Monday, March 19, 2018


The Media Theatre, an award-winning professional music theatre located at 104 East State Street in Media, Pa., continues entertaining and inspiring audiences during the 2018-19 season with titles that include Shakespeare, disco music, and one of Sondheim's classics. The productions are produced by Media Music Theatre Company, fulfilling the vision put forth by its Artistic Director Jesse Cline over two decades ago. 

"We look forward to a great season," Cline said. "I've always wanted to produce "Sweeney Todd" and am looking forward to opening our season with the legendary musical."

"Sweeney Todd", the tale of a Victorian-era barber in London who seeks revenge on a corrupt judge who sentenced him to exile while gaining the assistance of a culinary accomplice, plays on The Media Theatre's stage October 3-28, 2018. The winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical upon its Broadway premiere in 1979, the thrilling show has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The show's subtitle, "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", captures the dark wit of the lush, operatic musical. 

For the holiday season, "The Wizard of OZ" will delight audiences of all ages November 14, 2018 to January 13, 2019. Dorothy and her friends travel The Yellow Brick Road in the legendary adventure, going "Over The Rainbow" to Munchkinland and beyond as she discovers there truly is no place like home.

Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" is on stage January 30 to February 24, 2019. Conspirators plot the dictator's assassination in The Bard's masterpiece which features such legendary quotes as 'The evil that men do lives long after them' and 'Men at some time are the masters of their fates'. There are several 10am performances scheduled during the week of "Julius Caesar" for high school student groups.

The spring brings two musicals which feature number one pop hits of the '60's and the '70's.

"Beehive", in which six ladies take audiences back to the era of transistor radios, flower power, and miniskirts with songs like "Be My Baby", "My Boyfriend's Back", and "Son of A Preacher Man", is a testament to female empowerment. The ladies recall their first dance to the nation's challenges, all set to the beat of the 1960's. It's going to entertain March 13-31, 2019.

We leap from the '60's to the 1970's with the always popular "Saturday Night Fever: The Musical". Featuring many of the Bee Gees greatest hits, such as "Stayin' Alive", "Night Fever", and "Jive Talkin'", it's the story of a streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. The large ensemble cast will put on their Boogie Shoes April 17 through June 8, 2019.

Subscriptions are now on sale by calling 610-891-0100. Visit for further information. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Disney’s "Newsies" has a Delaware County premiere on The Media Theatre stage April 18 through June 10. The Media Theatre (Jesse Cline, Artistic Director) is a professional music theatre located at 104 East State Street in Media, with free parking after 5pm every weekday and on weekends, and in close proximity to award winning restaurants. 
Based on the 1992 motion picture, "Newsies" features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux FollesTorch Song Trilogy). 
While on Broadway, "Newsies" received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography. GET TICKETS
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, "Newsies" is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies', who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. 
"Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. 
Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of "Newsies" addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”
The show is directed and choreographed by Geoffrey Goldberg, who recently directed the critically acclaimed "Next To Normal" at The Media Theatre as well as "Billy Elliot" three seasons back. Ben Kapilow music directs, and also accompanies the live orchestra. 
"Newsies" has Jeff Sundheim as Jack Kelly. Sundheim was seen off-Broadway in "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe", and has been in regional productions of "Dogfight", "Peter and the Starcatcher", "Tarzan", and "Evita". He makes his Media Theatre debut with "Newsies".
Jeff Sundheim, who plays Jack Kelly in The Media Theatre's "Newsies" April 18 to June 10
Others in the cast are Megan McDevitt as Katherine, Tony Clements as Davey, Christopher Infantino as Crutchie, Ryane Nicole Studivant as Medda, Julia DeGruchy as Hannah, and Kelly Briggs as Pulitzer. The role of Les is double cast and will be shared by two Media Theatre students: Zachary Amos and Aidan Crane.
The Newsies, who do triple duty as dancers, singers, and actors, are: Joshua Bellamy, Gunar Daniels, Zachary Debevec, Ronnie Keller, Ryan Lauer, Dakota Mullins, Marc Andrew Nunez, Christian Ryan, Xavier Brian Townsend.
Five actors portray more than one role in the fast-paced production. They are JP Dunphy, Rusty Flounders, Chris Kovaks, Roger Ricker, and AJ Whittenberger. 
The Delancey Brothers are played by Joe Canuso and Steve Chisholm. The Bowery Beauties are Lauren Bristow and Anna Ferrigno, who are also in the Ensemble.
For tickets to Disney's "Newsies" at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit It's on stage April 18 through June 10. Group rates available. 
There are several 10am performances for school student groups. All evening performances (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat) are at 7pm for family audiences. Matinees are Wednesdays at 2pm, Saturdays at 2pm, and Sundays at 3pm. 

