Here is a list of events occurring in Philadelphia before, during, or after the 2018 Annual Conference.
July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia – Welcome America!
Celebrate before, during and after the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with “Welcome America” — a week of festive events and activities annually celebrating America’s birthday in America’s birthplace.
The festivities all lead up to one of the largest free concerts in America on July 4th and spectacular fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, usually starting around 9:30 p.m.
July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia 2018
We are excited to announce Grammy winning global superstar Pitbull @pitbull will headline the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert! @thephillypops BIG Band will return with guest star Tony & Grammy Award winning Heather Headley.
Where: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
When: 7pm -10 pm
THIS IS ON RECORD is a new play about media technologies, how they evolve over time, and how a culture uses these technologies to construct stories about itself. Inspired by some of Philadelphia’s own history, between 1968 and the present day, the play follows society’s documentarians: the writers, archivists, balladeers and broadcasters that shape the media we consume. THIS IS ON RECORD examines the ethos, politics, and methodologies of documentation. Who makes the narrative of our culture? How does that story get shaped by those who document it? How does the medium used to communicate a story affect the telling of it?
PLAYWRIGHT: Applied Mechanics
DIRECTOR: Rebecca Wright
ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 90 Minutes
CATEGORIES: Comedy Drama Experimental
The Glass Factory
1517 N. Bailey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
MAY 15 – JUL 15, 2018
Walnut Street Theatre
Put on your platform shoes, your feather boas and get ready for one of the most popular musicals of all time, Mamma Mia! On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This sensational production contains ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo” and more! Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good musical!
MUSIC & LYRICS: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
DIRECTOR: Richard Stafford
ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes
CATEGORIES: Classics Comedy Family Musical
Walnut Street Theatre Mainstage
825 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
JUN 13 – JUL 1, 2018
Academy of Music
Hop onto a magic carpet with Disney’s smash hit Broadway musical, which heads out across the country for its first ever North American tour. Based on the beloved animated movie, it’s the wondrous tale of lovable urchin Aladdin, the evil Jafar and the beautiful Princess Jasmine. Oh, and the larger than life Genie as well of course! Featuring all the songs from the movie including, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘A Friend Like Me’, Aladdin also welcomes some brand new hits my music maestros Alan Menken and Chad Beguelin.
The Broadway production opened in 2014, and was greeted with enthusiastic reviews and five Tony nominations. Spectacular fun for all the family, the show has launched international productions in Japan, Germany and the UK, but this is the first time it’s played outside of New York in America.
WHAT IS ALADDIN ABOUT?
Aladdin is a charming street urchin in Agrabah, who, when ‘exploring’ the mysterious Cave of Wonders, uncovers an ancient lamp that proves to be more than just a lighting solution. He unwittingly frees the lamp’s resident wacky Genie, who grants him three wishes. Transformed from pauper to Prince, Aladdin catches the eye of beautiful but bored Princess Jasmine, who longs for some adventure of her own!
But it’s not all a smooth magic carpet ride, because Aladdin isn’t the only one that knows of the lamp’s power. Enter the nefarious Jafar and his minions, who have plans for three wishes of their own and it’s up to Aladdin to defeat him to keep the Kingdom from his clutches.
KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
1420 LOCUST STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102