Orlando 2022-23 Arts Season Preview: Theater – Orlando Sentinel

A trio of theatrical highlights selected by Orlando Sentinel arts writer Matthew J. Palm.

HAMILTON: What more is there to say about the biggest Broadway hit of recent times? The touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s juggernaut comes to the Dr. Phillips Center on Oct. 26 — less than a week before Election Day. In the musical, Miranda examines the politics and personalities of the country’s founding through the lens of today. More information: drphillipscenter.org

TRUE NORTH: This new holiday musical by Holly and Kelvin Reed will receive its world premiere at Orlando Repertory Theatre beginning Nov. 14. For the family at the heart of the show, the holidays are both joyful and challenging as members deal with the uncertainty of the father’s deployment. But with a wish, a letter and unique seasonal assistance, the Pattersons learn to hold on to belief and the magic of Christmas. More information: Orlandorep.org

ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART TWO: PERESTROIKA: Under the direction of Jeremy Seghers, the first part of “Angels in America” at Valencia College last spring was not only a breath of fresh air but a bracing wind blowing across our current political landscape by looking to the past. The conclusion of Tony Kushner’s epic examination of power and morality during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s promises to be just as riveting. It opens Feb. 17. More information: valenciacollege.edu/arts

Schedules are subject to change, so always double-check before heading to an event.

The theater is on the campus of Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave. in Winter Park. More information: rollins.edu/annie or 407-646-2145

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2: Sept. 23-Oct. 1. In the late 19th century, a woman defines life on her terms in this drama by playwright Lucas Hnath, who grew up in Central Florida.

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL: Nov. 11-19. Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes asks if anger can turn to forgiveness in an age of uncertainty and chaos in this play about creating meaningful connections in a world where everyone lives day to day.

AS YOU LIKE IT: Feb. 17-25, 2023. William Shakespeare’s comic romance reminds us that “All the world’s a stage.”

INTO THE WOODS: April 21-29, 2023. This musical about fairy-tale characters post-happily ever after has a lot to say about how people behave in the real world, too.

Lucas Hnath, the playwright of "A Doll's House, Part 2," grew up in Central Florida.

Performances are at 124 N. Florida Ave. in DeLand. More information: athensdeland.com or 386-736-1500

MEL BROOKS’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: Sept. 23-Oct. 16. The musical comedy spoof of the horror genre.

SCROOGE THE MUSICAL: Nov. 26-Dec. 18. A musical telling of “A Christmas Carol.”

MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR.: Jan. 27-Feb.12, 2023. Children’s version of the Roald Dahl story of a girl with unique abilities.

NOISES OFF: March 3-26, 2023. Everything goes wrong in this farce about a crumbling theater company trying to put on a show.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME: April 14-May 7. Disney Theatrical’s musical retelling of the Victor Hugo novel.

Performances are at the State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St. in Eustis. More information: Baystreetplayers.org or 352-357-7777

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL: Sept. 9-25. High jinks abound in this rocking musical comedy set in a community of mobile homes.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK: Oct. 28-Nov. 13. A young Jewish girl hides from the Nazis with family and friends in this adaptation of Anne’s famous diary.

TICK… TICK, BOOM: Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2023. The theater revives its hit production of Jonathan Larson’s musical about a struggling New York composer facing turning 30.

Samantha Jenkins, from left, Christian Shaw and Xavier Crawford star in the Bay Street Players' production of "Tick, Tick... Boom!"

LEND ME A TENOR: March 17-April 2, 2023. When an opera star is presumed dead right before showtime chaos ensues in this Broadway comedy.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL: May 26-June 11, 2023. A young girl discovers she has unusual powers in this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale.

For more information, go to bethmarshallpresents.com

PINDER’S KIDS: Feb. 24, 2023, at West Oaks Academy, 8624 A.D. Mims Road in Orlando. A civil-rights play in honor of Black History Month by Orlando writer Barry White.

SPIRIT, LOVE & LIGHT: Dates TBA in May-June 2023. A mama’s true and intimate story of her daughter’s life, which didn’t actually happen. Written and performed by Beth Marshall.

