macon, Georgia.
 
Part one (Macon) came out on November 12 and yielded the No.2 smash, “If I Didn’t Love You” – a stunning duet with Carrie Underwood. Part-two (Georgia) will be released in April 2022.
 
Expect yet another batch of hits by the time Aldean hits the stage and electrifies the CT Florida throng in Kissimmee!    
 
For his part, Chris Young has enjoyed a banner year in 2021. His album, Famous Friends has already yielded four hit singles, including the No. 1 title track which was recorded with 2021 CT Iowa headliner, Kane Brown.
 
It was followed up with three more hits: “Raised On Country”, “Drowning” and the outstanding Mitchell Tenpenny duet, “At The End Of A Bar.”
 
A consummate live performer and fan-favorite, any one of Young’s ten No. 1 hits from his eight best-selling albums, are sure to ignite the Country Thunder Florida faithful!

Country Thunder Florida Chris Young

As if all that wasn’t enough, organizers also announced that red-hot Ashley McBryde as well as Chase Rice, Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr., Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Lindsay Ell, Kameron Marlowe, Laney WilsonJames Barker Band, and many more will fill out this incredibly stacked lineup!
 
Country Thunder Florida 2022 is rolling in – see you all next fall!
 
Three-day passes, reserved seating, Platinum Experience, Rockin’ Range, Camping and all the extras are available now. Visit countrythunder.com to purchase, or order by phone at 1-866-388-0007.

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Dr. Phillips Center Announces 2022 Shows

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A diverse array of musicians, comedians, and entertainers are set to perform in Walt Disney Theater and Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center in the new year!

Newly Announced Dr. Phillips Center Shows

Dr. Phillips Center Presents Pat Metheny SIDE-EYE with James Francies & Joe Dyson
Dr. Phillips Presents Pat Metheny SIDE-EYE with James Francies & Joe Dyson
  • Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Pat Metheny

It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Pat Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition and, at one point, winning seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums.

In 2015 he was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, becoming only the fourth guitarist to be included (along with Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery) and it’s youngest member. Metheny has spent much of his life on tour, often doing more than 100 shows a year since becoming a bandleader in the 70s. He continues to be one of the brightest stars of the jazz community, dedicating time to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and established veterans alike, helping them to reach their audience as well as realizing their own artistic visions.

Dr. Phillips Center Alvin Alley
Dr. Phillips Center Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 22 & 23, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.

The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings and online platforms. Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory.

Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”

Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Jay Leno
Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Jay Leno
  • Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Jay Leno

Acclaimed TV late night host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artists, pioneering car builder and mechanic and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

Jay Leno’s late night television rating domination included two decades as the host of the #1-rated The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After the first two years, Jay Leno never lost a single ratings year in which he served as host.

Leno is the recipient of many honors, including Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide awards, Harris Poll selection as most popular star on television, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, The Mark Twain Prize, recipient of the Patriot Award given by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and being the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.

Dr. Phillips Center Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.

About Frankie Valli

The original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles, with unforgettable tunes like “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ‘63 – Oh What A Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and of course, “Grease.”

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Valli’s legendary career was the inspiration for the Broadway juggernaut Jersey Boys.

Frankie Valli is not only a pop music icon, but also an actor, having been featured in the iconic television show, The Sopranos, as Rusty, the capo in the Lupertazzi crime family, as well as Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy, And So It Goes, alongside Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons continue to tour throughout the U.S. and abroad to packed houses, receiving nightly standing ovations from thrilled fans of multiple generations.

Dr. Phillips Center Shen Yun
FL Falun Dafa Association Presents Shen Yun 2022
  • Date: Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2022
  • Time: Show times vary

About Shen Yun

The culture of ancient China was divinely inspired. Shen Yun’s works reflect this rich spiritual heritage… Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!

Tickets for these performances are on sale now at www.drphillipscenter.org!

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FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series is BACK!

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Interior

I am BEYOND excited that the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season is about to begin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts!

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Broadway back to the Dr. Phillips Center this fall for what will be a spectacular season,” said Susie Krajsa, president of Broadway Across America. “We have been working diligently with producers, booking agents and other national tour representatives to reschedule and rebuild the lineup for the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season. We are so grateful for the support of our subscribers and patrons who have remained steadfast awaiting the return of Broadway to the Dr. Phillips Center.” 

