Last week SEI Investments Co. and Philly Mag hosted a cocktail party and dinner for invited guests at the Kimmel Center and Jose Garces’ Volver restaurant to hear David Bookspan discuss “The Art of Innovation.” Bookspan is one of the founding partners of DreamIt Ventures which helps startups achieve their next market milestones. SEI sponsors the Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center, with art exhibitions and lectures; currently they’re displaying “Folding Deck Chair” in the Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center. (Please don’t climb on it, a fan already “sat” in the chair to take a selfie and they had to have it cleaned.)
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If you haven’t been to the Kimmel Center lately, you may be surprised when you walk in to see a giant chair dwarfing the lobby and all the attendants scurrying around underneath. Simply called “Folding Deck Chair,” the work, by multi-disciplinary artist Tristin Lowe, is part of a rotating collection of works from the West Collection—the same folks who donated those busts of composers made out of pages of books.
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The cast of Cinderella.
Did you know that Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella did not make its Broadway debut until 2013? Originally written as a screenplay, the much-loved musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale aired in 1957 with the lovely Julie Andrews as the title role (there were subsequent re-makes of the made-for-TV musical, including that one in 1997 starring Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother and Brandy as Cinderella, but let’s conveniently forget that even happened…).
Finally, Cinderella made it to the Great White Way last year, and lucky enough for Philadelphia, the National Broadway tour opens at the Academy of Music in November. Tickets for the Thanksgiving holiday engagement go on sale today at 10:00 am. Read more »
Volver just sent out an email offering a special Performance Tasting for tomorrow, September 11th. Jose Garces’s exclusive restaurant in the Kimmel Center is offering a ten-course tasting menu for $100 per person.
The offer is only valid for Thursday, September 11th only. Call 215-670-2303 to make reservations.
Ursula Rucker performing at the Kimmel Center.
When spoken word star Ursula Rucker took the stage of the Kimmel Center‘s Perelman Theatre on Wednesday night to perform her poem “Love,” she dedicated it to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, saying that they are “fighting, really, for all of us.”
Then, she took down the house with a scorching rendition of her work, a soulful performance backed by jazz house band PACT. To call the moment powerful is an understatement. Read more »
The Kimmel Center is now pre-selling tickets for its next show, Broadway’s Newsies, which opens October 28th and runs through November 2nd.
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All the craze surrounding the Philadelphia engagement of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, the oh-so-wrong musical by the creators of South Park, is clearly for a reason: It was announced today that the show has broken box office records at the Forrest Theatre.
According to the show’s management, “The Book of Mormon […] has broken the house record in Philadelphia, PA for the week ending August 10 at the Forrest Theatre, grossing $1,678,495.00 for a standard 8-performance week. This tops the previous record, held by Jersey Boys in 2012 of $1,617,700.00.” Read more »
It’s the hottest ticket in town, but 20 lucky guests on Thursday night won the opportunity to purchase $27 rush tickets to the Philadelphia engagement of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, playing at the Forrest Theatre. We were there to capture the scene.
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Our media partner 6 ABC follows up on Trey Popp’s four-star review of Volvér with a look in the kitchen and behind the bar on the latest episode of FYI Philly.