"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" takes to the stage at Philadelphia Theatre Company March 21 through April 20. The humorous, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of Chekhov themes (that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov) offers great laughs as well as commentary on contemporary events in classic Christopher Durang style. The popular show by the local Bucks County native was originally commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, and moved Off-Broadway and then to Broadway in 2013, winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Featuring original music by Rob Maggio, direction by James J. Christy and an ensemble cast including Grace Gonglewski, Deirdre Madigan, Kianne Muschett, Clare O'Malley, Alex Shaw, and Kraig Swartz at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia. Special events include meet the playwright post-show talk back on April 6, book club, backstage tour, happy hour and more.
The educational theater company Project Arts partners with the Rotunda for "Avenue Q School Edition," with performances March 21-30. "Avenue Q," co-created by Robert Lopez (who just won the Oscar for "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen), is a musical comedy about a recent college graduate who moves into a New York apartment on Avenue Q to find out that it is not your "ordinary" neighborhood. This edited adaptation maintains the intention and integrity of the original show, while incorporating age-appropriate issues in the lives of teenagers. Including local Philadelphia teens who have been taught improvisation, choreography, and vocal skills, accompanied by a live band at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
MANNA hosts the annual "Shut Up & Dance," a one-night only performance by dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet to benefit Metropolitan Area Nutrition Alliance's meal and nutrition program, featuring original pieces choreographed by the dancers. This year's performance marks the 22nd anniversary, Saturday, March 22, 8pm, Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia performs an "All Mozart" concert, Sunday, March 23, 2:30pm and Monday, March 24, 7:30pm. Featuring Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner and noted conductor Matthias Bamert, former music director of the London Mozart Players and the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra. The program includes three celebrated works including the famous Symphony No. 40 in G minor and Flute Concerto No. 2 in D minor, in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad Street, Philadelphia. A Q&A session follows the Sunday matinee performance. Here's your chance to perform in "Invisible River" this summer! Learn improvisational and modern dance in a community dance workshop for ages 14 and up led by choreographer Alie Vidich. Create a new dance for the upcoming Schuylkill River performance Festival in July where the audience travels in boats that stop at different performance locations featuring aerialists, dancers and music. No previous dance experience necessary. Workshop is held Tuesday nights, 6:30pm-8:30pm beginning March 25 through July 8 at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street, Old City, Philadelphia. Performances will be Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Cost is $250 and includes costume.
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