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One day a voice from the television screen spoke to her. Louise Seger was hooked. Making a special trip to a honky-tonk bar in Houston, Texas, Louise met her idol, Patsy Cline. Here was a woman that gave her soul a voice. Over a pot of strong coffee, a friendship began that would last until Patsy's untimely death in 1963. Through letters and visits, the two share the homespun stories of laughter and heartache that brought together a housewife and a legendary country singer. This fun-loving, crowd-pleasing musical features 27 classic songs, including "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams," "Back In Baby's Arms" and more.
A hit musical starring the Marx Brothers in 1928 (and the subsequent film classic in 1930), Animal Crackers has a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind; music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. The production has adaptation by and directed by Henry Wishcamper and choreographed by John Carrafa.
Animal Crackers centers on Captain Spaulding, the intrepid African explorer and inveterate womanizer, as he and his co-horts upend a swanky soiree and become caught up in a screwball search for the thief of a priceless painting.
Don't miss the triumphant story of Karola Siegel, the girl that became "Dr. Ruth" When she was very young, Karola was forced to leave her family and flee from the Nazis in the Kindertransport. With no home to return to after the war, she joined the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper. She married, became a single mother and moved to America to pursue her dreams as Ruth Westheimer. "Becoming Dr. Ruth" is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of a girl who found her own unique place in this world as America's most famous sex therapist.
This parody of low-budget 30s detective movies typifies British heroism at its dumbest. Teutonic villain Otto Von Brunno and his evil mistress Lenya crash their plane in the English countryside and kidnap Professor Fenton, who has discovered a formula for making synthetic diamonds. Bullshot Crummond is called to the rescue by the professor's daughter Rosemary. The two work together to try defeat the dastardly Otto and save the professor in this car-chase and sword-fighting filled adventure.
This year marks our 23rd annual presentation of the classic Dickens tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from misery to man who honors Christmas in his heart. The production features a large multi-generational cast and traditional carols, and our 1840s grist-mill theatre is the perfect setting for the story written in 1843. Come find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.
Walnut Street Theatre is proud to present Philadelphia's favorite holiday tradition, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This musical adaptation follows the heartwarming journey of the bitter, old Ebenezer Scrooge on one remarkable Christmas Eve. With the help of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, old Ebenezer discovers what it truly means to be merry. Great for kids K-9th, this hour-long adaptation uses original and traditional carols to highlight Dickens' powerful story.
Just in time for the holiday season, Broadway's musical comedy A Christmas Story, The Musical will take the stage. In 1940's Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Based on the classic 1983 movie, A Christmas Story, The Musical captures holiday wonder with funny and heartfelt songs, show stopping dancing, delicious wit and a heart of gold. After two triumphant sold-out seasons on Broadway this hilarious musical makes its Philadelphia debut!
It's Robert's 35th birthday, and his friends want him to settle down! During a hilarious array of interactions over dinners, drinks and even a wedding, "those good and crazy people my married friends" finally make Robert understand that being alone isn't really being alive. Music and lyrics by Mr. Sondheim, book by George Furth. Choreographed by Lorin Latarro and directed by Hunter Foster.
The episodic grandeur of Cervantes has been gloriously rendered by Keith Dewhurst into a splendid ensemble showcase.
The episodic grandeur of Cervantes has been gloriously rendered by Keith Dewhurst into a splendid ensemble showcase.
Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanitorium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is at last found to be a certain Count Dracula, whose ghost is at last laid to rest in a striking and novel manner. The play is intended for all who love thrills in the theater, and is appropriate for all groups.
When one man's quest to do right is at odds with the interests of his community, ethics are pitted against economics. Join us for Henrik Ibsen's explosive drama, An Enemy of the People. Ringing with contemporary resonance as headlines debate the thin line between whistleblower and traitor, this play asks us just what is best for the common good. Our protagonist Dr. Stockmann discovers a possible toxic contamination endangering the town's sole industry. His brother, the Mayor, launches a counter attack that threatens to tear their community—and family—apart. Sometimes "the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone."
A hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre's greatest stars and songwriters.
Freckleface Strawberry The Musical takes the stage at WST for Kids! Strawberry is a regular little girl who loves being seven. But, she doesn't love when her friends tease her about her freckles. Through singing, dancing, and a story of friendship, kids discover that you can have big ears or freckles – we're all different.
Created and Performed by Touchstone Apprentices Anna Russell & Remy Kayal
A one-of-a-kind peek into the creative process of theatre making. Experience solo and ensemble-based works in progress, created by Touchstone's 2014-2015 apprentices with the guidance of the Touchstone family. Always fresh, sometimes provocative, never ordinary.
Harvey, the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway and Hollywood comedy, pulls laughter out of the hat at every turn. Elwood P. Dowd is charming and kind with one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a 6-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood starts to introduce his friend to guests at a society party, his sister Veta can't take it anymore. In order to save the family's social reputation, Elwood's sister takes him to the local sanatorium. But when the doctor mistakenly commits his anxiety-ridden sister, Elwood and Harvey slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit. Everyone needs a best friend, and ours is Harvey!
Cole Porter's classic feel-good musical is based on the film musical starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra and inspired by The Philadelphia Story. Tracy Lord, a wealthy socialite, is planning her lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband appears to try and win her back. When charming tabloid reporter Mike Connor arrives to cover the nuptials, he too takes a shine to the bride-to-be. As the day of the wedding draws closer who will the bride choose? Audiences are invited to the wedding of the year, and what a swell party it's going to be! Featuring hit songs including "I Love Paris," "Let's Do It," and the unforgettable "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" audiences will fall in love with Broadway's musical comedy, High Society.
"If you value your life, keep away from the moor!" This mysterious, unsettling note troubles Henry Baskerville on his journey to the desolate moorlands of Baskerville Hall. A terrifying curse has haunted his family for generations and, as the manor's most recent heir, young Henry could be its next victim. Only Sherlock Holmes can help, or he would... if he weren't a bit of a buffoon! One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved Holmes mysteries gets a zany makeover when performed by a trio of endearing clowns and klutzes. Cheeky and fast-paced, The Hound of the Baskervilles offers farcical surprises, brilliant theatrical invention, and a new twist on the greatest detective of all time. "Only the most pure of purists could fail to be entertained by this very funny and inventive take on one of the great archetypes of English literature." –British Theatre Guide
Jesuit priest and award-winning playwright, Bill Cain (Equivocation, 9 Circles) brings personal history, humor, and heart to this moving new play about a man who must care for his funny, maddening, and dying mother. A family portrait that is a tribute to the intimate details of our lives, Bible is "an act of grace, a benediction… and rewardingly real." (Washington Post)
I Love a Piano will make you want to sing, dance, laugh, snuggle a little closer and shout with joy! This delightful musical follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Irving Berlin's classic songs include "Blue Skies," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "How Deep is the Ocean," and, of course, "I Love a Piano." Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, I Love a Piano is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had 'no place in American music – he is American music.'
Join us for Alan Ayckbourn's sensational comedy of chance where each road taken is dictated by the audience, leading to a world of outrageous outcomes. One play, two actors, 16 possible endings—and where it goes is entirely up to you!
Filled with world-class magic, fantastic story-telling, audience participation and incredible live music by Celine Dion's concert cellist, this intimate performance weaves original, thought-provoking illusions, wit, humor, and dazzling live music together with an entertaining theatrical twist.
Bucks County Playhouse will celebrate the 2015 year-end holidays with the beloved classic film, performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast. An ensemble of over two dozen characters bring the story of George Bailey and his unforgettable redemption to live on stage. Written by Joe Landry, directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Lorin Latarro.