Friday, March 16, 2018


The Media Theatre's Spring Semester of Acting Classes begin the weekend of April 7, 2018. The new "Tween" class heads into its second session, with the popular Children's, Teen, and Adult classes returning. Each semester brings a fun educational atmosphere as students develop by working together and creating within a group setting.

Children from The Media Theatre Acting Class participate in a youth production on stage.

Classes are under the supervision of Broadway World Award winning Artistic Director Jesse Cline, who studied with the renowned Sanford Meisner. All classes at The Media Theatre follow the Sanford Meisner Technique which basically states that 'acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance'. This means that all actors should create without copying anyone else's performance or trying to be who they are not. It's a confidence booster while raising self-awareness. 

The Acting Classes focus solely on acting skills and stage presence while also featuring improvisational theatre exercises for each age group.

Students from the acting classes are given performance opportunities throughout the year at The Media Theatre, playing roles in the Children's Series such as the upcoming "The Little Mermaid" and, when applicable, the Broadway Series.

Roger Ricker, who has been in over 100 productions at The Media Theatre and has worked with Artistic Director Jesse Cline since 1991, will continue instructing the Level One Children's Class on Saturday mornings at 9am for ages 5-8, and the Level Two Children's Class on Tuesday afternoons at 4:30 for ages up to 11. He'll also instruct the Teen Acting Class on Sunday evenings at 6pm, as well as the Tween Class on Wednesday afternoons.

Here, by start date, are the classes for the Spring Semester:

The Level One Children's Class starts Saturday April 7 at 9am, continuing for a total of ten weeks. The weekly hour long class is perfect for ages 5 to 8, with a focus on basic stage skills, working with other children, theatre games, and developing good diction and interaction dynamics.

The Teen Class, Sundays from 6-7:30pm, begins the new semester on April 8. The eight week course features group improvisation, as the young actors create scenes together, learning to react without over-analyzing and discovering how they would react to certain situations relevant to their age group.

Tuesday, April 10, is the start date for the Second Level Children’s Class which takes place from 4:30-5:30pm. For ages 8-10 (or for those a bit younger with more stage experience) the class features skill building within fun group theatre exercises. It’s a ten-week semester, an hour each week.

The Adult Acting Class also starts up Tuesday April 10, meeting from 7:00-8:30pm each week for an eight-week semester. Scene study is a big part of the class. Artistic Director Jesse Cline instructs the class, with a strong emphasis on The Meisner Technique.

The Tween Class, for ages 11-12 (and specific 10 year olds with stage experience) starts Wednesday April 11 for one hour each week. The ten-week course is strictly for youth who are no longer little children but are not quite teenagers. The class will focus on improvisation and building self-awareness as well as stage presence.

To register for the Acting Classes call 610-891-0100 or visit All Media Theatre classes are $400 for the Spring Semester.


After a successful run this past summer, "Always, Patsy Cline" returns to The Media Theatre March 15 to April 1. Featuring Broadway's Jenny Lee Stern as the legendary country singer, the hit show has performances on Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

"Always…Patsy Cline" has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. It has been one of the most produced musicals in America according to American Theatre Magazine. “Always…Patsy Cline” has also been enjoyed internationally by audiences in Canada, the UK and Australia.

“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.

The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… PatsyCline.”

Jenny Lee Stern is a Bucks County native and Broadway veteran. She was seen on Broadway in Rocky (Original Broadway Cast) and A Christmas Story (Madison Square Garden). She toured the country as "Mary Delgado" in Jersey Boys, originating the role in the Chicago and Toronto companies.

Off-Broadway, Ms. Stern garnered critical acclaim for her portrayals of Judy Garland, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster (and more!) in Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking. She frequently cameos as a "Guest Diva" in Forbidden Broadway's latest installment, Spamilton.

