Mentalist Vinny De Ponto is giving a mind-blowing virtual performance sponsored by the Bristol Riverside Theatre. He speaks of his show, Mental Amusements, as a carnival, and it is certainly a carnival for the mind. The combination of psychological tricks and illusion must be seen to be believed. Vinny asks someone in the “front row” to think of a zodiac sign and concentrate on it while he writes it down. He then shows it to the participant after she names the sign and it is the same. This is only one of many ways in which he interacts with his audience. He also asks everyone, including people in general admission seats, to make a pendulum with dental floss and a ring. The things that he could make the pendulum do remotely are fascinating. There are two ways to enjoy this amazing production. If you want to be part of the show and interact with Vinny, purchase a $50 ticket. If you want to just sit back and be amazed and even follow along with some “tricks “ on your own, purchase a general admission ticket for $35. Due to popular demand, the show has been extended to November 6. While you might hesitate and think twice before purchasing tickets at this price for a virtual show, I can guarantee that it is worth it!
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Friday, September 11, 2020
Philadelphia Theatre Company is producing The Days of Re-Creation, on September 30, 2020, a virtual play written entirely by people of color. While 2020 will be recorded as a year of fear, and death, it will also be remembered as a year of change, rebirth and re-creation. The Days of Recreation: A Virtual Play is seven 10 minute plays on this theme of re-recreation which relate in some way to one of the days of creation from the Book of Genesis. The show runs for 80 minutes with no intermission beginning at 7:00 pm. There will be a talkback after the show. There will be an announcement of the theatre’s plans for the upcoming theatre season at 6:45 before the show begins. For more information on how to get your free tickets, visit https://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/the-days-of-re-creation/ or call 215- 985- 0420.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Riverside Theatre is beginning its fall season with a brand new interactive
magic show. The Bucks County theatre is bringing award-winning Mentalist Vinny
DePonto’s virtual show, Mental Amusements, into the audience's homes September 24-26. Mental Amusements is a brand new, interactive, virtual magic show brought to you by the award-winning mentalist Vinny DePonto. DePonto’s mind-reading skills will exhilarate and flabbergast everyone. DePonto is bringing the carnival into audiences’ homes. Once getting a ticket, audiences are granted admission into a carefully crafted carnival of the mind, designed exclusively for the virtual stage Two types of tickets are available for this show. There are Front Row Tickets that put audiences right into the action. Front Row Ticket holders can participate in the show and have their minds read. Front Row tickets cost $50. General Admission tickets allow audiences to watch the show and comment without being seen or heard. General Admission tickets cost $35. The show runs approximately 60 minutes. Tickets
and more information are available online at brtstage.org or by calling the box office at
215-785-0100. More information about the show can also be found at:mentalamusements.com.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Live Events Industry Has Organized Movement for Buildings
And Venues Nationwide to Light up Red in Support of
Entertainment and Arts Workers
PHILADELPHIA LOCATIONS WILL INCLUDE THE SUZANNE ROBERTS THEATRE, THE PENNSYLVANIA
CONVENTION CENTER, THE KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, LIVE NATION VENUES, AND MORE
Philadelphia members of local chapters of event, stage, and venue organizations are banding together and imploring the US Congress to offer economic relief to the Live Events Industry by passing the RESTART ACT (S.3814.) Shuttered since March 2020, putting millions of people out of work, the industry is organizing a national ‘Red Start’ campaign on September 1, 2020 when buildings, venues and iconic locations in Philadelphia and nationwide will light up red from 9 pm to 12 midnight to raise public awareness that the Live Events Industry is on Red Alert for its very survival and to create congressional pressure to act now. The North American event comes on the heels of a similar event held on August 11 in the UK when over 700 buildings were lit, calling attention to the same plight facing the Live Events Industry there.
