Philadelphia native Phoenix Best returns as Éponine in Les Miserables at the Academy of Music 3/17-3/29.

-Brenda Hillegas This show will be postponed until a later date. Please visit the Kimmel Center’s website for details and updates.  Philadelphia’s loves Les Miserables! The acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Tony Award-winning musical is back at the Academy of Music from March 17th to the 29th. When the musical was last here in 2018, it broke box office records during the … Continue reading Philadelphia native Phoenix Best returns as Éponine in Les Miserables at the Academy of Music 3/17-3/29.

Say “Hello” to Dolly at the Academy of Music through March 1st.

-Brenda Hillegas (feature photo by Julieta Cervantes) When I interviewed John Bolton (Hello, Dolly‘s Horace Vandergelder), he hoped that audiences would simply experience joy as they watch the production. And that’s exactly what you’ll feel. Joy. As Dolly Gallagher Levi walks elegantly down a red staircase in a stunning red dress you’ll truly feel the magic of theatre. This scene is the beginning of one … Continue reading Say “Hello” to Dolly at the Academy of Music through March 1st.

Hello Dolly’s John Bolton hopes you experience joy when the Tony-winning show comes to Philadelphia 2/19-3/1.

-Brenda Hillegas Cover photo: John Bolton and the National tour company of Hello Dolly. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.   I spoke with Hello Dolly’s John Bolton recently as he was enjoying some downtime at home in upstate New York. The cast had a rare week off from tour, then it’s off to Florida, Georgia and finally Philadelphia for a near two-week stay at the Academy … Continue reading Hello Dolly’s John Bolton hopes you experience joy when the Tony-winning show comes to Philadelphia 2/19-3/1.

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

The Band’s Visit’s Adam Gabay discusses his journey with the musical’s first national tour; in Philly 1/7-1/19.

-Brenda Hillegas (Feature image: the company of The Band’s Visit North American Tour, photo by Matthew Murphy) The Kimmel Center’s Broadway 2019-2020 season continues with The Band’s Visit, coming to the Academy of Music next week. We spoke with actor Adam Gabay who plays the character of Papi, a cafe worker in the fictional town of Bet Hatikva, Israel. Adam has been enjoying his first … Continue reading The Band’s Visit’s Adam Gabay discusses his journey with the musical’s first national tour; in Philly 1/7-1/19.

Come From Away celebrates the real people and stories in Gander, Newfoundland during 9/11/01.

-Brenda Hillegas Cover photo by Matthew Murphy Somewhere…in the middle of nowhere… The lyrics to the songs of Come From Away have been in my head since the first time I saw the musical, just this past May. At that point, the show’s first North American tour had been announced and I already knew it would be coming to Philadelphia as part of the Kimmel … Continue reading Come From Away celebrates the real people and stories in Gander, Newfoundland during 9/11/01.

Stephen Brower Talks About His Role as Dmitry in ANASTASIA at the Academy of Music 4/9-4/14

Lila Coogan (Anya) and Stephen Brower (Dmitry) in the National Tour of ANASTASIA. Photo by Evan Zimmerman   This week, the iconic tale of ANASTASIA makes its Philadelphia premiere! You’ll be transported to Paris, 1920s as the young Anya sets out to discover the mystery of her past and tries to outsmart the Soviet officer who wants to silence her! With the help of a conman … Continue reading Stephen Brower Talks About His Role as Dmitry in ANASTASIA at the Academy of Music 4/9-4/14

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