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
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)
Feature photo: Charis Leos, Anne Brummel, and Lyn Philistine in Mamma Mia! at the Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin It’s safe to say that the Walnut Street Theatre saved the most fun for last. Mamma Mia– which runs now until July 22nd- closes out the 2017-2018 season with the Europop goodness you didn’t think you needed. But you do. This a jukebox musical written by British … Continue reading Pop Music and a Greek Island: Mamma Mia! at the Walnut Street Theatre
-Brenda Hillegas feature photo by Matthew Murphy “Maria” needs no introduction. The Sound of Music is a classic story we’ve all seen a time or two. Yet, it never gets old. Come to the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theatre between April 24th and 29th to relive this beloved musical based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. For the few of you who … Continue reading Meet Jill-Christine Wiley, the Lancaster Native Who Takes on the Role of “Maria” in Kimmel Center’s “The Sound of Music”
-cover photo by Matthew Murphy Next week, On Your Feet!, the jukebox musical that tells the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, comes to the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. With music and lyrics by the Estefans, On Your Feet! invites audiences to experience this couple’s journey from Cuba to America. Ups and downs, topping the pop charts, and almost losing everything, this is the true … Continue reading Q&A with Debra Cardona of the hit Gloria Estefan Musical, On Your Feet!
By: Joei DeCarlo On Saturday, April 28, 2018 you can enjoy margaritas from many of the city’s bars and restaurants as they compete for the title of “Best Margarita in Philly”. Sponsored by Don Julio Tequila, Margarita Rumble is an event celebrating the best margaritas Philly has to offer. Some of the many competitors include mixologists from Besito Mexican, Mad Rex, Copabanana, Draught Horse, The … Continue reading Let’s Get Ready to (Margarita) Rumble!
by Marialena Rago Leslie Odom Jr., Tony and Grammy winning star of the Broadway smash-hit Hamilton: An American Musical, visited his hometown of Philadelphia last night to promote his new book, Failing Up. Odom, a Masterman and CAPA alum, talked to the crowd at the University of the Arts’ Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium about how playing Aaron Burr almost didn’t happen. He was thinking about quitting acting and … Continue reading Leslie Odom, Jr. Comes Home to Promote New Book
by Joei DeCarlo In preparation for the Run for Clean Air race on Sunday, April 22, 2018, the Clean Air Council is hosting its annual Race the Bus event on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Lining up at 5:30 PM, participants will have the opportunity to see if they can run faster than the Route 45 SEPTA Bus. This three-mile race encourages challengers to see if … Continue reading Racing for a Healthier Planet
by Marialena Rago This Wednesday night, the hit ABC comedy The Goldbergs will pay homage to Andrew Lloyd Webber in honor of his 70th birthday, which took place March 22nd. The episode, “Colors”, will tell the true story of Goldberg’s high school drama teacher, Susan, who spared no expense for the school’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Goldbergs is a series … Continue reading Walnut Street Theatre to be featured on ABC’s “The Goldbergs”