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A jury of 6 has been deadlocked for over a week — struggling to decide what is "justifiable homicide." The powerful and provocative new play 74 Seconds...to Judgement, written by Philadelphia playwright Kash Goins, is directed by Amina Robinson.
The chill of winter is in the air as Keith Baker and the Bristol Riverside Theatre Concert Band, along with fabulous entertainers, take the stage to perform your favorite carols and heartwarming holiday songs. You won't want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the holidays in style!
A Jewish family in New York City struggles to survive the Great Depression. Three generations share a small Bronx apartment as each family member seeks individual happiness while doing his or her part to keep the family solvent. The experience and pragmatism of the parents are in conflict with the nostalgia of the grandfather and the dreams of their children. Can hope survive, or will reality tear the complex and loving family apart? Full of humor, poetry, and drama, Awake and Sing! is an American classic of Chekhovian proportions and the finest play by Philadelphia native Clifford Odets.
Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm as her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca's life.
Heather Headley made her Broadway debut as Nala in the original Broadway cast of The Lion King and went on to win Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her critically acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Aida. She also earned an Olivier Award nomination for her West End stage debut in The Bodyguard and returned to Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple. In Broadway My Way, Headley presents an evening of beloved Broadway songs as well as several personal selections, all arranged specifically for her voice.
By Lucas Hnath | Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
Pastor Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation's beliefs. The shocking revelation of his sermon has powerful consequences. For believers and non-believers alike.
In the tradition of Inherit the Wind, An Enemy of the People, and A Witness for the Prosecution, The Christians will feature local community members alongside professional actors.
One hotel suite, two wives, three girlfriends, four tenors, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It's 1930s Paris and just hours away from "The Concert of the Century!" But love affairs, bedroom hijinks, mistaken identities, and opening-night chaos have producer Henry Saunders desperate to try just about anything for the show to go on. From comic genius Ken Ludwig, and starring Frank Ferrante, get ready for A Comedy of Tenors, an uproarious comedy filled with slamming doors, unbridled passion, and madcap hilarity on an operatic scale!
Fifteen-year-old Christopher is on a mission. After the untimely death of his neighbor's dog, the brilliant but unique boy is compelled to investigate the crime. See the world through Christopher's eyes as he embarks on an extraordinary journey where he challenges assumed truths and discovers life-changing secrets. Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and winner of of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling, heartwarming, and uplifting adventure story for every one of us.
When we last saw Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, she was slamming the door on life as she knew it and embarking on a brave, bold, and shocking new world as a woman on her own. Fifteen years later, she's returned to that same door, with a high-stakes game of unfinished business on her mind. Featuring the same characters from Ibsen's groundbreaking masterpiece, the Tony Award-nominated A Doll's House by Lucas Hnath is directed by Tracy Brigden.
By Allison Engel & Margaret Engel
Originally developed for the stage with David Esbjornson
Directed by Jennie Eisenhower
Erma Bombeck captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, "If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?" In this one-woman tour de force, discover the story behind America's favorite housewife who championed women's lives with a wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all — the truth.
In this one-person tour de force, a man attempts to cure his mother's depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The list grows as he progresses from childhood ("ice cream") and adolescence ("Star Trek") to college ("surprises") and marriage ("falling in love"). But when life deals a bitter blow, the list proves to be helpful to the son in ways that it could never be for the mother. The exhilarating Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan strikes a delicate balance between sobering loss and cathartic laughter.
After losing his mother to scarlet fever, an ambitious young scientist buries himself in his studies to discover the source of life. AT the university, he secretly builds a human out of stolen corpses and succeeds in bringing life to the body, but he is horrified by the ugliness of his creation an what he perceives to be its innate evil. Abandoned, "the monster" sets on a quest to find love and to exact revenge on its creator. Come celebrate the 200th birthday of one of the greatest horror stories ever told. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is the timely tale of humanity's obsession with knowledge and of the unintended consequences of scientific innovation.
Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson is the first chronologically in the playwright's powerful 10-play series dramatizing the African American experience in the Twentieth Century.
The play is a powerful, mystical play set in 1904 in Pennsylvania's Hill District. At a local mill, a black man is accused of stealing a bucket of nails. But rather than confess to a crime he didn't commit, he jumps in the river and becomes a martyr to his co-workers. Riots break out and the workers begin to strike. Against this turbulent backdrop, another young man named Citizen Barlow arrives at the home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old healer who is the keeper of tradition and history for her people. She sends Citizen on a spiritual journey aboard the slave ship Gem of the Ocean — where he must learn about his ancestors and then face the truth about himself.
It's 1989 and Manfred Lum, renowned for his basketball hustle in Chinatown, tries to talk his way on to a college team destined for a "friendship" game in China. Coach Saul blocks him hard, but Manfred rebounds and launches himself on a journey to a homeland he's never known. Bouncing between Beijing and San Francisco, between 1971 and 1989, the clever The Great Leap by Lauren Yee looks at America's arm's-length relationship with Communist China and the post-Cultural Revolution through a story about two generations of basketball players. Smart, funny and heart-pumping,The Great Leap will have you on your feet for the final buzzer.
Dr. Harold Banks, an aging professor of Afghan studies in Nebraska, is reeling after his adopted daughter Getee is killed by the Taliban while delivering foreign aid. When Afghan refugee Nazrullah arrives at his door with an incredible story and carrying Getee's prized books, the two men form an unlikely bond. Each is searching for his own brand of forgiveness, but as their friendship develops, Naz accidentally exposes an unexpected source of Dr. Banks's guilt. How might a CIA propaganda operation over 30 years ago have contributed to Getee's death?
Inspired by true events, the world-premiere play Heartland, written by Gabriel Jason Dean, is a story of healing, connection, and the devastating unintentional consequences of our actions.
Broadway veteran Jim leaves the bright lights of show business for the quiet of a country farm. But life just isn't the same without song and dance, so he turns his farmhouse into an inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But can Jim also work the same magic on his love life?
Based on the classic film, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn features a parade of Berlin hits, including "Blue Skies," "Easter Parade," "White Christmas," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Heat Wave," "Cheek to Cheek," and many more, along with laugh-out-loud comedy and thrilling dance numbers — all wrapped in a heartwarming story.
From the late August Wilson, one of America's greatest playwrights and creator of award-winning titles like Fences and Jitney, comes this autobiographical tour de force. In his one-man show, Wilson takes us on a journey through his days as a young poet: his first few jobs, a stint in jail, the support of his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a struggling writer in Pittsburgh's Hill District. Originally performed by Wilson himself, How I Learned What I Learned is a heartfelt theatrical memoir — charting one man's journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America.
In the mid-1960s, a black queer feminist writer's life is changed when her girlfriend tells her some unexpected news. Fifty years later, the reverberations of that moment still echo in the lives of four individuals in the rapidly changing city of San Francisco. Christina Anderson's stunning and complex examination of the universal act of creation — creation of life, of family, of art — spans space and time to inspire a new generation of makers and lovers.
Hype man Verb has been backing up front man rapper Pinnacle since they were kids. Adding beat-maker Peep One to their group sparked a flame and now the interracial trio is flexing serious hip-hop muscle. But when an unarmed black teenager is shot by police, it forces the group to navigate issues of friendship and race. The latest from break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin (How We Got On), Hype Man asks: what does it mean to be an ally, and who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice?
Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel's captivating new play with music Indecent took Broadway by storm in 2017. Inspired by the true story of Sholem Asch's controversial play God of Vengeance and the passionate artists who risked their lives to perform it, this riveting and richly theatrical backstage drama is a fierce indictment of censorship and a joyful celebration of art and love.
