Performance and classical music listings

Posted: April 13, 2012

Theater

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum A slave in ancient Rome tries to win a beautiful courtesan's hand for his master. Closes 5/19. Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. $22-$27.

Azuka Theatre Spotlight Series: The Sisters of Ellery Hollow A pair of sisters struggling to get by turn their painful childhood memories into tall tales to help pass the time. Closes 4/16. First Baptist Church, 123 S. 17th St. www.azukatheatre.org. Free.

Carousel The story of a summer romance that leads to hardship & heartache. Closes 4/22. Villanova University - Vasey Hall, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; 610-519-7474. $23-$25.

Crowns A woman moves in with her Southern aunt & is introduced to the role hats play in the local culture. Closes 4/29. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $35-$49.

Cyrano New translation of Edmond Rostand's love story. Closes 4/15. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $40-$45.

Defending the Caveman: National Tour One-man comedy performance that examines the battle of the sexes. Closes 5/13. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700. www.cavemania.com. $39.50.

Doubt: A Parable A nun at a church school grows suspicious of a priest's interest in a particular altar boy. Closes 4/15. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30.

EgoPo Festival of Jewish Theater: The Golem A group of strangers forced onto a train together create their own community when they start sharing myths & stories. Closes 4/15. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. egopo.org. $32.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: Slip/Shot When racial tensions come to a boiling point in a Florida town, even an accident can have paralyzing consequences. Closes 5/5. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. $22; $15 seniors and students.

Girls Night: The Musical The tale of five friends in their 30s & 40s spending a wild night at a karaoke bar. Closes 5/13. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $52.

God of Carnage Tempers flare when 2 sets of parents meet to discuss their children's misbehavior. Closes 4/29. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$85.

Henson Alternative: Stuffed & Unstrung Improvisational comedy puppet show. 4/13. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $35-$48. Also 4/17, Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650. $29.50-$39.50.

Home A North Carolina man moves to a Northern city & encounters obstacles. Eventually his roots call him home. Closes 4/22. New Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad St. $20; $15 seniors; $10 students.

InterAct Theatre Company: Outside the Frame - Lay of the Land The tale of one person's misadventures & challenges as a gay man in America. Closes 4/15. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. www.interacttheatre.org. $25; $23 seniors; $19 students.

InterAct Theatre Company: Outside the Frame - Palestine The tale of a Palestinian American woman's journey of self-discovery when she returns to her family's homeland. Closes 4/19. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. www.interacttheatre.org. $25; $23 seniors; $19 students.

Mauckingbird Theatre Company: The Temperamentals The story of the Mattachine Society, the first viable gay rights organization in the U.S. Closes 4/29. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-923-8909. www.mauckingbird.org. $25; $20 seniors; $15 students.

Miss Lilly's Seance Parlor Immersive theatrical experience w/Ouija board session & round-table seance w/simulated ghostly visitors. Ongoing. Mill Race Arts Center, 26-28 White St.., Mount Holly; Reservations required: 609-850-8189. www.misslillyseance.com. $20.

Philadelphia Theatre Company: The Outgoing Tide A man's unusual plan to secure his family's future brings him into conflict w/his wife & son. Closes 4/22. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420. philadelphiatheatrecompany.org. $46-$59.

Save the Day Productions: Super Heroes Who Are Super! Staged readings of classic comic books. 2d Saturdays 10:30 pm. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 1-800-595-4849. www.savethedayproductions.org. $12 advance; $15 day of show.

Shipwrecked! Colorful tales of exotic adventures around the globe. Closes 4/15. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $25-$35; $25 children 17 and under.

Spring Awakening Coming-of-age tale about a group of 19th-century teens contending w/life's challenges. Closes 5/20. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $49; $44 seniors; $27 children.

The Children's Hour Set in the 1930s at an all-girls' boarding school where a student's lie is wreaking havoc on the community. Closes 4/29. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside. $15; $5 students.

The Comedy of Errors Cases of mistaken identities plague 2 sets of twins after they're separated in a shipwreck. Closes 4/29. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $22-$29; $19-$26 seniors; $10 children 17 and under.

The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 A Jewish community in Amsterdam runs into trouble when one of their own tests the limits of the local politicians. Closes 4/14. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park. $20.

The Rat Pack Revue Featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. Closes 5/6. Surflight Theatre, Beach & Engleside Ave., Harvey Cedars, NJ; 609-492-9477. $36-$54; $18-$27 children 12 and under.

