The Band’s Visit’s Adam Gabay discusses his journey with the musical’s first national tour; in Philly 1/7-1/19.

-Brenda Hillegas (Feature image: the company of The Band’s Visit North American Tour, photo by Matthew Murphy) The Kimmel Center’s Broadway 2019-2020 season continues with The Band’s Visit, coming to the Academy of Music next week. We spoke with actor Adam Gabay who plays the character of Papi, a cafe worker in the fictional town of Bet Hatikva, Israel. Adam has been enjoying his first … Continue reading The Band’s Visit’s Adam Gabay discusses his journey with the musical’s first national tour; in Philly 1/7-1/19.

Wow your family with Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Merriam Theater- now through 12/29th!

-Brenda Hillegas In a word. WOW. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in Philadelphia, do not look beyond Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater (until 12/29). This incredible show, now in its 12th touring season, brings together performers of all kinds- and from various parts of the world- to present a show unlike anything you have ever experienced before. … Continue reading Wow your family with Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Merriam Theater- now through 12/29th!

The Snow Queen at Arden Theatre is an exciting adventure to share with your friends and family.

-Brenda Hillegas (Katherine Fried in Arden Theatre Company’s The Snow Queen. Photo by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios.) The Snow Queen is an iconic children’s fairy tale character and her story deserves two hours of your time. She originated in 1844 by Hans Christian Andersen and since then the ice-hearted queen and her chill have developed into many adaptations and characters in modern day theatre, … Continue reading The Snow Queen at Arden Theatre is an exciting adventure to share with your friends and family.

Philadelphia writer Lorene Cary brings world premiere of My General Tubman to Arden Theatre Company in 2020

-Brenda Hillegas Local author Lorene Cary will be presenting the world premiere of her play, My General Tubman, here in Philadelphia at the Arden Theatre. The production explores Harriet Tubman’s journey and the impact she still has today. Cary’s first novel, The Price of a Child, was selected as the inaugural One Book, One Philadelphia in 2003. Her work includes a best-selling memoir, Black Ice, … Continue reading Philadelphia writer Lorene Cary brings world premiere of My General Tubman to Arden Theatre Company in 2020

Husband and wife Quick Change act talks about Cirque Dreams Holidaze, coming to Philadelphia 12/26!

-Brenda Hillegas Family fun this holiday season just got a whole lot better! Do not miss the latest Cirque extravaganza, coming to Philadelphia for a limited time just after Christmas. Between December 26th and December 29th, you’ll have eight chances to gather your friends and family for a trip to the Merriam Theater. Prepare to be wowed by holiday magic in a way that only … Continue reading Husband and wife Quick Change act talks about Cirque Dreams Holidaze, coming to Philadelphia 12/26!

Lashed But Not Leashed- Come celebrate Martha Graham Cracker’s album release show this Thursday at the Kimmel Center

-Brenda Hillegas Photo courtesy of the Kimmel Center This upcoming Thursday night will be all about debuts for Philadelphia’s beloved drag queen Martha Graham Cracker as she makes her very first appearance at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. She’ll be there to celebrate the release of her debut album, Lashed But Not Leashed, featuring the songs from her show of the same name. This unique … Continue reading Lashed But Not Leashed- Come celebrate Martha Graham Cracker’s album release show this Thursday at the Kimmel Center

Lauren Gunderson’s Natural Shocks stresses the importance of taking action against a very serious subject in America.

-Brenda Hillegas Cover photo: Amanda Schoonover, by Kate Raines There are many small theatre companies throughout the Philadelphia area that create powerful content in an intimate setting. On the lower level of the Drake, just a short distance from Broad Street, you’ll find the thought-provoking work of Simpatico Theatre’s 2019/2020 season. Right now, you can see Lauren Gunderson’s Natural Shocks, a fast-paced, sometimes comedic and … Continue reading Lauren Gunderson’s Natural Shocks stresses the importance of taking action against a very serious subject in America.

The SpongeBob Musical is an incredible theatre experience. See it now in Philadelphia

-Brenda Hillegas Photo by Jeremy Daniel It’s going to be pretty bubbly here in Philadelphia as The SpongeBob Musical takes over The Forrest Theatre through December 15th. Creator/director Tina Landau and a Tony Award-winning design team bring SpongeBob and his friends to life on stage with a bright, perfectly over-the-top, fun show. Believe it or not, this animated series translates beautifully into a Broadway production fit … Continue reading The SpongeBob Musical is an incredible theatre experience. See it now in Philadelphia

See and Be Scene: Previewing the 46th season of Philadelphia Theatre Company

-Amaris Pollock, with descriptions of the plays obtained from the Philadelphia Theatre Company On Monday night, Philadelphia Theatre Company invited Philadelphia’s theatre lovers to come out to a unique event at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. See and Be Scene, now in its third year, is a one night only preview of potential work for the company’s 2020-2021 season. For this upcoming season, Producing Artistic Director … Continue reading See and Be Scene: Previewing the 46th season of Philadelphia Theatre Company

University of the Arts grad Lorenzo Pugliese plays SpongeBob SquarePants in the musical’s first national tour.

-Brenda Hillegas photos by Jeremy Daniel Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? You know who. The Tony-winning SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical is about to flood the Forrest Theatre and hopefully you’ll come along for the journey. In the role of SpongeBob himself is Lorenzo Pugliese, a Scranton-born actor who just graduated from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts last spring. I talked to Lorenzo … Continue reading University of the Arts grad Lorenzo Pugliese plays SpongeBob SquarePants in the musical’s first national tour.