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
By Mark Casasanto Photos by Harry Markel Much like a good hoagie, there was a little bit of everything thrown into the expanse of land that is sandwiched between Penn’s Landing and the Sugar House Casino on the Delaware River last night. Of course there were hoagies, lots of them. But add some lightning and rain for good seasoning, a tasty line-up of food trucks, … Continue reading Hall & Oates – A Philly Forget Me Not on the Delaware
cover photo by Matthew Murphy You know…there’s a reason why The Sound of Music singalongs sell out across the US. People dress up as their favorite characters, come to a theatre for a screening of the 1965 film, and sing aloud to the classic songs we all know and love. Classic is the perfect word for the real-life tale of the Von Trapp Family Singers. … Continue reading The Hills Are Alive in Philadelphia
Feature photo: Julia Udine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre. Image by Mark Garvin Walnut Street Theatre’s 2017-18 Independence Studio on 3 ends with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday. The charming little space on the 3rd floor of America’s Oldest Theatre is the perfect spot for this equally charming show about a young woman who comes to … Continue reading Broadway Actress Julia Udine Perfectly Takes on Tell Me on a Sunday at Walnut Street Theatre.
by Marialena Rago Spring has sprung at the Academy of Music with On Your Feet, the musical created by and based on the life and career of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio. Together they built an international music empire and have won over 20 Grammy Awards. This musical will have you dancing in your seat, literally, with the catchy Cuban-fusion pop songs that made … Continue reading Get On Your Feet! Now Until April 15th at the Academy of Music!
-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 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