WINTER PARK — Fresh off entertaining audiences with his performance in the musical Nunsense A-Men, singer and actor Bert Rodriguez is coming back to the Winter Park Playhouse in April to debut his new solo cabaret .
Titled The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, the cabaret will be a part of the Playhouse’s ongoing Spotlight Cabaret Series, which is held in the theater lobby, with singers being accompanied by the Playhouse’s Music Director Christopher Leavy on piano.
Expect a grand evening, noted Heather Alexander, the Playhouse’s executive director.
“We always love having Bert perform at the Playhouse,” Alexander noted. “He is such a fabulous performer and puts on a great show!”
What Can You Expect at this New Cabaret?
The cabaret will be on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20. Rodriguez, who just played Sister Hubert in the theater’s sold-out run of Nunsense A-Men, has crafted his cabaret show around Latin music that he grew up listening to on radio and in stage musicals and movies, songs that filled his childhood home and influenced his decision to become a singer and actor, including standards such as “La Bamba,” “Besame Mucho” and “Begin the Beguine” and hits from Broadway musicals that include Evita, In The Heights and Man of La Mancha.
“Bert will utilize his signature storytelling to paint the picture of who and what shaped both his career and his sound,” the Playhouse noted in a news release.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Rodriguez has performed in the national tour of The Music Man and originated the role of Crush in Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Rodriguez is also a veteran of plenty of Winter Park Playhouse shows in the past.
Where Can I See This Cabaret Show?
The Winter Park Playhouse is at 711 N Orange Ave. in Winter Park. General Admission tickets are $20 plus a one drink minimum, and since seating in limited, the Playhouse encourages advance reservations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30. show.
The live cabaret performance will be filmed and made available to watch virtually from Friday, May 5 through Monday, May 8, 2023. A private link will be sent at 5 pm on Friday, May 5. You can buy virtual tickets for $20.
Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright, and author of the book A Christmas Eve Story. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.