PLAY-IN-A-DAY: June 10, 2023, at Penguin Point Productions in Ovideo. Central Florida theater artists create short plays and more in just 24 hours.

TOP TEENS SHOWCASE: June 2023 at the Renaissance Theatre, 415 E. Princeton St. in Orlando. An evening of Central Florida talent.

The theater is at 6900 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park. More information: breakthroughtheatre.com or 407-920-4034

LITTLE WOMEN: Sept. 9-26. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s book, four sisters come of age in Civil War-era America.

THE CRAVING: Oct. 7-24. In this comedy, a screenwriter’s dream becomes a nightmare when his emotional script is turned into a zombie slasher film by Hollywood producers.

A NICE FAMILY GATHERING: Nov. 4-21. It’s Thanksgiving and dear departed Dad’s ghost is at dinner, trying to tell his wife he loves her, in this comedy.

THE TRIAL OF SANTA/OPERATION: WHISPERING PINES: Dec. 2-12. A double bill. First, Santa squares off in a TV courtroom against a bratty 9-year-old. Then, six residents of an assisted-living facility face off against their home’s uncaring new owner.

FOUR WEDDINGS AND AN ELVIS: Jan. 13-30, 2023. A comic look at the matches made at a Las Vegas wedding chapel whose owner is four times married herself.

"Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry" is a play by Arlene Hutton, the pseudonym of Rollins College graduate Beth Lincks, pictured on the Winter Park campus.

BEST OF BROADWAY: 1965-1974: Feb. 17-March 6, 2023. Hits from “Mame,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Grease,” “Follies” and more.

CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE 5: March 17-April 3, 2023. A collection of 10-minute plays about love, all by local playwrights.

KISSED THE GIRLS AND MADE THEM CRY: April 14-May 1, 2023. Rollins College grad Arlene Hutton’s drama about teen sex, lies, gossip, power and manipulation.

NEWSIES JR: June 2-19, 2023. Children’s version of the musical about the turn-of-the-century newsboys’ strike.

THE OUTSIDER: July 7-17, 2023. A comedy that skewers politics in the story of the worst candidate to ever run for office.

The group performs at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 455 S. Magnolia Ave. in Orlando, and The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive in Orlando. More information: Celebrationtheatreco.org

WEST SIDE STORY: Sept. 16-25 at the Dr. Phillips Center. The Sharks and Jets face off in this classic musical about the price of intolerance.

HEXED: Oct. 1-2 at The Abbey. A coven of witches gets together one last time in this woman-power musical.

Molly Cabbage and Emilie Jean Scheetz were among the cast of Celebration Theatre Company's "Hexed, a Femme Rock Musical" during a production at the Orlando Fringe Festival.

The center is at 3700 S. Highway 27 in Clermont. In addition to the theatrical productions listed below, the center also hosts pop concerts and other events. More information: clermontperformingarts.com or 352-394-4800

THE MUNSTERZ LIVE: Oct. 6-9. The team behind “The Golden Gals,” led by Ginger Minj, presents a spoof of the classic TV show.

The center, at 445 S. Magnolia Ave. in Orlando, co-presents Orlando’s touring Broadway season with Florida Theatrical Association and Broadway Across America. More information: 844-513-2014 or drphillipscenter.org

SIX: Oct. 4-9. In this exuberant pop concert, the wives of Henry VIII turn their romantic trials and tribulations with the English king into a celebration of female empowerment.

HAMILTON: Oct. 26-Nov. 20. By using deliberately nontraditional casting and modern musical styles, “Hamilton” looks at the U.S. Founding Fathers, including Alexander Hamilton, through a lens of contemporary American ideas.

TINA — THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL: Jan. 10-15, 2023. Using Turner’s biggest hits, this show recounts the ups and downs of the trailblazing megastar’s life.

RIVERDANCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW: Jan. 20-22, 2023. The Irish dance troupe that became a global sensation is on the road again.

WICKED: Jan. 25-Feb. 12, 2023. This long-running musical provides an origin story for the witches in “The Wizard of Oz.”

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL: Feb. 28-March 5, 2023. A stage version of Julia Roberts’ hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold flick.

HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: March 21-26, 2023. Richard Thomas (the original John Boy on TV’s “The Waltons”) will star as Atticus Fitch, the white lawyer who stands up to racism by taking on the case of a Black man unjustly accused in a 1930s Southern town.

CHICAGO: April 18-23, 2023. A satirical look at America’s flawed judicial system and obsession with celebrities and salaciousness.

MY FAIR LADY: May 9-14, 2023. A brusque professor bets he can turn an English cockney into “a real lady” in this classic musical.

BEETLEJUICE: June 27-July 2, 2023. In this musical comedy based on the hit movie, Lydia Deetz’s life changes when she meets a deceased couple and a demon with a penchant for stripes.

A tour of the musical "Beetlejuice" is part of the 2022-23 Broadway in Orlando season.

This repertory troupe of professional actors is in residence at Penguin Point Productions at Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd. in Oviedo. More information: theensemblecompany.com

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?: Sept. 9-18. A couple falls apart over the course of a drunken evening in the Edward Albee drama.

STUPID F***ING BIRD: Nov. 4-13. Aaron Posner’s contemporary take on “The Seagull” looks at love and art and growing up.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dec. 9-18. In Patrick Barlow’s adaptation, five actors bring the classic holiday story to life.

MISERY: Jan. 20-29, 2023. An obsessive fan takes control of an injured novelist in the drama based on Stephen King’s thriller.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE: March. 3-12, 2023. A family struggles to accept its reality in Tennessee Williams’ famed memory play.

SPEECH AND DEBATE: May 12-21, 2023. In Stephen Karam’s dark comedy, teenagers take on a political scandal about closeted gay officials.

The Garden, which also hosts dance performances and presents movies, concerts and other community events, is at 160 W. Plant St. in Winter Garden. More information: gardentheatre.org or 407-877-4736

HONK!: Nov. 18-Dec. 18. An odd duck named Ugly learns it’s OK to be different in this child-friendly musical.

STICK FLY: Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2023. Members of an affluent Black family butt heads discussing race and privilege as secrets are revealed.

NEXT TO NORMAL: Feb. 24-March 12, 2023. The musical compassionately studies how a mother’s struggle with bipolar disorder affects her family.

SOMETHING ROTTEN!: April 21-May 21, 2023. In this zany musical comedy, when a soothsayer predicts musicals will be the next big thing, two brothers in Renaissance England try to write the world’s first one.

DREAMGIRLS: July 7-Aug. 6, 2023. Three friends form a girl group a la The Supremes and ride a roller coaster through the ruthless world of show business in this musical.

A new theatrical venture from Joseph C. Walsh, former artistic director of Garden Theatre. The production will be at Theatre South Playhouse in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7601 Della Drive in Orlando. Tickets: theatresouthplayhouse.org

LILIES: OR THE REVIVAL OF A ROMANTIC DRAMA: Sept. 15-24. A 15th-anniversary production of this love story set against a backdrop of faith, revenge, hypocrisy and enlightenment.

The playwright’s work will be produced at Penguin Point Productions at Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd. More information: penguinpointproductions.com.

AS IT’S WRITTEN: Sept. 23-Oct. 2. In this drama about internalized homophobia, the pressures of fame and social anxiety, a screenwriter seems to have it all. But her relationship with her ex-best friend raises questions.

The Black theater company presents shows at Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St. More information: macboysentertainment.com

BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY: Sept. 9-18. After she’s fired, a 1930s Harlem Cotton Club singer turns to her best friend for a new lease on life.

Performances are at the Melon Patch Theatre, 311 N. 13th St. in Leesburg. More information: melonpatchplayers.org or 352-787-3013

VOICES FROM THE HOLOCAUST: Sept. 17-18. A multimedia look at the Holocaust.

A STORYBOOK CHRISTMAS: Dec. 2-11. Holiday stories come to life, with music and dance.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG: Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2023. A production falls apart around its hapless performers in this community-theater spoof.

SpongeBob SquarePants will take the stage at the Melon Patch Players in Leesburg.

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL: March 17-April 2, 2023. The popular TV cartoon character has an underwater adventure.

BOEING BOEING: May 5-21, 2023. A lothario’s three mistresses all arrive unexpectedly — and simultaneously — in this farce.

