Step on over to Merriam Theater to witness the magic of Riverdance’s 25th anniversary.

-Brenda Hillegas Photo by Jack Hartin Finding a family-friendly, indoor event in winter isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Riverdance is here at the Merriam Theater for a limited engagement (only through January 26th) and it’s guaranteed to be an experience everyone will love. Whether you see this show once or many times, you’ll never grow tired of the beautifully choreographed numbers and breathtaking … Continue reading Step on over to Merriam Theater to witness the magic of Riverdance’s 25th anniversary.

Watch the life of Thurgood Marshall unfold at Walnut Street Theatre.

-Brenda Hillegas (Photo by Mark Garvin) Thurgood is a crash course in the life and career of Thurgood Marshall. The Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3 places audiences at Howard University School of Law as we witness Thurgood Marshall himself (channeled by actor Johnnie Hobbs, Jr.) give a lecture on his achievements. You can be a part of this lecture now through February 9th. … Continue reading Watch the life of Thurgood Marshall unfold at Walnut Street Theatre.

Take a journey with The Band’s Visit, now through 1/19 at The Academy of Music

-Brenda Hillegas Feature image: The company of The Band’s Visit, North American Tour. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade. The Band’s Visit, nominated for 11 Tony Awards (winning 10, including Best Musical), tells the tale of a group of people who end up in a small, unfamiliar town. Due to language barriers and a mispronunciation, an Egyptian police orchestra finds themselves far from where they are … Continue reading Take a journey with The Band’s Visit, now through 1/19 at The Academy of Music

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.

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.

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

“An Evening with Sutton Foster” at Merriam Theater was a perfectly spent Friday night.

-Brenda Hillegas An actual Broadway princess came to Philadelphia last Friday night (seriously, Sutton Foster was the original Princess Fiona on Broadway in Shrek the Musical). The two-time Tony winner perfected Broadway roles such as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Inga in Young Frankenstein, and so many others. You also probably know Sutton from hit television shows like Younger (heading into a 7th season … Continue reading “An Evening with Sutton Foster” at Merriam Theater was a perfectly spent Friday night.

Celebrate the Magic of Christmas with The Gifts of the Magi at Walnut Street Theatre

-Brenda Hillegas Photo by Mark Garvin The season of giving, celebrating love and family, and spreading happiness and kindness to others is almost upon us. To get yourself and your loved ones into the Christmas spirit, head over to Walnut Street Theatre’s intimate Independence Studio on 3 for a musical version of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. In The Gifts of the Magi, … Continue reading Celebrate the Magic of Christmas with The Gifts of the Magi at Walnut Street Theatre

The Philadelphia premiere of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls musical is at the Academy of Music until December 1st.

-Brenda Hillegas Photos by Joan Marcus A book, adapted into a movie, then adapted into musical. It’s a process that has been done many times before. Very rarely though does the content become a huge hit that translates amazingly across the board. In 2004, Upper Darby’s own Tina Fey took a hold of a self-help book called Queen Bees and Wannabees and wrote the screenplay for Mean … Continue reading The Philadelphia premiere of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls musical is at the Academy of Music until December 1st.