Onstage this weekend is "Lizzie," 11th Hour Theatre Company's rock musical about the famed axe-wielding murderess, Lizzie Borden, November 23-25. Borden was a small-town Sunday school teacher who was accused of the gruesome 1892 murders of her father and step-mother, found brutally chopped to death by a hatchet. She was tried and acquitted of the killings and no one else was ever arrested for the crime. The infamous case was covered by the press nationally and continues to intrigue today. Directed by Kate Galvan and starring Alex Keiper, Cara Noel Antosca, Rachel Brennan, and Meredith Beck, "Lizzie," a fusion of theater and rock music, is a story of rebellious youth with music and lyrics by Steve Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Steven Hewitt, and Tim Maner, and Jamison Foreman leading the musical accompaniment, at the Caplan Studio Theatre at the University of the Arts, 211 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.
Celebrate the legendary English composer who wrote some of the 20th century's best-loved choral and operatic works. Benjamin Britten would be 100 on November 22 and Lyric Fest honors his memory with "Biography in Music: Benjamin Britten," Sunday, November 24, 3pm. The theatrical concert reveals his life through letters, biographical narration and song, set against the backdrop of two World Wars and his artistic and personal relationship with Peter Pears. Guest artists include tenor William Ferguson, soprano Kelly Ann Bixby, baritone Jarrett Ott, actor Jim Bergwall, and pianist Laura Ward, at Academy of Vocal Arts' Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce Street, near Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.
The World Premiere of the holiday farce "No Reservations" takes to the stage at the Skybox at the Adrienne Theater. The original, madcap comedy by New York Times best-selling author and humorist Josh Piven (known for his tongue-in-cheek Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series), reimagines the Nativity story with an inventive modern twist that satirizes our celebrity-obsessed, media-saturated culture. Directed by Allison Heishman, Artistic Associate at Azuka Theater, with an ensemble cast of Philadelphia actors including Jared Michael Delaney, Wendy Staton, Brian McCann, Mary Beth Shrader, Colleen Corcoran and Brandon Pierce, November 26 through December 15, at 2030 Sansom Street, 3rd Floor, Center City, Philadelphia.
Celebrate Please Touch Museum's 5th Birthday at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park with a yearlong party kicking off Wednesday, November 27, 10am-3pm, with Ernie & Neal performing, animated characters Super Why and Princess Presto, story time and more. The fun continues on the 5th of each month with special meet & greets, musical appearances and more. Don't miss the return of the Lit Brother's Enchanted Colonial Village, on display through January 2, depicting holiday scenes of an 18th century village with a blacksmith shop, bakery, village store, more, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia.
Philadelphia's annual Thanksgiving Day parade, in its 94th year as the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country, is Thursday, November 28 beginning at 8:30am at 20th & JFK Boulevard to 16th Street and then along the Ben Franklin Parkway, concluding at Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum. Special guests include Cedric the Entertainer, Danielle Bradbery from "The Voice," Ryan Howard, Santa and Mrs. Claus and many more.
- Public Radio