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Josh Garrick: Culture for your calendar

April 26 and 27 turns the town of Celebration, Florida into the "Pie capital of the world."
by: Josh Garrick Columnist

Now to April 20 – Final Week for the ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Legend says that “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was Tennessee Williams’ favorite play – perhaps because it won him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. The play examines how families deal with greed, deceit, (repressed) sexual desire, and death. Presented in Mad Cow Theatre’s beautiful new complex, visit or call 407-297-8788.

Now to April 27 – ‘Dose Joisey Boys’ is Back in Orlando!

More than 13 million people have seen “Jersey Boys,” the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons. Led by the unique voice of Frankie Valli, these four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history – selling 175 million records before they were 30. “Jersey Boys – the Musical” is at the Bob Carr PAC through April 27. Visit or call 1-800-982-2787

Now through May 3 – Edward Albee’s Tony Award Winning ‘The Goat’

DiDonna Productions, known for tackling controversial theater projects, will present a full staging of Edward Albee’s black comedy/tragedy “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” Premiered on Broadway in 2002, and winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, “Goat” explores the extremes of human tolerance when a loving marriage is rocked by an impossible-to-understand-love. Including questions of infidelity, love, and betrayal, this tragic and sometimes hilarious play questions our own definitions of love and tolerance. With parental guidance highly suggested, “Goat” will be performed through May 3 at the Shakespeare Center. Reserve tickets at 407-328-9005 or visit for charge card orders.

Now through May 25 – ‘Freckleface Strawberry – The Musical’ at Orlando Rep

Closing out Orlando Rep’s season of theater for young audiences is “Freckleface Strawberry - the Musical,” based on a picture book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore. Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles – from scrubbing them with soap to wearing a ski mask to school. With the help of her lovable schoolmates (and a kooky teacher), Freckleface learns that everyone is different – and that’s what makes everyone special. Visit or call 407-896-7365.

April 18 to 20 – Easter Weekend Open House at the Morse Museum

In a tradition that goes back 30 years, the public is invited to enjoy the Morse Museum during the Museum’s free Easter weekend open house – April 18 through 20. In the galleries, visitors may walk among Louis Comfort Tiffany’s leaded-glass windows ablaze with the flowers of spring along with the gallery housing the Daffodil Terrace created for Tiffany’s Long Island estate Laurelton Hall. For hours visit or call 407-645-5311.

Photo: Tiffany Chapel Baptistery with Field of Lilies window, c. 1892, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany for 1893 world’s fair in Chicago

April 20 to 26 – Winter Park Paint Out

As a benefit for the Albin Polasek Museum and Gardens, the 2014 Winter Park Paint Out will find 25 plein air artists painting at scenic spots throughout Winter Park. Plein Air (French for in the open air) describes art painted outdoors with the subject directly in view. Stop by the Polasek Museum to see the artists in action as the museum, sculpture gardens and gallery will be open free through the week-long event. Demonstrations, tours, art for purchase, and tickets to the gar¬den party are available. Visit for a complete schedule.

April 24 – Darius Rucker is a ‘True Believer’

Multi-platinum country artist Darius Rucker brings his True Believers Tour to the Arena on the campus of UCF on April 24 at 7 pm. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, Rucker has released Don't Think I Don't Think About It, which made him the first African-American with a No. 1 country song since Charley Pride in 1983. Then 2010 saw him with two more No. 1 hits while his new album, True Believers, debuted at No. 1. Get your tickets at the Arena Box Office, at 800-745-3000, or at

April 24 – The Ninth Annual John Young History Maker Celebration

Honoring those who make history, the John Young History Maker Celebration is the Historical Society's largest fundraiser of the year. To be held at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park on April 24, Judge Belvin Perry Jr., will receive the honor. Recognized as one of the 20 most powerful people in Orlando, Judge Perry's work on the bench also earned him the 2009 FLABOTA Jurist of the Year among a host of other awards. For tickets, call 407-836-8595 or email [email protected]

April 24 to May 11 – The 12th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival at Mad Cow

Mad Cow Theatre’s complex in Downtown Orlando is the perfect venue for its Annual Cabaret Festival, featuring intimate performances from some of the world's great cabaret and jazz artists. This season features award winning actor and vocalist, Nicholas Rodriguez, Tony Award-winning Broadway and TV star Laura Benanti, and a dozen other wonderful performers. Visit for a list of Artists and performance dates.

April 25 to May 17 – Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits

Forbidden Broadway has been a hit musical revue – lovingly satirizing Broadway shows and stars since before some of us were born! Now those fun-loving singing-actors of the Winter Park Playhouse invite us to join the laughter as they present Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits. I promise you will laugh out loud as Broadway's musical legends meet Broadway's greatest satirists in this hilarious tribute to the “Great White Way.” Opening April 25, call 407-645-0145 or visit

April 25 to 27 – 20th Annual American Pie Council National Pie Championships

It doesn’t get any bigger than this for serious pie lovers as amateur, professional and commercial pie bakers come together to have their pie deemed the nation's best. And once the judging is done, April 26 and 27 turns the town of Celebration, Florida into the “Pie capital of the world” for the Great American Pie Festival. Celebrate this yummy American heritage with the all-you-can-eat never-ending pie buffet, pie eating contests, baking activities, PieCasso art, and the Pietopia stage (with live music, games and more). The Pie Buffet is $10/adults and $5/seniors and children. Visit or call 407-566-2200.

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