The updated and expanded Municipal Auditorium was opened to the public during a Gala Celebration that took place May 5-14, 1978. A booklet created to memorialize the Gala Celebration was presented to every person attending one of the Gala Events. It features a bio of Robert Spencer Carr, better known to Orlandoans as Bob Carr, a photograph of the buildings before the remodel and an artist’s depiction of the newly remodeled structure and information on all the updates and upgrades completed. Quoting from the letter of Mayor Carl T. Langford in the front of the booklet:
“Whether you are attending the opening night or any evening of this Gala Opening, the City of Orlando extends a heartfelt welcome to you. The purpose of this Gala Celebration is to expose the Mayor Bob Carr Municipal Auditorium to the maximum number of people whether your tastes are Symphony or Country, Ballet or Rock. In other words, “Up Beat, Downtown, Something for Everyone.” We hope you’ll be provided with entertainment to your liking! This is your auditorium — for the privilege of all Central Floridians to enjoy.”
The booklet is in the Orlando Mayor Bob Carr Municipal Auditorium file at the Orlando Public Library, or you can peruse it here.
The Mayor Bob Carr Municipal Auditorium was later renamed the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, hosting performances of the most popular musical productions of all time and contempory performance like Stomp. Peruse the Playbills from well-known Broadway plays below, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Death Trap, Man of La Mancha, Stomp, State Fair, Miss Saigon, Tap Dogs and West Side Story.
Peruse the images and documents below under ATTACHMENTS.
Page 20 of the Orlando Brief includes photos of the Albertson Public Library and the Orlando Municipal Auditorium (Bob Carr Auditorium). The auditorium is hardly recognizable if you see it today as a facade was added to the front of the building that altered the entrance area many years ago.
This is the program for the American Ballet Theatre performance on Monday, January 15, 1968 at the Orlando Municipal Auditorium (later the Bob Carr Municipal Auditorium).
Also included are the names of the staff for American Ballet Theatre, Central Florida Civic Music Committee executive committee, steering committee, board of directors, committees for 1967-1968 and the women's committee. Surnames of individuals listed include: Cooper, Duda, Martin, Lavin, Kingdon, Angel, Becton, Black, Carter, Eaddy, Maybarduk, Stanford, Taylor, West, Wittenstein, Barton, Gibson, Headley, Kirk, Miller, Savage, Saville, Stowers, Streep, Wood, Cisco-Smith, Dunham, Fague, Fatula, Kitchin, Lackey, Moore, Overstreet, Schweizer, Torrance, Alleman, Barker, Duncan, Eiselstein, Gallagher, Gilbert, Hogue, Orr, Yergey, Banks, Cooksley, Greene, Johnson, Mallory, Shinholzer, Voorhis, Pattishall, Martin, Ricker, Crampton, Hays, Yergey, Torrance, Drake, Villwock, Wittenstein, Gilbert, Antink.
The attached program is avaialable at the Orlando Public Library in the Florida Associations - Central Florida Civic Music Association file or you may peruse it here.
Program for the Thursday, February 13, 1969, performance of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Orlando Municipal Auditorium (later the Bob Carr Municipal Auditorium) with Sixten Ehrling conducting.
The program includes the Central Florida Civic Music Association Executive Committee members, Vice Presidents, Steering Committee members, Board of Directors, Board of Honorary Directors and Women's Committee Executive Board.
Surnames of those listed include: Schweizer, Lavin, Stowers, Angel, Maybarduk, Black, Carter, Kitchin, Stanford, Taylor, West, Wittenstein, Fague, Yergy, Duda, Eaddy, Cooper, Cisco-Smith,, Dunham, Martin, Fatula, Streep, Lackey, Moore, Overstreet, Cooper, Torrance, Alleman, Barker, Duncan, Eiselstein, Gallagher, Gilbert, Hogue, Orr, Headley, Kirk, Savage, Saville, Wood, Girardet, Fleming, Feather, Slutz, Simmons, Banks, Johnson, Mallory, Shinholzer, Phillips, Voorhis, Antink, Vickers, Martin, Crampton, Hays.
The program is part of the Florida Associations vertical file at the Orlando Public Library.
Mayor Bob Carr Municipal Auditorium Dedication Gala Program
Selected pages from the program for the May 1996 production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Bob Carr.
Selected pages from the program for the November 1996 production of Ira Levin's Deathtrap at the Bob Carr.
January 1997 - West Side Story
February 1997 - Man of La Mancha
April 1997 - Miss Saigon
July 1997 - Stomp
September 1997 - Tap Dogs
November 1997 - Maria Callas Master Class
December 1997 - State Fair