Because of the continued impact on the Broadway industry—there are some FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando schedule changes and exciting new additions to note:

  • Hadestown has been rescheduled to December 13–18, 2022. It will remain a part of subscribers’ current season and tickets have been automatically moved to the corresponding performance.
  • Wicked has been rescheduled for January 25–February 12, 2023 and will be a season option on our 22/23 season. Subscriber tickets have been automatically moved to the corresponding performance.
  • Beautiful–The Carole King Musical has been added to the lineup as an option for the current (21/22) season.
  • Hamilton will return in the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando 22/23 season. Current subscribers will have first access to secure seats for the return of Hamilton when renewing their subscription for the 22/23 season.

With all that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff!!!

2021-2022 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season 2021 2022 - Tootsie

Tootsie November 2–7, 2021  – Walt Disney Theater 

Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone). Call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter). Call it TOOTSIE. This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime.  

Featuring a hilarious Tony-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony-winner David Yazbek (The Band’s VisitDirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “a joyful delight” (The Washington Post) that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a jokebox musical!” (Bloomberg). “In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” raves Rolling Stone. “TOOTSIE is it!”  

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season 2021 2022 - The Prom

The Prom December 7–12, 2021 – Walt Disney Theater 

Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine hails as “smart and big-hearted” while The New York Times declares it “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” THE PROM is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all.  

Variety raves, “It’s so full of happiness that you think your heart is about to burst.” And The Hollywood Reporter cheers, “It’s comic gold!”  

THE PROM features direction and choreography by Tony Award­­–winner Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon), a book by Tony Award–winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony Award–nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), music by Tony Award–nominee Matthew Sklar (Elf) and lyrics by Tony Award–nominee Chad Beguelin. 

You belong at THE PROM!

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season 2021 2022 - Ain't too proud to Beg

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the TemptationsJanuary 25–30, 2022 – Walt Disney Theater 

AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one.   

Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, AIN’T TOO PROUD tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal, as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America.   

The unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and so many more.  

Written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and featuring the Tony-winning choreography of Sergio Trujillo (Jersey BoysOn Your Feet!), AIN’T TOO PROUD launches its first national tour to over 50 cities across America.  

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season 2021 2022 - Frozen

Disney Frozen February 24–March 6, 2022 – Walt Disney Theater 

From the producer of  The Lion King and Aladdin, FROZEN, the Tony-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America and the critics rave, “It’s simply magical!”  

(LA Daily News). Heralded by The New Yorker as “thrilling” and “genuinely moving,” Frozen features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez. Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage 

(director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer) round out the creative team that has won a cumulative 16 Tony Awards.  

An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.  

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season 2021 2022 - Cats

CATS – March 29–April 3, 2022  – Walt Disney Theater 

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America.  

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater: “Memory.” Winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the OperaSchool of RockSunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation. 

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season 2021 2022 - Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar June 7 – 12, 2022 – Walt Disney Theater 

An album that inspired a REVOLUTION. A REVELATION that changed the world. A REINVENTION for this millennium.  

Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for YouInto the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King KongStrictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades.  

Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.  

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.” 

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season 2021 2022 - Hadestown

Hadestown December 13-18, 2021 – Walt Disney Theater 

COME SEE HOW THE WORLD COULD BE. Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 TonyAwards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today… and always.  

HADESTOWN intertwines two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs hold and never lets go. 

We would love to see you with us at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts during the FAIRWINDS Broadway Season!

Make sure you check out the Health and Safety Guidelines before you visit!!!

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Dr. Phillips Center Announces Updated Safety Protocols

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In an effort to create the safest environment for guests, artists, students, and colleagues, the Dr. Phillips Center has announced that it is enacting a new policy.

Effective Friday, October 1, 2021, for all indoor shows and events, face coverings are required for guests—as well as documentation showing a negative COVID-19 test. Instead of a negative test result, guests can provide documentation showing their full vaccination status.

These new policies will not apply to events at Frontyard Festival™, presented by AdventHealth—which will continue to offer live, outdoor entertainment through mid-December 2021.

Guests 12+ years old are required to provide documentation of a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 72 hours before the show—or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result conducted within 48 hours before the show’s start time. The test result can be presented either printed or digital, and must clearly reflect the name of the guest, the date of the test, the type of test performed, and the negative test result.

As an alternative, vaccinated guests can show documentation of their full vaccination status with the final dose at least 14 days before the show date. Acceptable documentation includes the original vaccination card, a printed copy of the vaccination card, or a digital copy. Photo ID must also be shown, either for the test result or vaccination status.

