The Garden Theatre, a Central Florida landmark, got its start in 1935 bringing those new fangled talkie films to Central Florida. After it closed in 1963, and spent some time as a farm supply store, the theater was restored and reopened in Feb. 2008 to bring live theater to the area.
Three years before the Garden Theatre was originally built, Broadway legend Joel Grey was born. Now after more than 80 years the theater and the legend came together to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Garden Theatre’s restoration.
After being wined and dined with champagne and an array of hors d’oeuvres that included grilled shrimp attached to plastic droppers filled with margaritas (thank you Puff ‘n Stuff catering!), and an opening act that featured performers belting out songs from past Garden Theatre hits like Annie, Bonnie & Clyde and La Cage aux Folles, the headliner hit the stage.
Mr. Grey came out and charmed the audience with stories of Hollywood and Broadway, and then got up and performed songs from a couple of his biggest Broadway hits—Chicago and Cabaret.
Even as he’s approaching 86 years old, Broadway’s legendary Emcee hasn’t lost that wit and charm that earned him not only the Tony Award but also the Oscar, and he put on one hell of a show.
Danke mein Herr.