The opening weekend community celebration of Steinmetz Hall, an acoustically remarkable theater that completes the original design of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, is going to be amazing!
The celebration will begin with an opening ceremony press event on Friday, January 14 at 11 a.m., followed by two open houses for the community. Guests are invited to experience the world’s newest cultural and architectural achievement, right in the heart of downtown Orlando, on Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A dream decades in the making finally comes to life with an incredible lineup that will bring the Dr. Phillips Center vision, Arts For Every Life, to the stage for the first performance at Steinmetz Hall with Rise & Shine—a one-of-a-kind, two-day showcase of diverse talents from across Central Florida on Friday and Sunday, January 14 and 16.
More than 250 artists will perform under the leadership of creative director Cole NeSmith, music director Eric Jacobsen and Orlando’s top visionaries—including artists from the Asian Cultural Association, Bach Festival Choir, Central Florida Community Arts, City of Orlando Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Gospel Liturgical Dance team from Inez Patricia School of Dance, Matthew Fowler & Prado Sisters, Orlando Choral Society, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Raymi Dance, Rico Monaco, SAK Comedy Lab, The 502’s, United Ballet Theater and Wynn Family.
“We are incredibly proud to open Steinmetz Hall with a moving, heart-warming performance that celebrates our city’s unity, individual diversity and creative spirit on one stage,” said NeSmith, the creative director for the Dr. Phillips Center Presents Rise & Shine. “It will be a seamless blend of art forms with orchestral and choir arrangements, modern dance, spoken word, musical fusion of hip-hop, opera and jazz, ballet, improv comedy, folk and Asian-Latin gospel fusion coming together for 90 minutes.”
Michael Feinstein will also bring Orlando Broadway stars and regional legends Davis Gaines, Norm Lewis, and Sofia Deler back home to perform the greatest hits from Broadway and the Great American Songbook on Saturday, January 15.
The Grand Opening Celebration of Steinmetz Hall will continue for more than two weeks with performances from international, national, and regional artists, including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Ballet, Jennifer Hudson, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, and the world premiere of Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown & Beige, the only full-length orchestration, and Sacred Music.
Named after philanthropists Chuck and Margery Pabst Steinmetz, Steinmetz Hall will be one of the world’s most acoustically remarkable spaces designed to reach the lowest levels at which humans can detect sound in a modern building. The multi-form venue is one of the few in the world that can also transform in shape, seating, and sound to accommodate a variety of art forms and events.
The Grand Opening Celebration is supported by Dr. Phillips Charities, Ravago Americas, and Korbin Family Foundation. Also supported by Chuck & Margery Pabst Steinmetz, Anonymous, Joyce T. Green, Lynn & Joe Conte, Orosz Family, and Bob VanderWeide & Shelby Norwich. The Grand Celebration Season is supported by AdventHealth and Massey Services, Inc.
To purchase tickets to Steinmetz Hall visit their official website.
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
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 Visit, Dirty 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!”
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!
Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations – January 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 Boys, On Your Feet!), AIN’T TOO PROUD launches its first national tour to over 50 cities across America.
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.
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 (ThePhantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset 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.
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 You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly 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.”
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!
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.”
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
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
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.
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.
The Dr. Phillips Center has kicked-off the Frontyard Festival, a series of live entertainment events featuring local artists designed to bring people together to enjoy the arts.
“COVID-19 has created significant challenges for performing arts centers and stages around the world,” said Dr. Phillips Center President and CEO Kathy Ramsberger. “To keep our mission moving forward, our team has come up with a unique way for guests to re-connect and re-engage with one another and enjoy live entertainment and culture again. This big idea is gaining fantastic support by sponsors, partners, and artists.”
The Frontyard Festival transforms the outdoor areas in front of the Dr. Phillips Center’s three front parcels, including the Seneff Arts Plaza, into the region’s most unique, dedicated outdoor entertainment venue that will showcase a diverse mix of music, comedy, films, health and wellness programs, and local community arts performances.
“Fully activating the arts center’s front parcels and Seneff Arts Plaza has always been part of our long-range plan,” said Ramsberger. “We had intended to complete Phase 2—Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room—then turn our attention to conceptualizing how we could transform the plaza into a vibrant, active outdoor space for the arts, entertainment, and wellness.”
In addition to the live entertainment plus health and wellness programs, several local restaurants and popular food trucks will be on-site each day offering seasonal menus, beer, wine, and cocktails for purchase.
Many performances will require the advance purchase of tickets, allowing artists and arts groups to generate much-needed revenue. There are also additional daytime programs showcasing professional musicians at no cost to attend.
“More than anything, we’re excited to produce a platform that will reunite artists and wellness instructors with live audiences,” Ramsberger said.
Health & Safety First
To keep guests properly distanced from one another, the arts center has built 380 elevated seating “pods” inspired by a similar outdoor venue created at the Virgin Money Unity Arena in Newcastle, UK.
Each 5’ x 7’ pod, which can seat up to five guests, has been built using metal scaffolding materials with six feet of space between each pod.
Additional health and safety protocols, developed with guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities and the Dr. Phillips Center’s partner, AdventHealth, include a mask requirement, temperature checks prior to admission, and mobile purchasing options for tickets and Food Trucks.
“Arts and events not only help provide needed jobs and employment for our residents but also food for our souls,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “That’s why we are proud to partner with the Dr. Phillips Center as they create a new outdoor venue in our downtown. The space will help bring our arts back and bring our community safely together to gather, celebrate, relax, and be inspired.”
For more information and to purchase tickets to the Dr. Phillips Center Frontyard Festival, please visit their website.
Dr. Phillips Center has announced that the previously scheduled performance of the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando engagement of To Kill a Mockingbird, scheduled for Dr. Phillips Center will be postponed. The highly anticipated Orlando run will be part of the 21/22 season.
In addition, The Cher Show, originally scheduled for June 15 – 20, 2021 will not come to the Dr. Phillips Center as part of the 20/21 Broadway season. The show has postponed its national tour with new dates to be announced.
Jesus Christ Superstar will appear as part of the 20/21 season at Dr. Phillips Center on June 15–20, 2021.
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 You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer
Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly 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 SUPERSTARis 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’.
Current season subscribers will be contacted by email with updated season package information, and you can find more information by visiting drphillipscenter.org.
Disney’s Aladdin has entertained audience members around the world, and beginning January 22 the show will begin a 24-performance run on the Walt Disney Theatre stage at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Disney’s Aladdin brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with fan-favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman, Tony Award winner Tim Rice and book writer Chad Beguelin.
I am beyond excited to see “Friend Like Me”, featuring the Genie and all his antics!
If you have a little Disney’s Aladdin fan in your family, don’t feel intimidated about bringing them to the theatre! Check out my past post where I share tips and tricks for bringing them!
Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from January 22 to February 9 are on sale now and start at only $31.
Here are a few thing to keep in mind if you are planning on attending Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:
Parking can be purchased in advance for valet and two garages, Seaside Plaza and City Commons, online before you arrive to make parking a breeze.
All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.
Only purchase tickets directly from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in person or online at Drphillipscenter.org.
The Dr. Phillips Center is always announcing new shows & concerts, and this week there are two events going on sale that you won’t want to miss!
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE IN CONCERT
— On Sale Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 10 a.m. —
Show: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE™ IN CONCERT
Show Date: Saturday, December 28 and Sunday, December 29, 2019
Show Time: 7 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Venue: Walt Disney Theater
Tickets: Start at $45.50
Dr. Phillips Center and CineConcerts invite fans back to the Wizarding World for an evening of music and magic in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.
Dr. Phillips Center in association with CineConcerts
— On Sale Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. —
Show: IL DIVO: A HOLIDAY SONG CELEBRATION
Show Date: December 7, 2019
Show Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Bob Carr Theater
Tickets: Start at $59.50. VIP Packages available.
Il Divo has always stood out for its unique mix of opera and pop. Since its debut in 2004, IL Divo has triumphed on the most important venues around the world and has sold over 30 million records.
First discovered and mentored by Simon Cowell in 2003, the group is composed of the Spanish Carlos Marin (baritone), the Swiss Urs Buhler (tenor), Frenchman Sebastien Izambard (tenor) and American David Miller (tenor), became a pioneer of a musical genre unknown until that time when in 2004 they released their debut album “IL Divo”.
Dr. Phillips Center in association with Live Nation
How to Buy
Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Bill and Mary Darden Box Office in person at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.
Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice.
Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email and can then purchase up to two (2) tickets at $25 each.
The ticket lottery will continue on a rolling basis for every performance in the engagement.
All entrants are encouraged to follow Dear Evan Hansen on Instagram (@dearevanhansen), Twitter (@dearevanhansen) and Facebook (@DearEvanHansen) for additional lottery news and information.
Entrants must be 18 years or older. A valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter is required for pickup.
Seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.
The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).
Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.