Kimmel Cultural Campus celebrates Mother’s Day social distance-style with “Kimmel’s Music for Mom”

Public invited to submit their mom to win a personalized, one-of-a-kind “Mom-inspired song” written and performed by Kimmel Residency artists and delivered via video for Mother’s Day The Kimmel Cultural Campus announces a Mother’s Day celebration – social distance-style in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Philadelphia is encouraged to share what makes their moms so special and three lucky moms will be selected to … Continue reading Kimmel Cultural Campus celebrates Mother’s Day social distance-style with “Kimmel’s Music for Mom”

From Broadway to Broad Street, the curtains will rise again! The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus and The Shubert Organization announced the 2020/21 Broadway Philadelphia season…

THE KIMMEL CENTER CULTURAL CAMPUS AND THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION PRESENT… 2020/21 BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA SEASON SHOWCASING LARGEST SUBSCRIPTION SEASON IN KIMMEL CENTER HISTORY! WITH 14 BLOCKBUSTER PRODUCTIONS AND A COMBINED 49 TONY AWARD® WINS, 2020/21 Season Highlights include FOUR Philadelphia premieres… From Broadway to Broad Street, the curtains will rise again! The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus and The Shubert Organization announced the 2020/21 Broadway Philadelphia season today, reminding the … Continue reading From Broadway to Broad Street, the curtains will rise again! The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus and The Shubert Organization announced the 2020/21 Broadway Philadelphia season…

Come see the best of “Abbey Road” performed as Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles comes to Merriam Theater March 13-15th

-Brenda Hillegas Feature photo by Richard Lovrich This show will be postponed until a later date. Please visit the Kimmel Center’s website for details and updates.  Just over 50 years ago, the Beatles released Abbey Road. We all know the words to songs like “Come Together”, “Here Comes the Sun”, “Octopus’s Garden” and so many more from this iconic album. Join the longest running Beatles … Continue reading Come see the best of “Abbey Road” performed as Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles comes to Merriam Theater March 13-15th

The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney talks about his iconic Irish band and what’s in store for their Philadelphia stop next week.

-Brenda Hillegas Photo courtesy of the Kimmel Center Paddy Moloney, who founded The Chieftains in Dublin in 1962, calls his career a “long journey of music and friends” and rightfully so. The band has over 40 albums, countless collaborations with big name musician, six Grammys, credits on an Oscar-winning soundtrack, and are considered by many music experts as the group that brought traditional Irish music … Continue reading The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney talks about his iconic Irish band and what’s in store for their Philadelphia stop next week.

Philadelphia native Phoenix Best returns as Éponine in Les Miserables at the Academy of Music 3/17-3/29.

-Brenda Hillegas This show will be postponed until a later date. Please visit the Kimmel Center’s website for details and updates.  Philadelphia’s loves Les Miserables! The acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Tony Award-winning musical is back at the Academy of Music from March 17th to the 29th. When the musical was last here in 2018, it broke box office records during the … Continue reading Philadelphia native Phoenix Best returns as Éponine in Les Miserables at the Academy of Music 3/17-3/29.

Say “Hello” to Dolly at the Academy of Music through March 1st.

-Brenda Hillegas (feature photo by Julieta Cervantes) When I interviewed John Bolton (Hello, Dolly‘s Horace Vandergelder), he hoped that audiences would simply experience joy as they watch the production. And that’s exactly what you’ll feel. Joy. As Dolly Gallagher Levi walks elegantly down a red staircase in a stunning red dress you’ll truly feel the magic of theatre. This scene is the beginning of one … Continue reading Say “Hello” to Dolly at the Academy of Music through March 1st.

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.

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.

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!

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.