Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein kicks off Walnut Street Theatre’s 211th season

Cover photo: Dan Olmstead and Ben Dibble. Photo by Mark Garvin -Brenda Hillegas The Walnut Street Theatre is so special.  I’ll say it just once in this season of reviews- it’s the oldest continuously operating theatre in the English-speaking world and the oldest theatre in the United States. The fact that Walnut Street Theatre was founded in 1809 should give all of that away. The theatre … Continue reading Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein kicks off Walnut Street Theatre’s 211th season

A Pop-Up Cabaret Bar in South Philly?!

Yes, there is a pop-up bar just off of Passyunk Ave at 1316 S. Percy Street. But it won’t be there for long, so if you want to try something completely different this month, head to Late Night Snacks. Philadelphia’s cabaret group, The Bearded Ladies, and installation designer Machine Dazzle (read more about Machine Dazzle in RowHome‘s spring 2018 issue here), converted an old auto … Continue reading A Pop-Up Cabaret Bar in South Philly?!

You have until November 17th to see Hamilton in Philadelphia. Make it happen.

-Brenda Hillegas photo by Joan Marcus The first time I saw Hamilton, I was newly pregnant. It was March in New York City and there was some sort of ice/rain/snow mix going on. I spent a lot of money to see the show that night and tried my best to enjoy every minute of it, knowing I probably wouldn’t have the opportunity again. The show was great, … Continue reading You have until November 17th to see Hamilton in Philadelphia. Make it happen.

Actress Emilie Krause talks about rail., a new show that gives Philly an exclusive look into the private Racquet Club.

-Brenda Hillegas feature photo: Harry Watermeier and Emilie Krause in rail. Photo by Plate 3 Photography. rail. is an upcoming immersive theatrical experience that provides Philadelphians with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the private and historic Racquet Club of Philadelphia. The show will be staged in the 100-year-old Racquets court and non-members will have access to the club during rail.’s limited run. This is a great … Continue reading Actress Emilie Krause talks about rail., a new show that gives Philly an exclusive look into the private Racquet Club.

Something Good! Herman’s Hermits Revisit the British Invasion at SugarHouse

by Mark Casasanto In the early to mid-sixties, the musical landscape that was American music was built primarily on the backs of teen idols, surf music and female vocal groups. It was during that time, however, that an interesting phenomenon occurred. An event, in essence, that would change the face of music, the world over, forever. The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who and of … Continue reading Something Good! Herman’s Hermits Revisit the British Invasion at SugarHouse

Local actor Robi Hager talks about his upcoming role in RAGTIME at Arden Theatre Company

-Brenda Hillegas   Arden Theatre Company in Old City will open their 2019-20 season with the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, RAGTIME.  The musical is written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical and Lucky Stiff), playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel. We spoke with local … Continue reading Local actor Robi Hager talks about his upcoming role in RAGTIME at Arden Theatre Company

A Night at the Met with Sarah McLachlan and The Philly POPS

-Brenda Hillegas On Monday night, The Philly POPS performed at The Met Philadelphia with Grammy award-winning musician Sarah McLachlan. This concert was the first in The Philly POPS at the Met Philadelphia concert series. Simply put, The Philly POPS- the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States- is just incredible. I’ve personally seen them perform shows devoted to the music of Elton John, Leonard Bernstein, The Beatles, the … Continue reading A Night at the Met with Sarah McLachlan and The Philly POPS

Allentown’s Alix Croop talks about her role in Cirque du Soleil’s AMALUNA; in Oaks 7/24-8/25.

Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to the Philadelphia area this month with AMALUNA, a show that takes audiences to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. AMALUNA is inspired by Greek and Norse mythology, as well as Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This Cirque du Soleil show features a cast comprised mostly of female artists, … Continue reading Allentown’s Alix Croop talks about her role in Cirque du Soleil’s AMALUNA; in Oaks 7/24-8/25.

Experience the magic of CATS as it returns to Philadelphia after twenty years!

-feature photo by Matthew Murphy 1999. That’s the last time our city hosted CATS, a musical from Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The classic show is one of Broadway’s biggest hits and forth-longest running production (opening in 1982, closing in 2000 with a revival in 2016) to date. It won seven Tony … Continue reading Experience the magic of CATS as it returns to Philadelphia after twenty years!

CRYSTAL- A Cirque du Soleil show unlike any other comes to Wells Fargo Center next week.

photo by Matt Beard There’s a first time for everything. And for Cirque du Soleil, this is the first time a show has been performed on ice… Julie Desmarais, Senior Publicist for Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL, says, “It’s a spectacle. It is…truly an experience that has never been done this way before. Come to the Wells Fargo arena and enjoy the performance and immerse yourself in … Continue reading CRYSTAL- A Cirque du Soleil show unlike any other comes to Wells Fargo Center next week.