Orlando Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at The Abbey is a R-I-O-T BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at The Abbey is a R-I-O-T
by McKenzie Lakey - April 30, 2018

Set against the backdrop of The Abbey-the perfectly unorthodox lounge in downtown Orlando which doubles as an intimate theatre-the zany and immersive 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' was brought to life on stage through Encore! Cast Performing-Arts this past weekend.... (more...)
BWW Review: Riverside's MAMMA MIA! is Absolutely Absurd, but Giddily Entertaining BWW Review: Riverside's MAMMA MIA! is Absolutely Absurd, but Giddily Entertaining
by Matt Tamanini - April 21, 2018

I have a confession to make. Though I have seen hundreds of plays and musicals since MAMMA MIA! premiered on Broadway in 2000, until I saw Riverside Theatre's giddily silly, yet oddly emotional production-running now through April 29- I had never seen this polarizing jukebox musical; neither on stag... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS Serves Up A Delightful Opening Night in Orlando BWW Review: WAITRESS Serves Up A Delightful Opening Night in Orlando
by McKenzie Lakey - March 21, 2018

The current touring production of 'Waitress' is a musical best served to a full house and welcoming audience prepared to ride one rollercoaster of a show-exactly as it was Tuesday night at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. The show itself dished out some serious laughs... (more...)
BWW Review: Riverside Theatre Reminds Why GYPSY is the Perfect Musical BWW Review: Riverside Theatre Reminds Why GYPSY is the Perfect Musical
by Matt Tamanini - March 19, 2018

Since its debut on Broadway in 1959, GYPSY has been hailed as one of the most perfect examples of the musical theatre artform. From the lush score of Jule Styne to the inventive lyrics of a young Stephen Sondheim to the funny- and ultimately heartbreaking- book by Arthur Laurents, it is hard to find... (more...)
BWW Review: BABES OF HOLLYWOOD: THE MUSIC OF GARLAND & ROONEY at The Winter Park Playhouse BWW Review: BABES OF HOLLYWOOD: THE MUSIC OF GARLAND & ROONEY at The Winter Park Playhouse
by McKenzie Lakey - January 30, 2018

All it took was a single step through the front door of The Winter Park Playhouse to be immediately transported back into the golden years of Hollywood-and the days where Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney captivated audiences through their work on screens and stages of all sizes.... (more...)
BWW Review: RIVERDANCE at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center is a Celebration of All Things Irish BWW Review: RIVERDANCE at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center is a Celebration of All Things Irish
by Matt Tamanini - January 28, 2018

For 20 years the Irish step dancing troupe of RIVERDANCE has been bringing their 'modern' version of the art form to audiences around the world, including to Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday. The tour setting up shop in Central Florida is billed as 'RIVERDANCE- Th... (more...)
BWW Review: Shaking That Post-Holiday Slump with SCHOOL OF ROCK BWW Review: Shaking That Post-Holiday Slump with SCHOOL OF ROCK
by Kimberly Moy - December 27, 2017

Still shaking off the holidays? Well look no further than to rock into the new year with SCHOOL OF ROCK at the Dr. Phillips Center. Based off the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, this musical features new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It plays like a rock concert that is fun for both families and adu... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE BOOK OF MORMON Brings Something Incredible to Orlando BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Brings Something Incredible to Orlando
by McKenzie Lakey - December 15, 2017

Elder Price of 'The Book of Mormon' made it very clear that he loves Orlando during the musical's stop at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this past Wednesday night-and Orlando made it known that it loved him right back.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES, Except When it Does BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES, Except When it Does
by Kimberly Moy - November 23, 2017

Broadway's longest running musical, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has a sequel and this week it is in Orlando. With music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, one would hope that the mysteries from the original finally resolve themselves. With every fiber of my being, I wanted to like this show; however, this... (more...)
BWW Review: Central Florida Debut of DADDY LONG LEGS at Winter Park Playhouse BWW Review: Central Florida Debut of DADDY LONG LEGS at Winter Park Playhouse
by Kimberly Moy - November 19, 2017

DADDY LONG LEGS makes its Central Florida debut at Winter Park Playhouse. This charming newish musical is based on a novel by Jean Webster with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon. I found the music absolutely stunning. The two-person cast executed the piece beautifully in such a moving way; however, I ... (more...)
BWW Review: Satan Never Seemed Funnier at Generation Production's HAND TO GOD BWW Review: Satan Never Seemed Funnier at Generation Production's HAND TO GOD
by Kimberly Moy - October 13, 2017

Then there is HAND TO GOD, a play that hit Broadway in 2015 and notably starred Bob Saget for a bit. It's raunchy, it's laugh out loud funny, and it's got a great cast, which makes for a crazy night out.... (more...)
BWW Review: Throwing Back to LIFE COULD BE A DREAM at Winter Park Playhouse BWW Review: Throwing Back to LIFE COULD BE A DREAM at Winter Park Playhouse
by Kimberly Moy - September 24, 2017

LIFE COULD BE A DREAM and is a dream at Winter Park Playhouse's latest revue. The music from this era is iconic, upbeat, and harkens back to a simpler time when dreams were made over the radio. The musical numbers are all instantly recognizable and make for a toe tapping enjoyable performance.... (more...)
BWW Review: Seizing the Day with DISNEY'S NEWSIES THE MUSICAL at Orlando Repertory Theatre BWW Review: Seizing the Day with DISNEY'S NEWSIES THE MUSICAL at Orlando Repertory Theatre
by Kirsty Johnson - September 20, 2017

Ain't it a fine life?! sing the rag-tag group of boys of all ages, outfitted in worn boots, overalls, and dirty faces the instantly lovable gang of Newsies captures the hearts of audiences from the first time they run onstage.... (more...)
BWW Review: Reconciling Politics and Religion in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Garden Theater BWW Review: Reconciling Politics and Religion in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Garden Theater
by Kimberly Moy - September 12, 2017

The Garden Theatre kicks off it's 10th season with JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. This production features a number of actors who are debuting at the Garden for the first time and a number of returning faces who are all ready to rock. With a familiar story, a famous score, and great live musicians this pro... (more...)
BWW Review: Mad Cow's THE AMISH PROJECT is Real and Unapologizing BWW Review: Mad Cow's THE AMISH PROJECT is Real and Unapologizing
by Libby Champion - August 24, 2017

On October 2, 2006, in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, a man entered an Amish schoolhouse and shot and killed five young girls. This was a day the Amish community, Pennsylvanians, and the world would never forget, and after seeing THE AMISH PROJECT it is one the audience will never forget as well. ... (more...)
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...)