“Josh Recommends” for the Week of September 27, 2019 By Josh Garrick

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“Josh Recommends” for the Week of September 27, 2019 By Josh Garrick 

The ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC – 2019 Season Opening Night 
September 28 at 8 pm at the Bob Carr Theatre 
The Orlando Philharmonic opens their new season with Richard Strauss’ revolutionary tone poem, “Don Juan,” a tour de force masterpiece that established Strauss’ status as a composer. America’s most acclaimed saxophonist, Branford Marsalis, joins the Philharmonic with Ibert’s Concertino da camera for alto saxophone and eleven instruments. In conclusion, Music Director Eric Jacobsen leads the orchestra in Ravel’s mesmerizing and powerful Boléro. Program: STRAUSS– Don Juan; MAHLER– Rückert-Lieder; IBERT– Concertina da Camera for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra; CLYNE– Masquerade; MAHLER– “Urlicht” from Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”); RAVEL– Boléro Call 407.770.0071 or visit orlandophil.org 

The Orlando Philharmonic – 2019 Season Opening Night with Branford Marsalis

 

PHANTASMAGORIA X: “The Reckoning” 
NOW to Nov 3 at venues listed below 
Celebrating their 10th YEAR of Hauntingly successful acting/story-telling, “Phantasmagoria X: the Reckoning” thunders onto the stage in Central Florida with an ALL NEW SHOW - bringing a chill to your spine as it weaves a tapestry of stories from folklore, legend and literature! Click here for tickets to ALL locations (including the ‘Ghost Train.’) https://bit.ly/2lzNmvX
PHANTASMAGORIA X: “The Reckoning”

PHANTASMAGORIA X: “The Reckoning”

TAVARES – Royal Palm Ghost Train
Sundays – NOW to Nov 3 at 3:45 pm and 6:15 pm; Tavares Union Station Price: $38.00
Called “One of the most unique theater troupes in the country,” Phantasmagoria will share their haunting tales in a custom performance for a real moving train! The 80 minute train ride includes hauntings from Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe – culminating in “The Legend of the Ghost of the Royal Palm Railway”

ORLANDO – October 18, 19, 20, 21 
Shakespeare Center, Loch Haven Park, phantasmagoriaorlando.com or (407) 476-5121

DELAND – October 25
Athens Theatre, 124 N Florida Ave athensdeland.com / (386) 736-1500
 
TAMPA – October 26th
Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. tampatheatre.org/live/phantasmagoria
 
EUSTIS – October 31st -- HALLOWEEN NIGHT !!
Historic State Theater, 109 North Bay Street  baystreetplayers.org / (352) 357-7777
 
SANFORD – November 1st
Wayne Densch Perf Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave wdpac.com / (407) 321-8111
 
OCALA – November 2nd
Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE 9th St  reillyartscenter.com / (352) 351-1606

PHANTASMAGORIA X: “The Reckoning”

“Tuck Everlasting” (Young Audiences Edition) at Orlando Rep 
 Final Weekend -- NOW to Sept 29
Young Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure, but not until she becomes entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she imagined. As the adventure unfolds, Winnie faces the impossible choice of returning to her ‘normal’ life, or continuing with the Tucks on their magical journey. Based on the best-selling novel by Natalie Babbitt, “Tuck Everlasting” has enthralled readers for over 40 years and NOW Orlando Rep presents this classic story with MUSIC! Recommended for ages 9 and above, visit OrlandoRed.com or call 407.896.7365 

“Tuck Everlasting” (Young Audiences Edition) at Orlando Rep

 

“Enchanted Fairy Doors” at Leu Gardens 
Final Weekend -- NOW to Sept 30
Back by popular demand -- a visit to Leu Gardens is in order as this ‘exhibit’ of 15 “Fairy Doors” has found its way back to the Gardens. Located at 1920 N. Forest Ave in Orlando, the beautiful 50-acre gardens (where the fairies live) will inspire your child’s imagination as you work together to find the ‘enchanted’ doors and let your child’s creativity do the rest. Admission is $10 adult, $5 children (ages 4 to 17). Leu Gardens’ Members and children 3 and younger are FREE. Visit LeuGardens.org or call 407.246.2620 

“Enchanted Fairy Doors” at Leu Gardens

 

EVITA at Orlando Shakes ! 
NOW to Oct 6 
If Shakespeare had been able to see into the future, he would have written Evita, the ‘rags-to-riches’ tale of Eva Duarte Peron and her rise from being an illegitimate child from the slums to becoming Argentina’s First Lady and the most powerful woman in the world. In a series of brilliant performances Central Florida is LUCKY to have such greatness in this all singing / all dancing show. SUPER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, DO NOT MISS this theatrical greatness at Orlando Shakes! Visit orlandoshakes.com or call 407.447.1700 x1 

EVITA at Orlando Shakes !

 

“Desperate Measures” at the Winter Park Playhouse 
NOW to Oct 13 
This critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical comedy is set in the 1890s and is inspired by Shakespeare's “Measure for Measure.” When the ‘dangerously handsome’ Johnny Blood puts his fate into the hands of a ‘colorful’ cast of characters (a wily sheriff, a saloon-girl-gone-good, and a nun out of the habit), will they pull off the greatest caper yet, or will Johnny be left hanging? Winner of the 2018 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, for tickets visit winterparkplayhouse.com or call 407.645.0145. 

