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An incandescent production of Once at the Arden

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Oct 8 at 10:30am

Arden Theatre Company presents Once. This production for the stage is directed by Terrence J. Nolen, the Arden’s producing Artistic Director. Once is the initial production of Arden’s 31st season, and it is not to be missed.
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Philadelphia native Sean Thompson returns in Love Never Dies

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Oct 3 at 10:30am

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies will soon be at the Academy of Music as part of the season's first presentation of Broadway Philadelphia. Sean Thompson, who plays Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, will be returning to his hometown. He was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia. Sean recently took a few minutes out from his busy schedule to talk to me about Love Never Dies, his early life, education, career, and personal life.
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The McCarter Theatre Center presents The Age of Innocence

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Oct 1 at 10:30am

In association with Hartford Stage, the McCarter Theatre center is now presenting a stage adaptation by Douglas McGrath of Edith Wharton's classic novel, The Age of Innocence.
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Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Philadelphia

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Sep 28 at 10:30am

Opera Philadelphia is now presenting Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, at the Academy of Music until September 30. It is part of their Festival O 2018. This new production has much to recommend it.
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Irving Berlin's legendary musical Holiday Inn

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Sep 20 at 10:30am

Irving Berlin's American masterpiece, Holiday Inn, is now playing at America's masterpiece, the Walnut Street Theatre, until October 21.
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Stoppard's play Hapgood now at the Lantern Theater

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Sep 19 at 10:30am

Czech-born Sir Tom Stoppard's 1988 play, Hapgood, is now onstage at the Lantern Theater until October 14. It is the play's Philadelphia premiere.
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The excellent frivolity of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Aug 25 at 10:30am

What does Blithe mean?
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Million Dollar Quartet now at Bucks County Playhouse

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Aug 15 at 10:30am

Legends come and go, yet many remain legends long after their deaths. In the musical, Million Dollar Quartet we have four: Elvis Presley; Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash; and (the still living) Jerry Lee Lewis
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Tom Goss at the Rrazz Room in New Hope

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Aug 2 at 10:30am

Out singer-songwriter Tom Goss appeared at The Rrazz Room in New Hope, PA, on July 28.
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Matt Alber at the Rrazz Room in New Hope

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jul 17 at 10:30am

Out and proud singer/songwriter Matt Alber appeared at New Hope's Rrazz Room on Friday, July 13th.
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BalletX presents new works at the Wilma

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jul 13 at 10:30am

BalletX, Philadelphia's bold and sassy modern dance troupe, presented three world premieres on July 11 at Philadelphia's Wilma Theater.
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Naughty, bawdy, gaudy, sporty 42nd Street now at Bucks County Playhouse

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jul 6 at 10:30am

'Why is it more proper to relieve our hunger and thirst than to rid ourselves of melancholy?' asked Benedict de Spinoza. Why indeed, when you can take your dancing feet right on over to the Bucks County Playhouse.
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Magnificent! Astonishing! Aladdin!

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jun 20 at 10:30am

Broadway Philadelphia is now presenting Disney's Aladdin: The Hit Broadway Musical (aka Aladdin) at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. If you haven't yet seen anything this season, then you must see Aladdin.
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The audience went wild for Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jun 15 at 10:30am

The new musical Half Time opened June 12 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ.
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An insider's view of the Tony Awards

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jun 7 at 10:30am

The 72nd Tony Awards hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles will be broadcast this Sunday evening. I had the opportunity to chat with Frances Egler, who is the Tony Awards voter for the Kimmel Center.
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A comedy with a savage bite at the Lantern Theater Company

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jun 1 at 10:30am

Beginning in 1987 as the play Pyjamas Pour Six by French farceur Marc Camoletti, it was then translated and rewritten in 1991 by Robin Hawdon, and retitled Don’t Dress for Dinner. It enjoyed a long run on the London stage.
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Arden Theatre Company's deeply complex Fun Home

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 31 at 10:30am

The Arden Theatre Company closes its 30th season with a new production of Fun Home.
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You'll go wild for Mamma Mia! at the Walnut

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 29 at 10:30am

Opening night on May 23 was a wild affair, with an audience so responsive as to be like, totally mind-blowing, man. Every movement on the stage provoked applause from the eager, mostly young, audience, and they had every reason to applaud. This re-imagined Mamma Mia! is a winner.
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A splendidly witty An Act of God at Bucks County Playhouse

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 24 at 10:30am

An Act of God, which recently appeared on Broadway to critical acclaim, now enjoys a spanking-new production with a cracker-jack cast at New Hope's legendary Bucks County Playhouse.
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Christopher Durang's brilliant, disconcerting Turning off the Morning News

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 22 at 10:30am

Out gay playwright Christopher Durang's new drama Turning off the Morning News is now playing at the intimate Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center.
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Pennsylvania Ballet will promote ten dancers for next season

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 11 at 10:30am

Pennsylvania Ballet has announced the promotion of ten dancers for the 2018-2019 season
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After a twenty-five year career with Pennsylvania Ballet, James Ihde to retire

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 10 at 10:30am

An Ohio native, James Ihde came to Philadelphia in 1993, when he began his association with Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice. James Ihde will now retire after a twenty-five year career with Pennsylvania Ballet. This weekend, James will dance his last performances, culminating in his final performance Sunday afternoon in George Balanchine’s Jewels.
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Art triumphs at the McCarter over pain, disease, anguish, and suffering

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 9 at 10:30am

The McCarter Theatre Center presented pianist Jeremy Denk in recital. Mr. Denk's program included Mozart's Rondo in A Minor, Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives, Beethoven's Sonata, and Schubert's Sonata in B-flat major.
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Opera Philadelphia presents a spectacular, new Carmen

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 2 at 10:30am

At first glance, you may think, 'Do we need an old chestnut like Carmen?' If it's Opera Philadelphia's new Carmen, then the answer is yes, yes, and yes!
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Pennsylvania Ballet presents Grace and Grandeur at the Merriam Theater

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 11 at 10:30am

The three ballets presented under the title Grace and Grandeur were Marius Petipa's Paquita, Christopher Wheeldon's For Four, and George Balanchine's Theme and Variations.
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The comedy Noises Off is now at the Walnut Street Theatre

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 5 at 10:30am

Since it was first performed in 1982, Noises Off has proven to be a success with audiences from London to Broadway. The Walnut's production of the play is first-rate, with a starry cast, so don't miss it.
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Three features from qFLIX Philadelphia

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 3 at 10:30am

The three films under discussion are Daddy, Still Waiting in the Wings, and All Male, All Nude.
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School of Rock Rocks the Academy of Music

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Mar 30 at 10:30am

The Kimmel Center's Broadway Philadelphia presents School of Rock The Musical at the Academy of Music until April 1.
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qFLIX Philadelphia celebrates all things LGBTQ+

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Mar 29 at 10:30am

qFLIX Philadelphia, The LGBTQ+ Film Festival, took over several Center City Philadelphia venues during the festival run March 19-25, 2018. qFLIX Philadelphia presented feature films, short subjects, a concert, award ceremonies, and gala opening night and closing night festivities. Of course, it being an LGBTQ+ event, there were parties.
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The relentless eloquence of Toni Morrison

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Mar 14 at 10:30am

Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye is now at the F. Otto Haas Stage at the Arden Theatre Company until April 1
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