Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Carols

Anthony Lawton & Mary Martello
1812 Productions is presenting the world premiere musical The Carols through December 2016 at Philadelphia Plays and Players Theater, 17th and Delancey Sts. Written and directed by Jennifer Childs, with music by Monica Stephenson and lyrics by Jen, this production is  a recipe for wildly funny entertainment and it does not disappoint. The three Carol sisters, Lily (Rachel Camp), Rose (Caroline Dooner and Sylvia (Emily Kleimo) want to put on a Christmas pageant but all eligible young men are away at war. The three sing beautiful harmonies throughout the production, much of it acapella. When the only one to answer their request for auditions for the pageant is an entertainer from the Catskills, the girls want to have him in the show but Miss Betty is against it, thinking that his background is inappropriate for the role. Curmudgeon Miss Betty (Mary Martello) sits down at a table with Melvin Shaatz (Anthony Lawton),cup of coffee in her hand, and Mel looks up from his paper and says,” I see you have a  cup of coffee.” When Martello replies, “Oh, so you’re an observant Jew,” the audience roars. The incomparable Mary Martello sings and dances her way across the stage with aplomb once her secret past is   revealed. This is a fractured tale as only the inimitable Jennifer Childs could create. It is done with good taste, grace, humor (lots of humor) and exquisite originality. The Carols is sure to be the feel good hit of the season. For more information or tickets, call 215-592-9560 or visit online at www.1812productions.org

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Year With Frog And Toad

StevePacek
If the first time is good, and the second time is even better, then the third time is definitely the charm. The proof is in all the people who saw A Year With Frog and Toad with Jeffrey Coon and Ben Dibble produced by the Arden’s Children’s Theatre in 2004, 2009 and now again in 2016.  Arden Theatre, located at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, has reprised A Year With Frog and Toad for the second time and is presenting it on its F. Otto Haas stage through January 29, 2017. Steve Pacek (Snail) Elexis Morton (Turtle) and Leigha Kato (Mouse) comprise a charming ensemble of birds, family and friends to Frog and Toad. Jeffrey Coon is the cheerful Frog belting out song after song with his best friend, the somewhat grumpy Toad portrayed by Ben Dibble. A humorous joke runs throughout the seasons; Frog gives Snail a letter to mail and it takes almost a year to be delivered. Laughter abounds whenever the snail appears. The children think it’s funny that the snail is trying to run and not getting anywhere. My granddaughter did not understand the concept of “snail mail,” but she did point out to me that Frog who was bigger spoke in a loud voice and Toad who was smaller spoke in a small voice. The lighting effects on the set are outstanding as befits anything designed by Thom Weaver. Scenic Designer Donald Eastman also adds some spectacular additions to the tale as larger-than-life leaves fall from the catwalk during autumn and the two friends fly a huge kite in the air during Spring. A Year With Frog and Toad is a delight for kids and adults alike. If you missed it the first two times it was presented at the Arden,or even if you didn't, make sure you plan to see this timeless iteration. For more information or tickets, call 215-922-1122, visit online at www.ardentheatre.org or go to the box office at 40 N 2nd Street.

Billy Crystal

BILLY CRYSTAL ADDS NEW DATES IN PHILADELPHIA

FOR HIS MUCH AWAITED

“SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL” TOUR

         VERIZON HALL AT THE KIMMEL
             CENTER    MARCH 20 & 21

               Tickets For Both Shows Go On Sale This Friday Dec. 9 at NOON!

Tony® and Emmy Award®-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director BILLY CRYTAL has added additional dates for his US tour Spend the Night with Billy Crystal. His two shows in Philadelphia at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on March 20 & 21 go on sale this Friday December 9th at NOON through KimmelCenter.Org, the Kimmel Center Box Office or charge by phone at 215-893-1999. American Express members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning today, Monday, December 5 through Thursday December 8 at 10p.m. The Spend the Night With Billy Crystal Tour is being presented by Larry Magid Entertainment Group.all at theKimmel Center on March 21 &