The Tempest One of Shakespeare's final plays. Closes 5/19. Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Avenue; 215-525-1350. curiotheatre.org/The_Tempest.html. $10.

Titus Andronicus Unique take on the Shakespeare tragedy using light & shadow play & specially designed puppets. Closes 5/19. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St.; Box Office: 215-496-8001. $20-$35.

Twelfth Night Comedy where everything is turned upside down & nothing is what it seems. Closes 5/20. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St.; Box Office: 215-496-8001. $25-$35; $20 seniors and students.

Vox Lumiere's Metropolis Multimedia show featuring the silent film accompanied by rock music & theatrical performances. Closes 4/15. The DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 1-800-338-0881. www.voxlumiere.com. $45 and up; $25 students.

Act 3 Children's Theatre: Alice in Wonderland Short adaptation of the Lewis Carroll book. Closes 5/3. DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley; Labuda Box Office: 610-282-3192. $8.

Charlotte's Web Musical adaptation of the E.B. White book about a pig who befriends a spider. Closes 5/12. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children.

Cinderella Musical adaptation of the beloved fairy tale. Closes 5/6. Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-655-1014. $12.

Dear Edwina Edwina Spoonapple is an advice-giver extraordinaire, like a spunky, singing version of Dear Abby. Closes 4/13. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill; Box Office: 610-622-1189. $6-$9.

Hear Again Radio Project Two classic radio programs for the family including live music & Foley sound effects at each performance. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 1-800-595-4849. $12 advance; $15 day of show.

Miss Nelson is Missing! A group of unruly schoolchildren contend with an unpleasant substitute after their teacher disappears. Closes 4/20. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$15.

Paul Robeson: A One-Man Show by Marvin Jefferson Jefferson plays NJ-born civil rights pioneer in this one-man show cosponsored by the NJ Council for the Humanities. Closes 4/14. Willingboro Public Library, 220 Willingboro Pkwy., Willingboro; Registration required: 609-877-6668. Free.

Sleeping Beauty A spellbound princess requires the kiss of a prince to save her. Closes 5/19. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $12; $10 children.

Theatreworks USA: North, South, East & Jim West Stories from around the globe w/puppeteer Jim West & his creations. Closes 4/14. Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer; 856-358-2472. www.theatreworksusa.org. $8.

An Ideal Husband Dandies & diamonds swirl in & out of this comedic classic by Oscar Wilde. Closes 5/5. Playcrafters Theatre, 2011 Store Rd., Skippack; 610-584-4005. $15.

Bye, Bye Birdie A rock singer's arrival turns a small Ohio town topsy-turvy. Closes 4/22. St. Basil Academy, 711 Fox Chase Rd., Jenkintown. $10; $8 seniors and children under 12.

Friday the 13th Improv Night MN Players present an evening of improvisational theater: funny, fast-paced & unscripted action. Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-1079. http://mnplayers.co/. $10 only at door. 4/13. 8 pm.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying A window cleaner becomes a successful businessman, but his shady practices may lead to trouble. Closes 4/21. Archbishop John Carroll High School, 211 Matsonford Rd., Wayne. $10.

Man of La Mancha An imprisoned man is put on mock trial by his jailmates, & offers as a defense a play in which he portrays Don Quixote. Closes 5/18. Off-Broad Street Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell; Reservations required: 609-466-2766.

Oklahoma! Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Closes 4/21. Neshaminy High School, 2001 Old Lincoln Highway, Langhorne; 267-733-8876. www.nvmt.org. $18-$20; $10 children 10-14.

The End of the World: A Burlesque Comedy It's Apocalypse 2012 in Kenzoville & local reporters brave the crazy events to bring you live coverage of the end of the world. Closes 4/22. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255. $18.

Theatre Exile: A Behanding in Spokane Dark comedy by Martin McDonagh. Closes 5/13. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.; 215-218-4022. www.theatreexile.org. $18.

Classical Music

Bihn Park, Cellist The teenage cellist debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12 and has soloed with other area orchestras. Glencairn Museum, 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn. $15; $10 students. 4/15. 3 pm.

Brentano String Quartet This group became the first string quartet to serve as resident artists at Princeton University. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; Tickets required: 609-258-5000. www.music.princeton.edu/~brentano. Free. 4/15. 3 pm.