Guests 2+ years old are required to wear a suitable face covering that covers the nose, mouth, and chin while inside the arts center. 

If an existing ticket holder is unable to comply with these updated policies, they can contact the Bill & Mary Darden Box Office at the Dr. Phillips Center for a full refund. For tickets purchased through resale or third-party sites, ticket holders should contact those sites directly to determine their refund policies. 

The Dr. Phillips Center has helped lead the community—and arts centers across the country—in creating a safe, healthy environment for guests and artists. As an innovative response to the pandemic, the arts center launched its outdoor Frontyard Festival in December 2020 to lift the community, stay relevant, bring people back to work and stay in business.

The arts center continues to monitor the situation and follow health and safety guidelines developed with AdventHealth—as well as with guidance from public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For the most up-to-date health and safety guidelines, visit drphillipscenter.org.

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Velvet Sessions Returns to Hard Rock Hotel

Velvet Sessions September 2021

The Velvet Sessions makes its return to Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, with Bret Michaels performing live on Friday, September 24, 2021, at 6:30 pm.

Rock along to hits including “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Unskinny Bop” and more.

All Velvet Sessions tickets include FREE specialty drinks, finger foods, and complimentary valet parking with cash bars and live band from show time onward.

Velvet Sessions is a separately ticketed event for adults (ages 21+) only. Tickets are non-refundable. Dates, times, entertainment, benefits, and menus are subject to change without notice. 

Velvet Sessions Tickets

$80* STANDING ROOM: Enjoy the concert from the standing room section. The ticket also includes specialty cocktails and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, as well as complimentary valet parking**. The at-the-door price on the day of the show will be $90.

$125* VIP: Includes all the benefits of a standing room ticket. Plus, enjoy the concert from a special viewing area with a private bar. Limited availability. Advance online purchase required.*Tax and ticketing fees will apply. **Complimentary parking is not valid for overnight hotel guests.

To purchase tickets, log onto VelvetSessions.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call 407-503-2401 or email vs@loewshotels.com.

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert. Visit VelvetSessions.eventbrite.com  to buy your tickets and receive updates on who’s playing.
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Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party Returns to Orlando

Disclosure: I am working with Feld Entertainment to spread the word (and deals) for  Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party at the Amway Center in exchange for tickets to see the show. All opinions, bad puns, and overuse of exclamation points are 100% my own.
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In just a few weeks Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party will be bringing its magic to Orlando’s Amway Center September 3-5, 2021, and I know that my family is SUPER excited to once again experience the dynamic moments that take place on the ice and in the air!!!

The story behind Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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During Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party guests will embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic.

Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney●Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace.

Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice.

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Demonstrate the power of teamwork when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie recruit the Green Army Men for a daring rescue in Andy’s room.

Laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on tumble tracks, stilts, and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook.

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Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka.

And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out celebration.

Keeping families safe

While delivering the same magical experiences guests expect from Disney On Ice, Feld Entertainment is continuing Guest Wellness Enhancements to help keep families safe at its live events.

Feld Entertainment is working closely with venue partners to establish and follow COVID-19 health and safety standards in accordance with all federal, state, and local guidelines. Face coverings are strongly encouraged, regardless of vaccination status.

The CDC recommends face coverings if you are not fully vaccinated. Full details on Feld Entertainment Guest Wellness Enhancements can be found here.

Have I got a deal for you!!!

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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Tickets for you and your family to join this magical search are on sale now for the following performance dates:

  • Friday, September 3:  7:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 4:  11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 5:  1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
AND I am REALLY excited to share that you can save $5 on select seats when you use code DOI5FQ to purchase your tickets in advance at www.DisneyOnIce.com

Offer valid on select price levels and performances. Offer valid only on the following performances: Friday, September 3 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, September 4 at 7 pm; Sunday, September 5 at 5 pm. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply. Tickets are subject to market supply and demand. This Offer expires 8/29/21.

If you are excited to see Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party you can find even more fun by following #DisneyOnIce on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

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CFCArts Announces New Theatre Location

CFCArts, Central Florida Community Arts, has announced that their next theatre production will take place in a new location. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will transform a vacant storefront at the Fashion Square Mall, opening on Thursday, April 15 running through May 2, 2021. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2021. The new venue opens up the potential for more productions in the 2020-2021 season. 

