When I started writing the O-Town Art articles for the Downtown Community Paper I had no idea how many blessings would come my way. Tuesday night the spirit of Christmas came to the Dr. Phillips Center with the production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” A post WWII America needed Mr. Berlin’s story of love and redemption, and maybe it is […]
Without a doubt, the Orlando Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is beautiful. This year’s production added a lot of sparkle including a replica of the million-dollar diamond, ruby and gold “Hope Tiara” displayed in the lobby. Most of the sets and costumes are familiar, but the dancing was fresh and remarkable for any regional company. There are nineteen professional dancers […]
The holidays began in November Every year, the sights and sounds of the holidays begin with the Orlando Museum of Art Council of 101’s Festival of Trees. This year’s theme was the “Most Wonderful Time,” and as always, the festival delivered. It always ends the Sunday before Thanksgiving, which also offers many joyful events. The Central Florida Chapter of the […]
It’s so glad to see you back where you belong. Betty Buckley defines classic Broadway Theater at its best. Her heartfelt love of performing stretches well past the footlights and even to the farthest seat in a full second balcony of the Dr. Phillips Center’s 2,700 seat Disney Theater. Buckley (Dolly Gallagher Levi) and her costar, Lewis Standlen (Horace Vandergelder) […]
Each year Orlando Museum of Art’s Council 101 presents a festival featuring decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread creations, decorated dining displays, boutiques, and best of all, SANTA! This past week was a beehive of activity setting it all up before last night’s Gala Opening. Many individuals and businesses participate in decorating these amazing trees. The Orlando Ballet even donated a tree […]
The Downtown Arts District (DAD) has a very busy autumn schedule. At the end of September, their annual fundraiser at the Abbey, “La Maschera,” was a big steampunk success, with even Mayor Dyer in attendance.
Last night, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts was an interesting mix of entertainment. In the Pugh Theater was high opera with “Tales of Hoffman” done in Steampunk style. In the Disney Theater was Broadway’s best, “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This Tony and Grammy Award “Best Musical” has been a favorite […]