HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

C2G: Ready or not, here Fringe comes! 

A wrap-up of last week’s Fab Fringe Fundraiser plus upcoming shows opening soon

Ready or not, here Fringe comes! The 23rd Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is barely two months away, and pre-fest festivities accelerated March 3 with the Fab Fringe Fundraiser. For the first time the event felt fully at home in the roomy Hard Rock Live, thanks to exceptional emceeing by singer Michael Andrew and his Swingerhead orchestra. Andrew starred in a 2004 musical Nutty Professor adaptation at Fringe, which led to a 2012 production directed by Jerry Lewis himself. The show was Broadway-bound until composer Marvin Hamlisch’s passing left it in limbo, but Andrew hasn’t abandoned Orlando since becoming nationally known.

Andrew played the entertainingly self-effacing host with panache, and kept the pace popping through a nearly three-hour presentation. He graciously shared the stage with a parade of fellow Fringe success stories, both in person (cast members of Fringe hit Disenchanted joined him in a hysterical medley of “Defying Gravity” and “Let It Go” honoring “Adele Dazeem”) and virtually (Chase Padgett and Andy Matchett appeared via video). Other highlights included previews of upcoming Fringe musicals Sharknado, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Jekyll & Hyde: A Rap Musical, capped by an all-star finale featuring Fringe faves Tod Kimbro, Blue and the Downtowners.

Fringe producer Michael Marinaccio and general manager George Wallace made three exciting announcements during the evening. First, T.J. Dawe and The Screw You Revue are both returning to town after May for upcoming editions of the monthly Fringe Year Round series. Second, a $99 discount pack of 10 Fringe tickets will be offered this year. Finally, Foodies at the Fringe weekends brings affordable small plates from upscale eateries to Loch Haven’s lawn. Sounds like a smart way to separate me from even more of my money this May.

NOW PLAYING
Hay Fever, through March 15 (Theatre Downtown) … Pluto, through March 23 (Orlando Shakes).

UPCOMING
33 Variations, opens March 14 (Garden Theatre) … Janine With a J, March 18-19 (Winter Park Playhouse) … Julius Caesar, opens March 19 (Orlando Shakes) … Evita, opens March 25 (Bob Carr) … Wanzie’s Big Fat Variety Show, March 29 (Parliament House).

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation