Thursday, February 23, 2017

SliCE Pizza Giveaway


SliCE –Free Pizza Giveaway

SliCE celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a free pizza giveaway on Friday, February 24.  During lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. SliCE will give away free pizza  slices at all locations (Rittenhouse, Italian Market, Fishtown and Washington Township.) Each location will have a rotating selection of pies during the two hours. There is no purchase required and there will be a limit of one slice per person. On Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26 every location will offer large pizzas  for only $10 for dine-in or take-out including every signature variety on the menu. For a full menu of signature pies, listed by locations, visit www.slicepa.com.   

April Events at the Kimmel

April Events at the Kimmel

Pianist Aaron Diehl, one of today’s most sought-after jazz virtuosos, will perform with his trio at the SEI Innovation Studio on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Diehl fell in love with jazz at an early age but  was classically trained at Julliard. In 2013 Diehl’s debut album The Bespoke Man’s Narrative reached No.1 on the Jazz Week Jazz Chart. His 2014-15 career highlights include; serving as Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center New Orleans Songbook concert series, performing in the New York premiere of Phillip Glass’ complete Études at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and touring the U.S. and Europe with Grammy-nominated jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Diehl’s latest album is Space, Time, Continuum, establishing the jazz language as a continuum uniting artists.

Cabaret will make its Philadelphia Premiere at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music April 4-9, 2017, as part of the 2016-17 Broadway Philadelphia season presented collaboratively by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization. Jon Peterson, a veteran of Cabaret on Broadway will be starring in the role as the Emcee while Leigh Ann Larkin, known for her roles on Broadway in Gypsy and A Little Night Music will be making her Cabaret debut as Sally Bowles. Roundabout Theatre Company’s tour of Cabaret features original Broadway direction by Sam Mendes and original co-direction & choreography by Rob Marshall. Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Cabaret first opened on Broadway in 1998 and won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a musical. 

Actress Carol Burnett spends An Evening of Laughter and Reflection Where the Audience Asks the Questions at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Academy of Music on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Throughout the performance, Burnett will take questions from the audience and show video clips from her show. Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history.

The Cyrus Chestnut Trio, led by acclaimed pianist Cyrus Chestnut, comes to the SEI Innovation Studio on April 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. for a blues-infused jazz performance. .Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts states, “Cyrus Chestnut defines what it means to be a versatile musician, combining gospel, pop, blues, and transforming them into unmistakable jazz.” Chestnut enjoys mixing styles and resists being typecast in any niche.


In a one-night-only event, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq will combine her voice with other musical talents, silent film and organ improvisation for a mesmerizing effect. Controversial silent film Nanook of the North will be projected on screen in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Verizon Hall as Tagaq provides an improvisational soundscape alongside organist Dr. Aaron David Miller, revealing the film’s original score in a new contemporary light. The performance will take place Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. The 1922 documentary Nanook of the North paved the way for the modern documentary but also drew controversy for its sometimes fictional images. Channeling ancient rituals, Tagaq’s improvised performance include haunting chants, screams, and growls into a sometimes unnerving journey to a completely new sound world.

The Kimmel Center Resident Dance Company PHILADANCO will perform its Spring program at the Perelman Theater, featuring a selection of fast-moving, breath-taking works by founder Joan Myers Brown’s favorite choreographers. The program, taking place April 13-15, 2017, will feature a combination of revivals and new works from Talley Beatty, Gene Hill Sagan, Dawn Marie Bazemore, and Christopher L. Higgins. The program will comprise revivals of two classic works by choreographer Talley Beatty set to music by Prince and Earth, Wind and Fire as well as a piece by choreographer Gene Hill Sagan set to sounds of Teddy Pendergrass. The program will also feature new works by choreographers Dawn Marie Bazemore and Christopher L. Huggins.

International music sensation Celtic Woman will appear at the Academy of Music April 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring songs from their latest album, Voices of Angels, the newly Grammy nominated group showcases the voices of Susan KcFadden, Mairéad Carline, Eabha McMahon and new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a full ensemble of musicians and dancers. Celtic Woman formed in 2004 featuring classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Over the past 12 years,  they have achieved great success with nine public television specials, appearances  for three different U.S. Presidents and  over four million fans across 23 countries.

Brit Floyd brings the “World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Tribute Show” to the Academy of Music on April 15, 2017. With a spectacular new million dollar light show and state-of-the-art video design, this highly-anticipated rock event will feature fan favorites from The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Division Bell, and a special tribute  to the Animals album in its 40th anniversary year. Formed in 2011 in Liverpool, Brit Floyd was the brainchild of Damian Darlington, musical director, guitarist, and singer with The Australian Pink Floyd Show. The group’s live shows emulate and recreate the sound and musical components  of Pink Floyd’s live shows.Tickets for the above shows are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting www.kimmelcenter.org or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215)790-5883.

