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The top Orlando theater seasons for 2017-2018

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Athens Theatre


Sept. 29-Oct. 22

Little Shop of Horrors

Musical spoof of 1950s science fiction.


Nov. 30-Dec. 17

A Christmas Story

Musical adaptation of the classic holiday film.


Jan. 19-Feb. 4, 2018

Disney's Aladdin Jr.

Family-friendly truncated adaptation of the Disney film.


Feb. 23-March 18, 2018

Arsenic & Old Lace

America's favorite gothic farce.


April 20-May 13, 2018


Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about love's resilience.


Bay Street Players at the Historic State Theater


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


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


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


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


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

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts


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.


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.


Feb. 14-March 11, 2018

The Lion King

Broadway adaptation of the Disney classic.

(Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 8)

March 20-25, 2018


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


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

(Tickets on sale Friday, March 9, 2018)

Garden Theatre


Through Oct. 1

Jesus Christ Superstar

Rock musical adaptation of the life of Jesus Christ.


Oct. 13-29

The Odd Couple

Male and female versions performed in repertoire.


Nov. 25-Dec. 23


Family musical about the plucky orphan.


Feb. 2-25, 2018

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

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


March 16-31, 2018

A Tennessee Walk

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


April 27-May 27

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel.


Mad Cow Theatre


Through Oct. 22

Big River

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


Sept. 27-Oct. 1

Teatro Espanol: Prohibido Suicidarse en Primavera

Spanish-language play.


Oct. 27-Nov. 19


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


Nov. 17-Dec. 17

Born Yesterday

Screwball comedy set in the 1940s.


Jan. 19-Feb. 18, 2018

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

A mid-life crisis comedy set in Manhattan.


Feb. 14-March 18, 2018

Silent Sky

Three brilliant women fight for access to a powerful telescope.


March 23-April 22, 2018

A View From the Bridge

An American tragedy by Arthur Miller.


June 15-July 8, 2018

Bad Jews

Dark comedy that debates the contemporary role of religion.


Aug. 3-26, 2018

The Little Foxes

Classic play about a quirky Southern family.


Aug. 10-Sept. 2, 2018

Buyer & Cellar

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


Orlando Repertory Theatre


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.


Jan. 29-Feb. 25, 2018

Flora & Ulysses

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


Feb. 26-April 8, 2018

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

Stage adaptation of the blockbuster Dreamworks film.


April 9-May 13, 2018

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

A swashbuckling adventure for all ages.


Orlando Shakespeare Theater


Through Oct. 8

Man of La Mancha

Musical about Don Quixote.


Oct. 11-Nov. 19

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate a murder.


Oct. 13-Nov. 4

Phantasmagoria VIII: The Chains of Fire

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


Oct. 27-29, Nov. 3-5


Annual festival of new plays.

(contact for price )

Oct. 30

Young FRINGEnstein

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


Nov. 29-Dec. 30

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

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


Jan. 3-Feb. 4, 2018

Native Gardens

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


Feb. 21-March 23, 2018

Twelfth Night

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


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


Through Sept. 30

GRINDR: The Opera

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


Oct. 13-Oct. 28


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


Nov. 3-18

Debbie Does Dallas

Musical adaptation of the campy porn classic.


Dec. 1-30

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

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


Jan. 13-27, 2018

Tales From the Dressing Room

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


Feb. 9-24, 2018


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


March 9-24, 2018

Fucking Men

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


April 6-21, 2018

Mothers and Sons

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


April 27-May 12, 2018

7 Campy Sins

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


Rollins College


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


Nov. 3-26


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

(Tickets on sale soon)

Theatre UCF


Oct. 12-22

Of Thee I Sing

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


Nov. 9-19

An Octoroon

Winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New Play.


Jan. 25-Feb. 4, 2018


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


Feb. 22-March 4, 2018

The Day Before Yesterday

Based on the terrorist attack at the Bataclan in Paris.


March 22-31, 2018

Bernarda Alba

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


Valencia College


Oct. 20-29


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


Nov. 9-13

Red, Black and Ignorant

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


Feb. 16-25, 2018

The Miracle Worker

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


April 6-15, 2018

Transition: An Original Docudrama

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


April 20-21, 2018

Student Directed One-Act Festival

Held at Orlando Shakespeare Center.