Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

The Future Musicals Survey results are in!

Dear Friends,

Last month we sent a Future Musicals Survey to everyone on our e-mail list—and the response was tremendous! 1,593 of you told us which musicals you’d like to see on Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s stage in the next five seasons. Here are your top fifteen most popular responses:

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The Romeo & Juliet-inspired West Side Story ranked the highest, which makes sense for a Shakespeare Theater. Additional favorites included Fiddler on the Roof, Spamalot, Chicago, Cabaret, and My Fair Lady.


Photo by Tony Firriolo

The survey also allowed write in responses, a number of which said “Just bring back Les Miz!”, “Anything with Davis Gaines!”, and “Focus on Shakespeare.” To answer all three: We hope to get the chance to bring back Les Miserables (but it will be a few years), we love Davis, and (never fear, Bard fans!) we promise at least two Shakespeare productions in our Signature Series every season.

Top write-in votes for future musicals included La Cage aux Folles, Cats, A Chorus Line, The Drowsy Chaperone, Jersey Boys, Show Boat, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rent, Light in the Piazza, 1776, and many others. But South Pacific was the clear favorite with 26 write-ins.

As always, our season selection depends on the availability of producing rights, among many other factors. We’re not announcing any future musicals yet—but you can look forward to another familiar Broadway title in our 27th Season! Stay tuned for more news and thanks again for taking the survey.

– Jim Helsinger, Artistic Director


One response

  1. Lyn Beelsman

    My two cents….I still think Chicago would be a BIG hit …especially done in Orlando Shakes style…better than broadway, just like Les Mis 🙂

    November 29, 2014 at 12:19 am

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