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Central Florida actor Michael Walters may be Broadway bound, Playfest dates are announced, plus more performing arts news



Central Florida actor Michael Walters is currently in the cast of a new musical that may be Broadway-bound. Walters, a former performer in Disney's Hoop Dee Doo Revue and Finding Nemo shows who is best known as a Dame Edna impersonator, is understudying Tony-winner Michael McGrath as Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. The cast also stars Michael Mastro as Ed Norton, Laura Bell Bundy as Trixie Norton and Leslie Kritzer as Alice Kramden. The show runs through Oct. 29, and if successful is expected to transfer to New York like previous Paper Mill hits Newsies and A Bronx Tale.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater's annual Playfest returns for two weekends of staged script readings, from Oct. 27 through Nov. 5. The headliner of this year's event is Gertrude and Claudius, Mark St. Germain's adaptation of novelist John Updike's Hamlet prequel. This is your chance to preview the play, which is planned to make its world premiere at Shakes in 2019. Other shows featured on opening weekend will include Well Intentioned White People by Rachel Lynett, Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson and Your Best One by Meridith Friedman.


Disney's Newsies, through Oct. 22 at Orlando Rep ... Big River, through Oct. 22 at Mad Cow ... The Hound of the Baskervilles, through Nov. 19 at Orlando Shakes.


Of Thee I Sing, Oct. 12-22 at UCF ... Hand to God, Oct. 12-22 at Dr. Phillips Center ... Phantasmagoria: The Chains of Fire, Oct. 13-Nov. 4 at Orlando Shakes ... Jeffrey, Oct. 13-28 at Parliament House ... The Odd Couple, Oct. 13-29 at Garden Theatre ... On Your Feet!, Oct. 17-22 at Dr. Phillips Center ... Evita, Oct. 20-29 at Valencia East ... Sylvia, Oct. 20-Nov. 5 at CFCArts ... Spotlight Cabaret: Kelly Morris Rowan, Oct. 25-26 at Winter Park Playhouse ... Eleemosynary, Oct. 25-27 at Fred Stone ... Bay Street Players present Avenue Q, Oct. 27-29 at the Historic State Theatre ... Grounded, Oct. 27-Nov. 19 at Mad Cow ... Bad Jews, Oct. 31-Dec. 3 at Tierra del Sol ... Orlando Story Club: A Promise, Nov. 1 at the Abbey ... Debbie Does Dallas, Nov. 3-18 at Parliament House ... Orphans, Nov. 3-26 at Theatre on the Edge ... Two Can Play That Game, Nov. 5 at Bob Carr.

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