'Lights Out: Nat 'King' Cole' is a superb, challenging all-star kickoff to the People's Light season. Dule Hill of 'West Wing' fame plays Cole, whose smooth surface jars against the rage of a black man oppressed. Daniel J. Watts is a blazing show-stealer as Sammy Davis, Jr. There's roof-raising tap-dancing, the American songbook, our racist heritage, and the return of the repressed in one man and in history. It's the stuff of stars.
"Ideation" at Theatre Exile is a fast, amusing, terrifying play in which a roomful of management consultants have 90 minutes to design a response to an attack that may end the human race (or not?). It's "Springtime for Hitler" for the digital age. A fine cast and steady direction from Joe Canuso give...
Shows of note include Mark Mahosky at Fleisher/Ollman, Craig Stover at Jed Williams Gallery, and the group photo show "The Expanded Caribbean" at Drexel.
Schubert's two completed piano trios can be heard on Facebook Live and YouTube.
Jacqueline Woodson's novel "Another Brooklyn" is this year's featured selection. She also wrote the middle-grade companion book, "Brown Girl Dreaming," and the children's companion book, "This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration" - the first sweep of all three categories since the event's start...
The Media Theatre gives us an exquisitely sung version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel." It's full of nostalgia laced with heartfelt yearning. But when you think about the plot and main characters, you have to wonder at the enduring popularity of this classic. Still, a well-performed production...
Tickets are on sale to subscribers now. Others will be able to buy later at an unspecified date. The April concert is a benefit for the Philadelphia Orchestra musicians' pension fund.
The pair played Debussy, Chopin, and Falla, but soared in Mendelssohn.
Sunday at the Kimmel Center, the superstar soprano got away with things that younger singers would not. Why? She understands the overall intent of the music.
Georg Philipp Telemann wasn't easy on the Philadelphia baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare Saturday night amid an international conference of scholars. But the concert crackled.
He recently released his first album in eight years.
Pennsylvania Ballet's new "Sleeping Beauty" is a glittering gem of crisp dancing, familiar music, and stunning tutus, tiaras, and singlets. But although it's a beloved fairy tale ballet, it might be too long an outing for small children.
All three Tchaikovsky works are on this season for the Pennsylvania Ballet - and its orchestra. Thursday's performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" was solid and polished, although a fuller sound would bring more emotion into the house.
Dulé Hill, popular star of "The West Wing" and "Psych," takes the stage at People's Light in Malvern through Dec. 3, playing the title role in "Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole."