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Legally Blonde: The Musical
Based on the smash hit movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods from a pink-loving SoCal sorority girl to a Harvard law student, all on her own terms. In this new production of the fabulously fun, award-winning Broadway musical, our blonde heroine tackles all obstacles, and educates us all on staying true to our dreams through rousing songs and dynamic show-stopping dance numbers. This feel-good musical comedy will be the most fashionable ticket in town and is so much fun, it should be illegal!

presented by Walnut Street Theatre
05/2019/14 - 07/2019/14
Minors
Inspired by the "kids for cash" scandal in Luzerne County in the early 2000s, this compelling new work of musical theater gives voice to the families who fought back against a corrupt political machine that turned children into commodities. Commissioned and developed through the Lantern's New Works Program, this intimate American roots rock drama is the inaugural work of Kittson O'Neill and Tony Award-winning sound designer and composer Robert Kaplowitz.   WORLD PREMIERE Book by Kittson O'Neill Music by Robert Kaplowitz Lyrics by Kittson O'Neill and Robert Kaplowitz Directed by Matthew Decker Music Direction by Amanda Morton

presented by Lantern Theater Company
05/2019/23 - 06/2019/30
BalletX Summer Series 2019
BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, whose dancers were named “among America’s best” by The New York Times, commissions choreographers from around the world to create dance that is “fresh, inclusive, and connects to what people want” (Philadelphia Citizen) while “positioning Philadelphia on the cutting edge of contemporary ballet” (The Dance Journal). The company, led by Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox, presents Summer Series 2019, featuring the World Premiere of The Little Prince – a full-length ballet for the whole family by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella. Peter Salem, best known for his soundtrack work on the BBC TV series Call the Midwife, will perform his original music onstage, alongside the dancers.

presented by BalletX
07/2019/10 - 07/2019/21
Boat to Bartram's Garden
Cruise to Bartram’s Garden and discover the home of America’s first great botanist, John Bartram. This 3-hour tour includes a guided riverboat ride and walking tour of Bartram’s Garden, a National Historic Landmark. There will be time to explore the Bartram’s Mile recreational trail or relax under some of the oldest trees in the City, so bring a blanket and pack a picnic.

presented by Schuylkill River Development Corporation
06/2019/16 - 10/2019/20
A Trio of Comedies: The Secret of Susanna, The Telephone, The Impresario
Delaware Valley Opera Company presents a Trio of Comedies, all fully staged and sung in English. The show opens with The Secret of Susanna by Wolf-Ferrari.   Count Gil is devastated! His new wife, Susanna, seems to be having an affair--what else could account for her strange behavior? Second is The Telephone by Menotti. Lucy is a very popular woman with a devoted boyfriend... who always seems to rank second to her precious telephone. A guy can't get a word in edgewise! Last is The Impresario by Mozart. Catty sopranos squabble over who should be the opera company's leading lady...until they discover they are being played against each other by the company management! Notes about the facility:   1) There is paid parking. If you will be using it, please plan to arrive a half hour early. 2) The AC is cold. Bring a sweater to stay comfortable. 3) Refreshments will be sold.

presented by Delaware Valley Opera Company
07/2019/06 - 07/2019/14
The Kennedys
PFS Presents The Kennedys Friday, June 28, 2019 Doors 7:30pm | Music 8pm About The Kennedys At well over a million miles of roadwork, including two stints as members of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra, Pete and Maura Kennedy show no signs of slowing down either on tour or in the creative realm. Originally based in Austin, Texas, they spent a few years in the Washington DC area before moving to the East Village in New York City, where they have been based for most of the last two decades. The Kennedys are known nationwide as the hosts of the late lamented Dharma Café program on Sirius Satellite Radio, and on Broadway, they are regular cast members of Theatre Within's annual tribute to John Lennon — working in that capacity with Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper and a host of others.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
06/2019/28 - 06/2019/28
The Cornerstones CD Release and Kicking Down Doors
PMC Presents: The Cornerstones CD Release and Kicking Down Doors Saturday, June 29, 2019 Doors 7:00pm | Music 7:30pm The Cornerstones are a trio of musicians local to the Philadelphia, PA region, each different musical artists in their own way, but together create a new sound of acoustic roots music. The band released their debut CD, "Three By Three" in August 2018! Kicking Down Doors (KDD) hails from Philadelphia and is a multicultural roots/rocker, soul and folk group and its sound is influenced by the diversity of its members and their musical backgrounds.The band’s songbook of original tunes range from rock to easy listening, to energetic dance/groove to blues, country and folk and is ripe with simple introspective, memorable and relatable poetic lyrics.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
06/2019/29 - 06/2019/29
Nutcracker and I
Romanian born British pianist Alexandra Dariescu dazzles audiences with her innovative 50-minute creation of live performance for piano, ballerina and digital animation. The world premiere took place in December 2017 at Barbican’s Milton Court Concert Hall in London. Gretna Music will be the first in North America to present it. On stage will be a our piano, played by Dariescu, and a ballerina behind a see-through gauze screen.   Projected onto the gauze and bringing the story to life are exquisite hand drawn digital animations. They follow the music and engage live with the pianist and ballerina as they dance across the screen. You will feel like you are actually in and a part of The Nutcracker story, especially with the extra activities we have planned around this event.

