April 20 to May 12 – ‘Baby’ at Winter Park Playhouse
“After seeing the original (Tony-nominated) Broadway production, ”Baby” has been on my production wish list for years,” says Roy Alan, artistic director for the Winter Park Playhouse. With lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and music by David Shire, “Baby” follows the stories of three couples in different stages of life as they experience the rewarding, agonizing and often poignant consequences of pregnancy and parenthood. This beautiful musical comedy features Central Florida’s finest singing actors, including Heather Alexander, Natalie Cordone, Shawn Kilgore, Bryan Minyard, Kathryn Nash, Candace Neal, Timothy Pappas, Sage Starkey and Kate Zaloumes. Performances are from April 20 to May 12 at the Playhouse, located at 711 Orange Ave., in Winter Park. Call 407-645-0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org
April 20 to May 27 – The Music Man
The Garden Theatre in Winter Garden has already produced an impressive string of self-produced musicals in which the community comes together to act in and create major musicals onstage. Adding a 76-trombone salute to that theatrical history is “The Music Man,” running from April 20 to May 27. Led by Dustin Cunningham, as Prof. Harold Hill, a cast of more than 60 performers and dozens of stage-crew volunteers ranging in age from 5 to 65 will bring this musical to life. The show is recommended for all ages. The Garden Theatre is at 160 W. Plant St. Call 407-877-GRDN (4736) or visit gardentheatre.org
April 21 – Orlando Phil in Hi Def
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is building a name — and an audience — based on new, exciting ways to present symphonic music, and their fundraiser on April 21 may just top all others. Presented in association with Full Sail University, the Philharmonic will present “Symphony in HD: Live at Full Sail” as a live orchestra performance with photography, animation and a virtual opera set created by Full Sail University faculty and students. Guests at the fundraiser will enjoy a three-course meal and live auction with proceeds benefitting the Orlando Philharmonic. It all begins at 6 p.m. with drinks and a silent auction on Full Sail’s Hollywood-style backlot. After dinner and the concert, an outdoor party will take place with Philharmonic musicians and Full Sail faculty. To purchase tickets, visit orlandophil.org/HD or call 407-896-6700, extension 236.
April 21 – Crealdé Festival at Hannibal Square
Music and art will be created during Crealdé School of Art’s 3rd Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk Art and Craft Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. The festival features artwork for sale by some of Florida’s great folk artists during this daylong celebration filled with live entertainment, free children’s activities, resource agencies and Southern-style barbecue for sale. Dance to the sounds of Cajun Zydeco music by The Porch Dogs and the rhythms of Orisirisi African Folklore. Children can create their own Aztec Indian headband, shirt and tambourine to wear and play at the Aztec Pre-Columbian Musical Circle parade. Storytellers, a kid-folk art workshop, children’s musical parade and African folklore are on the schedule. The Hannibal Square Heritage Center is located at 642 New England Ave., in Winter Park. Call 407-671-1886 or 407-539-2680 or visit crealde.org
April 21 to July 15 – Paintings of Florida
Drawn from the largest known private collection of Florida-based art, The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) continues its ”Made in Florida” project, celebrating Florida art and artists with ”Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965 from the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown,” opening April 21 and running through July 15. “Reflections” includes masterworks of significant artists who worked in Florida over a period of 100 years including Herman Herzog, George Inness, Thomas Hart Benton and N.C. Wyeth. “The exhibition includes 70 paintings, which depict the evolution of Florida’s landscape while offering a new perspective of the works of these renowned artists,” says Marena Grant Morrisey, executive director of OMA. OMA is located in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. Call 407-896-4231 or visit omart.org for more information.
And not to be missed…
This week Disney’s ”The Lion King” leaps onto the stage of the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando with all its stunning theatricality and beloved musical score. This perfect family musical is here through May 13. Visit OrlandoBroadway.com