Josh Recommends: Fall Arts You Won’t Want to Miss

Unless otherwise indicated, visit drphillipscenter.org/events for tickets 

HAMILTON at the Dr. Phillips Center

Now to November 20 

HAMILTON has created a revolutionary moment in theater. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this internationally acclaimed show has won Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. The New York Times says, “This theatrical landmark has transformed theater and the way we think about history.” 

CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC

“The Worldwide Wonders Tour” at Dr. Phillips Center

November 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Experience an evening of impossible illusions and spectacular special effects. Called the “Avengers of Magic,” this team of magicians presents their original illusions to audiences across the globe and over 50 million views online. But you haven’t seen “real” magic until you’ve seen it LIVE. Presenting a finale beyond explanation, your family can now be a part of these spectacular illusions at the Dr. Phillips Center. 

DISNEY PRINCESS – The Concert

November 8 at 7 p.m.

For generations, the music of Disney’s princesses has been the soundtrack to our lives. Now, a quartet of Broadway and film icons celebrate these beloved songs on stage in Disney Princess – The Concert! From Anastasia to Belle and Princess Jasmine to Nala, four lovely ladies join their talents as larger than life theatrical effects immerse the audience in Disney magic. For this special event your family is invited to dress up in “royal attire” and share the joy with your loved ones. 

“Steppin’ Out” with Irving Berlin at the Winter Park PlayHouse

November 11 to December17

How wonderful to celebrate the life and career of the most patriotic American composer who ever lived.  While serving in the U.S. Army, Irving Berlin brought melodies and hope to World War II America. Now — this outstanding song and tap dance tribute features classics including “White Christmas,” “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” and many more! The New York Times said, “Berlin set the tone and the tempo for the tunes America played and sang and danced to for much of the 20th century.” Call 407.645.0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org

Majestic Bruckner and Dvořák Grandeur

November 12 at 7:30 & November 13 at 3:30 pm at Steinmetz Hall 

With our brilliant Maestro Eric Jacobsen conducting and Jan Vogler as guest cellist, the Orlando Philharmonic invites us to the perfect sound of Bruckner’s “soundworld” – Symphony No. 6 – in the acoustically perfect Steinmetz Hall. “Now more than ever, Bruckner is a balm for the soul.” Leading into the symphony is Dvořák’s passionate Cello Concerto that will showcase the astonishing technique of Jan Vogler. The Romantic Overture by Emilie Mayer, exploring Faust’s soul, begins this concert journey.

“TRUE NORTH: A Magical New Musical “at the Orlando Repertory Theatre 

Nov 14 to Dec 22

Be a part of something truly special as Orlando REP presents a holiday show before it is seen on Broadway!!! We are invited to step inside the world of the Patterson family who find the holidays joyful—and challenging. With a wish, a letter, and some unique seasonal help, the Pattersons discover what just an ounce of belief can do. TRUE NORTH is a magical and insightful story about accepting change, and sharing unwavering hope in the “magic” of Christmas. Call 407.896.7365 or visit orlandorep.com 

“FABRICATIONS” at City Arts Factory 

November 17 (Opening Night from 6 to 9 pm) through December 10, 2022

In this clever curatorial art exhibit, the question, “Is that work of ART authentic?” is the question art-lovers are asking — especially in the wake of the “Basquiat scandal” at the Orlando Museum of Art. ‘Genuineness’ is addressed in “FABRICATIONS,” a timely exhibit about truth and lies, presented by Art For All Spaces. Curator Brad Biggs says, “the artists were asked to create some pieces that are truthfully described and others that are false.”  The viewing public is invited to differentiate between the two. Call 407.648.7060 or visit ArtForAllSpacesLLC

Disney Junior Live on Tour “Costume Palooza”

November 18 at 6 pm 

In a great way to introduce the young ones to theater, “The Disney Junior Tour” is back with an ALL-NEW show that brings beloved Disney characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes together LIVE on stage for a concert show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. Featuring favorite Disney songs, Mickey and Minnie are ready to throw a big party, but mysterious green rain keeps interrupting the fun. Can Spidey and his Friends save the Costume-Palooza? Join the party at the Dr. Phillips Center to find out.

Handel’s Messiah – the 50th Anniversary Performance (FREE) 

November 20 at 3 pm in Steinmetz Hall 

Widely regarded as one of the finest classical music works ever written, this performance of Handel’s Messiah, by the Messiah Choral Society, celebrates 50 magnificent years of giving the Central Florida community FREE performances of this masterwork. Accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists, and conducted by music director John V. Sinclair, the concert is a holiday tradition viewed by many as the kick-off to the holiday music season. Visit messiahchoralsociety.org

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Presents “Home for the Holidays”

November 26 at 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm at the Dr. Phillips Center 

It’s Holiday Music in the air as we are invited to experience the joyful sounds of the Christmas Season by the Orlando Philharmonic for the first time ever in Steinmetz Hall. With the Holiday Singers, the Opera Orlando Youth Company and other guests, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season with your own Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performing a festive mix of classical melodies, traditional carols, holiday classics, and even some audience participation … 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Shakespeare Theatre 

By Charles Dickens and Adapted by Jim Helsinger

November 30 to December 24

“A merry Christmas for everybody! And a happy new year to all the world!”

Back by popular demand, the story of the ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge’s redemption graces the Margeson Theater again at Orlando Shakes! Enjoy fresh hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies at intermission and hear gorgeous carols. It’s fun for the whole family!  Call 407.447.1700 or visit orlandohakes.org

The Morse Museum presents FREE “Christmas in the Park”

December 1 at 6:15 pm
Each year the Morse Museum presents a unique way to welcome the Holiday Season in Winter Park’s Central Park when it lights up seven of its priceless Tiffany windows and presents the Bach Festival Choir in a FREE Holiday concert. The seven leaded-glass windows are memorials – with religious themes – produced by Tiffany Studios for a chapel in NYC beginning in 1814.  The event begins at 6:15 pm when the signal is given to turn on the “window lights.” Lawn chairs may be set up beginning at 4 pm. Call 407.645.5311 or visit morsemuseum.org 

The Orlando Ballet presents the NUTCRACKER 

At the Dr. Phillips Center 

December 2 to 18

This traditional Holiday event will cast its magic spell and mesmerize your entire family with the glorious staging for the adventures of young Clara as she explores the fantasy world of the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen (with on-stage snow) and Mother Ginger. The enchantment of Orlando Ballet’s annual favorite makes The Nutcracker a not-to-be-missed holiday tradition. There is also a one-hour version of the enchanting holiday classic for the young ones who feel one hour is enough “magic.” 

HADESTOWN

December 13 to 18

Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show by songwriter Anaïs Mitchell is a love story that intertwines two mythic tales from Ancient Greece. The young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and the God Hades and his wife Persephone, invite us to a hell-raising journey to the underworld (and back) with melodies that pit industry against nature and fear against love. Hadestown is both haunting and hopeful in a theatrical experience that grabs your imagination and never lets go. 

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