Local playwright Douglas Williams talks about his latest creation, Ship, presented by Azuka Theatre through March 15th

Alison Ormsby (Caitlin) and Annie Fang (Nell) in Azuka Theatre’s production of Ship. Photo by Johanna Austin/AustinArt.org In Ship, written by Douglas Williams, we meet Nell. She’s just out of rehab and returns to her hometown of Mystic, CT where she has two goals in mind-  to track down her former classmate who tried and failed to grow the longest fingernails in the world, and to … Continue reading Local playwright Douglas Williams talks about his latest creation, Ship, presented by Azuka Theatre through March 15th

Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale: A must-see at Wilma Theatre

-Brenda Hillegas Photo by Joanna Austin If the weather was a bit nicer today, I’d have my windows opened and I’d be able to hear the sounds of construction a few blocks behind my house. There are new condos coming and they’re about three times the price I paid for my own house just a few years ago. And just steps away from a nearly … Continue reading Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale: A must-see at Wilma Theatre

Describe the Night questions what’s real and what’s not in a mysterious fairy tale about Russian history.

-Brenda Hillegas PHOTO: Sarah Gliko as Yevgenia, Steven Rishard as Nikolai, and Ross Beschler as Isaac in Describe the Night. Credit: Johanna Austin. It makes perfect sense that playwright Rajiv Joseph introduces us to real-life storyteller Isaac Babel in the first act of Describe the Night. In this scene, Babel is in the woods alongside Nikolai Yezhov, also a real, historical figure. The year is … Continue reading Describe the Night questions what’s real and what’s not in a mysterious fairy tale about Russian history.

RENT returns to Philadelphia this weekend only. Catch the last few shows!

-Brenda Hillegas Cover photo: The company of RENT, photo by Amy Boyle Eight. Times. Sure, I’ve seen movies that many times or more. Even some television shows. But a musical? Surprisingly, I’m in the minority for the number of times someone has seen RENT. Meaning…there are people who have seen the show way more than that. “RENTheads” are out there. They are dedicated, hardcore fans … Continue reading RENT returns to Philadelphia this weekend only. Catch the last few shows!

The Exciting Story of Anastasia is at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music This Week

Feature photo: Lila Coogan (Anya), Stephen Brower (Dmitry) and the company of the National Tour of ANASTASIA. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.   Adventure, romance, beautiful music, breathtaking snow-inspired costumes. Anastasia has it all. If you haven’t seen a musical in Philadelphia yet this season, take a journey to 1920s Russia and Paris by way of the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. Anastasia will be … Continue reading The Exciting Story of Anastasia is at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music This Week

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