Friday, August 28, 2020
Artistic Director Keith Baker on keyboard leading the 5 piece band, various singers and musical groups have joined the fun over the years. This year, of course, the theatre closed its doors to the public in March due to the Corona virus pandemic. Keith Baker and his crew were not to be deterred. They’ve scheduled a three-part Summer Fest which can be accessed online after purchasing a ticket. I’ve just seen the second one, A Night At the Movies, and it was remarkable. Keith Baker, co- founder and Artistic Director, hosted the concert live from his living room and interviewed the soloists. Rebecca Robbins, Sean Thompson, Demetria Joyce Bailey and guitarist, Neil Nemetz and violinist Claudia Pellegrini before they performed. When Rebecca performed San Francisco in her living room, she was in one of five zoom squares surrounded by the band. With her gorgeous soprano voice she lifted her champagne glass voice high to match her voice! Sean Thompson has a soothing pure voice that is a pleasure to listen to as he sings Moon River and Unchained Melody. Demetria Joyce Bailey sings Stormy Weather and Goldfinger and if you close your eyes you could picture her in Porgy and Bess… a phenomenal voice. The 5 member band is frequently featured as you see and hear 2 guitars, a keyboard, a drum set and a violin. Although this is a virtual event, every soloist is featured in a visually unique and appealing way in a well-designed zoom arrangement.
The last concert of the series a Broadway Summer Spectacular is scheduled for September 2, 4, 6. It will feature Broadways bests from composers like Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Bristol Riverside Theatre is continuing its 25 year tradition of its Summer Music Fest. Held annually, these music events not only raise funds to help keep the theatre afloat during the regular theater season, but delight the audiences as well. With Co-Artistic Director Keith Baker on keyboard leading the 5 piece band, various singers and musical groups have joined the fun over the years. This year, of course, the corona virus dictated that the theatre close its doors in March due to the pandemic. Keith Baker and his crew were not to be deterred. They’ve scheduled a three-part Summer Fest which can be accessed online after purchasing a ticket. I’ve just seen the second one, A Night At the Movies, and it was remarkable. Thanks to Keith Baker and his production team, this BRT virtual presentation is one that everyone will be talking about for virtually days on end.
Keith Baker, hosted the concert live from his living room and interviewed the soloists Rebecca Robbins, Sean Thompson, Demetria Joyce Bailey and guitarist, Neil Nemetz and violinist Claudia Pellegrini before they performed. When Rebecca performed San Francisco in her gorgeous soprano voice, she lifted a champagne glass voice high to match the high notes she achieved at the song’s end. Sean Thompson had a soothing, pure voice that was a pleasure to listen to as he sang Moon River and Unchained Melody. Demetria Joyce Bailey's deep throaty voice was mesmerizing as she sang Stormy Weather and Goldfinger. . In this virtual event, every soloist was featured from a different visual perspective. The zoom arrangement was well designed and unique. The last concert of the series, a Broadway Summer Spectacular, is scheduled for September 2, 4, 6. It will feature Broadway's bests from composers like Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
KIMMEL CULTURAL CAMPUS CO-PRESENTS
COVID-19 RELIEF CONCERT
CHRISOPHER JACKSON:LIVE FROM THE WEST SIDE
STREAMED LIVE FROM NEW YORK
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 AT 8 P.M. EST
DONATIONS OF $40++ ACCEPTED STARTING AUGUST 4
The Kimmel Cultural Campus is one of a select group of 16 nonprofit arts organizations across the nation who have partnered to present an exclusive live-streamed concert event, Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side, on Saturday, August 15 at 8 p.m. EST. Jackson is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning songwriter/composer and a Tony Award nominated actor best known for originating the role of George Washington in Hamilton. Accompanied by a live band, Jackson will perform songs from his favorite musicals, pop standards and some of his original material. He will also share stories from his time with In the Heights and Hamilton. Audience members will be invited to text questions which will be answered during the live event.
CHRISTOPHER JACKSON: LIVE FROM THE WEST SIDE is accessible with a $40 donation and includes access to the livestream performance plus an additional 72 hour of on-demand viewing of the livestream. Donations support the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Covid 19 Relief Fund. ”Nonprofits arts presents are the lifeblood of the performing arts industry.” said Jackson, as he explained his partnering with the Covid-19 Relief Concert.
Beginning Tuesday August 4th donations of $40+ to the Kimmel Cultural Campus Relief Fund will grant access to Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side. Donations can be made at www.kimmelcenter.org.