September 17, 2016 |
The Walnut Street Theatre kicks off its 208th season with a production of South Pacific that demonstrates, in superlative style, what the company does best: convey the fun and the overwhelming, entertaining spirit of a musical. Composer Richard Rodgers, lyricist Oscar Hammerstein III, and book writer Joshua Logan based their musical on James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific . On the New Hebrides islands during World War II, naive American nurse Nellie (Kate Fahrner) falls in love with Emile De Becque (Paul Schoeffler)
August 18, 2016
Makes 4 appetizer or 2 entree servings 1/4 cup olive oil Salt and pepper 1 eggplant, split in half lengthwise 1 small summer squash, sliced into rounds or small cubes 11/2 cups plain thick yogurt (such as Greek or labne) 2/3 cup chopped fresh herbs (any mixture of chives, mint, tarragon, parsley) 1 small clove of garlic, peeled and minced 1 large tomato, cored and cubed (reserve juices) 1/4 cup walnut halves or pieces, toasted Sprigs of parsley or mint, optional 1. Heat oven to 500 degrees.
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.
June 4, 2016 |
Developer Tom Scannapieco said Thursday that he had an agreement of sale for the penthouse at his ultra-luxury 500 Walnut tower overlooking Independence Square. The price: a Philadelphia record $17.85 million. If the deal closes when the 26-story, 35-unit high-rise is completed in the spring of 2017, the two-story, 8,900-square-foot penthouse will be the most expensive residence ever sold in the city - more than $5 million more than the penthouse at Scannapieco's 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street, which sold for $12.5 million in April 2010.
May 28, 2016 |
The film Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg took place in a risky area of San Francisco. For the current production of the musical Sister Act at the Walnut Street Theatre, the Queen of Angels parish, where Deloris Van Cartier finds refuge from her mobster boyfriend, is set in South Philly. This production was surprising in a few ways: very little likeness to the film; an LGBT inclusiveness that feels kitsch; and the local angle provides for loads of Philly details. Don't go looking for "I Will Follow Him" or "My Guy (My God)"
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.
May 11, 2016 |
The developers of the 26-story apartment tower at 1213 Walnut Street are seeking tenants for the building's two ground-floor storefronts, one of which will be next to Fergie's Pub on the property's Sansom Street side. The tower is being built to accommodate a 5,920-square-foot restaurant - about the size of the El Vez or Jones restaurants nearby - facing Walnut Street and a roughly 1,300-square-foot shop or cafe beside Fergie's, according to Jacob Cooper, a managing director at MSC Retail Inc., which is marketing the space.
May 8, 2016 |
Rag & Bone, a high-end seller of designer men's and women's clothing, is coming to Walnut Street in Center City, continuing the shopping district's hot retail streak. The New York City-based brand, known for its jeanswear, plans to move in at 1601 Walnut St., space formerly occupied by BCBG Maxazria, whose lease expired last week. Walnut from 15th to 17th Streets has emerged as the most expensive strip for retail rents in Philadelphia, commercial real estate brokers said. The corners of 15th, 16th, and 17th, in particular, "are the most expensive to lease in the city," said Jacob Cooper, managing director at MSC Retail.
May 4, 2016
The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday said it was unable to determine the source of an oil sheen spotted in the Schuylkill at Walnut Street on Monday. Petty Officer 3rd class David Micallef, a Coast Guard spokesman, said the oil sheen had "naturally dissipated" by Tuesday afternoon and investigtors have been unable to locate its source. "If anything changes, we will react," he said. The oil sheen was first reported to police just before 5 p.m. Monday. Fire officials responded first and waited for the Coast Guard's hazardous materials team to arrive.