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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 LEGALLY BLONDE
MERCERSBURG ACADEMY/STONY BATTER
2/7-2/14/2014
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.This musical is relatively new to the theatre world, catering to the present-day's generation and culture. LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL is perfect for high school and community theatre, featuring a large ensemble and several big song-and-dance numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 GODSPELL JR
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF MORRISVILLE
2/14-2/15/2014
This best loved musical by two-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz is now available in a Broadway Junior version! Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score, GODSPELL JR. boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL JR. is a unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.GODSPELL JR. can be performed virtually anywhere with the simplest of sets, costumes, lights, and music. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
HAVERFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL
2/13-2/15/2014
The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is now the basis for one of the most fun, energetic, and easily mounted musicals ever to hit the stage! A loose, revue-like structure allows for a great deal of flexibility in staging and cast size. Set and costume design can be as simple or complex as your budget or imagination allow. And because most of the songs are so familiar and easy to learn, rehearsals are bound to be a snap. Perfect for young performers of all ages and experience levels, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. will be a hit for actors and audiences alike!
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 SHREK
PITTSBURGH MUSICAL THEATER
2/6-2/16/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 WORKING-2012 REVISED VERSION
PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
2/14-2/16/2014
Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American Workers, WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, and the housewife, just to name a few.This new 2010 version of WORKING is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. While most of the professions have been updated, the strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people's relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself. The show, still set in contemporary America, contains timeless truths. This new version of WORKING allows the audience to get a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians working to put on a show. This raw adaptation only enhances the realistic and relatable nature of the subject matter.With extremely modest set and orchestra requirements, universal subject matter, and featuring a multi-ethnic ensemble cast of variable size, WORKING is one of the most accessible, relevant and substantive musicals ever created. The new, revised 2010 version includes updated lyrics, a streamlined book and two new songs by IN THE HEIGHTS Tony Award-winning creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorite by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, and James Taylor.
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DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE! DORA'S PIRATE ADVENTURE
Stage 62
2/7-2/16/2014

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TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
Bristol Riverside Theatre
1/28-2/16/2014
Bristol Riverside Theatre:Mitch Albom, Jeffrey Hatcher.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
Laymen Playmen, Inc
2/6-2/16/2014
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Book by Herbert Fields & Dorothy Fields
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 BABES IN ARMS (OPPENHEIMER VERSION)
Messiah College Department of Theatre
2/6-2/16/2014
This quintessential 'Hey, kids, let's put on a show!' musical boasts one of the greatest scores ever written. Set at a summer stock theatre, the plot concerns a group of young apprentices and their conviction to mount the original revue they've created while dodging the underhanded attempts of the surly theatre owner to squash their efforts at every turn. Further complications are provided by the overbearing stage mother of a beautiful ex-child star and the inflated ego of a hack southern playwright. But of course the show must go on, and so it does in a resolution of comeuppance, reconciliation and romance. This version is the 1959 adaptation by George Oppenheimer. The Original 1937 version is also available. Please specify which version you would like when ordering. Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart; Book by George Oppenheimer; Based on the original by Rodgers & Hart
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 CINDERELLA (ENCHANTED EDITION)
Mount Nittany Middle School
2/14-2/16/2014
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. This Enchanted Edition is based on the 1997 teleplay.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Adapted for the Stage by Tom Briggs; From the Teleplay by Robert L. Freedman
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 SOUTH PACIFIC: IN CONCERT
Swarthmore College
2/15-2/16/2014
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices. This concert adaptation was created by David Ives for the Carnegie Hall benefit concert of SOUTHPACIFIC in 2006.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 ANNIE JR
OUR LADY OF MT CARMEL SCHOOL
2/8-2/17/2014
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.ANNIE JR. is ideal for productions involving different grade levels, or for middle schools where students may be maturing at different rates. The cast size and age range of the parts are flexible and the bright, tuneful score is easy to sing and filled with familiar numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 GUYS & DOLLS
KINGS COLLEGE
2/13-2/22/2014
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 THE WILD PARTY
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY - STUDENT ACTIVITIES
2/18-2/22/2014
