‘Motown The Musical,’ Alfonso Ribeiro, stand-up and more on stage this weekend

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Academy of Music: “Motown The Musical” will run at the Academy of Music through Jan. 18. Tickets are available by calling 215-731-3333, online at kimmelcenter.org/broadway, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce Sts. (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or at the Academy of Music box office, Broad & Locust Sts., (open during performances only). Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling 215-790-5883 or 866-276-2947. Performances include: Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm; Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm; matinees Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1 pm.

Lantern Theater Company: “Doubt: A Parable” runs Jan. 15-Feb. 15 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $22–$39, with discounts for seniors 65+, groups of 10 or more and U.S. military personnel. For performance times, go to www.lanterntheater.org or call (215) 829-0395.
Sands Bethlehem: Alfonso Ribeiro will be part of the “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” Tour at 4 and 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Sands Events Center, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem. Tickets range from $35-$75. Call (610) 297-7400 or check www.sandseventcenter.com.
Village Players of Hatboro: A nosy neighbor that barges in unannounced, annoying family members arriving for the holidays and two bumbling crooks hiding out after robbing a local store are among the characters in the family comedy “In-Laws, Outlaws and Other People.” Opening at 8 p.m. Jan. 9, the show runs three weekends in January, including 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Jan. 11 and 18. The theater is at 401 Jefferson Ave., Hatboro. Tickets are $15. Call (215) 675-6774 or visit www.thevillageplayers.com.
World Cafe Live: Philadelphia’s “belly dance spectacular,” Animus, performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at WCL, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $12. Call (215) 222-1400 or see www.worldcafelive.com.
Amici Opera Company: A fully staged production of Donizetti’s “Viva la Mamma” is presented at 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at Redeemer United Methodist Church, 1128 Cottman Ave. (at Lawndale), Philadelphia. Also, catch Verdi’s “La Battaglia di Legnano” at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 or 4 p.m. Jan. 24. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 224-0257 for more information. A dinner opera presentation of “Carmen,” which requires reservations, is performed Jan. 14 at Franco’s High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St. (corner of 13th & Tasker), Philadelphia. Cost is $44.95 and you should arrive by 6:15 p.m. Call (215) 755-8903. “Carmen” will also be performed at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Redeemer UMC.
Act II Playhouse: It’s a Stand-up Comedy Weekend, with Matt McCusker and Ed McGonigal at 8 p.m., Anthony Acquaviva and Mike Eagan at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 and a “blue” show at 9 p.m. Jan. 10 with Mike Rainey, Patrick Graves, Tim Butterly and Terrence O’Brien. Tickets are $20, $10 for the late show. The theater is at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Visit www.act2.org.
Bristol Riverside Theater: Always…Patsy Cline about the Grammy Award-winning singer (Jan. 27 – Feb. 22). Based on a true story, this intimate musical combines down-home country humor and heartache to recount the unlikely friendship between country music legend Patsy Cline and her most devoted fan, Louise Seger. Tickets are available by visiting brtstage.org or calling the BRT Box Office at 215-785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe St. in Bristol.
Hedgerow Theatre: On the Verge, which runs through Feb. 8, is a wacky comedy by Eric Overmyer. Overmyer’s clever play, a comical celebration of life, language and pop culture, sends three intrepid Victorian-era “lady explorers” on a worldwide trek to find unknown lands, which they call “Terra Incognita.” They begin in 1888, traveling through jungles and over mountains, encountering a series of unusual characters, including a cannibal with a German accent, a Yeti and a troll who recites Beat poetry. They also come across a number of unknown objects, and begin to realize that they aren’t just crossing borders, but somehow moving forward in time as they experience such modern novelties as the jacuzzi, Cool Whip and rock and roll. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).
Media Theatre: “Les Miserables” runs through Jan. 18. While set during the French revolution, the musical reaches beyond the narrative of its story into the hearts of theater-goers with titles such as “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Castle On A Cloud”, and “On My Own”. For tickets and information, call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The Media Theatre is located 104 E. State St. Media.
People’s Light & Theatre: “Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto” runs through Jan. 11. Arthur is a hilarious yet poignant musical adventure about a young man who discovers how to become a leader thanks to the guidance of a wizard, many magical creatures, knights in armor, and a Panto Dame. A sensory-friendly production will be staged on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. People’s Light is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern. For tickets call 610-644-3500 or visit PeoplesLight.org.
Players Club of Swarthmore: Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy, Fools, plays Jan. 9-24. Simon has created a fable of old Russia, where a young schoolteacher is assigned to a village that has been cursed with chronic stupidity for 200 years. How stupid is it? It’s so stupid that they milk cows upside down to get more cream. If the poor teacher doesn’t leave in 24 hours, he’ll become stupid himself—but there’s this girl who complicates the situation. Reservations can be made either online at www.pcstheater.org or by calling OvationTix customer service toll-free at 866-811-4111.

"Motown the Musical" The Temptations  Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

“Motown the Musical”
The Temptations
Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

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