Orlando Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: JOYCE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO DATING is Frothy Mix of Missed Opportunities BWW Review: JOYCE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO DATING is Frothy Mix of Missed Opportunities
by Matt Tamanini - August 20, 2017

Make no mistake about it, there is a funny, intelligent, socially-conscious, slightly sardonic show inside of the new musical JOYCE  JACKSON'S GUIDE TO DATING. Unfortunately, the show's writers, Scott Logsdon (book and lyrics) and Steve Marzullo (music) weren't able to find it in time for the world ... (more...)
BWW Review: FENCES at Mad Cow Theatre BWW Review: FENCES at Mad Cow Theatre
by Clarissa Moon - August 14, 2017

FENCES at Mad Cow gives the audience a snapshot of the life of Troy Maxson, a garbage worker struggling to support his family. The show explores themes such as family, discrimination, death and loyalty.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Truly ENCHANTED EVENING at Winter Park Playhouse BWW Review: A Truly ENCHANTED EVENING at Winter Park Playhouse
by Kimberly Moy - July 30, 2017

If you took almost all your favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs and put them together into one two hour playlist you'd have SOME ENCHANTED EVENING at Winter Park Playhouse. This combination of hit songs performed by some of Orlando's best voices make for a thoroughly enjoyable night. It's like a ... (more...)
BWW Review: SAINT JOAN Charges in at Fred Stone Theatre BWW Review: SAINT JOAN Charges in at Fred Stone Theatre
by Kirsty Johnson - July 30, 2017

In the center of an entirely black room is a woman in white, kneeling in prayer, her head encircled with long blonde tendrils. As the audience loads in to this space, Theresa Hanson (Joan) continues to pray until 8:00, when the rest of the cast enters the space and the show begins.... (more...)
BWW Review: Encore's HAIRSPRAY is a Fabulous Demonstration of Community! BWW Review: Encore's HAIRSPRAY is a Fabulous Demonstration of Community!
by Kelli McGurk - July 24, 2017

Welcome to the sixties, or rather to the 15th year of Encore!  Comprised entirely by Walt Disney World cast members and their families, the mega-team of volunteers took the Walt Disney Theater by storm on their opening night.  With a monstrous orchestra of over 40 musicians and a choir boasting more... (more...)
BWW Review: HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is BIG FUN at Young Artists Theatre! BWW Review: HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is BIG FUN at Young Artists Theatre!
by Kelli McGurk - July 17, 2017

Heathers: The Musical, based off of the 1980's movie with the same name, has developed an even larger cult-following since it's premiere Off-Broadway at New World Stages in 2014.  Since then, the licensing of the production has resulted in the dark musical turning up in all pockets of the United Sta... (more...)
BWW Review: Board a Magic Carpet with the Kiddos for Orlando Shakes' ALADDIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP BWW Review: Board a Magic Carpet with the Kiddos for Orlando Shakes' ALADDIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP
by Libby Champion - June 28, 2017

The tale of Aladdin is one most of us know from the Disney telling of the story in the famous animated film of 1992. Growing up, Aladdin was my favorite Disney film, so, when I was given the opportunity to review ALADDIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, I jumped at the chance! ... (more...)
BWW Review: Kelly Pekar Shines in Mad Cow's SKYLIGHT BWW Review: Kelly Pekar Shines in Mad Cow's SKYLIGHT
by Kimberly Moy - June 26, 2017

All's fair in love and politics. Maybe that's not the correct saying, but it accurately describes David Hare's SKYLIGHT. Currently playing at Mad Cow Theatre, this play focuses on the complexities of the heart. It is dramatic and thought-provoking enough to leave audiences thinking about the plot da... (more...)
BWW Review: ANIMAL CRACKERS at Mad Cow Theatre BWW Review: ANIMAL CRACKERS at Mad Cow Theatre
by Clarissa Moon - June 17, 2017

Mad Cow Theatre continues its twentieth season with ANIMAL CRACKERS, a musical adapted from the Marx Brothers' film of the same name. The plot centers around a party honoring Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding, which is attended by larger-than-life guests, originally played by the Marx Brothers. Mad Cow i... (more...)
BWW Review: Sign Me Up for MURDER FOR TWO at Winter Park Playhouse BWW Review: Sign Me Up for MURDER FOR TWO at Winter Park Playhouse
by Kimberly Moy - June 03, 2017

Murder is always entertaining in musical theater. The construct is usually surrounds a detective and his quest to find the suspect. MURDER FOR TWO takes that to an extreme with just two men playing all roles in this murder mystery. They also accompany themselves on the piano. It's tiring, entertaini... (more...)
BWW Review: SEX ED at the Orlando Fringe Festival BWW Review: SEX ED at the Orlando Fringe Festival
by Clarissa Moon - May 23, 2017

If you're looking for great storytelling, look no further than SEX ED at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Kerry Ipema's one-woman show is a coming of age story, complete with parodies of Disney songs.... (more...)
BWW Review: An Evening with Revolting Children at MATILDA BWW Review: An Evening with Revolting Children at MATILDA
by Kimberly Moy - May 12, 2017

MATILDA is a great story with great characters, so it only makes sense that a musical would be its next iteration. Though the show closed on Broadway on January 1, 2017, the national tour still goes strong and now appears at the Dr. Philips Center.... (more...)
BWW Review: Garden Theatre's INTO THE WOODS is their Best Show Yet BWW Review: Garden Theatre's INTO THE WOODS is their Best Show Yet
by Libby Champion - May 12, 2017