Broadway Philadelphia, in collaboration with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization presents the national tour of Hedwig and Angry Inch which will play at the Forrest Theatre   from April 18-23, 2017. The genre-bending musical sensation tells the story of Hedwig Robinson who is out to set the record straight about her life, her loves and the botched operation that left her with that “angry inch.” Directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, Hedwig and the Angry Inch played to sell-out crowds on Broadway. Individual tickets are available online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at 800-447-7400 or at the Forrest Theatre Box Office (114 Walnut Street) Group sales for groups  of 15 or  more are available at www.broadwayinbound.com or by phone at 866-302-0995. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Bodyguard

Deborah Cox
Two gunshots ring out as the house lights go out and the audience gasps…and so begins Broadway Philadelphia’s presentation of the hit musical The Bodyguard, presented by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization. From this dramatic opening to the fabulous dance party after the curtain call, there is never a static moment. Well-known television star Judson Mills portrays the Bodyguard, Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect Rachael from a stalker. Much-acclaimed recording star and actress Deborah Cox wows the audience as Rachael Marron, a celebrity preparing for her Academy Award appearance. Jasmin Richardson portrays Rachael’s sister Nicki. Nicki lives in her sister’s shadow but her remarkable voice certainly does not.  Not only is the score memorable and sung phenomenally by both Ms Cox and  Ms.Richardson, the staging throughout the production is magnificent. The creative team has many awards to their credit and The Bodyguard is the beneficiary of all of them. The sound effects are startling; the projections shown on the screen allow for a magical costume change as Deborah Cox disappears for a few seconds while singing;  and lighting on intermittent sections of the set give the effect of 3-D arches with changing colors. Perhaps the most stunning visual effect of all is Rachael’s appearance at the Academy Awards Ceremony where she seems to be singing between golden columns in front of a huge replica of an Oscar. It is not only the principal players that make this production extraordinary. The high energy ensemble is a treat for toe-tappiing feet. Rachael’s son, Fletcher, is double-cast because of his age. I saw Douglas Baldeo who already has several shows to his credit and certainly will add many more. This young man is athletic; can sing, dance and act! This show is a non-stop wonder, an incredible production. Run; don’t walk to the box office at the Kimmel Center or visit online at www.kimmelcenter.org.  to see if there are tickets available for the remaining performances.  The show will be performed at the Academy of Music through Sunday, February 26, with two performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Driving Miss Daisy

Lucy Martin & Marvin Bell
This heartwarming, if somewhat disturbing one act drama, Driving Miss Daisy, is appearing at Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol Pa, through February 12. Set designer Charles Morgan and Projections designer Stivo Aronczy have created a brilliant background for this tale of the strong bond of friendship and interdependence which develops between Daisy Werthan, (Lucy Martin) and her chauffeur Hoke Colburn (Marvin Bell). After Daisy totals a brand-new car, her son Boolie (Michael Samuel Kaplan) decides that no insurance company will insure her; thus he hires Hoke to drive his mother wherever she wants to go.  The fiercely independent Daisy initially resists, but Hoke doesn’t go away and she finally relents. As the play progresses and the two learn about each other’s lives, the projections on the screen above and around them detail scenes from current events and headlines from the daily news. Troubles erupt for Jews and blacks alike and are almost mirror images. As excellent as the acting is (and the performances are incredible as the actors age and mature over a 25 year time span), the sound designer Amy Altadonna deserves special mention for the outstanding effects that are put into this piece. For more information or tickets for this wonderful production, call 215-785-0100, visit online at brtstage.org, or walk up to the box office at Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Upcoming Events in March at the Kimmel



The first-ever live tour of the hit Nickelodeon show Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”, coming to the Merriam theater on March 3-5, 2017, is presented by the Kimmel Center for the Preforming Arts in association with VStar Entertainment. Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon that airs weekdays at 12:p.m., Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue" brings the pups to the stage for an action-packed, high energy, musical adventure. These favorite characters teach children to use teamwork to solve everyday problems. Children of all ages learn lessons about citizenship, social skills and problem solving as the characters use their unique skills.

World-renowned vocal trio IL Volo will have a one night only performance of Une Notte Magica- A Tribute to Three Tenors at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The three young Italian tenors, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boshetto and Gianluca Ginoble will provide a night of music that fuses classical and pop influences with traditional Italian, Spanish and English songs complemented by a full orchestra. The trio has won numerous awards and returns to America following their time at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart. 

Drumline Live's World Tour is bringing a brand new production to the Merriam Theater March 9-10, 2017.  Drumline Live exemplifies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University HBCU marching band experience with rhythms, beats and high energy all set to classic music and top 40 hits. Drumline Live is an international tour with content based on HBCU marching band tradition, incorporating original composition and soul-infused interpretations of today’s top songs.

Shaping Sound, America’s hottest dance company will perform a new show entitled After the Curtain at the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Founded in 2012 by Emmy Award winning choreographer Travis Wall, the company is a collaboration of diverse artists who describe themselves as “visual musicians.” After the Curtain is the second show for this dance company. Travis Wall will be dancing in the show and will be joined in various cities by Kyle Robinson and Nick Lazzarini.

