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August 25, 1993 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One of the oldest arts establishments on South Broad Street - the half-mile stretch to be known as the Avenue of the Arts - is the Merriam Theater, between Locust and Spruce Streets, just south of the Academy of Music. It opened as the Sam S. Shubert Theatre, in August 1918, with a road-show production of a musical called Chu Chin Chow with a cast of 300. In the next several decades, such celebrated performers as John Barrymore, Gertrude Lawrence, Helen Hayes, Al Jolson, the Marx Brothers, Tallulah Bankhead, Laurence Olivier, Jackie Gleason and Bert Lahr trod its boards.
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January 1, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
You just can't beat the Old Testament for family drama. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , at the Merriam Theater, takes its plot from Genesis 37-50. It's about 12 brothers (it's always brothers, isn't it?), 11 of whom are envious of the youngest, Joseph, their father's favorite, who has a fancy coat of many colors; they sell him into slavery and tell their father he's dead. While in prison in Egypt, he becomes famous for being able to interpret dreams, and when he warns Pharaoh that his mystifying dream foretells seven years of feast followed by seven years of famine, he saves the kingdom by preparing for the worst.
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August 26, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Donna Testa Devereaux, 56, of Villas, Cape May County, a former box-office worker at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, died of cancer Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in South Philadelphia, Mrs. Devereaux was a 1975 graduate of what is now SS Neumann Goretti High School. "When she was in high school, she was an usher" at the theater, then named the Shubert, "just to make extra money," her husband, Robert, said in a phone interview.
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December 20, 1999 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For the last two weeks, 29 students from the Council Rock School District have been preparing for their big break - a chance to perform at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia. During their holiday vacation, they will join a professional touring company in the musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for eight performances. Members of the touring company are expected to visit Holland Junior High School today and tomorrow to teach the students staging and choreography.
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May 21, 2004 | By BRYAN QUIGLEY For the Daily News
Banjoist Bela Fleck and double-bass player Edgar Meyer offer "An Evening of Duets" as they tour off their new "Music for Two" recording (8 tonight, Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside, $35, 215-572-7650 or www.keswicktheatre. com). Former Talking Head David Byrne has "Grown Backwards," as his new album proclaims, and he'll display the results at the Merriam Theater (8 tonight, with Juana Molina opening, 250 S. Broad St., $35-$37.50, 215-732-5446). Southern California punk-rockers the Offspring with Melissa Auf der Maur (former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist)
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December 24, 1999 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Avenue of the Arts may not be Broadway, but it's close enough for a group of starry-eyed Bucks County students. Come Tuesday, they will share the stage of the Merriam Theater with the likes of Deborah Gibson and Patrick Cassidy and assorted brothers Osmond. A touring-company production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has tapped the chorus of Council Rock School District students on the shoulder and offered the students a glimmer of the bright lights. "The Merriam," said 13-year-old Melanie Krevitz, an eighth grader at Holland Junior High School.
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January 1, 2016
Through Jan. 3. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. Tickets: $45-95. Information: 215-731-3333 or kimmelcenter.org/broadway.
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March 9, 2014
A story Friday about jazz concerts gave an incorrect time for the "Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60" at the Merriam Theater. It will be at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
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January 26, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Michael Wirtz
A 20th-anniversary touring production of "Evita" is coming to the Merriam Theater, from next Tuesday to Feb. 7. With it come roles for two local girls. At an open audition held yesterday, 120 girls turned out at the theater, hoping to be chosen.
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October 24, 1996 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
Singular sensations Mayor Rendell and City Councilman Thacher W. Longstreth kick up their heels yesterday at City Hall with members of a touring company of "A Chorus Line. " Rendell invited Longstreth, an occasional political rival, to dance with the touring company to help promote the musical, currently playing at the Merriam Theater.
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January 1, 2016
Through Jan. 3. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. Tickets: $45-95. Information: 215-731-3333 or kimmelcenter.org/broadway.
