On Stage: ASH grows from Chesco roots to become nationally acclaimed

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times ASH West Chester’s Braham Crane put together his highly-acclaimed dance company in Chester County more than 10 years ago and called it A.S.H. (which stands for “Artists.Simply.Human”). A.S.H. made its area debut in 2004 with a pair of shows at the Painted Bride Art Center. In 2006, Crane brought his company back to Philly for a show at the prestigious...

On Stage: ‘Les Mis’ always finds a way back to local stages

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Les Misérables It’s hard to take farewell tours seriously. Music acts such as the Who, Frank Sinatra, Cher and David Bowie have all, at one time or another in their careers, embarked on a “Farewell Tour.” No-one really believed them and, eventually, the artists were back on stage performing again. The hit musical “Les Misérables” went out on...

On Stage: Dukes of Destiny becoming a Kennett tradition

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Dukes of Destiny Every tradition begins with one. The Dukes of Destiny, a long-time Philly band, are in the process of establishing a tradition of playing a mid-winter show at the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org). It started in February 2017 and will continue this year with a show on January...

On Stage: Slambovian gets the jump on New Year’s Eve

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Slambovian Circus of Dreams Once the calendar year starts, area music fans have to wait until the very end of the year to enjoy one of the best shows of the year – to wait until the final full night of the year – to wait until the penultimate date for a concert presentation. And, with the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the wait is always worth it. Some...

On Stage: ‘The Illusionists’ comes to Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Illusionists Magicians seem to be omnipresent and magic shows pop up on entertainment calendars on a regular basis. Some of the shows make you shake your head in amazement – not at the complexity of the act but rather that venues would even book the act. There are some good shows featuring magic acts but it’s safe to say that they all pale in comparison...

On Stage: Hardly a Fish out of water

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Samantha Fish If you’re prone to believing stereotypes, then you probably envision an older black male if someone referred to a veteran blues artist – that a young, white female blues veteran would be a fish out of water. And, you’d be very wrong – especially if you consider Samantha Fish. Samantha Fish, who is headlining a show on December 9 at...

On Stage (Bonus): JoJo’s Holiday Variety Show ready to get you in the mood

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Now that the holiday season has arrived, there are many, many concert options. But, it is also a good time to consider attending a stage production such as a play, a ballet performance or even a modern-day version of the old variety show. On December 15, Joey Sweeney and a bunch of other artists from around the Delaware Valley will be presenting a modern-day...

On Stage: Aimee Mann comes to the Colonial

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Aimee Mann Aimee Mann has probably played more different area venues than any other act on the scene – starting with her formative days in ’til Tuesday and  continuing through her long solo career. Mann has played everywhere from huge arenas (the Spectrum) to outdoor venues (Mann Music Center, Philadelphia Zoo) to small clubs (Chestnut Cabaret, World...

On Stage: The Color Purple returns to Philadephia

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Color Purple For the second time this season, area theater fans are being treated to an inaugural run of a hit Broadway show’s National Tour. The North American Tour of the Tony Award®-winning revival of “The Color Purple” visits Philadelphia from December 12-17 as part of the Broadway Philadelphia series, which is presented collaboratively by...

On Stage Spotlight: Ryan Tennis is home for the holidays

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Ryan Tennis Ryan Tennis is a Philadelphia musician — a globe-trotting Philly musician. He is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who in last two years has mounted successful tours through Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Colombia, and Argentina.  He spent February 2017 doing a massive tour in Colombia from Bogota to Barranquilla and from Cali to Cartagena. Tennis...