All children are perfect miracles, says the ensemble cast of children who launch into the first song of Matilda the Musical. All except Matilda herself, that is. Her parents never wanted her, they don’t appreciate her, and they scold her for reading books rather than watching TV. Mom’s too busy wanting to be a ballroom dancer and her car-salesman dad is focused on scamming people. … Continue reading Matilda’s Magic Flies to the Walnut Street Theatre
by Moriah Kelley There seems to be a longing for human connection, to restore the old, and to gather in beautiful spaces. The newly renovated Bourse in Old City far exceeded my expectations and in my opinion has met all three of these needs. Originally known as a trading post founded in 1891 by George Bartol, the building has gone under many transformations, from being … Continue reading A Visit to the Newly Renovated Bourse Food Hall
Sing it with me now: “Come with me And you’ll be In a world of pure imagination Take a look And you’ll see Into your imagination…” From the moment you take your seat at the Academy of Music for the musical version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you become part of the show. The set design (by five-time Tony Award nominee Mark Thompson), with … Continue reading Step Inside Wonka’s Factory at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music
photo by Joan Marcus The 2018-2019 Broadway season at the Kimmel Center is filled with must-see classic musicals. Shows like Cats and RENT have helped define what Broadway is and what it can be, paving the way for the groundbreaking musicals you see on the stage today. The 1965 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, is a part of this season’s series … Continue reading Fiddler on the Roof Is Back in Philadelphia After Nearly Three Decades
by Marialena Rago photo by Joan Marcus If you thought you knew the ending to the world-wide phenomenon The Phantom of the Opera, you are in for an awakening at the Academy of Music. Love Never Dies is the sequel to the massive hit, telling audiences the story of what happens 10 years after the Phantom vanished from his Opera lair. Christine is a prima … Continue reading Love Never Dies Tells a Story Ten Years After Phantom…
photo by Mark Garvin Welcome to the 210th (!!) season at the Walnut Street Theatre. It begins with Holiday Inn, running now until October 21st- when fall will officially be here and the weather will (hopefully) be crisp. Holiday Inn takes us through a year of seasons, celebrations, and a large amount of costume changes! The audience is first introduced to Holiday Inn’s leading man Jim … Continue reading Celebrate the Seasons and the Music of Irving Berlin with Holiday Inn at the Walnut Street Theatre
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.
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
-Joei DeCarlo Craft Hospitality in conjunction with Travis Manion Foundation brought Margarita Rumble to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon for a tequila-filled fiesta! Sixteen restaurants and bars gathered at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties to find out which would be given the title of Best Margarita in Philly. Attendees received a wooden token upon entry and were able to vote for their favorite. … Continue reading Margarita Rumble: A Showdown for the Best of the Best!