Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Highlights of Kimmel's 2017-18 early season

KIMMEL CENTER ANNOUNCES
STAR-STUDDED PERFORMANCES
FEATURED IN THE 2017/18 SEASON
 
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE OPERA STAR RENÉE FLEMING, HGTV’S
 SCOTT BROTHER’S, BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTERS LIKE
 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AND MORE!
TICKETS GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC JULY 14


The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts kicks off  the 2017-18 season with internationally acclaimed superstars of rock, dance and comedy, returning favorites and the best of touring Broadway. Tickets for a select number of 2017-18 performances listed below go on sale July 14 with many performances already on sale.

EARLY 2017/17 SEASON LINEUP

THE SCOTT BROTHERS’ HOUSE PARTY!

Presented in associated with Mills Entertainment
Merriam Theater 
September 6, 2017
For their millions of fans around the world, twin brothers Jonathon and Drew Scott are masters of transforming ordinary houses into dream homes on their mega hit HGTV show Property Brothers. Now fans can see them in person.  There will be audience participation as they share their do’s and don’ts and reveal hilarious moments that don’t make it into television. There will be door prizes, behind the scenes bloopers and plenty of laughs.

KINKY BOOTS

Academy of Music
October 3-8, 2017
 Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit. With songs by Grammy® and Tony Award® -winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical is a celebration about the friendship you discover and the belief you can change the world when you change your mind.

HERBIE HANCOCK

Verizon Hall
October 4, 2017
Now in the sixth decade of his professional career, Herbie Hancock remains at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s. In honor of his work, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime achievement Award in February 2016.

RENÉE FLEMING IN RECITAL

Verizon Hall
October 15, 2017
One of the most beloved and celebrated singers of our time, Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her voice. Her career has earned her the title of “the people’s diva”, the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Solo and a National Medal of Arts.  In recent years Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’ Live in HD for movie series.  This is her Verizon Hall debut.


LILA DOWNS

Part of the Kimmel Center’s Philly En Vivo! Series
October 12, 2017
Global superstar Lila Downs portrays exquisite artistry that bridges traditions across the Americas showcasing influences from folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America, to North America folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. As a devoted human rights activist, Lila includes lyrics in her songs that highlight current issues relating to social justice.  She will be touring on behalf of her current album, Balas y Chocolat which went platinum in Mexico.


DISENCHANTED! THE HILARIOUS HIT MUSICAL

Perelman Theater
October 26-29, 2017
Poisoned apples, Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em?  Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget about the princesses you think you know,- the original storybook heroines have come back to set the story straight After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades return to bring their subversive, not-for-kiddies musical to you.


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Academy of Music
November 1-12, 2017
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera returns to Philadelphia with a brilliant new  scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award® winning costume design by Maria Bjornson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule  Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler and new staging by director Laurence Conner.


NICK OFFERMAN: FULL BUSH TOUR

Presented in association with Live Nation
Merriam Theater
November 4, 2017
Humorist Nick Offerman returns with his musings on survival in the wild and the cultivation of body hair.


JAZZ ORCHESTRA OF PHILADELPHIA

Monk’s dream- celebrating the Music of Thelonius Monk

Perelman Theater
December 2, 2017
Led by world-renown trumpet player and educator Terell Stafford, Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is becoming the face of Philadelphia jazz, establishing the city as a national and international destination for music lovers. Helping to celebrate the music of Thelonious Monk will be special guest pianists Orrin Evans and Eric Reed.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson Charles Dickens & Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

