On Stage: Christine Havrilla fights through a difficult year

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Christine Havrilla It’s safe to say that 2021 was a tough year for all of us with the pandemic causing major disruptions in health, work, school and just about everything else. It’s also safe to say that 2021 was a tough year – an extremely tough year – for Christine Havrilla, a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist who is headlining a show...

On Stage: Double Vision, stand up comedy at Uptown!

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Double Vision This will be a busy weekend at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (226 North High Street, West Chester, uptownwestchester.org). On January 7, Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center will host a show featuring the band Double Vision. The band’s name should give music fans an idea of what kind of music to expect. “Double Vision”...

On Stage: COVID starting to take toll on live performances again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Slambovian Circus of Dreams The Mummers Parade is a great Philadelphia tradition which dates back more than a century, has its roots in South Philadelphia and is always held on January 1. There is another Mummers tradition in Philadelphia which dates back more than a decade, has its roots in South Philadelphia and is always held on December 30. Some...

On Stage: Stomp returns to Philly at Kimmel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Stomp The musical stage show “Stomp” has been playing to packed houses for almost 30 years and its popularity is showing no signs of waning. The energetic and highly percussive show is coming back to Philadelphia from December 28-January 2 for an eight-show run at the Merriam Theater (250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-893-1999, www.kimmelculturalcampus.org)...

On Stage: Brickman brings ‘Gift of Christmas’ to Keswick

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jim Brickman Jim Brickman’s music always has a warm, soothing quality. His current tour might just be his warmest, most familiar ever. It’s a holiday tour that includes both Christmas music and songs from his vast catalogue “The Gift of Christmas” is the name of Brickman’s current tour. Brickman will bring his “The Gift of Christmas”...

On Stage: Kennett Flash offers three very different shows this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sarah Borges Variety is the spice of life and you can find musical variety all the time at the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org). The Kennett Flash’s schedule for the upcoming week features three shows that cover a wide variety of genres – a hard-rocking female artist with touches of...

On Stage: Willie Nile thankful to be playing lives shows again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Willie Nile Six months ago, Willie Nile — much to his delight — started playing live shows for live audiences again after a year-and-a-half of pandemic restrictions. Back in May, he visited the Main Line for a show at the Ardmore Music Hall. This weekend, he’s coming back to Main Line. This time, it’s to perform in concert at 118...

On Stage Extra: Chesco actress has key role in Anastasia

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Anastasia When the national tour of the hit musical “Anastasia” visits Philadelphia next week for a six-day run at the Merriam Theater from November 23-28, an actress from Chester County will be playing one of the lead roles. The show, which is presented by the Kimmel Cultural Campus in partnership with The Shubert Organization, will feature...

On Stage: Yngwie Malmstein returns for live show at the Keswick

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Yngwie Malmstein After being forced off the road for more than a year-and-a-half by the pandemic, Yngwie Malmstein has started to tour again and will headline a show at the Keswick Theatre (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com) on November 18. The Swedish guitar ace is now touring in support of his new album, “Parabellum,”...

On Stage: Blues Project is back, celebrating its 60’s roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Steve Katz of Blues Project The 1960s was a magical time for music in Greenwich Village in New York. Many acts who went on to be classified as all-time greats were playing in small clubs in the Village – clubs such as Gerde’s Folk City, The Bitter End, Cafe Au Go Go, Cafe Wha?, The Gaslight Cafe and The Bottom Line and acts such as Bob Dylan,...