Thursday, February 15, 2018

Yannick Nézet-Séguin to start at Met Opera two years earlier than originally planned

The Met also announced a $15 million gift from the Neubauer Family Foundation to support the music director position.

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'Sex with Strangers' at Montgomery Theatre: Who are you? And how can I ever know?

Laura Eason's uneasy "Sex with Strangers" is leading off the 25th anniversary of the Montgomery Theatre in Souderton, through Feb. 25. It's a good account of a play that resonates in our mom…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

'Waitress' at the Forrest Theatre: Too sweet, too shallow

There may be sugar in the pies, but there's saccharine on the stage. Waitress, part of the Broadway Philadelphia series, is making a six-day stopover at the Forrest through Feb. 18, and, lik…

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Lawrence Brownlee's 'Cycles of My Being': 'Hold on to your seats'

On Feb. 20 the star tenor and Opera Philadelphia artistic advisor world-premieres a song cycle meant to evoke the black male experience in America right now.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In Disney Channel's 'Zombies' musical, Montco native found medium to send a message

Cheltenham High grad David Light says the teleplay he cowrote about a cheerleader with a secret and the zombie football player who falls for her is about "humanity and openheartedness."

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Paige Davis returns to 'Trading Spaces' and hits up Philadelphia Home + Garden Show

Paige Davis returns to TLC and Trading Spaces

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Monday, February 12, 2018

'Time Remembered' by IRC at Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5: The sweet calamity of the past

"Time Remembered," Jean Anouilh's charming play being performed through March 4 by the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, is about the past, what Beckett …

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Opera Philadelphia's 'Written on Skin' a new take on a not-so-old opera

What unfolded Friday at the Academy of Music was a red-blooded opera rooted with the visceral appeal of the blood-and-guts I Pagliacci, thanks to director William Kerley and designer Tom Rog…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

'The Revolutionists' at Theatre Horizon: Comedy, martyrdom and feminism offer a mixed bag

"The Revolutionists" is a mixed bag. Act 1 rambles, but intensity picks up as the Reign of Terror closes in. The brief trials of Charlotte, Marie Antoinette, and Olympe are well staged and a…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Philly Theatre Week: Variety, ease of access … and the best of what's onstage

It's Philly Theatre Week, a celebration (Feb. 8-18) of all you can do onstage, from traditional plays and musicals (plenty of those) to song, dance, film, panels, cabaret, comedy, from the b…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Sara Bareilles adores 'delicious misfits' like the ones in her musical 'Waitress,' in Philly next week

Waitress the musical, at the Forrest Theatre in Philadlephia Feb. 13-18.

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New black-history musical from Dice Raw shows off his many talents (but harmony isn't one)

Roots-associated rapper Dice Raw stages a true story of slavery and heroism in "Henry Box Brown: A Hip Hop Musical."

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

'Next to Normal' at Media Theatre: Authentic, stunning, unhappy, yet happy to be alive

At the end, "Next to Normal" (2009) drew a thunderous ovation on opening night at Media Theatre. But during the show, reaction was muted, because this innovative rock musical is so stunning …

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Despite bans, 'Hamilton,' Springsteen tix still vacuumed up by bots

A bill in N.J. would impose a $10,000 fine and up to 18 months in prison for those convicted of using bots to buy tickets online.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

'Really' at Theatre Exile: A play in search of excitement

"Really" by Theatre Exile through Feb. 18, is about photography, selfies, memory, and art. And the metaphor of photography could have been promising. But as performed here, there's little dr…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The plays and musicals to see in Philadelphia this spring

Also on stages: the John Guare Festival, "Noises Off," "Waitress," "Sound of Music," Henry Box Brown with Dice Raw

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Dice Raw, inspired by 'Hamilton,' won't let a burst pipe stop his new Philly hip-hop play

Roots-linked rapper Dice Raw talks about moving the world premiere of "Henry Box Brown: A Hip Hop Musical" to Community College of Philadelphia. Costume designer Katherine Fritz discusses th…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Grammys shower 'La La Land' with more love

NEW YORK (AP) - "La La Land" is still winning awards.

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Eagle Theatre's 'Little Women': Bigger than life and full of energy

The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, N.J. is presenting "Little Women, The Musical" through Feb. 25. The songs are less than inspired, but tremendous acting (particularly Kimberly Suskind in the …

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

'Humans' at Walnut Street Theatre: All monsters, all too human, looking for comfort

With moments of tenderness and humor, the fine Tony-winning play "The Humans" by Stephen Karam is at the Walnut Street Theatre through March 4. In this play about class and family, a very go…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Freedom Theatre flooded; 'Box' world premiere relocates to Community College of Phila.

A burst pipe has flooded out the New Freedom Theatre, meaning the world-premiere musical "Henry Box Brown" has had to relocate to Bonnell Auditorium at the Community College of Philadelphia,…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

With a Cézanne as star, Dodo Hamilton paintings, jewelry and more to be auctioned off at Freeman's

La Vie des Champs - Life in the Fields - by Cézanne was shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1996

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Monday, January 15, 2018

First-ever Philly Theatre Week coming soon: Tickets on sale today

The new Philly Theatre Week offers 210 performances at three price points - free, $15, and $30 - Feb. 8-18.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pa. Historical Society seeks to sell iconic portrait of William Hamilton, the party boy who built The Woodlands

Giant portrait hung in the dining room at the Woodlands and then, for 150 years, in the main reading room of the historical society.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Monday, December 18, 2017

'Parisian Woman' with Uma Thurman: Lifeless, trashy look at power brokers in the age of Trump by Toby Zinman

Cashing in on anti-Trump sentiment with cheap jokes, The Parisian Woman, by Beau Willimon, is toothless as political satire. As a drama about behind-the-scenes shenanigans in Washington, it …

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017

'The Color Purple' at the Forrest Theatre: Climbing to a plateau of joy

"The Color Purple," at the Forrest Theatre through Sunday, is a national tour of the enduringly popular Broadway musical. In many ways it's closer to the novel than was the beloved, somewhat…

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