“Desperate Measures” at the Winter Park Playhouse  

Winter Park Wine & Dine 
October 9 from 6 pm to 10 pm 
One of our favorite “foodie” events each year is the “Winter Park Wine & Dine” – always held at the perfect time of year for an event that is mostly outside with signature beverages and desserts “inside.” Offering tastings from over 40 food and drink venues plus live music, a percentage of proceeds benefit Caring By Sharing United. Restaurants and Beverage partners include: Seasons 52, Bolay, Dubsdread Catering, Hamilton's Kitchen at The Alfond Inn, Bulla Gastrobar, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, and many more. Held at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market at 200 West New England Ave, tickets run from $39 to $69. Visit Eventbrite.com  

Winter Park Wine & Dine

 

“MACBETH, the Scottish Play” at the Shakespeare Festival 
Oct 9 to Nov 24 
For this trip into Halloween evil, Orlando Shakes will make sure that -- “Something wicked this way comes.” Experience a visually striking production of Shakespeare’s Scottish play in an intimate setting. Blind ambition and twisted prophesy lead Macbeth to murder the Scottish king and seize the throne. An impulse for destruction and a loose grip on sanity define Lord and Lady Macbeth’s foothold on power that can only end in tragedy.
Call 407.447.1700 or visit OrlandoShakes.org 

“MACBETH, the Scottish Play” at the Shakespeare Festival

 

“DeathTrap” in Winter Garden
Oct 11 to 27 
Sidney Bruhl will do anything to publish the next great play – (he would even kill for it). Ira Levin’s famous dark-comedy-thriller has audiences laughing one moment and screaming in terror the next … as Sidney discovers he may not be the only murderer in the room. Call 407.877.4736 or visit gardentheatre.org 

“DeathTrap” in Winter Garden

 

The CFCArts Theatre presents
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
Oct 11 to Nov 3 
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler
This thrilling and dark musical set in Victorian-era London tells the tale of barber Sweeney Todd as he returns to London after fifteen years of exile. Writer Stephen Sondheim captures the pain and evil of Sweeney’s life, as this murderous barber sets his sights on revenge against the corrupt Judge who ruined his life. This production contains the use of suggestive material and may not be suitable for all audiences. Parental discretion is advised.

  The CFCArts Theatre presents “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

 

Alison Krauss at the Dr. Phillips Center
Oct 19 at 8 pm 
Having sold 12 million records to date – and honored with 27 Grammys – Alison Krauss became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 21. See this penultimate country singer LIVE at the Dr. Phillips Center on October 19. Call 844.513,2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org 

Alison Krauss at the Dr. Phillips Center

 

The Tony Award Winning Musical Phenomenon, “Les Miserables”
October 22 to 27, 2019
Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune called “Les Miz” one of the greatest musicals ever created,” and I completely agree. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, single tickets are now on sale at the Dr. Phillips Center. Visit drphillipscenter.org or call 844.513.2014 

The Tony Award Winning Musical Phenomenon, “Les Miserables”

“A Hero’s Journey” Presented by CFCArts Symphony Orchestra
October 25 and October 26 at Calvary Orlando
Presented by the newly enlarged CFCArts Symphony Orchestra, their fall concert is called “A Hero’s Journey.” By definition, a hero goes on an adventure, is victorious in a crisis, and comes home changed or transformed. With its sweeping scores and “story-book” background music, this is the perfect one-of-a-kind concert that is perfect for your entire family – and a great way to introduce young ones to the appreciation of the power of great music. Call 407.937.1800 or visit cfcarts.com 

“A Hero’s Journey” Presented by CFCArts Symphony Orchestra

 

… and Looking Forward --- 
 
“VAMPIRE’S BALL 2019” Danced by the Spirits of the Orlando Ballet 

Oct 31, Nov 1 & 2 at 7:30 pm and Nov 3 at 3 pm 
Truly wonderful ballet dancing (and hauntingly good fun) awaits us at the “back-by-popular-demand-return” of the newly ‘revamped’ VAMPIRE’S BALL opening on Halloween night 2019. This fan favorite thrills and surprises with the riotous tale of two ‘competitive’ vampires (and the obligatory “mad scientist”) told through dance as only Orlando Ballet can. With splendid sets and costumes, please join in the fun in your own “haunting best” … if you dare. Dancer: Daniel Benavides in Photography by Michael Cairns 2019. Visit drphillipscenter.org or call 844.513.2014 

“VAMPIRE’S BALL 2019” Danced by the Spirits of the Orlando Ballet. Dancer: Daniel Benavides in Photography by Michael Cairns 2019

 

Opera Orlando presents Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”
November 1, 2, 3, and 5 
Sung in Italian with English sub-titles in the charmingly intimate Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org 

Opera Orlando presents Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”

 

“Leading Ladies: Encores” presented by the CFCArts Community Choir
November 8 at 6:30 pm and 8:15 pm at Calvary Orlando
This fall, the CFCArts Women’s Chorale returns with another night of music featuring iconic songs from stage, screen, and TV. With Broadway’s greatest songs -- from “Memory” (Cats) to “Defying Gravity” (Wicked) – ( and more than a few surprises along the way) this concert is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED even before I see the full list of songs. Call 407.937.1800 or visit cfcarts.com 

“Leading Ladies: Encores” presented by the CFCArts Community Choir

Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators

 

 
 

 

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