Shows are staged in various locations. More information: newgentheatrical.org

CLOSER: Sept. 16-25 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. in Orlando. Four lives intertwine over the years in a stinging look at modern love and betrayal.

THE WORLD GOES ROUND: Oct. 6-16 at The Mezz, 100 S. Eola Drive in Orlando. A hit parade of Kander & Ebb’s best from “Chicago,” “Cabaret” and more.

WINGMAN: Nov. 10-13 at Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St. in Orlando. Trouble ensues when a scientist helps awkward men connect with women — by reading their minds.

The organization’s annual festival is centered in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. Venues include the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Museum of Art. Other events take place in various locations, to be determined. More information: orlandofringe.org or 407-648-0077

FRINGE LOTTERY: Dec. 5. Find out which shows will be part of the next festival.

7th ANNUAL WINTER MINI-FEST: Jan 12-16, 2023, at 54 W. Church St. in Orlando: A curated festival celebrating the best of independent theater.

LOCAL ARTIST TEASER SHOW: April 17, 2023. Performers have two minutes to preview their Fringe show on this fast-paced night.

32nd ORLANDO FRINGE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL: May 16-29, 2023. Short performances of theater, comedy, music, dance and more.

TheaterWorksUSA's "Dog Man: The Musical," featuring Will Sippel (center), continues at Orlando Repertory Theatre.

Performances of shows for children and their families are in the theater’s complex at 1001 E. Princeton St. in Orlando, or online. More information: orlandorep.com or 407-896-7365

DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL: Through Oct. 2. The crime-solving canine has a musical caper in this TheaterWorksUSA production.

LOCOMOTION: Sept. 12-Oct. 16. A boy, struggling in foster care, turns to poetry after the death of his parents in this award-winning play.

CLICK CLACK MOO: Oct. 7-9. TheaterWorksUSA’s production of the musical about cows who negotiate for better working conditions.

THE FUNIKIJAM SHOW: ROCK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN FAIR: Oct. 21-30. A dance-along, sing-along, play-along Halloween musical.

TRUE NORTH: A MAGICAL NEW HOLIDAY MUSICAL: Nov. 14-Dec. 22. Uncertainty over a father’s military deployment rattles his children, who learn about believing in the magic of Christmas in this world premiere.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF: Jan. 14-15, 2023. TheaterWorksUSA’s young-person version of the musical based on the book about young Percy Jackson’s mythological adventures.

PIP-SQUEAK: AN ANTI-BULLYING MAGIC SHOW: Jan. 17-20, 2023. Magician Tony Brent uses his skills and comedy to gently teach lessons that combat bullying.

LUCHADORA!: Jan. 30-Feb. 26, 2023. A girl learns about family, honor and friendship in the story of a secret female warrior.

TBA: March 6-April 30, 2023. A recent Broadway musical based on a long-running animated hit television series takes the stage. (Title cannot be disclosed for several weeks, for rights-related reasons.)

MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS: April 11-May 14, 2023. Based on the award-winning book, the musical celebrates parenthood, children and home.

These 30-minute shows are interactive, multisensory and developmentally accessible experiences created for children ages 5 and younger. Pirate adventure “Yo, Ho, Ho! Let’s Go” will tour in the fall, and a new show will premiere in the spring of 2023.

Performances are staged at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. in Orlando. More information: orlandoshakes.org or 407-447-1700

NOISES OFF: Sept. 9-25. Personal entanglements drive a second-rate theater company’s production off the rails in this farce.

APOLOGIES TO LORRAINE HANSBERRY (YOU TOO, AUGUST WILSON): Oct. 7-30. The establishment of an all-Black state doesn’t eliminate tricky questions of racism and personal identity in this dystopian drama.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dec. 2-24. Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Scrooge, ghosts, greed and redemption makes a return in artistic director Jim Helsinger’s adaptation.

HENRY V: Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2023. Shakespeare’s action-packed play of desperate battles, an assassination plot and fiery speeches including the famed “Once more unto the breech.”

Billie Holiday is the subject of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill."

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL: Feb. 10-March 4, 2023. Legendary singer Billie Holiday reflects on her life during a concert just a few months before her death.

