In every city, there is an epicenter. For downtown Orlando, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is that epicenter. With several large theaters and art spaces, the center provides a large space for all art-lovers to gather within. At the Dr. Phillips Center, they offer hundreds of different shows a year, including opera, comedy, dance, music, Broadway, and more. These shows occur all year and the diversity shows the commitment the center has for all art forms. The following is a preview of their upcoming October 2019 musical, Les Miserables.
The center was first opened in 1927 as the Orlando Municipal Auditorium. However, it was redesigned in 2008. The performing arts center now has a 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater and a smaller 300-seat Pugh Theater. A third theater, the 1700-seat Steinmetz Hall, is currently under construction and expected to be completed by 2020. The cost for all these renovations is around $514 million dollars. Two-thirds of these funds come from the public, primarily the Orange County tourist development tax. The remaining third comes from private donations, with a large portion coming from the theatre's namesake, Dr. Philip. The groundbreaking took place in 2011 and the center was finally re-opened in 2014. Below is a video tour of the updated facilities.
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has been praised by several magazines as a must-see venue. It has welcomed talent from both local and international scenes and has become a space where all are welcome. With an elegant design and supportive vision, you will definitely want to experience what the center has to offer first-hand.
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