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: Dirk Brosse, Conductor Concert of works by Sibelius, Schumann & Beethoven, w/Sara Sant'Ambrogio featured on cello. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.chamberorchestra.org. $24-$81. 4/15, 4/16. Also Temple University - Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N Broad St.; Liacouras Center Box Office: 1-800-298-4200. www.chamberorchestra.org. $20. 4/17. 7:30 pm.

Full Day Festival Over 100 student recitals, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society classical guitar competition finals, professional workshops, vendors fair, Scott Tennant Masterclass & more. Settlement Music School - Mary Louise Curtis Branch, 416 Queen St. $25; $20 students. 4/15. 10 am-9 pm.

Gregory DeTurck, Pianist Soloist & chamber musician. Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Borton's Mill Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-488-7868. $20. 4/15. 3 pm.

Haverford-Bryn Mawr College Orchestra For information call 610-896-1011 or visit www.haverford.edu/music/events. Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Free. 4/13. 8 pm.

Joseph Silverstein, Violinist Silverstein is an acclaimed concertmaster, a recitalist and orchestral soloist, conductor and music director, chamber musician, and educator. He will celebrate his 80th birthday with this performance with friends from the classical music world. Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St.; 215-893-7902. Free. 4/15. 3 pm.

La Fiocco Bucks County Baroque & period instrument ensemble. Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Rd., New Hope. www.lafiocco.org. $20; $17 seniors; $12 students. 4/15. 4 pm.

Leo Kottke Folk guitarist who often explores outside traditional harmony & rhythm. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. www.leokottke.com/. $24.50-$38.50. 4/13. 8 pm.

Montana Skies 'New acoustic' music featuring cello & guitar instrumentation. Robin's Books & Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600. $10. 4/18. 7-9 pm.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Best of the Gypsy Spirit Jacques Lacombe conducts this performance, with violinist Kristin Lee, featuring works by Strauss Jr., Ravel, Sarasate, Liszt, Bizet and Brahms. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; Box Office: 609-984-8400. $20-$60. 4/13. 7:30 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Beyond the Score - Pure Melodrama? Musical program exploring how a serious personal crisis sparked some of Tchaikovsky's greatest compositions. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $10-$40. 4/19. 7 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Bronfman & Petrushka Concert of works by Mendelssohn, Bartok & Stravinsky, w/Gilbert Varga conducting & Yefim Bronfman featured on piano. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $10-$124. 4/13, 4/14.

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra: Louis Scaglione, Conductor Concert of works by Dvorak, Gershwin, Bernstein, E. Bernstein & Copland. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $20-$30. 4/15. 7:30 pm.

Scott Tennant Scott Tennant is a founding member of the Grammy-winning ensemble L.A. Guitar Quartet. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. www.scott-tennant.net/. $15-$100. 4/14. 7:30 pm.

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble 65-member concert band composed of music educators, casino showroom musicians & college-trained adults. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway; 609-652-9000. www.sjawe.com. $10. 4/16. 7:30 pm.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Famed chamber orchestra performs under the direction of violinist Joshua Bell. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.asmf.org. $29-$96. 4/16. 7:30 pm.

The Buxtehude Consort Vocal & period instrument baroque chamber ensemble based in Philadelphia. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.; Brown Paper Tickets: 1-800-838-3006. www.buxtehudeconsort.org. $10-$25. 4/13. 8 pm. Also St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.; $10-$25. 4/14. 8 pm.

This Way to the Egress "Old-time Gypsy punk" with steampunk flavor. The Grape Room, 105 Grape St.; 215-483-7084. www.myspace.com/egressthisway. $7. 4/19. 8 pm.

Tin Hat Acoustic quartet who perform an eclectic blend of genres. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.tinhat.org. $19 advance; $21 day of show. 4/14. 8 pm.

Ursinus Wind Ensemble Students perform. Ursinus College - Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, 601 Main St., Collegeville; 610-409-3795. Free. 4/14. 7:30 pm.

Amici Opera: Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi Double bill of one-act Puccini operas: St. Nicholas Hall, 910 Pierce St.; 215-224-0257. $22 advance; $25 day of show; $22 seniors; $15 students; $10 children 12 and under. 4/15. 3 pm.

Center City Opera Theater: La Boheme Puccini's opera sung in Italian with projected English translation. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. www.operatheater.org. $39; $15 student rush; $59 VIP. 4/13, 4/14, 4/15.

