On Stage: Jersey Boys make it in Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times They may be “Jersey Boys” but the closest the four main cast members of the touring musical “Jersey Boys” will get to New Jersey for the next five months is this weekend when the show touches down in Wilmington, Delaware. On January 18 and 19, the Playhouse (10th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware, https://www.thegrandwilmington.org/productions/6168-jersey-boys/)...

On Stage: ‘The Band Visits’ at Kimmel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Band’s Visit Two of the most highly acclaimed new musicals visiting Philadelphia as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia’s 2019-2020 season have a major similarity. They are about strangers in another land – people who have inadvertently been stranded far from home. The shows are “Come From Away,” which recently had a...

On Stage: Eric Mintel keeping classic jazz in spotlight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eric Mintel The list of talented and famous people in the arts who are Bucks County natives and/or residents is long and varied. It includes Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Michener, actor/director/screen writer Liev Schreiber and Oscar and Tony Award-winning writer and theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein...

On Stage: Celebrating 50 years of Nektar at The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Nektar Nektar means different things to different people. It could be a keyboard controller, a scientific research company from San Francisco, or a manufacturer of honey crystals. To some, Nektar could mean a fine dining restaurant in Mexico’s Yucatan region, a juice bar in Greece or a wine bar in New Hope, Pennsylvania. For music fans, Nektar could...

On Stage: Cirque Dream Holidaze at the Merriam

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cirque Dream Holidaze “Cirque Dream Holidaze” is what you get if you pair the magic of a circus performance with the excitement of a holiday production. From 26-29, “Cirque Dream Holidaze” will visit the area for an eight-show run at the Merriam Theater as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series (250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia,...

On Stage: Eisenhower comes home to star in ‘Into The Woods’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Shows based on fairy tales can be a welcome alternative to holiday stories in the middle of the Christmas season —  and two of them are running now at theaters in Chester County. The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (236 North High Street, West Chester, http://www.rtcwc.org) is presenting the second production...

On Stage: Little Red Robin Hood at People’s Light

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto! Now is a great time to take a break from the holiday frenzy and enjoy a few hours of watching a stage production. It’s a great time because there are great options – several classic ballet productions of “The Nutcracker,” two holiday-themed stage shows and a brand-new panto. Now through January 5, People’s...

On Stage: The Clairvoyants bring the impossible to life

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Clairvoyants “The Clairvoyants” — Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten — are visiting the area for a show on December 14 at Xcite Center at Parx Casino (2999 Street Road, Bensalem, 888-588-7279, https://parxcasino.com). They are an Austrian magician and mentalist duo and have been performing together since 2011. If you watch videos...

On Stage: Philadanco returns for holiday show at Annenberg

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Philadanco Two cherished Philadelphia cultural attractions are coming together this weekend when the Annenberg Center, which for years has been one of the city’s premier entertainment venues, hosts a series of shows by Philadanco, the award-winning Philadelphia dance company that is celebrating its 50th season this year. From December 12-14, the Annenberg...

ON Stage: TLA offers triple-header bill

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Plain White T’s Frequently, area venues present twin bills where music fans can “double their pleasure and double their fun” at a concert featuring complementary co-headliners. On December 11, fans can “triple their pleasure and triple their fun” when Theatre of the Living Arts (334 South Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1011, http://www.lnphilly.com)...