May 18, 2016
Megan Hilty and Seth Rudetsky play at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Kelli O'Hara and Rudetsky play at 8 p.m. June 14. Both shows are at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. Tickets: $29-$125. Information: 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.
May 18, 2016 |
'Almost every big hit musical - and flop musical - began in Philly before it took Broadway by storm . . . or had a horrible demise," Seth Rudetsky says with a laugh. This stage historian, actor/singer, and pianist wants to remind Philadelphia of its first-run history with his Broadway Concert Series at the Merriam Theater , where he hosts, chats with, and plays piano behind the hottest singer-actresses on Manhattan's musical stages. His next events: Tuesday with recent Tony nominee Megan Hilty, and June 14 with Kelli O'Hara.
May 5, 2016
Brian Regan 7 & 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. $47.50-62.50. 215-893-1999 or kimmelcenter.org.
May 5, 2016 |
Brian Regan is a road warrior, a stand-up comedian who has built a dedicated fan base by touring rather than starring in a sitcom or movie. He likes performing live so much, his latest stand-up special, Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall , was shown in real time on Comedy Central last year. Listen to his stand-up, and his appeal is readily apparent. He's funny, self-deprecating, and enormously clever, taking observational humor in different directions. We talked with Regan in advance of his Saturday show at the Merriam Theater.
April 11, 2016 |
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.
April 3, 2016 |
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.
March 2, 2016 |
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.
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.
February 7, 2016 |
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.