Two very different Orlando arts venues both observe their one-year anniversaries in the coming days. Downtown's Dr. Phillips Center celebrates its first birthday by welcoming the 2015-2016 Fairwinds Broadway Series, which kicks off Nov. 10-15 with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, followed by Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Dec. 8-13. Other recently announced shows include comic Eddie Izzard in Force Majeure, Dec. 2, and Gen Y's January 2016 staging of Spring at the Willowbrook Inn, starring diver-turned-actor Greg Louganis.
At the opposite end of town, the Artegon Marketplace has struggled in the 12 months since it supplanted I-Drive's Festival Bay mall, with vendor occupancy hitting a low of 60 percent earlier this year. Instead of abandoning ship on the artisan idea, owners Lightstone sent chief creative officer David Miskin down from NYC to transform the market in barely 90 days. Industrial metal cages selling flea-market wares are out; individually themed artist studios/shops are in, along with the Co-op Pop-up Shop, a gallery featuring local artists SKIP, Tobar and Boy Kong. Occupancy is already up to 90 percent, and the upgraded movie theater and new trampoline park will be joined next spring by NYZ Apocalypse zombie laser tag; the Eat Street food hall expansion arrives late 2016. A week of free anniversary-slash-relaunch events starts Monday, Nov. 16, with a wine stroll, and concludes Nov. 21 with a concert featuring Aaron Carter, Rob Base, BYE and Joey Fatone.
PRT Premiere Series, through Nov. 12 at Orlando Shakes ... Bakersfield Mist, through Nov. 15 at Orlando Shakes ... Play de Luna: Control Freaks, through Nov. 21 at Art's Sake Studios ... Bathhouse: The Musical, through Nov. 22 at Parliament House ... My Name Is Asher Lev, through Dec. 6 at Mad Cow ... Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, through Dec. 29 at Orlando Rep.
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings, Nov. 12-Dec. 19 at Winter Park Playhouse ... Beatnik Cubed, Nov. 13 at the Venue ... Menopause the Musical, Nov. 13-15 at Clermont Performing Arts Center ... The Quest: Choose Your Adventure! A Musical, Nov. 14-22 at the Venue ... The Last B-Boy, Nov. 16 at the Venue ... Fringe Year Round Presents Chase Padgett, Nov. 18-19 at the Abbey ... The Secret Garden, Nov. 20-Dec. 20 at Mad Cow ... A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, Nov. 20-23 at Orlando Shakes ... Tom Waits for No Man, Nov. 22 at Timucua White House.
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