Candlelight Music Theatre- already the best theatrical value in the state - pulled out all the stops for this captivating production of DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.BWW Review: WIZARD OF OZ at The Playhouse November 16, 2017
At the height of the Jim Crow era, Jack Johnson became heavyweight champ in 1908. But Johnson was no Uncle Tom, in fact he was the antithesis, railing and raging against racist whites who would dare challenge both his fame and his manhood.BWW Previews: Wizard of Oz opens at The Playhouse Nov 14 November 1, 2017
UD Rep Ensemble by and large stages classics: Shakespeare, Moliere, Bernard Shaw, Tennessee Williams, etc. Plays become classics due to their timeless quality and universal truths; truths that lived, for example, in Shakespeare's time as they do today. The immediacy of live theatre brings these principals to life before our eyes.BWW Previews: NEW YEAR'S EVE with LURAY PRODUCTIONS at Minquadale Memorial Hall October 2, 2017
Luray Productions and Club Phred, a perfect match for New Year's Eve 2017. Lois Parker, founder and producer of successful Golden Oldie events, teams with Club Phred, a self-proclaimed Rock n Roll Event to tear down the house at their 5th annual New Year's Eve celebration.BWW Review: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES at Delaware Theatre Company September 27, 2017
Aisle Say has seen hundreds of shows. Never have I experienced such an overwhelming amalgam of sound and light, FX and empathy, soaring and captivating voices singing gorgeous melodies, as in this performance of SOMETHING WICKED COMES THIS WAY.BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL at Candlelight Music Theatre September 22, 2017
FUNNY GIRL established Barbra Streisand's career and People became her signature song. It is performed rarely so Candlelight's current production is an excellent chance to add to your musical theatre bucket list.BWW Review: FORUM at Walnut Street Theatre September 20, 2017
Roman playwright Plautius (251-183 BC) wrote farces entitled Pseudolus and Miles Gloriosus; coincidentally, two of the characters in the show. This ancient's inspiration became a gold mine for in 1962 for Composer/Lyricist Stephen Sondheim and authors Burt Shrevelove and Larry Gelbart of M A S H fame. The title derives from a line often used by vaudevillian comedians to begin a bit: a funny thing happened on the way to the theatre .BWW Review: LIZZIE at City-Theater September 13, 2017
Aisle Say would never be so trite as to suggest the goth-rock musical LIZZIE, now playing 'live' at City-Theatre is a 'killer' or 'cutting edge' or 'slays the audience'. Of course not. I am much too circumspect and erudite to cave to formulaic nonsense.BWW Previews: FUNNY GIRL at Candlelight Music Theatre August 31, 2017
The Walnut Street Theatre, founded in 1809, is America's Oldest Theatre. It is also the Official State Theatre of Pennsylvania, and a National Historic Landmark. With more than 55,000 season ticket holders, the Walnut is also the most subscribed theatre company in the world!BWW Previews: UD REP ENSEMBLE '17-'18 SEASON at UD REP Ensemble August 10, 2017
Since 2008 UD Rep Ensemble has been the consistent quintessential professional theatre in the state. Never in either talent or creative (costumes, set, sound, lighting and wigs, yes wigs), have they staged anything but the most thrilling live theatre. I have zero clue how they do it on a general public ticket price for $28, but they do. Every show is Broadway quality, period!BWW Previews: LIZZIE at City-Theater August 2, 2017
Of course, City-Theatre would be THE group to premiere LIZZIE, a sizzling rock opera based on the 19th century legend surrounding notorious accused murderess Lizzie Borden.
Four women. 1 rock band. 40 whacks.
Year after year this band of theatrical malcontents/troubadours continue to entertain and engage audiences with their vanguard productions, bizarre creative staging and in your face audience interaction.BWW Previews: THE HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR at The Playhouse July 31, 2017
Great actors immerse themselves in their character such that one cannot consider anyone else playing the role. They study the writer's words to develop a full sense of character; bringing to life every shade and every nuance. Could you conceive anyone else but Pacino playing Michael Corleone or anyone else but Streep in SOPHIE'S CHOICE? No, of course not.BWW Previews: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Candlelight Music Theatre July 11, 2017
Ah, we all love rom coms. But decades prior to the term becoming part of contemporary lexicon. there was BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. Those of a certain baby boomer age all know Robert Redford and Jane Fonda were in the movie. However, we must stretch back even farther to see that the Sundance Kid and Elizabeth Ashley premiered the show on Broadway in (cough) 1963.