‘Aladdin,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ more coming to Dr. Phillips Center

By : Amanda Espinosa
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ORLANDO| The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced their upcoming FAIRWINDS Broadway series for the 2019/2020 season in a press release Feb. 15.

Audience members can discover a whole new world this season with the musical “Aladdin.”  The Disney original is making a comeback with fan favorite songs, as well as new music. The season will also feature the Tony award-winning “My Fair Lady” and “A Bronx Tale” starring Richard H. Blake, known for his role as Tommy Devito in the “Jersey Boys” musical.

Dr. Phillips’ full 2019/2020 season line-up will include “Escape to Margaritaville,” “The Play That Goes Wrong,” “Aladdin,” “Mean Girls,” “Miss Saigon,” “A Bronx Tale” and “My Fair Lady.” Kicking off the season will be Tony award-winning  “Les Miserables,” available as a season option. According to their website, “these eight wildly popular shows will bring the best of Broadway to Walt Disney Theater.” Detailed information can be found below.

“Les Miserables”

Oct. 22-27

Walt Disney Theater

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon “Les Miserables” returns. Cameron Mackintosh presents glorious new staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, and tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

“Les Miserables” is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year. The musical’s beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” will be returning to the stage. 

“Escape to Margaritaville”

Nov. 12-17

Walt Disney Theater

Jimmy Buffett’s classical hits return to the stage with the help from a hilarious and heartwarming musical. Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy Award nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivors Remorse,” “Shameless”), “Escape to Margaritaville” is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics.

The Broadway classics “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more, will be returning. Entertainment Weekly raves “it will knock your flip-flops off!”

“The Play That Goes Wrong”

Dec. 3-8

Walt Disney Theater

Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy “The Play That Goes Wrong” is what you get when you cross “Sherlock Holmes” with “Monty Python.” This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania. This night of chaos starts with The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), HuffPost says it’s “tons of fun for all ages.”


 Jan. 22- Feb. 9

Walt Disney Theater

A whole new world of theater opens up as “Aladdin” comes to Broadway once again. The hit Broadway musical of the Disney film is filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. The producer of “The Lion King” creates a thrilling new production of this hit musical. USA Today calls “Aladdin” “pure Genie-Us.”

Mean Girls”

Feb. 25- March 1

Walt Disney Theater

Tina Fey’s cult film comes to life once again, but this time with a little more song and dance. Naïve newbie Cady Heron steps foot in a high school where if you don’t wear pink on Wednesdays, then you can’t sit with the plastics led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. When Cady teams up for two outcasts who also want to end Regina’s reign things get messy, and she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

New York Magazine says, “’Mean Girls’ delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.”

Miss Saigon”

March 31- April 5

 Walt Disney Theater

The creators of “Les Miserables” brings us an unforgettable theatrical event hard to forget with this Broadway revival. Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, where a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.

Don’t miss out on the musical bringing back Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream.”

A Bronx Tale”

April 28- May 3

 Walt Disney Theater

 Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical—based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story. This hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. “A Bronx Tale” is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family, filled with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast.

The New York Times calls the musical “a critics’ pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

My Fair Lady”

 May 26-31

 Walt Disney Theater

 Tony award-winning “My Fair Lady” hits Broadway once again with the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” The New York Times calls Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was.”

Don’t miss “My Fair Lady” and its classical Broadway songs, “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

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