Plays & Musicals Hitting the Stage In Philly (January-March 2022)
Learn more about must-see theatre performances taking place in the city of Philadelphia this winter.
Attention, theatre buffs! Did you miss out on your fill of on-stage entertainment during the Broadway shutdown in NYC? Do you want to see a musical or play without all the travel?
Get yourself back to the theater this winter by checking out a performance in Philadelphia!
Here are some of our favorite musicals and plays hitting the stage in the city this winter:
All Winter/Multiple Months
January 20 – February 13, 2022
Arden Theatre Company – 40 N 2nd St, Philadelphia
Originally slated for March 2020, A Streetcar Named Desire held just one public performance at the Arden before the company shut down. This production will return to open the 2022 Mainstage Season. Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece depicts a story of love, lust, and the memories we leave behind.
February 22 – March 27, 2022
Walnut Street Theater – 825 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Comedic mystery reigns in this world premiere adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes’ tale. After her twin sister’s unusual death at the family’s run-down country manor, the young woman is terrified she will be next. To avoid a similar fate – and mystified by her sister’s final words, “It was…the speckled band” – she enlists the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Dr. Watson. Six talented actors, playing over 30 quirky characters, take you deep into a world of quick-change disguises and murderous mayhem to unravel The Adventure of The Speckled Band.
February 23 – March 13, 2022
Suzanne Roberts Theatre – 480 S Broad St, Philadelphia
Honor. Legacy. Pride. Taking his place out front as the choir leader at an elite all-boys, all-Black prep school, Pharus Young is determined to make his mark by challenging expectations in a world steeped in deep-rooted traditions. Can Pharus find harmony among his peers while staying true to his own voice? From Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Academy Award®-winning writer of Moonlight, Choir Boy electrified Broadway with its soaring gospel, spiritual, and R&B performances.
January 15, 2022
Merriam Theater – 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia
“Won’t you be my neighbor?” Daniel Tiger and all his friends from the beloved Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS television series are hopping back aboard Trolley for DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: NEIGHBOR DAY.
Daniel Tiger and his family along with O the Owl, Miss Elaina, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, and more familiar friends will take audiences on an interactive adventure to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. The live show features new songs and fan-favorites series, including the beloved “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” The live theatrical production is filled with music, dancing, and wonderful surprises that will warm the hearts of preschoolers, parents, and grandparents alike.
Through January 16, 2022
Academy of Music – 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, is now on tour! Starring Broadway superstar and Tony Award®-nominee Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis and rising star Olivia Valli as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).
Brought to the stage by lead producer Paula Wagner, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton. PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News).
Are you ready to fall in love all over again?
Through January 30, 2022
The Arden Theatre Company shares a brand new, filmed version of THE SNOWY DAY, AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS (streaming January 17-30, 2022). This filmed theatrical play was recorded in the Hamilton Family Arts Center and presents exciting performances from an all-Philadelphia cast, a set made using a little cardboard and a lot of creativity, and features original music from the popular local band ILL DOOTS.
In order to access this streaming production, they are asking you to consider making a donation of $20 to support the Arden’s triumphant return to live theatre. With a donation of any amount, you will receive access to stream. Your support helps set the stage for them to present a live, in-person Children’s Theatre production later in 2022.
January 30, 2022 @ 3pm
Penn Live Arts – 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA
Hailed as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil” (Spectacle Magazine), Cirque Mechanics returns with the Philadelphia premiere of Birdhouse Factory, where a group of 1930’s workers are brought together by the most unlikely of events. Enjoy breathtaking acrobatics, zany antics and an enchanting story of laughter, joy and, of course, birdhouses. Inspired by American ingenuity and all things mechanical, Birdhouse Factory is “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching, ear-catching and, to keep the list short, engrossingly entertaining.” (The New York Times)
February 9 – 20, 2022
Academy of Music – 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia
Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today… and always.
Intertwining two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.
March 8 – 19, 2022
Forrest Theater – 1114 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Over 75 years after Rodgers & Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this is OKLAHOMA! as you’ve never seen or heard it before – reimagined for the 21st century.
Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, Daniel Fish’s production tells a story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this OKLAHOMA! allows the classic musical – and our country – to be seen in a whole new light.
Visit the website of each theatre company to select a date and purchase tickets. We hope you have a magical winter filled with wonderful performances!
Lead image courtesy of The Academy of Music, by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade.