WINTER GARDEN, Florida. – The Garden Theater draws the curtain on another season of shows.
For the Orange County Theater’s 2022-23 season, it explores the theme of family and all the sentimentality, drama and dissonance that comes with it.
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The season, which covers all eras from Shakespeare to the 60s to the 21st century, officially begins on August 26 with an “A Bronx Tale”, followed by “Paper Thin”, “Honk!” “, “Stick Fly”, “Next to Normal”, “Something rotten!” and “Dreamgirls”.
Read more about each play and musical premiering this season below:
“A Bronx Story”
From August 26 to September 18
Based on the critically acclaimed film and play, this musical takes audiences to the front porches of the Bronx in 1960s New York, where a young man named Calogero is torn between his father and his aspirations as a chef. the mafia, questioning who he can really call family.
“As thin as paper”
From October 7 to 23
Lucrezia asks for the favor her husband Gerald promised on their wedding night years ago: divorce. Now she’s drinking and thinking about how best to explain it to their son because on this show the only way to keep the family together is to tear them apart.
Nov. 18 to Dec. 18
Ugly the odd duck looks different from his other siblings and barnyard animals won’t let him forget that. So he embarks on a musical adventure, meets others and learns to love himself.
From Jan. 20 to Feb. 5
A wealthy African-American family—the LeVays—get together at their Martha Vineyard home for a weekend when the family meets the brothers’ respective partners, a self-proclaimed WASP and a middle-class black academic. The encounter around which the play revolves brings dormant family tensions and secrets to the surface as they discuss issues of race and class in this play.
“Next to Normal”
From February 24 to March 12
The Goodmans look like an average American family on the outside – two hard-working parents, two sassy teenagers. But they are all navigating a minefield of mental health issues. The show takes the audience on a journey inside the minds and hearts of each family member.
“Something rotten! »
From April 21 to May 21
In this musical, two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, write their way through the Renaissance, trying to live up to the name and fame of William Shakespeare himself. Nick visits a fortune teller who predicts musicals are the next best thing in theater and so the duo set out to write the world’s first, battling social norms, family struggles and ‘The Bard’ in the process.
From July 7 to August 6
The Dreams—Effie, Lorrell and Deena—are three talented young African-American singers from the 1960s as the struggle for civil rights continues. Together, these friends discover show business and all the ambition, betrayal and hope that come with it. Set to a soundtrack of gospel, R&B, pop, disco and more, this smash hit includes popular songs like “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, “Family” and “I Am Changing “.
Tickets for all shows go on sale July 6, with prices starting at $25 and discounts available for groups, youth, seniors and military. Subscriptions are on sale and can be purchased on the Garden Theater website. For more information on the season’s schedule, click here.
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