-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!
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?
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?
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.
Feature photo: Lila Coogan (Anya), Stephen Brower (Dmitry) and the company of the National Tour of ANASTASIA. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade. Adventure, romance, beautiful music, breathtaking snow-inspired costumes. Anastasia has it all. If you haven’t seen a musical in Philadelphia yet this season, take a journey to 1920s Russia and Paris by way of the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. Anastasia will be … Continue reading The Exciting Story of Anastasia is at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music This Week
Feature Image: Jonathan Bangs and Lindsay Smiling. All photos by Paola Nogueras A bare bones set of a few couches, desks, glasses of wine, books. This is all that’s needed to tell the stories of Stokes and Riley, Griffin and Tami, Natalie and G.K.; and their various interactions. How to Catch Creation, written by Christina Anderson and directed by Nataki Garrett is simply fascinating. The play follows … Continue reading How to Catch Creation is a Unique Story About Finding What Makes You Shine and How We’re All Connected
photos by Jeff Fusco for AIDS Fund On March 23rd, the 20th Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO raised funds for HIV/AIDS emergency services and awareness efforts in the region. The AIDS Fund event featured bingo with drag queens, cocktails, dinner, entertainment and three special awards. The Favorite Straight Person of the Year award went to Gershman Y Maintenance Supervisor Keith Jenkins. The Founders’ Award was presented to Stephen P. Carlino and Dennis R. Fee, owners of … Continue reading The AIDS Fund’s 20th Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO Recap
Photo: Austin Nedrow in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Walnut Street Theatre. Photo courtesy of Walnut Street Theatre. A dead dog, a small town outside of London, some suspicious neighbors, a mystery, a secret, a journey. These elements make up the story of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, playing at the Walnut Street Theatre until April … Continue reading Step Inside the Mind of Christopher Boone in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
PHOTO: Emily Bautista as “Kim” and Anthony Festa as “Chris” in the North American tour of Miss Saigon singing “Last Night of the World”. Photo by Matthew Murphy. Miss Saigon is one of the most successful shows in musical theatre history. The story was first brought to life in London, in 1989. Composer Claude-Michel Schönberg was inspired to write the show after seeing a photo of a Vietnamese … Continue reading Miss Saigon Comes to Life at the Kimmel Center until March 31st.
I’ve been talking up the Screaming Orphans a lot recently. But, it’s hard to describe these four sisters from Ireland without just bringing someone to the nearest Irish festival to see them live. This Friday’s release, Life in a Carnival, is album number 14 for the band. It was recorded in London with producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Brian Eno, Robert Plant, David … Continue reading The Screaming Orphans’ “Life in a Carnival” Will Pull You Out of the Winter Blues