Kimmel Center Announces New Lineup Including The Family Discovery Series

Kimmel Center Announces New Lineup Including The Family Discovery SeriesThe Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce a fantastic new lineup to the 2018/19 season including the entertaining Family Discovery Series. Tickets for most shows are on sale now. This incredible lineup joins the already announced Broadway Philadelphia season that includes the Philadelphia premiere of Hamilton; and the 2018/19 Jazz Season.

This thrilling new lineup offers something for everyone, from Broadway to comedy, dance to music. Comedian, actor, host, and writer Hasan Minhaj will have audiences roaring with laughter in his show Before The Storm. The fiery comedian Kathy Griffin returns with her Laugh Your Head Off World Tour to talk about everything in the pop-culture landscape from President Trump to the Kardashians. Actor and comedian Tom Segura will bring his stand up after two, wildly successful, Netflix specials; and comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley will joke about all aspects of being a mom in iMomSoHard. Returning this season is the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater after a sold-out engagement at the Kimmel Center's Merriam Theater in 2017. The Kimmel Center's Resident Company PHILADANCO will feature works from two longtime PHILADANCO resident choreographers, Milton Myers and Christopher Huggins, in the performance Choreographers on the Move. Rennie Harris also returns in Funkedified to celebrate funk music and street dance of the 1970s. The dynamic duo of AC2: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will offer an evening of unscripted, uncensored, and unforgettable conversation. Black Lives Matter activist and podcast host DeRay Mckesson will engage with audiences about culture, social justice, and politics. Ira Glass is the creator, producer, and host of the popular public radio show This American Life. He will deliver a unique talk and share lessons from his life. Plus, the iconic and world-renowned singer Joan Baez embarks on her final North American tour, Fare Thee Well.

"The 2018/19 season welcomes groundbreaking new productions and returning favorites to the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus," said Ed Cambron, Executive Vice President of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. "Our dynamic programming continues to offer unforgettable experiences that appeal to the diverse interests of our region, including our Family Discovery Series, our long-standing jazz series, the new National Geographic Live! speaker series, and much more."


The Kimmel Center's Family Discovery Series returns for a fourth consecutive season of family programming to help cultivate the next generation of art lovers through popular and engaging shows for the whole family. The 2018/19 season lineup includes: iLuminate* (September 21-22, 2018); The Johnny Shortcake Show* (October 27-28, November 3-4, 2018); Chinese Warriors of Peking* (November 2, 2018); Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (December 19-29, 2018); The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (January 22-27, 2019); American Girl Live (February 14-17, 2019); Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (February 22-24, 2019); KODO: Evolution (March 12, 2019); Peg + Cat Live (March 30, 2019); and Rennie Harris Funkedified (June 7-8, 2019). Tickets start at $9.50 per show and packages are on sale now. Choose three or more shows from our spectacular Family Discovery Series and save 10 percent. *Single tickets are on sale July 20


For the first time on the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, audiences can take a deeper look into the wild world. National Geographic Live! is offering three new, exciting shows this 2018/19 season at the Kimmel Center's Merriam Theater.

Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. Hear all about Winter's journeys throughout his career while learning about the beauty of big cats and how important it is to save them in National Geographic Live! On The Trail Of Big Cats (November 1, 2018).

NASA Astronaut Terry Virts takes audiences on an experience that's out of this world! He worked on the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. His photos from the Cupola were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and IMAX film A Beautiful Planet. Virts shares those photos with audiences in National Geographic Live! View From Above (January 17, 2019).

Photojournalist Cristina Mittermeier knows the power of water. She has traveled to the far corners of the world to document different societies and how they depend on water, such as the Kayapo? people in the Amazon. She documented how that community relied on their local waterway to survive-and found their way of life threatened by a massive new dam. She shares her many stories and photos in

National Geographic Live! Standing At The Water's Edge (May 16, 2019).


Of course, our already announced Broadway season includes the hits Love Never Dies* (October 2-7, 2018), Roald Dahl's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory* (November 6-18, 2018), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!* (December 19-29, 2018), and the musical Anastasia (April 9-14, 2019), will be premiering in Philadelphia during the 2018/19 season. Returning favorites include: Fiddler on the Roof* (October 23-28, 2018), Cats (June 18-30, 2019), Beautiful - The Carole King Musical (January 8-20, 2019), Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (February 22-24, 2019), and the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (March 5-10, 2019). Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon (May 28-June 9, 2019) returns to Philadelphia. *Single tickets are on sale July 20


Our already announced 2018/19 Jazz season kicks off on October 5 with multi-time Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny. He has performed with many eclectic artists such as Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, and David Bowie. The season then explodes with a wide array of jazz artists including Black Violin* (October 27, 2018) described as the "classic boom"; Django Festival All-Stars* (November 3, 2018) with its high energy; August Greene* (November 29, 2018) with its blend of smooth jazz, hip hop and rap; Diva Jazz Orchestra (April 27, 2019) with its thrilling, big band sound; and the return of our beloved Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (December 18, 2018) under the leadership of artistic director Terell Stafford for its annual winter performance. Tickets start at $27.00 per show and packages are on sale now. Buy three shows and save 10 percent. Buy four shows and save 15 percent. *Single tickets are on sale July 20


La NOCHE is the Kimmel Center's FREE monthly, Latin music, dance-party experience. The Kimmel Center's own house band, La NOCHE, performs led by Cuban percussionist Arturo Stable and dance leader, Kevin Ngo.

Sittin' In is also a FREE monthly event at the Kimmel Center. It introduces audiences to new cutting-edge artists, drawing everything from straight-ahead jazz to freestyle hip hop and all points in between.

In addition, the Kimmel Center's FREE PNC Grow Up Great programs will continue in the 2018/19 season. Grow Up Great is for young music lovers, ages 3-5 years old. Each month, Grow Up Great introduces children to the vibrant worlds of jazz or musical theater.

Tickets to select shows are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See for more information.

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