MEDIA THEATRE NEWS---We are a professional music theatre company located at The Media Theatre in Media, Pa., only 20 minutes southwest of Center City Philly.
One of Philadelphia's Most Popular Theatres.
WINNER OF BROADWAY WORLD'S 'BEST THEATRE COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA' (2012, 2013, 2014)
All Broadway Series Productions, Youth Programs, Educational Programs, and Summer Camps are produced by The Media Music Theatre Company (Artistic Director Jesse Cline)
THE MEDIA THEATRE IS BROADWAY RIGHT HERE IN DELAWARE COUNTY
Many patrons have no idea
who they are actually seeing on our stage, even though they may quickly glance
at an actor’s bio in the playbill. And then there are those actors who create
an indelible impression when seen here in a musical, but who leave Media and the
surrounding region after the show ends its run…what happens to those talented
singers and actors?
as passers-by on State Street drive past the Media Theatre marquee or walk
underneath it, the thought rarely occurs that—aside from instantly recognizable
names like Ann Crumb, Justin Guarini, Andrea McArdle, and Wanda Sykes—there are
many actors you find regularly in television, film, and the Broadway stage who are
entertaining thousands of people annually in the heart of Delaware County. For
instance, take a look at the cast of the Dolly Parton/Queen Latifah musical
comedy film “Joyful Noise”. Right there on the big screen, and now seen on
millions of DVD players around the world sharing the scenes with two iconic
female talents is none other than Andy Karl in the role of Caleb. He is now a name audiences around the USA are becoming very familiar with. Karl is very
familiar with The Media Theatre and the Media Borough ever since he portrayed
the leading 'dual' role of "Jekyll and Hyde" in Frank Wildhorn’s
musical version of that split personality tale in 2002—right here on State
reacted to Karl’s brilliant portrayal of Jekyll/Hyde by giving him standing
ovations at each and every performance during curtain call. Following his memorable run here in 2002, Karl went on to appear in Legally Blonde on The Great White Way as
the UPS Guy. He has also appeared in Wicked, and Dolly Parton’s Nine
to Five musical. He’s a three-time Tony nominee for his bravura lead performances in Broadway's "Groundhog Day: The Musical" (currently running) and in the
short-lived (but wonderful) Rocky
musical on Broadway, and as a featured actor for his 2015 performance in On TheTwentieth Century in which he shared the stage with Kristin Chenoweth.
Now that’s the type of
talent you may not realize is on The Media Theatre stage.
Boykin is another Tony nominee our audiences enjoy seeing. In The Media
Theatre’s Show Boat four seasons ago,
Boykin did more than bring the house down with his portrayal of Joe and his
interpretation of the classic show tune "Ol’ Man River"—He actually
shook the rafters with his booming, powerful baritone. Boykin graced the entire
full page of The New York Times entertainment section as he appeared in the Broadway
revival of Porgy andBess. The New York Times raved about his
interpretation of the role of Crown, in which he shared the stage with
four-time Tony winning Broadway icon Audra McDonald. Boykin received his first
Tony nomination for his performance. He was in the hit Broadway musical
revival, On The Town, as well as other productions in NYC.
what we’re getting at? You pass The Media Theatre dozens of times a year and perhaps don’t realize what is happening inside on the stage. Jesse Cline, artistic
director for the theatre, certainly has quite a knack for casting. The actors
are members of the Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors
and Stage Managers in the United States. These are not people who perform as a
"hobby" --although there is nothing wrong with that, it’s a choice,
just like the choice made to pursue a professional career and make a name for
yourself doing what you love to do.
who have done well before, after, or during appearing on Media’s only
professional music theatre stage are:
Kahn, who delighted audiences five years ago as Henry Higgins in My FairLady (also directed by Cline). He went on to Broadway in Enron: The Musical and to living rooms
across the country in the ABC hit Castle.
He now has a lead role on the AMC cable network program Turn, recently renewed for its fourth season.
Tyler Ferguson. Now there’s a name for you. Cast by Cline when he was only 22
in a production of Hello Dolly as
Barnaby, and seen by over 8,000 people here in Media, this young man went on to
several Emmy nominations and two SAG Award wins for his work in the
mega-popular ABC situation comedy Modern
Family. He plays Mitchell Pritchett. (Those of us who were here at the time remember, when working with this
young man years ago Jesse Cline stating quite matter-of-factly, "This guy
is a talent to watch. He is going to be big." Sure enough, with Modern Family winning every award
imaginable and being seen by millions of people weekly, those were words to
carve into stone. And he was our Barnaby…just a kid then.)