Arden's The Jungle Book is a brand new play based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Meet Bagheera, Shere Kahn, the python Kaa, and Baloo the Bear as Mowgli the man-cub learns to navigate the laws of the jungle. Brought to life by 5 actors, this world premiere production celebrates storytelling and the power of imagination. Filled with adventure and original music, The Jungle Book reunites the creators of the Arden's Robin Hood and Pinocchio for this exciting new version of Kipling's classic tale.
To the rejoicing of all the animals of the savannah, a new prince is born, to just King Mufasa and his wife. The cub grows up into a lively youngster whose best friends are the sarcastic hornbill Zazu and the beautiful and feisty lioness Nyla. Together they play and discover their homeland in joy, until one day King Mufasa is tragically killed and Simba is replaced by his evil Uncle Scar, and retreats to the jungle to grow up with the hilarious meerkat Timon and the big-hearted wildebeest Pumba. But he can?t turn his back on the kingdom forever, and now he must act and stop Scar from destroying the Pride. Join Simba as he takes the journey to his destiny, learning about life, and love, along the way!
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Memphis features an original score by Bon Jovi's David Bryan that evokes the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of the Temptations and the silken, bouncy pop of the great girl groups of the period. Turn up that dial! It's time for Broadway's roof-raising rock 'n' roll musical, Memphis.
Miss Nelson Has A Field Day will have audiences cheering for the home team. The Smedley Tornadoes are the worst football team ever. They seem hopeless... until Miss Viola Swamp, the meanest substitute teacher in the whole wide world, shows up. She'll teach the kids that teamwork and determination is all they need to win in this fun-filled musical.
On a Connecticut tenant farm, on a barren patch of earth in 1923, two lost souls find hope under a lover's moon. In Eugene O'Neill's touching and heartbreaking play, Josie Hogan is a boisterous woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. It's been a hard and lonely life, working the Tyrone farm with her bullying father. When James Tyrone Jr.'s mother dies, he returns to the farm to settle the estate. One night, under the autumn moon, he opens his heart to Josie. Sparks fly and hope burns anew as two "misbegotten" people come together.
A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband who is the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian pornography. The plot revolves around what is to be done with the veritable floods of pornography, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple. The matter is considerably complicated by the man's mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his reluctant efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending of closed or slamming doors. This farce ran in London over eight years and also delighted Broadway audiences.
Michael Frayn's uproarious play-within-a-play follows the on-and off-stage antics of the members of a mediocre touring company as they blunder from an ominously bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. It is the perfect show to welcome in the Spring.
On Golden Pond debuted on Broadway in 1979 (later a film starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn) is an enduring comedy set on a beautiful New England lake where Ethel and Norman Thayer have spent their summers for nearly 50 years. Their tranquil hideaway is disrupted when their daughter and her newest boyfriend turn up unexpectedly to leave his precocious teenage son with the elder Thayers for the summer.
The Arden returns to the master of the American musical with this tale of love and obsession set in 19th century Italy. A handsome army captain, assigned to a remote outpost far from his married lover, finds himself pursued by a mysterious woman with a dangerous obsession. Reuniting the creative team behind the Arden's Sunday in the Park with George, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "one of the strongest Sondheim productions of the past decade," this intoxicating musical boasts one of Sondheim's most ravishing scores.
When starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. A breathtaking quest ensues to answer the question: how did a boy named Peter become the boy who never grew up? "Peter and the Starcatcher" takes a hilarious romp through Neverland. In this Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. This swashbuckling production will have audiences hooked from the moment they let their imagination take flight!
(philly) SLAM is a live theatre game where playwrights face off in a 5-minute battle-of-the-plays.
The winning play will receive a free evening at Plays and Players to showcase their work.
Playwrights, bring your work (five minutes of an unpublished work with enough copies for actors).
Actors, bring your talent (anyone can act, just throw your name in the hat). Audience, bring your voice (SLAM is dependent on audience feedback).
