On Stage: String Machine taps into anxieties of youth

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times String Machine There are a lot of bands whose music is informed by relationships with cars. The Beach Boys alone had more than an album’s worth with songs such as “I Get Around,” “Little Deuce Coupe,’ “Fun Fun Fun,” “This Car of Mine,” “409,” “Little Honda” and “Custom Machine. “ Some of rock music’s other auto-driven...

On Stage: WCU grad Gilfillian celebrates first album with show at The Fillmore

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Devon Gilfillian A special event on this weekend’s entertainment calendar will be the triumphant return of a local musician who is celebrating the recent release of his debut album on a major label. Devon Gilfillian, a graduate of West Chester University, released his debut album, “Black Hole Rainbow,” on January 10 on Capitol Records. On January...

On Stage: Philly’s Cheerleader at Boot & Saddle

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cheerleader Philly has the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, a night club called Cheerleaders and Cheerleader. Cheerleader, which is headlining a show on January 24 at Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-639-4528, www.bootandsaddlephilly.com), is a Philadelphia band. The trio, which features Joe Haller, Paul Impellizeri and...

On Stage: Jersey Boys make it in Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times They may be “Jersey Boys” but the closest the four main cast members of the touring musical “Jersey Boys” will get to New Jersey for the next five months is this weekend when the show touches down in Wilmington, Delaware. On January 18 and 19, the Playhouse (10th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware, https://www.thegrandwilmington.org/productions/6168-jersey-boys/)...

On Stage: ‘The Band Visits’ at Kimmel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Band’s Visit Two of the most highly acclaimed new musicals visiting Philadelphia as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia’s 2019-2020 season have a major similarity. They are about strangers in another land – people who have inadvertently been stranded far from home. The shows are “Come From Away,” which recently had...

On Stage: Eric Mintel keeping classic jazz in spotlight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eric Mintel The list of talented and famous people in the arts who are Bucks County natives and/or residents is long and varied. It includes Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Michener, actor/director/screen writer Liev Schreiber and Oscar and Tony Award-winning writer and theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein...

On Stage: Celebrating 50 years of Nektar at The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Nektar Nektar means different things to different people. It could be a keyboard controller, a scientific research company from San Francisco, or a manufacturer of honey crystals. To some, Nektar could mean a fine dining restaurant in Mexico’s Yucatan region, a juice bar in Greece or a wine bar in New Hope, Pennsylvania. For music fans, Nektar...

On Stage: Cirque Dream Holidaze at the Merriam

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cirque Dream Holidaze “Cirque Dream Holidaze” is what you get if you pair the magic of a circus performance with the excitement of a holiday production. From 26-29, “Cirque Dream Holidaze” will visit the area for an eight-show run at the Merriam Theater as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series (250 South Broad Street,...

On Stage: Eisenhower comes home to star in ‘Into The Woods’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Shows based on fairy tales can be a welcome alternative to holiday stories in the middle of the Christmas season —  and two of them are running now at theaters in Chester County. The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (236 North High Street, West Chester, http://www.rtcwc.org) is presenting the second production...

On Stage: Little Red Robin Hood at People’s Light

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto! Now is a great time to take a break from the holiday frenzy and enjoy a few hours of watching a stage production. It’s a great time because there are great options – several classic ballet productions of “The Nutcracker,” two holiday-themed stage shows and a brand-new panto. Now through January 5, People’s...