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

Up Close and Personal: A Steady Rain at Walnut Street Theatre

-Brenda Hillegas -Photos by Mark Garvin Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence on Studio 3 is a hidden gem a few floors up from the venue’s main performance space. The studio is often used for small, intimate performances and Keith Huff’s (Mad Men, House of Cards) 2009 Broadway show, A Steady Rain, might just be the most intimate (and intense) theatre experience you get. You meet Denny, a … Continue reading Up Close and Personal: A Steady Rain at Walnut Street Theatre

Philadelphia’s Maggie Lakis on her Role in Something Rotten! and her Favorite Local Spots.

photo by Jeremy Daniel The ten time Tony-nominated Something Rotten! will make its Philadelphia debut on February 27th at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. Set in the late 1500s, this hilarious musical tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, a pair of brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. Philadelphia actress Maggie Lakis, who plays the role of Bea, tells us that you don’t even have to be … Continue reading Philadelphia’s Maggie Lakis on her Role in Something Rotten! and her Favorite Local Spots.

Waitress the Musical: The Sweetest Thing in Philly This Week

by Marialena Rago photo by Joan Marcus A romantic musical comedy good enough to eat is the perfect gift for your Valentine (or Galentine)! Waitress, now at the Forrest Theatre, is a humorous, heartfelt tale based off of the 2007 movie starring Keri Russell and written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. Jenna (Desi Oakley), a pie-baking waitress, discover’s she is pregnant with her husband’s child. … Continue reading Waitress the Musical: The Sweetest Thing in Philly This Week

Celebrate Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday with a Year-Long Lineup of Events!

by Joei DeCarlo The Reading Terminal Market (RTM) located at 12th & Arch Streets in Center City has been a source of local goods and produce since 1893. The Market is located in a National Historic Landmark building and offers patrons a variety of items ranging from fresh fruit and produce to table linens, desserts, flowers, meats and fish. This nonprofit’s mission is to provide … Continue reading Celebrate Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday with a Year-Long Lineup of Events!

Patrizio Buanne…To Philly with Love

International Superstar Returns to World Cafe Live on Valentine’s Day by Mark Casasanto Somewhere, back around eleven or twelve years ago, I was enjoying a rare night off with nothing on my agenda except a little peace and quiet. No wife, no kids, no work… just a single luxury… the remote control. Back then, that was as unheard of as a Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl … Continue reading Patrizio Buanne…To Philly with Love