“We are excited to explore opportunities for producing more theatre at this location,” said Terrance Hunter, senior director of programs of CFCArts. “We are continually looking for spaces that afford accessibility for everyone and look forward to how our patrons respond to this venue.” 

The Fashion Square Mall location is planned for the April production, with the potential to stage more productions in the upcoming year. This marks the first time CFCArts will mount a full production outside the black box at their current location. The former Express storefront is three times the size of the current black box theatre and along with increased square footage, the venue includes lobby space allowing for the sale of concessions, potentially beer and wine, in a safe, socially-distanced environment. 

Out of the pandemic, CFCArts adopted the guiding principles of safety, flexibility, creativity, and inclusivity, that help inform decisions for in-person programming. Additionally, the Theatre Program developed pillars that expand the artistic vision and the community commitment. Included in those pillars — education, exploration, conversations that matter, community, and accessibility — is a desire to develop theater in unconventional spaces, that is also geographically accessible.   

“As an organization we are focusing this year on ‘recovery’ for our audiences and our artists,” said Joshua Vickery, founder and executive director of Central Florida Community Arts. “By developing guiding principles for the organization and specific pillars for our theatre program, we are creating a path for that recovery. This venue helps us check all the boxes from safety to being geographically accessible.” 

The upcoming production will adhere to the safety guidelines developed with Orlando Health. All performers and patrons will be expected to adhere to the safety guidelines available at the CFCArts website here: CFCArts safety

CFCArts Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Show Details

The classic music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and this enchanting tale take on a contemporary reimagining. A pumpkin transforming into a carriage, a plain country girl and a prince joining in marriage – impossible? Witness the impossible become possible, with the help of Fairy Godmother, of course!

Production: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is being directed and choreographed by Shana Burns with musical direction by Michelle Procopio. The cast includes Chase Williams (Topher), Holli Trisler (Elle), Angela Brunn (Madame), Dayja Le’Chelle (Gabrielle), Megan K. Hill (Marie), Victoria Narvaez (Charlotte), Clint Steadman (Sebastian) and Marquise Hillman (Pinkleton). 

Where: Fashion Square Mall location at 3461 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

When: Thursday, April 15, 2021-Sunday, May 2, 2021

Tickets: On sale 9 a.m., Friday, March 5, 2021

Tickets may be purchased by visiting CFCArts.com or calling the box office at (407) 937-1800. For more information email boxoffice@cfcarts.com.

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Broadway in Orlando is Back

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Interior

The Florida Theatrical Association, Dr. Phillips Center, and Broadway Across America have announced the upcoming FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando series, which is expected to begin this fall.  

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Broadway back to the Dr. Phillips Center this fall for what will be a spectacular season,” said Susie Krajsa, president of Broadway Across America. “We have been working diligently with producers, booking agents, and other national tour representatives to reschedule and rebuild the lineup for the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season. We are so grateful for the support of our subscribers and patrons who have remained steadfast awaiting the return of Broadway to the Dr. Phillips Center.” 

The FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season includes seven shows at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the Walt Disney Theater.

The season is set to begin in September and run until July with the following schedule:

  • Hadestown—September 21–26, 2021 
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Hadestown
  • Tootsie—November 2–7, 2021 
  • The Prom—December 7–12, 2021 
  • Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations—January 25–30, 2022 
  • Disney’s Frozen—February 24–March 6, 2022 
  • Cats—March 29–April 3, 2022 
  • Jesus Christ Superstar—June 7–12, 2022 
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Jesus Christ Superstar

Unfortunately, at this time, there are a few changes to the previously announced performances for the 2021/2022 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series that are worth noting.

The Dr. Phillips Center cannot reschedule Hamilton and The Band’s Visit for the 2021/2022 season. However, Broadway Across America is working on scheduling these shows to return to the Dr. Phillips Center for a future season.

And, as previously announced, the Orlando favorite Wicked is postponed. 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Cats, Photo by Matthew Murphy, Murphymade, 2019

Robust health and safety protocols developed with guidance from AdventHealth have helped the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts responsibly welcome guests back to shows, camps, classes, and special events since summer 2020. 

“We’re eagerly anticipating Broadway’s return to Orlando and are confident we have the health protocols and training in place to do so responsibly,” said Dr. Phillips Center President and CEO Kathy Ramsberger. “It’s terrific to think that fans are just months away from again experiencing the wonder of Broadway.”

