Meet Jill-Christine Wiley, the Lancaster Native Who Takes on the Role of “Maria” in Kimmel Center’s “The Sound of Music”

-Brenda Hillegas feature photo by Matthew Murphy “Maria” needs no introduction. The Sound of Music is a classic story we’ve all seen a time or two. Yet, it never gets old. Come to the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theatre between April 24th and 29th to relive this beloved musical based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. For the few of you who … Continue reading Meet Jill-Christine Wiley, the Lancaster Native Who Takes on the Role of “Maria” in Kimmel Center’s “The Sound of Music”

Q&A with Debra Cardona of the hit Gloria Estefan Musical, On Your Feet!

-cover photo by Matthew Murphy Next week, On Your Feet!, the jukebox musical that tells the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, comes to the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. With music and lyrics by the Estefans, On Your Feet! invites audiences to experience this couple’s journey from Cuba to America. Ups and downs, topping the pop charts, and almost losing everything, this is the true … Continue reading Q&A with Debra Cardona of the hit Gloria Estefan Musical, On Your Feet!

Let’s Get Ready to (Margarita) Rumble!

By: Joei DeCarlo On Saturday, April 28, 2018 you can enjoy margaritas from many of the city’s bars and restaurants as they compete for the title of “Best Margarita in Philly”. Sponsored by Don Julio Tequila, Margarita Rumble is an event celebrating the best margaritas Philly has to offer. Some of the many competitors include mixologists from Besito Mexican, Mad Rex, Copabanana, Draught Horse, The … Continue reading Let’s Get Ready to (Margarita) Rumble!

Leslie Odom, Jr. Comes Home to Promote New Book

by Marialena Rago Leslie Odom Jr., Tony and Grammy winning star of the Broadway smash-hit Hamilton: An American Musical, visited his hometown of Philadelphia last night to promote his new book, Failing Up. Odom, a Masterman and CAPA alum, talked to the crowd at the University of the Arts’ Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium about how playing Aaron Burr almost didn’t happen. He was thinking about quitting acting and … Continue reading Leslie Odom, Jr. Comes Home to Promote New Book

Racing for a Healthier Planet

by Joei DeCarlo In preparation for the Run for Clean Air race on Sunday, April 22, 2018, the Clean Air Council is hosting its annual Race the Bus event on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Lining up at 5:30 PM, participants will have the opportunity to see if they can run faster than the Route 45 SEPTA Bus. This three-mile race encourages challengers to see if … Continue reading Racing for a Healthier Planet

Walnut Street Theatre to be featured on ABC’s “The Goldbergs”

by Marialena Rago This Wednesday night, the hit ABC comedy The Goldbergs will pay homage to Andrew Lloyd Webber in honor of his 70th birthday, which took place March 22nd. The episode, “Colors”, will tell the true story of Goldberg’s high school drama teacher, Susan, who spared no expense for the school’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Goldbergs is a series … Continue reading Walnut Street Theatre to be featured on ABC’s “The Goldbergs”

Philly Wine Week Pops Off to a Delicious Start

by Geno Thackara It has to be one of the tastiest start-of-spring traditions out there. Since forming in 2014 by the Vintage Syndicate’s Kate Moroney and Panorama co-founder Bill Eccleston, Philly Wine Week has offered a deliciously sweet (and/or dry) way to mark the season for connoisseurs and amateurs alike. The fifth annual festival’s delightful pop-off at Cescaphe’s Vie on North Broad Street was well … Continue reading Philly Wine Week Pops Off to a Delicious Start

Celebrate Beatlemania this Weekend with the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper at the Academy of Music.

(photo by Richard Lovrich) This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of one of the most beloved Beatles albums of all time, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The members of RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, will celebrate this classic album by playing it all the way through, every single track, when they perform at the Academy of Music March 23 – 25. Along with … Continue reading Celebrate Beatlemania this Weekend with the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper at the Academy of Music.

Wesseh Freeman, 1976-2018

Courtesy of Shane Speal   It crushes me to write this email. My friend, Wesseh Freeman died on February 27th at the age of 41.  He was struck and killed by a motorist in his hometown of Monrovia, Liberia. I loved Wesseh so much.  He was master musician who built his own guitar, even while suffering almost complete blindness.  Soon after seeing a viral video of … Continue reading Wesseh Freeman, 1976-2018

Something Rotten is Something Wonderful

-Marialena Rago -Photos by Jeremy Daniel Imagine life during the Renaissance with all the new inventions and great poets and storytellers. It’s a time where William Shakespeare is treated like a rock star and indoor plumbing is a novelty. Welcome to Something Rotten, the amusing romp that is now at the Academy of Music until March 4th. This fantastic musical comedy will keep you laughing … Continue reading Something Rotten is Something Wonderful