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May 22, 1989 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
The Walnut Street Theater Company is planning another lightheaded season on its main stage - two musicals, a mystery and two comedies. Nothing on the agenda even hints at the serious mission of the nonprofit- theater movement. Nothing remotely high-minded clouds the horizon. At the Walnut, theater is just another kind of television, except you have to come downtown for it. And even television occasionally ventures into social problems or psychological byways. For its downstairs audience, the Walnut pretends there is no such thing as tragedy, no dark side to life, only easy laughs and song-and-dance.
NEWS
April 13, 1986 | By Tom Fox, Inquirer Editorial Board
Legends, like old soldiers, never die, but they don't fade away either. Legends grow with the fleeting years, adding even more romance and mystique to the myths, facts to the contrary. This is about such a legend, a legend about an Indian reservation at Broad and Walnut, where, Philadelphia lore holds, a small plot of ground was set aside in colonial times for visiting Indians. I recently learned of the legend when Russ O'Neill, who is big in hardware in Cape May, was in town for an eye check and topped off the day with dinner at the Union League with Bob Mendte, the ad man and historian.
NEWS
December 11, 1986 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
In reviving a musical of such indelible memory as A Little Night Music, the trick is not to make us forget the original but to discover a fresh approach that does justice to the memory. The Walnut Street Theater Company has tried. Its production, which opened last night, bears evidence of rethinking. A new concept is tried for this beautifully conceptual show, but the effort has been made, plainly, by people who are not in the same league as the creative talents who made such magic with the 1973 Broadway production.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Hoping to repeat his success with 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street, developer Tom Scannapieco will break ground Thursday on 500 Walnut, his 26-story, 38-unit high-rise condo building at Fifth and Walnut Streets, overlooking Independence Hall. The $180 million tower, described as "ultra-luxury" because of its prices, unit sizes, and amenities, is the first condominium building to be constructed in Philadelphia since November 2007, when Scannapieco began building 1706 Rittenhouse. As Scannapieco's first foray into the Center City condo market, 1706 Rittenhouse accounted for more than 90 percent of the city's sales above $4 million between 2010 and late 2013, when the building sold out. To date, 21 of the 38 units at 500 Walnut have been reserved, said Paula Celletti-Baron, vice president of sales and marketing.
NEWS
May 5, 2012 | By Wendy Rosenfield, FOR THE INQUIRER
It's a Grand Night for Singing at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio, and it no doubt will remain so for the run of this cozy Rodgers and Hammerstein revue. Winding through nearly 40 of the legendary team's tunes, this production is fueled by amorous intentions, driven by a quartet featuring three of Philly's favorite performers — Jennie Eisenhower, Fran Prisco, and Michael Philip O'Brien (he's also artistic director of the all-musical 11th Hour Theatre Company) — and Rebecca Robbins, a fine, flame-haired New York import and Walnut regular.
NEWS
April 8, 1991 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Walnut Street Theater will no longer extend the courtesy of free review tickets to Philadelphia's City Paper and the Courier-Post because the theater's executive director, Bernard Havard, is displeased with negative reviews by the papers' critics. "If they want to trash the Walnut, they can pay to trash it," Havard said in a phone conversation Friday. The City Paper, a free weekly paper that serves primarily a Center City audience, heard about the Walnut's policy first from a publicist, who called managing editor David Warner Tuesday.
NEWS
February 19, 2004 | By Douglas J. Keating INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
In my favorable review last season of the Walnut Street Theatre Studio Series production of Wrong for Each Other by Norm Foster, I noted that it was the first local production of a work by the very popular Canadian playwright and that I would like to see more. The Walnut has obliged with Here on the Flight Path, and I'm pleased to report that, even though the play's characters and relationships are not as satisfyingly drawn as they were in Wrong for Each Other, the Walnut's sharp and snappy production is even more humorous and breezily entertaining.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
As trees go, black walnuts are the superheroes of Pennsylvania's forests. Strong and resistant to most aggressive insects and sickness, their lumber is among the most valued in the state. But arborists and forestry officials are battling what they say is green kryptonite to that black walnut population: thousand cankers disease, a deadly and incurable illness that has emerged in the region for the second time in recent years, and that some say poses a grave threat to the state's $19 billion hardwoods industry.
NEWS
December 9, 2015
A story Tuesday about the 1213 Walnut apartment tower project misstated the approximate amount of retail space planned. The correct amount is 7,200 square feet.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2016
Exactly one year ago, a piece of masonry began to peel away from the top of a six-story building at 16th and Walnut. Bricks rained down in a torrent, crashing through the ceiling of the adjacent Lululemon store and injuring three young women - one of them seriously - who had been shopping for workout clothes. Fortunately, everyone else managed to walk away, shaken but unscathed. Though nowhere as terrible as the fatal tragedy at the Salvation Army store in 2013, the injuries and a subsequent lawsuit might have been expected to put the two properties into a real estate deep freeze.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, FOR DoTHIS
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)
FOOD
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
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)"
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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