Ms. Stern has been seen frequently on the cabaret circuit in NYC, performing at Town Hall, Feinstein's, Birdland, Lincoln Center, and 54 Below, including her solo show Just A Girl. Regionally, she has found her niche playing "Patsy Cline" in Always, Patsy Cline. She recently played the role (for the 5th time!) at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

Jenny Lee's other Philadelphia credits include: West Side StoryGodspellLobby Hero, 42nd StreetHigh Society (Walnut Street Theatre); SeussicalCats (Media Theatre), The Great American Trailer Park Xmas Musical (Montgomery Theatre). She has been seen on TV in The Sopranos and The Mysteries of Laura as well as annually in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. Jenny studied acting at NYU and North Carolina School of the Arts. She is mother to two young daughters and lives happily in Doylestown, PA.

The role of Louise will be played by Deborah Lynn Meier.  Deborah was last seen on the Media stage in Dogfight as Marcy.  Her bio states that her other regional credits include Sex With Strangers (Olivia, Montgomery Theater) Taming of the Shrew (Bianca) & Quilters (Dana, Grand Canyon Shakespeare Company). Los Angeles: Gulf View Drive (Treva, World Premiere), Spitfire Grill (Percy), It’s A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Show (Violet et al), As It Is In Heaven (Polly), Into the Woods(Little Red), Titus Andronicus (Lavina). Film: Truly UnusualFourteenth ColonyBorders (Supporting).  

For tickets, call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit

Pictured: Broadway's Jenny Lee Stern as Patsy Cline


The Media Theatre’s annual benefit March 10, postponed a week due to snow, offered a welcoming atmosphere, pleasant company, and familiar songs performed by Broadway entertainers. This was very fitting, since the event title was “There’s No Place Like Home”, and home is where the heart is.
 A beloved local Medical Director for the Crozer Regional Cancer Center, Dr. Ray Vivacqua, was in the spotlight to honor his lovely wife, Teresa J. Vivacqua. They were both listed as the night’s Community Partnership awardees for their philanthropy and great works which have assisted many in Delaware County and the surrounding region. Several of The Media Theatre’s New School students, with an introduction by 7 year old Charlie Carroccio, dedicated the song “Over The Rainbow” to Teresa. The song was given a new arrangement by the theatre’s Resident Music Director Ben Kapilow, specifically for the event.

The Media Theatre's Executive Director and Artistic Director (Patrick Ward and Jesse Cline) with Community Partnership Honoree Dr. Ray Vivacqua, Theatre Board Chair Ree Dunphy, and New School student Charlie Carroccio.

Teresa J. Vivacqua trained as a medical technician, working in that capacity for several years and also as a medical assistant in internal medical offices. She married Ray Vivacqua on June 11, 1960. She and Ray had three children, one daughter and two sons, from 1963 to 1968.  Later in Teresa and Ray's married life, she worked in her husband's Hematology/ Medical Oncology office as a Medical Assistant and secretary. She spent several years as a volunteer patient advocate at Crozer Chester Medical Center. In approximately 2002, she developed symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia. Teresa always enjoyed sailing, tennis, ice skating, camping, traveling, oil and water color painting, cooking, and going to the theater.

Dr. Ray Vivacqua graduated Jefferson University Medical College (Philadelphia) in 1960 and completed a fellowship in Hematology/ Medical Oncology at the Cardeza Foundation, Jefferson University, in 1966. He is currently the Medical Director of The Crozer Regional Cancer Center, Director of Hematology/ Oncology Division at Crozer Chester Medical Center.

Dr. Vivacqua, upon accepting the Community Partnership award, kept the focus on his wife throughout his acceptance speech. He said that, upon entering The Media Theatre and seeing a large photo of his wife in the lobby, he ‘fell in love all over again’. It was a heartfelt and memorable moment.

Broadway’s Jenny Lee Stern and Nicholas Saverine were the headline performers for the event, treating the enthusiastic audience to legendary songs from “Cabaret” and “Phantom of The Opera” among their program. Three local teenagers (Veronica Garrubbo, Gianni Palmarini, and Molly Sorensen) also performed, representing the theatre’s School of Theatre and New School.