KINKY BOOTS: April 7-30, 2023. A strait-laced Englishman inherits his father’s failing shoe factory and forges a surprising partnership with a drag queen in this upbeat comedy.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB: Oct. 18-Nov. 12. A spider cultivates friendships.

JACKIE ROBINSON’S BIG DAY: A MAGIC TREE HOUSE ADVENTURE: Feb. 21-March 18, 2023. An adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne’s book about the baseball legend.

TONIGHT! A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM: Sept. 22-25. Tribute to the late composer.

HOLIDAY PUNCH STARRING LAURA HODOS: Dec. 8-24. Music, comedy and festive merriment.

MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY STARRING REBECCA FISHER: Jan. 26-29, 2023. An evening of upbeat tunes.

BROADWAY ¡VIVO! A CELEBRATION OF LATIN ARTISTS: March 16-19, 2023. Honoring Latinx contributions to theater.

Performances are at Osceola Arts, 2411 U.S. Highway 92 in Kissimmee. More information: OsceolaArts.com or 407-846-6257

MEL BROOKS’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: Sept. 16-Oct. 2. Musical comedy that spoofs the horror genre.

OLIVER: Dec. 2-18. A Dickensian orphan falls in with a group of pickpockets in this classic musical.

CLUE: ON STAGE: Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2023. A farce based on the board game in which party guests Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard and the rest must discover who killed their mysterious host.

SWEET CHARITY: March 10-26, 2023. An optimistic dance-hall hostess looks for love in this Bob Fosse musical comedy.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS: April 21-May 7, 2023. Female friends bond through life’s up and downs in the comfy confines of a small-town beauty parlor.

Hear hits of Olivia Newton-John, including the title song, in the musical "Xanadu."

XANADU: July 21-Aug. 6, 2023. A Greek muse inspires a 1980s struggling artist to build a roller disco in this musical of Olivia Newton-John and ELO hits that both honors and spoofs the movie that inspired it.

MISERY: Oct. 28-Nov. 6. An obsessed fan terrorizes an injured author in this thriller based on Stephen King’s story.

CRUEL INTENTIONS: A ‘90S MUSICAL: June 9 — June 18, 2023. An elite prep-school student tries to seduce the headmaster’s virtuous daughter in this adaptation of the film, filled with hit songs of the 1990s.

The Phantasmagoria troupe will pay tribute to master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe in its fall show.

The Victorian steampunk troupe uses storytelling, dance, puppetry, projections and original music in performances around Central Florida and beyond. More information: phantasmagoriaorlando.com

PHANTASMAGORIA XIII: POE, THROUGH THE TALES DARKLY: Oct. 6-8 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Oct. 15 at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala, Oct. 23 at the Tampa Theatre, and Oct. 28-29 at the Athens Theatre in DeLand. A look at the thriller writer’s works.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL/THE CANTERVILLE GHOST: Dec. 2-4 at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Dec. 11 at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala, Dec. 17 at the Ritz Theater in Sanford, and Dec. 22-23 at the Athens Theatre in DeLand. A whimsical look at the classic tales by Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde.

The group’s staged shows are at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. in Orlando. More information: theprt.com or 407-761-2683

NATIVE VOICES: Nov. 11-20. Short plays by Florida writers.

The theater is at 415 E. Princeton St. in Orlando. More information: rentheatre.com

MUSICAL MONDAYS: Ongoing. Each Monday, the theater presents a cabaret with special guests, preview of local shows and open-mike opportunities.

NOSFERATU: Sept. 23-Nov. 6. An all-new immersive horror experience for adults.

The Renaissance Theatre will host a run of Chase Padgett's wildly successful "6 Guitars."

THE OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA SHOW: Dec. 1-24. The theater’s sarcastically funny answer to a holiday tradition.

CHASE PADGETT’S ‘6 GUITARS’: Jan. 6-29. In the hit one-man show, Padgett portrays multiple characters as he expertly crafts a beautiful love letter to authenticity and music.

