Thursday, November 25, 2021

Disney's The Little Mermaid

                                                     Ariel- Diana Huey

                                                                 
Walnut Street Theatre is producing the Philadelphia professional regional premiere  of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on its Mainstage through January 2, 2022. This is a knock-your-socks-off production for kids and adults alike. It is a perfect show to introduce your children or grandchildren to the theatre or to accompany them if they are experienced theatre goers as my 13-year-old granddaughter is, but adults do not need a child to accompany them to enjoy this show. Twenty-three delightful songs ring out through the rafters. Some may be familiar like “Part of your World,” sung in a breathtakingly beautiful voice by Ariel (Diana Huey) and “Kiss the Girl” sung pleadingly in calypso by Sebastian (Dana Orange). Another audience favorite is “Positoovity” cheerfully sung by Scuttle (Ellie Moonie) and  “Les Poissons” energetically sung by  Chef  Louis ( Ben Dibble). The costumes and sets are electrifying. Flotsam (Adam Hoyak) and Jetsam (Jessie Jones) are “eye-popping” as they glide across the stage effortlessly to help Ursula (Rebecca Robbins). Rebecca brings down the house with several of her numbers as well although the audience isn’t cheering her on but appreciating her talent. The choreography is well done and the costumes are unique. Costume Designer Mary Folino created many colorful costumes to produce “Under the Sea” and additionally made the mermaids seem believable with the addition of long scarves attached to their sides.. Ariel is frequently swimming. Diana Huey is  perfect for this role. Her body movements when swimming replicate the mermaid’s movements in the animated movie version of The Little Mermaid. For more information or tickets to this brilliant holiday production, call 215- 574-3550 or visit online at WalnutStreetTheatre.org. Guests must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination before entering the theatre. All must wear a mask.


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Lantern Theater Company's The Plague



            
                           Ensemble Cast        
                          

The Plague, adapted  from Albert Camus’ La Peste, will be live-streamed as filmed from Lantern Theater’s main stage through Nov. 7. An all-star cast featuring Anthony Lawton as Dr. Rieux, Peter  DeLaurier as Jean Tarrou, Kirk Wendell Brown as Grand, J. Hernandez as Raymond Rambert, and Amanda Schoonover as Cottard certainly does not disappoint. I would go anywhere to see Anthony Lawton perform; the other four members of the cast give memorable performances as well. Following words hurled onto the stage in quick succession – “odd” “out of place” “out of the ordinary,” "ugly”-  Dr. Rieux recounts  the tale of two dead rats found in a hallway in the middle of April. By the end of April there is a death count of 8,000 people in the town and in the beginning of May one of the characters announces that no one is qualified to isolate anyone who is sick. There is an urge to avoid a panic. Camus wrote La Peste as a reminder of a cholera epidemic but also as a metaphor for rising fascism. Camus continues with death tolls, madness in the streets and looting. Eventually, when a serum is finally developed, there are some deniers who refuse to have the hope that is offered. Written in the 1940’s, it is all too uncomfortably a mirror for our present-day lives. Neil Bartlett’s adaptation, The Plague, is haunting. This stellar cast presents a performance that reverberates long after the final words are spoken.


Thursday, October 7, 2021


Felicia Boswell and Company
 

The Walnut Street Theatre, located at 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. has opened its 2021-2022 season with an exciting musical tribute to some of the greatest musical voices of our time: Beehive – The 60’s Musical. Created by Larry Gallagher and directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, the show will be presented through October 31. The show begins with a black and white video from the 60’s as the 6 girls enter the stage- Jasmine- ( Ayana Major Bey ), Alison-( Lindsey Bliven ), Wanda-( Felicia Boswell ), Laura- (Sara Gallo ), Gina – (Karissa Harris ) and  Pattie – ( Bonnie Kelly ). They introduce The Name Game to the audience and ask for volunteers. The entire audience becomes involved as it is played three times and then again with each actor. The entire first act is high energy as there are quick costume and wig changes  off stage while one actor has a solo or three sing together on stage. Everyone has a chance for a solo, whether it is “Where the Boys Are “ against a curtain with a gown that matches its color in a shimmering blue, or “My Boyfriend’s Back” against a background of a video showing snapshots of a myriad of young men. The second act features tributes to individual performers  such as Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin. The talent of these young actors is extraordinary. The audience wants to sing along with old-time favorites and roars appreciatively along with each rendition. Costume designer Mary Folino had an enormous task supplying an abundance of costumes and she accomplished it superbly. For more information or tickets to this toe-tapping show, call 215-574-3550 , 800-982-2787 or visit www.walnutstreettheatrer.org ticketmaster.com

Sunday, September 26, 2021

BRT Presents...


