Josh Garrick: 'Carousel' all stars

When Kevin Kelly performed his first cabaret act at the Winter Park Playhouse, it sold out immediately.

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Photo by: Josh Garrick - Josh Garrick's new photographic work will be featured at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art, opening at 6 p.m. April 13.
Photo by: Josh Garrick - Josh Garrick's new photographic work will be featured at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art, opening at 6 p.m. April 13.
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April 7 – ‘Carousel’

The Orlando Philharmonic’s staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel” will be performed at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. this Saturday, April 7, at the Bob Carr PAC. Both performances feature an all-star cast. I’ve become a big fan of these performances with the orchestra on stage and the performers in front of the orchestra. Named the best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine, “Carousel” will feature Michelle Knight, Todd S. Mummert and Andrea Canny — just a few of the super-talented singing actors you will recognize in this production. Call 407-770-0071 or visit

April 11 & 12 – The Kevin Kelly Kabaret

When the multi-talented Kevin Kelly performed his first cabaret act at the Winter Park Playhouse, it sold out immediately. Now the “son of a preacher man” whose “life was saved by Barry Manilow” (go to the performance — you’ll understand) returns with a new cabaret act — “Songs in the Key of Me.” You’ve seen Kevin in “Ruthless,” “The Musical of Musicals,” and most recently in “The Andrews Brothers.” “Songs in the Key of Me” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12, as part of the Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series, and is highly recommended. Call 407-645-0145 or visit

April 13 to May 27 – Josh Garrick at the Eustis Museum

Three monumental new photographic works will serve as the focal point of my exhibit at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art. The works are 3 feet by 5 feet each and will be printed on aluminum. In addition, a grouping of 25 works — also on aluminum — will be presented along with traditional silver gelatin prints. My first museum show has arrived, and I am happy to invite all of you to attend the opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 13. You’ve been following my artistic suggestions for years, now come and see what my creations look like. The museum is located at 200 E. Orange Ave., Suite B, in Eustis. Call 352-483-2900 or 407-522-3906 or visit

April 13 to June 10

A much-anticipated new exhibit called “Treasures of the Chrysanthemum Throne” opens at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach on April 13. The exhibit features Japanese bronzes, intricate ivories and paper-thin porcelains. Each artwork was created during the reign of Mutsuhito, the Meiji Emperor who ascended the Japanese throne in 1867 at the age of 15 and ruled — with the aid of Samurai advisors — until his death in 1912. MOAS is located at 352 S. Nova Road, in Daytona Beach. Call 386-255-0285 or visit

April 15 – Chanticleer at Rollins

Chanticleer, coming to us from San Francisco, is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the artful blend of 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass, and their original interpretations from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to contemporary music. Presented by the Bach Festival Society at Rollins College, limited seating is available. Call 407-646-2182 or visit

Planning ahead …

When I find something truly extraordinary coming to our area, I try to let you know in advance, so you won’t miss the “greatness.” The Daytona Beach Symphony Society has brought extraordinary classical music performances to Central Florida for more than 60 years, and their just-announced season for 2012-2013 offers several great events, one of which is already on my calendar. They open their season with the first-ever U.S. tour of the Cuban Philharmonic in a program that includes both the Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Their subscription package is available now. For all the season’s offerings, call 386-253-2901 or visit

And not to be missed, through April 22 – “Red” at the Shakespeare Theater is a brilliant play, brilliantly directed by Patrick Flick, and brilliantly acted by the two-man cast of John Herrera as painter Mark Rothko, and Buddy Haardt as his assistant. This is as fine a production as you will see anywhere. Orlando Shakes proves — once again — we have great art in Central Florida. Do not miss it. Call 407-447-1700 or visit

Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and fine art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at [email protected] or 407-522-3906.