The theater, at 201 S. Magnolia Ave. in Sanford, hosts touring concerts, children’s productions and other events in addition to plays. More information: ritztheatersanford.com or 407-321-8111

GREASE: Oct. 7-16. In 1959, greaser Danny loves goody-two-shoes Sandy in this classic musical.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS: March 10-19, 2023. There’s a train full of suspects in one of Agatha Christie’s best-known whodunits.

OLIVER!: April. 28-May 7, 2023. An orphan falls in with a gang of pickpockets in Dickensian London in this musical.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR.: June 23-25, 2023. From the Disney franchise that gave us the peppy “We’re All in This Together.”

More information: seminolestate.edu/arts or 407-708-2040

WITCHES OF SHAKESPEARE: Oct. 21-30 at the Lake Mary Museum, 158 N. Country Club Road in Lake Mary. Three witches conjure up some old friends to help re-create spooky scenes from “Macbeth,” “Richard III,” “Othello” and more.

I & YOU: Nov. 11-20 in Room B127, the new black-box theater on the Sanford-Lake Mary campus, 100 Weldon Ave. in Sanford. Two different classmates — a popular male athlete and a sardonic, chronically ill young woman — unexpectedly make a connection.

The theater is at 1100 N. Unser St. in Mount Dora. More information: icehousetheatre.com or 352-383-4616

THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT: Sept. 9-Oct. 2. A comedy about “aspiring model” Doris, who unexpectedly becomes Felix’s houseguest in 1960s San Francisco.

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS: Nov. 18-Dec. 11. In this spoof of holiday TV movies, big-city businesswoman begins to fall for the rugged owner of a country bed-and-breakfast her company is taking over.

MOON OVER BUFFALO: Jan. 13-Feb. 5, 2023. In this farce, two married and down-on-their-luck 1950s actors have one more chance at stardom — if they can stop feuding long enough for the show to go on.

HELLO, DOLLY!: March 17-April 9, 2023. Matchmaker and meddler Dolly Levi learns to embrace life again in this classic musical.

THE UNDERPANTS: May 12-June 4, 2023. Steve Martin’s comedy, set in 1910, centers on a bored newlywed who finds notoriety after an incident with her bloomers.

The troupe stages productions throughout the region. More information: southernwindstheatre.com

ONE-MAN A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dec. 10 at Gateway Center for Performing Arts, 880 N. U.S. 17/92 in DeBary, and Dec. 16-18 at Penguin Point Productions at Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd. It’s the 25th anniversary of David A. McElroy’s one-man show in which he plays all the characters in the Dickens classic.

David McElroy plays Ebenezer Scrooge — and every other character in the Charles Dickens holiday classic — in his one-man adaptation of "A Christmas Carol."

Performances are at the Second Stage Theatre at the Museum of Art — DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., adjacent to the university’s DeLand campus. More information: 386-822-8700

MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON’S: Sept. 29-Oct. 2. In this fast-paced comedy a woman, her husband and her lover plot to kill one another.


MEN ON BOATS: Feb. 16-19, 2023. Women play all the roles in this comic retelling of a somewhat true story of exploration and adventure in America’s West.

The theater is at 5542 Hansel Ave. in Orlando. More information: theaterontheedge.org

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE: Sept. 17-Oct. 30. In the 1970s, 20-something friends deal with the transition to adulthood in this comedy-drama.

Ginny and Catherine (Audra Torres, left, and Natalie Bulajic) share a moment in "Say Goodnight, Gracie" at Theater on the Edge.

The theater is at 115 W. First St. in Sanford. More information: theaterwestend.com or 407-548-6285

A CHORUS LINE: Through Sept. 4. The hit musical about show business and life.

RENT: Sept. 23-Oct. 9. The musical about struggling bohemians who deal with drugs and the AIDS crisis of 1980s New York City.

SHE LOVES ME: Nov 18-Dec. 4. Sparring co-workers don’t realize the anonymous pen pals they love are actually each other in this romantic musical comedy.

"A Chorus Line" continues at Theater West End in Sanford.

The theater, in the Dr. Phillips Marketplace at 7601 Della Drive in Orlando, produces shows with professional adult actors as well as community-youth productions. More information: theatresouthplayhouse.org or 407-489-4458

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Dec. 1-11. The hills are alive with this beloved tale of the musical von Trapp family’s flight from Nazi-occupied Austria.

