Arden Theatre Company http://wrti.org en Sondheim's Sensational Songs At The Arden http://wrti.org/post/sondheims-sensational-songs-arden <p></p><p>Along with jazz and motion pictures, musical theater is one of the 20th century’s great American artistic creations. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, a masterwork by one of Broadway’s master craftsman is getting a makeover in Philadelphia.</p><p>http://youtu.be/KOZhmsp6iBQ</p><p>http://youtu.be/E1Uek39ithE</p><p>Though musical theater created outside the U.S. is often re-imported - think Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh - many of the most enduring works in the genre come from a theater artist who has been practicing his craft for longer than these two British composers have been alive.&nbsp;</p><p>Stephen Sondheim first came to international attention as the lyricist for <em>West Side Story</em>, but it is the works he created on his own in the decades since that have endured. <em>A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum</em>, <em>Anyone Can Whistle</em>, <em>Company</em>, <em>Follies</em>,<em> Sweeney Todd,</em> and <em>A Little Night Music.</em> <a href="http://www.ardentheatre.org/2013/nightmusic.html" target="_blank"><strong>The Arden Theatre Company closes its 25th season with Stephen Sondheim’s <em>A Little Night Music, </em>which runs through June 30, 2013.</strong></a></p><p></p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:18:55 +0000 Jim Cotter 5570 at http://wrti.org Sondheim's Sensational Songs At The Arden Theater Review: Arden Theatre Company's TULIPOMANIA, The Musical http://wrti.org/post/theater-review-arden-theatre-companys-tulipomania-musical <p>WRTI&#39;s Lesley Valdes fills you in on Michael Ogborn&#39;s new musical that marks the first musical commissioned by the Arden Theatre Company. <a href="http:// http://www.ardentheatre.org/2012/tulipomania.html" target="_blank"><strong>Runs through July 1<sup>st</sup> at the Arden Theatre. </strong></a></p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:34:33 +0000 Lesley Valdes 3963 at http://wrti.org Theater Review: Arden Theatre Company's TULIPOMANIA, The Musical Landscape Architect Kim Wilkie--Threepenny Opera--Environmental Art--Symphony in C's K. Thiagarajan http://wrti.org/post/landscape-architect-kim-wilkie-threepenny-opera-environmental-art-symphony-cs-k-thiagarajan <p>Jim Cotter speaks with landscape architect Kim Wilkie. He's the designer of Longwood Gardens' new East Conservatory Plaza, featuring the first terraced lawn in the United States and the largest indoor green wall in North America.</p> <p>Jane Pepper explores <i>The Threepenny Opera</i>. The Arden Theatre presents its production of the classic 1920s-era Brecht and Weill musical through November 7, 2010.</p> <p>Susan Lewis considers different approaches to environmental art, with a visit to the Schuylkill Center in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.</p> <p>And we speak with Krishna Thiagarajan, the new president of Camden's Symphony in C orchestra.</p> Sat, 09 Oct 2010 19:36:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jane Pepper 2425 at http://wrti.org Landscape Architect Kim Wilkie--Threepenny Opera--Environmental Art--Symphony in C's K. Thiagarajan Family Theater During the Holidays: Not Just for Kids! http://wrti.org/post/family-theater-during-holidays-not-just-kids <p>A classic children's story, a 17th-century French comedy, and a fairy tale are just the starting points for three Philadelphia-area theatrical productions that reach out to audiences of multiple generations. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at productions by the Arden Theatre Company, People's Light and Theatre, and the Lantern Theater Company.</p> Mon, 21 Dec 2009 15:56:23 +0000 Susan Lewis 3308 at http://wrti.org Family Theater During the Holidays: Not Just for Kids! Conductor Yannick Nezet Seguin--Local Offerings in Family Theater--The History of Rittenhouse Square http://wrti.org/post/conductor-yannick-nezet-seguin-local-offerings-family-theater-history-rittenhouse-square <p>David Patrick Stearns speaks with Yannick Nezet Seguin, who is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be The Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.</p> <p>Susan Lewis explores local offerings in family theater, and discusses different approaches to the form at the Arden, People's Light, and Lantern theaters.</p> <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square - <i>The Perfect Square</i> - has just been published by Temple University Press.</p> Thu, 03 Dec 2009 18:10:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns, Susan Lewis & Jim Cotter 2258 at http://wrti.org Conductor Yannick Nezet Seguin--Local Offerings in Family Theater--The History of Rittenhouse Square Maestro Rossen Milanov--Something Intangible--The Audition--Free Library of Philadelphia Festival http://wrti.org/post/maestro-rossen-milanov-something-intangible-audition-free-library-philadelphia-festival <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Rossen Milanov. He conducts both Camden's Symphony in C with Astral Artists, and The Philadelphia Orchestra in upcoming concerts at the Kimmel Center.