Courtesy of Shane Speal It crushes me to write this email. My friend, Wesseh Freeman died on February 27th at the age of 41. He was struck and killed by a motorist in his hometown of Monrovia, Liberia. I loved Wesseh so much. He was master musician who built his own guitar, even while suffering almost complete blindness. Soon after seeing a viral video of … Continue reading Wesseh Freeman, 1976-2018
-Marialena Rago -Photos by Jeremy Daniel Imagine life during the Renaissance with all the new inventions and great poets and storytellers. It’s a time where William Shakespeare is treated like a rock star and indoor plumbing is a novelty. Welcome to Something Rotten, the amusing romp that is now at the Academy of Music until March 4th. This fantastic musical comedy will keep you laughing … Continue reading Something Rotten is Something Wonderful
-Brenda Hillegas -Photos by Mark Garvin Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence on Studio 3 is a hidden gem a few floors up from the venue’s main performance space. The studio is often used for small, intimate performances and Keith Huff’s (Mad Men, House of Cards) 2009 Broadway show, A Steady Rain, might just be the most intimate (and intense) theatre experience you get. You meet Denny, a … Continue reading Up Close and Personal: A Steady Rain at Walnut Street Theatre
photo by Jeremy Daniel The ten time Tony-nominated Something Rotten! will make its Philadelphia debut on February 27th at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. Set in the late 1500s, this hilarious musical tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, a pair of brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. Philadelphia actress Maggie Lakis, who plays the role of Bea, tells us that you don’t even have to be … Continue reading Philadelphia’s Maggie Lakis on her Role in Something Rotten! and her Favorite Local Spots.
by Marialena Rago photo by Joan Marcus A romantic musical comedy good enough to eat is the perfect gift for your Valentine (or Galentine)! Waitress, now at the Forrest Theatre, is a humorous, heartfelt tale based off of the 2007 movie starring Keri Russell and written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. Jenna (Desi Oakley), a pie-baking waitress, discover’s she is pregnant with her husband’s child. … Continue reading Waitress the Musical: The Sweetest Thing in Philly This Week
by Joei DeCarlo The Reading Terminal Market (RTM) located at 12th & Arch Streets in Center City has been a source of local goods and produce since 1893. The Market is located in a National Historic Landmark building and offers patrons a variety of items ranging from fresh fruit and produce to table linens, desserts, flowers, meats and fish. This nonprofit’s mission is to provide … Continue reading Celebrate Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday with a Year-Long Lineup of Events!
International Superstar Returns to World Cafe Live on Valentine’s Day by Mark Casasanto Somewhere, back around eleven or twelve years ago, I was enjoying a rare night off with nothing on my agenda except a little peace and quiet. No wife, no kids, no work… just a single luxury… the remote control. Back then, that was as unheard of as a Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl … Continue reading Patrizio Buanne…To Philly with Love
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-Marialena Rago photos by Mark Garvin The human condition is “the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality.” Though The Humans, now playing at the Walnut Street Theatre, is not called The Human Condition, it very well could be. The play, written by Stephen Karam, is the winner of 20 “Best … Continue reading Join the Blake Family for Thanksgiving Dinner: The Humans at Walnut Street Theatre
-Marialena Rago -Photo by Matthew Murphy Chances are you have heard the music or story of Les Misèrables at one point. This musical theater staple, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, premiered in Paris in 1980 and has been pleasing audiences on Broadway and through international tours ever since. With classic songs like “One Day More”, “Castle on a Cloud”, and many, many more, … Continue reading Don’t Miss Your Chance: Les Misèrables is at the Academy of Music until January 21st.