NEWS YOU CAN USE: ACCESSIBLE EVENTS IN JANUARY

From Art Reach in Philadelphia:

Promotions and Discounts

Media Theatre is offering $29 tickets (usually $47-$54) to its open-captioned and ASL performance of Sound of Music on Saturday, January 7th @ 2:00pm. To order tickets use the promo code OC at www.mediatheatre.org or 610-891-0100. Tickets can also be ordered via email by contacting p.ward@mediatheatre.org. Phone or email orders will automatically be seated in the designate OC/ASL section, website orders should notify the box office upon arrival to receive appropriate seating.

Accessible Events

The King and I
Walnut Street Theatre
Open Captioning, Audio Description, & ASL on January 6th @ 8:00pm

The King and I has captured the hearts and minds of millions with its charming story of the British governess brought into the court of Siam to tutor the King’s many children. Once within the splendor of the Royal Palace, Anna and the King grow to understand one another and learn about each other’s cultures. This unique love story is told with one of the most glorious and unforgettable scores ever written. The much-loved songs and sweeping melodies from the show include: “The March of the Siamese Children,” “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers” and the unforgettable “Shall We Dance.” This spectacular new production promises to be the musical event of the holiday season!

TacTile Tour
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
January 15th and February 19th

TacTile tours lead visitors who are blind or partially sighted through the Magic Gardens’ main site, allowing them to touch and explore the fully mosaiced gallery walls and labyrinth sculpture garden with trained PMG interpreters. Tour topics include Isaiah Zagar’s mosaic techniques and artistic influences, the materials used in the mosaics, the narratives behind his iconography and images, and the history of South Street and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Guests who are blind, partially sighted, and sighted companions are welcomed to experience sculptures and tiles from around the world through this fun and informative new program. Tours are regularly scheduled every third Sunday of the month, but can be scheduled any day of the week. They last approximately an hour and are capped at six people per tour. While most of PMG is accessible, some areas can only be accessed by stairs. Please contact PMG to reserve your tour by calling 215-733-0390 or by email to khealy@philadelphiasmagicgardens.org

The Sound of Music
Media Theatre for the Performing Arts
ASL and Open Captioning on January 7th @ 2:00pm

The classic beloved musical about the Von Trapp Family singers and Maria, whose spunk and determination assist them in finding hope in an ever-changing world. Songs include “Climb Every Mountain” and “Do Re Mi.”

Charlotte’s Web
Arden Theatre
ASL on January 13th @ 10:00am and January 14th @ 4:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us for the heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider. Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful than in this wonderful tribute to one of the greatest stories for children ever written.

Memphis
Academy of Music
ASL on January 19th @ 7:30pm

Turn up that dial…From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Memphis , which played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse, features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway’s most exciting new destination — what the AP calls ‘The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.’

Body Awareness
Wilma Theatre
Open Captioning on February 4th @ 2:00pm

Director Anne Kauffman thrilled Wilma audiences in 2010 with the smash hit Becky Shaw, winning a Barrymore for Best Director. She returns to Philadelphia next season to direct another Off-Broadway hit comedy! Welcome to Shirley State College, Vermont where it’s Body Awareness Week. In charge of the week’s festivities, college professor Phyllis has anything but a conventional life with girlfriend Joyce and her son Jared. But when a visiting artist brings his photographs of nude women into their home, conflicting feelings over sexuality and identity get passionately stirred up. Nominated for the Drama Desk Best New Play award, this hilarious comedy is fresh from Obie-award winning playwright Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens).

The Scottsboro Boys
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Audio Description on February 4th @ 2:00pm
Open Captioning on February 11th @ 2:00pm

“From the legendary songwriting team of Kander and Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman), The Scottsboro Boys is a stirring musical that explores the infamous 1930’s ‘Scottsboro Case’ in which a group of African-American men are falsely accused of a terrible crime, ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the American Civil Rights movement. Scottsboro Boys is the definition of inspired American musical theater with a gorgeous and melodic score

Motherhood the Musical
Society Hill Playhouse
Open Captioning on February 5th @ 2:00pm

Having a baby is just the beginning…motherhood is for life. In the original play Motherhood the Musical®, four women share their insights, challenges and pleasures at a baby shower. In 90 minutes of fun, you’ll get a peek into the powerful friendship of Amy, a soon-to-be first-time mom; Brooke, a hard-working lawyer; Barb, a stressed-out mother of five; and Tasha, a single mom seeking to balance work, her family and her divorce.

Motherhood the Musical is a funny, yet loving look at being a mom at any age. It’s climbing the emotional mountain only to find that there’s laundry at the top. It’s discovering how powerful your love can be and how quickly they grow up. It’s helping them find their way and not losing yours. It’s about laughing and crying, craziness and calm, smiles and tears . . . and all before breakfast.

The Mouse Trap
Walnut Street Theatre
ASL on February 12th @ 7:00pm

Agatha Christie, the mistress of mystery, brings you her most popular creation, The Mousetrap. When a group of strangers are trapped together at a manor house during a snowstorm, they soon discover one of them is a murderer! Is it the newlyweds whose rampant suspicions nearly wreck their marriage? Maybe it’s the spinster with the curious background. It could be the architect, the retired Army Major or maybe the odd man who claims his car overturned in a snow drift! Walnut Street Theatre will never tell…you would think audiences would know whodunnit by now, but after more than half a century they are still guessing! Currently celebrating it’s 59th year in London, The Mousetrap will have you gripping the edge of your seat!

Hair
Academy of Music
ASL on February 29th @ 7:30pm

With a score including such enduring musical numbers as “Let the Sun Shine In,” Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Good Morning Starshine,” HAIR depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 60’s and 70’s that changed America forever. The musical follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. As they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, experiment with drugs and burn draft cards, the show resonates with an irresistible message of hope more than 40 years after it first opened on Broadway.

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