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 12, 2016
A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged Friday with murder in the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in Camden earlier this week, authorities said. Zaire Tate is accused of killing Jahquae Walker, who was shot inside a residence in the 800 block of Walnut Street early Wednesday. The Camden resident was taken to Cooper University Hospital, where he died later that morning. Tate, also of Camden, was arrested druing a traffic stop near Collings Road and North Constituion Road just after 10:45 a.m. He was being held at the camden County Jail in lieu of $1 million cash bail.
June 10, 2016
A 26-year-old Camden man was fatally shot overnight in the city, authorities said. Officers who responded about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a shooting on the 800 block of Walnut Street found the victim, Jahquae Walker, suffering from a gunshot wound inside a residence, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release. Walker was taken to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 4 a.m. Public records show Walker lived on that block of Walnut Street, but his address could not be confirmed.
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 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 7, 2016
Friday-Sunday Love and death Sophie Treadwell's grimly expressionistic 1928 drama Machinal reflects the playwright's other career as a journalist. It's based on the era's sensational murder trials of young women, ritualistically telling the story of a downtrodden stenographer who marries her boss, kills him when she falls for a younger man, and ends up on death row. The EgoPo Classic Theater production goes on at the Latvian Society, Seventh and Spring Garden Streets. Times: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.
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)