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Lisa's 74-year-old father won't stop riding roller coasters. But as his health begins to fail, Lisa must deal with the limits of an aging parent she idolizes. With compassion and razor-sharp humor, 2.5 Minute Ride weaves together Lisa's memories of two very different family trips: their annual pilgrimage to an Ohio amusement park and an unforgettable journey through their family's history. With her wife's support, Lisa chronicles her father's life as a Holocaust survivor and weathers the many pitfalls of adventuring with a septuagenarian. This one-woman show is by three-time Tony-winner Lisa Kron, writer of Broadway's Fun Home.
Dust off your dictionary as six awkward adolescents face off in the battle of their lives. Let the spelling (and the singing) begin! The competition is intense. The words are outrageous. The songs are hilarious. These six quirky youngsters tell tales from their home lives while spelling their hearts out hoping to never hear the crushing "ding" of the bell that signals a mistake. Both tender and sarcastic, this joyful Tony Award-winning musical of overachievers' angst brings you inside a spelling championship you'll never forget.
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event in which one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Aladdin features songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony winner Tim Rice (The Lion King), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
The chill of winter is in the air as Keith Baker and the BRT 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!
Leapin' lizards! Celebrate the holiday season with one of the world's best-loved musicals! Annie is a spunky orphan in 1930s New York City determined to find her parents. In one adventure after another, she foils Miss Hannigan's evil schemes, befriends President Roosevelt, and finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. This Tony Award-winning musical for the entire family features some of the greatest musical theater songs ever written, including "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," and "Tomorrow," an enduring anthem of optimism.
Ken Ludwig's acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, is full of intrigue and...huge laughs. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and the renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick, Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the curse before it dooms the newest heir. Five talented actors playing 40 quirky characters follow leads, unravel clues, hit dead-ends, and zigzag with the story until the shockingly funny conclusion.
Created and performed by Happenstance Theater
Six clowns walk the precipice at the end of the world, lighting up the darkness along the way like firecrackers. BrouHaHa, an existential escapade that follows this troupe of eccentrics, was inspired by images of refugees, cinematic treasures like La Strada and The Seventh Seal, and the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett. BrouHaHa: a state of social agitation when a minor incident gets out of control. Typically, it is marked by controversy and fuss that can seem, afterwards, irrational.
"There was a cabaret, and there was a Master-of-Ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world...and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both asleep…"
Welcome to the Kit Kat Club, the hottest nightspot in 1929's seedy and sinful Berlin. American writer Cliff Bradshaw travels to Germany in search of inspiration and pleasure, and finds both in nightclub performer Sally Bowles. However, outside the club's doors, the Nazis' impending rise to power threatens to splinter their decadent lifestyle. Featuring one of Broadway's most memorable scores, Cabaret kicks off the Arden's 30th anniversary season by transforming the F. Otto Haas Stage into the Kit Kat Club.
This iconic American classic features some of the most powerful music ever written for the stage, including "If I Loved You," "When I Marry Mister Snow," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and the iconic "You'll Never Walk Alone." Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's second collaboration, and was adapted from Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom.
The story tells of charming, roguish carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan, both loners, who meet and fall in love. Their marriage ends up costing both their jobs, and things go downhill from there. When Billy falls in with con man Jigger Craigin, he ends up getting caught in the midst of an armed robbery and takes his own life. Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day 15 years later and he encounters the daughter he never knew. Voted the best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel is the classic American musical.
The Walnut Street Theatre is proud to present Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The holiday magic begins when a troupe of actors appear at the historic Walnut Street Theatre to set up and perform the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Audiences know this grumpy old miser's response to holiday cheer is "bah, humbug." Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for his family. But on one remarkable Christmas Eve, he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. With their help, can Scrooge change his ways?
Families are in for a treat with a special hour-long adaptation that uses original and traditional songs to highlight Dickens' powerful story.
Join Touchstone's annual holiday tradition, merrily assaulting the fun and foibles of the Christmas season in the Christmas City! With high-spirited, madcap, heartfelt love, this joyful variety show features a slew of new music and original characters, plus perennial local favorites like the Old Guy, Little Red, and the immortal Shopping Cart Ballet. Get your tickets early and meet us under the mistletoe! We'll be there with bells on.
Created by Christopher Shorr Performed by the Touchstone Ensemble
What's the proper way to run your very own dictatorial regime? Where do you start and where do you go? Should you consider experimental techniques or go with the tried-and-true methods? Perhaps you or a loved one have dictatorial ambitions of your own, or perhaps you just want to recognize the signs when you see them. Either way, this "how-to" for the tradition of tyrannical despotism is for you. Told through biting satire and witty music by Ensemble member Christopher Shorr. No experience with repressive regimes necessary.