Brian McCann, Gregory Isaac &
Andrew Criss
What happens when we die?  Scott Carter gives us something to ponder in The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, &  Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord which is being presented at the Lantern Theater, 10th and Ludlow Streets through July 2, 2017. We are given an opportunity to witness Charles Dickens, Thomas Jefferson & Count Leo Tolstoy, each cleverly dressed in clothes of their own time period, enter and subsequently be locked into a single room after their demise. The world’s greatest thinkers try to determine what they have in common that might have caused them to be sealed in the room together. Andrew Criss portrays Count Leo Tolstoy, Gregory Isaac portrays Thomas Jefferson and Brian McCann portrays Charles Dickens as they have a battle of wits.  All three have written a new Gospel but none of them can agree on the wisdom of the other’s content. They dispute the importance of spirit vs., words, vs. reason. There doesn’t appear to be anything all three can agree on beyond the fact that there will be no escape from the room until there is an agreement. After a period of prolonged pacing and pondering, each sits back down and begins a rewrite, the projected images of which appear on the walls behind them. The individual writings appear to lead to collective epiphanies. While this is billed as a new comedy by Scott Carter, the audience does not find much to make them laugh but  certainly finds much to contemplate . For more information or tickets, call 215-829-0395, visit online at www.lanterntheater.org  or visit the Lantern Box Office at 10th and Ludlow Streets

Saturday, June 3, 2017

PIFA 2018

DETAILS FOR 2018 PIFA

Festival To Take Place June 1-10, 2018

The Kimmel Center Recognized as the only U.S.- Based

Member of European Artist Network In Situ

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts announced that the Biannual Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) will take place June 1-10, 2018. Anne Ewers, Kimmel Center’s President & CEO also announced the Kimmel’s exclusive membership in In Situ – a network of European presenters specializing in art in public spaces. The Kimmel Center is the only U.S. member, and its affiliation allows the Kimmel Center to bring unique European performances to Philadelphia.  The centerpiece of PIFA 2018 will be the return of Transe Express, The French performance troupe that PIFA lovers will remember from their amazing spectacle during the 2011 Festival when more than 200,000 visitors packed the Avenue of the Arts to witness the ‘jaw-dropping sensation’ The group will bring the World Premiere of Crystal Palace- a 30-foot human chandelier with more than 50 live performers and dancers. Crystal Palace will be a full, 90 minute performance that artistically recreates the history of dance – from The Waltz and Tango to the Charleston, the Swing and Disco – through air acrobats and integrated dance groups. There is still time to view The People’s Tower In Situ in Dilworth Park. This 88-foot community built cardboard tower will be on display until Sunday at 7:00 p.m. when the community is invited to come tear it down.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

James Lecesne
Rarely do you hear cries of “Bravo” ring throughout the theater at the end of a performance. Such accolades were cheered for several minutes after James Lecesne finished performing his one-man show at Philadelphia Theatre’s Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets. There are only a few more days left to see The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelksey which is scheduled to run through June 4, 2017. If you hadn’t planned on catching this production, perhaps, you should change your plans to include seeing it. James Lecesne not only wrote The Absolute Brightness… but also brilliantly depicts the nearly dozen characters in this piece, from a teenaged girl to her beauty-shop mom to the police detective trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Leonard Pelkey.  At once humorous, inciteful, and sometimes sad, the interviews conducted by the detective Lecesne portrays are unbelievably realistic as he does a quick turn and becomes another persona with a different voice, facial expression and mannerism. His performance is mesmerizing. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-985-0420 or visiting www.philatheatreco.org.  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Motown

Chester Gregory as\
Barry Gordy
After a record-breaking run in 2015, Motown the Musical has come back to the Academy of Music for a two-week return engagement through June 11, 2017. Presented collaboratively by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization, Motown the Musical enjoyed the best-selling two week engagement in Kimmel Center history during its 2015 run. Judging by the audience’s reaction on the opening night of this engagement, history might very well repeat itself. When groups portraying The 4 Tops and The Temptations performed, the audience applauded. When Jackie Wilson sang and danced, no one sat still in his seat. By the time Chester Gregory began the first of his many solos as Barry Gordy, the audience was screaming. If this show were only the history of Motown, it would be a success, but it is ever so much more. There is political commentary with a nod to historical happenings told in both song and projections.The visual and sound effects give a very convincing portrayal of the race riots that occurred around the  time of Martin Luther King's death. The projections are phenomenal throughout the production. They vary from psychedelic to historic, from harsh to light, from obscuring to enlightening. The cast is brimming with talent; their rich voices and very fancy footwork are a delight to our senses.  If this weren’t enough, there are several times in the show that the audience is encouraged to participate and everyone happily does so. With over 4 dozen songs  in the score, there is something for everyone. This is a feel good  show and everyone leaves the theatre having had a wonderful time. Tickets 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.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

