BWW Review of SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY at Dr. Phillips Center, Fun But Flimsy
by Aaron Wallace - Mar 6, 2020
It's symptomatic of SPAMILTON's inconsistency: quite funny and thoughtful in one moment, down a rabbit hole the next. For every inspired sequence in which Lin-Manuel engages 'Stephen Sondheim as Ben Franklin' in a lengthy debate about the density of rhymes, there's a lazily written riff like 'not throwing away my pot' (an extended refrain that comes out of nowhere and exists only for the cheap laugh of a weed joke). Too many of the rhymes are moon-and-June; too many of the jokes are merely references in disguise; too many of the allusions are a crutch.
Chamber Music Society Of Louisville Celebrates Beethoven's 250th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2020
Chamber Music Society of Louisville has big plans for Beethoven's 250th Anniversary.
All-Male Cirquelesque Revue BOYS NIGHT to Return to The Slipper Room
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019
Created and produced by Ben Franklin, Jason Mejias, Joshua Dean and Mr. Gorgeous, this 'All-Male Cirquelesque Revue' is celebrating 8 years of playful and saucy extravaganzas celebrating the art of circus and burlesque. With a brand new show every month, 'The Boys' entertain the crowd through diverse aerial and ground performances with a wink, a smile and a lot of creativity. 'Boys' Night' is the place to be for both girls and boys looking for a humorous and slightly naughty evening out.
BWW Review: SPAMILTON at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - Nov 6, 2019
Need an evening that stretches your G-rated mind with a fun, supremely entertaining, ninety minute rib-tickling exercise? How about an evening free from national politics? Oddly, it is available in a show about the nation's founders and others. You will enjoy Spamilton, an American Parody literally on the stage at Starlight Theatre's reformatted Cohen Stage through Sunday November 17.
BWW Exclusive: Theater Critic Matt Windman Returns to French Woods for All-Female 1776
by Matt Windman - Oct 13, 2019
Two years ago, I revisited French Woods Festival of the Arts (which I attended from 1999 to 2002 as a camper/teen actor and then as an assistant director/stage manager) and BroadwayWorld kindly published an article I wrote about the experience. In light of my responsibilities at work (attorney by day, theater critic by night) and at home (including a hyperactive toddler and commuting daily between NY and NJ), I was not planning on visiting again this past summer, but that instantly changed when I learned that the camp was planning on presenting 1776 for the first time in nearly two decades - and with an all-female cast.
River Beer Garden To Grand Open At Race Street Pier For Ghost Ship Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
FCM Hospitality, the creators of Philadelphia's Parks on Tap series, is partnering with Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to bring a new beer garden to Race Street Pier during DRWC's Ghost Ship Philadelphia installation. River Beer Garden at Race Street Pier will feature beer selections from exclusive beer partner Mainstay Independent Brewing Company, along with delicious fall-themed food options that include Lost Bread Co.'s famous pretzel shortbread cookies. The festive outdoor space will also feature lighting, comfortable chairs, hammocks and seating for 100+ people. River Beer Garden at Race Street Pier will grand open this Friday, October 4 and remain open through Sunday, November 3, 2019. '
Old City Fest Returns With Food, Drink, Music, Style, Design, Art And History!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2019
Old City District presents the sixth annual Old City Fest on Sunday, October 13, 2019, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, along N. 3rd Street (from Market to Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th). Activities will include a festival stage with live music, a runway fashion show, a family fun zone, pop-up street performances, and a wide array of food, beverages, art, craft and retail shopping, with 100+ Old City vendors participating. Admission is free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. For more information, visit oldcitydistrict.org or call (215) 592-7929.
Morgan's Pier Extends Season With Fall Fest, New Menus, Seasonal Sips And Fall Decor
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2019
Fall Fest at Morgan's Pier returns for the fifth season, with four more weeks of great views and live entertainment, plus tons of seasonal surprises. Between now and October 26th, head to the waterfront as Morgan's Pier transforms into an autumn wonderland - complete with twinkling lights, fall decor, seasonal beers, fall cocktails, weekly special events and a new menu by Chef Jon Adair. New for this year, Morgan's will add on additional days of operation, offering al fresco dining and drinking five days a week, from Wednesday to Sunday. Also, new this year, Morgan's will be rain or shine as new clear walls have been installed that can roll away or roll out based on the weather of the day.