Artistic Director Jesse Cline introduced the evening, along with Executive Director Patrick Ward, Board Chair Ree Dunphy, and Gala Chair Sandra McKeown. Patrons and sponsors took part in a live campaign to raise funds for the theatre’s new stage. Donations are still being accepted for the Stage Campaign by calling Kathleen Moran at 610-891-0100.

Emcee Kelly Briggs, seen frequently on The Media Theatre stage, kept the night moving along at a brisk pace with his welcoming presence. He also announced The Media Theatre’s 2018-19 Broadway Series season which is “Sweeney Todd”, “The Wizard of OZ”, “Julius Caesar”, “Beehive”, and “Saturday Night Fever”.

Disney’s hit musical “Newsies” finishes the current season April 18 to June 10. For tickets or information, visit You, too, will find that there truly is ‘No Place Like Home’ as a Media Theatre patron, supporter, or subscriber.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


The Media Theatre is hosting a special evening Saturday March 10 entitled “There’s No Place Like Home”, with a one-night-only concert performance from two Broadway performers: Jenny Lee Stern and Nicholas Saverine. The night includes a reception in the theatre's elegant Crystal Room, a silent auction, and the presentation of the Community Achievement Award to Dr. Raymond J. and Mrs. Teresa J. Vivacqua.
The evening is both a fundraiser and a celebration for Delaware County’s only professional music theatre. Jenny Lee Stern and Nicholas Saverine will performing on the stage that has, over the years, become ‘home’ to them as well as many other performers and patrons. Several Media Theatre students will also perform during the benefit, along with JP Dunphy and Jenna Pastuszek. Kelly Briggs emcees the one-night-only event.

Jenny Lee Stern
Jenny Lee Stern was seen on Broadway in “Rocky” and “A Christmas Story: The Musical” (Madison Square Garden). She toured the country as Mary Delgado in “Jersey Boys”, originating the role in the Chicago and Toronto companies. Off-Broadway, Ms. Stern garnered critical acclaim for her portrayals of Judy Garland, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster (and more!) in “Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking”. Regionally, she has found her niche playing “Patsy Cline” in “Always, Patsy Cline”, which is returning to The Media Theatre this spring following a successful summer run. Philadelphia credits include: “West Side Story”, “Godspell”, “Lobby Hero”, “42nd Street”, “High Society” (Walnut Street Theatre); “Seussical”, “Cats” (Media Theatre), “The Great American Trailer Park Xmas Musical” (Montgomery Theatre). 

Nicholas Saverine

Nicholas F. Saverine is delighted to be back at the award-winning  Media Theatre where he was recently seen as Maurice in Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast”. He’s also been at Media in “1776” and as the Hospital Ghost in “Ghost”, Mr. Bumble in “Oliver!”, Max von Mayerling in “Sunset Boulevard”, Fester in “The Addams Family”, and Mr. Anagnos in “The Miracle Worker”. Locally he’s been on stage at The Walnut Street Theater, Prince, Arden and People╩╝s Light. His Broadway credits include “Les Miserables”, “The Phantom of the Opera”. International credits include “Dance of the Vampires”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Les Miserables”.
The 7 p.m. event highlights the professional award-winning music theater’s contributions to the cultural landscape of the region and beyond. The entire evening enhances and solidifies the Media Music Theatre Company’s (MMTC) status as the area’s only year-round professional music theater. Media Music Theatre Company is the nonprofit organization that produces the entire Broadway Series, Children’s Series, and educational opportunities, including Camp Media Theatre.
Not simply a beautiful structure steeped in history, the Media Theatre is now known worldwide as the home of the Media Music Theatre Company, created by the visionary artistic direction of Jesse Cline. Cline and his staff of creative designers, actors, and directors have been awarded more than 20 “Best Of” honors from prestigious media outlets such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Delaware County Daily Times, Broadway World, the New York Daily News, Main Line Today Magazine and DelcoNewsNetwork, as well as 86 Broadway World Awards for “The Best of Philadelphia Theatre” in such categories as Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Play, and Best Musical from 2012-2017.
Tickets are just $150 each, which include the entire memorable evening. Sponsorships are also available. Call 610-891-0100 for more information, or CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Children and teens have been singing and dancing at The Media Theatre each summer for almost two decades as participants in Camp Media Theatre. Now headed into its 17th summer, the camp first opened in June of 2001 with only 30 members. It’s grown into one of Delaware County’s most popular summer theatre camps with registration of over 250 youth each summer who enjoy learning more about theatre while having a good time with others who share a similar interest. It is part of the educational component of The Media Theatre’s mission.

