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The people haunted by Northern Ireland's history of violence speak their stories in Lagan, the latest play from acclaimed Irish playwright Stacey Gregg, who The Telegraph of London called "a fiercely distinctive voice." This kaleidoscopic look at post-Troubles Belfast follows ten different people faced with sudden peace after decades of trauma. A haunting, poignant portrait of a city in search of healing, Lagan makes its U.S. premiere in this Villanova Theatre production.
An Arden Theatre favorite, A Year With Frog and Toad returns to tell the story of the friendship between two dissimilar pals -- one happy-go-lucky and one not-so-much -- as they adventure through the seasons: sledding down snowy hills, planting spring flowers, splashing in summer swimming holes and piling autumn leaves. Along the way, they'll learn to accept one another, warts and all. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble reprise their title roles in this fun family musical, adapted from Arnold Lobel's classic kids' books. The Tony-nominated show is set to a clever, jazzy score and recommended for everyone ages 6 and older.
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."
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.
Based (sort of) on the life of comedy legend Carl Reiner, Enter Laughing is a showbiz comedy that's been making audiences laugh since it debuted on Broadway in the 1960s. It's the story of David Kolowitz, a stage-struck errand boy from the Bronx who dreams of becoming an actor. Despite a lack of talent, David is determined to make it big on Broadway. Along the way, he encounters a host of madcap eccentrics with often hilarious results. This production comes courtesy of the Players Club of Swarthmore.
103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany personally welcome us into their home to share an endearing, true story in Having Our Say. Like molasses and vinegar, the Delany sisters have always been opposites; but together, these daughters of a former slave grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While making dinner to remember their father's birthday, the two sisters tell us of the last century as they lived it -- through stories of racial injustice and personal strife, unified by faith, family, and time. See the show at Philadelphia's Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
iLuminate the start of your new year with the light-suited dance group that rose to fame on the sixth season of TV's America's Got Talent. The troupe promises to deliver the most fun you'll ever have in the dark. iLuminate delivers a story of adventure and romance told through the dance styles of hip-hop, breaking & locking and contemporary jazz, all fused with the power of light. This unique dance-in-the-dark spectacular is a mash-up of dazzling wizardry, cool dance moves, high-tech effects and original music. Sharon Osbourne called it "breathtaking and brilliant" and Ellen DeGeneres described it as "amazing, electrifying, fantastic." Catch fun new interactive games that allow you to participate when iLuminate lights up the Merriam 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Mashing together two of America's most controversial activist leaders, Marcus/Emma explores the meaning of radicalism in a vibrant look at the lives of Marcus Garvey and Emma Goldman. This work from Mary Tuomanen launches the titular characters into a no-holds barred, sex-fueled, bloody-minded battle to rekindle the flames of their legacies. Brimming with passion, humanity and humor, Marcus/Emma will challenge you to always question how to change the world -- a notion more timely now than ever.
This funny and inspiring musical parody finds the humor in a woman's "change of life" -- set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s. As four ladies with little in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale in a department store, they poke fun at their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. These diverse women create a sisterhood as they realize that menopause is a shared experience that doesn't have to be suffered in silence. Laugh, relate and accept The Change at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope.
One of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, The Music Man is the story of lovable swindler Harold Hill, who attempts to pull a con on the citizens of River City, Iowa. He claims he'll save the town's youth from the sin and corruption of the pool hall by selling them instruments and helping to organize a boys' band. The thing is, he actually knows nothing about music. Despite this setback, the "Music Man" manages to turn the bickering school board into a barbershop quartet, win the heart of Marian the Librarian and somehow turn himself into an honest man in the process. This family favorite comes to life at the Fine Arts Center at Rowan in Sewell. Don't miss this delightful story set to cheery music, including the famous songs "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," "Till There Was You" and "Goodnight, My Someone."
Stars cross, swords clash and hearts break in the greatest love story the world has ever known. Arguably the most famous play ever written, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the truly timeless tale of two young lovers, kept apart by their feuding families, whose romance ends in unthinkable tragedy. This powerful new production stars Lexi Gwynn, who won a 2015 Broadway World Award for The Miracle Worker, and Brandon O'Rourke, who received acclaim for his role in Peter and the Starcatcher at the Walnut Street Theatre. A perfect story for the Valentine's season, Romeo and Juliet has been made and remade into countless works of art over the last four centuries, from ballets and operas (47 of them at last count) to major film releases and even a legendary musical (West Side Story) -- all a testament to Shakespeare's brilliant storytelling. Experience the original at Philadelphia's Media Theatre.
The buttoned-up moderator of a local university's "Meet the Author" event gets much more of an education than she bargained for when the writer of the best-seller Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man decides to provide a hands-on seminar right there on the (g-)spot. And with his personal coaching and help from a hunky stage assistant, she just might learn to let her hair down -- and like it. Based on the actual book of the same name, this titillating off-Broadway hit offers loads of audience interaction and is perfect for Valentine's week. Catch it at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater in Philly.
A hit across America and Europe, the madcap comedy Triple Espresso is the story of a singer-pianist, a magician and a comic, who recall a lifetime of show-business disasters -- from dust storms in Nebraska and dancing in Zaire to an incident involving a gorilla and four glorious minutes of failure on national television -- in hilarious fashion. The high-energy, vaudeville-inspired comedy for all ages provides of a jolt of caffeinated fun at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope.
Equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious, Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya tells the tale of an elderly professor and his visit to his rural home in the company of his new, glamorous -- and much younger -- wife, Yelena. Their arrival disturbs the generally quiet lives of everyone living there, as some fall under the bewitching Yelena's spell, and others wilt like flowers in the shadow of her shine. Modern audiences will recognize in this enduring play themes that still resonate all these years later -- themes like economic upheaval, environmental concerns and relationship complications. Catch this production from Quintessence Theatre Group at the Sedgwick Theater in Philadelphia.