Even though the weather is not feeling the Christmas spirit, the Philadelphia Orchestra most certainly is. Cristian Macelaru and Charlotte Blake Alston ushered in the Christmas season Dec. 1 with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s “Holiday Spectacular” at the Kimmel Center. The concert showcased classic Christmas music from around the world and many cute surprises. The “Spectacular” [...]
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Conor Oberst performed to an enchanted audience Nov. 18 at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Supported by Daniel Johnston and featuring accompaniment by Rachel Cox and Ben Brodin, the 19-song set seemed too short for the concert’s attendees. Johnston, somewhat of a cult icon in the indie scene, began the evening. He rose to [...]
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. [...]
hitRECord On the Road with Joseph Gordon-Levitt Actor and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt curates and hosts an evening of original short films, live entertainment and collaborative RECording. Building from hitRECord’s recent sold-out successes from across the country, including the Sundance Film Festival and Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is inviting audiences of the Northeast to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
New City Stage Co. presents “Terrorism” There’s a bomb scare at the airport and a suicide at the office. A man ties up his lover, and an old woman plots murder. At the scene of a gas explosion, the rescue workers are busy photographing limbs for fun. What do these situations have in common? Everyone [...]
“I’m going to sit here and rest my feet.” “The Scottsboro Boys” ended with these words spoken by the renowned Rosa Parks, played by Kaci M. Fannin. The stage went black, and my reaction slipped out: “Wow.” Susan Stroman, of “The Producers” fame, directed and choreographed the production complemented by the musical mastery of dynamic [...]
The Drexel Players bring their 2010-11 theater season to an end May 12-15 with Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off,” a comedy like no other. This three-part comedic farce brings to light what really goes on backstage. A play within a play, “Noises Off” takes its audiences to England, where the cast performs a ridiculous sex farce [...]
“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is a musical that many people may call the most expensive disaster in theater history. Opening on Broadway after many halts and delays this past February, “Spider-Man” flooded with excited fans, waiting to see their favorite highflying superhero, Spidey, take the stage in a musical spectacular. To everyone’s dismay, this [...]
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