With five two-week day camp sessions to choose from, plus a “Heathers: High School Edition” camp for teens, there are plenty of opportunities for budding thespians, singers, and dancers.

Artistic Director Jesse Cline looks forward to Camp Media Theatre. “With the growth of our New School conservatory-style music theatre education program September through April, plus the success of our youth musicals, the camp is in direct correlation to our mission defining us as a professional music theatre company,” he said.

Cline added, “The philosophy of education here is based on The Meisner Technique which states that ‘acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance’. Camp Media Theatre is structured so that the young people involved gain self-confidence and a strong ability to work well with peers.”

“The camp is fun and upbeat, but the instructors and directors involved do enforce the idea that acting is not about pretending,” Cline explained. “It’s about living, it’s about doing, and it’s about being comfortable with who you are.”

Once everyone is registered for Camp Media Theatre, the youth are divided into two age groups. The age groups may fluctuate a bit, depending on how many children are in each camp session and what the median age range tends to be.

A typical camp day begins at 9:30am and ends at 3:30pm. Each age group works with the instructors on a rotating basis throughout the first part of the camp day, with all age groups working onstage together from 2pm until 3:30. As a courtesy to parents and guardians, early drop-off is accepted after 8:30am although the actual camp day does not begin until 9:30am. Counselors are on hand during the early hour to supervise the campers before classes start.  All ages bring their own lunch, enjoy lunchtime with their friends, and are able to purchase supplementary items from the theatre’s concession stand.

Each two-week session has its own theme, based on the songs in the camp. This information is found at After two weeks of rehearsing, and adding scenes which are created during the daily acting classes, each session has a camp performance which is held the final Friday evening of each session. Each child, regardless of age or experience level, becomes actively involved in the production.

In addition to the day camps for ages 5 to 14, The Media Theatre brings "Heathers: High School Edition" to the Teen Camp Experience in 2018. This is specifically for ages 12 and up, and has a completely different schedule than the day camp. “Heathers: High School Edition” Camp meets during early evening hours Monday through Friday starting June 18, and the production---full scale, with directors, musicians,  lighting and costumes, etc.---performs for audiences each weekend in July on stage.

Camp Media Theatre 2018 promises to be an enlightening, entertaining, and enriching experience for young people who have an interest in music theatre. Participants will perform on an award-winning professional music theatre stage in an environment which promotes and cultivates each individual unique personality as the singing, acting, and dancing creates a memorable summer.

For camp registrations and information, call the Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or CLICK HERE TO SAVE ON REGISTRATION NOW

Monday, January 29, 2018


It's funny, it's for children, and it's a famous Hans Christian Anderson tale. It's "Princess And The Pea" of course! And it's on stage at The Media Theatre Sundays at Noon through February 25.

The hour long show is a perfect introduction to live theatre for ages 4 and up. A cast of young student actors brings the story to life, with new songs by The Media Theatre's Resident Music Director Ben Kapilow. Kapilow is the recipient of the Broadway World Award two years ago for his "Peter Pan And Wendy" score.

The show even features, at its halfway point, a dance party song during which young audience members are invited to join the fun on stage! It's a "Party In The Castle" they won't want to miss.

"Princess And The Pea" is all about a Queen who puts prospective Princesses to certain tests to find out if they have what it takes to become a member of her family. If the pea, under 20 mattresses, keeps her awake, she's sensitive enough to wed the Prince. 

Laughs abound in this new musical version of the story at The Media Theatre Sundays at Noon through Feb. 25. Tickets are available by calling 610-891-0100 or at

Sunday, January 21, 2018


The Media Theatre is the winner of 14 Broadway World Awards for “Best of Philadelphia Theatre 2017”. The Media Theatre, for the third consecutive year, received more honors than any other theatre in the Philadelphia region. It swept the acting categories for musical performances. This puts Delaware County's only professional music theatre at a total of 86 Broadway World Awards!

The theatre's production of the rarely-seen Broadway show "SIde Show" received six awards, including Best Musical.

