Maybe you've read Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Perhaps you've seen the movie. But seeing this tale of life and love during the Civil War put to music composed by Jennifer Higdon and libretto by Gene Scheer, puts it in a whole new perspective! Especially when you have the privilege of seeing it performed by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, a theatre that was fully operational years before the Civil War even started!
It's Opening Night! The 2016 Season at the Ritz Theatre in Haddon Township kicked off with 9 to 5: The Musical based on the 1980 film of the same name starring LGBT ally Dolly Parton and her music. Yes, it's been 36 years since the movie came out and the story line is still as appropriate and funny as ever.
No, it isn't a revival of an old Broadway hit. Neither is it a hot property from London's West End being transferred to The States. "Honeymoon in Vegas" is that rarest of rare things, an original musical written by Americans starring American actors, and it's headed for Broadway after its short run at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn. These days, that's a novelty.
Lend Me a Tenor is the Ritz Theatre's penultimate offering of its 2015 season. A comedy written by Ken Ludwig, it premiered in 1986 at London's West End theater and on Broadway in 1989, garnering nine Tony awards and winning two. It is set in 1930's Cleveland, Ohio, and the Art Deco hotel suite set reflects that beautifully.