| Jun 7, 2013
| 11:03 PM
Winter Park Playhouse will be getting down with the sounds of the BeeGees and K.C. & the Sunshine Band when it opens "8 Track: The Sounds of the 70's" on Friday, June 21.
Joining the cast for a rehearsal, I can't help but wonder: "Were any of you even...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 11:57 AM
Ooh, do I sense backstage tension in the cast of Mad Cow Theatre's "Dreamgirls"?
It's early May — a month before the show opens — when I sit down with Orlando actresses Cherry Hamlin, Jasmine Thompson and Jayne Trinette. They'll portray...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 10:20 AM
Central Florida's theaters will be bursting with famous names during February — but they're names from the page, not on the stage.
Plays presented around the region will boast some of the most famed names in literature, from ancient Greek writer...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 12:37 PM
After a month of handwringing, public appeals and lines in the sand, a deal was struck on the future of Broadway touring shows in Orlando.
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will co-present touring shows with the Florida Theatrical...
| Dec 1, 2012
| 8:41 PM
In a nod to its Oklahoma setting, "August: Osage County" publicity often contains a phrase along the lines of how the play reveals a "tornado of emotions."
And it's true that in Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy, a whirlwind of devastating...
| Dec 1, 2012
| 8:41 PM
With a merry ho-ho-ho at the Garden Theatre comes "A Christmas Survival Guide," bubbling over with cheer and goodwill.
The holiday revue, by James Hindman and Ray Roderick, is produced by the Garden Theatre, which has several large-scale community-...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 2:29 PM
Christmas is a time for nostalgia — and good will — so maybe we should cut the Orlando Shakespeare Theater's current holiday comedy some slack.
After all, it's full of old jokes, old visual gags and old comedy set-ups. Even the premise...
| May 15, 2013
| 8:21 AM
United Arts of Central Florida this morning unveiled its new power2give donation program that allows donors to support specific projects run by arts, science and history organizations.
The program is website-based, at power2give.org, so donors can...
| May 8, 2013
| 8:30 AM
When Shoshana Bean put on the green greasepaint to become Elphaba in the Broadway musical "Wicked," she had a built-in fan base — theatergoers who loved the character and the show.
Parlaying her theater success into a singing career means...
| May 3, 2013
| 12:44 PM
Maybe the dreary rain-soaked atmosphere outside created a longing for something cheerily familiar Thursday at the Orlando Cabaret Festival. Singer-pianist Tony DeSare has a repertoire of original music but he mostly stuck to standards on the opening night...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 10:34 AM
It takes a brave woman to step in for the powerful pipes of Broadway's Linda Eder. But that's exactly what Emily Skinner had to do back in 1997.
During previews of "Jekyll & Hyde," which showcased Eder, the actress lost her voice. At the last minute,...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 8:47 PM
There's a certain kind of a cabaret where the audience just basks in the almighty glow of the diva, awed just to be in her presence.
That's not really Emily Skinner's style, as she demonstrated Friday night on the opening weekend of the Orlando...