Get the best arts, music and entertainment value at Amway Center, where there's always an event going on to suit your taste. Sports? Check. Musical performances? Definitely. Family shows? Covered. From the Orlando Magic, to Elton John, to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, your entertainment buck stops here.
Amway Center is a multi-purpose arena and home to the NBA's Orlando Magic, Arena Football's Orlando Predators and MISL Soccer's Orlando Sharks.
The arena's seating accommodates up to 17,000 spectators for basketball games, but can also be rearranged to seat a few thousand concert-goers in a more intimate setting.
The Amway Center opened in 1989 with a performance by Bill Cosby. It has hosted a myriad of talented performers like Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Billy Joel, Cher, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and a host of other legendary performers.
Family-friendly events are also a big hit here, with shows like Disney on Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's, Mannheim Steamroller and Blue Man Group returning to sold-out crowds.
Watch the masters of musical PVC pipes perform live on stage six nights a week. It's the Blue Man Group, who combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics into one entertaining and amazing show. They perform nightly at Universal Orlando.
Tour a replica of Bob Marley's Kingston, Jamaica home at "Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom." The Universal CityWalk celebration of Marley's music and culture includes artifacts, photos, and video clips in the open-air veranda and courtyard.
Step onto a sound stage and view props, costumes and sets from TV and film at the American Film Institute Showcase at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. Fun exhibits and attractions include "Villains: Movie Characters You Love to Hate."
Listen to up-and-coming musical talent at the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, considered to be one of the nation's premiere youth orchestras. The symphony stages a full season of pops, classics and special entertainment performances.
You never know what the actors will unleash during a production at the Mad Cow Theatre, an award-winning Orlando theater attraction known for its talented core of actors, directors and behind-the-scenes magic-makers. You'll enjoy both classic and contemporary plays on stage here, like "Speed The Plow," "The Laramie Project," "Sweeney Todd" and "The Fantasticks."
Mad Cow Theatre is a compelling organization on the Orlando arts scene. What began in 1997 as a two-show project has taken off into season-after-season of successful productions that showcase a cast of talented actors.
Because of its collaborative nature, the Mad Cow Theatre received the Golden Brick Award for outstanding contribution to downtown life. Mad Cow Theatre has also been named Best Theatre by Orlando Magazine for two years in a row.
The works presented by the Mad Cow Theatre appeal to all types of theatergoers. Here you'll find classic and contemporary plays from American and World Literature.
Past productions have included "The Cherry Orchard," "Speed The Plow," "The Laramie Project," "Sweeney Todd" and "The Fantasticks." The theater thrives on collaboration and creation, from crafting sets to holding in-depth rehearsals. The company has received numerous awards, including Arts Innovator of the Year by United Arts of Central Florida, several Umbrella Awards at The Orlando International Fringe Festival and Best Theatre Company from Orlando Magazine and The Orlando Weekly.
The play's the thing at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, a professional group that stages a full entertainment season each year. The roster of performances includes those penned by the Bard, with a liberal sprinkling of new scripts in the same vein as Shakespeare's stories.
The Orlando Shakespeare Theater started small, with two Shakespearean productions in 1989. Since then, it has grown into a driving artistic force in Orlando, bringing multiple productions each year that feature a cast of professional actors from across the country.
Based in Florida in Orlando's Loch Haven Park, Orlando Shakespeare Theater offers a subscription series of six productions, a theater for Young Audiences Series that consists of three productions, and a 10-day festival of new plays, called The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays.
The theater continues to grow, supported by a company of professional directors, designers and production and administrative staffs.
It's all funny business at SAK Comedy Lab, a 200-seat improv comedy entertainment venue. The troupe puts on an all-ages comedy show and even holds improv classes for those of you who dream of stealing the spotlight.
Catch a show at Orlando's Theatre Downtown, where you'll see cutting-edge productions and the classics redefined and reinvigorated for today's audiences. The theater was established in 1989 and quickly made its mark on the local theater scene, winning "Best Local Repertory Company" in Orlando Weekly.
Theatre Downtown of Orlando continues its excellent reputation, which was established in 1989 in downtown Orlando's Tropical Theatre.
Since their first production, David Mamet's "American Buffalo," the theater has created a reputation as a cultural resource for Central Florida.
The classics and the cutting edge are all represented here. The theater has produced "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Tempest," "Sylvia," and "Wonder of the World," just to name a few.
Of note, Theatre Downtown was voted "Best Local Repertory Company" in the Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando Promotion in 2001.