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Coverage of the performing arts in Philadelphia.

Published: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:10:21 GMT2017-09-25T22:10:21Z


'Putnam Spelling Bee' at Bristol aces what it's like to be a kid

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:10:21 GMT2017-09-25T22:10:21Z

Bristol Riverside Theatre has kicked off its 31st season with an exuberant and endearing production of the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

Two Philly-linked playwrights among most popular in U.S. this year

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:56:12 GMT2017-09-25T21:56:12Z

American Theatre magazine lists the most-produced plays and playwrights in U.S. professional nonprofit theaters.

A monument at last for Octavius Catto, who changed Philadelphia

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:16:07 GMT2017-09-25T20:16:07Z

Teacher, ball player, civil rights activist, Catto was assassinated for his efforts in 1871. His statue is the first on Philadelphia public property to recognize a specific African American.

Theater: New and Noteworthy

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:53:24 GMT2017-09-25T10:53:24Z

New This Week Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice (Philadelphia Theatre Company). The movie star makes her cabaret debut in two shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Monday.

Spectacular staging offsets lackluster score of 'Something Wicked'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:09:49 GMT2017-09-25T00:09:49Z

The dazzling design electrifies the stage, with swarms of leaves and bats, a fireball-shooting villainess, and a maze of mirrors that distort desires.

Kimmel draws ideas for a Merriam experience made anew

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:48:31 GMT2017-09-24T22:48:31Z

Ideas for a renovated hall and new structures could end up in a request for proposals for developers.

Philly's first-ever 017 opera fest wins new fans, national acclaim

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:09:31 GMT2017-09-23T23:09:31Z

Opera Philadelphia's O17 festival isn't simply a success; it's a landmark in Philadelphia's opera history.

Philadelphia Orchestra and 'Amadeus': Still a big tease

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:39:45 GMT2017-09-22T20:39:45Z

The concert blends the sounds of live and recorded musicians.

Christmas Pops conductor, out of GFS, gets new post

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:33:59 GMT2017-09-22T20:33:59Z

David Charles Abell has been officially appointed principal guest conductor of the Philly Pops.

Here's what to see at Fringe this final weekend

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:33:19 GMT2017-09-22T17:33:19Z

Two highlights to catch before the Fringe Festival wraps up for the year: A dance to celebrate Coltrane and a huge theatrical extravaganza that contemplates mass extinction.

Dear Kimmel Center: We love you. Do you love us?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:25:15 GMT2017-09-21T22:25:15Z

Philly's performing arts center invites the public in for three brainstorming town-hall meetings Sunday and Monday to talk about possibilities for the newly acquired Merriam Theater.

Kathleen Turner waited 40 years to sing her heart out, but she'll give it a whirl Monday in Philly

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:24:40 GMT2017-09-21T18:24:40Z

Why here? She's fond of the Philadelphia Theatre Company and its new artistic director, Paige Price.

In Philly galleries now: A print show by the 'Bling' sculptor, and serious color at Locks

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:31:11 GMT2017-09-21T15:31:11Z

See the print that became "Big Bling," and catch up with Elizabeth Osborne's recent work.

With new hall, PAFA pictures a bright future for the arts on North Broad

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:33:48 GMT2017-09-21T11:33:48Z

The new 277-seat performing arts space fills a niche in the city.

John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' gets Fringe Fested, as a dance

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:51:08 GMT2017-09-21T09:51:08Z

Choreographers Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker bring their full-length dance, inspired by the album, to the Fringe Festival this weekend.

'Norm' from Cheers and knockout cast worth a trip to New Hope

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:40:16 GMT2017-09-20T17:40:16Z

"Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story," getting its world premiere through Oct. 1 at the Bucks County Playhouse, still feels shaggy, but it's entertaining.

Here's what to see at Fringe on Sept. 21

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:09:56 GMT2017-09-20T17:09:56Z

Tonight's highlights include a one-woman show about growing up on Bowie, and an opera that grapples with the MOVE bombing.

Here's what to see at Fringe on Sept. 20

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:26:15 GMT2017-09-19T16:26:15Z

Tonight's highlights: a moving work (literally) of choral music, and some classic Ionesco.

O17 hits the Barnes with a hallucinatory fairy tale

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:29:10 GMT2017-09-19T15:29:10Z

With "pink people" and a score by Curtis-trained composer David Hertzberg, "The Wake World" is an aesthete's feast.

Alexander Hamilton's fateful Maria-style hurricane: He wrote his way out

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:51:08 GMT2017-09-19T14:51:08Z

A hurricane, roughly in the same waters as Maria, is responsible for bringing Hamilton to America's shores.