Broadway’s best are coming back
‘Hamilton’ and ‘Wicked’ will return to Dr. Phillips Center.
In a week where the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts received $19 million more from the tourist-development tax, fans of big musicals also had reason to celebrate: “Hamilton” and “Wicked,” two of theater’s biggest hits, will return to Orlando in the 2020-2021 season of touring Broadway shows.
Orange County commissioners approved the tax disbursement Tuesday evening. The decision had been expected since early December, when the county’s Tourist Development Council unanimously recommended the funding. Tuesday’s vote was also unanimous, though Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings made it clear that this was the county’s final contribution to building the structure.
“We will not come back for funding for the existing Dr. Phillips Center building,” arts-center president Kathy Ramsberger declared to the commissioners. The tourist tax, collected through a 6 percent charge on stays in county hotels and other accommodations, already has contributed $207.4 million to construction of the center — more than a third of the total price tag of $606 million.
Addressing the commissioners, Ramsberger also touched on the importance of Broadway tours to the downtown Orlando facility.
“We are one of the top touring Broadway markets in the United States,” Ramsberger said. “That’s a blessing and a curse because there’s
“Hamilton,” left, and “Wicked” were added to the Dr. Phillips Center’s 2020-21 season. Both of the hit musicals will stop in Orlando for longer stints than a typical show.