Darlene Love will perform a Valentine’s Day Concert at UDPAC

The star of the Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (introduced by Bette Midler), Darlene Love is an adored American musical icon.

For 28 years Love made holiday guest appearances on the David Letterman show singing “Baby Please Come Home,” and has appeared as a special guest throughout the last two decades during Bruce Springsteen tours.
Since the early ‘60s as part of Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” hit factory, and as the lead singer on “He’s a Rebel,” Darlene Love has done it all, from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease!
In the early years, Love’s background vocals behind The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Sir Tom Jones, Cher and more, set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right.
Backed by a live orchestra of some of the industry’s most talented musicians, Darlene’s set list will include songs such as a cover of Steven Van Zandt’s Among the Believers, He’s Sure the Boy I Love, He’s a Rebel (The Crystals Song), A Change is Going to Come (Sam Cooke cover), Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell cover), Today I Met the Boy I’m Going to Marry, Da Doo Ron, Ron, and more.
Darlene Love’s most recent album, Introducing Darlene Love, was produced by Love’s longtime friend and advocate Steven Van Zandt.
Darlene Love will perform a Valentine’s Day Concert at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center  on February 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38 – $46 and may be purchased online at www.udpac.orgor by calling the Box Office at 610.622.1189.

 

‘Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ at Walnut Street Studio

Walnut Street Theatre’s 2017-18 Independence Studio on 3 Season continues with Tony Award®-winner Ken Ludwig’s hilarious “whodunit” comedy, Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Philadelphia audiences will be the first to see this production before it becomes the eighth national and international tour of a Walnut Street Theatre production. Directed by Walnut favorite, Bill Van Horn, Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery begins previews in the intimate Independence Studio on 3 at the Walnut on January 2, opens January 4 , and continues through February 4.

Bill Van Horn and Ian Merrill Peakes in Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.Photo by Mark Garvin.

Ken Ludwig’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, is full of intrigue and… huge laughs. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and the renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the curse before it dooms the newest heir. Five talented actors, playing forty quirky characters, follow leads, unravel clues, hit dead-ends, and zigzag with the story until the shockingly funny conclusion.

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, beginning with the critically acclaimed Lend Me a Tenor, which garnered Ludwig seven Tony nominations and two wins. His musical, Crazy for You, won the Tony Award and Olivier Award (England’s highest theatre honor) for Best Musical in 1992. Ludwig has also been awarded the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the American Theatre. Baskerville is one of his most recent works, along with A Comedy of Tenors and Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Play). His newest book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, (winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014) is published by Random House. The Walnut has produced many of Ludwig’s works including Lend Me a Tenor(1992), Crazy for You (1997), and Moon Over Buffalo (1998).

The show will be directed by Bill Van Horn.

In addition to directing the production, Van Horn will also play the iconic role of Dr. Watson. Joining Van Horn is another Walnut veteran and Philadelphia stage regular Ian Merrill Peakes, who will play the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Peakes returns to the Walnut for his 9th show (Harvey, Ideal Husband, Peter and the Starcatcher, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations)Baskerville marks Peakes’ 124th professional stage production.

While Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes are played by Van Horn and Peakes, the other forty characters in the production are portrayed by just three comedic actors: Dan Hodge (Peter and the Starcatcher, The Mousetrap, 39 Steps); Jered McLenigan (Peter and the Starcatcher, Rise and Fall of Little VoiceGood People); and Sarah Glicko (Around the World in 80 Days, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Musical of Musicals the Musical). All five comic actors have performed on many of Philadelphia’s regional stages and are proud members of the local theatre community.

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery will become the eighth Walnut Street Theatre production to embark on a national and international tour across the country. The Walnut celebrates Philadelphia’s finest talents and is proud to share them with America. The first seven tours of Walnut Street Theatre productions, all featuring Philadelphia artists, have included Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Glass MenagerieProofAround the World in 80 DaysDriving Miss DaisyA Life in the Theatre, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. For more information about Walnut Street Theatre national and international tours, visit

WalnutStreetTheatre.org/season/tour.

Tickets are $35-$40 and are now available at 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787. Tickets are also available atwalnutstreettheatre.org or Ticketmaster.com.