2015 Barrymore Nominees Announced, Suburban Companies Lead the Pack

A scene from from "Into the Woods."

A scene from from “Into the Woods.”

It’s a story of outsiders … outside of Philly, that is.

The 2015 Barrymore Award nominees for Philadelphia Theatre Excellence were announced this afternoon. Norristown-based Theatre Horizon‘s staging of Sondheim’s Into the Woods received the most nominations this season, a total of 12. 11th Hour Theatre Company‘s Field Hockey Hot and Bristol Riverside Theatre‘s Ragtime received nine nominations each.

Overall, Theatre Horizon scored a total of 19 nominations, including nods for their productions of In the Blood and Into the Woods. People’s Light in Malvern came in second, with 14 nominations for their productions of FencesThe Cherry OrchardArthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon, and Bach at Leipzig. Theatre Exile also racked up 14 nominations for their stagings of The Whale and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Divas Pack Dell Music Center for a Powerhouse Concert for AIDS

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Sheryl Lee Ralph is working hard to spread the important message of HIV/AIDS awareness through her DIVAS (Divinely Inspired Victoriously AWARE) Simply Singing concert. The 25th annual benefit show, which claims to be the longest, consecutive-running musical AIDS benefit in the country, played Saturday night to a packed house at the Dell Music Center.

The show featured soul-stirring performances by some of the most talented women in entertainment, including Faith Evans, A’ngela Winbush, Meli’sa Morgan, Monifah, Candace Benson, Philly’s Carol Riddick and more. The event featured on-site testing and testimonies of those who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, including Revevernd Rae Lewis Thorton, an Emmy Award-winning activist who has lived with HIV/AIDS for over two decades. 

Check out my photos of the evening below:



Legendary Broadway Stars Coming to the Prince in New Cabaret Series

Life is a cabaret, old chum.

No, Liza won’t be there, but a host of talented performers from Broadway and beyond will grace the Prince Theater’s cabaret space, the Rrazz Room, for a delectable season of song, dance, and plenty of entertainment. The Prince’s Rrazz Room is programmed by the same gurus who operate the famous Florida establishments of the same name, and the upcoming fall schedule has something for just about everyone. Read more »

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Diner en Blanc Organizer Explains Why She Chose the Navy Yard

Photo by HughE Dillon

Photo by HughE Dillon

Besides the rain, which no one but God could have helped, the main complaint I’ve been hearing about this year’s Diner en Blanc is the location—at the Marine Parade Grounds of the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Most of the grumbling is coming from attendees who had to hop on trains and shuttles to lug their Diner gear so far south. Then there was the fact that it was raining, which didn’t mix well with the Navy Yard’s grassy fields. One participant on philly.com shared that, “Last year was great because it was dry and on pavement and now we are on the rain and on grass. … Everyone [was] sinking and heels [were] sinking into the grass and mud.”

It’s funny if you think about it, because the tables have kind of turned. In previous years, location squabbles came from non-attendees who were pissed about road closures, like in 2014 when it was smack dab in the middle of the Avenue of the Arts. You just can’t satisfy everyone. But organizers are trying.

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Despite Rain, Diner en Blanc Drew a Festive Crowd to the Navy Yard

Despite the poorly timed rain, 4,500 game Philadelphians dressed in white scurried to the Navy Yard for the fourth annual Diner en Blanc. If one thing can be said about the drizzle, it at least gave participants an excuse to add a whimsical touch to their monochromatic ensembles: the white umbrella.

Society snapper HughE Dillon was there to capture the experience, which, besides dinner, included live music, a performance by Martha Graham Cracker (who was decked out in a slinky white number à la Marilyn Monroe in Seven Year Itch) and dancing. Check out his photos below:



 

 

Seth Meyers Disses Philly in Opening Monologue

Late Night host Seth Meyers dropped a meme on his Facebook page yesterday evening in which he takes a jab at Philadelphia:

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Har, har, har.

The joke came in the middle of his opening monologue, to a pretty good burst of applause. Philly has always had a reputation for being rough and tumble, which was no doubt highlighted a few weeks ago when hitchBOT was torn to shreds in the streets of Old City. That fact didn’t escape a few commenters on the post, who said things like, “Pretty sure Hitchbot was the one conducting the survey,” and “And left [the person making the survey] for dead in an alley like the hitchhiking robot.”

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Philly Artist Illustrates New Jeb Bush Comic

PPJebBushIllustrations by a Philadelphia artist grace the cover and inside pages of a new comic book about GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Titled Political Power: Jeb Bush, Joe Paradise’s cover shows Bush struggling to literally hold up his family name. “The thing that kept coming back to me was the pressure of taking the spotlight in the dominant dynasty in American politics,” says Paradise in a press release on his inspiration behind the cover. “So, we’re not just talking family pressure – we’re talking about something beyond comprehension for most everyday people.”

The logline for the work reads like this: “For the Bush family, legacy is a powerful word, hinting of destiny made manifest and the promises of generations kept. … But will the weight of legacy be too much for W.’s brother, John Ellis “Jeb” Bush? Can he forge his own legacy?”

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