                                                                      Joe Kinosian

Bristol Riverside  Theatre, located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, Pa, is presenting Murder for Two, a wickedly funny murder mystery musical through October 10, 2021. In it, one actor plays the detective, and another actor portrays a myriad of suspects. Joe Kinosian not only co-authored the book along with Kellen Blair and composed the music while Blair composed the lyrics, but he also brilliantly portrays a wide variety of suspects, both male and female. Martin Landry portrays  Marcus, “the detective.”  They take turns accompanying each other on the piano. Both men not only have an excellent sense of comic timing, but they are also accomplished musicians as well. Marcus has a limited amount of time to solve the mystery of who murdered Arthur Whitney. There are a few running “gags” throughout the 90-minute performance that have the audience roaring in their seats. Other funny lines are more subtle, and you can find yourself laughing out loud when you least expect it. The ending has a twist. Who knows who has seen it coming? Proof of vaccination and ID was checked at the theatre’s entrance and the whole procedure went very smoothly. For tickets or  more information visit brtstage.org or call 215-785-0100.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Me & The Devil

The Lantern Theater is streaming a World Premiere of Me and the Devil through September 17, 2021. It was written  by Steve Broadnax III and Charles Dumas. Steve Broadnax III also directs the production and plays the part of the Devil.  In reality,  Robert Johnson became a Blues phenom almost overnight after having shown very little skill with the guitar, thus the rumor that he made a deal with the Devil. Lawrence Stalling portrays Robert Johnson phenomenonally. He not only sings seven songs that Robert Johnson has written for the guitar, but with slight costume adjustments he also portrays several other characters. Music is delightfully played by Curtis Craig. After a premature death, Robert Johnson arrives in Hell because of a contract he has signed with the Devil- - his soul in exchange for becoming the world’s best Blue’s musician. Because he has died before he has become well known,  Robert pleads that the Devil has no claim to the contract. Lawrence Stalling is excellent as he portrays a wide variety of witnesses who speak for the Devil’s point of view and others who speak for Robert’ s. The drama is well paced with a twist at the end. For more information or tickets, call the box office at 215-829-0395.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

RAIN kicks off Kimmel's 2021 Season

  RAIN -A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES with The Best of Abbey Road Live! from October 29 – 31 at the Merriam Theater. In celebration of Abbey Road, this show brings the album’s greatest hits to life, in addition to all your early favorites

Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let RAIN take you back with all of the greatest hits along with all of your other Beatles favorites! This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right!

Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Merriam Theater

Friday, October 29, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Tickets are on sale now and start at $39.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.kimmelculturalcampus.orgThe Kimmel Box Office is currently closed, as the Kimmel Cultural Campus prepares to reopen to the public after 18 months on September 18, 2021.In-person ticket sales can be conducted at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See www.kimmelculturalcampus.org for more informatio

The Kimmel is committing to a healthy and clean environment with increased disinfection, enhanced ventilation, and will enforce recommended health authority guidelines, including masks and vaccinations upon reopening. In response to the City of Philadelphia’s mask mandate, masks will be required when inside all buildings. Masks are required to be worn at all times when on the Kimmel Cultural Campus, except when actively consuming food or beverage in designated locations. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted.

 Effective September 18, all attendees for public events must show proof of full vaccination at the time of entry. Proof of negative COVID-19 tests will not be accepted, with the exception of children under the age of 12; children under 12 will be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event. This policy is subject to change based upon guidance from the CDC and local health authorities. Details and procedures are in development and will be rolled out to the public and ticket holders ahead of the September 18 reopening event.


PTC 2021-2022 Season

 

The  Philadelphia Theatre Company’s 2021-2022 season will have two world premieres and a play with beautiful music

The first production is called The Garbologists, by Lindsay Joelle.  It is a contemporary odd-couple comedy, and follows two city sanitation workers in a 19-ton garbage truck who discover there’s more that binds them than taking out the trash.

Punctuated by soaring gospel performances, Choir Boy, by Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, is a piercing play about a young man finding his voice. The play won two Tony Awards on Broadway and will be directed by PTC Resident Artist, Jeffrey Page.

The third and final show is also a world premiere. It’s called Where We Belong, written and performed by Madeline Sayet. She's an Indigenous theatre-maker and Shakespearean scholar who journeyed across geographic borders, personal history, and cultural legacies in search of a place to belong. 

Philadelphia Theatre Company is prioritizing audiences’ safety as they return to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

 They have established three ways to bring people back into the theatre safely.

1. Proof of vaccination will be required.

2. Masks must be worn inside the theatre.

3. Reduced capacity seating in the mezzanine will be offered to welcome those patrons who need an additional precaution in order to reenter the theatre. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Box Office (215) 985- 0420