Philadelphia’s favorite Drag Queen, Martha Graham Cracker, is returning to the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio in a brand new musical Lashed but Not Leashed. Martha Graham Cracker is Dito van Reigersberg’s alter ego and will perform March 16-18. The musical was written for and stars Martha Graham Cracker where she belts out a bevy of original and eccentric songs. Directed by Joanna Settle, the show is a collaboration between van Reigersberg and David Sweeny, Vince Federici and Eliza Hardy Jones. Dito van Reigersberg is an alumnus of the Kimmel Center’s Theater Residency Program which annually invites world-class performing artists to join their program to create new works.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with Sun and Sky Entertainment, welcomes back 16-year old piano prodigy and philanthropist Ethan Bortnick to the Perelman Theater on Friday March 17 at 8:00 p.m. Recognized by Guinness World Record as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Concert Tour.” Ethan raised more than $40 million for charity. Ethan’s performance will include a performance from cover artists, great classical artists, and original works.




Joey Alexander, the world’s youngest Grammy nominee makes his Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts debut at the Perelman Theater March 18-19, 2017. He will perform music from his recording debut album My Favorite Things and his upcoming album, Countdown. Fresh off his performances at the GRAMMY Awards and ABC’s CMA Country Christmas Special, Alexander will appear with his Trio for these performances, a group that has performed in major festivals and well-known venues across the United States and all over the world. His 2015 debut album My Favorite Things won two Grammy nominations for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album and “Best Improvised Solo.”

Tony® and Emmy Award®-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director, Billy Crystal, has added two shows to his Spend the Night with Billy Crystal Tour. It will be in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on March 20 and 21. A stand-up comic turned television star, Crystal hosted the Academy Awards nine times, starred in movies, such as “When Harry Met Sally”, and has written best-selling books.



The 2016-17 Broadway Philadelphia Season, presented in collaboration between the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization continues with the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King & I, which will play at the Academy of Music March 22-April 2, 2017. The King and I won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. The creative team has many awards to their credit as well.


tenThing, the internationally acclaimed Norwegian brass ensemble, makes its Kimmel Center debut in a program that combines original works for brass with pieces that feature Verizon Hall’s Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. The program, which takes place on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m., will feature the 10 member all-female group alongside organist Jeffrey Brillhart, to perform non-traditional and original works. Formed in 2007 by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, tenThing is rapidly establishing itself on the international music scene.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Frank Ferrante
Laughter occurs not just on the 23rd floor but throughout the audience of Walnut Street Theatre’s mainstage as it presents Laughter on the 23rd Floor through March 5. An outstanding ensemble cast headed by Frank Ferrrante as Max Prince and Philadelphia favorites Anthony Lawton as Brian and Scott Greer as Ira, has everyone in stitches with Neil Simon’s comic one-line-ers, slapstick, and physical comedy. The cast does not rely on the written word alone to captivate. Much of the humor comes from exaggerated facial expressions and impeccable timing. Scott Greer’s sketch of the hypochondriacal Ira having a stroke which is resolved with gas has the audience nearly falling out of their seats. Dave Raphaely as Lucas does a very clever mirroring act with Ferrante’s Max Prince.  Lucas acts as the narrator of the piece, informing all what life is like on the 23rd floor, based on Neil Simon’s experiences when he was a writer for Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. The show was a humorous variety show on TV in the fifties and this brief glimpse of Laughter on the 23rd Floor lets us know why the show was so entertaining. This isn’t just a witty production.  It’s an inside look at The Writer’s Room where all the writers are hilarious. Your sides might hurt from rib-tickling laughter, but you'll leave the theatre with a smile on your face. For tickets or more information, call 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787.  Tickets are also available online 24/7 by visiting www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org  or Ticketmaster. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Informed Consent

Lindsay Smiling, Kittson O'Neil &
Samantha Bowling
Lantern Theater Company, located at 10th and Ludlow Streets in St. Stephen’s Church Theater, is presenting multi-award winning playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent through February 12, 2017. Based on true events, Laufer’s drama begins with a high energy cast against a high tech projection background. Kittson O’Neill portrays Jillian, a genetic anthropologist who is charged with determining the cause of the high incidence of diabetes in a remote Indian village at the base of the Grand Canyon. With her life on the line, and possibly her daughter’s, due to a genetic glitch, Jillian has no time for protocol or respect for the tribal members. Her frenetic performance as a self-serving scientist who “only wants to help” is both dynamic and disturbing. Trying to rein her in is Ken, portrayed by Justin Jain, the social anthropologist who recommends her for the diabetes study. Samantha Bowling gives a commanding performance as Arella, the spokesperson for the Havasupai tribe.  Through her we learn that the tribe’s oral history, passed down through the ages, tells of their beginnings at the base of the Grand Canyon. When Jillian discovers migratory patterns that establish the tribe has once lived elsewhere, mass devastation ensues. Lindsay Smiling and Maria Konstantinidis round out this remarkable ensemble cast. Most cast members play several roles and the projections change to denote a change in mood or venue. Characters move across the stage at a feverish pace and sometimes yell out a narration as they are passing through. This insightful production that pits knowledge and modern technology against sacred human values is both fast-paced and thought-provoking. Make plans to see it while seats are still available. For more information or tickets, call 215-829-0395, visit online at www.lanterntheater.org or visit the box office at 10th & Ludlow Streets, Philadelphia, Pa.