Q&A: John Angeles on STOMP and Performing During a Ferguson Protest

Angeles and the STOMP cast performing at the City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting.

Angeles and the STOMP cast performing at the City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting.

“I was a little nervous before I got on,” says John Angeles, a New York-based performer who is bringing the international sensation STOMP to the Merriam Theatre right after Christmas. Angeles and his fellow cast mates were scheduled to perform at the City Hall Tree Lighting ceremony, but previous acts, including children’s choirs and gospel performers, were loudly booed by the hundreds of “Black Lives Matter” protestors who swarmed the scene.

“I remember thinking, ‘I don’t even know why I’m on the stage,'” he recalls. “But then I decided that I was gonna play as hard and as loud as I could. They stopped protesting for a minute. Someone actually told me that we were the only act that the protestors didn’t ‘boo.'” Read more »

Things to Do in Philly in December: Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Bill Nye, Frozen and More

Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

The Sincerity Project
December 4-13
FringeArts
Of all of the fledgling theater companies in Philadelphia right now, the ensemble-based and movement-oriented Team Sunshine Performance Corporation is the most promising. Its summer co-production of Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine and 100-person sword-bearing army in Clark Park drew rave reviews. Now they’re back with this years-in-development play about the growing pains faced by millennials. Look for an onstage choir, a little nudity, and a bunch of 20-somethings baring their souls and questioning what it means to get older. Well, a little bit older, anyway.

Great Expectations
December 1-14 
Arden Theatre Company
Matt Decker directs just six actors in the Dickens play that features 40 characters.

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International Sensation STOMP Returns to Philly for the Holidays

A scene from Stomp. Photo credit: Steve McNicholas

A scene from Stomp. Photo credit: Steve McNicholas

The international sensation STOMP is returning to Philly just in time for the holidays (and, just in time for great ticket gift giving). The high-energy percussion percussion show-down that defies explanation will be playing the Merriam Theatre from December 26-30, 2014.

Stomp originated as a UK street performance over 20 years ago that has since grown, and grown, and grown. Now, the show has played over 50 countries and has entertained more than 24 million people worldwide. Read more »

For Broadway’s Kecia Lewis, There’s No Business Like Show (Even When Her Knees Are Killing Her)

Kecia Lewis and Paige Faure in Cinderella.

Kecia Lewis and Paige Faure in Cinderella.

It’s the first day of the cold spell that rocked Philly, and I’m on the phone with Broadway’s Kecia Lewis as she is sitting under an umbrella and staring at a palm tree in Florida. Lewis, who will be heading to the Academy of Music to star as the Fairy Godmother in the iconic Rogers and Hammerstein musical Cinderellais literally taking the show on the road: she’s driving, with her son, Simon, and her dog, from city to city on her own for the duration of the show’s national tour. Riding cross-country was always one of her dreams, but, as she’s finding out, it isn’t a cakewalk. Read more »

Things To Do In Philly on Black Friday That Don’t Involve Shopping

Black Friday

If waiting in line at Best Buy for a $100 flat screen television is your idea of a nightmare, don’t fear. We’ve rounded up some of the best events for everyone in the Philadelphia region on Black Friday that don’t involve a single shopping bag or cash register line.



Your Big Gay Guide to Thanksgiving Week in Philly

Thanksgiving Week

If you’re a vegetarian, like me, you don’t really look forward to the centerpiece on the big ole’ Turkey Day meal (but, I’d be willing to bet that you do overload on mashed potatoes and that green bean casserole thingie). Instead, you’re plotting out your Thanksgiving week, which is notorious for parties, events, and festivities that you simply can’t pass up (just like that cranberry sauce in a can). We here at G Philly came up with our best bets of everything going on in gay Philly during the week of Thanksgiving, broken up in a day-by-day, easy to follow guide. Consider it your recipe for a holiday well-done. Read more »

Bradley Cooper Breaks Box Office Record In The Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man.

Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man.

I’ve already reported that ticket sales are through the roof for Bradley Cooper’s turn as John Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man, but new stats show that they’ve soared right up to record-breaking status—and the show’s still in previews. More from Playbill:

The Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, has broken the Booth Theatre box-office record.

The production, which began previews Nov. 7 and will officially open Dec. 7, grossed a record-breaking $966,896 for the week ending Nov. 16.

Here’s how the show is billed:

The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and as Merrick’s condition grows more severe, a ‘normal’ life begins to seem all but impossible.

The show’s only open for 14 weeks. You can snag tickets here.

 

 

Ticket Sales Through the Roof For Bradley Cooper In Broadway’s The Elephant Man

bradley cooper

Bradley Cooper’s turn as the severely deformed John Merrick in the current Broadway production of The Elephant Man is only in previews, but sources are reporting that he’s already pulling in some big-time mula for “The Great White Way.” More from AP:

Broadway’s overall box offices are doing swell business these days, and it’s mainly thanks to two leading men—Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper.

Jackman is starring in “The River.” Cooper is in “The Elephant Man.” They’re still in previews but have become some of the hottest tickets in town.

Jackman pulled in $917,000 at the Circle in the Square over eight shows last week, a sellout performance with the average ticket going for $160. Cooper attracted $520,000 for just four sold-out shows. His show’s average ticket came in a hair more at $163.

The Broadway League’s numbers show last week’s total Broadway haul from its 35 shows was $27.6 million, or $2 million more than the same week last season and about $4 million than last week.

The Elephant Man officially opens on December 7th at New York’s Booth Theatre for a 14-week run. Get tickets here.

This May Be the Sexiest HIV/AIDS Fundraiser Ever

Mark MacKillop in "Room XIV."

Mark MacKillop in “Room XIV.”

Imagine being on an international tour of the musical West Side Story and having to wake up in a different hotel room every week. That was reality for Broadway actor/singer/dancer Mark MacKillop for a year when he performed across the globe.

“It really wasn’t all that hard because our schedule was pretty similar in each city,” said MacKillop when I chatted with him. “But the hardest thing was getting used to the pillows in each hotel. It made it hard to sleep sometimes!”

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