GIVEAWAY: Win a Pair of Tickets to Kinky Boots Worth $225

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Broadway sensation Kinky Boots is about to clip-clop into town for its big Philadelphia debut starting April 28th, and we’ve got a super-nice pair of tickets to give away.

The six-time Tony winner—featuring several tunes penned by gay icon Cynci Lauper—concerns Charlie Price, a down-on-his luck chap who’s having trouble keeping his inherited family business, a shoe factory called Price & Sons, afloat. Just as the clouds start rolling in, Lola, a sassy cabaret star/drag queen, comes in looking for a new pair of stilettos. The boots they create turn out to be the ticket that saves the business, and things just get all kinds of crazy fabulous from there.

The tickets we’re giving away are a pair worth $225. To win, sign up for our weekly enewsletter in the box below between now and next Thursday, April 23rd. At that point we’ll draw one of those names at random and voila, they’re going to see Kinky Boots. Good luck!

Kinky Boots runs April 28th through May 10th at the Forrest Theater. More information and tickets can be found here.

In the Wings: Chatting with The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane‘s Aimé Donna Kelly

Philly teaching artist, actor and playwright Aimé Donna Kelly, who you can currently see in InterACT Theatre Company‘s powerful The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, talks her devotion to green smoothies, being named after her grandmother’s childhood rival and being told by President Obama that she kind of looks like Michele. 


My name is … Aimé Donna Kelly. My grandmother actually named me after a childhood rival she had back in Cuba. The idea being that she wanted me to be greater. Strong words to live up to. The name also means “to be loved” in French.

I am … an actor. I am also a resident teaching artist with Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

On opening night … a show is born! It starts to live and breathe freely on stage with all our work behind us. It has a life separate from the rehearsal process and we follow it to the end. Its an amazing feeling. I think that’s why we always celebrate it with a party.

If I had to describe The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane in one sentence, I’d say … it is a peek under a veil that we rarely lift and forces us to look into the lives of those who don’t have the freedom to be who they are—and because of that, two brave souls put themselves in danger, simply by living.

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Theatre Horizon Announces Its 2014-2015 Season Lineup

Steve Pacek, Adam Altman, Geneviève Perrier, and Damon Bonetti in Theatre Horizon's "39 Steps." Photo by Matthew J. Photography.

Steve Pacek, Adam Altman, Geneviève Perrier, and Damon Bonetti in Theatre Horizon’s “39 Steps.” Photo by Matthew J. Photography.

Norristown’s Theatre Horizon has unveiled the lineup for its 10th anniversary season, which Artistic Director Erin Reilly says is all about “giving voice to the voiceless.” Known for producing challenging yet inspirational dramas, Theatre Horizon’s upcoming season will include works by Stephen Sondheim and Suzan-Lori Park, with the stories and actors aiming to reflect the diversity of the local theater community.

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Philly Playwright Shares Her Fourth Grade Journal in Dear Diary, Bye

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Playwright Ellie Brown at 9 years old.

For Philly playwright Ellie Brown, having her fourth grade diary not only discovered but read aloud is the stuff of dreams — and I’m not talking the horrifying “showing up to school in your underwear” variety. She’s happily sharing her pre-adolescent secrets with the world in her upcoming play, Dear Diary, Bye. And, as if that doesn’t already sound crazy enough, the dialogue will be performed by a 22-year-old man. Wha?!

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Wilma WynTix Offers Big Theater,
Smaller Prices

For the next three seasons, the Wilma Theater will offer its regular productions at a deeply discounted rate — $25 standard, $10 for students — in a bold initiative to broaden their audience. That’s some extra cash to spend on pre-theater dining, maybe a few extra pennies in the “new opera glasses” fund.  More importantly, the theater hopes its WynTix initiative will create a more diverse and accessible theater, with an audience that reflects a greater portion of the Philadelphia populace.

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Wilma Supports Broadway Cares

Courtesy of Wilma Theater

At the end of last season, audiences were treated to the first part of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America at the Wilma Theater. As the new season kicks off with the second part of the Tony-winning show being staged now through Oct. 21 – almost 20 years after it was written, and more than 30 years into the AIDS crisis – the Wilma has partnered with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

After each performance of the play, cast members (in full costume) will greet audience members and ask for contributions for Broadway Cares, one of the nation’s largest non-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. “A sizeable portion of the total proceeds will benefit three local organizations affiliated with Broadway Cares,” says Johnny Van Heest, a spokesperson for the Wilma, “ActionAIDS, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Mazzoni Center.”

During its first weekend, says Van Heest, the Wilma had already collected more than $3,000.

Click here for tickets to Angels in America: Part Two: Perestroika.

Preview: GayFest 2012

Every summer Rich Rubin, Quince Productions‘ executive director, introduces Philly audiences to new LGBT shows, as well as revivals of classic productions. Who can forget The Beebo Brinker Chronicles last year? Rubin is once again giving us a sneak peek into this year’s GayFest, which gets started in August and runs through the first of September.

Not only is Quince celebrating its fifth season, but GayFest has become the region’s go-to LGBT theatre festival. “It’s bigger than ever this year,” says Rubin, “with four plays, including a world premiere written especially for GayFest running in repertory, eight ‘one-night stands’ and three staged readings, as well as a return appearance by New York-based dance company The Bang Group. They were the first show Quince presented five years ago.”

The festival will open on August 3 with The Bang Group’s cabaret Misters and Sisters, a song and dance about the dreams of young gay boys and favorite Hollywood goddesses. It’s followed by the gala opening night party.

There are also four mainstage plays in GayFest:

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is the follow-up to the famous docu-theater piece by Moises Kaufman. Here, company members interview residents of Laramie a decade following the Matthew Shepard murder.

Calvin Atkinson is one of the stars of Mike and Seth (all photos courtesy of GayFest)

Daniel Talbott’s Mike and Seth is being premiered at the festival (Talbott wrote last year’s popular Slipping). The play’s about a straight man and a gay man – lifelong friends – who hole up in a hotel room together the night before the straight man’s wedding.

The Well of Horniness is a classic “dyke noir” play by Holly Hughes in which a female private dick tries to solve a murder with far too many suspects.

The Crumple Zone, a dark comedy by Buddy Thomas (author of last year’s Devil Boys From Beyond), is also being premiered for the first time. The play takes place in a Staten Island apartment during Christmas week, as three gay roommates deal with life, love and alcohol.

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What We Love: Cher – the Musical

The Cher songbook – with “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Dark Lady” and “Jesse James” – easily conjure up storied performances. But according to, Cher says she plans to write and star in a Broadway musical about her life. And since the musical diva’s already won an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe, looks as though a Tony could be added to the list (hello, EGOT!).

Cher took to Twitter to share her thoughts about the project, saying she has something in the works. The show is said to feature two women – young Cher and Cher today. It would follow her life through the Sonny and Cher years, her solo career and Believe tour – and will feature some of her biggest hits.

What songs would you like to hear in the show? And who would play Chaz?

Here’s one of our picks:

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