An aging king creates a succession plan that divides Britain between his three daughters. Requiring each child to flatter him in order to receive her gift, Lear is publicly embarrassed when his youngest, most beloved child refuses. Indignant, Lear disinherits her and splits the country between his two eldest daughters, setting off a chain of events that leads Britain into civil war and the retired king into exile and madness. The greatest tragedy in the ENglish language, King Lear examines the often self-destructive relationships between parents and their children, the danger of absolute power to the human psyche, and the universal challenge of senility and providing care fot our elders. Robert Jason Jackson (Broadway's Aida) returns to Philadelphia as King Lear.
Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods from a pink-loving SoCal sorority girl to a Harvard law student, all on her own terms. In this new production of the fabulously fun, award-winning musical, our blonde heroine tackles all obstacles, and educates us all on staying true to our dreams through rousing songs and dynamic showstopping dance numbers. This feel-good musical comedy is the most fashionable ticket in town and is so much fun, it should be illegal!
The macabre love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. This incarnation of Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production that takes audiences on a thrilling roller-coaster ride of intrigue, obsession, and romance. Let yourself be seduced by the beautiful, poetic score.
Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda the Musical is the inspiring story of an extraordinary little girl with an unbounded imagination and incredible courage. She proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to — and change your destiny. Packed with high-energy dance and catchy songs, the captivating Matilda the Musical is thrilling for children and adults alike. Celebrate the holiday season with this stupendously fun winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical!
After a hard day's labor in a parish workhouse for children, a nine-year-old orphan named Oliver asks for a second serving of gruel. The workhouse master, annoyed by Oliver's impatience, sells him into an apprenticeship with a drunken undertaker and his abusive wife. Fearing for his life, the boy escapes to London, where he falls in with the Artful Dodger and a band of juvenile pickpockets led by the criminal Fagin. Oliver discovers heroes and villains in all manner of strange places as he learns how to survive and thrive on the streets of the city.
Including such favorite songs as "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," and "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," Oliver!, Lionel Bart's adaptation of Charles Dickens's social satire of 19th-century London, remains a cherished musical for all ages.
On Golden Pond is a humorous and heartwarming play about love, reconnection, and family. After an unexpected relationship blooms, a family reunites during an unforgettable summer. Come back to the pond one more time and see this American classic.
This unlikely gem of a musical delighted Broadway in 2012 with its emotional folk-rock ballads and an ensemble that plays its own instruments, winning 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Set in contemporary Dublin, a thirty-something street-guitarist is about to give up on his musical dreams when he meets a curious woman who wants to know all about him. Captivated by her optimism, the two embark on a remarkable music-making journey that includes a cadre of unlikely companions — immigrants, oddballs, and lonely hearts. Along the way, can the two of them find love? Based on the 2006 film, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song, Once channels the visceral power of music and the elusive mysteries of love.
The uproarious, fast-paced farce One Man, Two Guvnors follows the mixed fortunes of failed musician Francis Henshall. The plot is simple. Down on his luck and perpetually hungry, Francis suddenly finds himself employed by two bosses. One is disguised as her recently deceased infamous gangster brother while trying to extort money from her dead brother's fiancée's dad. The other is her boyfriend, who killed her brother and is hiding from the police until they can be reunited. Simple, right? Richard Bean adapts Goldoni's 1753 commedia A Servant of Two Masters and turns it into a hysterical British sex comedy set in the swinging sixties in Brighton, England. The Philadelphia premiere of this award-wining adaptation will star Quintessence Theatre and 1812 favorite Sean Close.
Adapted and directed by Simon Reade
Private Tommo Peaceful is going to die tomorrow. A young WWI soldier, Tommo faces the firing squad at dawn and marks the hours by recalling memories from his short but wonderful life, long before the dreadful horrors of war. By Michael Morpurgo, the celebrated author of the Broadway hit War Horse, the moving, funny and heartbreaking one-man play Private Peaceful tours the US for the first time, serving as a timely reminder, now 100 years later, of the heroic sacrifices of WWI veterans. Given impressive 5-star reviews by numerous British newspapers, don't miss this powerful Philadelphia premiere.
