‘Motown: The Musical’ returns to the Academy
Nothing has the power to unite people quite like the power of music.
Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Toruk’ takes flight at Wells Fargo
A story told through vibrant colors, incredible acrobatics and puppetry and breathtaking cinematics — this is how I would summarize my first experience with Cirque du Soleil, and even that seems to be an understatement.
Cirque du Soleil to present ‘Toruk: The First Flight’ at Wells Fargo
Dec. 2, 2016
‘An American in Paris’ comes to Kimmel Center
The Kimmel Center opened its Broadway Philadelphia season this November, and there could not have been a better way to do it than with director and choreographer Christopher Wimbledon’s Tony Award-winning musical “An American in Paris.”
Oct. 14, 2016
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’ returns to Walnut Street Theatre
A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “South Pacific” is a success at the Walnut Street Theatre. Set during World War II, a U.S. Navy nurse is being romanced by a French planter on a South Pacific isle, while the bored sailors get up to mischief as they lust for “dames.”
Sep. 30, 2016
Amy Schumer exceeds expectations with stand up routine
Most of us know Amy Schumer from her debut movie “Trainwreck,” a huge success in the box office. If you pay attention to comedy at all, you would also know that she has come a long way since then as an actress and comedian, hosting her own shows on Comedy Central. When one of my friends saw a GroupOn offer for discounted tickets to her show at the Wells Fargo Center, we snapped them up within the minute. I wasn’t sure what kind of shenanigans Schumer was going to pull during this show. All I knew was that I would probably be cracking up the whole time.
Sep. 27, 2016
East coast gears up for star-studded Meadows Festival
This year on the east coast, the most hyped music festival was Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island in New York City. With headliners like The Strokes, The Killers and Kanye West, it seemed like an easy decision for music fans with the means of attending in the big apple. Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men. Thunderstorms rolled into the city causing the cancellation of the final day of the festival, leaving thousands devastated as they were unable to see some incredible acts like Vince Staples, Courtney Barnett and the headliner, Kanye West.
Feb. 26, 2016
BalletX’s winter performance features diverse program
The first time BalletX really pulled me in was when I discovered a ballet that Matthew Neenan, co-founder of the company, choreographed entirely to the music of Indie-brass band Beirut. The piece was light, happy, beautifully quirky and inspiring. Six years later in its winter series, BalletX continues to move audiences with its unique flair.
Feb. 12, 2016
New play ‘The It Girl’ pays homage to silent films
Two-time Barrymore Award recipient Amanda Schoonover starred in the Simpatico Theatre Project’s premiere of “The It Girl,” accompanied by a full house in the new Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake.
Feb. 5, 2016
“Grease: Live!” delights fans both old and new
“Grease: Live!” aired on Fox Jan. 31. “Grease,” a musical written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey that premiered in 1971, is set in the year 1959 at Rydell High School, a fictitious institution filled with greasers, cheerleaders and everyone in between. The show follows two groups of teenagers, the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies, as they deal with the trials and tribulations of ‘50s high school life. The lead characters, Sandy Olson and Danny Zuko, had a summer fling and expected to never see each other again. Little did they know, Sandy would transfer to Danny’s high school for their senior year. The musical touches on issues like teen pregnancy, peer pressure and gang violence with themes including love, friendship, rebellion and sexual exploration. The show was nominated for seven different Tony Awards in 1972, including Best Musical, but did not take home the trophy in any of the categories.
Dec. 4, 2015
Matilda the Musical falls shorts of nostalgic expectations
It would be fair to assume that almost everybody who claims to be a “90’s kid” in America could not have missed certain major historical instances—supermarket shelves being stocked with Captain Planet breakfast cereal (1994), the scandalous moral decline of Britney Spears (1998 to present), and the release of beloved films like “The Lion King” and “Matilda.” What is striking about these films is that they have continued to thrive and have earned a special place in the hearts of the audience. Their adaptation to the stage then comes as no surprise.
Dec. 4, 2015
Satirical humor on full display in ‘Book of Mormon’ at Forrest Theater
The bad boys of South Park are back with a bigger-than-ever production—a religious, satirical musical called “The Book of Mormon.” It has been a week since I saw the performance at the Forrest Theater, yet every time I meet a friend, that’s precisely how I incentivize them to watch the musical. To say that “The Book of Mormon” is a “religious satire” is to undermine the diversity of themes that the play grapples with, be it repressed homosexuality, female genital mutilation in Africa or the tenor of religion.
Nov. 6, 2015
Student Ben Feldman opens Comedy Show for Pete Davidson
Drexel’s Main Auditorium was buzzing with anticipation last Friday night as the audience eagerly awaited comedian Pete Davidson. The “Saturday Night Live” regular headlined the University’s 16th Annual Comedy Show presented by Drexel University Campus Activities Board.
Dec. 5, 2014
‘Blood Wedding’ completes month-long run at Mandell
A lover awaits. A bride runs away. And so, Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic tale of passion, deception and vengeance begins. The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective teamed up with Drexel University’s Co-op Theater Company to present “Blood Wedding” at Drexel’s Mandell Theater.
Dec. 5, 2014
David Kim joins Drexel Orchestra for concerto
Billed as the “Music of the Romantics,” the Drexel University Orchestra played “Academic Festival Overture,” by Johannes Brahms and “Capriccio Espagnol” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, both of who were mid-19th century composers. Kim joined the group after a brief intermission for a performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35.”
Nov. 21, 2014
Retta headlines CAB comedy show
The two-hour 15th Annual Comedy Show, held by the Campus Activities Board, went under way Nov. 14 with an act by Student Comedy Competition winner Eric Barbalace. The 20-year-old’s standup routine contained racy yet hilarious frat stories along with puns. It worked well with his awkwardness and Pee Wee Herman-like mannerisms. He was definitely a terrific first act to get the crowd laughing. Barbalace was also the Comedy Show’s emcee.
Nov. 21, 2014
Rapper Shaggy entertains TLA with high energy performance
I have experienced very few things as strange as Shaggy’s Nov. 12 concert at the Theatre of Living Arts. Personally, I only know a handful of his songs, all early-2000s material featuring crooning Caribbean artists’ lyrics interspersed with rapped verses from the heavily accented Shaggy, who is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. From the amount of singing along that accompanied each of his songs, it was clear that most people there knew a much larger amount of his music, new and old. His newer material is focused more on a reggae sound, which he introduced during his set by saying, “Allow me to bring Jamaica to you.” This most recent music is on an album titled “Out of Many, One Music,” which also served as the name of his current world tour.
Nov. 21, 2014
British band alt-J wows Tower fans
“This is my first concert where I have nothing on me, no drugs — nothing,” the mangy sloth waiting behind me in the cold outside Upper Darby’s Tower Theater says to his girlfriend, sounding almost surprised. Like he’s forgotten them at home. I almost feel like turning around and reminding him, lest he’s forgotten, that listening to alt-J is its own special psychedelic experience that doesn’t require any uppers. The line keeps on moving. I lose my nerve.