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mama Mia! Wedding Giveaway

THE KIMMEL CENTER AND GARCES

 EVENTS PRESENT

MAMMA MIA! WEDDING

GIVEAWAY

IN CELEBRATION OF THE HIT
MUSICAL’S

                  FAREWELL RUN IN PHILADELPHIA

    COUPLES CAN ENTER TO WIN ALL-EXPENSES-PAID WEDDING DAY

                           AT THE KIMMEL CENTER

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Garces Events announces the Mamma Mia! Wedding Giveaway, celebrating the farewell tour of Mama Mia! as part of the 2016-17 Broadway Philadelphia season, presented collaboratively by the Kimmel Center and the Shubert Organization. The contest, running from December 1-21, offers couples the opportunity to win an all-expense-paid wedding, including venue, catering, flowers, wedding attire, photography, videography, and a one night stay in a luxury hotel in Philadelphia. The prize wedding is valued at $55,312. The giveaway celebrates the wedding at the heart of the story line of the smash hit musical Mamma Mia! that will play at the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater December 27-31.  Full details and rules can be found at www.kimmelcenter,org/weddinggiveaway Couples wishing to enter are invited to share their love story in a 30 second video posted to either Instantgram or Twitter using the hashtag #MiaWedding PHL, submitted as a comment on related posts on the Kimmel Center’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kimmelcenterphilly)or sent as a brief essay to weddinggiveaway@kimmelcenter.org.  Please note Instantgram and Twitter accounts must be set to public. All entries must be received by 11:59 on December 21. Finalists and the winner will be selected at random. Finalists will be invited to attend the opening night performance of Mamma Mia! on December 27 at the Merriam Theater.  The winning couple will be announced from the stage at the conclusion of the performance.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

An Iliad

Lantern Theater Company, located in St. Stephens Church, 10th and Ludlow Streets, is presenting the Philadelphia Premiere of the Obie and Lucille Lortel Award-Winning An Iliad through December 11, 2016. The production stars the inimitable Peter DeLaurier as the Poet and Liz Filios as the Muse, who, together, relate the tale of the war in Troy after it has ended. I was fortunate enough to see this epic presentation with Artistic Director Charles McMahon understudying the role of the Poet. With great care the Poet weaves the tale of the lunacy of  war - eleven years in Troy and still going strong. Through McMahon’s masterful performance the audience witnesses the fury and indignation of Achilles, the rage and ire of Hector and the folly of the gods who intervene. Liz Filios’ muse of epic poetry enhances the Poet’s tale with extraordinary musical and percussive tones. With a variety of instruments representing different characters in the drama, and a wide range of percussive modalities used to enhance the depiction of the events in the war, An Iliad is a feast for the ears. Do not miss this phenomenal production.  For more information or tickets, call 215-829-0395, visit online at www.lanterntheater.org, or go to the box office at 10th & Ludlow Sts. Phila. Pa. 19107. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Historic Holiday Nights at Old City

HISTORIC HOLIDAY NIGHTS

FROM DECEMBER 1ST TO DECEMBER 22ND

WITH SPECIAL HOLIDAY BITES AND SIPS

EXTENDED SHOPPING HOURS, SALES

AND SPECIAL MENUS AT 45+ LOCATIONS

Historic Holiday Nights debuts at 45 restaurants and retailers in Old City every Thursday 12/1 -22.  Get all of your shopping done in one square mile and enjoy some seasonal dishes and sips in Old City. More than 45 participating boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes around the neighborhood will treat visitors to special sales, discounts, promotions and menu items every Thursday in December from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through December 22nd. Festivities kick off this Thursday December 1st with carolers, historic re-enactors and a live ice sculpture. More than a dozen restaurants in and around Old City will treat visitors to $5 holiday inspired drinks and offer special menu items. Among the participating restaurants are: Campo’s Deli, Capofitto, Common Wealth Old City, Continental, High Street on Market, ICI Marconi & CafĂ©, La Peg Brasserie @ Fringe Arts, Nick’s Bar  & Grille, Old City Coffee, Panorama, Pinot Boutique, Positano Coast, Sassafras, Silence Dogwood’s Tavern. Spasso Italian Grill, Tartes, The Little Lion, and The Victoria Freehouse. There are over 15 shops with discounts as well. Visit Philadelphia® is the region’s official tourism marketing agency