'Anything can happen in the woods.' And in the Garden Theater's production of INTO THE WOODS, many, many things happen there. The Sondheim favorite has been adored by theater-goers the world over since it's opening night in 1987. With its combination of fabled fairytales, witty music, and intrica... (more...)
BWW Review: URINETOWN at Annie Russel Theatre At Rollins College BWW Review: URINETOWN at Annie Russel Theatre At Rollins College
by Kelli McGurk - May 08, 2017

Urinetown, the witty, clever, satirical Broadway comedy musical at the regal and historic Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College on April 21, 2017.... (more...)
BWW Review: DISENCHANTED! at the Plaza Live BWW Review: DISENCHANTED! at the Plaza Live
by Student Blogger: Clarissa Moon - May 01, 2017

The touring production of DISENCHANTED! is hilarious. Check out my review below!  To catch the DISENCHANTED! tour, check out their Facebook page or visit disenchantedmusical.com for dates and cities. ... (more...)
BWW Review: Signalling Old School Batman with UCF's Flying Horse Big Band BWW Review: Signalling Old School Batman with UCF's Flying Horse Big Band
by Kimberly Moy - April 16, 2017

Did you know that UCF has their own big band jazz program called The Flying Horse Band? Neither did I. The Flying Horse Band lead by professor Jeff Rupert, performs nationally and has their own record label. On Friday, The Flying Horse Band along with students from UCF's acting program presented THE... (more...)
BWW Review: Laura Hodos takes on Shakespeare at UCF Celebrates the Arts BWW Review: Laura Hodos takes on Shakespeare at UCF Celebrates the Arts
by Kimberly Moy - April 11, 2017

There is no doubt that Shakespeare's influence on theater is pervasive. No one in Orlando does Shakespeare better than Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Now combine that with the talent and resources of UCF and you get THE BARD TAKES BROADWAY. As part of UCF Celebrates the Arts, this one-night show featu... (more...)
BWW Review: UCF's OKLAHOMA! was more than just OK BWW Review: UCF's OKLAHOMA! was more than just OK
by Libby Champion - April 09, 2017

'Oooook-lahoma! Where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain...' Fun fact- that's the first thing that pops into my head whenever I think about the musical, OKLAHOMA. But, with it's versatile musical scale and it's bold and meaningful storyline, OKLAHOMA is so much more than the story of good ol' co... (more...)
BWW Review: An Alluring Journey with ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Orlando Shakes BWW Review: An Alluring Journey with ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Orlando Shakes
by Kimberly Moy - April 04, 2017

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA is one of those mandatory high school reading Shakespeare classics that never gets old. Though it is a tragedy, Orlando Shakes production is glamorous, entertaining and extremely palatable. Casting, costumes, and classic story come together to make ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA the crown... (more...)
BWW Review: A Telenovela Drama Before Your Very Eyes in DESTINY OF DESIRE BWW Review: A Telenovela Drama Before Your Very Eyes in DESTINY OF DESIRE
by Libby Champion - March 30, 2017

Two babies switched at birth, people dying and coming back to life, and girls kissing. Yes, you read the correctly. It may sound strange, but all these things and more come together in the most amazing way in the Garden Theatre's DESTINY OF DESIRE.  ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ringing The Bells With THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at The Henegar Center BWW Review: Ringing The Bells With THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at The Henegar Center
by Kirsty Johnson - March 21, 2017

It's a safe bet that just about any 90's kid can remember re-watching Disney's Hunchback of ­Notre Dame over and over, rewinding the VHS until it was nearly worn out. In the Henegar Center's stage re-imagining of Disney's beloved tale and Victor Hugo's classic novel, there are no friendly goat sidek... (more...)
BWW Review: Going Through MID-LIFE! The Crisis Musical at Winter Park Playhouse BWW Review: Going Through MID-LIFE! The Crisis Musical at Winter Park Playhouse
by Kimberly Moy - March 14, 2017

No one looks forward to their mid-life crisis. Known as the time when men buy expensive sports cars and women go through the dreaded menopause. Mid-life is certainly not glamorous. So if you can't beat it, turn it into a laugh out loud musical. Winter Park Playhouse presents MID-LIFE! THE CRISIS MUS... (more...)
BWW Review: TAPE Traps Audiences at Theater On The Edge BWW Review: TAPE Traps Audiences at Theater On The Edge
by Kelli McGurk - March 07, 2017

Stephen Belber's dark comedy Tape takes over the small black box studio at Theater on the Edge, and not only invites the audience to become a part of the story, but demands it. By trapping viewers in the four walls of the Motel 6 room in Lansing, Michigan, spectators have no choice but to become on... (more...)
BWW Review: The Studio Theatre's LAST FIVE YEARS Brings the Emotion BWW Review: The Studio Theatre's LAST FIVE YEARS Brings the Emotion
by Libby Champion - March 07, 2017

Joy. Pride. Jealousy. Sadness. Pain. These words and so much more describe the relationship between THE LAST FIVE YEARS' Jamie, an up-and-coming successful novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress, as they navigate the story of falling in love, getting married, and then drifting apart. Jason Robert... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GOLDEN GIRLS MUSICAL at Project Spotlight BWW Review: THE GOLDEN GIRLS MUSICAL at Project Spotlight
by Geoffrey Lawrence - March 03, 2017

In its twelve years of existence Project Spotlight, the only student developmental theater organization at the University of Central Florida has finally branched out and created a full-length musical. The Golden Girls Musical, with book by Colin Brooks, music by Benjamin Walton, and lyrics by Brooks... (more...)