Philadelphia sees its fair share of famous faces, be it during movie productions or when local-boys-gone-big come back to visit the fam. Small town Media in Delaware County just happens to currently be getting a bit of both, with a twist. The New Adventures of Old Christine star and Emmy Award-winner Wanda Sykes, who happens to live in the area when not filming, is back and spending her holiday taking the stage at The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Focusing greatly on musical theater, as well as programs for the youth in the area, The Media Theatre has been operating as a non-profit, professional theater company since 2000. The venue itself has been around since 1927, when it originally opened as a vaudeville house. Now putting on a Broadway Series annually in addition to its five or more children’s shows, the company has been winning rave reviews and awards throughout the region.
The second show of this year’s Broadway line-up is what snagged Sykes, who will be playing the insufferable Miss Hannigan in their company’s production of Annie. For those who are somehow uninformed of the musical, Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by Sykes’ Miss Hannigan. The show follows her hilarious adventures, and many missteps, along the way, and is most well-known for it’s musical hit “Tomorrow.”
Sykes will be performing in the production now through December 12, and again from January 12-16 (in the interim, the role will be played by Mary Martello). Tickets are $37 – $54.
The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 104 East State St., Media, 610.891.0100, www.mediatheatre.org.