Jesse Cline, the Artistic Director for Media Music Theatre Company which is the professional music theatre organization housed at The Media Theatre, received his fifth win for Best Director. “These honors are a testament to the great work being done here on State Street in Media,” he said. “We are happy to be a large part of the Philadelphia theatre community. We will continue to produce both classic and newer works which entertain and inform.”

A scene from The Media Theatre's "Side Show",
which received six Broadway World Awards including Best Musical
The nominations were announced back in November for productions which were produced between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. The Media Theatre landed 52 nominations from the esteemed online theatrical magazine, and is now the winner of 14 Awards for 2017. Broadway World has headquarters in NYC and regional offices throughout the USA, giving up to the minute reports on all that is Broadway, Off-Broadway, and for each major city's theatre district and community. It's annual awards are given for every major city in the USA, as well destination cities such as London and Berlin.

After nominations were announced, Broadway World opened the voting up in each region to public voting. Members of each theatre community cast their votes as well as theatre patrons and the general public. The awards are very similar to the nationally televised People's Choice Awards, as the public chooses the winner in each category.

With the accolades from the 2017 Broadway World Philadelphia Awards, The Media Theatre maintains its position as one of Philadelphia's most talked about and appreciated live theatre venues.

The Media Theatre was nominated alongside other professional theatres in the Philadelphia/ Wilmington region including Walnut Street Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company, and The Arden Theatre.

Since 2012, The Media Theatre has won a total of 86 Broadway World Awards, cementing its status as one of Philadelphia’s premier theatres.

The Media Theatre's 2017 Broadway World Award winners for Best of Philadelphia Theatre are:

Best Musical....."Side Show"

Best Director of A Musical....."Side Show"

Best Actor in A Musical.........Patrick Ludt, "A Christmas Story"

Best Actress in A Musical....Jennie Eisenhower, "A Christmas Story"

Best Supporting Actor in A Musical.....Kelly Briggs, "Side Show"

Best Supporting Actress in A Musical.....Madalyn St. John, "Carousel"

Best Ensemble in A Musical......"Side Show"

Best Actor in A Play.......Brandon O' Rourke, "Romeo and Juliet"

Best Actress in A Play....Lexi Gwynn, "Romeo and Juliet"

Best Choreography......Dann Dunn, "West Side Story"

Best Music Direction....Christopher Ertelt, "Side Show"

Best Set Design...........Matthew Miller, "Side Show"

Best Sound Design......Carl Park, "Carousel"

Best Special Event......Roger Ricker And Friends: "The Together Show" 

The current season is in full swing, and tickets are now available for "Next To Normal", which is on stage through Feb. 25. Following that, "Always, Patsy Cline" returns March 15 to April 1, and the "Newsies" dance their way into your hearts April 18 through June 10. For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


"Next to Normal" is a contemporary family drama, about a woman’s struggle with mental illness, and the effects of her illness on her family. It is on at The Media Theatre January 31 through February 25.

The Pulitzer Prize winning pop/ rock musical is written by Tom Kitt (Music) and Brian Yorkey (Book and Lyrics), and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2010, going on to win three of the prestigious honors (Best Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Actress-Alice Ripley). 

Most of the story is told through song, with some scenes taking place simultaneously, and also there are both literal and psychological realities within the narrative. While the musical takes on serious issues, there is- at times- humor which comes at unexpected moments in the script.

There are 5 reasons why you should be sure to get tickets to "Next To Normal" at The Media Theatre:


Krissy Fraelich plays the lead role of Diana, the suburban mom with two teenage children whose life is not all that it seems. Diana deals with bipolar disorder, goes through a series of doctors, and strives to establish a 'normal' household. Krissy was seen on The Media Theatre stage in "Gypsy", "A Christmas Story: The Musical", and "The Addams Family". She has performed on practically every stage in the Philadelphia region, was in the original Broadway cast of "The Civil War", and the National Tour of "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

Ben Dibble plays her husband, Dan, who is dealing with his own depression. Ben is a two-time Barrymore Award winner for Excellence in Theatre and was seen as John Adams in "1776" at The Media Theatre. He performs frequently at The Walnut Street Theatre and The Arden.

Their daughter Natalie, played by Molly Sorensen, is having a new romance with a music student (Henry, portrayed by Christopher Infantino). 

Ronnie Keller plays their son, Gabe, who is very central to the action of the musical.

Doctor Madden, Diana's primary physician whom she sees in 'fantasy' portrayals on occasion, is brought to life on stage by Patrick Ludt.


