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.

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.

Step on over to Merriam Theater to witness the magic of Riverdance’s 25th anniversary.

-Brenda Hillegas Photo by Jack Hartin Finding a family-friendly, indoor event in winter isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Riverdance is here at the Merriam Theater for a limited engagement (only through January 26th) and it’s guaranteed to be an experience everyone will love. Whether you see this show once or many times, you’ll never grow tired of the beautifully choreographed numbers and breathtaking … Continue reading Step on over to Merriam Theater to witness the magic of Riverdance’s 25th anniversary.

Actor and musician Taylor Blooms talks about his role as Paul Simon in The Simon & Garfunkel Story, coming to Merriam Theater this month.

-Brenda Hillegas Cover photo by Lane Peters What’s your favorite Simon and Garfunkel song? Maybe you’ll get a chance to see it performed live in the concert-style theatre show, The Simon and Garfunkel Story. The journey of this iconic folk-rock duo unfolds at the Merriam Theater for two nights only- January 29th and 30th. Watch as they begin their career and journey through their success … Continue reading Actor and musician Taylor Blooms talks about his role as Paul Simon in The Simon & Garfunkel Story, coming to Merriam Theater this month.

Watch the life of Thurgood Marshall unfold at Walnut Street Theatre.

-Brenda Hillegas (Photo by Mark Garvin) Thurgood is a crash course in the life and career of Thurgood Marshall. The Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3 places audiences at Howard University School of Law as we witness Thurgood Marshall himself (channeled by actor Johnnie Hobbs, Jr.) give a lecture on his achievements. You can be a part of this lecture now through February 9th. … Continue reading Watch the life of Thurgood Marshall unfold at Walnut Street Theatre.

Riverdance tap dancer Lamont Brown tells us about the show’s 25th anniversary tour- coming to Merriam Theater this month!

-Brenda Hillegas (Feature photo by Jack Hartin) Earlier this week, the 25th anniversary tour of Riverdance began in Maine. Later this month, the tour makes a stop here in Philadelphia at the Merriam Theater as it continues through 45 cities in the United States. Fans of all ages have fallen in love with the music and dance of this show. Twenty five years later, Riverdance … Continue reading Riverdance tap dancer Lamont Brown tells us about the show’s 25th anniversary tour- coming to Merriam Theater this month!

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.

Husband and wife Quick Change act talks about Cirque Dreams Holidaze, coming to Philadelphia 12/26!

-Brenda Hillegas Family fun this holiday season just got a whole lot better! Do not miss the latest Cirque extravaganza, coming to Philadelphia for a limited time just after Christmas. Between December 26th and December 29th, you’ll have eight chances to gather your friends and family for a trip to the Merriam Theater. Prepare to be wowed by holiday magic in a way that only … Continue reading Husband and wife Quick Change act talks about Cirque Dreams Holidaze, coming to Philadelphia 12/26!

The SpongeBob Musical is an incredible theatre experience. See it now in Philadelphia

-Brenda Hillegas Photo by Jeremy Daniel It’s going to be pretty bubbly here in Philadelphia as The SpongeBob Musical takes over The Forrest Theatre through December 15th. Creator/director Tina Landau and a Tony Award-winning design team bring SpongeBob and his friends to life on stage with a bright, perfectly over-the-top, fun show. Believe it or not, this animated series translates beautifully into a Broadway production fit … Continue reading The SpongeBob Musical is an incredible theatre experience. See it now in Philadelphia