Walnut Street Theatre is America’s Oldest Theatre and the most popular theatre company in Philadelphia. Come join the Walnut Street Theatre family for the holidays! There will be three amazing shows playing on the Walnut’s stages this holiday season.
On the Mainstage, the holiday season becomes even more magical with a clever retelling of a beloved novel. Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the inspiring story of an extraordinary little girl with an unbounded imagination and incredible courage. She proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to—and change your destiny. Packed with high-energy dance and catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this captivating musical. Celebrate the holiday season with this stupendously fun winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical! (November 6, 2018 – January 6, 2019)
Upstairs in our Independence Studio on 3, escape the stress of the holiday season with the zany and fun WINTER WONDERETTES (November 13 – December 30, 2018). Welcome to the 1968 Harper’s Hardware Christmas Party. Featured entertainment: The Winter Wonderettes, starring Missy, Suzy, Cindy Lou, and Betty Jean, each with her own unique personality – and color scheme. Sit back and enjoy as the ladies work out the kinks, and insert their own special humor into the holidays. Along the way you’ll be treated to classic – and wacky – Wonderette versions of seasonal favorites like Jingle Bell Rock, Sleigh Ride, Santa Baby, Winter Wonderland, and over 20 more!
Finally, Walnut Street Theatre is proud to present Philadelphia’s favorite holiday tradition, Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This musical adaptation follows the heartwarming journey of the bitter, old Ebenezer Scrooge on one remarkable Christmas Eve. With the help of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, old Ebenezer discovers the spirit of Christmas. Great for kids in grades K-9, this hour-long adaptation uses original and traditional carols to highlight Dickens’ powerful story.
After the holidays, audiences should brace themselves for comic chaos and unbridled laughter with Ken Ludwig’s A COMEDY OF TENORS. One hotel suite, two wives, three girlfriends, four tenors, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930’s Paris and just hours away from “The Concert of the Century!” But love affairs, bedroom hijinks, mistaken identities, and opening-night chaos have producer Henry Saunders desperate to try just about anything for the show to go on. From comic genius Ken Ludwig, and starring Walnut favorite Frank Ferrante, get ready for Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, an uproarious comedy filled with slamming doors, unbridled passion, and madcap hilarity on an operatic scale! (January 15 – March 3, 2019)
The season will continue with the Tony and Olivier Award-Winning Best Play, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Fifteen-year-old Christopher is on a mission. After the untimely death of his neighbor’s dog, the brilliant but unique boy is compelled to investigate the crime. See the world through Christopher’s eyes as he embarks on an extraordinary journey where he challenges assumed truths and discovers life-changing secrets. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling, heartwarming, and uplifting adventure story for every one of us. (March 12 – April 28, 2019)
Finally, practice your best “bend-and-snap” and get ready for the fabulously-fun, award-winning LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL. Based on the smash hit movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods from a pink-loving SoCal sorority girl to a Harvard law student, all on her own terms. In this new production of the Broadway musical, our blonde heroine tackles all obstacles, and educates us all on staying true to our dreams through rousing songs and dynamic show-stopping dance numbers. This feel-good musical comedy will be the most fashionable ticket in town and is so much fun, it should be illegal! (May 14 – July 14, 2019)
President and Producing Artistic Director Bernard Havard is thrilled to bring the 2018-19 Mainstage season to the stage, noting, “I’m looking forward to sharing these Broadway hits, award-winning plays, and hilarious comedies. I’m so thrilled about our 210th Anniversary Season, which is one of the most exciting seasons we’ve ever had. We’ll showcase Philadelphia’s sensational artistic talent, both on stage and behind the scenes, in Tony Award-winning plays and musicals. Our productions are created right here in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection. They are incredible professional productions that can only be seen in Philadelphia at America’s oldest theatre.”
For information on single tickets or season subscriptions, call the Walnut at 215-574-3550 ext. 6 (10AM – 10PM) or visit our website at www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org.
Remember, Hilton guests who book the Weekend Like a Local package receive $20 off Sunday evening performances at the Walnut Street Theatre!