Broadway’s Phantom Joins the Philly Pops for a Show Tunes Series

Hugh Panaro sings with the Philly Pops during the orchestra's 2014 Christmas Spectacular.

Hugh Panaro sings with the Philly Pops during the orchestra’s 2014 Christmas Spectacular.

Hugh Panaro played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway more than 2,000 times, and somehow he never got tired of it.

“The thing that’s so great to me about theater is it’s a living, breathing organism. The variable that’s always different is the audience,” Panaro says. “There are nights that you might not be feeling well, you might be sick or physically tired, but there were never nights were I was like, ‘oh gosh, I have to do this again.’ I always was excited to do the show, and I think you have to have a certain amount of gratitude, to realize how lucky you are to have this role.”

The Philly native grew up in East Oak Lane and went to Temple before making his Broadway debut as Marius in Les Miserables. When he later joined the Les Miz cast at the Walnut Street Theatre, earning a Barrymore Award in the process, it was as Jean Valjean. But Panaro is best known for The Phantom of the Opera: He’s been cast as both Raoul and the Phantom, the latter on and off over 15 years. Read more »

Music: 5 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Daya plays the Troc on Saturday. Photo from Facebook/The Official Daya

Daya plays the Troc on Saturday. Photo from Facebook/The Official Daya

July Talk @ Boot & Saddle | Wednesday, February 15
Peter Dreimanis’ scratchy, deep voice blends with Leah Fay’s light and sweeter tones atop driving guitar riffs and a thudding-but-danceable rhythm section on this Toronto-based band’s records, including last year’s Touch. They’ve opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer and Alabama Shakes.

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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Rick Astley plays the Electric Factory on Saturday. Photo from Facebook/Rick Astley

Rick Astley plays the Electric Factory on Saturday. Photo from Facebook/Rick Astley

Talib Kweli @ TLA | Thursday, February 9
Rapper Talib Kweli and fellow Brooklynite Mos Def teamed up as Black Star in the late 1990s before moving on to solo careers. Kweli’s worked with the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Just Blaze, but his most recent collaboration is the Awful People Are Great At Parties compilation on his Javotti Media label.

Tallis Scholars @ Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul | Thursday, February 9
For the classical music fans: The Tallis Scholars, an internationally touring choral ensemble made up of 11 singers, will be performing works written for Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, with Daniel Hyde on the organ. They play Carnegie Hall the night before.

Tragedy @ Underground Arts | Friday, February 10
I know you’ve been crossing your fingers for a metal/Bee Gees mash-up. Underground Arts is hosting the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention after-party, featuring an “all metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond” courtesy of Tragedy.

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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Davina Sowers brings her Vagabonds to Chris' Jazz Café. Photo by Garrett Born

Davina Sowers brings her Vagabonds to Chris’ Jazz Café. Photo by Garrett Born

Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag @ The Fillmore | Thursday, January 19
Reel Big Fish struck it, um, real big in the ’90s with the song “Sell Out,” as part of the ska craze. They also had a hit with their cover of A-ha’s “Take On Me.” They’ve been playing since then, but with an awful lot of lineup changes: Lead singer/guitarist Aaron Barrett is the only original member. Anti-Flag is a punk band out of Pittsburgh.

The Lemon Twigs @ Underground Arts | Thursday, January 19
Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario are only in their teens, but they come across much more mature with their ’70s pop rock sound. In October they released their debut, Do Hollywood, on British label 4AD, which made a splash in the 1980s with artists like the Pixies and Modern English.

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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

The Daedalus Quartet performs at the Penn Museum on Friday. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

The Daedalus Quartet performs at the Penn Museum on Friday. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Run the Jewels @ Electric Factory | Wednesday, January 11
El-P and Killer Mike gave us a surprise Christmas present in the form of a third album, Run the Jewels 3. Their Philly show sold out, of course, so you’ll have to find a friend with an extra ticket, or you can sign up at Ticketmaster to get notified if any last-minute tickets become available.

Alash @ The Rotunda | Wednesday, January 11
I can’t quite wrap my head around what this is, but I’m digging the sound. The Alash ensemble does Tuvan throat singing, which is where you sing multiple pitches at the same time. They also play traditional instruments from the Tuva region in Siberia, but infuse their songs with some Western inspiration.

Black Angels and Secrets @ Penn Museum | Friday, January 13
The Daedalus Quartet is embracing the eerie for Friday the 13th with this site-specific concert, complete with glass harmonicas, chanting, whispers and shadow projections, underneath the 90-foot dome of the Penn Museum’s Chinese Rotunda. They’ll open with a new work, lens flare from Alpha Centauri, move on to George Crumb’s avant-garde Black Angels: Thirteen Images of the Dark Land for Electric String Quartet, composed in 1970, and end with an interactive “whisper play,” Tonight We Tell the Secrets of the World, which was inspired by the artifacts and acoustics of the museum.

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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Rising Appalachia play World Café Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday. Photo from Facebook/Rising Appalachia Music

Rising Appalachia play World Café Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday. Photo from Facebook/Rising Appalachia Music

Jim Jones and Steve Conte @ Boot & Saddle | Wednesday, January 4
The lead of UK garage rock band Jim Jones Revue and American songwriter/guitarist Steve Conte, who did a stint with the New York Dolls in the 2000s, play Boot & Saddle.

All Mozart @ Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center | January 5-7
Mozart specialist Jane Glover leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in three works by the famed composer, including his very first symphony and his last, plus the Bassoon Concerto, with Daniel Matsukawa playing the title instrument.

Rising Appalachia @ World Café Live at the Queen | Thursday, January 5
Sisters Leah and Chloe and their band play folk music infused with influences from around the world. They’ll be at the World Café Live in Wilmington, Delaware.

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10 Concerts to See on New Year’s Eve

Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket. Photo by Leo Mascaro

Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket. Photo by Leo Mascaro

West Philadelphia Orchestra and Johnny Showcase NYE Blowout @ Underground Arts
Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket team up with West Philadelphia Orchestra at Underground Arts, where the party will be going strong well past midnight. Minka and Muscle Tough support at what’s sure to be a killer show.

Darla and Phil Nicolo’s Eve of Deconstruction @ World Café Live
Ring in 2017 with the “basement blender funk” of Darla, plus Grammy-winning producer Phil Nicolo breaking down rock’s greatest hits from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and more. Read more »

Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is on tour for The Divine Feminine.

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is on tour for The Divine Feminine.

A Soulful Christmas @ Kimmel Center | Tuesday, December 13
You can’t avoid Christmas cheer with more then 300 singers from the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale and other local choirs performing holiday and gospel songs, with mini-sermons by local church leaders mixed in.

Mac Miller @ Fillmore Philadelphia | Wednesday, December 14
Mac Miller — rapper, Pittsburgh native, Ariana Grande boyfriend — is on tour for his fourth studio album, The Divine Feminine, which Pitchfork called the “most surprising, concise, and accomplished album of his career.”

Gregorio Uribe Big Band @ World Café Live | Wednesday, December 14
Work up a sweat dancing to the funky throwback Colombian big band sound of the 16-piece Gregorio Uribe Big Band at this free show at World Café Live, part of WXPN’s Latin Roots Live concert series. You have to RSVP.

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