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January 1, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
You just can't beat the Old Testament for family drama. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , at the Merriam Theater, takes its plot from Genesis 37-50. It's about 12 brothers (it's always brothers, isn't it?), 11 of whom are envious of the youngest, Joseph, their father's favorite, who has a fancy coat of many colors; they sell him into slavery and tell their father he's dead. While in prison in Egypt, he becomes famous for being able to interpret dreams, and when he warns Pharaoh that his mystifying dream foretells seven years of feast followed by seven years of famine, he saves the kingdom by preparing for the worst.
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November 13, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
The news release for Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run claims "the title says it all," but that's not exactly true. Aside from entrances and exits, Madea remains in her friend Aunt Bam's daughter's living room, dispensing hard truths, breaking the fourth wall, and occasionally bursting into song. Bam (played by longtime Perry collaborator and House of Payne star Cassi Davis) is a grandmother here, not an aunt, and after 2 1/2 hours, I'm still not sure what Madea did to end up on the streets.
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November 4, 2015 | David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer
'Another opening, another show . . . Our Philly comp'nies are all aglow. . .. " So went the song from Kiss Me Kate , modified to open Theatre Philadelphia's 2015 Barrymore Awards on Monday at the Merriam Theater. The equal-opportunity Barrymore nominations turned into near-equal-opportunity wins at Theatre Philadelphia's celebration of itself. The most wins were four each, going to Theater Exile's The Whale , a play about a morbidly obese gay man, and to Norristown's Theatre Horizon production of the Stephen Sondheim fairy tale musical Into the Woods.
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October 30, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
AS MUCH as we are in denial about the ever-accelerating passage of time, the fact is, the annual Barrymore Awards are upon us again. The yearly celebration of the Delaware Valley's diverse and vibrant theater scene will pay tribute to productions, performers and behind-the-sceners that audiences enjoyed between July 1, 2014, and June 30 of this year. Monday's open-to-the-public affair at the Merriam Theater is the second since Theatre Philadelphia, which oversees both the balloting and awards ceremony, revived it after a two-year hiatus from staging full-blown presentations.
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October 13, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
As far as hometown shows go, native Melody Gardot could have been playing Timbuktu, Milan, or Sheboygan when she hit the Merriam Theater on Friday night. Ever since the former Center City resident-chanteuse became something of a long-distance lodger, she has touched base in Paris, Brazil, and Los Angeles - literally, figuratively - to represent her smoky brand of jazz-blues, CinemaScopic instrumentation, and lyrics tinged with lonely teardrops and rapturous universality. "I missed you, Philly," a moist-eyed Gardot said at her show's halfway point.
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October 2, 2015
IT MAY NOT be the same as thrilling audiences on Broadway, but Audra McDonald nonetheless loves participating in the kind of program she'll be doing Wednesday night. McDonald, who, in 2014, became the first performer to win six acting Tony Awards, will be at the Merriam Theater to kick off the Kimmel Center's Seth Rudetsky Broadway Concert Series, a quartet of Merriam programs that will feature Rudetsky - a musical theater vet and high-profile host on SiriusXM's Broadway channel - conducting conversations with McDonald, Kelli O'Hara (Jan.
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September 20, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
You put on a hi-viz vest and optional facemask, and you plug a set of buds into your ears. After tracing your hand onto a sheet of paper, you hear a voice that guides you (and 14 others, one group every 30 minutes) into the Merriam Theater auditorium. "Swat away the flies," the voice instructs, and with your eyes closed, you hear the buzzing of pesky insects in Sam Britton's sound design for Ant Hampton's The Extra People . The automated, childlike voice commands you to move, to sit, to huddle under a blanket, or direct a flashlight into the face of another "extra person.
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June 14, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
From the opening curtain to the final darkening of the lights, exuberant reactions - both subjectively visceral and objectively profound - rippled through the Merriam Theater at the Pennsylvania Ballet's season closer Thursday night. Choreographer William Forsythe has returned to the States after decades helming Ballet Frankfurt and then his own company in Dresden. The Philadelphia premiere of his 1991 The Second Detail is his third work from the Pennsylvania Ballet. These decades-old, neoclassical ballets will appeal to lovers of Balanchine, whom Forsythe most admired, and, to my eye, advanced the Balanchine aesthetic.
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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.
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