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REVIEW: In Love Never Dies at the Academy, He’s Baa-aack

The real subject here is Love Never Dies, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lush, creepy, spectacular, overwrought, often incomprehensible, and ultimately embarrassingly entertaining follow-up to The Phantom […]

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REVIEW: Something Rotten! at the Academy Serves Up Ham(let) & Eggs

Actor 1: “I have a question about your motivation.” Actor 2: “Yes?” Actor 1: “Why haven’t you given up yet?” Ba-dum-bum. OK, maybe it’s not […]

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Hillary Clinton Tells Philly “What Happened”: Five Takeaways

The lack of music was music to my ears. When Hillary Clinton strode onto the Academy of Music’s grand stage on Thursday evening, there was no […]

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Hillary Clinton to Bring “What Happened” Tour to Philly

Hillary Clinton is coming back to Philly. Clinton will stop in Philly as part of a release tour for her forthcoming memoir, “What Happened.” 

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OPERA REVIEW: Le Nozze di Figaro — 231 Years Old, and Sassier Than Ever

Some days, I think the Act II finale of Le Nozze di Figaro is not only the greatest 20 minutes of music ever written, but […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Cabaret is Back Again… and Edgier than Ever

Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret is now 50 years old. It’s never been out of the spotlight, but at times of political uncertainty, the show […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: Old Meets New and East Meets West in The King and I

Bartlett Sher, one of America’s busiest and most accomplished directors, has worked in every medium from straight plays to opera—but he’s won particular acclaim for […]

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THEATER REVIEW: More is More in The Bodyguard

Posted at the Academy of Music: Guest Alert! Strobe lighting, loud gun effects and lasers will be used during the performance. But hey, wait—they forgot […]

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OPERA REVIEW: Tancredi had Pomp, Circumstance, and a Whole Lot of Voice

There’s a lot to be said for the old-fashioned pleasures. Opera Philadelphia’s Tancredi was a throwback on several levels—starting with the work itself, one of […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In If/Then – Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between

Here’s How It Starts: In Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s If/Then, now playing at the Academy of Music, the heroine — Elizabeth, recently divorced and […]

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Theater Review: A Pleasingly Bittersweet Sound of Music at the Academy of Music

It might surprise The Sound of Music‘s legions of adoring young fans to learn that the show originally got mixed reviews. Oh, it was a […]

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Opera Philadelphia is All About the Ladies Next Season

The big news from today’s 2016-17 season announcement from Opera Philadelphia is pretty simple: It’s all about the ladies. In fact, when browsing the full […]

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5 Questions with Gabrielle McClinton

The award-winning revival of Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin is heading to Philly’s Academy of Music later in February, featuring high-flying acrobatics created by Les 7 Doigts de la main throughout […]

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REVIEW: Cold Mountain at Opera Philadelphia

Most of the characters in Jennifer Higdon‘s first opera want to return to the literal Cold Mountain. However, at the end of the nearly three-hour […]

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Academy of Music Cancels Anniversary Ball Due to Winter Storm Jonas

The Academy of Music has cancelled its 159th anniversary concert and ball, which was scheduled to take place Saturday evening. This is said to be the first […]