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BWW Review: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Walnut Street Theatre BWW Review: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Walnut Street Theatre
by Greer Firestone - May 30, 2017

The Bee Gees won 5 Grammys, including Album of the Year in the late '70's with the album SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. The brothers three, along with Donna Summer, ushered in the disco era, and 'Stayin' Alive' became its anthem.... (more...)
BWW Review: JERRY'S GIRLS at The Walnut Street Theater BWW Review: JERRY'S GIRLS at The Walnut Street Theater
by Greer Firestone - April 24, 2017

The Independence Studio 3 at The Walnut is the ultimate black box, seating perhaps only over 100. It gives the audience a thrilling intimacy with performers. The Walnut, whatever the size of the audience, never relinquishes their high production standards.... (more...)
BWW Review: Valerie Joyce Breathes Life Into LITTLE WOMEN at Villanova BWW Review: Valerie Joyce Breathes Life Into LITTLE WOMEN at Villanova
by Marakay Rogers - April 06, 2017

Director Valerie Joyce takes on one of Broadway's trickier shows and makes it glow... (more...)
BWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents a Charming TOMFOOLERY BWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents a Charming TOMFOOLERY
by Kelli Curtin - March 07, 2017

This particular production of TOMFOOLERY shines at Act II Playhouse due to director, Tony Braithwaite's treatment of the show. Where some of the musical numbers and lyrics can seem outdated, the show is treated as a history lesson based on the importance of Tom Lehrer and his music. In addition, the... (more...)
BWW Interview: Jim Owen of CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR at Kimmel Center BWW Interview: Jim Owen of CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR at Kimmel Center
by Pati Buehler - January 27, 2017

Philly celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album" with a special concert performance on Feb. 3, 4, 5.... (more...)
BWW Review: I WILL NOT GO GENTLY at Act II is a Story with Heart BWW Review: I WILL NOT GO GENTLY at Act II is a Story with Heart
by Kelli Curtin - January 20, 2017

Currently onstage at Act II Playhouse is the show I WILL NOT GO GENTLY, written and starring Jennifer Childs. This show, under the direction of Harriet Power, is a humorous and poignant exploration of getting older and how it affects everyone. This show premiered last spring at 1812 Productions and ... (more...)
BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH MAUREEN MCGOVERN at The RRazz Room At The Prince BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH MAUREEN MCGOVERN at The RRazz Room At The Prince
by DT Gramkee - January 18, 2017

BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH MAUREEN MCGOVERN at The RRazz Room At The Prince with video and images by DT Gramkee... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CAROLS at 1812 Productions is a Nostalgic Look at Christmas Past BWW Review: THE CAROLS at 1812 Productions is a Nostalgic Look at Christmas Past
by Kelli Curtin - December 14, 2016

THE CAROLS, the latest show onstage at 1812 Productions, is a delightful show that takes audiences back to the year 1944 in a small New Jersey town. Artistic Director, Jennifer Childs, wrote and directed this original play that is a heartfelt reminder of the importance of family and kindness. This p... (more...)
BWW Review: THIS WONDERFUL LIFE at Act II Playhouse is a Heartwarming Delight BWW Review: THIS WONDERFUL LIFE at Act II Playhouse is a Heartwarming Delight
by Kelli Curtin - December 14, 2016

Frank Capra's holiday classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, is a movie that brings to mind so many cherished memories of the holiday season. People always seems to have a story about the first time they saw the movie, or how it is a holiday tradition. Currently at Act II Playhouse is the show THIS WONDERF... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Walnut Street Theatre BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Walnut Street Theatre
by Pati Buehler - November 22, 2016

The Merry Old Land of Oz lands in Philly in time for the Holiday Season.... (more...)
BWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents an Intense MAURITIUS BWW Review: Act II Playhouse Presents an Intense MAURITIUS
by Kelli Curtin - November 02, 2016

Passion, greed and danger play out in MAURITIUS, the current play onstage at Act II Playhouse. This intense show is about what one character calls "the crown jewel of philately," two rare stamps from the island of Mauritius that are worth many millions of dollars if sold. The play tells an action pa... (more...)
BWW Review: THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS: THE ELECTION SPECIAL at 1812 Productions BWW Review: THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS: THE ELECTION SPECIAL at 1812 Productions
by Kelli Curtin - October 10, 2016

1812 Productions opens their 2016/17 season with the hilarious THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS: THE ELECTION SPECIAL. This show provides a respite from the chaos of this current election season, and delivers the gift of laughter to the audience no matter which side of the political aisle you are on. Person... (more...)
BWW Review: ELECTRA is Electrifying at Villanova Theatre BWW Review: ELECTRA is Electrifying at Villanova Theatre
by Marakay Rogers - September 28, 2016

