On Stage: ‘Come From Away’ brings joy to Philly stage

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Come from Away The words “joyous” and “uplifting” are frequently used to describe plays, songs or musical acts. In reality, the words are often misused and should be put in the “hyperbole” category. “Come from Away,” the hit musical which is running now through November 3 at the Academy of Music (Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia,...

On Stage: Broadway hits area with ‘Rent’ and ‘Rotten’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Rent This week, the national tours of two Tony Award-winning musicals will visit the area – “Rent” in Philadelphia and “Something Rotten” in Wilmington. “Rent”, which had record-breaking sales when it played Philadelphia on numerous previous occasions, has established itself as one of America’s all-time best Broadway shows. Based...

What To Do: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The March to Valley Forge The Christmas season is in full swing. The holiday spirit is in the air, traffic around malls and shopping centers is almost impassable and Christmas events are everywhere. Over the next week or so, you can head in any direction and find a holiday event to attend — and maybe even a few events that are not holiday-related. On...

What To Do: Happy New Year!

From Mummers to first day celebrations, ring in 2016 By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The annual Mummers Parade is a Philadelphia New year’s Day staple. The biggest attractions in the upcoming week are New Year’s Day events and New Year’s Day in Philadelphia is all about the Mummers Parade (21-336-3050, www.phillymummers.com) — a festive celebration featuring string bands,...

What To Do: Christmas week chock full of fun

From history to Santa, multiple ways to celebrate the holiday By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Valley Forge National Historical Park is presenting its annual March-In to commemorate the arrival of the Continental Army at Valley Forge in 1777. December 25 is just around the corner and Christmas events are everywhere. Over the next week or so, you can head in any direction and find a holiday...

What To Do: Christmas edition

Trains, trees and holiday stuff everywhere, and what to do if the holiday isn’t your thing By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times For more than a half century, reenactors have staged George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware — a pivotal moment in U.S. history — and will do so again on Christmas. December 25 is just a few days away and the Christmas spirit is everywhere —...