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March 22, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Book of Mormon will be back in Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre late this year for a month-long reprise of its successful 47-day 2014 engagement, part of Broadway Philadelphia's 2015-16 season, officials of the Kimmel Center and the Schubert Organization announced Friday. The Kimmel and the Schubert Organization are joint presenters of the season. "Each season, we seek compelling theater productions with story lines that resonate with our diverse audiences," Anne Ewers, Kimmel president and chief executive, said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2012
Through Dec. 30 at the Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. Tickets: $49.50-$97. Information: 800-447-7400, telecharge.com
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011
"JERSEY BOYS" runs through Jan. 14. Tickets, priced from $59 to $151.50, remain for all shows, but you'll find the best selection for the New Year's Eve 2 and 8 p.m. shows and the 7:30 p.m. shows Jan. 9-11. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., showtimes vary, Buy tickets at 800-447-7400, www.telecharge.com/jbphilly or at the Forrest Theatre box office. VIP ticket packages available for all performances. Groups of 10 or more, call 866-276-2947 or 215-790-5883. More info at www.forrest-theatre.com or www.JerseyBoysTour.com .
NEWS
November 30, 1994 | For The Inquirer / DAVID M. WARREN
Valerie DePena, a cast member of the musical "The Who's Tommy," returned yesterday to her alma mater, Cherry Hill High School East, to speak to the advanced acting class. The 1980 graduate performs various roles in the show, now at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jersey Boys , which will end its five-week run at the Forrest Theatre on Saturday, set records when the national tour was here last winter - and now it's setting new ones. The musical, still playing 90 miles away on Broadway, has done very well since it crossed over the home of the Jersey boys and into Pennsylvania, with a record gross for the Forrest of $1,617,700 for a week of eight performances that ended Jan. 8. The Tony-winning musical about the singing group the Four Seasons with Frankie Valli began here Dec. 6 with an all-new national tour cast.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2011
"ROCK OF AGES" kicks off an especially strong 2011-12 Broadway theatrical season for the Kimmel Center organization, which is presenting shows at three venues - but not the Kimmel Center itself. Highlighting the schedule are national touring revivals of two iconic Broadway shows that changed the look and sound of musical theater. Jan. 3-8, "Hair," the late-'60s property that birthed the rock musical genre and yielded a jukebox full of Top 40 hits, will be staged at the Academy of Music.
NEWS
May 23, 1997 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Ever wonder in years past how area ticket brokers got so many choice seats for the hottest theater shows in town? When it came to the Forrest Theatre, one of several city venues, the answer is, by paying "ice," federal prosecutors say. In the theater and ticket-selling industries, "ice" is the nice way of saying "payoff," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald H. Levine. For years, at least 10 area ticket brokers secretly made cash payoffs to Alexis M. Carlin, then house manager at the Forrest Theater in Center City.
NEWS
December 15, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
The boys put it best: "Oh, what a night!" As a Jersey girl, I can tell you that Jersey Boys , the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is a high-energy musical full of great songs ("Earth Angel," "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Working My Way Back to You") and great voices. The show - a Broadway hit that won four Tony Awards and a Grammy for best musical show album - was last in Philly two years ago. I had a good time then, and I had a good time again. Valli (Nick Cosgrove has a killer falsetto)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1994 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Tony Randall and Jack Klugman have been playing The Odd Couple for so long that they could probably do it in their sleep. But the nice thing about the touring production at the Forrest Theatre through Sunday is that the two old gents don't sleepwalk through the play in the least. These guys are pros. They respect their audience, and they give full weight. Randall and Klugman, of course, weren't the original Broadway odd couple. That pairing, lo these 19 years ago, consisted of Walter Matthau (Oscar, the sloppy one)
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Theatrical dialect coaches believe that in an actor's creation of a character, the talk has to precede the walk - or, if you're a Jersey boy, the "tawk" precedes the "wawk" - especially if you're going to sing a "sawng. " And that means you need a dialect coach. Dialect coaches are like Henry Higgins, the phonetics professor from Shaw's Pygmalion and, later, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady . They can tell where you're from at the drop of a consonant. Jersey Boys , the popular musical about Frankie Valli and his guy-group the Four Seasons, has been workin' its way back to us, babe, on national tour, and opens Thursday for a month at the Forrest Theatre, its third visit in four years.