It is important to note that should the need arise to cancel a performance for any reason, subscribers should be aware the value of their tickets is safe and have many options. If the subscription is paid in full, they may elect to receive a credit or refund or choose to donate the value of their tickets to the arts center; if the subscription is being paid through a payment plan, the value of the tickets will be applied to the remaining payments on the account. 

New subscriptions for the 2021/2022 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are now on sale, and current subscribers can add to their packages at BroadwayinOrlando.com. 

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Country Thunder 2021 Details Announced

Country Thunder 2021

The Country Thunder Music Festival is set to serve up the biggest and best summer finale, September 10th to 12th, for some of the most rabid country music fans in America. 

“It’s going feel incredible to get back to the Sunshine State,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer. “Our artists are ready, the fans are ready and we’re ready to deliver the greatest festival experience possible.

“The Festival is absolutely thrilled to return to Osceola Heritage Park and deliver good things to those who have waited.”

As promised, the Country Thunder Florida 2021 lineup is set to include some of the biggest names in country music. Eric Church, Morgan Wallen and Dierks Bentley are three of the best in the business, and each will be out to prove that they have been worth the wait.

Church is simply without peer when it comes to his live performance. Given that Florida is one of his strongest markets in North America, expect “Chief” to deliver an epic festival close on Sunday night.

Following 15 years of No.1 hits, top-selling albums and every industry award imaginable, the 2020 CMA Entertainer Of The Year dropped Hell Of A View late in 2020. Leave it to Eric Church to deliver when country fans needed him most.

Wallen has simply picked up where he left off in 2019 and 2020 with Dangerous: The Double Album, and fans at Country Thunder Florida will be the beneficiaries.

The hottest new act in the genre began his ascension to the top of the country music charts with Whiskey Glasses and Chasin’ You, before hitting it out of the park in 2020 with More Than My Hometown and 7 Summers.

Prior to the release of his new album, Wallen had a record-breaking run on the Apple Music Pre-Add charts at the tale-end of the year. It turned out to be a good omen as Dangerous: The Double Album exploded out of the box upon release. Fans at Country Thunder Florida will catch country music’s next mega-superstar in mid-flight!

Bentley, on the other hand, continues to be Mr. Reliable – a CT “veteran” and superb fan-favorite.

Every time he walks onto a Country Thunder stage, he brings his A-game, laying out the challenge for every other weekend artist.

The decorated multi-platinum singer-songwriter kept busy in 2020 by releasing a new single, “Gone,” which will be featured on his forthcoming new album.

Of course, it fits in nicely with nearly two-decades worth of hits and crowd pleasers.

Russell Dickerson, LANCO, HARDY, Lonestar, Sawyer Brown, Tenille Townes, Dallas Smith, Jon Langston, Jenny Tolman, Parker McCollum, Kameron Marlowe, and Nolan Sotillo head up the always-amazing supporting cast, with more to be announced.

Florida, we can’t wait to get back to Kissimmee and see you all again!

Weekend GA passes, single-day tickets, reserved seating, Platinum, camping, Glamping and all the extras are available by visiting countrythunder.com. Order by phone at 1-866-388-0007.

A reminder to current ticket holders: All ticketing options will be automatically honored for the rescheduled 2021 dates – fans do not have to do a thing. Ticket holders will receive further information today via e-mail.

Country Thunder Music Festivals has a 17-year history which boasts five other major, multi-day events in North America. The organization also hosts festivals in Arizona, Iowa, Saskatchewan, Wisconsin and Alberta.

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Fusion Fest Returns to Orlando

Celebrate the People and Many Cultures That Make Central Florida Awesome at the Free Two-Day Festival That Features Over 1,000 Local Artists and Draws People From More Than 110 Different Cultures to Experience Music, Dance, Food, Visual Arts, Spoken Word, Games and Interactive Activities

Downtown Orlando’s annual celebration of the people and the many cultures that make Central Florida awesome, FusionFest, announces the return of the in-person festival, keeping CDC guidelines, on Thanksgiving Weekend: Saturday, November 28 from Noon to 8pm and Sunday, November 29 from Noon to 6pm.  Cultures from all across the world will fill the Seneff Arts Plaza in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Orlando City Hall Commons Plaza for the free, two-day festival, which draws people from more than 110 different cultures to experience music, dance, food, visual arts, spoken word, games and interactive activities and features over 1,000 local artists, who will perform and showcase their work on the stages, gallery and interactive installations at FusionFest. 

