The Hills Are Alive in Philadelphia

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

Broadway Actress Julia Udine Perfectly Takes on Tell Me on a Sunday at Walnut Street Theatre.

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.

Get On Your Feet! Now Until April 15th at the Academy of Music!

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!

Meet Jill-Christine Wiley, the Lancaster Native Who Takes on the Role of “Maria” in Kimmel Center’s “The Sound 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”

Q&A with Debra Cardona of the hit Gloria Estefan Musical, On Your Feet!

-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!

Leslie Odom, Jr. Comes Home to Promote New Book

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

Celebrate Beatlemania this Weekend with the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper at the Academy of Music.

(photo by Richard Lovrich) This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of one of the most beloved Beatles albums of all time, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The members of RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, will celebrate this classic album by playing it all the way through, every single track, when they perform at the Academy of Music March 23 – 25. Along with … Continue reading Celebrate Beatlemania this Weekend with the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper at the Academy of Music.

Wesseh Freeman, 1976-2018

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

Something Rotten is Something Wonderful

-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

Up Close and Personal: A Steady Rain at Walnut Street Theatre

-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