Director David Cregan brings Frank McGuinness' adaptation of Sophocles' classic tragedy to electrifying life on the Villanova stage. Some things never change throughout history...... (more...)
BWW Review: How Do You Become a Producer? The Producers of the North American Premiere of THE WAR OF THE ROSES Explain BWW Review: How Do You Become a Producer? The Producers of the North American Premiere of THE WAR OF THE ROSES Explain
by Charles Shubow - September 27, 2016

Jay and Cindy Gutterman bring a new comedy to the Wilmington Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE.... (more...)
BWW Review: Duffy Makes WAVES in Mazzoli-Vavrek Premiere at Opera Philadelphia BWW Review: Duffy Makes WAVES in Mazzoli-Vavrek Premiere at Opera Philadelphia
by Richard Sasanow - September 27, 2016

BREAKING THE WAVES, the stark, brutal new opera by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek, had its premiere last week at Opera Philadelphia, with a thrilling score and a star-making turn by soprano Kiera Duffy. Directed by James Darrah, the gripping production doesn't let anyone off easy, including the aud... (more...)
BWW Review: ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION at Act II Playhouse Cures the Political Season Blues BWW Review: ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION at Act II Playhouse Cures the Political Season Blues
by Kelli Curtin - September 13, 2016

Act II Playhouse opens their 2016/17 season with the uproariously funny ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION. This comedy pokes fun at all sides of the political spectrum this election season. Audiences can expect an evening full of political parodying, musical hijinks and rib-tickling political impersonations. ELE... (more...)
BWW Review: The Ritz Theater THE ADDAMS FAMILY Rises From the Ashes Just for Fun BWW Review: The Ritz Theater THE ADDAMS FAMILY Rises From the Ashes Just for Fun
by Pati Buehler - July 19, 2016

The Ritz Theater resurrects the ghouls dead and alive in a delightfully funny production.... (more...)
BWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's Vision BWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's Vision
by David Fick - July 01, 2016

Piecing together a new mythology is an audacious undertaking, and yet it is an act that is at the very heart of theatre-making: the building of a new world, with its own origins and order, that only becomes fully realised when an audience believes in it. THE FIREBIRD attempts just that, telling a po... (more...)
BWW Review: CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH BALLETs 60th Anniversary Celebration BWW Review: CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH BALLETs 60th Anniversary Celebration
by Melia Kraus-har - June 28, 2016

"We're the lucky ones," said Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) CEO Nicholas Ade as he introduced the company's 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Sunoco Theater in the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg on June 25th, 2016. Ade acknowledged the tremendous accomplishment in... (more...)
BWW Review:  Visit CAMELBEACH Water Park for Mummy's Cove and So Much More BWW Review: Visit CAMELBEACH Water Park for Mummy's Cove and So Much More
by Marina Kennedy - June 24, 2016

Visit Camelbeach in Tannersville, Pennsylvania where you can enjoy over 35 wonderful aquatic attractions including their newest addition, 'Mummy's Cove.' Camelbeach is only 90 minutes from Manhattan and... (more...)
BWW Dance Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET Presents 'Balachine and Beyond' BWW Dance Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET Presents 'Balachine and Beyond'
by Barnett Serchuk - June 16, 2016

"Balanchine and Beyond," the Pennsylvania Ballet's strangely named program that I saw Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, was a very satisfying evening. Of course, beyond can mean anything, so the choice of Trisha Brown, Hans van Manen and Jean-Pierre Frohlich was a very ... (more...)
BWW Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET's Balanchine and Beyond BWW Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET's Balanchine and Beyond
by Melia Kraus-har - June 14, 2016

Corella's recent directive choices brought levity; Laura Bowman took her final bow and the program noted other retirements. Whatever the climate, Corella's choices substantially elevated the company's performance profile especially since their June 2014 performances, and even since the fall 2015 sea... (more...)
BWW Review: A PROGRAM OF FIRSTS at Academy Of Music BWW Review: A PROGRAM OF FIRSTS at Academy Of Music
by Nicole DelRossi - May 31, 2016

May 12th 2016 - May 15th 2016 By Balanchine, Neenan, & Scarlett, music by Tchaikovsky, Poulenc & Herion May 12, 2016 to May 15, 2016 - Academy of Music... (more...)
BWW Review: KISS ME, KATE at Act II Playhouse Will Keep Audiences Smiling BWW Review: KISS ME, KATE at Act II Playhouse Will Keep Audiences Smiling
by Kelli Curtin - May 24, 2016

Act II Playhouse's production of KISS ME, KATE is a show that is imbued with energy and full of delightful musical numbers. It has a sensational score by Cole Porter that will please audiences. This show, under the direction of Peter Reynolds and with the incredible choreography by Maggie Anderson, ... (more...)
BWW Review: Tommy Tune Transfixes at The Rrazz Room at The Prince BWW Review: Tommy Tune Transfixes at The Rrazz Room at The Prince
by DT Gramkee - May 09, 2016

BWW Reviews: TOMMY TUNE TRANSFIXES PHILADELPHIA at The RRAZZ ROOM At The Prince... (more...)