photo courtesy of Allied Integrated Marketing Roald Dahl’s story of a boy and his wild journey through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is a classic one. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know and love it, who didn’t wish they could receive a Golden Ticket to such a wonderful place, who didn’t believe in the power of imagination…and who isn’t thinking about grabbing a piece … Continue reading Meet Brynn Williams, “Violet Beauregarde” in the Stage Musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
photo by Joan Marcus The 2018-2019 Broadway season at the Kimmel Center is filled with must-see classic musicals. Shows like Cats and RENT have helped define what Broadway is and what it can be, paving the way for the groundbreaking musicals you see on the stage today. The 1965 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, is a part of this season’s series … Continue reading Fiddler on the Roof Is Back in Philadelphia After Nearly Three Decades
The national tour of Fiddler on the Roof is coming to Philadelphia; the first time the classic musical will play the Academy of Music in almost three decades! If you have yet to see this show- and you’re a big Broadway fan- get your tickets now! This production is special because Israeli actor and director Yehezkel Lazarov plays Tevye, the main character of the show. … Continue reading Actress Carol Beaugard Talks Fiddler on the Roof, Coming to the Academy of Music Later This Month.
by Lauren Lamantia Sponsored by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, The GLOW located at West Fairmount Park features a family-friendly environment welcoming all things Halloween. A one-third-mile trail embarked with up to 5,000 hand carved jack o’lanterns gives off a gorgeous scenery illuminating the night. The pumpkin carvings range from spooky smiles to look-a-likes of famous musicians, movie stars, superheroes, princesses and famous Philadelphians. In addition … Continue reading A Visit to The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience at West Fairmount Park; Now Until 10/28
by Marialena Rago photo by Joan Marcus If you thought you knew the ending to the world-wide phenomenon The Phantom of the Opera, you are in for an awakening at the Academy of Music. Love Never Dies is the sequel to the massive hit, telling audiences the story of what happens 10 years after the Phantom vanished from his Opera lair. Christine is a prima … Continue reading Love Never Dies Tells a Story Ten Years After Phantom…
Feature Image: A still from Sean Thompson’s favorite number in the musical, “Devil Take the Hindmost” with Gardar Thor Cortes as The Phantom and Thompson as “Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny”. Photo: Joan Marcus. Philadelphia native and Temple alumni, Sean Thompson, stars as Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. This stand-alone sequel to Phantom of the Opera is coming to the Kimmel Center’s … Continue reading Q&A: Philadelphia native and Temple alumni, Sean Thompson, comes to the Kimmel Center as Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies
photo by Mark Garvin Welcome to the 210th (!!) season at the Walnut Street Theatre. It begins with Holiday Inn, running now until October 21st- when fall will officially be here and the weather will (hopefully) be crisp. Holiday Inn takes us through a year of seasons, celebrations, and a large amount of costume changes! The audience is first introduced to Holiday Inn’s leading man Jim … Continue reading Celebrate the Seasons and the Music of Irving Berlin with Holiday Inn at the Walnut Street Theatre
Courtesy of Ferullo Insurance Each year, outdoor grilling causes an average of 8,900 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills, the association adds. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 61 percent of households own a gas grill, 41 percent own a charcoal grill and 10 percent own an electric grill. Here are some safety tips that … Continue reading Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips
photos by Deen van Meer The Kimmel Center’s 2017-2018 Broadway season comes to a close with Disney’s Aladdin, a five-time Tony nominee show that is finally making rounds on its first US national tour. Philadelphia has seen some amazing shows this year, all of them just as good- if not better- than being on Broadway. But it’s safe to say that the Academy of Music … Continue reading Magic Carpets and Far Away Lands: Visit Disney’s Aladdin Now at the Kimmel Center.
cover image by Deen van Meer Disney’s Aladdin, which opened on Broadway in 2014, closes out the Kimmel Center’s 2017-2018 season. We spoke with actor Jonathan Weir who plays the villain Jafar in Aladdin. This veteran theatre actor also played evil in Disney’s The Lion King (Scar) on Broadway. National tours for Weir include Jersey Boys, The Lion King, and Scrooge the Musical, and many roles theatres throughout Chicago where he resides. He attended … Continue reading Meet Jonathan Weir- The Actor with Philly Ties Playing “Jafar” in the Kimmel’s Aladdin (June 13th to July 1st)