Two AGT stars coming to Garden Theatre

Cristina Rae will join “Dreamgirls” and Tom Cotter will deliver his award-winning, stand-up comedy show come August.

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Two America's Got Talent stars are coming to the Garden Theatre.

The theater and Victory Productions announced recently the addition of Cristina Rae to the cast of “Dreamgirls” and a new stand-up show by America’s favorite comedian, Tom Cotter.

Rae will join the company in the demanding role of Effie. 

She will share the role with Brianna Javis as she takes a short break to rest due to vocal fatigue, according to a press release from the theater Tuesday, July 25.

Dreamgirls has had a record-breaking run with ticket sales on pace to surpass all previous records at the theater.

The show even led to an extended run due to the overwhelming demand.

Fernando Varela, the executive producer of the show and founder of Victory Productions, said the success of the show is a testament to the perseverance, talent, grit and tenacity of the entire cast and crew.

"Every role in this production is critical to telling this powerful story, and we couldn’t do it without the collaborative efforts of all involved," he said in a press release. "The role of Effie is a testament to vocal endurance. As a vocalist myself, I understand the effort it takes to perform such a role night after night. It is why we've brought on Cristina Rae ... to share this significant responsibility. This move ensures that both our gifted actors can continue to captivate our audiences without compromising their long-term health."

Following Dreamgirls, fellow AGT star Cotter will bring his stand-up comedy show to the Garden stage Aug. 18 to 20.

"We're very excited to bring another America’s Got Talent standout to perform on the Garden stage and I can tell you first-hand, get ready to laugh," Varela said in the release. 

Cotter also has appeared on "The Tonight Show,” “Last Comic Standing,” his very own "Comedy Central Presents ... Tom Cotter,” "The Howard Stern Show” and has multiple appearance on CBS’ "The Late Late Show."

For more information on the shows and upcoming performances, click here.



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.