The Walnut Street Theatre has a track record older than some museums. Today, they are celebrating 205 years of delivering world-class entertainment to the masses. This amazing feat makes the Walnut Street Theatre the oldest theatre in the United States of America.
The theatre is appropriately located in the historical section of Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Independence Hall and quite near Granary Apartments. Not only is the Walnut Street Theatre an ideal destination to indulge in classic Broadway musicals, they also offer a guided tour for history buffs which provides spectators with behind the scenes information relating to old Hollywood.
This year, both new and well known stars are gearing up to take the stage, just in time for the holiday season. The lineup begins with Tony award winning musical “In the Heights”. A new generation of stars will delight audiences by performing three generations of music in an epic story of struggle set in a cozy coffee shop in New York’s Washington Heights District.
In mid-January, the Walnut Street Theatre will launch a new to Broadway musical entitled “Other Dessert Cities”. This dramatic depiction of a young novelist who reveals family secrets as a way to boost her career is already critically acclaimed. The colorful cast of family members walks the audience through a realistic journey of secrets, lies and scandal. This show is edgy and relatable, providing a subtle hint at what audiences should expect to see in future classics.
The Walnut Street Theatre is always breaking new ground. Introducing new talent while lending authenticity to Broadway hits of the past is what makes this theatre so special. Innovative adaptations of popular children’s books will rule the holiday season at the Walnut Street Theatre for Kids beginning with Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and ending with “The Monster Who Ate My Peas”. The Walnut Street stage has been graced by the like of The Marx Brothers, Audrey Hepburn and Sidney Poitier to name a few. A trip to the Walnut Street Theatre means taking in a show and taking home a tiny piece of history.