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The top Orlando theater seasons for 2017-2018

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Athens Theatre

athensdeland.com

Sept. 29-Oct. 22

Little Shop of Horrors

Musical spoof of 1950s science fiction.

($23-$28)

Nov. 30-Dec. 17

A Christmas Story

Musical adaptation of the classic holiday film.

($23-$28)

Jan. 19-Feb. 4, 2018

Disney's Aladdin Jr.

Family-friendly truncated adaptation of the Disney film.

($23-$28)

Feb. 23-March 18, 2018

Arsenic & Old Lace

America's favorite gothic farce.

($19-$24)

April 20-May 13, 2018

Carousel

Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about love's resilience.

($23-$28)

Bay Street Players at the Historic State Theater

baystreetplayers.org

Through Oct. 1

The Dixie Swim Club

Five Southern women reunite during the summer. ($18-$21)

Oct. 19-22

Guys and Dolls Jr.

Family-friendly truncated version of the classic Broadway musical. ($12)

Oct. 27-29

Avenue Q

Adult musical featuring foul-mouthed puppets. ($21)

Nov. 17-Dec. 3

9 to 5: The Musical

Musical adaptation of the 1980 film. ($11-$21)

Dec. 28-31

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Holiday farce set in a trailer park in north Florida. ($21)

Jan. 19-Feb. 4, 2018

On Golden Pond

Domestic drama about a family visiting a lakehouse for the summer. ($11-$21)

March 16-April 1, 2018

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Stephen Sondheim's musical about a murderous barber. (contact for price)

April 6-15, 2018

Bonnie & Clyde

Depression-era couple become notorious bank robbers. ($21)

May 4-20, 2018

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Tale of a city slicker who finds himself beset by a violent outlaw in the Old West.

(contact for price)

May 12-19, 2018

Respect! A Musical Journey of Women

Jukebox musical. ($21)

June 29-July 15, 2018

Monty Python's Spamalot

Wacky musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (contact for price)

Central Florida Community Arts

cfcarts.com

Through Oct. 8

Of Mice and Men

Stage adaptation of the Steinbeck novel about two Depression-era migrant workers. ($15-$25)

Oct. 20-Nov. 5

Sylvia

Comedy about a man who buys a dog in the midst of a mid-life crisis. ($15-$25)

Dec. 7-16

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings

Christmas musical about a barbershop quartet. ($15-$25)

Jan. 19-Feb. 4, 2018

Rumors

Four couples try to solve a murder in this farce. ($15-$25)

Feb. 23-March 11, 2018

Steel Magnolias

Classic tearjerker about a tightly knit group of Southern women dealing with loss. ($15-$25)

April 6-22, 2018

Company

Sondheim musical about a man contemplating his romantic life. ($15-$25)

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

drphillipscenter.org

Oct. 12-22

Hand to God

Troubled young man working at a Christian puppet ministry is surprised to discover one of the puppets has a life of its own. ($31.67-$45.52)

Oct. 17-22

On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Musical

Broadway musical featuring songs by the Miami Sound Machine. ($54.25-$149.25)

Nov. 2

Menopause the Musical

Four women at a lingerie sale bond over shared changes. ($39.25-$69.25)

Nov. 5

Two Can Play That Game

Stage adaptation of the '90s movie, starring Vivica A. Fox. ($63.75-$103.75)

Nov. 21-26

Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns

Sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

($34.25-$154.25)

Dec. 12-17

The Book of Mormon

Hit musical comedy about two Mormon missionaries in Africa.

(contact for price)

Dec. 26-31

School of Rock

Musical stage adaptation of the Richard Linklater film.

(Tickets on sale Friday, Oct. 6)

Jan. 26 & 28, 2018

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire

Musical parody that covers six seasons of the hit HBO show.

($39.50-$49.50)

Feb. 14-March 11, 2018

The Lion King

Broadway adaptation of the Disney classic.

(Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 8)

March 20-25, 2018

Waitress

Musical adaptation of the 2007 film with music by Sara Bareilles.

(Tickets on sale Friday, Nov. 17)

April 24-29, 2018

Something Rotten!

Musical comedy about two Elizabethan playwrights who keep getting upstaged by William Shakespeare.

(Tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 9, 2018)

June 5-10, 2018

Rent

The 20th anniversary tour of the game-changing musical.

(Tickets on sale Friday, March 9, 2018)

Garden Theatre

gardentheatre.org

Through Oct. 1

Jesus Christ Superstar

Rock musical adaptation of the life of Jesus Christ.

($26-$30)

Oct. 13-29

The Odd Couple

Male and female versions performed in repertoire.

($25-$29)

Nov. 25-Dec. 23

Annie

Family musical about the plucky orphan.

($30-$34)

Feb. 2-25, 2018

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

A dangerous Irish terrorist seeks revenge when his cat is murdered.

($25-$29)

March 16-31, 2018

A Tennessee Walk

A journalist uncovers terrible secrets while investigating the death of a circus elephant years earlier.

($25-$29)

April 27-May 27

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel.

($30-$34)

Mad Cow Theatre

madcowtheatre.com

Through Oct. 22

Big River

Musical adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

($23-$47)

Sept. 27-Oct. 1

Teatro Espanol: Prohibido Suicidarse en Primavera

Spanish-language play.

($20)

Oct. 27-Nov. 19

Grounded

A female fighter pilot transitions into the world of drone warfare.

($30-$40)

Nov. 17-Dec. 17

Born Yesterday

Screwball comedy set in the 1940s.

($16-$40)

Jan. 19-Feb. 18, 2018

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

A mid-life crisis comedy set in Manhattan.

