Check out Josh Garrick’s selection of musicals, events, and shows in the Orlando area throughout the summer including Beetlejuice, Descendants, and Sam Smith!
Daytona Beach Summer Concerts & Firework
Now – September 1
Daytona has one of the most beautiful and friendly beaches anywhere, and the beach experience is even more fun if you and your family plan to catch a LIVE summer concert at the Bandshell every Friday and Saturday night through September 1. The shows are free to the public, and reserved VIP tickets can be purchased for $15 at Ticketmaster.com, the Peabody Box Office, and the Daytona Bandshell Box Office on the event day. Additionally, the performers are mostly “Tribute” acts that work particularly well on the beach, where everyone is there to have a good time. For example:
July 7: “Carnival of Crue” – (Motley Crue Tribute)
July 14: “The Boss Project” – (Bruce Springsteen Tribute)
July 21: “The Wildflowers” – (Tom Petty Tribute )
July 28: “Sir Jac” – (Prince Tribute)
July 29: “Absolute Queen” – (Queen Tribute)
Furthermore, there’s even more fun with Free Fireworks after the Saturday night concerts beginning at 9:45 pm. Enjoying the sights and sounds at this historic amphitheater is easy, as plenty of parking is in the Ocean Center garage. The Bandshell is just across the crosswalk to Oceanfront Park. Everyone is welcome. For dates and additional information, please visit daytonabeach.com.
Beetlejuice: The Musical
Dr. Phillips Center
Now – July 2
Broadway’s favorite ghost is coming to Orlando. Based on the Tim Burton movie, this “drop-dead” funny musical tells the story of a teenager whose life “changes” when she meets a demon with a thing for stripes. With a naughty book, a fantastic set, and a score out of this Netherworld, “Beetlejuice is screaming good fun” (Variety).
The Garden Theatre
July 7 – August 4
The 1960s were a tumultuous time in America. Consequently, this show-business musical tells the story of three young singers struggling to attain their dreams. Filled with conflict, heartbreak, romance, and hope, Dreamgirls is an inspiring story of artists with the talent and determination to break barriers while navigating their personal lives. With adult situations, this show is rated Parental Guidance.
Call 407.877.4736 or visit gardentheatre.org.
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
Dr. Phillips Center
July 8, 9 at 8 pm
The award-winning Broadway musical Spamalot hilariously retells the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, taking inspiration from the classic comedy film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” In this hysterical musical-comedy, the knights face flying cows, killer rabbits, and a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Winner of three Tony® Awards, including 2005 Best Musical, this outrageous and non-stop entertaining show delights the whole family as King Arthur, Sir Lancelot the “Homicidally Brave,” Sir Robin the “Not-Quite-So-Brave,” and the rest of this merry band search for the Holy Grail while “always looking on the bright side of life.”
Descendants: the Musical
The Orlando Rep
July 14 – 23
Be afraid! Be very afraid! The teenage children of Maleficent (the Evil Queen), Jafar, and Cruella De Vil have never been off the Isle of the Lost… until now! The four mischievous offsprings, gifted with an irresistible chance to embrace mischief, are dispatched to a preparatory school alongside the progeny of Disney heroes and heroines. Find out if they will tread their parents’ crooked path. For more information, contact 407.896.7365 or visit https://orlandofamilystage.com/.
LCO’s 2nd Annual “Vaudeville Spectacular”
Orlando’s Premier Chamber Pops Orchestra and Big Band Present
July 15 at 7:30 pm
It’s celebration time for LCO’s 2nd annual “Vaudeville Spectacular,” with Orlando’s own Pops Orchestra presenting cabaret, burlesque, and variety show entertainment. As an ode to Lawrence Welk and Ed Sullivan, the 35-piece LCO will showcase a spectrum of Jazz, Swing, Broadway, and Pop hits as spotlight performers dazzle with their talents.
Sam Smith & the “Gloria Tour”
“The Writing’s on the Wall” as Sam Smith brings his haunting falsetto vocals and first-ever James Bond theme song to open at #1 on the British pop charts to the Amway Center. Determined to ‘shock,’ this out-spoken and outrageously ‘dressed’ vocalist tells us in his lyrics that “he is not here to make friends,” but makes it clear that HE IS HERE TO PARTAY….” Parental guidance suggested.
Dr. Phillips Center
July 29 at 8 pm
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of our time’s most literate and moving songs. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007, he has released 14 studio albums, four collections, and two “best of” compilations. Browne’s album, “Downhill From Everywhere,” was released in 2021 and Grammy-nominated for “Best Americana Album.”
Visit https://www.drphillipscenter.org/ or call 844.513.2014 unless otherwise indicated.