Broadway is strewn with adaptations from all avenues of pop culture, both successful and unsuccessful. “Once” was adapted for the stage from the 2006 film by the same name, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The movie tells the story of Guy and Girl, an unnamed man from Dublin and the Czech […]
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College students may not be the largest demographic filling up seats at the Walnut Street Theatre, but for the venue’s run of “In The Heights,” they certainly should be. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2008, racking up four Tony Awards from 13 nominations. It was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and […]
Last week the Drexel community finally got to see the product of the Drexel Players’ last couple months of work as they close the 2012-13 season with “The Grapes of Wrath.” Preceded by two lighter performances, “The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee” and “To Fool the Eye,” the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic is […]
The ballet version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is fortunate to have been created by three of the most ingenious men in each of their respective fields: playwright William Shakespeare, choreographer George Balanchine and composer Felix Mendelssohn. The contributions of these three men work so well together that it’s hard to believe that this is […]
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 […]
In a tribute to the musical theater classic, the immensely popular “West Side Story” returned to the stage and captivated audiences at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music from March 27 to April 8. The original 1957 Broadway production was based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and was originally conceptualized and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. […]
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 […]
The culmination of awards season ended last Sunday with the broadcast of Hollywood’s biggest night, the 84th annual Academy Awards, which honored the best in film for 2011. This year’s host was Oscar veteran Billy Crystal, and he put on quite an entertaining show. Beginning with a short film chronicling Crystal’s journey to the Oscar […]
Drexel University will present a benefit production, “V-Day,” based on Eve Ensler’s original play, “The Vagina Monologues,” March 2 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 1 p.m. in the Bossone Research Center’s Mitchell Auditorium. “The Vagina Monologues” is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a number of women based on intimate […]
Back in high school, most of us dreaded English literature classes in which the teacher would rant about Shakespeare and his idealistic views. We would stare at the clock, waiting for the seconds to go by. We never really understood anything now, did we? It was just the way Shakespeare was taught to us that […]
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