New This Week The Book of Mormon (Forrest Theatre) Hello! Those chipper Mormon elders finally bring their Tony-winning musical mesage to Philadelphia. Preview Tuesday, opens Wednesday.
What a delight! Aaron Cromie, genius director, does it again: He takes one of Shakespeare's notoriously goofy comedies, adds talented young actors, and cooks up a delectable dish. This hilarious and moving Love's Labour's Lost, which opened this week at the Urbn Annex, is the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's summer production by members of its Classical Acting Academy.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has received a $5 million grant from the state to help fund $150 million to $160 million in major renovations and upgrades to the main building and its nearly 500,000 square feet of interior space.
'An atheist's love letter to religion." That's how Matt Stone, one of the show's creators, described The Book of Mormon, now at the Forrest Theatre for the next six weeks. This prize-winning musical (nine Tony Awards, among many others) was written by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Stone (these last two are the snark-meisters of TV's South Park - more prizes).
Theater Professional/semi-professional 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Tony-winning show about an eclectic group of adolescents participating in a spelling competition. Closes 8/3. Washington Crossing State Park - Open Air Theatre, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, NJ; 267-885-9857. $15; $10 children 12 and under.
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville, NJ; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm.
Friday Etudes by three Pianist Xiang Zou performs etudes by Ligeti, Chopin, and Debussy as part of the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy at the Curtis Institute of Music's Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust St. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; $12 students. Information: 215-893-7902 or www.pypa.info.
A half-dozen world premieres, a floating, self-contained eco-rowhouse, personalized theatrical walking tours, a demographically defined, wholly Philadelphia performance, and the opening of an unusual cabaret-brasserie at its new headquarters are just some of the highlights of the 2014 Fringe Festival, beginning in September.