disclosure: We were invited to a performance of Disney’s Freaky Friday The Musical (One-Act Edition) at the Orlando Rep in exchange for our opinion. No other compensation was received.
Do you remember Freaky Friday? There are a few movie versions – the one I most remember is the original(1976) with Jodie Foster. I remember laughing at the mom(Barbara Harris) trying to ride a skateboard and chew gum. Flash forward 20-something years, Disney remade this story for a new generation(2003) with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. This version is a little more updated, using current music and high school trends. My older kids loved this version because it was so relatable, and the music was great. And then there was the Disney Channel version just a few years ago. Now, Disney’s Freaky Friday The Musical (One-Act Edition) at the Orlando Rep brings us a fresh, up-to-date version of the “spend a day in my shoes” scenario. I felt it was necessary to see this with my 14 year old, because you have no idea how many times have I heard “you have no idea, mom!”
From The Orlando Rep
The season concludes with an all-new musical, Disney’s Freaky Friday The Musical (One-Act Edition) (April 1- May 8, 2022). When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another in a way they never could have imagined. Based on the beloved novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films including the recent Disney Channel Original Movie, Disney’s Freaky Friday (One-Act Edition) features a book by Bridget Carpenter, co-executive producer/writer on the beloved TV hits “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” with music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal. Disney’s Freaky Friday the Musical (One-Act Edition) is supported by Disney, OUC – The Reliable One, and The Three Isabels.
Go See Disney’s Freaky Friday The Musical
Disney’s Freaky Friday The Musical (One-Act Edition) is still at the Orlando Rep, but only through May 8th(Mother’s Day). This was our first show back at the Rep since 2020, and it felt so nice to be back at the theater. The staff at the Rep are so friendly and go out of their way to assist you. Masks are optional. At no point did we feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Although, I will caution, bring a sweater – the theater is always chilly for me!
One thing I have enjoyed when seeing a show at the Rep is finding the Nutritional Facts about each show. This enrichment program is a great springboard in discussing family dynamics, morals and more.
We attended a field trip showing, with elementary school age children and a group of older children(maybe middle or high school). I have attended MANY shows at the Rep over the years, and I will say that I have never seen so much energy from an audience before! The children clapped along with every song, cheered actors on in certain scenarios, and even gave a standing ovation at the end.
Disney’s Freaky Friday The Musical (One-Act Edition) is a 90 minute show with no intermission. There is use of strobe lighting and fog. You still have a few days left to see this great show. Grab your kids and check it out!
- Saturday, April 30, 2022 – 2:00 PM
- Saturday, April 30, 2022 – 5:30 PM
- Sunday, May 1, 2022 – 2:00 PM
- Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 2:00 PM
- Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 5:30 PM
- Sunday, May 8, 2022 – 2:00 PM
- Sunday, May 8, 2022 – 5:30 PM
*Photo Credits for performance pictures: McKenzie Lakey
A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin’ wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney 🙂 Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life – A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects – create~inspire~share.