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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 SEUSSICAL JR
WOLF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
8/21-8/21/2014
A delight for children to perform, SEUSSICAL is now one of the most-performed shows in America! In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big  imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!SEUSSICAL JR. is fun for the whole family! Young performers will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting, and costuming.Note: for this version, certain
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
CENTRAL BUCKS FAMILY YMCA
8/21-8/21/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD-KIDS
SHAWNEE PLAYHOUSE - AMATEUR
6/19-8/22/2014
Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD KIDS. the shortened version of Robert and Willie Reale's Tony-nominated musical. This whimsical show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons.Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.The jazzy, upbeat score of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD KIDS bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family. It is a perfect show to be performed by an ensemble group of actors and can be produced with either simple or extravagant staging and sets.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 DISNEY'S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
MUSIC TRAINING CENTER
8/1-8/22/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 DISNEY'S ALADDIN KIDS
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CHOIR
8/22-8/22/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 ANNIE KIDS
MUSIC TRAINING CENTER
7/18-8/22/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
SHAWNEE PLAYHOUSE - AMATEUR
7/2-8/23/2014
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 NEXT TO NORMAL
BUCKS COUNTY SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
8/15-8/23/2014
Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.NEXT TO NORMAL is a deeply moving piece of theatre that provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. This show is ideal for community theaters, as well as colleges and regional theatre companies.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
ERIE PLAYHOUSE
8/8-8/24/2014
IT'S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS comes this monster new musical comedy.With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On The Ritz," YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment"?and the only place you'll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 BRAINSPUNK THEATER PRESENTS CRAZYFACE BY CLIVE BARKER
Christ Church Neighborhood House
8/10-8/24/2014
Crazyface traces the nomadic journey of Tyl Eulenspiegel (aka Crazyface) as he and his family makes their way across Europe. When Tyl comes in possession of a special box that contains a magical substance, three spies are sent out to find him, even as his long-lost brother seeks to kill him. In the course of the satiric comedy, Tyl grows from legendary fool into a man. Through his struggles from the absurdly funny to the terrorizingly painful, Barker shows us that the rich and mighty are not any more secure than those they lord over.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 13
KISS THEATRE COMPANY
8/22-8/24/2014
A grown-up story about growing up!When his parents get divorced and he's forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. Easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won't talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors.With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 LITTLE WOMEN
GETTYSBURG COMMUNITY THEATRE
8/15-8/24/2014
Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel), LITTLE WOMEN, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. LITTLE WOMEN embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope -- the sounds of a young America finding its voice. In years to come, we are sure that hundreds of productions by schools and theatres throughout the world will make this stage adaptation of the American classic novel a classic musical theatre treasure in its own right.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 DISNEY'S CINDERELLA KIDS
MEDIA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL
6/7-8/24/2014
The timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love! With a beautiful score including "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and the classic "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," Disney's CINDERELLA KIDS will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Shawnee Playhouse
6/25-8/24/2014
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 EDGES
UNIV OF PENNSYLVANIA - STUDENT ACTIVITIES
8/22-8/27/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS
MUSIC TRAINING CENTER
7/18-8/29/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 DISNEY'S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
MUSIC TRAINING CENTER
7/25-8/29/2014

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RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH
Shawnee Playhouse
6/4-8/30/2014

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RING OF FIRE
Totem Pole Playhouse
8/8-8/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 OKLAHOMA!
Allenberry Playhouse
7/23-8/31/2014
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA! In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the play GREEN GROW THE LILACS by Lynn Riggs; Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 PARADE
FRONT PORCH THEATRICALS
8/21-8/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 GODSPELL
TOTEM POLE PLAYHOUSE
8/8-8/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 SHREK THE MUSICAL
COMTRA THEATRE
8/22-9/6/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
NEW HOPE PRODUCTIONS
8/14-9/7/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 THE BOOK OF MORMON- 1ST NATIONAL TOUR
Forrest Theatre
7/29-9/14/2014
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of Comedy Central's landmark animated series, "South Park." Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The world premiere musical is choreographed by five-time Tony Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. THE BOOK OF MORMON, which follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get, has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards, including Best Musical; 12 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical; 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical and the Drama League Award for Best Musical. THE BOOK OF MORMON is also the recipient of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 HAIRSPRAY
DUTCH APPLE DINNER THEATRE
8/14-9/20/2014
The 1950's are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!HAIRSPRAY is ideal for a large cast of strong singers and dancers. It provides great opportunities in terms of set design, costuming, and lighting choices.
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Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 8/17/2014 DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR
WALNUT STREET YOUTH THEATRE
7/31-9/27/2014
Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Roles are plentiful, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters. Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. is a fast-paced stage adaptation of featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."
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