Pine Barons Chorus: A Cappella Celebration Barbershop ensembles include the Pine Barons, Wheelhouse, Three Good Men, Sunshine Boys & 4 Ever Young. St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 327 Marlton Pike W., Cherry Hill; 856-866-2474. www.thepinebarons.com. $16; $14 seniors; $8 students. 4/14.

Princeton University Opera: Albert Herring Comic chamber opera by Benjamin Britten. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; Tickets required: 609-258-5000. Free. 4/14. 8 pm.

Rowan Opera Company: La Clemenza di Tito An original, student-designed production of one of Mozart's last masterpieces. Rowan University - Pfleeger Concert Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro; 856-256-4545. $10; $5 seniors and students. 4/13, 4/14, 4/15.

Singing Circle for People Impacted by Cancer Join other singers led by composer, performer & educator Julia Haines. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; Reservations required: 215-879-7733. Free. 4/17.

Svitanya Small women's a cappella vocal ensemble performs traditional Eastern European folk music in the original languages. Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-8855. $25 includes concert and dessert reception. 4/14. 7:30 pm.

The Philadelphia Chorus: Love Matters Works by Vaughan Williams, Libby Larsen, Stephen Chatman, Bernstein & Ellington. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. $20 advance, $24 day of show; $20 students and seniors. 4/15. 4 pm.

Urban Choral Celebration Choral music celebration featuring high school choirs. Temple University - Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N Broad St.; Liacouras Center Box Office: 1-800-298-4200. Free. 4/13. 7:30 pm.

Whitinsville Christian School Tour Choir High school choir from Massachusetts performs gospel, classical & popular music. Proceeds benefit The Watermark for Kids charity. The Watermark at Logan Square, 2 Franklin Town Blvd.; 215-240-8915. $5. 4/13. 7:30 pm.

Dance

BalletX Spring Series 2012 Choreographer Edwaard Liang returns with his work Largo. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $30. 4/18, 4/19.

Bock Bier Fest Unlimited Maibock Bier, performances by Emil Schanta Band & GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers, food, dancing, prizes & more. Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd.; 215-385-5166. $10 advance; $12 day of show. 4/14. 6-11 pm.

Ceili Dance Weekly sessions organized by John Shields & Cass Tinney. Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. 4/18.

DayGlow Party "The World's Largest Paint Party." Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. dayglowtour.com. $45 and up. 4/13. 7 pm.

Israeli Dancing Easy & intermediate level session. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507 Ext. 19. $5. 4/15.

Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal Canadian group with an eclectic contemporary repertoire. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. www.bjmdanse.ca. $20-$60. 4/19.

Merian Soto/Performance Practice: Wissahickon Reunion Outdoor dance revisiting the 'One Year Wissahickon Park Project.' Wissahickon Valley Park, 300 E. Northwestern Ave.; BranchDances.blogspot.com. Free. 4/15. 10:30 am.

NIA - The Joy of Movement for People Impacted by Cancer Dance, martial arts & healing arts combined. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; Reservations required: 215-879-7733. Free. 4/17.

The Naked Stark: Goodnight War An evening-length dance work that examines how & why we support war. Broad Street Ministries Presbyterian Church, 315 S. Broad St. www.thenakedstark.com/goodnight-war. $12; $10 students and seniors. 4/19.

Traditional Irish Music Session Features local set & step dancers & musicians. Those who play instruments are welcome to join in. Plough & The Stars, 123 Chestnut St.; 215-733-0300. Free. 4/15.

Ursinus College Dance Company Ursinus students perform. Ursinus College - Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, 601 Main St., Collegeville; 610-409-3795. $5; $2 students and seniors. 4/19.

West Chester University Dance Company: Kaleidoscope Choreography and performances. West Chester University - Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, University Ave., West Chester; 610-436-2533. $15; $12 seniors/students. 4/19.

Other performances

Broadway Sings for Camp An evening of music with professional Broadway performers benefitting the JCC Camps at Medford scholarship fund & the Open Hearts/ Open Doors Program. Milton & Betty Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ; 856-424-4444 Ext 1226. $15 and up. 4/16. 7 pm.

Eddie Bruce Cabaret musician with over 25 years experience. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. Free.

Florence Henderson: All the Lives of Me ... A Musical Journey 'Brady Bunch' star performs songs from shows like 'Oklahoma!,' 'South Pacific,' 'The Sound of Music' & 'Annie Get Your Gun.' Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $42-$64. 4/14. 8 pm.

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