presented by Gretna Music
07/2019/06 - 07/2019/06
Concerts by Candlelight at Laurel Hill Mansion
La Fiocco, based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is a period instrument ensemble that specialized in performing music of the 17th and 18th centuries.   Works by Falconieri, Kapsperger, Kempis, Telemann, and Mozart will be performed on such instruments as recorder harpsichord, fortepiano, theorbo, baroque and romantic guitars, viola da gamba, and baroque violin.   A reception, with light refreshments, will follow the concert with the opportunity to meet and greet the artists.

presented by Women for Greater Philadelphia
06/2019/30 - 06/2019/30
One Man, Two Guvnors
This uproarious, fast-paced farce follows the mixed fortunes of failed musician Francis Henshall. The plot is simple. Down on his luck and perpetually hungry, Francis suddenly finds himself employed by two bosses. One is disguised as her recently deceased infamous gangster brother while trying to extort money from her dead brother’s fiancée’s dad.   The other is her boyfriend, who killed her brother and is hiding from the police until they can be reunited. Simple, right? Richard Bean adapts Goldoni’s 1753 commedia A Servant of Two Masters and turns it into a hysterical British sex comedy set in the swinging sixties in Brighton, England.   The Philadelphia premiere of this award-winning adaptation will star Quintessence and 1812 favorite Sean Close.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
06/2019/05 - 06/2019/30
The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful
Lauded as “the funniest two hours anywhere” by The New York Times and “lunatic fun that keeps you in stitches” by The Daily News, this madcap mystery features werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and damsels in distress. In a parody of the gothic literary “penny dreadful” tradition, Charles Ludlam’s spoof reaches from the eerie moors of England to the depths of an Egyptian tomb.   A hilarious sendup of Victorian melodrama, this comedic, quick-change tour-de-force features an unforgettable cast of characters—all played by two actors—and promises to leave you breathless with delight.   Ages 12+

presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
06/2019/20 - 07/2019/14
My Buddy
Directed by Lisa Dawn Miller, My Buddy takes the audience on a journey that explores the deep bond between a father and son. Sharing personal anecdotes, Sandy brilliantly captures the nuance of his father’s comedic style as he reminisces about a lifetime together, including the 10 years they spent touring on the road, sharing stories and memories from the beginning days of Buddy’s career, to his skyrocketing success as a movie star and night club entertainer, to being the most sought after comedian of his day – to his rule breaking, fearless comedic truth, which broke barriers paving the way for today’s comedians.

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
06/2019/28 - 06/2019/30
Queen of Diamonds
Critically acclaimed for her radical feminist body of work, Nina Menkes’ Queen of Diamonds (Sundance ’91) follows the alienated life of Firdaus (Tinka Menkes), a Blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas landscape juxtaposed between glittering casino lights and the deteriorating desert oasis. Negotiating a missing husband and neighboring domestic violence, Firdaus’ world unfolds as a fragmented but hypnotic interplay between repetition and repressed anger.   Heralded as one of the most challenging and subversive filmmakers working today, the re-release of Queen of Diamonds in a new 4K restoration marks the start of a new critical recognition for Menkes’ groundbreaking body of work.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
06/2019/29 - 06/2019/29
Old Academy Players presents the hilariously delightful RIPCORD by David Lindsay‐Abaire!
Come join in the fun as Abby & Marilyn try to outdo each other to gain the coveted window spot in their assisted living facility. All gloves come off & bets are made. Watch as the two seniors “duke it out” as the family members & staff choose sides, contributing to the chaos to see who will win this hysterically cunning battle of wits. David Lindsay-Abaire is a prolific American playwright, lyricist, & screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for his play Rabbit Hole. Other award-winning plays are: A Devil Inside, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, High Fidelity, & Shrek the Musical. Cast are: Pat Pelletreau as Abby, Chris Cutrufello as Marilyn, Jim Golden as Derek, Michele Scutti as Colleen, Norm Burnosky as Benjamin, & Chris Wunder as Scotty. Show times are Fri & Sat (8pm); Sun (2pm). FREE parking lot. Tickets $20/adult; $10/student with valid ID. OAP, where Grace Kelly & Robert Prosky made their stage debuts, is a non-profit community theater.