Post Haste by Frank E. Reilly
A new play by Frank E. Reilly chronicling Emily Post's thrilling cross-country automobile journey from New York to San Francisco through uncertain conditions.
Emily Post, recently divorced, accepts an assignment from Colliers Magazine to report on her travels to San Francisco and the great Pan American Expedition, which she embraces for more than reasons than the obvious. It was an exciting and adventuresome 3200 mile journey.
He Said, She Said A His and Hers Cabaret by Sarah J. Gafgen and Carl Smith
You'll love this hilarious show that's already delighted audiences in Philadelphia! You've heard "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus?" Well, Sarah and Carl are a real life life husband and wife team who will take you through relationships from beginning to end and sing some of your favorite songs along the way! Sarah and Carl perform songs from My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Pajama Game, and more!
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, Red is a thrilling portrait of Mark Rothko. This brilliant abstract expressionist has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art. He has been chosen to create a series of murals for New York's historic Four Seasons Restaurant. As classical music blasts from his record player, the painter works feverishly with his young assistant, mixing paints and building canvases. His creative process brings us an intense portrait of the artist, exposing his ambition and his vulnerability. Join us in our studio as this working visionary meets his match with the blank canvas. Will Rothko's crowning achievement also be his undoing?
"Hilarious," "Intelligent," "Provocative," "Scorching" all describe Robert Dubac's new solo show The Book of Moron! If you liked last season's The Male Intellect, you'll love this show. Combining theater with stand-up, Dubac crashes head first into the barriers of sex, race, religion, politics and the media. And he's not alone. With mesmerizing ease, he portrays multiple characters who all take turns beating the hornet's nest of hype and spin with the big stick of knowledge. It's comedy on steroids. Think your funny bone can handle it?
Using the same set, costumes, and performers, the Wilma will tell the story of Hamlet through the eyes of two very different characters. In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which will mark the Wilma's 11th production of a work by Tom Stoppard, minor characters take center stage as they journey on a boat taking Prince Hamlet to England with players from the royal court. As these characters try to escape the fate that Shakespeare has already scripted for them, arguments of free will and determinism abound, all set to the constant travel game of flipping coins. In this battle of wits, Stoppard's characteristic wordplay and case of mistaken identities creates a spectacle that's philosophical, clownish, and complete with a pirate-ambush.
Meet Tom, a young school teacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when characters come to life and show him how to win his students by being creative with music. His classic songs include "Just A Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly," and "Conjunction Junction!"
An old man hobbles onstage and declares, "I'm about to tell you a story. A fantastic and amazing story! A story all the more remarkable because every word of it is true." So says Louis de Rougemont. His brave and amazing adventures left nineteenth-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away by this heroic tale of the high seas, filled with exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus! Inspired by a true story, Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Marguiles' Shipwreckedexamines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world.
Take a trip to a faraway kingdom for Shrek The Musical Jr. Shrek the ogre is content to live alone in his swamp – until a bunch of fairy tale misfits arrive. In this hilarious musical adventure, he teams up with a wise-cracking donkey to save a feisty princess and a crew of fairy tale creatures. Based on the Oscar-winning film, audiences will enjoy Shrek The Musical Jr.
When wannabe disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime, the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies), this uplifting musical is filled with toe-tapping songs, outrageous show-stopping dancing and a truly moving story. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice!
On a quiet night in Lou's South Philadelphia bar, two lonely spirits arrive at a shared crossroad. This funny, wise, and tender love story from the author of Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown is a later-in-life portrait of friendship and taking the next step. "Bruce Graham demonstrates a rare talent for writing older than his own experience" (Windy City Times). The cast will feature People's Light Company Members Marcia Saunders and Tom Teti, along with Scott Greer.
All Mortimer the zombie wants is to find a date to Cupid's Ball, but all of the girls are totally grossed out by him. Will Mort find someone who likes him just the way he is? Audiences will fall in love with Zombie in Love, a sidesplitting yet touching musical that's perfect for the entire family.