July's Upcoming Events At The Kimmel



The Buddy Holly Story will come to the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater for previews on June 24, 2017 after it has completed its run at the Bucks County Playhouse. Directed by Tony nominee Hunter Foster with choreography by Lorin Latarro, Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story will have its official opening on June 28, 2017 and run through July 9. Virtually the entire cast from the 2016 record-breaking run at the Bucks County Playhouse is scheduled to return for this production. Leading the talent is John Dewey, reprising his role as Buddy Holly. Also returning to the production are Zach Cossman as Jerry Allison; Andrew Frace as Hipockets Duncan; James David Larson as Joe B. Mauldin; Kent M. Lewis as Norman Petty; Brandi Chavonne Massey as Apollo Performer; Elizabeth Nestlerode as Vi Petty; Karack Osborn as “The Big Bopper” Gilbert Sanchez as Ritchie Valens; and Maximilian Sangerman as Tommy Allsupp. They will be joined by newcomer Natalie Ortega who will appear as Buddy’s wife, Maria Elena. The Buddy Holly Story features more than 20 of Holly’s greatest hits.  Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, visiting online at kimmelcenter.org or at the Kimmel Center Box Office.  Group sales for 10 or more can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883.

After a successful 2016 sold-out tour, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Mills Entertainment, welcomes back Bring It! Live featuring Miss D and her Dancing Dolls. The stars of Lifetime’s hit series will perform hotter-than-ever-.never-before-seen routines with audience participation. Bring It! Live will be in the Merriam for two shows Sunday July 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. V IP packages include an add-on photo opportunity with Miss D and the Dolls or a deluxe option, which includes premium seating, a souvenir tour program, and a photo opportunity. Add-on VIP packages can be purchased if accompanied by a valid ticket to the live performance. Tickets are on sale now. More information is available at kimmelcenter.org. 

In honor of the 10 year anniversary of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” Tim and Eric are hitting the road this summer for a special “10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour!” Tim and Eric will have a number of new spoofs, riffs, songs and dances. The comedy duo of Tim Heidecker  and Eric Wareheim have developed a distinct and creative style with a bizarre sense of humor. They will perform on Thursday July 20, 2017 at the Merriam Theater. Tickets may be purchased at the Kimmel Center Box Office, at kimmelcenter.org, at AXS.com or by calling 215-893-1999.

Wicked, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster will return to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music on July 25 through August 27, 2017. Tickets for the return engagement are on sale now at www.kimmelcenter.org., at the Kimmel Center Box Office or by calling 215-893-1999. Wicked looks at what happened in Oz from a different angle. It’s the story of a young woman born with green skin who is smart, talented and misunderstood. Winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy Award and Three Tony Awards, Wicked  has been performed in over 100 cities in 14 countries around the world.

Saturday NIght Fever

Lauren Dalal &
Fran Prisco
A new iteration of Saturday Night Fever can be seen on the main stage of the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street, through July 16, 2017. Put on your dancing shoes for this high energy, non-stop disco-action production. Set in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday Night Fever peers into the lives of young adults who find themselves with few things to anchor their lives outside a sense of community and a love of dancing. Fran Prisco, portraying Tony Manero, longing to be a disco king, is a dancer "par excellence". His moves on the dance floor are phenomenal. The large ensemble cast executes their dancing with precision time-and-time again. The male members can not only dance, they sing in beautiful harmonies as well. Several female ensemble members have beautiful solos, most notably Nicole Colón as Annette, Crystal Joy as Candy, and Laurel Dalal as Maria. This extremely talented cast is an excellent vehicle for the Bee Gees’ songs which comprise the mainstay of Saturday Night Fever.  The sixteen songs have almost a dozen quickly changed and very artfully done scene changes. Everything about this production works. For more information or tickets, call 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787.  Tickets are also available 24/7 by visiting www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.