Win­ter Park Play­house de­lays its sea­son

Orlando Sentinel - - Obituaries - By Matthew J. Palm @van bur­glary

Win­ter Park Play­house has can­celed sum­mer pro­gram­ming, in­clud­ing its an­nual Fes­ti­val of New Mu­si­cals, and pushed back the start of its sea­son un­til Oct. 1. In ad­di­tion, sum­mer cabarets have been post­poned, and the 2020-21 sea­son’s lineup has been reshuf­fled — with a new ti­tle join­ing the mix.

In re­vamp­ing its sched­ule of plays, the the­ater fol­lows the lead of Orlando Shakes, which a few weeks ago an­nounced a sim­i­lar time­line for its up­com­ing sea­son. The­aters across the coun­try are grap­pling with how and when to safely open in light of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. On Tues­day, Broad­way the­aters an­nounced they would stay shut at least un­til Sept. 7.

The most im­me­di­ate ef­fect of Win­ter Park Play­house’s changes is the can­cel­la­tion of “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a mu­si­cal the the­ater had pre­vi­ously post­poned but was still hop­ing to pro­duce dur­ing the sum­mer. The show will be resched­uled for the 2021-22 sea­son, the the­ater said in its an­nounce­ment.

This sum­mer’s Fes­ti­val of New Mu­si­cals would have been the fourth. The ex­hi­bi­tion of works still in devel­op­ment has steadily in­creased in at­ten­dance since its es­tab­lish­ment, last year draw­ing more than 1,200 the­ater­go­ers dur­ing its four days. It also has caught the eye of New York pro­duc­ers; six at­tended the fes­ti­val last year scout­ing the new works.

The six works that were to be show­cased this sum­mer will in­stead be seen when the Fes­ti­val of New Mu­si­cals re­turns June 22-27, 2021, ac­cord­ing to the Play­house an­nounce­ment.

The 2020-21 sea­son at the Play­house, which spe­cial­izes in mu­si­cals, will now be­gin Oct. 1 with “The Book of Mer­man.” The of­fBroad­way show, mak­ing its re­gional pre­miere, imag­ines a meet­ing be­tween brassy lead­ing lady Ethel Mer­man and two Mor­mon mis­sion­ar­ies.

“A Grand Night for Singing,” which was to have opened the sea­son at the end of July, will in­stead be pre­sented Jan. 22-Feb. 20. The salute to com­pos­ing team Rodgers & Ham­mer­stein re­places “Five Guys Named Moe,” which has been dropped from the sched­ule.

A new ad­di­tion, though, found at the end of the sea­son.

“Crazy For Gersh­win” pays

is trib­ute to famed song­writ­ing brothers Ge­orge and Ira Gersh­win through high-en­ergy singing and tap dance. It will run July 30-Aug. 22-2021.

The sea­son’s other of­fer­ings re­main as pre­vi­ously an­nounced: They in­clude “Christ­mas My Way: A Si­na­tra Hol­i­day Bash,” hol­i­day fun in the style of Frank Si­na­tra; “Re­spect: A Mu­si­cal Jour­ney of Women,” fea­tur­ing decades of fe­male-fronted pop hits; and “Five Course Love,” a mu­si­cal com­edy about love that takes place in dif­fer­ent restau­rants.

Chrono­log­i­cally, the re­vised lineup of shows is as fol­lows.


Nov. 12-Dec. 10

Jan. 22-Feb. 20, 2021

March 19-April



14-June 13, 2021

30-Aug. 22, 2021

For more in­for­ma­tion, go win­ter­park­play­





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