A new show from Philly's favorite comedy couple, Tony Braithwaite & Jen Childs! A glorious grab bag of sketches and songs, including routines from Burns & Allen, Nichols & May, and more!
Created and performed by the 2017-18 Touchstone Apprentice Class
Join us for a one-of-a-kind peek into the creative process of original theater-making. Experience solo and ensemble-based works in progress, created by our 2017-18 apprentice corps, with the guidance of the Touchstone family. Always fresh, sometimes provocative, never ordinary.
Hailed as one of Broadway's most original musicals and winner of five Tony Awards, Fun Home is a groundbreaking story inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. After the death of her father, Alison plunges into her past to uncover the many mysteries of her childhood growing up at the family funeral home in central Pennsylvania. Featuring a brilliant score by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change), Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, moving new musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
This Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim is fast-paced, witty, irreverent, and one of the funniest shows ever written! A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a bevy of beautiful showgirls.
Come and participate in two hours of continuous dance/movement improvisation with live music. Leaders Manfred Fischbeck and Brigitta Herrmann guide the group through a series of movement meditations, improvisational structures and games to inspire spontaneous self-expression and collective creation. All of these allow for new and spontaneous explorations of the mind and body in relation to oneself, space, others, and sound.
This musical adaptation of "The Ugly Duckling" will have kids celebrating what makes them unique! Ugly is one odd-looking baby duck that doesn't quite fit in. During one wild adventure, he soon learns to accept and love what makes him different.
Winner of over 20 Best Play awards in 2016, including the Tony Award!
After a restless night, Erik Blake has brought his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's new apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things go bump in the night, and family tensions reach a boiling point. The angst, anguish, and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed — then shoved — into the light in this sidesplitting, hopeful, and heartbreaking play.
Herb, a Hollywood screenwriter (played by Tony Braithwaite), is surprised when his forgotten teenage daughter reappears.
Based on the 1935 novel by Sinclair Lewis, Tony Taccone and Bennett Cohen's cautionary tale follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the U.S. by promising to return the country to greatness.
The art of storytelling is heavenly when you discover It's a Wonderful Life. The holiday classic comes to life anew as a radio play with five actors, including an imaginative sound-effects artist! George Bailey dreams of traveling the world. His plans are postponed when the family business faces financial problems. Down on his luck, Bailey is at the end of his rope. He questions his purpose in life and considers ending it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. Your entire family will love this story from the heart!
Ivy and Bean could not be more different. They form an unlikely friendship when Bean decides to get revenge on her bossy older sister. When these two are together, the adventures are endless. In this lively musical, Ivy and Bean discover that their differences are what make their friendship so exciting.
Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy- and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double Oscar- and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over. An evocative tale of two men, one a doctor, passionate and romantic, and the other, a terrifying madman, and two women, one beautiful and trusting, and the other, beautiful and trusting only herself. Both are unaware of his dark secret. Their story unfolds in this gripping musical thriller resplendent with a sumptuous score including the unforgettable "This is the Moment," "Someone Like You," and "A New Life."
Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony Award®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.
Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory's future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award®-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award®-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.
Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble has commissioned renowned Malian composer Moussa Traore (http://moussadjembeclass.wixsite.com/moussa) to compose new and original music in traditional Malian styles for From Mali to America, Kulu Mele's all new dance and drumming show.
Traore's compositions for Kulu Mele will feature traditional Didadi musical styles from Mali's Sikasso region, and well as Madan rhythms, which traditionally were played at the end of harvests and at other festive events in Mali.
Created and performed by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre
Blending jaw-dropping ensemble acrobatics, dance, theater, and live, original music to tell its story, Leaps of Faith is an absurd and intimate tapestry of sublime human idiocy. Four hobbyists find each other in a world of weirdos; together, with their trusty sofa as a portal for exploration, they set out on the high seas and leave the world of normalcy behind. But all is not as they imagined it would be, and the audience is left contemplating what we do when we find ourselves lost at sea.
Put on your platform shoes, your feather boas, and get ready for one of the most popular musicals of all time: Mamma Mia! On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA's songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. This production includes ABBA's greatest hits, among them "Super Trouper," "Lay All Your Love on Me," "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo," and more! Over 60 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good musical!
Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary 10-year-old boy who wishes his life were a little more exciting. One morning, Stanley wakes up to find he is very, very flat. He decides to make the best of every situation as he's whisked away on a journey more exciting than he could ever have imagined.
A new comedy about the friendship between a little girl and her (real to her) polar bear! My Very Own Polar Bear is a hilarious and heartwarming story about a life-changing Christmas present. Inspired by such classics as Calvin and Hobbes, Corduroy, and Knuffle Bunny, this new tale for the entire family is brought to you and your family by the author of the Murray the Elf mysteries.