presented by Old Academy Players
06/2019/14 - 06/2019/30
Late Night Catechism
Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett. This is part catechism class, part stand-up routine. It is the longest running one-woman show in Off-Broadway history. The New York Times calls it, “hilarious, well-written and inspired.” Jeffrey Lyons from TV’s Sneak Previews calls Late Nite Catechism “something to savor and enjoy….one of the most intimate, rewarding shows in town.”

presented by Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts
06/2019/26 - 06/2019/30
John Cusack: Say Anything
The 1989 comedy/drama “Say Anything” brought popular culture the love story of Lloyd Dobler (actor John Cusack) and Diane Court (actress Ione Skye). An eternal optimist seeks the heart of a “brain trapped in the body of a game show hostess.” Ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the greatest modern movie romances (and #11 on the list of 50 best high-school movies), “Say Anything” made a star out of John Cusack who went on to success in multiple films including “High Fidelity,” “Grosse Point Blank,” and “Being John Malkovich,” among others. Now, join John Cusack for a screening of “Say Anything” followed by a LIVE conversation regarding his career and the making of “Say Anything.” Roger Ebert called the movie “one of the best films of the year” when it was released. Fans will now get the opportunity to experience a moderated discussion, with John answering audience questions as well.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2019/22 - 06/2019/22
Indecent
Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s critically acclaimed play with music is about the creation of the controversial Yiddish play God of Vengeance and is a joyful celebration of art and love.

presented by Arden Theatre Company
05/2019/23 - 06/2019/23
Circuit City
Poet and noise musician Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) presents her first theatrical work, a futuristic exploration—part musical, part choreopoem, part play—of public/private ownership, housing, and technology set in a living room in a corporate-owned apartment complex.   Framed by Ayewa’s bold poetry and bolstered by new Moor Mother music performed live by Irreversible Entanglements and the Circuit City Band, Circuit City is an afrofuturist song cycle for our current climate.

presented by FringeArts
06/2019/20 - 06/2019/22
Kidchella Music Festival 2019
Smith Memorial Playground’s wildly popular Kidchella Music Festival is back for a sixth year with three fun-filled concerts for children and families scheduled for Friday, June 14, July 12 and August 9! Each date will feature live music in the 6 ½ acre Playground by nationally acclaimed Children’s Music artists in addition to youth performances, arts stations, special giveaways, and yummy food trucks. At 4pm families are invited to Smith for free play in the Playground and youth arts performances and lawn games in the Youth Arts Zone. Families may purchase dinner from a variety of popular food trucks or bring food for a picnic in the Playground. The main concert will begin at 6pm and will feature a fantastic lineup of family-friendly music curated by OWTK.com. Support for Kidchella provided in part by Franke Group, Friends Central, WXPN’s Kids Corner, OWTK.com, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

presented by Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
06/2019/14 - 08/2019/09
Jackson Pines and Mike Frazier
PMC Presents: Jackson Pines and Mike Frazier Friday, June 21, 2019 Doors 7:30pm | Music 8:00pm About Jackson Pines: “[A] duo from Jersey — Jackson, to be specific, nestled in the pine barrens — core members Joe Makoviecki (vocals, guitar) and James Black (bass) teamed up with some heavy-hitting friends for their debut LP Purgatory Road, which came out on February 8th. The record is an expert set of indie folk, drawing on the melodies and arrangements of bluegrass and mountain music but incorporating it tastefully into Makoviecki’s songs, which are very much of the now.” - John Vettese, WXPN, The Key About Mike Frazier: Mike Frazier is a lyric-spinning Virginian who blends Americana, folk and rock n roll music to tell tales of life in the Shenandoah Valley. He released his debut LP “Elegy” on AF Records and is slated to release his sophomore LP on Geneva Records in May of 2019.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
06/2019/21 - 06/2019/21
Oshima Brothers and Rainbow Girls
PFS Presents Oshima Brothers and Rainbow Girls Sunday, June 23, 2019 Doors 7pm | Music 7:30pm Oshima Brothers' magnetic sibling sound and contagious joy result from a lifetime of making music together. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. On stage, Sean and Jamie create a surprisingly full sound with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion. Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north of California's Bay Area. Comprised of three unique musical talents - Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey - they seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, vari-textured instrumentals, and poignant lyrical content into an unusually beautiful sonic tapestry.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
06/2019/23 - 06/2019/23
Who's Your Daddy
Think You Know the Founding Fathers Find Out by Taking Our Historic Cemetery Tour Friday and Saturday - 4:30 PM At Christ Church Burial Ground 5th and Arch Streets Our tour will reveal some very unique fathers found in the soil of our cemetery. A special end of tour quiz will test your attention and cognizance following the journey. (….and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where started and know the place for the first time.) T. S. Elliot The tour takes place in an outdoor cemetery. There is limited wheelchair access. Tags: TOURS ENTERTAINMENT FAMILY HISTORY LECTURES & LITERATURE SPECIAL EVENTS

