From the writer of the Academy Award-winning film Trevor comes The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, a one-man show about the disappearance of a 14-year-old boy who dared to be different. Written and performed by James Lecesne, Absolute Brightness is a work that touches on issues relevant to LGBTQ youth, yet are at the same time universal. Hear original music by Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and see the play that The New York Times wrote, "glows with such humanity (and robust humor) that you may find yourself choking back a tear or two," at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia.
Leonard stands accused of murder and his wife can prove his innocence. But when she takes the stand, she shockingly denies his alibi. In true Agatha Christie form, audiences can expect twists and turns, emotional outbursts, and quirky characters as his lawyers untangle the truth in this vintage "whodunit" that keeps the audience guessing until the very last scene. After all, they don't call Agatha Christie the Queen of Crime for nothing!
There's a reason why actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Gypsy Rose Lee, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become a burlesque star. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this classic at the Arden Theatre Company's F. Otto Haas Theatre in Philadelphia.
The explosive play How to Use a Knife turns up the heat on George, a larger-than-life chef with a dark past, and the crew he commands inside a restaurant kitchen. When George forges an unlikely connection with immigrant dishwasher Steve, he has to come to grips with the consequences of his own demons. This fast-paced, raw look at personal responsibility and immigration comes from playwright Will Snider and stars Philly favorite Scott Greer.
"Once, there was a china rabbit who was loved by a girl..." So begins the tale of Edward Tulane -- an arrogant china rabbit -- and his search for home, family and belonging. Based on the award-winning book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Newbery medalist Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux), this moving adaptation follows Edward as he's snatched from the arms of the little girl who adores him and set adrift on a series of adventures. His easy existence becomes an epic, sometimes painful journey that touches the lives of everyone he meets -- from an old fisherman to a little boy protecting his sister. This new adaptation of the story promises puppetry, music and more than a touch of theatrical magic. Stuart Caden directs this magical production at People's Light in Malvern.
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton's Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York. The story follows two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and the story has enjoyed many Broadway revivals. Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America." Don't miss this iconic musical love story at The Media Theatre.
When Agatha Christie's brilliantly plotted courtroom whodunit first opened on Broadway in 1954, the New York Herald Tribune proclaimed that its central mystery is so thrilling "you are apt to find yourself gasping out loud." Audiences for over half a century have delighted in unraveling the mystery of this finely crafted play, and now you too can act as armchair detective when Witness for the Prosecution comes to Bristol Riverside Theatre. Christie's tale centers around small-time inventor Leonard Vole, who's been arrested for the murder of the elderly widow Emily French. Vole happens to be French's principal heir, making things look bad for the defense. Then Vole's wife sends shockwaves through the courtroom by testifying as a witness -- for the prosecution! -- and the trial becomes a riveting roller coaster of suspense.