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)
TONY WINNER ALICE RIPLEY TO HEADLINE MEDIA THEATRE'S GALA FEB. 25
Tony award winner Alice Ripley will headline The Media Theatre’s Star Struck Fundraising Gala on Saturday February 25 at 6pm at the theatre. Patrons, donors, actors, politicians, and sponsors will enjoy a catered reception, live and silent auctions, award ceremony, and concert by Ms. Ripley at the 23rd annual gala event. Tickets start at $150.
Star Struck is an event that will celebrate the many star contributors, volunteers, and performers who continue to guide and light the theater and its mission. The 2017 Walter M. Strine Advocate of the Arts Award will be presented to Delaware County Councilman David White for his exemplary generosity. Iron Workers Bank, represented by its President Mr. John Whitig, will receive the 2017 Community Partnership Award for its longstanding commitment to The Vocalist and Vocalist Jr. vocal contests for youth.
Gala guests will be entertained with a concert by Broadway’s Alice Ripley. She is best known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Diana in Next to Normal and Tony and Drama Desk nominations as one of the two Hilton sisters in Side Show. (Coincidentally, the Philadelphia regional professional premiere of Side Show will open at the Media Theatre this spring.) Ripley also starred in the original Broadway casts of Sunset Boulevard, James Joyce's The Dead, The Rocky Horror Show and The Who's Tommy.
Tony Winner Alice Ripley, who will headline The Media Theatre's Gala on Feb. 25
Alice Ripley joins other Broadway and regional stars who have appeared on The Media Theatre stage including Philip Boykin, Betty Buckley, Ann Crumb, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Judy Kaye, Andy Karl, and Andrea McArdle. Aside from those celebrity names, many who have performed on the Media Theatre stage have had their start at the theatre’s education programs or developed as artists through the theatre’s musical productions.
“At almost any given time, audiences on Broadway are being entertained by Media Theatre alumnae,” notes Artistic Director Jesse Cline. “These include young actress Ava Briglia, who studied here and just finished playing the lead role on Broadway’s Matilda; Sean Thompson, who is currently cast in the new Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close after starring in our production of Sunset Boulevardtwo years ago; and Andy Karl who will be opening the new musical Groundhog Day this spring.”
As a way to celebrate The Media Theatre Broadway connection, many items for auction will be Broadway themed including tickets to the blockbuster Hamilton and Glenn Close’s Sunset Boulevard (paired with a dinner date with current cast member Sean Thompson). Other items will include a sit-in at the annual Media Theatre’s New York City auditions and a walk-on-role in a mainstage production at the theatre.
Individual and corporate sponsorships are still available as well as single tickets for $150. Sponsorships and tickets can be secured atmediatheatre.org/gala or by calling 610.891.0100.
About The Media Music Theatre Company:
The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating as the only award-winning professional theatre in Delaware County. It produces a full season of musicals and one play, the Broadway Series, a Children's Series, and educational opportunities. The theatre’s mission is to promote and nurture the imagination, diversity and joy unique to music theatre is exemplified by the professional productions of new and classic works and by our work with young people to herald music theatre as an art form that is indigenous to their cultural heritage.
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 Philadelphia region's professional premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Tony winning musical "The Bridges of Madison County" this fall. The show, which received Tony Awards in 2014 for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, plays September 14 to October 23.
Millions of film goers have seen the movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, although the writers of the musical state it is based on the best-selling novel. The romance focuses on a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to get out of Italy during the war. When her family attends the 1965 State Fair in Iowa, she meets a handsome National Geographic photographer who alters her life dramatically in four days. It's a musical which captures the yearning of the human heart and the expanse of America's heartland as we travel roads we often dare not go, open doors we often refuse to notice, and cross over bridges which leave us breathless.
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 …