The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts provides a stage to an international community of artists with its lively concerts, popular musicals, and other engaging events.
If you want to get in the holiday spirit, celebrate Black music, or take in a Tony-winning musical, the Dr. Phillips Center has something for you in December 2022.
The Orlando Ballet will twirl into the Dr. Phillips Center on select days from December 2-18, 2022, for its annual production of The Nutcracker.
This ballet classic, set to the music of Tchaikovsky, tells the story of a young girl named Clara. She awakes in the middle of Christmas Eve to find that her toy nutcracker has come to life. Together, they battle the menacing Mouse King and explore the Land of Sweets with the Sugarplum Fairy.
Tickets to see The Nutcracker in Steinmetz Hall start at $29.
Matinee and evening shows are available.
Guests who upgrade to VIP seating will get the chance to observe an Orlando Ballet dance class. There will also be a family- and sensory-friendly version of the show each Saturday at 11 a.m. These hour-long shows are perfect for guests who are uncomfortable with loud noises, long shows, or intense lights.
Orlando goes Greek from December 13-18, 2022, when Hadestown comes to the Walt Disney Theater.
The musical is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, a poet who ventures into the underworld to rescue his wife, Eurydice, and bring her back to Earth. As he looks for her, he must avoid Hades and his eerie entourage.
Like Orpheus’s journey through the underworld, Hadestown’s path to Broadway was long.
Vermont singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell started writing the play in 2006.
It was performed in a few local theaters but didn’t gain much traction outside of New England. Mitchell decided to turn Hadestown into a concept album. The LP, which came out in 2010, featured big names in folk music like Ani DiFranco and Justin Vernon from Bon Iver. The album was met with critical acclaim and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Americana chart.
After Hadestown found its footing in the folk scene, the theater again called to Mitchell.
This time, her play made it to Broadway and won eight Tonys, including Best Musical.
Tickets for Hadestown at the Dr. Phillips Center will go on sale soon. Showtimes vary, with evening and matinee shows available.
Soweto Gospel Choir
On Saturday, December 17, 2022, the world-renowned Soweto Gospel Choir will perform two inspiring concerts at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theatre.
The shows are part of the Dr. Phillips Center’s Freedom Series, which showcases and celebrates Black culture in the U.S. and worldwide. The South African group will sing songs inspired by their country’s civil rights movement. They’ll also perform numbers by African American icons like Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin.
Choir directors David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer formed the group in 2002 in Soweto, a town near Johannesburg.
In 2005, they released their first two albums, Voices from Heaven and Blessed.
Fans loved the group’s blend of gospel, pop, and reggae sounds. Blessed earned the Soweto Gospel Choir their first Grammy for Best Traditional World Music Album. They’ve since won two other Grammy Awards. Soweto Gospel Choir also provided vocals for Peter Gabriel’s Grammy-winning song “Down to Earth” from the WALL·E soundtrack.
Tickets for the “HOPE: It’s Been a Long Time Coming” tour start at $45.
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
On December 24, 1914, homesick soldiers from both sides of the Great War put down their arms and came together for a music-filled Christmas celebration.
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 tells the story of the one-night ceasefire through a script based on real soldiers’ letters and journals. The play features traditional trench songs and Christmas carols from the soldiers’ homelands. You’ll hear festive tunes such as the English “Angels We Have Heard on High” and the German “O Tannenbaum.”
The show comes to the Dr. Phillips Center’s Steinmetz Hall on December 23, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. and December 24, 2022, at 2 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale soon.
Jim Brickman: A Very Merry Christmas
Grammy-nominated pianist Jim Brickman will play a jolly mix of traditional and original Christmas songs at the Dr. Phillips Center on December 27, 2022, at 7 p.m.
Brickman grew up in Ohio and studied music composition and business in college. In 1980, he used this unique combination of skills to start a radio jingle company. He spent the next 15 years in advertising before releasing his first album, No Words. While much of his music is instrumental, Brickman has also worked with vocalists like Martina McBride, Collin Raye, Wayne Brady, and Lady A.
The artist has released over 50 albums, 21 of which have reached No. 1 on the Billboard New Age chart.
Tickets for “A Very Merry Christmas” start at $47.62.
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