‘Children of Eden’ at The Dramateurs, Inc through July 1

Opening on June 16 at The Dramateurs, Inc is the musical, “Children of Eden” with book by John Caird, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, based on a concept by Charles Lisanby. Performances continue through July 1

“Children of Eden” casts the beloved biblical stories of Genesis through the personal lens of family. The musical starts with the very beginning: the creation of the universe. “Father” breathes life into his children, Adam and Eve, and learns that the hardest part of being a loving Father is letting go. It’s a lesson that translates into the parenting of Cain, Abel, and Seth and is reiterated once again as Noah parents his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
This joyous and inspiring musical celebrates the difficulty of choice, the importance of passion, the value of questioning, and the pain in allowing those you love to take risks and face the consequences.

Cast:
Tom Lamphere as Father
Steve Carrasco as Adam/Noah
Zoe Muller as Eve/Mama Noah
Brandon Lee as Cain/Japheth
Chris Diaz as Abel/Ham
Brandon Commo as Seth/Shem
Molly Hofstaedter as Yonah
Maddi Sloan as Aphra
Laura Mancano as Aysha
Jake Taylor as Young Cain
Brayden Avery as Young Abel
Snake: Kathleen Carney, Megan Murphy, Justin Schindler, Maddi Sloan, Richard Steinhardt
Storytellers: Kathleen Carney, Brandon Commo, Chris Diaz, Bess Harbison, Molly Hofstaedter, Brandon Lee, Laura Mancano, Megan Murphy, Brittany Recupero, Justin Schindler, Maddi Sloan, Richard Steinhardt, Mary Tomcavage, Jon Zahradnik
The Barn Playhouse is located at the corner of Rittenhouse Boulevard and Christopher Street, off Ridge Pike three miles west of Norristown. Call 610-539-BARN for directions from your location. barnplayhouse.org

‘Always, Patsy Cline’ onstage at Media Theatre June 15-July 2

“Always, Patsy Cline” features songs made famous by the legendary country singer Patsy Cline.

Media Theatre will present the show June 15 to July 2, starring Broadway’s Jenny Lee Stern. Performances are Thursday nights at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

“Always…Patsy Cline” has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. Audiences in Canada, the UK and Australia have also embraced the show.

“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.

The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”

Jenny Lee Stern is a Bucks County native and Broadway veteran. She was seen on Broadway in Rocky (Original Broadway Cast) and A Christmas Story (Madison Square Garden). She toured the country as “Mary Delgado” in Jersey Boys, originating the role in the Chicago and Toronto companies.

Off-Broadway, Ms. Stern garnered critical acclaim for her portrayals of Judy Garland, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster (and more!) in Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking. She frequently cameos as a “Guest Diva” in Forbidden Broadway’s latest installment, Spamilton.

Ms. Stern has been seen frequently on the cabaret circuit in NYC, performing at Town Hall, Feinstein’s, Birdland, Lincoln Center, and 54 Below, including her solo show Just A Girl. Regionally, she has found her niche playing “Patsy Cline” in Always, Patsy Cline. She recently played the role (for the 5th time!) at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

Jenny Lee’s other Philadelphia credits include: West Side StoryGodspellLobby Hero, 42nd StreetHigh Society (Walnut Street Theatre); SeussicalCats (Media Theatre), The Great American Trailer Park Xmas Musical (Montgomery Theatre). She has been seen on TV in The Sopranos and The Mysteries of Laura as well as annually in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. Jenny studied acting at NYU and North Carolina School of the Arts. She is mother to two young daughters and lives happily in Doylestown, PA.

There will be guest narrators at each performance to assist in telling the story. Week One (June 15-18) features WMGK Classic Rock Radio’s Debbi Calton; Week Two (June 22-25) is FOX-TV’s Sue Serio, with Week Three (June 30-July 2) being QVC’s Jane Treacy. Local actress Susan Wefel is the narrator one night only, June 29.

