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Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Philadelphia Science Festival, Steve O at Helium, and Philly Sketchfest Download

Download April 21st, 2017

BEN Around Philly airs every Saturday morning at 7am on 95.7 BEN-FM and is sponsored by The Fillmore Philadelphia.

On this week’s episode, Euan Morton who stars in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Forrest Theatre, The Franklin Institute’s Derrick Pitts talks about the Philadelphia Science Festival 2017, Steve O (of Jackass fame) who is performing at Helium Comedy Club, and details on Philly Sketchfest from organizer Curt Riedy.

Broadway Philadelphia brings great shows to the city all year round, but this show is one of my favorites. I had the chance to check out Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Tuesday evening at the Forrest Theatre and I had an absolute blast. Hedwig and the Angry Inch won four Tony Awards including ‘Best Revival of a Musical” and is the show that Rolling Stone calls the “best rock musical ever”. It’s at the Forrest Theatre now through Sunday, April 23rd and it’s not to be missed. The music alone is worth the ticket. I’ve listened to the soundtrack countless times, but to see it live is something altogether different. The best part of the show though, is the incredible 6 person cast, led by Tony Award nominee Euan Morton who plays the main character Hedwig. I was thrilled to have the chance to speak with him here at the BEN-FM studios, and could not have liked him more. Listen to our chat, and please catch Euan and this incredible production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Forrest Theatre, now through Sunday. Buy tickets HERE. More info at www.KimmelCenter.org  (Thanks to the Kimmel Center for allowing me the opportunity to see the show and speak with Euan. It was a pleasure. ~ Kristen) Shows: Friday, April 21st – 8pm; Saturday, April 22nd – 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, April 23rd – 1pm and 6:30pm

Then Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director (Lord and Master of the Universe) at the Franklin Institute stopped by the BEN-FM morning show with Matt and Kristen this week to talk about the Philadelphia Science Festival and all that it has to offer this year. Beginning Friday, April 21st and culminating on Saturday, April 29th with a massive Science Carnival, the Philadelphia Science Festival is one of Philadelphia’s can’t miss events. With more then 80 activities offered throughout the week – FREE to the public – you’re going to want to check out this program guide for all of the details. Plus, hear Derrick’s thoughts on the movie The Martian and whether life on mars is possible. Find details on the Science Carnival, 4/29 from 10am-4pm at Penn’s Landing HERE.

Steve O of Jackass and Dancing with the Stars fame will be performing stand up and stunts at Helium Comedy Club all weekend. He had a chance to stop by the BEN-FM morning show with Matt and Kristen this week to talk about Dancing with the Stars,  buying a Macbook with Steve Wozniak, his Showtime comedy special, his ‘Mike Tyson nose job’ and more. Check him out this weekend at Helium, with two shows Friday and Saturday and one show Sunday. Buy tickets HERE.

Then, Philly Sketchfest organizer Curt Riedy stopped by the studio to talk about this year’s festival line-up. With multiple shows a night and multiple groups performing sketch comedy in each show, this is the best event to showcase the thriving Philadelphia comedy scene and find your next favorite sketch group. In addition to the local talent, there are also a number of visiting acts mixed into the festival with groups from Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, New York and more. Find the details, show line-up and ticket information HERE and be sure to check it out. There are also a number of shows, workshops and comedy classes held at Philly Improv Theater year-round if you’ve ever wanted to give comedy a try.

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