On Stage: ‘Hairspray’ returns to Delaware Valley

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Hairspray Prior to May 2022, it had been more than a decade since “Hairspray” went on a National Tour and played a run in the area. The show, which is filled with fun numbers and poignant messages, is a delight that shouldn’t be missed. The National Tour touched down at the Miller Theater (formerly the Merriam Theater) in Philly in May. Now, it’s...

On Stage: Boney James returns to Philly with show at Rivers Casino

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Boney James Boney James has performed at many venues in the Delaware Valley, South Jersey and Atlantic City. Boney James has released a lot of smooth jazz albums. This weekend, James returns to the Philly area with a new album and a show at a new venue. James will treat fans to music from his recently released album, “Detour,” in a concert at Rivers...

On Stage Extra: Dreamers hit the road again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Dreamers After sitting back waiting a long time for the pandemic to pass, Dreamers, a pop rock duo featuring Nick Wold and Nelson, has shaken off the rust and is on the road again. They are in the middle of their “The Cameras & Coastlines” co-headlining tour with Smallpools – a tour that touches down locally on November 13 at Brooklyn Bowl...

On Stage: Willie Nile returns to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Willie Nile Willie Nile loves the Philadelphia area – and, without a doubt, the Philly area loves him back. Around 16 months ago, Nile — much to his relief and much to his delight — started playing live shows for live audiences again after a year-and-a-half of pandemic restrictions. Since mid-2021, Nile has come down from New York to perform...

On Stage: Kennett Symphony plays traditionally and untraditionally this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The Kennett Symphony Chester County is home to a musical treasure – the Kennett Symphony. Kennett Symphony was established in 1940 and provides the musical landscape of a historic region renowned for the arts. Concerts by the Kennett Symphony are always a welcome addition to the area’s entertainment schedule. This weekend, the Kennett Symphony...

Unionville’s Ferentinos earns Eagle Scout rank

Spero Demetri Ferentinos with his parents (Ann & Pete), while accepting a citation awarded by the PA House of Reps from Craig Williams,  PA State Rep, District 160. Spero Demetri Ferentinos was awarded the highest honor from the Boy Scouts of America; Eagle Scout.  A ceremony was held on October 17, 2022 at Troop 31’s Court of Honor in Chadds Ford.  Troop 31 is of the Lenni Lenape District...

On Stage Extra: W. Chester native actress featured in new PTC production, ‘The Tattooed Lady’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Tattooed Lady With this being Halloween Weekend, it is the perfect time for the staging of a world premiere of a new musical about a woman who is visited by ghosts. The Philadelphia Theatre Company (Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, www.philatheatreco.org) is about to bring the stage alive with the rock musical that...

On Stage: The Joy Formidable comes to Philly from Wales

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Joy Formidable If you’re a Cambrophile living in this area or a fan of the Welsh National Football Team, you have plenty to be happy about right now. On October 27, The Joy Formidable, one of the best bands to come out of Wales in the last two decades, will be headlining a show at Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia,http://undergroundarts.org). On...

On Stage: Industrial rock pioneers KMFDM return to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times KMFDM When the dawn of industrial rock arrived more than three decades ago, KMFDM was there. The industrial scene has gone through many changes over the years. Many bands in the genre have risen, fallen and ceased to exist. Fortunately, KMFDM is not one of them. KMFDM is still here and is making music more powerful than ever. Sascha Konietzko and the...

On Stage: ‘Mushroom’ debuts at People’s Light

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mushroom Live theater goes into an almost dormant state every summer and then springs back to life in the autumn, winter and spring seasons. Well, autumn has arrived – as Mother Nature has boldly announced with the weather over the last week – and live theater productions are returning to the entertainment schedule. Right now, there are several attractive...