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"Matilda the Musical," Wish Upon a Star with CFCA, and ABBA in The Springs
by: Josh Garrick Columnist


Through May 14
‘Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever’
In “Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever,” Nancy must solve the biggest mystery of her young career. Clues are found and motives revealed, but will Nancy solve the mystery in time? Based on the classic series by Carolyn Keene, super-sleuth Nancy Drew and friends are ready to find the answers. Call (407) 896-7365, Ext. 1, or visit orlandorep.com.

May 5 to 7
‘A Cinderella Story’
The 1950s is the setting for Val Caniparoli’s picturesque “A Cinderella Story,” a re-telling of everybody’s favorite fairy tale. Performed by the Orlando Ballet, this unique vision of the story comes to us with couture-inspired costumes, choreography created for Richard Rodgers’ music, and a score for jazz orchestra with live music from the Central Florida Community Arts Big Band. Highly Recommended. Call (844) 513-2014 or visit orlandoballet.org.

May 6
The Music of ABBA
At the Springs Concert 2017, the Orlando Philharmonic and world-class touring act Jeans ‘n Classics celebrate the music of the Swedish singing sensation ABBA. With hundreds of millions of albums sold, ABBA is among the most successful music groups in history. People of all ages remember the songs “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “SOS,” which topped the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. Grab your picnic basket and call (407) 770-0071 or visit orlandophil.org.

May 9 to 14
‘Matilda’
Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, “Matilda the Musical” is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda” continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. Fair winds Broadway in Orlando presents this musical at the Dr. Phillips Center for one week. Call (844) 513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.

May 11 and 12
‘Wish Upon a Star’
The growth of the CFCArts Community Choir to more than 330 voices makes it one of the largest in the country. This achievement will be celebrated with a Disney revue aptly titled, “Wish Upon a Star.” With music from the classics such as “Cinderella” and “Peter Pan” as well as the blockbusters “Frozen” and “Lion King,” this multi-media production will see actors, dancers, singers and musicians bring to life the world of Disney fun for all ages. For tickets to 7:30 p.m. performances at Northland Church, call (407) 937-1800, Ext. 710, or visit cfcarts.com.

May 12
Martin Sexton
Syracuse native Martin Sexton got his start singing in the subways of Boston in the early 1990s. Still fiercely independent while headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, his songs have influenced a generation of artists. Call (844) 513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.

May 12 to June 11
‘Murder for Two’
Everyone is a suspect in this hilarious musical-murder-mystery with a twist. One actor plays the investigator, and the other plays 13 suspects — while both play the piano. With book, music and lyrics by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, it would be a crime to miss this musically crazy blend of comedy and madcap mystery. Takes place at the Winter Park Playhouse. Call (407) 645-0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org.

May 16
Julianne and Derek Hough
Dance Superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough will star in their all-new dance production “MOVE Beyond — Live on Tour” at the Dr. Phillips Center. This complete stage production — with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers — will headline the Houghs in solo, duet and group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa, hip-hop and everything in-between. Dance Superstar VIP packages are available for this event. Call 844-513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.

May 20
‘The Gilded Age’
It’s roaring 1920s glamour and Gatsby-esque revelry in one unforgettable party as the 1-year-old wunderkind Opera Orlando makes this year’s gala one of the great events of 2017. Hosted by legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes, the party begins with opera stars from across the globe. Add a silent auction, a live auction, a wondrous dinner, “guests” from the Roaring 20s and a tribute to Guest of Honor John Ruggieri, who has worked diligently to ensure the future of opera in Central Florida. At the Dr. Phillips Center; tickets are $250 with Black Tie/Roaring 20s attire suggested. Call (407) 512-1900 or visit operaorlando.org/tickets.

 

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