Book & Lyrics by Peter Kellogg | Music by Stephen Weiner | Directed by Eric Tucker
The Rivals, the famously funny farce with Mrs. Malaprop, is now a hilarious new musical. Be the first audience to experience this Broadway-bound world premiere with book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Peter Kellogg and music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award winner Stephen Weiner.
Featuring glorious music and witty repartee, The Rivals follows the travails of Lydia Languish, a young lady in possession of a large fortune, who will lose two-thirds of that fortune if she marries without her guardian Mrs. Malaprop's consent. But who needs money when you're in love? As Mrs. Malaprop would say, "It's a musical to delight the heart and tackle the funny bone."
A layer of bulletproof glass won't protect superstar Chinese take-out owners from the gentrification consuming the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philly. When a trendy food co-op opens nearby, the Wu's and their customers initially see it as a hipster annoyance, but as tensions mount, they begin to recognize the intrusion as an act of war. Tinged with genuine humor and pathos, Josh Wilder's play Salt Pepper Ketchup examines the very human consequences of neighborhood redevelopment — who benefits and who gets chewed up and spit out?
A Sign of the Times, a new musical featuring the songs of Petula Clark and multiple hit-makers of the 1960s, features a book by legendary comedy writer and multi-Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, based on an original story by Richard Robin. Directed by Gabriel Barre (Amazing Grace) and choreographed by JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock), the production stars Broadway notables Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful), Drew Seeley (Jersey Boys), Crystal Lucas-Perry (Bull In A China Shop), and Ryan Silverman (The Phantom of the Opera).
Featuring the songs of a generation, A Sign of the Times tells the story of Cindy (Kennedy), a young woman pursuing her passion and finding her voice in New York City in 1965. Set against the backdrop of women's liberation, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War, A Sign of the Times transports audiences to the big city in the '60s with heart and soul. It features such classic songs as "Downtown," "You Don't Own Me," "Don't Sleep in the Subway," "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)," and "The Boy From New York City."
How far would you go to save a friend? When Kai vanishes, his best friend Gerda sets out on an enchanted adventure to rescue him from the evil Snow Queen. Based on the beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Enchantment Theatre Company uses life-size puppets, expressive masks, original music, and imaginative effects to tell the story of a brave young girl and the power of friendship.
Al and Willie, a famous vaudeville duo, haven't spoken to each other in over a decade. When a big TV network attempts to bring the two legendary (and cranky) comics together one last time, it turns out to be easier said than done. Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys is a touching story full of memories, regrets, and the laughter that accompanies lifelong friendship.
In one of the poorest cities in America — Reading, Pennsylvania — a group of down-and-out factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near futures. Set in 2008, this new play's crux is knowing the fate of the characters long before it's even in their sights. Based on Lynn Nottage's extensive research and interviews with real residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America's economic decline.
Dinosaurs, aliens, and bears oh my! Sword of the Unicorn at the Drake Theater will blow your mind with pure awesomeness. The dark dragon rules over the cosmos. Travel through space, fight mythical beasts, and clam the a weapon of ultimate power. This scifi fantasy epic will compel you in ways you never felt possible.
"Most of what we say is drivel." "And it's still brilliant." Two men meet for a pint. They talk about their dads, death, football, North Korea, the afterlife, and everything under the sun. Roddy Doyle's hilarious and provocative Two Pints started as a conversation on Facebook. Now, following a sold-out tour across Ireland, the Abbey Theatre brings the play to life at our local pub, the Blarney Stone.
What does freedom sound like in confinement? In Vessels, seven women explore the transcendental possibilities of music during the Middle Passage. Set in an interactive, sculptural environment that invokes those infamous ships, this interdisciplinary, speculative history work explores singing as a survival tool. Vessels will premiere in fall 2018 in New Orleans before heading to Philadelphia for its indoor world premiere.