-Brenda Hillegas Photos by Joan Marcus A book, adapted into a movie, then adapted into musical. It’s a process that has been done many times before. Very rarely though does the content become a huge hit that translates amazingly across the board. In 2004, Upper Darby’s own Tina Fey took a hold of a self-help book called Queen Bees and Wannabees and wrote the screenplay for Mean … Continue reading The Philadelphia premiere of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls musical is at the Academy of Music until December 1st.
-Brenda Hillegas (feature photo by Mark Garvin) Shrek is an unlikely fairy tale. Sure, there’s a prince and a princess, some talking animals, and true love’s kiss. But in this story, a big, scary (but lovable) ogre and his sassy sidekick donkey set out to stand up for what’s right in a sweet tale about inner beauty and finding your own tribe of people. I … Continue reading Shrek the Musical is a big, lovable story playing at Walnut Street Theatre until January 5th.
-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.
-Marialena Rago Pictured: Joshua Tavares (Angel) and Shafiq Hicks (Tom Collins), photo by Amy Boyle Most people know the story of RENT, the Tony award winning rock musical that is returning to Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater due to popular demand. If you missed your chance at seeing the show here last spring, you can catch it again for one weekend only- October 18th to 20th. … Continue reading Philadelphia actor Shafiq Hicks talks about RENT and his role as Tom Collins
Feature photo: Jessica Bedford, Greg Wood, Susan Riley Stevens, and Jake Blouch. By Mark Garvin -Brenda Hillegas Meteor showers can be a beautiful event to witness. Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower is also beautiful…and strange, hilarious, unbelievable, and honest. Martin’s one-act play takes the audience through the ups and downs of marriage. The high points and the bliss, the low points and the apologies, saying what … Continue reading Spend the evening with Meteor Shower at Walnut Street Theatre
Cover photo: Dan Olmstead and Ben Dibble. Photo by Mark Garvin -Brenda Hillegas The Walnut Street Theatre is so special. I’ll say it just once in this season of reviews- it’s the oldest continuously operating theatre in the English-speaking world and the oldest theatre in the United States. The fact that Walnut Street Theatre was founded in 1809 should give all of that away. The theatre … Continue reading Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein kicks off Walnut Street Theatre’s 211th season
-Brenda Hillegas photo by Joan Marcus The first time I saw Hamilton, I was newly pregnant. It was March in New York City and there was some sort of ice/rain/snow mix going on. I spent a lot of money to see the show that night and tried my best to enjoy every minute of it, knowing I probably wouldn’t have the opportunity again. The show was great, … Continue reading You have until November 17th to see Hamilton in Philadelphia. Make it happen.
feature photo by Matthew Murphy Make a “Memory” with CATS, as the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical returns to Philadelphia for the first time since 1999! CATS is one of the longest running Broadway shows in history, with seven Tony wins (including best musical). If you haven’t seen this yet, now is the perfect time. We hope to see you at the Forrest Theatre between June 18th-30th … Continue reading CATS cast member, Caitlin Bond, talks about the show’s return to Philadelphia this month!
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
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