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

Meet Brynn Williams, “Violet Beauregarde” in the Stage Musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

photo courtesy of Allied Integrated Marketing Roald Dahl’s story of a boy and his wild journey through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is a classic one. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know and love it, who didn’t wish they could receive a Golden Ticket to such a wonderful place, who didn’t believe in the power of imagination…and who isn’t thinking about grabbing a piece … Continue reading Meet Brynn Williams, “Violet Beauregarde” in the Stage Musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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

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…

Broad & Pattison

by Stephen Pagano   As I gaze through the gates at Broad & Pattison, I try to wrap my mind around the fact that Veterans Stadium has been gone for 13 years. The place where many South Philadelphians, including myself, grew up watching both Phillies baseball and Eagles football. For most people, it was just a building that housed sporting events and concerts, but to … Continue reading Broad & Pattison