Adapted from a book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, Andrew Lippa's WILD PARTYtells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment sharedby Queenie and Burrs, a vaudeville dancer and a vaudeville clown. In arelationship marked by vicious behavior and recklessness (mirroring thetime in which they live), they decide to throw a party to end allparties. As the guests arrive, we meet an assortment of peopleliving on the edge. Queenie and Burrs set out to make each otherjealous, but Queenie begins to fall in love with her conquest namedBlack. After a long night of decadence, Burrs' jealousy erupts and hecomes to a violent end at Black's hand. In the stark light of a newday, Queenie moves out into a brighter world, although not necessarilya brighter future, leaving the passed-out revelers in her wake.An award-winning score by Andrew Lippaprovides excitement and drive for this tale of passions out of control.Capturing the sound of a bygone era with a nod to the present one, hemakes us realize that moral decadence is not only limited to our past.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 COMPANY
PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATER
1/23-2/23/2014
The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark "concept" show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. COMPANY follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who's going to marry someone else), Marta (the "peculiar" one), as well as with his married friends. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to "those good and crazy people," his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is "alone, not alive."An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY is as contemporary and relevant as ever (witness the recent hit revivals on Broadway and the West End). It features a brilliant energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
ERIE PLAYHOUSE
2/7-2/23/2014
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a contemporary, Caribbean-flavored musical by the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based upon the book My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. In almost non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a director's dream, with achievable requirements. Its small band and minimal sets and costumes will capture the imagination of the audience. Its catchy, contemporary, tender ballads and rousing celebratory numbers are ideal for an ensemble cast of strong singers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 THE NO-FRILLS REVUE
WILKES UNIVERSITY
2/14-2/23/2014
A bevy of accomplished Broadway and off-Broadway composers and writers have created the ultimate revue. THE NO-FRILLS REVUE is a melodic, "not liable to date in our lifetime" satire: a sort of musical Saturday Night Live!Conceived by director/lyricist Martin Charnin (ANNIE), THE NO-FRILLS REVUE takes its cue from the brilliantly sardonic topical revues of the 1950's, employing original songs, sketches, a small cast and trio of musicians in an hilarious all-out assault on the world as we know it: onomatopoetic names; the terrors of a high school reunion; extravagant rock concert benefits for obscure causes; ginsu knives; obligatory tap numbers; people who go through the ten-item express lane with twenty; and some intriguing "first drafts" of well-known musicals, including ANNIE as written by Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman's WEST SIDE STORY. Performed without intermission, this snappy, fast-paced revue is guaranteed not to bore, run on or wrinkle with age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 LEGALLY BLONDE
SHAWNEE PLAYHOUSE - AMATEUR
2/7-2/23/2014
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.This musical is relatively new to the theatre world, catering to the present-day's generation and culture. LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL is perfect for high school and community theatre, featuring a large ensemble and several big song-and-dance numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
HERSHEY AREA PLAYHOUSE
2/13-2/23/2014
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
ST PAULS LUTHERAN CHURCH TROUPE OF ACTS
2/14-2/23/2014
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' staging is legendary, and available from MTI in a comprehensive choreographic guide. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.
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4000 MILES
Montgomery Theater
2/5-2/23/2014
Montgomery Theater:Amy Herzog; dir: Tom Quinn.
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TRIBES
Philadelphia Theatre Co
1/24-2/23/2014
Nina Raine; dir: Stuart Carden.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 LUCKY STIFF
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH
2/13-2/23/2014
Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty exploded on the musical theatre scene in 1988 with their first off-Broadway show, LUCKY STIFF. Based on the novel The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, LUCKY STIFF is a zany, offbeat, and very funny murder mystery farce complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently-murdered Atlantic City uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing Uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else to the gun-toting wife of the casino owner! First produced at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway (Richard Rodgers Award) the show later went on to win Washington's Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical, and is now performed frequently across the country.For complete information on this and  other Ahrens and Flaherty shows, as well as links to purchase CDs, vocal  selections and other publications, please go to www.AhrensandFlaherty.com.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 INTO THE WOODS
PENN STATE UNIV
2/1-2/28/2014
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 2/09/2014 INTO THE WOODS
PENN STATE UNIV
2/18-3/1/2014
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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HOTEL SUITE
Act II Playhouse
2/18-3/16/2014
Act II Playhouse:Neil Simon; dir: Matt Silva.
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WATER BY THE SPOONFUL
Arden Theatre Co
1/16-3/16/2014
Arcadia Theatre:Quiara Alegria Hudes; dir: Lucie Tiberghien.
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JULIUS CAESAR
Lantern Theater Company
2/6-3/16/2014
St. Stephen's Theater:William Shakespeare; dir: Charles McMahon.
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