Actor Red Concepcion Talks About Bringing the Role of the Engineer to Life in Miss Saigon

Last week, I called Red Concepcion. He’s the actor currently portraying the Engineer in Miss Saigon’s US tour. After speaking to him, I’m not sure who is more pumped up about the show’s Philadelphia stop- me or Red! With almost two weeks here, March 19th to the 31st, Red is excited that Miss Saigon is making longer than usual visits to each town, giving him … Continue reading Actor Red Concepcion Talks About Bringing the Role of the Engineer to Life in Miss Saigon

Spend the Weekend with Cinderella at the Academy of Music

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

Actor Jacob Heimer Discusses his Role as Barry Mann in “Beautiful”, a Musical Based on the Life and Career of Carole King

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

Step Inside Wonka’s Factory at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music

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

Fiddler on the Roof Is Back in Philadelphia After Nearly Three Decades

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

Actress Carol Beaugard Talks Fiddler on the Roof, Coming to the Academy of Music Later This Month.

The national tour of Fiddler on the Roof is coming to Philadelphia; the first time the classic musical will play the Academy of Music in almost three decades! If you have yet to see this show- and you’re a big Broadway fan- get your tickets now! This production is special because Israeli actor and director Yehezkel Lazarov plays Tevye, the main character of the show. … Continue reading Actress Carol Beaugard Talks Fiddler on the Roof, Coming to the Academy of Music Later This Month.

Love Never Dies Tells a Story Ten Years After Phantom…

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…

Meet Jonathan Weir- The Actor with Philly Ties Playing “Jafar” in the Kimmel’s Aladdin (June 13th to July 1st)

cover image by Deen van Meer Disney’s Aladdin, which opened on Broadway in 2014, closes out the Kimmel Center’s 2017-2018 season. We spoke with actor Jonathan Weir who plays the villain Jafar in Aladdin. This veteran theatre actor also played evil in Disney’s The Lion King (Scar) on Broadway. National tours for Weir  include Jersey Boys, The Lion King, and Scrooge the Musical, and many roles theatres throughout Chicago where he resides. He attended … Continue reading Meet Jonathan Weir- The Actor with Philly Ties Playing “Jafar” in the Kimmel’s Aladdin (June 13th to July 1st)

Must See: The Phantom of the Opera in Philadelphia through Nov. 12

-Marialena Rago Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy “Phantom of the Opera is up there with Les Mis as one of the best shows ever,” I heard this past Friday night from an audience member at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. And it really is. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running Broadway show, an essential piece of musical theater that one must see. Andrew … Continue reading Must See: The Phantom of the Opera in Philadelphia through Nov. 12

Kinky Boots Reminds Us of What’s Really Important.

-Brenda Hillegas (photo by Matt Crockett) Lola, the drag queen from London, encourages these six steps to success and happiness: 1. Pursue the truth 2. Learn something new 3. Accept yourself and you’ll accept others too 4. Let love shine 5. Let pride be your guide 6. Change the world when you change your mind Lola says: Just be. Who you wanna be. Never let them … Continue reading Kinky Boots Reminds Us of What’s Really Important.