The Drexel Players opened their presentation of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Nov. 9. The musical comedy’s final performances will take place Nov. 16-18 at the Mandell Theater on 33rd and Chestnut streets. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a humorous musical based on an improvisational play, “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E,” by Rebecca Feldman. […]
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Philadelphia’s own Pennsylvania Ballet Co. has recently added “Giselle” to its performance list, with shows running Oct. 18-28. This classical ballet was first performed in a Parisian theater in 1841 and tells a haunting and woeful tale of love’s joyous beginnings and its bitter end. Giselle, the eponymous main character, is a farm girl whose […]
Drexel’s Department of Performing Arts brought the program “What Makes A Masterpiece?” to Mandell Theater Oct. 4. The program featured a lecture from dance performer, critic and NYU professor Deborah Jowitt, followed by a performance of “The Farewell” by renowned performer and part-time Arcadia University professor Janet Pilla. Projected onto a giant screen was “The […]
Tony-nominated Broadway star Sally Mayes gave Drexel students a sneak peek at her work in progress, “Southern Stories,” capping off a three-day residency and master class Oct. 5. Not only is Mayes a talented actress and a wonderful singer, but she’s also a storyteller, and she proved this in the Van Rensselaer ballroom in front […]
Two Door Cinema Club won itself new fans Sept. 29, after playing an amazing electro pop-filled set at the Electric Factory to a sold out crowd. If you’re not already familiar with the band, which is made up of frontman Alex Trimble, bassist Kevin Baird, guitarist Sam Halliday and temporary touring drummer Benjamin Thompson, the […]
Philadelphia’s theater community is known as one of the most diverse in the United States. A handful of these theater communities make up the alliance Off-Broadstreet. “I think Philadelphia’s theater community is extraordinary,” Kevin Glaccum, producing artistic director of Azuka Theatre and founder of Off-Broadstreet, said. There are now over 50 professional theater companies in […]
The Pennsylvania Ballet presented “Opus Jazz,” the final program of its 2011-12 season, the weekend of June 1 at the Merriam Theater. The show ran for three evenings and two matinee performances and featured a trio of vastly varied dances, including a world premiere. The Sunday matinee performance began with the “Barber Violin Concerto,” a […]
The Drexel Dance Ensemble held its spring concert, titled “Piece of Mind,” the weekend of May 31 through June 2. The performance showcased the work of eight student-choreographers, a Drexel faculty member and a professional guest artist. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with one of these student-choreographers, Drexel junior and Miss Philadelphia […]
Drexel’s very own female a cappella group, The TrebleMakers, held its spring concert June 1 in the Stein Auditorium. Starting off the night with an old favorite, the group sang “Not Over You” by Gavin DeGraw. Soloist Rachael Frese did a nice job bringing this soft sound to life and starting the show on a […]
Final Weekend of Philly Beer Week Philly Beer Week is a 10-day celebration of the best beer-drinking city in America. Established in 2008, it’s the largest beer celebration of its kind in the U.S., featuring hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights at area bars, restaurants and other locations throughout Greater […]
The Roots Picnic, a music festival curated by The Roots, returned to The Penn’s Landing Festival Pier June 2 for its fifth year. The picnic has become known for its eclectic lineups, and this year it ran the gamut from underground hip-hop (Danny Brown, Mr. Mutha—–n’ eXquire, Shabazz Palaces), old-school favorites (De La Soul, Mos […]
With a frame under five feet and a petite Southern-tinted speaking voice to match, no one can prepare themselves for what happens when Kristin Chenoweth opens her mouth to sing. The Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar, best known for her portrayal of Glinda in the smash hit musical “Wicked,” earned herself a massive fandom with the […]
The crowd literally could not stay seated. By the final scene of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” which took place at a chintzy yet soulful concert at the Walnut Street Theatre, several women in the audience had erupted from their chairs to jive along with the dancing actors onstage. One even proceeded to make her […]
The Drexel Players successfully closed the curtain on yet another top-notch season. The musical satire “Urinetown, The Musical” has been a much-appreciated escape for students overwhelmed with midterms. The highly entertaining and hilarious musical was directed by Peter Reynolds and featured original music and lyrics by Mark Hollman. The show opened May 4 and played […]
Just off 4th and South streets, the intimate Shubin Theatre sits nestled inside a tiny corner venue. The quaint venue hosted Tongue and Groove May 5, one of the area’s leading improvisational theater companies. The show consisted of many short “serio-comic” scenes based on information provided by audience members on the spot. Though the show […]
Everyone must pay for “the privilege to pee!” This is the premise of Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ satirical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” which will open May 4 at Drexel’s Mandell Theater. The Drexel Players present Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ Tony Award-winning musical “Urinetown, The Musical.” The show opens May 4 1 in Mandell […]
Almost a quarter of 2012 has passed by, and so far the year has been generous with new album releases. The end of winter also means an overwhelming amount of spring tours. Here are some bands with new records that will be stopping in Philadelphia in the coming months. Dry the River — “Shallow […]
A lone spotlight illuminates the stage, revealing a black-clothed figure slumped in despair over an organ. As he tips back his head, we see that half of his time-worn face is concealed by an object that has stirred the dark fantasies of musical lovers for decades: a bone-white porcelain mask. Music slowly swells, and we […]
March 11 concluded the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s PTC@Play Festival at the beautiful Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The two-week festival celebrates the importance of development in theatrical works. The first week of the festival kicked off Feb. 29 with “Philly Reality,” a product of the PTC education department. The monologue show is produced and created by students […]
Comedy Cabaret “Let’s Pretend We’re Famous” Philadelphia’s most comedic character couple, Jennifer Childs and Tony Braithwaite, return to the stage for a limited-engagement run of their newest comedy cabaret, “Let’s Pretend We’re Famous.” A trip down the red carpet featuring classic and original material, Childs and Braithwaite try on the high life for an evening […]
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