Josh Recommends – Performances Good For Your Mental Health

Considering your health and wellness, we’ve all heard that music can be a “healing component” in all walks of life. This month, Orlando offers music from historic Rock to sublime Opera. Here are some recommendations for LIVE performances at a theater near you.

Oct 2 to Oct 31                                                                 

Orlando Family Stage presents

“Click, Clack, Boo – A Tricky Treat”

It’s Halloween! And Duck, Pig, Cow, and Hen cannot wait to throw a Halloween party, complete with a spooktacular costume contest. But it’s against Farmer Brown’s wishes; he fears Halloween. Join the barnyard crew as they cleverly show Farmer Brown that sometimes a little scare can be big fun! A Halloween costume parade of children in costumes is a part of each weekend show.

Oct 8 at 4 p.m.                                                                           

Dr. Phillips Center presents

Disney Junior LIVE on Tour

The Disney “Costume Palooza” brings beloved Disney characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes LIVE on stage for a show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. Featuring favorite Disney hits, Mickey and Minnie are getting ready for a huge costume party, but mysterious green rain and smoke are interrupting the fun! Can Mickey, Spidey and their Amazing Friends save the party? Join Mickey and all his Amazing Friends to see. 

Oct 8 at 7:30 p.m.                                                            

Dr. Phillips Center presents

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with the Bach Festival Choir

Opening Night of the Great Orchestra Series

London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is uncompromising in its fabled excellence. Performing over 200 concerts a year— including a residency at The Dr. Phillips Center – the Orchestra draws audiences, live and online, of more than 60 million people a year, making it the UK’s most in-demand Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and around the globe. Joining the Royal Philharmonic will be Orlando’s own Bach Festival Choir in a program featuring the “greatest hits for chorus and orchestra.” In its 88th season, the Bach Choir continues to perform the world’s greatest music live and on PBS.

Oct 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Phillips Center presents

Benise Fiesta!    

Benise, “The Prince of Spanish Guitar,” and his Emmy Award-winning production come to town, taking his audience on an epic adventure through Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa, Brazilian Samba, Parisian Waltz and more while showcasing songs from Benise’s 7th PBS Special. Performing classic Rock anthems from Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, Benise fuses them with Spanish guitar while adding his signature touch to classics including “Ave Maria, “Moonlight Sonata,” and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”   

Oct 14 at 7:30 p.m.                                                                   

“TANGO VOLVER” by Tango Lovers

The sensational Tango musical VOLVER returns to the USA with its multi-award-winning Best Show of the Year. If you love Tango (and who doesn’t?), imagine the breathtaking artistry of six couples on stage – each telling their love story passionately. Performed by dancers and musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, Volver will offer the passion and sensuality of Tango for a performance experience you will never forget.

Oct 14 at 8 p.m.    

Dr. Phillips Center presents                                                                     

Marisa Monte 

Releasing one thrillingly successful album after another, Marisa Monte is known as the greatest Brazilian singer of her generation. A 4-time Latin Grammy winner, her music blends samba, pop, jazz and soul, all featuring her exquisite voice. At the Dr. Phillips Center, she will perform songs from her latest release, “Portas,” along with classic hits from a more than three-decades-long career.

Oct 15 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Phillips Center presents                                                 

Nick CARTER – the “Who I Am Tour”

Beginning his career at 12 years old, Nick Carter became a pop superstar as the youngest member of the iconic boy band Backstreet Boys. Carter’s 22-year career has spanned far beyond the sold-out arenas to projects in film, TV, and as a philanthropist and author. He was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” The Backstreet Boys are still the best-selling boy band in history.

Oct 20 and 21

CFCArts Big Band presents ‘Ghoulish Grooves’ at the Dr. Phillips Center

We’re all invited to a “THRILLER” of a performance with the Central Florida Community Arts Big Band. “Ghoulish Grooves” is a spooktacular concert filled with thrills and chills for the whole family from Florida’s “biggest and baddest” Big Band ever to haunt the Dr. Phillips Center. Filled with our favorite fiendish tunes (including Ghostbusters, Thriller, the Addams Family, and more), this concert will surely be a terrific Halloween treat. 

Oct 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Phillips Center presents                                                   


As The Beach Boys mark more than 50 years of making music, the group continues to ‘ride the crest of a wave’ unequaled in America’s musical history. Synonymous with the California surfer lifestyle since the band’s first hit, “Surfin'” (1961), dozens of the band’s chart-topping hits have become “anthems” for American youth. The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide, and these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers received the 2001 Grammy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. In five decades of touring, the Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any rock band. 

Oct 24 to Oct 29                                                                               

Dr. Phillips Center presents

ANNIE – The Musical

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take a lot of determination, and sometimes, a lot of determination can come in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner. Now Annie comes to Orlando in a sparkly new production – just when we need it most. This celebration of family and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the ‘hard knocks’ life throws your way.

Oct 26 to Oct 28 at the Dr. Phillips Center

Phantasmagoria XIV: “Tales of the Undead”

The acclaimed Victorian Horror Troupe “gathers round the gravestones” to haunt and delight you with the newest edition of their long-running Halloween series: Phantasmagoria XIV “Tales of the Undead.”

From terrifying Vampires and Banshees, along with Ghosts – buried alive – Phantasmagoria weaves a tapestry of macabre tales of the nearly dead. Works from Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Penny Dreadfuls, and Folklore come together to manifest the perfect celebration of the Halloween season.

Oct 27 and Oct 29

Opera/Orlando presents TOSCA                                                              

At the Dr. Phillips Center

Opera Orlando proudly presents Puccini’s tragically grand Tosca to begin its 2023-24 Season. The drama unfolds at Steinmetz Hall, Orlando’s new Opera stage, receiving worldwide acclaim for its perfect acoustics. The Orlando Philharmonic will be in the pit, joined by an international cast including Greek-soprano Eleni Calenos as Tosca, tenor Nathan Granner as Cavaradossi, and baritone Daniel Scofield as the treacherous Scarpia. The cast also includes members of the Opera Orlando Youth Company. Tosca will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

For tickets, visit or call 844.513.2014 unless otherwise indicated.   


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