March 11, 2015 |
'Someday My Prince Will Come" is, of course, the signature song from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - the animated gem that enjoyed impressive box office at the Karlton, a second-run movie house at 1412 Chestnut St., way back in the spring of 1938. "Someday My Prince Will Come" could also serve as the new anthem for film lovers across Philadelphia and, in particular, Center City, which has fewer dedicated movie screens (14) than many suburban multiplexes.
March 9, 2015 |
Coming to a choice parcel on Chestnut Street just west of Broad: neither a chic new condominium nor another drugstore. The Prince Music Theater isn't going anywhere. The defunct theater in the center of town was sold Thursday to the Philadelphia Film Society - a transaction that not only gives the film group a new home, but also preserves the hall's role for arts groups that cannot afford pricier venues like the Kimmel Center. The theater has already reopened for business. Its first show under new ownership - The Last Jimmy , a hip-hop musical - is slated to open March 18. It will still be known as the Prince Theater for the time being.
October 30, 2014 |
Having received no offers for a takeover, the organization that occupies the Prince Music Theater on Friday terminated its lease with the owners of the building on Chestnut Street just west of Broad Street. American Music Theater Festival, founded in 1984, also intends to dissolve. The future of the building is uncertain. "It's a significant loss if it goes away. If it becomes a drugstore, it would be horrible for the city," said J. Andrew Greenblatt, executive director of the Philadelphia Film Society, one of the theater's most frequent users.
July 3, 2014 |
The Prince Music Theater will close its doors and cease to exist as a cultural institution Nov. 30 unless new leadership takes on the expense and work of keeping it alive, its current leaders say. With the death in May of meat-processing entrepreneur and philanthropist Herb Lotman, the Prince lost its board chairman and chief fund-raiser. His widow, Karen Lotman, and their family are not interested in continuing his role in remaking and running the theater since it emerged from bankruptcy auction in January 2013.
September 27, 2013 |
MUSICALS - all those cats and teenagers and fiddlers bursting into random songs in the middle of knife fights or rainstorms - require a suspension of disbelief I'm usually incapable of. But give me an ancient book bound in human flesh, a creaky, old cabin in the woods and a bunch of dumb college students getting possessed by demonic forces, and I'm spellbound. To be fair, I haven't seen many musicals and likely won't. But when I first heard that the unholy film trinity, "Evil Dead," "Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn" and "Army of Darkness (Evil Dead III)"
July 26, 2013 |
EVEN WITH her mom being one of Philadelphia's leading hematologists, Sarah Steele knew that theater, not medicine, was in her blood. "It happened when I was seven," says the 24-year-old Bala Cynwyd resident and daughter of Dr. Katherine A. High, of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Dr. George Steele, himself a prominent nutritionist in the city who served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Now living in Brooklyn and bound for local screens today with the premiere of "The To Do List," the daughter of doctors remembers what did it for her early on. "My parents took me to a production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' And that was it. " Any dream will do?
July 22, 2013 |
A post-bankruptcy Prince Music Theater is coming into view with a 2013-14 season revealing it as a presenting, rather than producing, entity. New leaders aren't ruling out producing shows in the future, as the group had done for decades under former artistic chief Marjorie Samoff. But for next season, it will import only. The building just off Broad Street is now owned by a group of business investors, 1412 Chestnut Street Corp., who are leasing it to the Prince. Philadelphia businessman Herb Lotman is both an investor and chairman of the board of the nonprofit.
May 10, 2013
FOR ALMOST 25 years, the Prince Music Theater was celebrated nationally for its mission of exclusively staging musical-theater world premieres. But that business model proved unsustainable when the Great Recession came knocking, and, in 2008, the curtain rang down on the Prince's three performance spaces, the largest of which seats about 450. But thanks to a dedicated group of local movers and shakers who bought the property at 1412 Chestnut Street,...
March 16, 2013 |
As the next step in its post-bankruptcy evolution, the Prince Music Theater has named a new board of directors and an executive director. James E. Hines, 35, is the new chief staffer, joining the Prince after three years as artistic administrator of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. The Prince, a former movie house on Chestnut Street, exited Chapter 11 on Oct. 15 after being won at bankruptcy auction by a group of business investors known collectively as 1412 Chestnut Street Corp.
January 15, 2013 |
Though it has been laid low in recent years by litigation and bankruptcy, the Prince Music Theater, led by founder Marjorie Samoff, once held a handsome national reputation as a creator of art. With an advisory council that included Stephen Sondheim and Milton Babbitt, Philip Glass and Leonard Bernstein, the Prince made an artistic splash starting in the mid-1980s with a string of sometimes-genre-bending works, from Broadway revivals to avant-garde opera....