‘Dreamgirls’, ‘Beside Par’ – Orlando Sentinel

The Garden Theater’s 2022-23 season will focus on family, with popular hits “Next to Normal,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Something Rotten!” in the range.

Joseph C. Walsh, artistic director of the Winter Garden Theater, announced the season’s new lineup Saturday night during the opening of “Beauty and the Beast.”

The season will also include a musical version of the film “A Bronx Tale”, as well as a musical written for children, “Honk!”

“Stick Fly” is a family drama that deals with issues of race, class and privilege, while “Paper Thin” shows that a “perfect family” isn’t always what it seems.

Subscriptions to the 15th season of The Garden go on sale May 24. There are several options, including a three-show offer to choose from, a full seven-show subscription, or a 22-ticket “flex pack”.

Discounted packages are available for students and arts industry workers.

Tickets for individual shows will be available from July 6. For more information, visit gardentheatre.org.

Here is a chronological overview of the Garden Theatre’s 2022-23 season.

A TALE FROM THE BRONX: Aug 26-Sept. 18. Chazz Palminteri starred in the 1993 film version of his 1989 play about a boy torn between his father and the mob boss he wants to be. Robert DeNiro also starred and made his directorial debut with the film. In 2016, Palminteri adapted his solo show again, this time into a musical with tunes by Alan Menken (“Wicked”, “Beauty and the Beast”) and lyrics by Glenn Slater (“The Little Mermaid” from Broadway, “School of Rock.) This musical version will take the stage at the Garden as young Calogero, growing up in 1960s New York, learns who he can really call his family.

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AS THIN AS PAPER: October 7-23. In TK Lee’s comedy drama, the matriarch of a “perfect family” decides it’s time for a divorce. Sipping down a bottle of whiskey, Lucrezia does her best to explain her decision to her son, Charlie.

HORN!: 18 Nov-Dec 18. A funny duck named Ugly doesn’t fit in with his siblings in this kid-friendly musical from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Facing taunts from other barnyard creatures, he embarks on a musical adventure and learns that being different isn’t a bad thing at all.

FLY STICK: 20 Jan-Feb 5, 2023. Introductions are made in Lydia R. Diamond’s play about a wealthy black family reunion at Martha’s Vineyard. Brothers Kent and Flip each brought their loved ones home to meet their parents for the first time. The two newcomers to the clan – one white, one black – discuss race and privilege, while family tensions boil over as secrets are revealed.

NEXT TO NORMAL: From February 24 to March 12, 2023. This musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey compassionately explores how a mother’s struggle with bipolar disorder affects her family: the son who causes her condition, the daughter who struggles to be perfect and the father who tries to keep his convent together.

SOMETHING ROTTEN! : From April 21 to May 21, 2023. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom weave their way through Renaissance England as playwrights in this irreverent comedy that’s a wacky yet heartfelt love letter to the theatre. When a diviner predicts that musicals will be the next big thing, the brothers try to write the world’s first – pressured by a certain William Shakespeare. John O’Farrell, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick created the show.

DREAM GIRLS: July 7-August. 6, 2023. Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger wrote this musical about Effie, Lorrell and Deena, a talented black girl band from the 1960s (loosely inspired by The Supremes). But the three friends experience a rollercoaster ride in the cutthroat world of show business that puts their relationship to the test. Hope, ambition and betrayal take center stage in this tale set to an R&B and pop beat, including the anthem “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”.

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Corina C. Butler