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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 INTO THE WOODS JR
SINGING ONSTAGE
4/19-4/19/2014
The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale where all of your favorite characters""Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch""meet and interact on their journeys. With unforgettable roles, little dancing and no chorus, INTO THE WOODS JR. showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it easier--though still challenging--for young performers. INTO THE WOODS JR. is a funny and engaging way to get young people to think about the stories with which they've grown up and the ethical issues raised therein.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE'S AIDA
UNIV OF PENNSYLVANIA - STUDENT ACTIVITIES
3/20-4/19/2014
Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a contemporary musicaltake on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princessand an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them, the younglovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together, they set a shining exampleof true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differencesbetween their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace andprosperity.With a pop-rock score that features stirring ballads androusing choral numbers, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a modern crowdpleaser that embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging andsinging.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 THE MUSIC MAN JR
BLUE MOUNTAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL
4/18-4/20/2014
Wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN JR. is a special adaptation of the classic masterful musical that is family entertainment at its best.The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the end.Perfect for community groups, summer camps, and schools, the cast features a soaring soprano ingenue and a leading role for a charismatic actor as well as over 20 roles for kids of every level. THE MUSIC MAN JR. is the perfect production for young people!
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THREE SISTERS
Arden Theatre Co
3/20-4/20/2014
F. Otto Haas Theatre:Anton Chekov; trans: Curt Columbus; dir: Terrence J. Nolen.
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VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Philadelphia Theatre Co
3/21-4/20/2014
Christopher Durang.
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DON JUAN COMES BACK FROM IRAQ (WORKING TITLE)
The Wilma Theater
3/16-4/20/2014
Paula Vogel.
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JOURNEY FROM THE EAST-YEAR ONE
Touchstone Theatre
4/10-4/20/2014
Mary Wright; dir: Mary Wright.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 LES MISERABLES
STATE THEATRE
4/17-4/24/2014
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 SHREK
GREAT VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
4/18-4/26/2014
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 4/13/2014 GUYS & DOLLS
ST JOSEPHS UNIVERSITY
4/10-4/27/2014
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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DOWN PAST PASSYUNK
InterAct Theatre Company
4/4-4/27/2014
A. Zell Williams; dir: Matthew Pfeiffer.World Premiere
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THE TRAIN DRIVER
Lantern Theater Company
4/10-5/4/2014
Athol Fugard; dir: Matt Pfeiffer.
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MUSICAL OF MUSICALS THE MUSICAL
Montgomery Theater
4/9-5/4/2014
book: Joanne Bogart, Eric Rockwell; lyrics: Joanne Bogart; music: Eric Rockwell; dir: Stephen Casey.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 SLEEPING BEAUTY-PRINCE STREET PLAYERS VERSION
DUTCH APPLE DINNER THEATRE
4/11-5/9/2014
A sleeping princess, a spellbound Prince and more fairies than you can shake a stick at are all part of this quirky adaptation of the popular tale. The evil Trollarina exacts her revenge on the royal family by sending the beautiful Princess Melisande into an everlasting sleep, but little does she realize more than one spell is about to be broken by the kiss of an enchanted Faun.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
DUTCH APPLE DINNER THEATRE
3/27-5/11/2014
"Goin' courting" has never been as much fun as in this rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie, adapted by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay. Set in Oregon in 1850, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850's Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is a glorious romp suitable for middle school, high school, and community theatre productions. This show's large ensemble is a perfect opportunity to showcase many performers of all types.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
Asylum Entertainment
2/22-5/11/2014
This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as 'the relationship.' Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, 'Say, what are you doing Saturday night?'Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro; Music by Jimmy Roberts
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 SUNSET BOULEVARD
Media Theatre
4/16-5/18/2014
SUNSET BOULEVARD weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of 'talkies.' Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book and Lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton; Based on the Billy Wilder Film
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014 MAGIC TREE HOUSE: DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK KIDS
MEDIA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL
3/8-5/24/2014

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DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT
Arden Theatre Co
4/16-6/22/2014
dir: Doug Hara, Steve Pacek.
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