For tickets, call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

 

 

‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ at Stagecrafters

“Shakespeare in Hollywood” by Ken Ludwig tells the story of Shakespeare’s famed characters, Oberon and Puck, who find themselves on the movie set of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 1934 Hollywood. Taken by the novelty of the place, the two join the cast, playing… themselves!
Performances continue weekends through June 25
Stagecrafters is at 8130 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia PA 19118 Visit  www.thestagecrafters.org for ticket information.

SALT Performing Arts to presents Tony award-winning show ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ with a catered Limoncello dinner, June 16-25.

 
Chester Springs: SALT Performing Arts presents the Tony award winning show “Lend Me a Tenor,” winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards, along with a catered dinner provided by Limoncello Restaurant June 16 – 25.
Gather a group of friends, or have a date night, for an unforgettable dinner theatre experience right in Chester Springs. SALT Performing Arts is proud to announce their next production, “Lend Me a Tenor,” written by Ken Ludwig.  Set in the 1930s, “Lend Me a Tenor” is a madcap screwball comedy that takes place when Tito Merelli, the fiery-tempered and world famous Italian superstar, arrives in Cleveland, Ohio to make his debut with the local opera and promptly goes missing. As Saunders, the show’s presenter, conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues.
Patrons will enjoy this production while dining on a delicious meal catered by Limoncello Restaurant, included in the $40 ticket price. A cash bar will be on site.
Tickets can be purchased at saltpa.com.  Show starts at 7 pm or 2 PM depending on date and runs about two hours total for show and dinner.  You’ll be able to indicate at check-out who else you would like to have at your table.
“The cast of Lend Me a Tenor is so excited to be bringing this hilarious and furiously paced comedy to Chester Springs,” comments Lauren McComas, SALT Artistic Director and President, “audiences will not be disappointed by the great combination of wonderful farcical moments and clever lines.”
The mission of SALT Performing Arts is to provide live community theatre productions, summer/year long theatre camps for kids, dinner theatre and more. With excellence as the standard, SALT, a non-profit organization, believes that the “community” is paramount in community theatre and strives to foster an all-inclusive atmosphere that promotes a positive, uplifting experience to each individual. SALT involves people of all ages from all walks of life. If you are interested in learning more about SALT Performing Arts, making a donation, or being a sponsor, see saltpa.com

‘The Ice Princess’ opens the season at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

A brave young princess brings the warmth of healing to the cold in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s The Ice Princess, an enchanting new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Snow Queen.

Ideal for children ages 3 to 12, The Ice Princess runs June 2 to August 5 in the Schubert Theatre at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University.

“This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen truly has its roots in the power of theatre to transport an audience and engage their imagination,” says director Pirronne Yousefzadeh. “The production captures the spirit of ensemble collaboration, in both the physical magic they are creating together as well as the use of new, original music, composed for the show by Liz Filios.”

In this heartwarming tale Princess Gemma, played by Stephanie Hodge, and her brother and best friend Prince Kylan, played by Dane Lavery, discover a chilling magical power in the dazzling wintry woods.

Narrated by a reindeer, played by Julianne Schaub, the story begins when Princess Gemma gains a bit of the Snow Queen’s magical ability and discovers both the wonder and the heartache it can bring. Princess Gemma flies to the forest to find the Snow Queen who she hopes will help her save a loved one.

On Gemma’s quest to find the Snow Queen, played by Ilia Paulino, the Princess meets a game-playing Trickster (Dane McMichael), some sneaky robbers (Andrew Scoggin, Victoria Scovens, and Keri Ann Moynihan), and a tongue-tied troll (Michael Coval). With the help of her zany new forest friends, Gemma finds the Snow Queen, learns a valuable lesson, and finds the courage and strength to bring healing to her family.

With a fairytale surprise ending, Brandon E. McLauren’s delightful new adaptation reminds the audience that determination, love, and devotion will warm even the coldest of hearts.

The Ice Princess cast also includes Bo Sayre and Emilie Gubler as the King and Queen; and Victoria Scovens and Ally Borgstrom as the Snow Queen’s guards complete the cast.  Award-winning director Pirronne Yousefzadeh makes her directorial debut at PSF with this production.

