Articles by Bhavya Sharma
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.”
Nov. 18, 2016
Colby Lindeman on touring with ‘An American in Paris’
Opening in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the four-time Tony Award-winning musical “An American in Paris,” which boasts of an impressive cast starring Garen Scribner and Sara Esty in lead roles.
Feb. 26, 2016
Director makes ‘Beauty and the Beast’ one to treasure
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which ran at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music Feb. 16-21, can be summarized in one phrase: an exceedingly long tale of how strong women don’t need no frat boys. We are all familiar with the hackneyed plot of this fairytale and also of the moral homely that accompanies it — beauty lies on the inside, and Belle helps Beast find his inner beauty through hers. However, the director, Rob Roth, makes the two-and-a-half-hour long play a feast to the eyes with beautiful sets, vibrant costumes and the exceedingly low necklines of the village “Silly Girls” (actual cast credits in my copy of the “Beauty and the Beast” brochure).
Feb. 19, 2016
Dibble delights as lead in Walnut Street Theater’s ‘Harvey’
Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Harvey” is set to dazzle at the Walnut Street Theatre. The two-and-a-half-hour long play, which runs at the Walnut until March 6, is a unique comedy-drama whose protagonist, Elwood P. Dowd (played by the very charming Ben Dibble), has a special story — his best friend is an invisible six-foot-three-inch tall invisible bunny named Harvey.
Jan. 29, 2016
Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes to Philly
The national tour of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will perform in Philadelphia Feb. 16-21 at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music. As described on the Center’s website, the musical “tells the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress”. This production will star Sam Hartley as the Beast and Brooke Quintana as Belle. Featuring all of the songs from the original movie, fans will also be treated with additional numbers from Alan Menken and Tim Rice.
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. 20, 2015
Drexel professor Fred Siegel wows in one man show “Man of Mystery”
Fred Siegel is a Professor of English at Drexel and Assistant Director of the First-Year Writing Program. But his professional pursuits do not come in the way of his vocational ones. He is an actor, a comedian, a magician and a writer. He translates his mastery over these fields into his one-man-show called “Man of Mystery.”
Jul. 24, 2015
Walnut Street Theatre’s ‘Memphis’ is waste of time
There are Broadway shows that make you want to act, dance and join the cast onstage, that make you understand the joy of a musical, and then there’s “Memphis,” an unnecessary drag of a show that strips you of all hope in the existence of a plotline in a musical. Walnut Street Theatre featured the local production of the Broadway hit musical from May 12 to July 12. If you missed it, don’t worry, you made an excellent decision. Set in the 1950s, “Memphis” contains an unnecessarily complex story that tries to address too many issues at once, all this time having racial relations in the 1950s as the main theme of the story. The story follows the life of Huey Calhoun (Christopher Sutton) who wants to change the world (and by world, we mean racial relations in America) through his radio show on which he features music produced by African-Americans. Apparently, the story is inspired by true events and is based on DJ Dewey Phillips and the music that became known as rock n’ roll.
May. 1, 2015
Gyu-Kaku offers its diners unique Japanese experience
When you enter Gyu-Kaku, you don’t just get welcomed; you get pampered. The entire restaurant staff greets the guest saying, “Our guest has arrived” in Japanese, an acknowledgement that is a part of the culture.