The Philadelphia Burger Brawl- Stuff Your Face for a Good Cause!

-Brenda Hillegas First off. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for posting a review of this event rather than a preview. Trust me, you’ll be sorry too once you hear about the great time I had yesterday at the 9th annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl presented by Jim Beam. This year, the massive food competition moved to a new space- Marine Parade Ground at Navy Yard- to allow … Continue reading The Philadelphia Burger Brawl- Stuff Your Face for a Good Cause!

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.

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

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

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!

Hello! Have you heard about The Book of Mormon?

photo by Julieta Cervante What’s the most offensive thing you can think of? Does it involve sex? Race? A life threatening disease? Countless F-bombs? Religion? All of the above? Great! If you missed The Book of Mormon last time the show was in Philly, you’re in luck! It’s back- now until June 9th at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. This 2011 Tony Award winner for … Continue reading Hello! Have you heard about The Book of Mormon?

Legally Blonde: The Musical…is it “Legal” to have this much fun at the theatre?

In short, yes. Legally Blonde, the movie, premiered in 2001 with Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a California sorority girl who earns a spot at Harvard in order to win back her ex. Fast forward to 2019 and it’s still one of the most played movies in my DVD rotation (yeah, I still use those). The sleeper hit spawned a sequel in 2003, a spin-off in 2009, … Continue reading Legally Blonde: The Musical…is it “Legal” to have this much fun at the theatre?

Civil War Stories: A Musical Must-See at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Feature Photo: Laura Giknis, Ben Sheppard, and Damon Bonetti in Civil War Stories. Photo by Mark Garvin Real words. Real voices. Civil War Voices introduces the audience to five real-life people and their actual words, brought to the Walnut Street Theatre via the show’s writer James R. Harris and his discovery of a diary kept by an ancestor during that time period. The discovery inspired Harris … Continue reading Civil War Stories: A Musical Must-See at the Walnut Street Theatre.