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

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