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Groundbreaking held for new phase of Dr. Phillips Center

1,700-seat acoustical theater host Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

The multimillion dollar project to add a new theater to the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is set to begin on Monday.

Steinmetz Hall is a 1,700-seat acoustical theater set to show off the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orlando Ballet.

This comes 10 years after the center was first introduced and funding for the project hit a few roadblocks.

The original cost for the project was projected at $186 million but the cost now is $227.5 million.

But, when the county voted last year to pitch in some $45 million in tourist tax dollars, the plans kicked into high gear.

"It really is the heart of Orlando, that quickly, so it's way more than a beautiful building, “Orange County Mayor Theresa Jacobs said.

This---as the center drums up excitement for some big shows, including the Broadway musical "Hamilton" that will come to Orlando in 2018. In addition, the excitement grows for other shows such as the "King and I" and "Love Never Dies."