$16-$40)

Feb. 14-March 18, 2018

Silent Sky

Three brilliant women fight for access to a powerful telescope.

($30-$40)

March 23-April 22, 2018

A View From the Bridge

An American tragedy by Arthur Miller.

($16-$40)

June 15-July 8, 2018

Bad Jews

Dark comedy that debates the contemporary role of religion.

($30-$40)

Aug. 3-26, 2018

The Little Foxes

Classic play about a quirky Southern family.

($16-$40)

Aug. 10-Sept. 2, 2018

Buyer & Cellar

One-person play about someone with a great story to tell about Barbra Streisand.

($30-$40)

Orlando Repertory Theatre

orlandorep.com

Through Oct. 22

Disney's Newsies

Popular stage adaptation of the Disney musical. ($15-$25)

Oct. 23-Nov. 19

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Family-friendly musical based on civil rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine. ($15-$25)

Nov. 13-Dec. 30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Musical adaptation of the classic holiday tale.

($15-$25)

Jan. 29-Feb. 25, 2018

Flora & Ulysses

Tale about a comic-obsessed young girl and her super-powered squirrel.

($15-$25)

Feb. 26-April 8, 2018

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

Stage adaptation of the blockbuster Dreamworks film.

($15-$25)

April 9-May 13, 2018

Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt

A swashbuckling adventure for all ages.

($15-$25)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater

orlandoshakes.org

Through Oct. 8

Man of La Mancha

Musical about Don Quixote.

($35-$65)

Oct. 11-Nov. 19

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate a murder.

($25-$50)

Oct. 13-Nov. 4

Phantasmagoria VIII: The Chains of Fire

The gothic steampunk circus troupe performs tales of darkness and terror.

($25-$40)

Oct. 27-29, Nov. 3-5

Playfest

Annual festival of new plays.

(contact for price )

Oct. 30

Young FRINGEnstein

Orlando Fringe brings five different troupes together to tell one tale.

($20)

Nov. 29-Dec. 30

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

The holiday classic performed as an old-time radio drama.

($25-$50)

Jan. 3-Feb. 4, 2018

Native Gardens

A disagreement over a fence turns friendly neighbors into heated enemies.

($25-$50)

Feb. 21-March 23, 2018

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy about a pair of shipwrecked twins.

($25-$50)

Feb. 7-March 25, 2018

Shakespeare in Love

Comedy about a young Shakespeare dealing with writer's block. ($25-$50)

March 28-April 29, 2018

The Luckiest People

An abrasive father moves in with his adult son. ($25-$50)

Parliament House Footlight Theatre

phouse.ticketleap.com

Through Sept. 30

GRINDR: The Opera

The most notorious gay hook-up app gets its own musical.

($20)

Oct. 13-Oct. 28

Jeffrey

Romantic comedy about a gay man who chooses celibacy just before meeting the man of his dreams.

($20)

Nov. 3-18

Debbie Does Dallas

Musical adaptation of the campy porn classic.

($20)

Dec. 1-30

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

A tongue-in-cheek theatrical adaptation of the story of Creation.

($20)

Jan. 13-27, 2018

Tales From the Dressing Room

Ms. Darcel Stevens, First Lady of the Parliament House, dishes about life backstage.

($15)

Feb. 9-24, 2018

Convenience

A sung-through musical about a mother and her estranged son, each with a secret to tell.

($20)

March 9-24, 2018

Fucking Men

Tale that follows 10 men and their interactions with each other.

($20)

April 6-21, 2018

Mothers and Sons

A bereft mother visits her deceased son's former partner.

($20)

April 27-May 12, 2018

7 Campy Sins

Comedy about a porn company forced to put on a Shakespeare production.

($20)

Rollins College

rollins.edu

Sept. 29-Oct. 7

The Cradle Will Rock

Musical allegory about political correction and corporate greed.

(contact for price)

Nov. 17-Dec. 2

Sense and Sensibility

Adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.

(contact for price)

Feb. 16-24, 2018

The Women of Lockerbie

Story about a community's response to tragedy. (contact for price)

April 20-28, 2018

9 to 5: The Musical

Musical adaptation of the hit 1980 film.

(contact for price)

Theater on the Edge

theaterontheedge.org

Nov. 3-26

Orphans

Two brothers find an unlikely father figure when one kidnaps a wealthy businessman.

(Tickets on sale soon)

Theatre UCF

theatre.cah.ucf.edu

Oct. 12-22

Of Thee I Sing

Gershwin musical that was the first to win the Pulitzer Prize.

($20)

Nov. 9-19

An Octoroon

Winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New Play.

($20)

Jan. 25-Feb. 4, 2018

Pentecost

Story of the discovery of a significant mural in a small church.

($20)

Feb. 22-March 4, 2018

The Day Before Yesterday

Based on the terrorist attack at the Bataclan in Paris.

($20)

March 22-31, 2018

Bernarda Alba

Musical based on Federico García Lorca's play The House of Bernarda Alba.

($20)

Valencia College

valenciacollege.edu

Oct. 20-29

Evita

Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about Argentina's controversial Eva Perón.

($15)

Nov. 9-13

Red, Black and Ignorant

Examines the imagined life of the last child born before the end of the world.

($12)

Feb. 16-25, 2018

The Miracle Worker

The story of Anne Sullivan's pioneering work with the blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller.

($12)

April 6-15, 2018

Transition: An Original Docudrama

An original play based on interviews with people undergoing gender transition.

($12)

April 20-21, 2018

Student Directed One-Act Festival

Held at Orlando Shakespeare Center.

(free)

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