— Social, talk and alternative rock meet region’s

expanding entertainment palate —

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 4, 2018) — They don’t sing, dance or play musical instruments. And no one under 30 will recognize their names. But between them, Dan and Phil have more than 10 million YouTube subscribers and their upcoming world tour (yes, we said world tour) is selling out performance halls on four continents.

The British duo known for its quirky video blogs is one of several upcoming acts at the Dr. Phillips Center that feature celebrities who’ve risen to fame exclusively through social media.

In addition to Dan and Phil, the arts center will host astrophysicist, author and pop-culture phenom Neil deGrasse Tyson in January. DeGrasse Tyson, whose playful personality makes physics relatable, achieved mainstream awareness with his radio show and podcast “StarTalk.”

Also coming to the arts center are Cat & Nat, a pair of Canadian moms whose hysterical take on marriage and #momtruths has made them social media superstars; and My Brother My Brother and Me, featuring three brothers from West Virginia who host a weekly advice podcast that averages 300,000 downloads per episode.

“It’s a phenomenon; there’s no other way to describe it,” said Dr. Phillips Center’s Vice President of Programming Foster Cronin. “Social media has changed the very definition of ‘entertainment.’”

Cronin, whose team will book more than 400 shows from July 2018 to June 2019, admits securing these types of acts is different than booking more conventionally popular performers like country star Vince Gill, who will play the Dr. Phillips Center in November.

“You’re taking a leap of faith that people who follow these ‘stars’ on social media will buy a ticket and come see them live,” he said. “But the numbers don’t lie – they’re doing very well in other markets. We expect a similar response here.”

Interest grows in talk, alternative and film concerts

Cronin said another genre growing in popularity is “talk,” an unscripted platform that allows a celebrity to share his or her thoughts on politics and current events in a less-formal, more intimate format. For instance, “AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” will feature the longtime friends and television personalities interviewing one another and taking questions from the audience.

The arts center is also expanding its repertoire by adding several alternative musical acts, including Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne, Brussels-based Erasure and “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.”

“Some people still believe the Dr. Phillips Center only books one or two types of performances,” said Cronin. “In reality, we cater to a wide variety of musical and artistic tastes: jazz and blues, pop, country, kids, you name it, we’ve got it. “ 

Like it did this year, the arts center will also present iconic, blockbuster films with live orchestral accompaniment. Fans will watch “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” and “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” on the big screen while listening to the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra perform the score live. 

“In a theater, the action and the visuals take center stage,” explained Cronin, “but when you add the orchestra, the music becomes the star. People are blown away when they realize the scope of the score. And it’s a wonderful opportunity for families to introduce their children to what may be their very first orchestra experience. I highly recommend it.”

For a full list of announced shows for Dr. Phillips Center’s 2018/2019 season and to purchase tickets, visit




k.d. lang ingénue redux 

Show Date –  Saturday, September 8, 2018 – 8 p.m. 

Venue – Walt Disney Theater 

Tickets –  Start at $39.50 

Description – Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the GRAMMY®-award winning, critically acclaimed album Ingénue, k.d. lang will bring a live performance of the platinum-selling record to venues across the United States. 

Presented by –  Dr. Phillips Center 

Vince Gill 

Show Date –  Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 8 p.m. 

Venue –  Walt Disney Theater 

Tickets –  Start at $39.50 

Description –  One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Gill has won 21 GRAMMY Awards and 18 CMA Awards, including Song of the Year four times, making him the most awarded artist in that category in CMA history. A wide-ranging songwriter, Gill has produced albums for LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant and Ashley Monroe and has made guest appearances on more than 500 albums including on those by Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and George Jones. 

Presented by –  Morgan Stanley Moments at Dr. Phillips Center in Association With AEG Presents 

The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley and Bucky Heard 

Show Date – Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 8 p.m. 

Venue – Walt Disney Theater 

Tickets – Start at $39.50 

Description – With a string of #1 classics, including the most played song in radio history, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield topped the charts in four decades. After Bobby’s death in 2003, Bill Medley partnered with Bucky Heard to keep The Righteous Brothers alive. The concert experience features their biggest hits – “Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven” and Medley’s Grammy-winning Dirty Dancing theme “The Time of My Life.” 

Presented by – Dr. Phillips Center 

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson 

Show Date – Thursday, January 24, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. 

Venue – Bob Carr Theater 

Tickets – Start at $49.50 

Description – “Delusions of Space Enthusiasts” In this illustrated talk, Neil deGrasse Tyson will explore the perennial mismatch between collective expectations of where we should be in space by now and the geopolitical, cultural and economic realities that limit it. 

Presented by – In Association With Bill Blumenreich Presents 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 

Show Date – Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. 

Venue – Walt Disney Theater 

Tickets – Start at $39.50 

Description – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a March 1958 performance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. 

The Ailey company has since performed for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings and online platforms. 

Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory. 

Presented by – Dr. Phillips Center 

The Beach Boys 

Show Date – Saturday, March 2, 2019– 8 p.m. 

Venue – Walt Disney Theater 

Tickets – Start at $39.50 

Description – As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history. The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world. 

The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers where also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Scott Totten and Christian Love continue the legacy of America’s iconic band. This concert will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks. 

Presented by – Dr. Phillips Center in Association With AEG Presents 


Joe Bonamassa 

Show Dates – Friday–Saturday, February 22–23, 2019– 8 p.m. 

Venue – Walt Disney Theater 

Description – Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number one on the Billboard Blues charts. 

Bonamassa has played alongside such artists as Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, Blondie Chaplin, Foreigner, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks among others. His career highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and a Grammy Award nomination in 2013. In addition to his music career, Bonamassa runs a nonprofit organization called Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, whose mission is to further music education by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need. 

Presented by – Dr. Phillips Center in Association With JR Affiliates 


Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! 

Show Date – Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. 

Venue – Walt Disney Theater 

Description – Now in its 17th season, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is National Public Radio’s Peabody Award-winning quiz show. Host Peter Sagal leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by scorekeeper emeritus Carl Kasell for their voice mail. 

Presented by – NPR and WBEZ Chicago 


Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. 

About Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. Dr. Phillips Center is a private non-profit collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida and generous donors.

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