Children can get a front row seat for the fun with onstage carpet seating and meet the actors after every performance for photos and autographs.

A lively theatre experience with great fun for everyone, the production will also feature a relaxed performance on Saturday, June 10 at 10am, and a sign-interpreted and audio-described performance on Saturday, July 29 at 10am.

The Ice Princess runs June 2 to August 5 in the Labuda Center’s Schubert Theatre. The show runs Tuesday through Saturday at 10am excluding June 6, 13, 20 and July 4 and 18. Additional 2pm matinee performances are July 28, and August 1, 2, and 3. Tickets are $12.50 for children 12 and under and $16.50 for adults.

To order tickets call 610.282.WILL [9455] or online at www.pashakespeare.org.

Festival’s 26th Season schedule

The Festival’s 26th season also features Evita (June 14- July 2); The Hound of the Baskervilles (June 21- July 16); The Three Musketeers (July 12- August 6); As You Like It (July 20 – August 6); Troilus and Cressida (July 26 – August 6); and Shakespeare for Kids (July 26 – August 5).

One-night-only events include The Tenor Moments, an exciting evening of the most beloved tenor songs with Mike Eldred, recording artist, Broadway veteran, and star of PSF’s 2015 production Les Misérables, on Monday, June 26 at 7:30pm; as well as Dee Roscioli in Concert, a fun, eclectic solo evening of Broadway, pop hits, and new original work with Broadway veteran Dee Roscioli, star of this season’s Evita, on Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm.

‘Morning’s at Seven’ is next for Old Academy Players

“Morning’s at Seven” by Paul Osborn is the 508th  production to be staged at Old Academy Players in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
Directed by Loretta Lucy Miller, performances are June 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Set in 1938 in a small Midwestern town, the show tells the story of the four aging Gibbs sisters. Trouble ensues as two of the sisters begin to question their lives and decide to make some changes before it’s too late.
This heart-warming and hilarious comedy, has won multiple Tony and Drama Desks awards.
Call 215–843-1109 for tickets ($15) or visit https://oldacademyplayers.org for more information.

New theatre opens in Bucks County, bringing musicals to Doylestown and beyond

Bucks County Center of the Performing Arts, Inc. was founded by Howard Perloff, a long time resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Howard co-produced Legs Diamond on Broadway starring Peter Allen and was Associate Producer on Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy on Broadway.

Howard created and produced Bernie’s Bar Mitzvah off-Broadway in New York, Star Spangled Rhythm at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia and has produced Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Atlantic City and for 24 years in Philadelphia.

He plans to bring classic musicals to Bucks County.

“The Irish and How They Got That Way” will be performed through June 4.

Upcoming shows:

“Give My Regards to Broadway”

June 28 – July 9

​The show tells how Broadway developed into a pure American art form and also shows how tap dance developed and became part of the American Broadway Theatre. Through the familiar songs of Cohan, Berlin, Gershwin and many others, the performers will sing and tap dance their hearts out through the beginning of the Twentieth Century.

“My Fair Lady”

August 3 – August 13

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, this is the tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady.  It features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores including the songs “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Meredith Beck will play Eliza Doolittle.

The 400-seat theatre is on the Del-Val College campus.

More information: http://www.buckscountycenterfortheperformingarts.org

Colonial ‘Quickies’ return for 17th summer

Colonial Playhouse will host its final production of its 2016-2017 season, the 17th Annual Summer Short Play Festival, “Colonial Quickies.” Many of these short plays were written by local playwrights

Performances are June 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24
Friday, and Saturday night performances – $15
Sunday matinee performances – $13

There will be raffle baskets on display throughout the Quickies. The baskets will be raffled off at the Magnolia Awards in July, which is a fun evening open to the public. Last year’s baskets included wine, coffee, handmade jewelry, liquor, a spa package and a gift card tree from local vendors – just to name a few. Proceeds raised help support the playhouse.