presented by Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
06/2019/21 - 06/2019/22
Crazy for You
Music & Lyrics by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin•Book by Ken Ludwig Co Conception by Ken Ludwig & Mike Ockrent•Inspired by material by Guy Bolton & John McGowan•Originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow & Elizabeth Williams•Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman Directed by Gina Lamparella Treasured Gershwin songs meet sparkling, sensational dances in the ultimate feel-good musical comedy for the summer season. From acclaimed Lend Me a Tenor and The Three Musketeers funnyman playwright Ken Ludwig,this Tony Award-winning musical sends a banker with show business stars in his eyes from New York to Deadrock, Nevada on official business. Mistaken identities, love at first sight, and hijinks hilarity resuscitate an abandoned theater and the spirit of a small town. With a wealth of memorable tunes including “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” Crazy for You bubbles over with spectacular show-stopping numbers.

presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
06/2019/12 - 06/2019/30
Love Is Here to Stay
It’s the music you know and love. Filled with hit after hit, Love Is Here To Stay features the standards in pop culture we’ll never forget. You’ll enjoy songs like It Had to Be You, Just in Time, and Ain’t Misbehavin’

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
06/2019/13 - 06/2019/23
Betty’s Summer Vacation by Christopher Durang
Christopher Durang’s 1999 comedy leaves a trail of tears from the merely perverse to the apocalyptic in a route that (audience be trigger warned) includes scenes involving the whereabouts of a severed penis, homage to Mr. Durang's artistic ancestor, Joe Orton. Twenty years since its creation, the play’s themes conjure current events, including the Michael Jackson scandal via the documentary Leaving Neverland; daily discussion of the Rule of Law (or lack thereof); Lorena Bobbitt’s Amazon docuseries Lorena, and the ongoing discussion about the effects of the group psychology. Featuring: Kassy Bradford, Anthony Crosby, Chris Fluck, Carlos Forbes, Josh Hitchens, Kirsten Quinn, Bill Rahill, Amanda Schoonover and Tina Brock Directed by Tina Brock Set Design: Dirk Durossette Costume Design: Millie Hiibel Lighting Design: Josh Schulman Sound Design: Adriano Shaplin June 11 – 30, 2019 Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3 825 Walnut Street, Third Floor

presented by Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium
06/2019/11 - 06/2019/30
Nitrate Kisses
Nitrate Kisses explores eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture in this first feature by a pioneer of lesbian cinema, Barbara Hammer.   A forbidden and invisible history of a marginalized people are put in context by the contemporary sexual activities of four gay and lesbian couples. The role of sexuality in the historic present underscores the resistance of two cultures, gay and lesbian, struggling to survive in the complex interaction of power and domination of a dominant heterosexist ideology.   Preceded by: Sisters! (Barbara Hammer). This screening is part of Lightbox Film Center’s new series, Queering the Lens, a selection of groundbreaking nonfiction films that re-imagine or “queer” the form of documentary. Join us prior to this screening at 6pm for Lightbox’s Back Porch Beer Garden!

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
06/2019/21 - 06/2019/21
The Great Leap by Lauren Yee
It's 1989 and Manfred Lum, renowned for his basketball hustle in Chinatown, tries to talk his way onto a college team destined for a "friendship" game in China. Coach Saul blocks him hard, but Manfred rebounds and launches himself on a journey to a homeland he's never known. Bouncing between Beijing and San Francisco, between 1989 and 1971, this clever and theatrical play looks at America's arms-length relationship with Communist China and the post-Cultural Revolution through a story about two generations of basketball players. Smart, funny and heart-pumping, Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP will have you on your feet for the final buzzer. Performances run May 31 - June 23, 2019

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
05/2019/31 - 06/2019/23