Brace yourself for comic chaos with Noises Off, the rip-roaring play within a play. The opening night performance of the farce Nothing On is just hours away, and as the actors stumble through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn't be going any worse. With lines being forgotten, love triangles unraveling, and sardines flying everywhere, it's complete pandemonium...and we haven't even reached intermission! Can the cast members pull their act together on the stage even if they can't behind the scenes?
A tender and heartwarming story of love and a lifetime lived together.
Ever since J.M. Barrie's story first appeared in 1904, countless versions have been produced on stage and in film. Now, Arden Children's Theatre presents a brand-new production that celebrates the joy of storytelling and the power of imagination.
Join Peter on his adventure to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents and no chores, and fairies and pirates rule! Introduce your children and grandchildren to the characters you loved from J.M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece: Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, a horde of mischievous Lost Boys, Nana the dog, and — last but not least — a very hungry ticking crocodile.
Cecily, Reggie, and Wilf live in a home for retired opera singers, where they take part in an annual concert to celebrate Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's birthday. When opera great Jean Horton arrives just in time to sing at the concert, she's asked to perform for the first time in over 20 years, but will the show actually go on? Two friends and her ex-husband will do anything to make sure Jean takes the stage. This funny and poignant play is a sweet ode to the art of growing old gracefully, culminating in a rousing, glorious finale.
Three love stories...plus a murder mystery and nuclear espionage plot. A hilarious noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices.
London, 1833. There are riots on the streets protesting the Slavery Abolition Act. Inside the Theatre Royal, tragic actor Ira Aldridge is making history. Fresh from dazzling success in the capitals of Europe, he is about to become the first African American actor to play Othello in London, where the play was created. The conflict inside the theater mirrors that on stage and outside: What price will artists pay for their audacity?
Scranton Buckets is an hour-long improvised comedy-horror play that tells the spooky tale about the old abandoned bucket factory in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Tortured memories come to life when a new owner takes a tour of the haunted premises and gets more than she bargained for.
The buckets at Scranton Buckets carry more than just a third grader's vomit; they carry the ghostly secrets of the past, making your blood run cold and your skin turn...pail!
Presented as part of the 2017 Scranton Fringe Festival
It's time to believe again in the power of music! Souvenir is the true story of one of opera's most unforgettable stars. Florence Foster Jenkins, an eccentric and wealthy socialite, believes she is an enchanting coloratura soprano, and she wants to share her talent with the world. After teaming up with a new pianist, Cosmé McMoon, she begins to hold recitals at the Ritz Carlton, festooned in fabulous costumes. She becomes a sensation! Unfortunately, the truth is Mrs. Jenkins can't sing. But there's more than one way to get to Carnegie Hall...
Based on a true story, this tuneful comedy beguiles the hopeful artist that lives in us all.
This hard-hitting Broadway smash will keep viewers on the edge of their seats! Friends since kindergarten, Chicago cops Joey and Denny are like brothers. Intensely loyal, they want to do right by the force, their family, and each other. Joey is a loner with a bit of a drinking problem. Denny is a family man passed over for promotion one time too many. Their relationship is put on the line after they respond to a domestic disturbance that takes a turn for the worse. Each man's harrowing version of the truth becomes a fight for his own survival.
When Britt wakes up with a massive wad of gum in her hair, she knows she's in trouble. She enlists the help of her friends to get her out of a very sticky situation. Mayhem ensues as these friends learn from their mistakes and discover the true value of friendship.
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.
The dream of true love can take us anywhere! It's the 1980s, and a young English girl, full of energy and optimism, arrives in New York, ready to find success and love. On her journey, she wakes up to frustration, anxiety, and heartache. She begins to wonder whether she's looking for love in all the wrong places. This iconic musical with a wonderfully original score features some of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cats) and Don Black's best songs, including "Come Back With the Same Look in Your Eyes," "Unexpected Song," and "Nothing Like You've Ever Known."
It's 1999, the cusp of a new millennium, and technology promises intimacy as well as anonymity. Christine and her fiancé Justin wander into this titillating world of role-play, secret delights, and shifting identities; but who will they be when they come out again? (And will they recognize themselves?)
Tony's newest one-man show! Combines stand-up, storytelling, songs, and video to recount his favorite theater stories. Mishaps, triumphs, and letters from patrons will make their way into these hilarious tales from Ambler's chief raconteur.
Written by Young Area Playwrights Directed by the Touchstone Ensemble and Special Guests
Touchstone presents its annual showcase of exceptional, original plays written by Lehigh Valley youths. Celebrate the creative spark that burns within these students at the festival performance, and witness their words brought to life in epic Touchstone style.