Memories of champagne-soaked New Year’s celebrations are already fading fast: It’s time to start planning your next moves. You can start here, with our list of the 38 concerts that promise to be so good you’ll be happy to brave the cold, dark night for some great music.
For years, Philadelphia actress Sarah Gliko longed to perform at the renowned Wilma Theater under the directorship of its co-founder, the peerless Blanka Zizka. “But I was off of Blanka’s radar,” says the 36-year-old Point Breeze resident. “And then she saw me in Lantern’s production of The Liar, and things changed.” That was in 2013. Since then, Gliko has been cast in the Wilma’s critically acclaimed Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq in 2014 and last year as Ophelia in the theater’s intriguing adaptation of Hamlet. Then, for her third Wilma play in as many years, she landed the lead in Tom Stoppard’s first work in a decade, The Hard Problem, which opens January 6th. “This role is a real challenge,” she admits. “There’s so much material, and it’s loaded with some very heavy and heady ideas. I have to find the passion and movement underneath these big ideas and elevate the human story that is pulsing below. It’s not going to be easy.” Through February 6th.
The New Year brings a refreshing lineup of artists to the city. Make a resolution to turn it up this year by visiting some local music venues. This week, the TLA will reverberate with the sonic beats of The Infected Mushroom, The Roots drummer Questlove returns to The Fillmore and the Boot and Saddle will host esteemed pianist Eliza Hardy Jones. See those genre-spanning picks and more in our roundup below, or just click through to the day that interests you most.
Philly is providing plenty of ways to ring in the new year this week, including the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of Tom Stoppard’s newest work, The Hard Problem, which plays the Wilma Theater. Also on tap is the popular Moth Story Slam, Scratch Night at FringeArts, and a concert for Bernie Sanders at Boot and Saddle. Check out those and more picks for things to do in Philly this week in our roundup below.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has origins as early as 1968, when Andrew Lloyd Webber was asked to write a “pop cantata” for St. Paul’s Junior School. That first version of the now iconic musical was only 15 minutes long.
Needless to say, the show has become something of a feel-good staple for schools, community theaters, and, yes, a countless number of professional Broadway tours. The story is simple and ultimately uplifting, and the score is unquestionably that of early Andrew Lloyd Webber. With that said, I wasn’t expecting much out of the new production, which has planted itself here in Philly at the Merriam Theatre through the new year, but the dynamic direction and choreography by Broadway superstar Andy Blankenbuehler (responsible for the movement in the mega-hit Hamilton) breathe new, modern life into the musical. Read more »
Make the last week of 2015 a fun-filled one: There’s plenty of events leading up to New Year’s Eve that will keep everyone in the family occupied, including the arrival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a 80’s TV marathon, and concerts ranging from jazz to jugbands. We’ve also included our one-stop guide for 27 great ways to ring in the New Years.
This weekend, several holiday attractions throughout the city will keep their doors open for some post-Christmas fun. For those who have filled their Christmas quota, we found some more secular activities people of all faiths can enjoy — musical concerts, theatrical productions, museum events and activities. Check out all our picks below.
America’s favorite furry recluse — the Jim Carrey version — will peak his head out to cap off the 12 Days of Christmas Movies celebration at the RiverRink. The showing will begin at 6 pm and play on loop until late into the evening. Enjoy the film as a backdrop to your skating experience or cozy up on a couch with a friend to give the film individual attention. Friday, December 25th, 6 pm, free, Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 South Columbus Boulevard.
Those oversized scratchy wool sweaters have been waiting all year to be pulled from the back of your closet. Now is their time to shine. The Bleu Martini is inviting you to join them for their annual ugly sweater party hosted by Icon Ryan. Live music will be played by guest DJ O-Boyy and drink specials will be served throughout the night. Friday, December 25th, 9 pm, Bleu Martini, 24 s 2nd Street.
When’s the last time you had a sleepover with friends? How about in a museum underneath a formidable dino or Egyptian sphinx? That’s the kind of idea that the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University’s museums have in mind. Starting in January, the Penn Museum‘s kid-friendly sleepover series returns through the summer, as well as a few dates for a youth-oriented scavenger hunt and sleepover event at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences. But don’t worry, adults: there’s also an opportunity for a no-kids allowed, grown-up-style sleepover for you to enjoy solo at the Academy. More details below so you can get a head’s up on your 2016 planning.
If you’re looking for last-minute holiday gifts, why not take your loved ones to a show this week in Philly? There’s plenty of options for all ages and tastes, from the return of Disney on Ice and Martha Graham Cracker to Robert Glasper and John Waters. If movies are your cup of holiday tea, head over to the Roxy to catch a tipsy BYO National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. All our picks below:
I couldn’t have an interview with Andy Blankenbuehler without asking about Hamilton, the mega Broadway musical which he choreographed that has equivocally become a cultural phenomenon. Sure, I was chatting with him about his new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat —which is coming to Philly at the end of December — but his creative juice behind both productions is quite similar.
“It’s hard to talk about it because it is so big,” he says of Hamilton. “The process mirrored my life. My daughter was going through chemo while I was working on the show, so we were literally fighting for life, which is what the show is about. It’s a rite of passage. It tested everything that created my emotional life for the last 45 years, and it is all the things I’ve ever wanted to do.” Read more »