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
Katharine Hepburn is a household name. She was a queen of film and stage (despite being labeled as “box office poison” at one point). She also received four Academy Awards for Best Actress- a record that will be hard to beat- for Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond. We’ve all seen at least one of her … Continue reading Get to Know Katharine Hepburn at Walnut Street Theatre
Feature photo: The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, photo by Carol Rosegg A Pulitzer Prize winner. A 20th anniversary tour. A SOLD OUT run in Philadelphia. This is RENT. It’s no surprise that Jonathan Larson’s RENT once won the Tony award for best musical. It’s also no surprise that this show, about a group of young friends living with HIV/AIDS, received so many other … Continue reading This Year’s ‘RENT’- Broadway’s Bittersweet Rock Musical is SOLD OUT in Philadelphia
Photo: Tyler Eisenreich, Kaitlyn Mayse and Gage Martin in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. By Carol Rosegg Fairy tales. We hear them often. We read them to our children. They were read to us as children. But very rarely do we get the opportunity to see them unfold before our eyes. The Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella you’ll see on stage at the Kimmel Center has a very … Continue reading Spend the Weekend with Cinderella at the Academy of Music
A simple (on the surface) story of an Italian war bride and a stranger she meets while her family is out of town doesn’t seem too exhilarating. It certainly doesn’t seem like something worth turning into a musical. But The Bridges of Madison County is far from mundane. It’s breathtaking. It’s thought-provoking. It’s at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre until March 3rd and you should go … Continue reading The Bridges of Madison County is a Must-See Musical from the Philadelphia Theatre Company
It’s not very often that I come home and immediately write about what I just saw. Usually I sleep on it, gather my thoughts and a few cups of coffee, and then say what I have to say. Totally not true this time…dude. Listen, it’s cold outside. The best thing for you to do this weekend is head to the Kimmel Center and see the … Continue reading Go Back to the ’80s This Weekend with the Philly POPS!
Photo: Company of Ken Ludwig’s A COMEDY OF TENORS at the Walnut Street Theatre. By Mark Garvin. Here are a few reasons why you should see Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, playing now until March 3rd on the Walnut Street Theatre’s main stage. -The plot is easy to follow, yet very engaging. -It has a classic sitcom feel. -The cast is perfect; it’s easy to forget they … Continue reading A Comedy of Tenors Will Be the Most Fun You’ll Have at the Theater All Year!
photo by Jeremy Daniel by Marialena Rago Mythology, monsters, Gods and a quest to save the world. The extraordinary tale of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, based on the New York Times best-selling book, is playing at the Merriam Theatre now until January 27th. Percy Jackson is a troubled, but good kid who doesn’t understand why he is always getting himself expelled from … Continue reading The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is Playing at the Merriam Theatre Through January 27th.
Feature photo: 1650 Broadway. (l to r) James Clow (“Don Kirshner”), Dylan S. Wallach (“Gerry Goffin”), Sarah Bockel (“Carole King”), Jacob Heimer (“Barry Mann”) and Alison Whitehurst (“Cynthia Weil”). Images by Joan Marcus. Simply put, go see this musical. Beautiful, based on the life of singer-songwriter Carole King, is at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music until January 20th. The show follows Carole’s incredible … Continue reading Actor Jacob Heimer Discusses his Role as Barry Mann in “Beautiful”, a Musical Based on the Life and Career of Carole King