A/K/A BENJ (FRANKLIN'S WOMEN) to Play Two Shows At Brooklyn's Old Stone House
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2019
Concrete Timbre announces two performances of A/K/A Benj (Franklin's Women) at Brooklyn's Old Stone House on August 24 and 25, 2019.
60's Folk Comes to Philly Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
Protests, prevaricating politicians, pandemonium -- 2019 echoes the turmoil of the 1960's, so it seems an appropriate time to resurrect some of the great songs of the era. Vagabond Productions presents Kate Loitz in 60's FOLK Revisited, with guitarist Lenny Ranallo, on the roof deck of the Davison Apartments in Center City.
BILLY KELLY: THIS IS A FAMILY SHOW! to Play Two Performances Only
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2019
Audible Inc. announces Grammy-nominated family entertainer, comedian, and musician Billy Kelly in his one-man a?oeThis Is A Family Show!a?? at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, between MacDougal & 6th Avenue a?" one block south of W. 3rd Street) for two performances only.
BOYS' NIGHT: AN ALL-MALE CIRQUELESQUE REVUE Returns to The Slipper Room
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
Created and produced by Ben Franklin, Jason Mejias, Joshua Dean and Mr. Gorgeous, this "All-Male Cirquelesque Revue" is celebrating 8 years of playful and saucy extravaganzas celebrating the art of circus and burlesque.
Meet The Cast Of SPAMILTON: An American Parody At Greer Cabaret Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2019
Casting has been announced for Pittsburgh CLO's exclusive engagement of the hit musical comedy SPAMILTON: An American Parody at the Greer Cabaret Theater May 16 August 25, 2019. Don't miss this convulsively funny (NY Times) parody from the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway. After tearing it up in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Spamilton: An American Parody will stage a singing, dancing, comedy revolution in Pittsburgh for a limited time only. The Huffington Post raves you don't have to see Hamilton to have side-splitting fun at Spamilton.
BOYS' NIGHT: AN ALL-MALE CIRQUELESQUE REVUE Returns To The Slipper Room May 2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2019
Don't miss all the original boys in the next edition of Boys Night! That's right, Joshua Dean, Ben Franklin, Mr Gorgeous and Jason Mejias are all back with the incredibly talented Eve Starr hosting! We'll be taking a break in June so make sure you come check us out this month!
BWW Review: SPAMILTON at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Drew Eberhard - Apr 16, 2019
Seven Performers enter, a Pianist is introduced. Set to the backdrop of the history of the Great White Way from past to present, and set to a gut punching-hilarious score based off of one of the greatest musicals to date Spamilton took off full speed ahead. From hilarious lyrics devised by the great minds behind Forbidden Broadway, and including a Lin-Manuel look a-like the audience experienced 90 minutes of unadulterated laughter, song, and dance.
1756 - MAKING AMERICA - A New Musical At Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2019
Don't Tell Mama is pleased to host 1756 - Making America , a new musical by composer Jack Dallas. Ben Franklin and wife Deborah, narrate this French and Indian War musical comedy. Life and death are opposed as French pirates and marauding Indians threaten the American colonies. A young military engineer is held hostage at Fort Pitt, New France. His pretty slave girl falls in love with him and struggle to save him from hanging. In 1756- Making America, a colony prepares a fight from terror and tyranny to procure life, liberty and happiness. 1756 - Making America is a 4 handed farce.
BOYS' NIGHT: AN ALL-MALE CIRQUELESQUE REVUE Returns To The Slipper Room April 4th
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2019
Created and produced by Ben Franklin, Jason Mejias, Joshua Dean and Mr. Gorgeous, this "All-Male Cirquelesque Revue" is celebrating 8 years of playful and saucy extravaganzas celebrating the art of circus and burlesque. With a brand new show every month, "The Boys" entertain the crowd through diverse aerial and ground performances with a wink, a smile and a lot of creativity. "Boys' Night" is the place to be for both girls and boys looking for a humorous and slightly naughty evening out.
Westport Country Playhouse Hosts Playreading Of TRICKS OF THE TRADE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2019
Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of the romantic thriller, "Tricks of the Trade," on Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. Written by the late Sidney Michaels, who lived in Westport, Connecticut, the reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. Tickets are $20 each.
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