June 21, 2016
Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, has elected Jack R. Garfinkle and David Montgomery to its board. Garfinkle is the acting associate general counsel-regulatory of Exelon Corp. Montgomery is chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies. The PJM Interconnection Members Committee has elected Dean Oskvig and Mark Takahashi to its board. They replace Richard Lahey and Jean Kinsey. Oskvig recently retired as president, CEO, and board member for Black & Veatch Energy.
June 10, 2016 |
The Walnut Street Theatre on Wednesday was a youngster's paradise, with princess costumes and stuffed animals. In a nearby quiet room, a child sat on his mother's lap, playing with a squishy ball. Above, in the mezzanine, a boy clutched his Tigger as his brother climbed over the seats. Children squealed with glee as a tall man in a green T-shirt took the stage. "When you go to the theater, you might usually meet someone who shushes you," said Thomas P. Quinn, the Walnut's director of education.
May 23, 2016
On May 6, the Walnut Street Theatre celebrated its 207th anniversary with a gala concert. Founded in 1809, the theater is America's oldest, as well as the most-subscribed theater in world, with 55,000 season ticket-holders. About 700 guests were treated to an evening of entertainment by John Kander and Frank Ebb, the lyricist and composer known for some of America's classic musicals, including Chicago , Cabaret , and New York, New York . The program also featured an award program, with Audrey Merves and Len Karabell presented the 2016 Edwin Forrest Award, named after Edwin Forrest, America's first great actor and a native Philadelphian.
April 10, 2016 |
The Independence Studio on 3 at the Walnut Street Theatre might be the smallest spot Patsy Cline (Jenny Lee Stern) has ever played. But what a difference a venue makes to the success of this rocking show! I first caught Always . . . Patsy Cline last winter at the Bristol Riverside Theatre, where the traditional and elevated stage distanced the audience from this intimate two-handed story and diminished the plausibility of the show's premise. Writer Ted Swindley based this jukebox musical on a true, chance encounter between Louise Seger (Denise Whelan)
March 26, 2016 |
Star Wars , Lord of the Rings , and the X-Men movies prove there's much contemporary interest in the backstories of famous characters. And though it took JK Rowling only a year after her final Harry Potter novel to write a prequel, more than 100 years passed before Dave Barry (yes, that Dave Barry) and Ridley Pearson created one for Peter Pan, that other most famous boy from English literature. Rick Elice's 2009 play Peter and the Starcatcher dramatizes Barry and Pearson's similarly titled novel, which the Walnut Street Theatre's intentionally over-the-top production now brings to life in a fantastical romp through England, Neverland, and the high seas.
March 16, 2016 |
In its rehearsal spaces and on its main stage, the venerated Walnut Street Theatre currently resembles a jungle gymlike maze of elevated catwalks and open portals - all for Peter and the Starcatcher , which opens Thursday. Peter is such a massive, madly active production that, for the cast to rehearse adequately, a replica of the huge, multilevel, Rube Goldbergian set on the main stage, all ladders, paths, and openings, had to be built in the fourth-floor rehearsal space, for which, in the words of director Bill Van Horn, "rail heights and step lengths were cut in half, to get used to the real estate.
January 30, 2016 |
Harvey , a genial, old-fashioned comedy, is currently providing gentle, old-fashioned entertainment at the Walnut Street Theatre. There are lots of wink-wink, nudge-nudge sexual innuendos, while the tip-top cast, made up of some of Philadelphia's favorite actors - all masters of the double-take - is hamming it up under Bob Carlton's broad direction. The play, recently revived on Broadway with The Big Bang Theory 's Jim Parsons, is best remembered in the 1950 film version starring Jimmy Stewart.
February 7, 2015 |
What's that smell? It's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (stoopid) Tales at Walnut Street Theatre through Sunday. The hour-long musical comedy is based on the immensely popular 1992 book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Jack tries to save himself from being eaten by the Giant by regaling him with fairy tales, frequently fractured (Cinderumplestiltskin, anyone? Goldilocks and the Three Elephants?). Fairy-tale worlds converge and come to life as the audience goes on a journey into Jack's crazy world.
May 23, 2014
HAD ENOUGH of deformed, subterranean opera-house denizens, barricade-building, 19th-century French student revolutionaries, musical adaptations of obscure movies and the endless parade of Disney characters come-to-life? Then head to the Walnut Street Theatre and bask in the glory of the way things used to be, when musicals sparkled with clever comedic banter, genuinely funny jokes and honest-to-goodness songs that stayed in your head long after the curtain fell, as opposed to dialogue delivered via instantly forgettable melodies wrapped in ersatz rock or watered-down R&B. Through July 13, the Walnut is presenting "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," one of the most popular musical comedies of all time.