After the death of their father, an ambitious young solider marries his sister to a powerful older gentleman -- breaking her father's promise to marry her to her first love, a poor student. The marriage elevates the soldier's social standing, and his victories in war have put him in line to marry a princess. But his sister has been thrown into despair by her loveless marriage, and her true love swears he will risk all to avenge his loss, even if it means bringing down the entire kingdom with him. The Broken Heart, a romantic revenge tragedy, proves that you really can die from a broken heart. See it in repertory with Love's Labor's Lost at the Sedgwick Theater in Philadelphia.
Before the Phantom lurked, or Evita encouraged Argentina not to cry, or Cats prowled the stage, it was Jesus Christ Superstar that got the world humming the unforgettable songs of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. Jesus Christ Superstar, the first rock opera, retells the last seven days in the life of the social and political rebel Jesus of Nazareth through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot. Chart-topping songs such as "Everything's Alright," "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and the high-octane title number dramatically highlight the struggles of Jesus' final days before his crucifixion and ultimate redemption. Don't miss this righteous and explosive rock musical on stage at the Bristol Riverside Theatre.
Set against the background of a changing America from the 1950s to the 1990s, John & Jen is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, and her son. The actors take their characters from childhood through adolescence and beyond. Along the way they explore complicated family connections and how to heal after a tragic loss. John & Jen was the debut musical of composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa, who went on to write music and lyrics for The Wild Party and The Addams Family and contributed three new songs to the Broadway version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. See this intelligent and witty look at the complexities of brother-sister and father-son relationships when it comes to The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton.
Based on Rodgers and Hammersteinís 1951 Musical, this Barlett Sher directed version of The King And I is the story of a British schoolteacher and governess who is invited to the country by the imperious King of Siam to educate his many wives and children, and ends up helping the eastern ruler come to terms with the modern world.
One of America's most beloved novels comes alive on the Villanova Theatre stage in this exhilarating Broadway musical adaptation. Little Women is the story of the remarkable March sisters and the men they love, set during and after the Civil War. Join rambunctious Jo, practical Meg, sweet Beth, and romantic Amy as they embark on a coming-of-age tale filled with drama, romance, humor and song, all under the watchful eye of their beloved Marmee while Father is away at war. Based on Louisa May Alcott's timeless tale about the power of family, friendship and romance, this vibrant and sweeping musical soars with personal discovery, heartache and hope. Resonating with the sound of a young America finding its voice, it's an enjoyable show for the whole family.
One of Shakespeare's most flamboyantly intellectual comedies, Love's Labour's Lost follows the King of Navarre and his three feckless lords Berowne, Longaville and Dumaine who take an oath to studying hard and increasing their smarts while swearing off contact with women for three years. But when the Princess of France arrives with her female entourage on a diplomatic mission, the young men's tongues wag and books shut. Full of witty wordplay and playful pranks, this exuberant romantic comedy at Philadelphia's Sedgwick Theater explodes with revelry and some of Shakespeare's greatest poetry.
My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy tells the humorous and heartwarming tale of actor-comedian Brad Zimmerman, whose 29-year quest to build a performing career is supported by a "temporary" job in the restaurant industry. Zimmerman has opened for Joan Rivers, George Carlin and Brad Garrett, and you might also recognize him from The Sopranos, where he played Johnny Sack's lawyer -- so at least he could say he met his parents' expectations, even if it was as a fictional character. Now Zimmerman shares stories of his oft-hilarious family, career and none-too-successful love life in this one-man show that's headed to the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope.
Click the heels of your ruby-red slippers and prepare to be transported into one of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Wizard of Oz. Based on the classic 1939 MGM movie with a score co-written by the legendary Harold Arlen, this magical production will sweep audiences off their feet from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas. Young farm girl Dorothy and her little dog Toto are transported "Over the Rainbow," where they meet the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow along the Yellow Brick Road, and travel together in search of the great and powerful Wizard himself. Featuring such classic songs as "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead" and "If I Only Had a Brain," The Wizard of Oz is sure to cast its timeless spell over the entire family when you follow the yellow brick road to West Chester's Limelight Performing Arts Center.