Thursday, January 28, 2016


Ben Dibble  Susan Riley Stevens
Ellie Mooney  & Mary Martello
Walnut Street Theatre, located at 825 Walnut Street, is presenting Harvey through March 6 on its main stage.  Harvey is an age-old Pulitzer Prize winning gem, which, thanks to its supremely talented ensemble cast and excellent creative team, has its present audience enthralled as much as the original which ran on Broadway for four years when it premiered in 1944.  Although the play is stylized, the actors portray their roles so well that you can laugh right along with them as well as laugh at them and their farcical antics. Mary Martello, who enriches every script she touches, is none-the-less remarkable as the slightly hysterical Veta Louise Simmons, society wanna-be. Ben Dibble is perfectly cast as good-natured Elwood P. Doud, kind to all, including his best friend who just happens to be an invisible 6’3” tall rabbit.  Ellie Moonie is very convincing as Myrtle Mae Simmons, desperately longing for a social life that seems beyond her reach because of her unusual uncle. Ian Merril Peakes and Greg Woods, two other local favorites, portray psychiatrists at the sanatorium where Elwood and his Aunt Vita are alternately and intermittingly committed. Spoiler Alert! Perhaps the doctors should be committed as well! There are two totally different sets which are changed after the curtain closes for less than a minute. Thanks to scenic designer Robert Koharchik and the days of modern miracles, an ornate mansion’s mahogany library becomes the sterile white ante room of a psychiatric facility. This is not a show to be taken seriously but one to be taken for the sheer  fun of it. Laughter abounds at the utter absurdity that happens onstage and off. For more information or tickets, call 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787, or visit online at or Ticketmaster.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Bruce Graham has done it again! He has written another well-crafted, exquisitely subtle smash hit! Arden Theatre Company, located at 40 N 2nd Street is presenting the world premiere of his play Funnyman on its Arcadia stage through March 6, 2016.  Set in NYC in 1959, Funnyman relates the tale of  an aging Vaudevillian who struggles to find relevance in a time when his art is no longer in vogue. Bewildered by the changes around him, Chick Sherman (Carl N. Wallnau)   takes offense at being called a comedian. “Comedians say funny things. I am a comic. I AM FUNNY,“ he declares.  Yet, he is tormented and cannot share this torment with a daughter (Emily Krause) who longs to engage him in a meaningful conversation.  The rest of the ensemble cast of Kenny Morris, Keith Conallen, Brian Cowden, and Charlie DelMarcelle, are affected by his “shtick” to a greater or lesser degree. The story line unravels so seamlessly that the actors do not even appear to be acting; rather they are enabling Bruce Graham’s tale to unfold. While many productions have an obvious star or two, the star of this production is the play itself.  Added to Bruce Graham’s craftsmanship is the extraordinarily talented artistic team including Scenic Designer Brian Benbridge, Lighting Designer Thom Weaver and Sound/Video Designer Jorge Cousineau. The set is brilliant in its simplicity.  A desk moved horizontally or vertically on the stage transforms one office to another and a chair pushed across the stage is added to an easy chair to form a living room. There is nothing about this production that doesn’t work.   Purchase your tickets now as some performances are already sold out.  For more information or tickets, call 215-922-1122, visit online at, or walk up to the box office at 40 N 2nd Street.

Friday, January 15, 2016


The Manson Trio 
             Broadway Philadelphia Presents

               The Philadelphia Premiere of

             Four-Time Tony Award Winner


     National Tour of the Award-Winning Revival Comes to
                             The Academy of Music
                              February 23-28, 2016

Broadway Philadelphia presents the Philadelphia Premiere of the 2013 Tony-Award winning revival of Pippin for a limited engagement at the Academy of Music from February 23-28, 2016. This is the first revival of Pippin since its original run on Broadway 40 years ago.  With a wonderful score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz, Pippin relates the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. The production features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creations by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 fingers.) Performances will be on Tuesday through Sunday evenings with matinees added on Saturday February 27 and Sunday February 28.  Tickets are on sale to the general public now and can be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting, and 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. For more information, visit

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

RAIN A Tribute to the Beatles


Featuring New Songs and High Definition Imagery

For the 2016 Tour!

Opening on February 11 for a limited engagement at

The Merriam Theater

Experience an all new show when the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, returns to Philadelphia February 11-14.  They will appear at the Merriam Theater as part of Broadway Philadelphia, presented collaboratively by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization. RAIN performs the full-range of Beatles music, from their early hits to their later ones. The performance will include updated sets with LED High-Definition Screens as well as some new songs that the Beatles recorded in a studio but never performed before an audience. Just as the Beatles were outstanding performers, so, too are the members of RAIN. For more information, visit  Tickets are on sale to the public now and can be purchased by calling (215) 983-1999, visiting online at, at the Kimmel Center box office, or at the Merriam Theater box office (open during performances only).Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (215) 790-5883.