Garden Theatre Hires New Artistic Director

Joseph C. Walsh, who has worked extensively in the Northeast and Europe, has been named artistic director of the Garden Theatre.

Walsh, a Massachusetts native, follows Rob Winn Anderson, who announced his retirement this winter. Walsh will take the reins in mid-June after moving to Central Florida.


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Chita Rivera Performs at Garden Theatre: Orlando Sentinel

Interviewer Richard Ridge looks at performer Chita Rivera and says, “So I want to go back to the beginning.”

“Oh!” she gasps. “That is a long way.”

Rivera, the Tony-winning octogenarian with a theater resume a mile long, was guest of honor Saturday night at the Garden Theatre’s annual Encore gala. Ridge led a conversation with the star of such musicals as “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Chicago” — but it was just as much a concert as an interview.

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Two-Time Tony Award-Winner Chita Rivera at Garden Theatre

Two-Time Tony Award-Winner Chita Rivera to Perform at Garden Theatre on March 9, 2019

WINTER GARDEN, FL (December 4, 2018): Legendary Broadway icon and Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera will headline the Garden Theatre’s annual Encore celebration on March 9, 2019. Ms. Rivera will perform her signature songs and share behind-the-scenes stories from her illustrious career. Corporate sponsorship packages are available now for the Garden’s benefit gala. Individual tickets

($125 – $325) will be available starting Thursday, December 6 at 12:00 pm.

Garden Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Theatre Season


Gypsy, A Christmas Story and Billy Elliot: The Musical Will Bring Glamour, Nostalgia, and Laughs to Central Florida

Winter Garden, FL (January 23, 2018) – Garden Theatre (Nao Tsurumaki, Executive Director and Rob Winn Anderson, Artistic Director) announced today the seven productions to be offered as part of the Garden’s 2018-2019 theatrical season. The exciting season of extravagant stage adaptations, powerhouse musical productions, and regional premieres starts with the award-winning classic musical GYPSY opening August 24, 2018. New season subscriptions start at $84 and go on sale March 12, 2018 through the box office at 407-877-4736 ext. 0, and at Single tickets go on sale on May 1, 2018.

2017-2018 Season Expands with Xanadu

Roller-Disco and Greek Mythology Collide on Stage at the Garden Theatre

20172018 season offerings expand with a feelgood, frothy musical delight

XANADU Tickets on Sale: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

WINTER GARDEN, FL (January 15, 2018) The Garden Theatre announced today the addition of Xanadu to its 2017-2018 season. Xanadu joins the previously announced shows The Lieutenant of Inishmore, A Tennessee Walk, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Xanadu performances begin Friday, July 6, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. with a limited run through Sunday, July 29, 2018.

Ancient mythology collides with the 1980s as the Greek muse Kira descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California. Forbidden love, pop music, and leg warmers rule as Kira inspires struggling artist Sonny to achieve the greatest artistic creation of his life –the world’s first ROLLER-DISCO!

Garden Theatre Holiday Hours

In observance of the holidays, the Garden Theatre Box Office will be closed December 24 through January 1, with the exception of December 30. On December 30, the Box Office will be open from 12pm to 4pm.  Normal Box Office hours will resume on January 2.

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We wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Historic Garden Theatre Names Three New Executives

Non-profit arts organization fills roles of Artistic Director, Marketing Director
and Development Director to maximize efforts during its
monumental 10th anniv