THE PROM: Feb. 9-26, 2023. Self-absorbed Broadway stars get involved when a lesbian wants to take her girlfriend to their high-school prom in this sweet and sassy musical comedy.

URINETOWN: June 8-22, 2023. A musical satire that explores human rights and managing natural resources in a dystopian future where it costs money to use the facilities.

FALSETTOS: Aug. 18-27, 2023. This musical shows how family is what you make of it, no matter how unconventional.

The theater is on the campus of the University of Central Florida in east Orange County. More information: theatreucf.edu or 407-823-1500

THE INTERFERENCE: Sept. 22-Oct. 2. When a survivor of campus sexual assault speaks out against a popular athlete, she sees the world around her fill with excuses, misinformation and fear.

WORKING: Oct. 20-30. This musical takes a compassionate look at everyday laborers and class through monologues and songs. This revamped 2012 version includes songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

AS YOU LIKE IT: Nov 10-20. Shakespeare’s gender-swapping tale of romance.

THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI: Feb. 2-12, 2023. In Bertolt Brecht’s satire of Hitler’s rise to power, this high-energy show follows a gangster who rises to the top of the 1930s Chicago cauliflower trade.

HOME OF THE BRAVE: Feb. 24-26, 2023. Inspired by interviews with military children, the play showcases their lives and explores the ideas of friendship, belonging and change.

BRIGHT STAR: March 23-April 2, 2023. This bluegrass-tinged musical follows the life of a Southern woman who gave up her baby at birth and is now living on the brink of love and hope.

Valencia College will present the second part of "Angels in America" after its acclaimed production of part one, with Marquise Hillman and Edwin Perez.

Productions take place at Valencia’s east campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. More information: valenciacollege.edu/arts or 407-582-2900

MEL BROOKS’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: Oct. 14-22. The West End version of the musical adaptation of the horror-film spoof.

ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART TWO: PERESTROIKA: Feb. 17-25, 2023. The conclusion of Tony Kushner’s epic look at love, power and hypocrisy in the 1980s AIDS crisis.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER: March 31-April 8. This theatrical comedy-adventure looks at the origin of Peter Pan.

STUDENT-DIRECTED ONE-ACTS: April 14-15, 2023. A free look at new work and emerging talent.

SHARKNAMI: THE MUSICAL?: June 2-10, 2023. A high-energy spoof of disaster films.

The theater is at 711-C Orange Ave. in Winter Park. More information: winterparkplayhouse.org or 407-645-0145

MURDER FOR TWO: Through Aug. 28. Two actors, using one piano, portray 13 characters while musically accompanying themselves in this mashup of musical comedy and madcap mystery.

SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM: Sept. 23-Oct. 16. In Roger Bean’s homage to the 1960s, fledgling doo-wop group Denny and the Dreamers prepare to enter the Big Whopper radio contest.

STEPPIN’ OUT WITH IRVING BERLIN: Nov. 11-20 and Dec. 1-17. A celebration of Berlin’s life and career with hits such as “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and “White Christmas.”

Things to Do


A look at entertainment and sporting events in Orlando and around Central Florida.

NUNSENSE A-MEN!: Jan. 20-Feb. 18, 2023. In this cross-dressing comedy, a group of nuns (played by men) holds a variety-show fundraiser.

"Murder for Two" continues at Winter Park Playhouse.

SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL: March 17-April 2 and April 13-22, 2023. Visit London during the swinging ‘60s in this musical that features a score based on the pop hits of the era.

DESPERATE MEASURES: May 12-21 and June 1-11, 2023. A wily sheriff, eccentric priest, good-hearted saloon gal and prickly nun get embroiled in a zany plot in America’s Old West.

KEVIN KELLY: Sept. 14-15. The “Murder for Two” star performs “Confessions of a Crazed Crooner” featuring music of Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Stephen Sondheim and more.

QUEEN DIVAS TRIBUTE: Oct. 21. Carlene Mitchell performs as singers Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Natalie Cole.

CURTAINS UP: Nov. 5. Gala fundraiser with food, drinks, auction and show.

— Listings compiled by Matthew J. Palm.

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