Geoffrey Goldberg, who directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed production of "Billy Elliot: The Musical" at The Media Theatre two seasons back, returns to bring "Next To Normal" to the stage. He is based in NYC as a director, choreographer, and writer. He has worked on Broadway (Associate Kids Director for "Mary Poppins") and off-Broadway ("Everyday" at the West Village Festival). 
He is currently developing three new musicals, has created new works for Gypsy of The Year and Easter Bonnet Competition on Broadway, The Kennedy Center, as well as award-winning film projects. Visit his website:


No need to travel far for a touch of Broadway! The Media Theatre, Delco’s only professional music theatre, brings big-city excitement to the small-town feel of State Street in Media. With a calendar full of musical productions, concerts, and children’s performances, the seats here fill quickly–especially since there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Don’t let the convenience fool you–this theater has a lot of the same things you’ll find in NYC, like a dazzling marquee, professional talent, exquisite seats, and a live orchestra… a few things you won’t, such as convenient parking, affordable prices, and a less stressful commute, making it much easier to catch a great performance more often! After all, here on State Street in Delco, the Show Must Go On!
(Thanks to Destination Delco for the above description of The Media Theatre in their Fall/ Winter 2017 magazine!)
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Media Music Theatre Company is to promote and nurture the imagination, diversity, and joy unique to music theatre by the production of new and classic works; to herald music theatre to young people as an art form that is relevant to their lives and to foster an understanding by them that it is indigenous to their cultural heritage.
The Media Theatre is the recipient of 72 Broadway World Awards for "Best of Philly Theatre" (2012-2016), 8 Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theatre (one win), 20 Reader's Poll Awards as "Best Live Theatre" in Delaware County (from various media outlets), and has been honored by The Delaware County Council, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the US Congress.

"Next To Normal" reaches beyond demographics of age and geography as its subject matter has, in some way, affected a large percentage of our population in varying degrees. We either deal with psychological disorders on our own, or we know someone who is dealing with them. The causes and effects are astronomical, and deserve discussion, which leads to understanding.

Take a look at the statistics:

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults or about 2.6 % of the U.S population age 18 and older in a given year. The median age of onset for bipolar disorders is 25 years. More than 2/3 of people with bipolar disorder have at least 1 close relative with the illness or with unipolar major depression, indicating that the disease has a heritable component.

Schizophrenia- Approximately 2.4 million American adults, or about 1.1% of the population age 18 and older in a given year, have schizophrenia. Schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency. Schizophrenia often first appears in men in their late teens or early twenties.

Anxiety Disorder- Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1% of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance abuse. Most people with an anxiety disorder will have a first episode by age 21.5.

Panic Disorder- Approximately 6 million American Adults ages 18 and older, or about 2.7% of people in this age group in a given year, have panic disorder. Panic disorder typically develops in early adulthood (median age of onset 24), but the age of onset extends throughout adulthood. About one in three people with panic disorder develops agoraphobia, a condition in which the individual becomes afraid of being in any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of a panic attack.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)- ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders in children and in adolescents. ADHD affects 4.1% of adults, ages 18-44, in a given year. ADHD usually becomes evident in pre-school or early elementary years. The median age of onset of ADHD is 7 years, although the disorder can persist into adolescence and occasionally into adulthood. 


"Next To Normal" is one of only nine---yes, just nine---musicals over the years to win The Pulitzer Prize for Drama, since the award has been given in 1918.

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes awarded annually for Letters, Drama, and Music, recognizing a theatrical work staged in the U.S. during a calendar year.  

All of the musicals that have won the Pulitzer are "Of Thee I Sing" (1932), "South Pacific" (1950), "Fiorello!" (1960), "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1962), "A Chorus Line" (1976), "Sunday In The Park With George" (1985), "Rent" (1996), "Next To Normal" (2010), and "Hamilton" (2016). 

Do not miss "Next To Normal" at The Media Theatre. It is on our stage January 31 through February 25. Get tickets at, or call 610-891-0100. 

(It plays Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings each week, along with Saturday and Sunday matinees. The final two weeks there is an additional Tuesday evening performance)


The Media Theatre, an award-winning professional music theatre located at 104 East State Street in Media, Pa., continues entertaining and in...