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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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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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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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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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April 11, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Broad Street has been yarn-bombed! Perfect timing! With unseasonable snow in the forecast, the big concrete planters in front of the Merriam Theater are wearing sweaters, and the orange tulips are looking cozy as well as very pretty. It's a lovely installation created by University of the Arts students in conjunction with Knitting Peace , the first show of PIFA (Philadelphia Festival of the Arts) playing through Sunday at the Merriam Theater. The yarn-bombing UArts students are part of a remarkable interdisciplinary course.
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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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April 11, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Broad Street has been yarn-bombed! Perfect timing! With unseasonable snow in the forecast, the big concrete planters in front of the Merriam Theater are wearing sweaters, and the orange tulips are looking cozy as well as very pretty. It's a lovely installation created by University of the Arts students in conjunction with Knitting Peace , the first show of PIFA (Philadelphia Festival of the Arts) playing through Sunday at the Merriam Theater. The yarn-bombing UArts students are part of a remarkable interdisciplinary course.
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April 3, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
After taking over the town in 2011 and again in 2013, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is back April 8-23. Comprising more than 60 events, it kicks off with Article 13 , a huge multimedia, multigenre installation, and it closes with a big street fair, on Broad Street between Chestnut and South Streets, with art, food, vendors, and entertainment. Curated by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the festival takes as its theme "We Are What We Make. " A massive installation on that theme by MacArthur Award-winner Mimi Lien will take over the Kimmel lobby.
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March 2, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For the Daily News
Tony Award-winning actor and star of TV Land's hit comedy Younger , Sutton Foster just flew in from Australia, and, boy, are her arms tired. "It was a really long flight and a long, but happy night," says Foster, who performed the music of composer Stephen Schwartz ( Wicked , Pippin ) in Sydney right before this interview from her home in Brooklyn. "What he does that no one else does is 'I want' and 'I can get' songs," she says, pointing out theater staples such as "Corner of the Sky" and "Defying Gravity.
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February 14, 2016
Lobby Hero (Theatre Horizon). Kenneth Lonergan's depiction of four lives that collide one night in the lobby of an upscale apartment building. Race, gender, romance, moral dilemmas, comedy, seriousness. Opens Thursday, through March 13. Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), David Patrick Stearns (D.P.S.), and Toby Zinman (T.Z.). Assassins (Eagle). Nine people who tried to murder a president and leave their mark. This revival of the Sondheim musical has startling relevance to our current political plight.
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February 7, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
The program is called Strength and Longing, but Strength and Lengthening might have been a better name. The Pennsylvania Ballet opened its February season Thursday night with four dances that were all long limbs, rippling muscles, bravado, and control. Three of the pieces presented at the Merriam Theater were company premieres, as artistic director Ángel Corella continues his plan to introduce new work to Philadelphia audiences. The evening opened with "Without Words," a Nacho Duato premiere of chiseled bodies in minimal costumes performing duets and trios that flowed from position to position.
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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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