Barely a week has gone by
in the past few years when a Media Theatre stage alum is not performing on
Broadway. There’s Kyle Barrish, who was in our production of Titanic, who portrayed Raoul in the
long-running Phantom of TheOpera; Conrad Ricamora who is in the current Broadway revival of The King and I; Joseph Spieldenner, seen here in Oklahoma! is in Broadway's Les Miserables; and The Media Theatre’s very
own New School student Beada Briglia, who performed in A Christmas Story at Madison Square Garden during its 2013 run and also in Matilda on The Great White Way. Currently, Sean Thompson shares the stage with Glenn Close in the revival of "Sunset Boulevard" on Broadway. Thompson has been seen here at The Media in half a dozen productions.
Josh Young, who trained here as a youth, was seen on Broadway with the much buzzed about and anticipated musical Amazing Grace.
This article names just a small sampling of successful professional actors who have walked in and out of The Media
Theatre for weeks at a time as they rehearsed and performed here. They have,
most likely, shopped and dined at Media’s businesses and restaurants while in
town and you may have seen them out there in the borough somewhere, casually
strolling along the sidewalk or passing you in their car.
the next time you see our marquee and notice a show title that intrigues you,
the next big Broadway star, film icon, or award-winning television personality
could be right here in Media, near you, or perhaps dining at a table next to you here in town or locally. Or perhaps someone who already has a long list of Broadway credits is currently performing here. It’s right here at The Media Theatre.
We are Delaware County's only professional music theatre, bringing you the finest talent Philadelphia and New York City have to offer with each season of shows. (Well known Philadelphia actors who have made a career for themselves as professionals in our region that are Media Theatre Stage Alumni include Jennie Eisenhower, Krissy Fraelich, Lauren Cupples, Dann Dunn, Elisa Matthews, and Jeff Coon. Coon, in fact, started his professional Philly career right here at The Media Theatre 20 years ago in a production of "Phantom" directed by Jesse Cline, who spotted the then very young actor's definitive talent.)
The hit show "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at The Media Theatre November 9 to January 8. It's suitable for all ages and makes a great outing for families during the holiday season. Based on the classic film which has gained popularity with each showing on television each holiday season, the musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Songs include "Ralphie To The Rescue", "Sticky Situation", "It All Comes Down To Christmas", and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!" The story takes place in Indiana in the 1940's focusing on Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. He eventually learns that the holidays are not about what you have but who you have around you to share them with. There is a humorous sub-plot featuring Ralphie's father, referred to as The Old Man, who wins a leg lamp. It was nominated for three Tony Awards for its 2012 production at the Lunt-Fon…
The Media Theatre has the legendary musical
“West Side Story” April 19 through June 11. With a book by Arthur Laurents and
a sweeping score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the musical is
often referred to as one of the all-time greats in the Broadway canon.
“West Side Story” transports Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950’s. The story takes place on the west side of Manhattan at a time when many Puerto Ricans moved to
NYC. Two young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves in the middle of street
gangs at war—the Jets and the Sharks. The musical captures the essence of
struggling to survive amidst violence and prejudice which is one the main
reasons it has remained relevant to this day after premiering on Broadway in
1957. “West Side Story” highlights youthful
performers with energetic choreography and songs such as “Tonight”, “Maria”, “Somewhere”,
and “America”. At The Media Theatre, “West Side Story” is
directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with …
The Media Theatre has one musical per season which is not quite as mainstream as the other titles on its marquee, filling a particular void for those interested in passionate works by top notch writers and composers who have pieces in their oeuvre which deserve to be seen but are rarely produced. Artistic Director Jesse Cline has chosen the Broadway musical "Side Show" as this season's showcase for a little seen work. "Side Show", with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The Hilton sisters were conjoined twins who entertained on the carnival and burlesque circuit in the 1920's and '30's. Managed poorly, the sisters eventually meet a talent scout and his budding musician pal who make a deal to showcase the two women on the Orpheum Circuit. Bursting with hope regarding their newfound fame, the ladies hearts are still unfulfilled, as they cannot escape the reputation of being …