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The Bodyguard  
Kimmel Center - Academy of Music The Bodyguard
 
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they donít expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including "Queen of the Night", "So Emotional", "One Moment in Time", "Saving All My Love", "Run to You", "I Have Nothing", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and one of the biggest selling songs of all time Ė "I Will Always Love You."
   
John  
Arden Theatre John
 
A young New York couple arrives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to see the famous Civil War sites, and ends up battling to keep their relationship alive in John, the latest drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker (The Flick, Circle Mirror Transformation). Welcomed by the cheerfully odd proprietor of a tchotchke-filled bed-and-breakfast, the duo encounters a number of eerie occurrences, as questions of secrets and spirituality, love and solitude and life and death enter the atmosphere. This off-Broadway success comes to Philadelphia's Arden Theatre after scoring a spot on Time Magazine's Top Ten Plays for 2015 and receiving a pair of 2016 Obie Awards. The New Yorker raved, "Annie Baker's John is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light."
   
Leper + Chip  
The Drake Leper + Chip
 
A fight at a party turns out to be the start of something special in the comedy Leper + Chip. When boy (Leper) meets girl (Chip) during the fracas, the antagonism melts away as these two young people quickly fall in love. But it's not that easy in the rough-and-tumble Dublin streets, as the two lovers must overcome their hardscrabble backgrounds, gang violence and the drama that surrounds them in order to get out. Written by Lee Coffey and directed by Tom Reing, Leper + Chip is a frantic, funny odyssey about love and life.
   
Mass Appeal  
Montgomery Theater Mass Appeal
 
Made into the 1984 film starring Jack Lemmon, this award-winning dramatic comedy tracks the tension between Father Tim Farley, a popular Catholic pastor at an affluent church and the brash young deacon who challenges his complacency. The two first meet when seminarian Mark Dolson speaks up during one Father Farley's overly simplified Sunday sermons -- and, intrigued by the youthful firebrand, Farley requests Dolson be assigned to his church. Their ensuing conflict is both funny and touching, examining the very nature of friendship as each man substantially changes the other.
   
The Matchmaker  
People's Light and Theatre The Matchmaker
 
Get ready to say "Hello, Dolly!" and welcome Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker to the People's Light in Malvern. This comedy of mistaken identities, secret rendezvous and separated lovers was the basis for the musical and film Hello, Dolly! When matchmaker Dolly Levi meets Horace Vandergelder, she sets her sights on a match for herself. Of course, complications ensue -- but so does adventure, love and a touch of insanity. Wilder's play has proven to be an audience favorite in all its various incarnations, charming audiences wherever it's staged.
   
Smokey Joe's Cafe  
Penn's Landing Playhouse Smokey Joe's Cafe
 
"Hound Dog," "Stand by Me," "Love Potion #9" -- the list of rock 'n' roll classics penned by the songwriting duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller is jam-packed with legendary hits. A high-energy celebration of this chart-topping body of work from "the Rodgers and Hammerstein of rock 'n' roll," Smokey Joe's Cafe is built around a series of comic and romantic vignettes set in the 1950s and boasts nearly 40 landmark tunes, like "Yakety Yak," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," "On Broadway," "Kansas City" and "Fools Fall in Love." This all-singing, all-dancing spectacular holds the record for the longest-running musical revue ever on Broadway, and the show's music won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Don't miss Smokey Joe's Cafe when it hits Penn's Landing Playhouse in Philadelphia.