Reserve tickets and find more info  at colonialplayhouse.net/colonial-quickies-2017/

 

‘Project Dawn’ has June premiere at People’s Light

This gritty, gripping, and shockingly funny world premiere tosses audiences into a revolutionary Philadelphia court designed by a passionate group of women. Every day these lawyers, judges, parole officers and staff members work to transform the lives of women repeatedly convicted for prostitution. In her daring and vital new play Project Dawn, playwright Karen Hartman probes the thin lines between freedom and slavery, activism and obsession, for women on both sides of the law. Inspired by Hartman’s extensive, first-hand research inside Philly’s real-life court system, and cast with seven actresses who play multiple characters, this production represents the first world premiere to emerge from the acclaimed New Play Frontiers Residency & Commission program at People’s Light.

“We launched New Play Frontiers (NPF) to bring nationally-renowned playwrights to People’s Light to be inspired by the stories of our region, and create works that explore our American identity,” says Producing Director Zak Berkman. “Karen’s play more than fulfills this aspiration. She illustrates the lives of these women, our neighbors, with unflinching empathy and humor.”

People’s Light Artistic Director Abigail Adams directs Project Dawn, a play that speaks to her. “The material gnaws at your heart and inspires you to action, whether your politics are to the left or to the right,” she says. “Karen’s beautifully observed characters, her deep respect for them, and her ready wit bridge the gap between what audiences currently know about commercial sexual exploitation and what they could know – what is actually happening in their own backyards.

“But Project Dawn is in no way a political treatise,” Adams says. “It’s a poem—sometimes tender, sometimes scathing—carved out of a gifted artist’s imagination, and inspired by the specificity of place.”

As the first produced NPF script, Project Dawn features a dynamic, versatile team of performers and production veterans. The cast includes company members Melanye Finister (All My Sons, Fences) and Claire Inie-Richards (I and You, Sense & Sensibility), long-time guest artist Janis Dardaris (Little Foxes, Playhouse Creatures), and new collaborators Yvette Ganier, Susanna Guzman, Antoinette LaVecchia, and Danielle Skraastad.

Join the cast for AfterWORDS, an informal Q&A after Thursday evening performances on June 15, 22, 29 and July 6 and Sunday matinee performances on June 18, 25, July 2 & 9.

People’s Light is working with many community partners to develop programming and events for social workers, emergency nurses, anti-trafficking coalitions, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, and civil servants. For more details, please email Marcie Bramucci at bramucci@peopleslight.org.

People’s Light will present Open Caption performances of Project Dawn on June 28 at 2pm & 7:30pm and July 2 at 2pm.

Project Dawn previews on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30pm, Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm, Saturday, June 10 at 8 pm, and Sunday, June 11 at 2 & 7 pm. The play opens on Wednesday, June 14 and runs through Sunday, July 9.

Standard single tickets start at $38. For tickets, call the Box Office at 610.644.3500.

 

Forge Theatre presents ‘Man of La Mancha’

Man of La Mancha" has a June 2-25 run at Forge Theatre.

Man of La Mancha” has a June 2-25 run at Forge Theatre.

Man of La Mancha has become one of the most enduring works of musical theatre. It was written in 1964 with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, it tells the story of the “mad” knight Don Quixote as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. The musical doesn’t try to be a faithful rendition of either Cervantes’ life or of Don Quixote. The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The principal song, “The Impossible Dream”, became a standard.

Cast members include Carey Rumpf as Cervantes/Don Quixote, Brian Schwartz as Sancho Panza and Nicole Napolitano as Aldonza. The production also features Phoenixville’s own belly dancing troupe.

Forge Theatre performances are June 2-3-9-10-11-16-17-23-24-25. Sunday performances are at 2:00; all others are at 8:00. Tickets are available through the web site, forgetheatre.org. We are a small house and musicals sell out quickly.
Forge Theatre of Phoenixville, PA was recently named as “Best Theatre in the Western Burbs” according to Main Line Today.
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