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With a seating capacity for more than 2,500 spectators, the Verizon Hall is the largest concert venue at the Kimmel Center. With events ranging from classical and pop concerts to corporate events, the place is a state-of-the-art venue for large scale events. Rental facilities are available as well. Call ahead to know more.
There are a lot of people coming down from New York to see productions at the Wilma these days. Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love" had its East Coast premiere here, and there are usually at least two new plays commissioned every season. Also look for new versions of classics like "The Threepenny Opera." In 1996, the Wilma opened its new 296-seat facility on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.
This 1874-seater Merriam Theater, in the University of the Arts, showcases the the works of the Performance Arts department students of this college. The theater is part of the Theater League of Philadelphia which is committed to showcasing the finest talent in Philadelphia. Apart from student performances, several professional troupes and artists perform here regularly. More information on that is available on the website. Alternatively, you could call up the box office for ticket information.
With a mix of recent New York favorites and new works on their way to New York, the Philadelphia Company is a good bet for a night out. It is usually nominated for several awards each year, and frequently walks away with some of them. There are receptions on opening nights, plus special events such as "Meet the Artists" and beer or wine tastings during the run of a show. Its home, the Plays and Players Theatre, is probably the best-looking, intimate theatre in town. It's an ornate, early 20th-century pile, well worth a visit on architectural merits alone.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents its newly built state-of-the-art theater facility, Suzanne Roberts Theater. The theater has top-notch support facilities and brilliant lighting and acoustics. With an ultramodern decor and sparkling ambiance, the theater has a captivating feel to it.
This 230-seat theatre is operated by the University of the Arts with a mixed schedule of student and professional performances by dance companies and jazz ensembles, because of the moderate seating requirements. Many members of local professional companies are graduates of the university, so there's a certain irony to this. There are excellent sight lines and good acoustics. It's called the Arts Bank because it was originally a bank building when it opened in the late 1800s.
Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts offers something for just about everyone in a wide variety of performing arts venues. This cultural area attracts audiences year round with venues like the Academy of Music, the Merriam Theater, Wilma Theater, and Regional Performing Arts Center. It encompasses both North and South Broad Street.