</p> <p>Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre as it opens Bruce Graham's <i>Something Intangible</i>, the Arden's 30th world-premiere play. We'll hear about the career of the Philadelphia playwright.</p> <p>The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns previews <i>The Audition</i>, a documentary exploring how the Metropolitan Opera finds new talent. The film features AVA artists Angela Meade and Michael Fabiano.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at the evolution of the Free Library of Philadelphia, which hosts its third annual Free Library Festival on April 18 and 19.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2009 19:55:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, David Patrick Stearns & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer 2115 at http://wrti.org Maestro Rossen Milanov--Something Intangible--The Audition--Free Library of Philadelphia Festival Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg--AMERICA I AM--My Name Is Asher Lev--Bass-Baritone Eric Owens http://wrti.org/post/nadja-salerno-sonnenberg-america-i-am-my-name-asher-lev-bass-baritone-eric-owens <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She performs Bruch's first violin concerto in performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at <em>AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint</em>, a new exhibition at the National Constitution Center that explores the myriad contributions African Americans have made to America.</p> <p>Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia as it premieres an adaptation of Chaim Potok's 1972 novel, <em>My Name Is Asher Lev.</em></p> <p>David Patrick Stearns profiles singing sensation Eric Owens. Despite a stellar international career, the Philadelphia-born bass baritone still finds time to regularly perform in his hometown.</p> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 19:16:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns & Jason Peifer 2075 at http://wrti.org Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg--AMERICA I AM--My Name Is Asher Lev--Bass-Baritone Eric Owens Frank Stella--Fulfilling a Prophecy at Penn Museum--Candide--Quilt Exhibition at PMA http://wrti.org/post/frank-stella-fulfilling-prophecy-penn-museum-candide-quilt-exhibition-pma <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Stella, the prolific painter, printmaker, sculptor, and muralist.</p> <p>Susan Lewis takes us to a new Penn Museum exhibition - <em>Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.</em></p> <p>In the second of a two-part series, David Patrick Stearns looks at the history of Leonard Bernstein's <em>Candide</em> and a production now at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.</p> <p>Jason Peifer visits the Philadelphia Museum of Art's new exhibition, <em>Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt.</em> We'll hear from some of the women who created the quilts on display.</p> Thu, 18 Sep 2008 13:54:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns & Jason Peifer 2022 at http://wrti.org Frank Stella--Fulfilling a Prophecy at Penn Museum--Candide--Quilt Exhibition at PMA Vanished Gardens--Bernstein's Candide revamped--America's Oldest Theatre http://wrti.org/post/vanished-gardens-bernsteins-candide-revamped-americas-oldest-theatre <p>Jim Cotter speaks with writer Sharon White. The Temple University professor's latest book <em>Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia</em>, is published this month.</p> <p>In the first of a two-part report, David Patrick Stearns examines the history of Leonard Bernstein's <em>Candide.</em> A production opens this week at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. </p> <p>Jason Peifer explores the rich history of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, which is now in its 200th season.</p> Sat, 13 Sep 2008 18:12:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & David Patrick Stearns & Jason Peifer 2017 at http://wrti.org Vanished Gardens--Bernstein's Candide revamped--America's Oldest Theatre The Historic Boyd Theatre--Settlement Music School's Centennial--The Arden Theatre's Our Town http://wrti.org/post/historic-boyd-theatre-settlement-music-schools-centennial-arden-theatres-our-town <p>Jim Cotter on Philadelphia's Boyd Theater. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the art deco building on its 2008 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It will be sold to a private investor next week who could, under an existing demolition permit, order its destruction.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, now celebrating its centennial. </p> <p>Jason Peifer previews the Arden Theatre production of <em>Our Town</em>, the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder. Part of the show takes place in the historic Christ Church in Philadelphia's Old City, and each performance features a different musical group from the region.</p> Sat, 24 May 2008 18:39:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer 1972 at http://wrti.org The Historic Boyd Theatre--Settlement Music School's Centennial--The Arden Theatre's Our Town