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May 2, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
'Be yourself; everyone else is already taken" Oscar Wilde's wry and excellent advice speaks the spirit of Kinky Boots , especially when Lola, drag queen extraordinaire, delivers the wisdom. This sweet, high-energy musical is about tolerance and fabulous shoes, so no wonder it won six Tony awards in 2013, including best musical, with a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The plot is based on a true story that became a charming movie before it was transformed into a big Broadway musical.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Book of Mormon will be back in Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre late this year for a month-long reprise of its successful 47-day 2014 engagement, part of Broadway Philadelphia's 2015-16 season, officials of the Kimmel Center and the Schubert Organization announced Friday. The Kimmel and the Schubert Organization are joint presenters of the season. "Each season, we seek compelling theater productions with story lines that resonate with our diverse audiences," Anne Ewers, Kimmel president and chief executive, said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
PYT, the Northern Liberties burger joint in the Piazza at Schmidts, posted a photo of a receipt to its Facebook page showing that Eagle LeSean McCoy tipped 20 cents on a $61.56 check. That's a 0.3 percent tip. My buddy Daily News Eagles writer Les Bowen asked McCoy about the tipping incident. "It's bulls---, man," McCoy said. He declined to elaborate. Bowen also asked the Eagles about the incident. The team said that the running back was not happy with the service at PYT, although it wished he'd handled it differently.
NEWS
December 15, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
The boys put it best: "Oh, what a night!" As a Jersey girl, I can tell you that Jersey Boys , the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is a high-energy musical full of great songs ("Earth Angel," "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Working My Way Back to You") and great voices. The show - a Broadway hit that won four Tony Awards and a Grammy for best musical show album - was last in Philly two years ago. I had a good time then, and I had a good time again. Valli (Nick Cosgrove has a killer falsetto)
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Theatrical dialect coaches believe that in an actor's creation of a character, the talk has to precede the walk - or, if you're a Jersey boy, the "tawk" precedes the "wawk" - especially if you're going to sing a "sawng. " And that means you need a dialect coach. Dialect coaches are like Henry Higgins, the phonetics professor from Shaw's Pygmalion and, later, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady . They can tell where you're from at the drop of a consonant. Jersey Boys , the popular musical about Frankie Valli and his guy-group the Four Seasons, has been workin' its way back to us, babe, on national tour, and opens Thursday for a month at the Forrest Theatre, its third visit in four years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2012
Through Dec. 30 at the Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. Tickets: $49.50-$97. Information: 800-447-7400, telecharge.com
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jersey Boys , which will end its five-week run at the Forrest Theatre on Saturday, set records when the national tour was here last winter - and now it's setting new ones. The musical, still playing 90 miles away on Broadway, has done very well since it crossed over the home of the Jersey boys and into Pennsylvania, with a record gross for the Forrest of $1,617,700 for a week of eight performances that ended Jan. 8. The Tony-winning musical about the singing group the Four Seasons with Frankie Valli began here Dec. 6 with an all-new national tour cast.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011
"JERSEY BOYS" runs through Jan. 14. Tickets, priced from $59 to $151.50, remain for all shows, but you'll find the best selection for the New Year's Eve 2 and 8 p.m. shows and the 7:30 p.m. shows Jan. 9-11. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., showtimes vary, Buy tickets at 800-447-7400, www.telecharge.com/jbphilly or at the Forrest Theatre box office. VIP ticket packages available for all performances. Groups of 10 or more, call 866-276-2947 or 215-790-5883. More info at www.forrest-theatre.com or www.JerseyBoysTour.com .
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2011
"ROCK OF AGES" kicks off an especially strong 2011-12 Broadway theatrical season for the Kimmel Center organization, which is presenting shows at three venues - but not the Kimmel Center itself. Highlighting the schedule are national touring revivals of two iconic Broadway shows that changed the look and sound of musical theater. Jan. 3-8, "Hair," the late-'60s property that birthed the rock musical genre and yielded a jukebox full of Top 40 hits, will be staged at the Academy of Music.
NEWS
November 14, 2003 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
The producers of the new musical Harmony yesterday abruptly canceled the show's run at the Forrest Theatre, which was the only scheduled tryout for its planned Broadway opening next year. Harmony was to begin Philadelphia previews Dec. 2. A terse announcement gave no reason for the cancellation of the musical, which has a score by Barry Manilow and book and lyrics by his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman. Harmony was to have officially opened Dec. 17. A source close to the production, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the show had encountered financial problems.
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