Orlando’s Top February Performances: Josh’s Expert Recommendations

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This February Orlando offers a perfect mix of stellar performances to surprise and please your valentine. From Billie Holiday at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater to the lush romanticism of Moulin Rouge: The Ballet to a pair of Great American Orchestras, a pair of tickets to a live performance is the perfect gift to bring that special smile to your loved one’s face. 

Feb.8-March 5 at The Orlando Shakespeare Theater 

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

The time is 1959 in a seedy bar in Philadelphia, and Billie Holiday is singing her most famous songs. In this happy-sad musical we will laugh as much as we cry while Ms. Holiday sings and reminisces about the triumphs and losses of her life. With the help of her piano man, she lets music tell her story, sharing soulful and heart-wrenching songs including “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” and “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business.” Call 407.447.1700 or visit OrlandoShakes.org.

Feb.9 to Feb. 12 at the Dr. Phillips Center 

Orlando Ballet presents Moulin Rouge: The Ballet 

It’s a very special Valentine’s season performance as the Orlando Ballet brings the spirit of Paris and the world’s most famous cabaret to life in an evening of love, passion, betrayal, and the joyful high kicks of the can-can. Originally presented in a shortened version, the lushly romantic world of Moulin Rouge returns to the Dr. Phillips Center for a full staging by the company’s new Artistic Director, Jorden Morris. You and your loved one are invited to revel in the most romantic Valentine’s Day of your lives.  

Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm at the Dr. Phillips Center

Great American Orchestra Series

The Philadelphia Orchestra 

Famous for the richness of their “full bodied” tone, and their innovative programming, the Philadelphia Orchestra will present principal guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann. Stutzman’s appearance on the program is special for several reasons including the fact that the French singer-conductor will be the orchestra’s first female conductor as well as the first woman to lead an orchestra in our celebrated Steinmetz Hall. Joined by violinist Gil Shahan, the Orchestra will perform the BRAHMS Violin Concerto on a program that includes DVORAK’S Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). 

Feb.18-19 at 8 pm at the Dr. Phillips Center 

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp rose to fame in the 1980s and since then has sold over 30 million albums in the US and over 60 million albums worldwide. Singing about America’s ‘heart-land’ in a plain-spoken style that has earned him a string of Top 10 singles, his hits include “Hurts So Good”, “Jack & Diane”, “Lonely Ol’ Night”, “Small Town”, “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.”, “Paper in Fire”, and “Cherry Bomb”. He has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States and has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards. Mellencamp’s latest album of original songs, Strictly a One-Eyed Jack, was released in 2022. 

Feb.20 at 7:30 pm at the Dr. Phillips Center 

Dancing with the Stars: LIVE!

TV’s biggest theatrical dance show returns to the Dr. Phillips Center with “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” Featuring fan favorite professionals and troupe dancers in a brand-new production, audiences will see – and feel – a spectacular night of pulse-pounding dance performances. World-renowned dancers from the 30-year-running TV hit show will present dance styles ranging from the lush Romanticism of Ballroom to Foxtrot, Salsa, Jazz and Hip-hop.   

Feb.28 at 7:30 pm at the Dr. Phillips Center

Great American Orchestra Series

The Chicago Symphony 

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will conclude the ‘Great American Orchestra Series’ with their renowned Conductor and Music Director Riccardo Muti. During Muti’s 10-year-tenure, the Orchestra has nurtured a legacy of supporting a new generation of musicians and composers. The Dr. Phillips Center audience will experience the Orchestra’s depth of sound and always-exciting programming when Muti takes the stage to perform BEETHOVEN’S “Coriolan Overture” and Symphony No. 8.  The evening will conclude with MUSSORGSKY’s evocative and exciting “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Feb.28-March 5 at the Dr. Phillips Center

Pretty Woman: The Musical

Pretty Woman: The Musical, based on one of Hollywood’s most romantic love stories, springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. In addition, Pretty Woman features an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall. Critics say, If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” So – the question is – Are you ready to fall in love all over again?

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