‘Help’ by Thomas Brothers: How Ellington and the Beatles, by working together, became greater than the sum of their parts

The book examines the creative process in the corpus of work produced by Duke Ellington's Orchestra and The Beatles. He sheds light on the music itself and opens windows on the nature of creativity — and the often gritty reality of collaboration itself.

‘Help’ by Thomas Brothers: How Ellington and the Beatles, by working together, became greater than the sum of their parts

The book examines the creative process in the corpus of work produced by Duke Ellington's Orchestra and The Beatles. He sheds light on the music itself and opens windows on the nature of creativity — and the often gritty reality of collaboration itself.

Conductor Emmanuelle Haïm and soprano Lenneke Ruiten make Philadelphia Orchestra debut

The concert features one unusual score by Handel and another by Purcell.

Conductor Emmanuelle Haïm and soprano Lenneke Ruiten make Philadelphia Orchestra debut

The concert features one unusual score by Handel and another by Purcell.

Two books make the case for the greatness of Philly’s Benjamin Rush

Two new books demonstrate that Benjamin Rush, physician and scientist, was always in the ear of early America's most-prominent figures. Journalist and biographer Stephen Fried and prolific historian Harlow Giles Unger both pull from similar sources, some newly accessible.

Two books make the case for the greatness of Philly’s Benjamin Rush

Two new books demonstrate that Benjamin Rush, physician and scientist, was always in the ear of early America's most-prominent figures. Journalist and biographer Stephen Fried and prolific historian Harlow Giles Unger both pull from similar sources, some newly accessible.
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Theater Horizon’s ‘The Color Purple’: Original, fiery update to the classic musical

Theatre Horizon opens its rendition of the 1982 novel by Alice Walker that tells the story of Celie, a young black woman, and her journey to self-discovery in the deep corners of the American south.

‘Heir Apparent’ at the Lantern: Long, but full of brilliant language and humor

David Ives' adaptation of Regnard's 18th-century French Farce is too long, but it is full of Ives' flair for language, along with handsome costumes and plenty of humor.

‘Matilda’ at Walnut Street Theatre: High-energy, high-spirited comedy, with some hitches

Roald Dahl is all over the place, thanks to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at the Academy of Music and now "Matilda," the music of the Dahl story, at the Walnut. This is a good-looking, spirited production that, while sometimes convoluted, invokes the candy-colored imaginative world of children.

Robert Redford’s original ‘Barefoot in the Park’ co-star is back at Bucks County Playhouse

Mike Nichols directed Redford and Elizabeth Ashley in New Hope when all of them were young. She's back for Paul Rudnick's "I Hate Hamlet."

Suzanne Bocanegra at Fabric Workshop: Farm life, nuns, and a riveting take on Judy Garland

Her "Poorly Watched Girls" exhibit fills the museum. The Garland piece, upstairs, is the star.

Philadelphia’s ballroom scene makes a comeback with a monthly night at Woody’s

"There really wasn't a frequently occurring vogue night here in the city and there hasn't been for quite some time now."

Cuban triplet dancers are set to leap onto Philadelphia’s ballet scene … and then the world’s

For Angel, César, and Marcos Ramirez, joining the Cuban National Ballet was their plan B. Philadelphia's Rock School was plan A.

‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Prince*: The ‘crossover’ opera for newbies

* The venue formerly known as the Prince is now officially the Philadelphia Film Center.

Honoring a printmaker who fled Lithuania and had a profound influence on black artists in Philly

Romas Viesulas inspired and encouraged talented students at Temple's Tyler School, including the founder of the Brandywine Workshop.

Seaport Museum ties its fortunes to the river outside in $5 million makeover opening Black Friday

The high-tech permanent exhibit 'River Alive!" is slated to open the day after Thanksgiving.

Broadway Beat: Walter White, Orphan Black, holiday shows, and more for Philly fans to know

Young choir singers from Philly and South Jersey are part of the holiday family musical 'The Little Dancer'

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