Guests of FusionFest will enjoy the Opening Spectacle, International Food Court and Marketplace, three stages featuring music, dance, spoken word and fashion, Film Pavilion screening the MYgration Films in partnership with Global Peace Film Festival, Global Street Dance Party, Diversitastic! Choir, Interactive Experiences, Visual Arts Gallery, Fun and Games Station, exciting prizes, community panels, Fusion contests with cash awards up to $1,000, plus a new station highlighting cultural celebrations from around the world.

“FusionFest began as a grassroots movement,” says FusionFest Chief Instigator Terry Olson and Business and Development Manager Thali Sugisawa.  “When you see a festival the size of FusionFest, it is easy to think that this is a corporate effort, but it isn’t.  There is a Steering Committee in place of over 40 people representing many different cultures, ethnicities and communities.  Representation matters and FusionFest has it in mind since day one.  It is about honoring the diverse local community and highlighting Central Floridians talents, and we are proud to continually show the community and the world that people with different lifestyles and different ethnicities and heritages can live together in a non-divisive way.”

In compliance with state and local laws, FusionFest will implement a wide variety of health and safety protocols, which include: Six feet social distancing for tables, chairs and patron lines, temperature checks at dedicated entrances for staff, vendors, performers, volunteers, participants and all attendees, masks for vendors, staff and volunteers and facial coverings available for sale on site, increased handwashing and hand sanitizer stations throughout the festival, and continuous spraying of CDC-approved disinfectant on all high touch areas will be handled by several staff members. 

“With theme parks and schools open, we have examples to observe now,” says Olson and Sugisawa.  “We are conducting additional research at any outdoor festivals happening between now and then, and we attended the recent Florida Festivals and Events conference to discover and formalize best practices for social distancing at outdoor events to ensure that this year’s FusionFest is a safe, comfortable and secure environment, while also a fun-filled, memorable and always meaningful festival for everyone attending.”

FusionFest is a free to attend.  VIP Passports can be ordered in advance online or at the festival for $25, which include: (1) Neck Wallet, (4) Food Tokens, (1) Souvenir Button, (1) Prize Ticket and (1) Super Prize Raffle Ticket ($300 Gift Card).

Experience FusionFest on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Downtown Orlando.  For updates on the performance schedule, artist lineup and vendor stations and for more information, visit www.FusionFest.org for or call 407-836-5540.  Apply as an Artist, Vendor or Volunteer (until October 1) at www.FusionFest.org/JoinUs.

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Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids The World

This week we were invited to preview the upcoming Night of a Million Lights event, taking place for the first time ever at Give Kids The World!

The Give Kids The World Village was forced to close back in March this year due to Covid-19, delaying more than 4,000 wishes. This 89-acre non-profit resort provides critically ill children and their families with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost to them. There are a total of 166 storybook residential villas for them to stay in while enjoying experiences at the local theme parks and attractions.

Night of a Million Lights is designed to raise funds to ensure that when they are able to reopen, the wishes for these families can be granted and return bigger and better than ever before.

This event has transformed the village into a dazzling wonderland!

The Night of a Million Lights features more than 3 million glittering lights, larger than life displays, and 45 amazingly decorated wish family residential villas. This really is a sight to see!

Once you enter the residential villas area, you will see each house has its own sponsor, some are very obvious who the sponsor is before you even read the sign, one of my favorites being the Crayola house!

I love the crayons “decorating” the house and their expressions!

Mayor Clayton’s home, which is home to the 6-foot tall bunny rabbit who governs the Village, has a garden area that is not to be missed with decorations under a beautiful archway perfect for those selfies!

They were busy at work setting up all the lights and we even saw a “whack a mole” game being set up.

Admission for all guests includes complimentary ice cream from the Village’s new centerpiece, Henri’s Starlight Scoops and hot cocoa. There is also unlimited access to the Village’s wheelchair-accessible rides and attractions.

Additional food and beverage and special edition holiday merchandise- including 3D glasses for the lights will be available for purchase.

Santa and some other surprises will be making this visit extra special for all guests!

Night of a Million Lights will take place from November 13 through to January 3, from 5:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m daily with staggered entry times to promote social distancing. Mask wearing will be required for all guests.

The Village is always open for more volunteers, especially to help decorate for this upcoming event, you can apply on their website now at http://gktw.org/lights/volunteer or email them at volunteer@gktw.org

To purchase tickets for the event please head to their website http://gktw.org/lights today as some busy days may start selling out.

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