-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
-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 1999. That’s the last time our city hosted CATS, a musical from Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The classic show is one of Broadway’s biggest hits and forth-longest running production (opening in 1982, closing in 2000 with a revival in 2016) to date. It won seven Tony … Continue reading Experience the magic of CATS as it returns to Philadelphia after twenty years!
by Marialena Rago photo by Joan Marcus A romantic musical comedy good enough to eat is the perfect gift for your Valentine (or Galentine)! Waitress, now at the Forrest Theatre, is a humorous, heartfelt tale based off of the 2007 movie starring Keri Russell and written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. Jenna (Desi Oakley), a pie-baking waitress, discover’s she is pregnant with her husband’s child. … Continue reading Waitress the Musical: The Sweetest Thing in Philly This Week
by Brenda Hillegas Cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s childhood home on Maple Avenue exists in Beech Creek, Pennsylvania. It’s also a main setting in the musical Fun Home, which is based on her 2006 graphic memoir FUN HOME: A Family Tragicomic. From now until June 18th, you can catch it here in Philadelphia. Alison and her father don’t always see eye to eye, yet as she grows up, she … Continue reading Fun Home Comes Home to Pennsylvania
-Brenda Hillegas “I love you Hedwig,” someone shouted from the mezzanine last night. “I love you too,” Hedwig says back, softly and very sincerely. I was pretty close to the stage, so there’s no way I was the one who shouted. But it very well could have been me. I’m not sure how I managed to contain all of my varied emotions last night. About 15 … Continue reading Hedwig Finally Comes to Philly