The 2014 opening of the $514 million Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts allowed Orlando’s theater and entertainment offerings to make a large leap forward. Scheduled productions at the Dr. Phillips Center vary considerably.
They include traveling Broadway shows (“Wicked”), dance performances (primarily local productions), internationally-known comedic performers (John Cleese), celebrity chef cooking shows (Emeril Lagasse), symphonies (“Legend of Zelda”), musicals (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) and more.
Just about any kind of production is possible due to the center’s three separate theaters: the 2,700-seat acoustic Walt Disney Theater for the largest events, the 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater for smaller shows and a 1,700-seat acoustic hall for ballet, opera and orchestral presentations (this theater is not scheduled for completion until 2018). When the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is completed, it will cover 2 city blocks.
On performance nights, bar service opens 90 minutes prior to curtain time and also is available an hour after the show ends. The bar menu includes appetizers, wraps and snacks.
Dr. Phillips is the home base for the Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The center also sponsors a jazz series. n summer, it holds numerous workshops in
theater, voice and dance.
Parking is available at the City Commons Parking Garage, 460 Boone Ave, Orlando, FL 32801. Valet parking also is offered.